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The hardest things to escape from today are capitalism and consumerism. A portmanteau of both would mean mindless materialism, but a winning combination of the two would be an educated consumer (that’s you!) who is empowered to make informed decisions and wise purchases. This is what the Gear vertical wants to help our readers achieve, and our mission begins now!

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…
Muzen Audio Launches in Singapore: Retro Meets Modern in This New Wave Of Portable Speakers

Muzen Audio Launches in Singapore: Retro Meets Modern in This New Wave Of Portable Speakers

Muzen Audio (Muzen) is set to make its first foray into Southeast Asia with the launch of its bestselling On The Road (OTR) series of portable speakers with radio functions in Singapore. Featuring the slogan “Hear Singapore – Muzen Audio is Here”, sales of the Muzen OTR commenced at the IT Show 2019 – from 7 to 10 March 2019 – and is currently sold at selected retailers. Muzen aims to release more of its OTR products in Singapore over the course of the year. Connecting people through a shared love for music and radio, Muzen brings radio back into…
Arlo Pro 2 Review: Forget the Cables, This Wireless Camera is Set to Revolutionise Home Surveillance

Arlo Pro 2 Review: Forget the Cables, This Wireless Camera is Set to Revolutionise Home Surveillance

NETGEAR’s recent wireless camera product, the Arlo Pro 2, has been making waves in the surveillance camera world ever since it was launched in 2017. It is notable that Arlo has established itself as a name for its reliable range of surveillance camera systems over the years. The second-generation Arlo camera comes with better video resolution, motion detection, and easier installation. While Arlo cameras are known for being the world’s first 100% wire-free, weatherproof security cameras, the Arlo Pro 2 prizes itself amongst the rest for its customisable features that makes it ideal for different households and organisations to personalize…
Nikon Z7 Camera Review: The Company’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera is Not Really Worth the Hefty Price Tag

Nikon Z7 Camera Review: The Company’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera is Not Really Worth the Hefty Price Tag

Equipped with a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and the first ever on-sensor phase detect system, Nikon has released its first ever full-frame mirrorless camera – the Nikon Z7. It comes jam-packed with features that seem impressive enough to tick off every photographer’s dream camera specs, such as its 45.7 megapixels sensor, 493 on sensor phase detect system, a blistering 9 frames per second, and a 3.6 million dot electronic viewfinder. Would it live up to our expectations? We put it to the test and here’s what we found: Body and Handling Due to the absence of a mirror box, the Nikon…
Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones Review: The Sound of Silence

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones Review: The Sound of Silence

As an avid traveller who needs to get work done on the go, having a quality pair of noise-cancelling headphones is an everyday bag essential. My daily driver was the Sony WH-1000XM2 wireless headphones (2017), and it was my go-to when I simply wanted to unwind and drown everything else out. First Impressions The Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones immediately caught my eyes (and ears) at SITEX 2018’s Sony booth. I remember being amazed at the comfortable fit and the active noise cancellation when I first laid my hands on the headphones. It got me wondering: how much could Sony…
Sony FDR-X3000 Review: Giving the GoPro A Run For Their Money

Sony FDR-X3000 Review: Giving the GoPro A Run For Their Money

Home to a stabilized 4K camera, the Sony FDR-X3000 action camera has taken a slice of the market from its biggest competitors. How does it still stack up against its fierce rivals after almost two years of its release? Hang on tight to your adventure pants while we break it down for you!  Stabilisation Released in the late September of 2016, the FDR-X3000 turned a lot of heads when it brought Sony’s BOSS (Balanced Optical Steady Shot) stabilisation to the table. This technology allows the EXMOR R CMOS Sensor and the 17mm ZEISS lens (35mm equivalent) to be able to move…
Review: The Philips SpeedPro Max Makes Cleaning Swift, Smooth and Stylish

Review: The Philips SpeedPro Max Makes Cleaning Swift, Smooth and Stylish

The SpeedPro Max, a new cordless cleaner from Philips, is said to be one of the better cordless vacuums in the market. The two-in-one cleaner clocked in the fastest cordless cleaning experience. The vacuum is able to deliver suction in every direction through its 360-degree nozzle (that comes with stylish LED lights) and is powered by a 25.2V lithium-ion rechargeable battery that allows for a cordless vacuuming time of up to 65 minutes. The Philips Speedpro Max is the perfect home appliance to clean up every nook and cranny of your home. The vacuum is designed to address the tiresome…
A Second Chance at Freedom: Jaybird’s Freedom 2 Wireless Sports Headphones

A Second Chance at Freedom: Jaybird’s Freedom 2 Wireless Sports Headphones

Music is a display of one’s individuality whether it is the listener or the performer. It is an essential part of our life where we indulge in to get away from our hectic lifestyles, and which better way to do that than to get a device that replaces those disturbing white noises during our daily commutes with quality audio? Sleek and precise. The Jaybird Freedom 2 overwhelms your hearing senses by giving you the ability to distinguish the different layers of the music. It feels like ecstasy being able to hear all the different highs and lows of the music…
Review: The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Is a Premium Product Fit for Working Professionals

Review: The Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Is a Premium Product Fit for Working Professionals

There are so many things to love about the Voyager 8200 UC that it is difficult to decide where to begin. The boomless Bluetooth stereo headset, released end-2017, was made specifically with working professionals in mind. In short, the product delivers on what it promises – the Voyager 8200 UC makes for a practical work companion. One would immediately notice the comfort of the muffs putting the headset on. They feel exceptional, like the softest leather encased pillow one will ever feel. This writer was wearing glasses when testing the product, and even so, the headset felt luxuriously comfortable –…
Review: New Toys from Astell & Kern A Promising Step Forward

Review: New Toys from Astell & Kern A Promising Step Forward

Renowned Korean portable audio manufacturer iRiver has recently announced two new high-resolution Digital Audio Players under their Astell & Kern (A&K) brand – the A&norma SR15, and the A&futura SE100, to complement their flagship, the A&ultima SP1000. iRiver also introduced a new entry-level In-Ear Monitor, the Jerry Harvey/Astell&Kern Billie Jean. This completes the rebranding of the A&K player lineup, with the A&norma representing the standard, entry-level lineup, the A&futura representing the premium, sub-flagship tiered players, and the A&ultima holding the spot for A&K’s flagship offerings. I was recently at Smoke & Mirrors to witness the launch event, hosted by AV…
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