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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!

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…

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

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: The Toyota C-HR is a Japanese SUV That’s Built Like a Continental

In the world of automobiles, Toyota is a brand that’s known for reliable engines and gearboxes that hardly ever break down. It won’t be surprising to find 15-year-old Corolla Altises still roaming Singapore’s busy roads in prime condition, boasting an average fuel consumption of around 16 km per litre, which is what some current-generation models can only dream of. Call me old-fashioned, but the quintessential Toyota car is the 1995 Toyota Crown Comfort. Apart from its fame of being the olfactory model for taxis in Singapore from the late 90’s for over 20 years, the Toyota Crown Comfort is a…

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…

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom vs. Megaboom: Does Size Matter?

Ultimate Ears is known for standing alongside the likes of JBL and Bose when it comes to producing good quality portable speakers, and these speakers can often be seen being used by dancers and performers all around Singapore, whether it is for producing good music for dance practice or rehearsals in open spaces. Or, simply used as a subtle way to holler at passersby that dancers are in ‘da house. As a dancer myself, I have known that a significant number of people from my social circle – friends and mentors alike – are advocates of UE speakers, and they…

B&O Beoplay H8i & H9i: Headphones That Keep Ahead

Music is one of those great things that you live for, which is already more than I can say about life itself sometimes. As someone who is personally more attuned with introversion, it has been an invaluable part of my life, letting me cope with the white noise of everyday routine and making the silence of crowds more palatable for my ears. In the age of modernity, it is no longer a question of accessing music, but of how to best consume it—how do we make music a part of our everyday lives with the best experience possible? Answering this…

Logitech MX Sound 2.0: For Home, and House Music

At S$149, the Logitech MX Sound 2.0 will serve as a hefty first upgrade to your default PC speakers. Yes, you definitely need an upgrade once you know how great Logitech’s new MX Sound is. Why, you ask? Don’t you listen to music? What, still using Spotify with ads? Wha… what are you doing? The Logitech MX Sound 2.0 is clearly designed for the good ol’ desktop – you won’t be lugging them around, that’s for sure. They have a depth of 16cm and a diameter of 8.4cm, but don’t let the seemingly unassuming specs fool you – they’re easily…

Mobile Printing For Digital Natives: Canon PIXMA TS307

How often have you found yourself emailing and editing documents through your smartphone? They’ve come to take on a much bigger role in our everyday lives, and sometimes the hassle of getting something off your phone onto a computer just to print it out, just isn’t worth it. Meet Canon’s PIXMA TS307, a wireless printer designed for digital natives! “The PIXMA TS307 reflects Canon’s continuous efforts to incorporate innovative features in our product offerings through keen insights on the evolution of technology and consumer trends,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Working spaces and habits are changing…

Logitech CRAFT: Turn This Way for Effortless Precision

At just under a kilogram, the Logitech CRAFT lands on your desk with a loud thud.  The latest 960g addition to Logitech’s already impressive lineup of productivity tools promises effortless precision for users willing to shell out the S$329 for it. How will this new contender fare amidst the ever-growing array of creative processing tools? Let’s find out. First impressions are important, and the CRAFT starts off great with its premium looks and feel. The keyboard is nothing short of sturdy, and yet surprisingly sleek. It almost looks portable if you’re still into lugging keyboards that don’t fold on demand.…
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