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Canon EOS R: Same same but lighter

Canon EOS R: Same same but lighter

Every waking moment, another full-frame mirrorless camera is released. Not one to miss the boat, Canon steps up their game and delivers its very own Canon EOS R, equipped with the also new RF mount. The Canon EOS R is basically the dream of every (Canon-loving) photographer just two years ago — lightweight… capable… coming with edge-to-edge focusing… and even lenses that dwarf the existing EF lineup… Truly an immaculate piece of equipment. Yet, I didn’t think much of it, other than a sneak peek of what Canon has to offer in the mirrorless world. It didn’t seem to be…
Lenovo Yoga S730 Review: Thin in hand, thin in features

Lenovo Yoga S730 Review: Thin in hand, thin in features

The flexibility of Lenovo’s Yoga series has been a stand-out feature ever since its inception back in 2012. Since then, it has spawned different series under the same name, including the Yoga S series, which is their Ultrabook variant of the line-up. Their newest release is the Lenovo Yoga S730, possibly one of the thinnest laptops on the market right now. Measuring at a thickness of just 11.9mm and weight of 1.2kg, it is easy to mistake it as one of your magazines if you have both in your bag. The chassis of the laptop is made out of aluminium,…
Pioneer Rayz Plus: Stunning Music Quality over Lightning Connector

Pioneer Rayz Plus: Stunning Music Quality over Lightning Connector

I have something to proclaim – I am a die-hard Apple fanboy. Everything in my arsenal of tech gear is from the fruit company: a Mac Mini for my desktop, a Macbook Air for my lappy, and of course, a glorious iPhone X that looks amazing every time the OLED screen lights to life. As much as the iPhone excels in possibly everything that you throw at it (just look here to see how awesome the A11 Bionic chip is), I am still really sore about the omission of the great ol’ 3.5mm headphone jack (this will never get old).…
NETGEAR’s vision for the future of smart homes begins with its new suite of products

NETGEAR’s vision for the future of smart homes begins with its new suite of products

We haven’t yet reached the technological advancements as seen in popular films like Blade Runner and Ex Machina, but NETGEAR is certainly taking it a step closer to reality. NETGEAR, who has been at the forefront of innovative network technology with their product line of routers, recently invited us to preview a glimpse into the future of smart homes, showcasing how their new suite of products can feature into the next generation of smart homes, the NETGEAR Smart Home. The first product they showcased is the Orbi Voice Mesh Wi-Fi system. The device works in tandem with NETGEAR’S Orbi Mesh…
Synology DiskStation DS1019+ Review: The NAS device that comes close to greatness

Synology DiskStation DS1019+ Review: The NAS device that comes close to greatness

With the advent of new technology for media (photography and videography), file sizes are continuously getting larger. Of course, expandable storage is readily available, but for professional users, the notion of having to switch out and move around storage regularly may frustrate some. Enter Network Attached Storage (NAS). NAS devices are essentially storage devices that are connected to a network. This allows a person to access the drive from any device (Mac or PC), from any location, allowing for ease of use. Synology is one of the companies who manufactures such NAS devices, and the Synology DiskStation DS1019+ is the…
Ambi Climate 2 Review: Cool; Could Be Cooler

Ambi Climate 2 Review: Cool; Could Be Cooler

Whether you realise it or not, A.I and SMART home technology are quickly becoming part and parcel of our lives — as they are embedded into more and more objects we use on a daily basis — being integrated into everyday appliances including speaker systems, light bulbs, security cameras, power switches, door locks, smoke detectors, …the list goes on. Most Singaporean households come with an air conditioning unit. Or two. Or more. It makes sense that the Ambi Climate, an A.I-powered AC controller would be a good fit for almost any home. The only real surprise here is that its…
Microsoft Surface Review: Sleek In Aesthetics, Yet Versatile In Functionality

Microsoft Surface Review: Sleek In Aesthetics, Yet Versatile In Functionality

Personally, I prefer gaming-grade rigs, such as Dell’s Alienware or Asus ROG line of gaming-oriented laptops. In comparison, the Microsoft Surface laptop seems almost modest — with its light frame and corporate, not-built-for-heavy-use look. But don’t let that fool you from its workhorse capabilities; it may not run Triple A games as well as a Razer Blade, but it will certainly be more than enough for anybody that doesn’t play first-person-shooters for a full-time living. First Impressions When it comes to looks, the Microsoft Surface Pro is neatly and elegantly presented. It looks sleek, simplistic and professional; essentially what a…
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme: An Extreme-ly Good Portable Laptop for the Modern Worker

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme: An Extreme-ly Good Portable Laptop for the Modern Worker

The Lenovo Thinkpad’s X1 series has been famed for providing laptops adept at providing high-powered performance, all while being housed in such a thin and portable system for the modern businessman. Now, Lenovo has added to this to the line-up with the X1 Extreme, equipped with a 15.6-inch display (as compared to the 14-inch display of its predecessor, the X1 Carbon), as well as additional upgrades to the processors and GPU. The laptop dons the classic laptop design from years past, and you won’t find any of the futuristic designs that one would otherwise see on something like a gaming…
Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router Review: Not futureproof yet, but definitely a top contender for mid-tier mesh routers

Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router Review: Not futureproof yet, but definitely a top contender for mid-tier mesh routers

Have you ever experienced weaker WiFi signals in certain parts of your home or office? If yes, you’ve come into contact with a “dead zone”, which most often occur because of walls, doors, or structures blocking the WiFi signal. Many consumers opt for solutions such as WiFi repeaters – which pick up and retransmit WiFi signals to extend their range – but that may or may not help the situation much, depending on their placement (largely limited by where wall sockets are available). If you’re looking for a solution that helps improve connectivity and your overall quality of life, you…
Google Home Review: A Promising Look Into Home Life of the Future

Google Home Review: A Promising Look Into Home Life of the Future

Many may find it weird to speak to an inanimate object, let alone have it respond back to you. But with the rise of personal artificial intelligence assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and the Google Assistant, what was once thought of as an odd habit a decade ago is slowly becoming the norm. While the idea of speaking to someone – or something – that doesn’t exist in a physical form is alien to some, I am quite keen on exploring the possibilities of this new phenomenon, which adds more than just convenience. I can foresee it becoming a…
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