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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,…
Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL Review: A for Effort

Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL Review: A for Effort

Google’s unveiling of the new Pixel 3a and 3a XL was a peculiar sight to see. In a market where major smartphone manufacturers are touting the capabilities of their flagship line of phones, Google has decided to go against the grain and instead introduce a product aimed at attracting consumers who have a smaller budget. Right now you can purchase the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL at SGD $659 and $779 respectively; that’s a really good price compared to the phones by its competitors which routinely hit beyond the $1,000 mark. Of course, with that price point, it’s fairly…
Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua Review: Light, Bright, But The Mop’s A Slight

Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua Review: Light, Bright, But The Mop’s A Slight

The lifestyle of the average Singaporean leaves little time to relax, especially with needing to tend to household chores and cleaning. Philips wants to help us lighten that load and free up more time to enjoy with the all-new Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua. The SpeedPro Max Aqua has the same features of the SpeedPro Max; specifically, the 360-degree suction nozzle, LED light and low-incline functionality. However, new improvements have been added to the device. The battery is now able to run longer than its predecessor, up from the initial maximum of 65 minutes to 75 minutes of runtime on its…
Huawei P30 Pro Review: Its Much Vaunted Camera, Justified

Huawei P30 Pro Review: Its Much Vaunted Camera, Justified

The world took notice of Huawei when they presented the newest addition to the Android-powered Mate smartphone series, the Mate 20 Pro. Now, Huawei is aiming to iterate that success with their newest product in its flagship P series line, the P30 Pro. Design The Huawei P30 Pro has a gorgeous 6.47 inch OLED display that really makes vibrant colours pop from its screen. Those who are not fans of the notches housing the front camera that has been featured on several of the popular phone brands will be relieved to know that the less egregious “teardrop” design from the…
vivo V11: A Mid-range Smartphone With Premium Features

vivo V11: A Mid-range Smartphone With Premium Features

Chinese smartphones have been gaining massive popularity among consumers, and it’s not difficult to see why. Their prevalence — both in and out of the Chinese mainland — are mainly attributed to their low retail price, and the ability to retain the premium specs and features usually found on more expensive flagships. One no longer has to pay kilobuck prices to get dual cameras, a bezel-less screen, a powerful processor, and a fingerprint scanner. Manufacturers like Vivo, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Huawei have been pushing out multiple examples of mid-range phones that can stand up to many current-day flagships, and many…
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…
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