Posts Tagged ‘ultrabook’

Xmas promotions: Ultrabook purchase – free S$350 Intel Software Suite

Monday, December 17th, 2012

With every new Ultrabook purchase in Singapore, Intel is offering a suite of software worth SG$350.

Check out Intel's Ultrabook software bundle promotions.

Check out Intel’s Ultrabook software bundle promotions.

The suite of software will introduce you to the full potential of your Ultrabook, which is powered by the latest Intel Core processor technology.

The software bundle consists of a variety of entertainment and security programs, including CyberLink’s PowerDirector 11 Deluxe, PhotoDirector 4 Ultra and PowerDVD 12 Standard.

You will also get the iRacing and Civilization 5 games, Nest Family Organizer, McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013 and access to Bollywood streaming site

Travel: Planning an impromptu 2-week vacation in Japan – one week before

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

So we decided that there was a 2-week window to grab a quick break. But that’s like one-week away. Is it possible to plan the usual DIY self-drive holiday at such short notice?

Aerial view of Fukuoka, our gateway to Kyushu.

Aerial view of Fukuoka, our gateway to Kyushu.

The answer is yes, with the advent of the Internet. Here’s a recap of what I did for my own holiday.

First the obvious, decide how long you’ve got and where you want to go. In my case, we’ve long wanted to visit Kyushu in Japan, and the window of opportunity available was roughly two weeks.

If you’re thinking of visiting Japan, I recommend this site called It has comprehensive descriptions of popular tourist spots all over Japan, as well as travel tips for Japan.

Even more useful is its forum where vacation planners get their queries answered in detail with advice from a community of fellow travelers, as well as useful links to resources – such as timetables, rates etc – outside of the website.

Next book the air tickets. The availability and price of last-minute tickets usually determine whether your vacation destination will become a reality.

I use to get a feel of the airlines plying Singapore and the possible stops and the price range, then if there’s time, check competing sites or the airline’s website for better rates.

For Kyushu, it was pretty straightforward, only Singapore Airlines fly directly there from Singapore – to Fukuoka. It’s straightforward until you hit the SIA website. For a premier airline, it sure has a terrible website for bookings and reservations – plenty of long waits.

Next is the car rental. I use ToCoo car rental. It helps you check the rates for multiple car rental companies with cars available in the cities where you intend to pick up and drop off the car. But you’ve got to compare rates manually yourself.

Computing on the go

For computing, I’m bringing along the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook, a BlackBerry PlayBook, and the Seagate 1TB Backup Plus.

The X1 Carbon is sleek in design, wonderfully thin and light, yet powerful enough for surfing Web and running Photoshop and Dreamweaver CS6 for photo-editing and blogging back in the hotel room.

The 7-inch PlayBook keeps the children entertained with game apps, and serves as an e-book reader. Its biggest bugbear is that it’s the Wi-Fi version and does not have 3G, but I don’t use 3G data in Japan anyway.

To store and back up the 40MB RAW photo files generated by the D800, I brought along the 1TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive. The 2.5-inch plug-and-play drive constantly backs up the hard disk and makes posting photos online a breeze.

Usually, I pick up the car at the airport, drive off to the first destination and return the car at the airport I’m flying off from. If the pick-up and drop-off locations are different, check if a surcharge is levied and how much it is.

Finally, book the hotels. I know some Japanese so I used to browse Japanese booking websites and hotel websites directly, calling them on the phone for enquiries and reservations.

This time round, I discovered that my favourite accomodation-booking website for Europe holidays – – now has quite extensive list of hotels in Japan. Enough to find hotels that fit your budget in most places in Japan.

I like because of its clear information and easy booking. So even if you don’t know ANY japanese, you can still find and book accommodation easily.

Another website that I tried last year – – seems to be only beginning to move into Japan, with poor selection and high prices. I’m hoping there coverage and pricing will improve over time.

Once you’ve gotten the flight, car and hotel bookings out of the way, what remains is the physical packing for the big day.

New Windows 8 Ultrabook: Fujitsu LIFEBOOK CH702 in Dec 2012 (S$2,388)

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Fujitsu has introduced the new Windows 8 LIFEBOOK CH702 for the Asia Pacific region. The Ultrabook will be available in early December for S$2,388 (incl GST), in white,  pink and brown.

The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK CH702 comes with stylish design and accessories.

The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK CH702 comes with stylish design and accessories.

The new Fujitsu LIFEBOOK CH702 comes with stylishly designed accessories which include a matching wireless mouse, a set of PC case and pouch, and an elegant, slim adapter.

Fujitsu LIFEBOOK CH702 runs Windows 8

Fujitsu LIFEBOOK CH702 runs Windows 8

The Ultrabook comes with the 3rd Generation Intel Corei5 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology and the latest Windows 8 operating system to provide an efficient and powerful performance machine.

The 13.3-inch Ultrabook weighs approximately 1.45kg and is 17.5mm thick.

Boasting more than 7 hours of battery lifespan, the laptop is powered to provide full day usage for users on-the-go.

The CH702 is pre-installed with Fujitsu’s new proprietary software, Diary and Scrapbook.

Matching mouse colours with white, brown and pink.

Matching mouse colours with white, brown and pink.

These are convenient, fun and original applications that let users organise tasks, announce important updates, enhance photos, collate interesting information, and share on social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.

“Customers are looking for design elegance without neglecting PC performance. This demographic is a big market for us,” said Mr. Lim Teck Sin, Vice President, Product Marketing and Engineering, Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

Scrapbook stores and organises pictures and Web pages that users come across when they are browsing the internet.

The application allows users to create theme-based collages for saved content such as web captures.

Content can easily be managed and shared with friends as a digital scrapbook.

With Diary, users can create their very own journal by storing and organising Facebook and Twitter posts and downloaded photos.

PC case and pouch included.

PC case and pouch included. Images not to scale.

Incorporating stylish touches, the CH702 features a pearl-design power button, elegant keycap finish and a delicate, cubic zirconia embellishment.

Elegant, slim adapter

Elegant, slim adapter

The top casing has been constructed with an elegant gradation with gold trim, featuring a cubic zirconia embellished flip latch that allows users to easily open the display panel.

The power button is adorned with a pearl-like accent, and the power status LED and Caps Lock keys are decorated with a LED light with diamond-cut surface.

An exquisite gold ring frames each key on the keyboard, highlighting its elegant style.

In addition, the outtake and intake vents all feature a floral motif design.

Fujitsu LIFEBOOK CH702 Ultrabook

Fujitsu LIFEBOOK CH702 Ultrabook

Each CH702 comes with a matching wireless mouse that is shaped like a pretty compact powder case; a PC case and adapter pouch with pearl charm; and a slim, bejeweled AC adaptor.

Other accessories which users can purchase include the light and compact external Optical Disc Drive and USB/LAN adaptor for enhanced connectivity.

Review: Toshiba Satellite U840 Series Ultrabook

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I took the new Toshiba Satellite U840 ultra book for a ride last week. After a week of bringing it along for meetings and presentations, it proved a good balance between portability and performance.

Toshiba Satellite U840 Series ultrabook - portability and performance.

Toshiba Satellite U840 Series ultrabook - portability and performance.

The Satellite U840 Series of ultrabooks is Toshiba’s first line of 14-inch ultrabooks – after the computer maker’s debut into the ultrabook arena with its 13.3-inch Z830 ultrabook last year.

Side view - only 20mm thin.

Side view - only 20mm thin.

Compared with its 1.12kg predecessor, the 1.59kg Satellite U840 is heavier and only slightly bigger, but is considerably more affordable.

The Z830 costs almost twice the U840, which starts at S$1,399.

The Windows 7 Satellite U840 is comparable with other ultrabooks on the market (such as the Samsung Series 5 Ultra and HP Envy 14 Spectre) in terms of appearance and performance.

Most ultrabooks feature similar metallic brushed aluminum casings.

But the U840 weighs lighter because it does not include an optical drive.

The Toshiba Satellite U840 is what an ultrabook is meant to be – a good balance between portability and performance. It has the needed performance to excel in daily business and personal needs; yet is portable enough lug around in a bag without breaking your back (or your bank).

Read on below to find out what I liked and disliked about the Toshiba Satellite U840 ultrabook during the test-drive.


IT Show 2012 promotions: Samsung

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Samsung will be at the IT Show 2012 in Suntec Singapore at Levels 3 & 4. Check out the promotional discounts and freebies for Samsung’s notebooks, tablets and mobile phones, cameras, printers, monitors and smart TVs.

Check out Samsung's Ultrabooks and its 3,  7, 9 series of notebooks at IT Show 2012..

Check out Samsung's Ultrabooks and its 3, 7, 9 series of notebooks at IT Show 2012..

Check out the new colour for the Multiview MV800 compact camera that features a 3” flip-out Touch display. The stunning pink gives the 16.1 megapixel shooter a fresh look. The camera also comes with 5x optical zoom at 26mm at its widest angle.

You can view or download Samsung’s other IT Show 2012 flyers below.


IT Show 2012 promotions: Dell

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Dell will be at IT Show 2012 in Suntec Singapore at Level 3, Booth 3001; and Level 4, Halls 401, 402 & 403, Booths 8230, 8251, 8108, and 8139. Check out the discounts and freebies for its desktops, laptops and XPS 13 Ultrabook.

A collage of Dell's flyers for IT Show 2012. Click to access and download the PDF containing these flyers.

A collage of Dell's flyers for IT Show 2012. Click to access and download the PDF containing these flyers.

Check out Dell’s top three products during the show:

  • Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
  • Alienware M17x (3D)
  • Alienware X51 (desktop, no monitor included)

Download Dell’s IT Show 2012 flyer here, or view it below after the break.