Seagate Wireless Plus Review

Jul 17, 13 Seagate Wireless Plus Review

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After releasing the GoFlex Satellite, Seagate gives us another Wi-Fi-enabled storage device, the Wireless Plus. Read our full review to see how this external hard drive has improved over its predecessor. Design The drive has a plastic body with a metal finish for that sleek and minimalist design. Pressing the power button located at the left side turns on the two led light indicators for power and Wi-Fi signal. The Wireless Plus comes with a USM adapter for USB 3.0. This can come in handy if you need to do quick backups and if your machine has a USB 3.0 port. It’s a bit thick if you compare it to other portable external hard drives since it houses a battery, a radio for the built-in Wi-Fi, and a charging port. Here’s what’s included in the box. Features The drive has 1TB storage capacity which is a huge bump compared to the GoFlex’s 500GB. This model is formatted for NTFS (for Windows), but you can also install Seagate’s Wireless Mac Setup Utility tool that is bundled with the hardware. It allows wireless streaming of media even if you don’t have Internet access. Aside from downloading files from your Wireless Plus, you can also upload to it which is something not possible from its predecessor. Just get the Seagate Media app for Android or iOS. If you don’t have an Android or iOS device, you can still access you Wireless Plus via a web browser. Just enter the Seagate Wireless Plus’s IP address, 172.25.0.1. You can also share your internet and media at the same time which is useful if you don’t want to disconnect from your home network just to connect to the Wireless Plus. You can use the Wireless Plus as a pass through router by having it connect to a hotspot or internet router then share that connection with up to 8 wireless devices. Performance and Battery Life The Wireless Plus’ battery lasted about 6 hours after streaming a 1080p movie and transferring...

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Sony launches its latest full-frame camera line

Sony unveiled three new models ranging from full-frame digital cameras to a full-frame, full HD camcorder. The Sony RX1 is the world’s first 35mm full-frame compact camera. It has a 24.3-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, a bright Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* f/2.0 35mm fixed focal length lens, and a hi-fi BIONZ image processor. You’ll get high-end DSLR-quality photos on a small package. The latest from the DSLR line (actually DSLT) is the Sony a99 which was launched last year. Like the RX1, the a99 has a 24.3-megapixel, 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor. It has the Translucent Mirror Technology, which amazingly replaces the swinging mirror of DSLRs with a stationary translucent mirror that directs light to the auto-focus sensor and image sensor. Sounds too technical but what it really does is that it improves subject tracking and focusing precision. Another key feature is the XGA OLED Tru-Finder that allows you to adjust your viewfinder for clearer and precise focusing. According to Sony, “It eliminates the guesswork in achieving your vision”. What you see, is what you get. The third new update, this time coming from the Handycam line is the Sony NEX-VG900. Packed with the same full-frame features of the RX1 and a99, the NEX-VG900 is for digital moviemakers and cinematographers. It has a 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, a Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone for high-quality stereo (5.1 channel sound), and a progressive recording capability. You can also pair it with the optional adaptor so you can use your A-mount lenses. Here are the suggested retail prices for these full-frame Sony cameras: Sony RX1 – Php139,999 Sony a99 – Php139,999 Sony NEX-VG900 – Php149,999 All three comes with a 3-year warranty. Related posts: Sony Alpha a99 DSLT camera, a lot of “firsts” for...

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Samsung Series 5 Slimbook 535 Review

Oct 19, 12 Samsung Series 5 Slimbook 535 Review

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Another ultraportable laptop stepping in the arena is the Samsung Series 5 Slimbook 535. It belongs to the stylish and portable breed of laptops powered by an AMD processor to fit your budget. Samsung calls it a Slimbook. Let’s see why this machine is quite different from other ultrabooks out in the market. Design The 13.3-inch Samsung Series 5 535 has a sturdy, aluminum body. The housing of this notebook has a matte-finish. You don’t have to worry about smudges and fingerprints. It has a 1.3 megapixel HD web camera at the top of the screen, which works seamlessly with the pre-installed Cyberlink YouCam program to capture images and videos. At the upper-right corner of the keyboard is the uniquely designed and very intuitive power button. The status lights for battery, power, and Wi-Fi are situated upfront. Mic is at the left-hand side of the keyboard. For a very thin and light machine, I/O ports are pretty standard. At the right side, you will find two USB ports and a 4-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC) multi-card reader. At the left side, you have a charging port, a gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI-out port, a headphone/microphone jack, and a mini-display port. Keyboard The keyboard area has a simple matte finish and has ample space for the palms to rest on while typing. It’s designed with a sleek chiclet-style keyboard that had a “springy” feedback for that wonderful typing experience. One drawback is that it’s not backlit but I’m sure you can live with that. Display and Speakers This Series 5 laptop has a 13.3-inch matte LED HD display. The screen produces rich and saturated colors with a standard resolution of 1366×768. Video playback is clear even in bright conditions thanks to the anti-glare matte display and Samsung’s SuperBright technology for a 300-nit screen. The speakers are located at the bottom of the unit. Sound output via is very clear and pretty impressive with the SoundAlive technology. It’s loud enough to fill a small room,...

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Divoom BlueTune-2 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Jul 11, 12 Divoom BlueTune-2 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

From portable speakers to docking stations, Singapore-based company, Divoom, finally released their new Bluetooth speakers. Here’s our take on the Divoom BlueTune-2. The body of the BlueTune-2 is made of shiny plastic with a metal grill that protects the 2.8in speakers in front. At the top are the volume buttons plus the Connect button in the middle. Around the Connect button is the color LED indicator that tells whether your speaker is on standby mode (white) or paired with a device (blue). The back part houses the port for the AC/DC adaptor (left), and the 3.5mm AUX IN (middle) where you can connect your MP3 players without the Bluetooth connectivity. Also situated at the back is the power button (right). Pairing is very easy and hassle-free. All you have to do is press and hold the Connect button for 3 seconds until the LED indicator flashes rapidly with white color. Make sure that the Bluetooth feature on your iPod or MP3 player is turned on. You will know that you are connected when the LED turns blue. The speaker can go loud without any noticeable distortion. Sound output was very clean and bassy, but it will be a plus if your MP3 player has an equalizer so that you can adjust the high (treble) and low (bass) frequencies based on your tunes. The BlueTune-2 comes in two loud colors (neon green or hot pink) that can definitely brighten up the space it will occupy. It is not a portable speaker (requires you to be plugged in) but it will be perfect for your indoor listening needs. Overall, the design should complement any modern living space and the speaker produces a decent sound output that can fill a studio unit or bedroom. If you are looking for a sound system that’s inexpensive, stylish, and has wireless connectivity, then you might want to consider the Divoom BlueTune-2 which retails for Php4,690. It’s already available in Astrovision, SM Appliance Center, and Rustan’s Department Store. Divoom BlueTune-2 Specs:...

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BlackBerry Curve 9320 Review

Jun 13, 12 BlackBerry Curve 9320 Review

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The Blackberry Curve 9320 is the much-awaited upgrade to the 9300 Curve line from Research In Motion (RIM). It has the capacity to support the latest OS and features of a BlackBerry, at the same affordable price Curves are known for. Read on to find out if this new device is the perfect BlackBerry for your needs. Design Out of all the BlackBerry smartphones, the Curve line has been the most experimental when it comes to form factor. From an all-touch model (9380), to a Bold-like phone (9360), RIM decided to go back to its roots and came up with the BlackBerry 9320 that has the classic Curve design. Just like other Curve models, the 9320 has a plastic body with rubber and matte trimmings giving it a sleek look. At the left-hand side of the phone is the Micro-USB port for charging and data transfer. The convenience key at the left is a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) button. With this, you can quickly chat and send pictures to your contacts. If you’re not a BBM addict, you can always change the setting of the convenience keys in the Options menu. At the right-hand side, you will find the standard media keys: volume buttons, play/pause button (in the middle), and the right-hand convenience key that is pre-set as the camera shortcut. At the top, you have the lock/unlock button that also turns off your screen to save battery. The 3.5mm audio jack is now situated at the top, making it more accessible and functional so you can easily connect your headset even if the phone is inside your pocket. The back part houses the 3.2MP camera lens and LED flash. It takes decent photos, which should be enough for your mobile uploads. Other camera features include: video recording, 4X digital zoom, and Geotagging. The Curve 9320 has a 320 x 240 color display. Right above it, is the speaker grid and the circular led indicator. Below the screen, you will find the optical trackpad...

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 Review

Oct 29, 11 BlackBerry Bold 9900 Review

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Touch is the new black. No, make that “Multi-touch, is the new black” when it comes to smartphones. This year, Reasearch In Motion released their new line of multi-touch smartphones that will carry the latest BlackBerry 7 Operating System. Back in the spotlight is the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Design Looking at the Bold 9900, I can pretty much describe it in one word. Classic. True to it’s name, the 9900 exudes a classic BlackBerry Bold design. If you’ve been a CrackBerry (BlackBerry addict), a fan, or a BlackBerry user for quite sometime now, you will probably agree with me. Yes? Looking a lot like the 2008 Bold model (Bold 9000), but this time, with a thinner, sleeker, bolder look. The sleeker, bolder appearance comes from a real brushed metal finish that surrounds the unit. It is the thinnest BlackBerry to date at just 10.5mm (that’s 0.41in). RIM brought back the wide-body design with a fantastic physical keyboard that makes the typing experience so perfect and efficient, you wouldn’t mind composing long emails when using this phone. The keys are definitely bigger and softer to press which makes it easier and hassle-free for the user when composing emails, texts, tweets, and BBMs. BlackBerry Bold 9900 Just above the (excellent) keyboard, are the traditional Blackberry keys plus the the trackpad. Again, if you’re a “CrackBerry”, you will easily spot that the Send and End keys have lost their green and red colors. The Bold 9900 has a 2.8-inch high-resolution, multi-touch display, with a 640×480 pixel resolution at 287ppi. Overall, the display produces vivid colors and thanks to RIM’s implementation of “Liquid Graphics”, browsing and navigation has been much smoother and efficient. Yes, I’ve tried the “pinch-in and pinch-out” zoom gestures and I didn’t get disappointed with the experience. RIM did a really good job on improving their multi-touch functionality on this phone. At the right-side of the phone, you will find the standard volume/media buttons (also made of metal) and the mute key, now situated in...

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RIM boldly presents its new line of BlackBerry 7 phones

Despite the inclement weather brought by Pedring, BlackBerry enthusiasts from media, showbiz and tech industry were BOLD enough to attend the much-awaited BlackBerry 7 Launch last night, Sept.26, 2011 at the Ayala Museum in Makati. The latest BlackBerry Bold 9900 was unveiled and is expected to be available in the market by the 7th of October for Php31, 690. With that price, you get a 24-month warranty if you buy from authorized carriers and retail stores. BlackBerry Bold 9900 Specs: 2.8” high-resolution multi-touch display (640×480 pixel resolution at 287ppi) BlackBerry 7 OS 8GB on-board, expandable up to 40GB via microSD 5MP camera, flash, image stabilization, 720p HD video recording Integrated GPS and assisted GPS ready 802.11 2.4GHz b/g/n, 5GHz a/n Tri-Band UMTS/HSPA, Quad Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE Two other BlackBerry 7 models were also introduced that night. The full touch-screen Torch 9860 and the smaller and much-improved Curve 9360, which is said to be the best-selling smartphone in our country according to Hastings Singh, RIM VP for South Asia. SRP and official release dates for the Torch 9860 and Curve 9360 is yet to be announced but we’ll keep you posted once we have them. Related posts: BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and Torch 9860 are now official RIM’s newest BlackBerry Curve 9360 gets BlackBerry 7...

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Acer Aspire 8943G Review

Mar 05, 11 Acer Aspire 8943G Review

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Looking for a laptop to replace your desktop PC? Want a machine that will meet your playtime and workday activities? Look no further because the Acer Aspire 8943G is here to answer all your gaming and multimedia needs. Read on and be impressed with what this “gigantor” from Acer has to offer. Look and feel The Aspire 8943G boasts an 18.4inch Full HD glass display (edge-to-edge). You might not enjoy carrying a 10.1lbs machine in your bag but you can definitely move it around your house from room to room. With a 1920×1080 maximum display resolution, multitasking will be a lot more efficient since you can open two applications side by side. Despite its large size, this laptop still exudes a very sophisticated design. The lid is made of brushed metal and the rest of the exterior is housed in a solid plastic body. The widescreen display goes well with the built-in Blu-ray / DVD drive and Dolby Home Theater audio system. Visual and audio playback was superb when I tried playing a Blu-ray copy of Star Trek. Action scenes and digital effects played flawlessly, paired with a clear and full volume output. The music playback can definitely fill a small room without any distortion. The typing area is very spacious, giving way to a full chiclet-style keyboard setup with a dedicated number pad, just like in a traditional desktop keyboard. The 3.5 by 2.5inch multi-touch pad is very responsive. It even has a dual-touch mode feature which allows you to switch the from multi-touch to media-console mode, where dedicated areas indicated by icons (play, stop, forward/back, and mute) are displayed on the touch pad. This feature is quite handy, especially when playing your videos. On the other hand, not everything on this machine is touch-sensitive. Located at the front-edge, below the keypad, is the very accessible volume dial. Along the sides of the Aspire 8943G are the set of ports that includes, VGA and HDMI connectors, USB/eSATA combo port, USB and FireWire ports,...

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

Jan 10, 11 BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

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The battle for the best smartphone on the market continues as iPhone and Android devices go head to head. This year, BlackBerry decided to join the arena by releasing a super smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch 9800. Read on to find out if the Torch 9800 really is “the best BlackBerry ever” released by RIM. Design If you are a BlackBerry fan, you would probably say at first glance that the Torch 9800 got its form from the Bold 9700 (go ahead and google BlackBerry Bold 9700, we’ll wait). Maybe that was the reason why early rumors and leaks of this phone revealed it as ‘Bold 9800’. Both models have the same metal-chrome-like (but wait, it’s plastic!) trimmings that outline the sides and top-back part of the phone. The Torch has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, with a 480 x 360 resolution. Below the screen, you will find the traditional call, menu, end call/power buttons, and the optical trackpad. The rest of the body is made of hard plastic with a very rubbery finish. The rear cover has a ribbed coating that will aid you in having a firm grip. You will find the 5 megapixel camera with LED flash also at the back of the phone. The lock and mute buttons are situated at the top. The location of the lock button is good since it is very accessible butoOn the other hand, there were times that the phone gets accidentally unlocked. At the left side, you will find the Micro USB jack for charging and data transfer. I had a hard time handling the phone while typing since the charging port is near the keypad area. I remember that they already resolved this issue when BlackBerry released the Curve 8520 and Bold 9700 models by placing the charging port on the top-left part of the phone. On the right side of the device, we have the 3.5mm headphone jack, volume buttons, and the convenience key. The QWERTY keyboard can be seen when you slide...

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 Review

Dec 18, 10 Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 Review

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Don’t judge a notebook by its cover. That’s what I said after using the Lenovo IdeaPad Z360. The Z series of IdeaPad from Lenovo is all about affordable laptops capable of satisfying your entertainment needs. There are a few configurations for the IdeaPad Z360 and we got the most basic one here. Read on to know how this amazing laptop became part of my daily grind for a few weeks. Look and feel When I pulled the Ideapad Z360 from its box, I wasn’t really wowed by its glossy black, finger-print-magnet lid. The top and bottom exterior are made up of plastic and weight-wise, I would say it was pretty heavy for a 13.3 inch laptop. Then came the time when I laid down this machine on the table and opened the top lid. It was definitely a different story after seeing what was inside. The keyboard area really caught my attention. It was made of aluminum and had that great metallic finish. Unlike the outer top lid, the metallic finish was somewhat fingerprint-proof. There is also ample space for the palms to rest on when typing. Like other Lenovo laptops, it had the streamlined, concave chiclet style keyboard design that had a “springy” feedback for an overall great typing experience. I also noticed that unlike the other Lenovo laptops I have reviewed (ThinkPad Edge 13 and G460), the Ctrl key of the IdeaPad Z360 is situated on the lower-far-left part where it should be traditionally placed. Good take on the keyboard layout by not interchanging the Left-Ctrl and Fn keys! The touchpad is pretty standard with two dedicated mouse buttons, scroll zone, but with no multitouch feature. Mouse buttons are placed just right for my thumbs to hit while using the touchpad and click feedback was just right. Not too sensitive and doesn’t require a hard press either. The 13.3-inch LED backlit screen is very bright, and produces rich and vibrant colors with a resolution of 1,366×768. It has the Dolby Advanced Audio...

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