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Linksys E4200, a high-tech wireless-N router for low-tech people

Jul 28, 11 Linksys E4200, a high-tech wireless-N router for low-tech people

Posted by in Personal Computing, Wireless Technology

Check out this wireless router that doesn’t look like a router at all. It’s the Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router, a feature-rich router for your home that doesn’t require you to be a geek to set up. But those who wants more control will also be amazed with the comprehensive options that you can also play with. With dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) support, the E4200 can delegate your throughput-heavy devices such as gaming consoles, media servers, into the less crowded and faster 5GHz band while the 2.4GHz can be used by your iPad and other less bandwidth-intensive wireless devices. You won’t see an antenna on the E4200 because it has an internal antenna design instead. Don’t let it fool you though, this router’s effective range reaches up to 290 feet which is quite exceptional for a home router. Other features include 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports for throughput up to 1,000 Mbps. There’s also a USB 2.0 port where you can plug in an external drive when you want to share its contents with other devices in the network. Now if all those features seem to be daunting you, don’t be. With the included Cisco connect, you can set up your wireless home network in a jiffy, as in three steps! It will also allow you to easily manage your network, like set up parental controls or creating a separate network just for guests, just like you’re a professional network administrator. The Linksys E4200 is the high-end product for their E-series line and costs Php9,288. A bit pricey but is worth every penny if you have a lot of things planned for your own wireless network. Of course, there’s also the option of choosing the lower-end Linksys E-series models but this one really takes the cake when it comes to features and design. The Linksys E-series wireless routers are commercially available at the following MSRPs and retailers. For more information about Linksys and the E-series, please visit: Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Wireless-N Router...

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Samsung Galaxy SII reaches 5 million mark, still not yet done

Samsung recently announced that their latest flagship phone, the dual-core Galaxy SII, just passed the turning point of 10 million global sales. It has marked the accumulated global sales of 5 million units only 85 days (on July 22) after its release. It took the Samsung Galaxy SII 40 days faster than the original Galaxy S to reach the same sales mark. It acquired 56% of the mobile phone market in Korea last month and topped mobile market share in 10 European countries. And get this, it hasn’t even reach China yet which we all know is the world’s largest market. “In just a few months the Galaxy S II has led the way in driving Samsung’s unmatched performance in the smartphone industry” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “Since being launched into the retail market in late April, the Galaxy S II has seen tremendous growth. This reflects the strong support from carrier partners globally, who in choosing the Galaxy S II as their flagship device have reaffirmed the device’s status as a premium, market-defining Smartphone”. Makes you feel good about getting the phone don’t it? Related posts: Get ready for the Samsung Galaxy S II, should land this month Samsung Galaxy SII Pre-order Promo Samsung Galaxy SII officially launched, unlocked units out on July Samsung Galaxy SII, 3 million units sold in 55 days Samsung Galaxy S finally getting Gingerbread, as well as other Galaxy phones Samsung Philippines announces “bada”, their new mobile...

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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Gaming Keyboard Review

Jul 27, 11 Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Gaming Keyboard Review

Posted by in Featured, Gadgets, Gaming, Reviews

I’m an avid FPS and MMORPG fan, I’m also an addicted platformer and RTS fan, in short, I’m not your casual gamer. I’ve always fancied using a mechanical keyboard seeing as how the local tech scene don’t usually have them available. Fortunately, Razer is introducing mechanical keyboard to the mainstream market. Known for its line of gaming products, Razer stands by its tagline “For Gamers, By Gamers”. Razer was kind enough to send the BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for me to play with. The packaging is pretty smart, as it has a cut-out portion with the Arrow Keys exposed for a potential buyer to try what a mechanical keyboard feels like. If you see one on display, don’t be shy and try it out, just don’t go without your wallet because I’m sure once you feel what mech is like, you will feel the urge to get one. Inside the box, you’ll get the keyboard, some documentations and Razer stickers. Interestingly, ours didn’t come with A CD for the drivers, I had to download them from the website. Upon inspection, the BlackWidow Ultimate has a minimalist design for a gaming keyboard. What I mean by that is that it doesn’t have much gimmicky buttons, outrageous design (save for the font used), etc. The layout is very simple and very intuitive. This is by far the heaviest keyboard I’ve ever used. Based on their website, this keyboard weighs 1.5kg. With the heft and rubber feet, the keyboard sits sturdily in my desk which is a plus in my book because I have a smooth desk and even mouse pads can’t stay in place. The braided cable gives it a robust feel, like it can be used on a tug-of-war (or not). The cable features the ff: 1x USB for the keyboard, 1x USB for the USB-passthrough and 2x media jacks (Mic and Speaker out). On the right side, you’ll see the USB port and the media jacks. However, I don’t feel the need to...

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Belkin’s TuneBase FM wants to be your ultimate iPhone car kit

The Belkin TuneBase FM is a very handy contraption that could find its way into the car of iPhone or even iPod Touch users. It’s main use is to transmit music coming from your iPhone to your car radio using ClearScan technology to find the clearest frequency signal possible. Because what’s the point of an FM transmitter when the signal you’re on is not that strong right? Not only does this device transmit music but it will also output your calls through your car stereo system. If you receive a call, the music will fade out so you can have a hands-free speaker phone conversation going on inside your car. The TuneBase FM has a convenient base stand that can be adjusted to fit your iPod Touch or iPhone even with their case on. It is plugged into your 12-volt lighter outlet so it can charge your iPhone at the same time. Very useful when you’re using it as a GPS. There’s also an additional USB port if you want to charge another device. The only thing left this device can’t do is parallel park your car for you or drive your car via your iPhone. That would be extremely cool though. This Belkin TuneBase FM has an SRP of  P3,990 and is distributed in the Philippines through MSI-ECS along with other Belkin products. Related posts: No related...

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The BenQ EW2430 VA-panel LED Monitor

Vertical alignment or VA-panel monitors are not new but they aren’t mainstream yet either. They are known to have better color reproduction than your regular LED monitors and display blacks more accurately because of its capability to produce true black with zero bright dot (ZBD). They also have a wider viewing angle (178º/178º) compared to a regular Twisted Nematic (TN) panel. The BenQ EW2430 VA LED panel features an ultra-high native contrast ratio of 3,000:1 for added depth and definition. It has better contrast and detail in dark-colored movie scenes. Equipped with the ultra high Dynamic Contrast Ratio (DCR) that equates to 20,000,000:1, it enhances the details and color contrast. The true 8-bit color range with 16.7M color level presents saturated vividness and smoother color transitions in every image. The EW2430 comes with a headphone jack, audio line in and out, 2x HDMI Ports, and 1x D-Sub and 1x DVI-D to support various gaming devices and both analog and digital signals. Four USB ports are built-in as well, ensuring every USB device will have its own home. This 24″ LED monitor is already available for Php14,499 which is pretty affordable for a loaded VA panel monitor. It may not look pretty and slim but it serves its purpose as your everyday LED monitor. BenQ EW2430 Specs: 24in, Full HD, semi-matt, 8-bit PVA panel 2x HDMI, DVI and VGA for video 4-port USB hub, 3.5mm in/out and headphone plus speakers Stylish design with brushed aluminium sections 3000:1 claimed contrast, 8ms GTG Related posts: No related...

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Toshiba announced the Tecra R840 high-performance notebook

Last week, Toshiba showcased their latest high-performance notebook to the media, the TECRA R840 which is designed to handle demanding business tasks within a thin and light body. Featuring a14-inch diagonal HD LED-Backlit widescreen display, the TECRA R840 is the ideal all-around mobile business laptop. At about 25 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, the TECRA M11, the TECRA R840 is the thinnest 14-inch TECRA laptop ever made. The performance packed laptop is also equipped with the 2nd generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and high-speed 7200 RPM hard drives, delivering the maximum performance when you need it the most. Visual experience is further enhanced with the AMD Radeon discrete graphics with 1GB of dedicated graphics which is powerful enough to let you display up to four screens at once. Toshiba is known for making very resilient notebooks and the TECRA R840 is no different. The TECRA R840 notebooks are built using a unique High Stiffness Resin reinforced casing together with chassis pillars embedded into the laptop’s interior, making the system highly robust against flexing and thereby considerably prolonging the products’ lifetimes. Equipped with Toshiba’s EasyGuard Technology to help protect against accidental spills and bumps, the laptops are also designed with a suite of security features, including multiple level passwords and a fingerprint reader, and an optional Trusted Platform Module to offer high-level data encryption. As for connectivity, the TECRA R840 comes with a broad range of standard ports including high-speed USB 3.0 port, eSATA/USB Combo with Toshiba’s USB Sleep & Charge technology, DisplayPort or HDMI, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR, ExpressCard and Gigabit Ethernet. All Toshiba Notebook PCs are backed by Toshiba’s extensive service and support. Depending on configurations, the new TECRA R840 series come standard with a 1-year or 3-years carry-in International Limited Warranty (parts & labor), 1-year battery (carry-in). If you’re interested with the Toshiba TECRA R840, its pricing and configuration, it’s best to contact Tricom Dynamics at 890-6525. Toshiba TECRA R840 Specs: Intel® 2nd Generation Core CPU RAM:...

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Sony Ericsson Launches First Android Smartphone with Walkman™ Feature

Jul 25, 11 Sony Ericsson Launches First Android Smartphone with Walkman™ Feature

Posted by in Contest & Promos, Gadgets, Mobile, Tech News

Sony Ericsson Philippines earlier last week launched its first Walkman™ Android phone, the new Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman™ phone alongside with three other Walkman™ phones – the Sony Ericsson Zylo, Sony Ericsson Spiro and Sony Ericsson Yendo. The Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman™  phone features a 3-inch TFT capacitive touch screen with 320×480 pixels resolution, 600 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera,  video recording , internet over WiFi and 3G and runs on an Android OS 2.1 (Éclair). Also bundled with the phone is a 4GB microSD card, exclusively for the Philippine market. This phone is now available with an SRP of Php7,990. A quick look at the Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Phone Meanwhile, the other Walkman™  phones, the Sony Ericsson Zylo , Sony Ericsson Spiro and Sony Ericsson Yendo combines the Walkman™  music experience with social networking allowing users to enjoy better-quality music and connect to Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. A significant feature of the Sony Ericsson Zylo is ability to play music in high definition FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) format. You can get the Zylo for Php4,990. The Sony Ericsson Spiro on the other hand is embedded with TrackID music recognition software. You can get this phone for only Php2,990. The Sony Ericsson Yendo is the first full touch Walkman™ phone and features a four corner touch user interface similar to the Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman™ phone. It’s available for only Php3,990. GLEE Promo and Video Music Contest Each of these Sony Ericsson Walkman™ phones comes embedded with the GLEE Cast Version of the song Listen. A purchase also comes with an exclusive GLEE: The Music t-shirts. Sony Ericsson will also be running a GLEE video music contest from July 26 to September 30, 2011. To join, just submit videos of your own cover of any song from GLEE: The Music original soundtrack albums. Get a chance to win Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman™ phones, GLEE:  The Music t-shirts and a Boracay vacation package for two from South East Asian Airlines...

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BlackBerry PlayBook lands at Globe, comes with Curve or Torch

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a highly-anticipated tablet here in the country but it only comes with a WiFi variant. So how can Globe, which is a heavy BlackBerry player, market it? Well, by bundling a BlackBerry phone with it and making it free starting at Plan 3799. If you want to own the BlackBerry PlayBook as soon as August 3 and don’t have a BlackBerry phone to maximize its use, check out this offer from Globe. This offer is only available for online applications until July 29 and stocks are limited so you better act fast if you’re really interested. Visit for more info. And be sure to check out our article on how the BlackBerry PlayBook plays with a BlackBerry phone. Related posts: Globe introduces Tablet Plan, no different from Tattoo Globe and Smart offers unlimited text to all...

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Smart offers ALWAYS ON plans for light mobile internet users

I’ve always thought that telcos should introduce plans that would cater to those who wants to stay online all the time just for Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or other social network activities. These doesn’t consume much bandwidth so those unlimited uncapped internet is a bit of an overkill. Well Smart now has a solution just for that with their ALWAYS ON packages which is in per/kb bundling rather than time-based so it’s much cheaper. The normal 1 day unlimited surfing costs P50 but with ALWAYS ON, it’s either P20 or P30 for 25MB or 50MB per day. Syntax: Text ON <Price> to 2200 (e.g. Text ON 300 to 2200) *Available to SMART Postpaid, Prepaid and Broadband **Not available with Mobile Prepaid The cheapest monthly plan is P300 for 250MB. Smart says with 250 MB, you can do: 1,500,000 tweets or 15,000 facebook posts or 15,000 emails Not bad for people who don’t need to surf a lot but wants to be active always on their social network accounts. HTC ChaCha prepaid users might want to take advantage of these plans. Related posts: Smart TGIFreeday is Back! What is Smart Communications’ BIG and FREE secret? New Unli call and text option for Smart prepaid subscribers Smart Gold offers Unlimited Data Plans Smart brings you new postpaid plans for unlimited call and...

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Win a trip to Hollywood, USA when you buy a Sony VAIO laptop

Planning to buy a notebook anytime soon? If you’re going to make that purchase a Sony VAIO then you’re entitled to a raffle that could win you a trip for 2 to Hollywood, California, USA. And if you’re going to get the Sony VAIO S, which could net you 12 hours away from a power source, you’re going to get 5 raffle entries instead. The “Great Vaio S-cape Raffle Promo” is a nationwide promotion that will run from July 15-September 29, 2011. Anyone who buys a VAIO from authorized Sony Philippines dealers is entitled to win this promo. Submit your photo with your new VAIO via email. Only one super lucky winner will be chosen to win! The trip includes 2 roundtrip tickets to Los Angeles, California USA via PAL, hotel accommodation for four nights and five days, city tour, broadway show and a studio tour in Velvet partner studios. The winner will be drawn on September 30, 2011. Click the image below for full mechanics. Related posts: No related...

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LG Optimus 7 Review

Jul 23, 11 LG Optimus 7 Review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

The LG Optimus 7 is a smartphone that joined the small circle of phones carrying the Windows Phone 7 (WP7) OS. Here in the Philippines, only a few phones bears Microsoft’s new mobile OS. There’s  HTC with their HD7, and Mozart, and LG’s Optimus 7 which we currently have for review. The WP7 mobile OS was only released last October 2010 so it’s only understandable that there are only less than a handful of smartphones available for now but Nokia will soon add up to the numbers. Let’s see how the LG Optimus 7 which runs on WP7 hold its own in a market dominated by Android phones and the iPhone. Design The WP7 imposes strict hardware specifications particularly on the navigational keys which consists of only the back, home and search keys. We think its Microsoft’s’ way of branding itself and the three main keys do tend to be frequently used when navigating through the user interface. The Optimus 7 is on the longer side with its 3.8” WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels) screen which is designed for the WP7’s UI portrait orientation. Although the screen resolution is not of the best there is but its of above average with the colors and graphics being pretty much pleasing. It weighs in at a hefty 157 grams due to the overall metal chassis and it feels really solid which is a plus for us. At the front we have the loudspeaker and the proximity sensor while the power button as well as the 3.5mm jack are neatly placed at the top. At the left side you’ll find the volume rocker while the right side is where the camera key and the micro-USB port are located. A 5 megapixel camera with LED flash is located at the back. The camera also supports auto-focus and the volume rocker may be used for zooming in on your subjects. You may have noticed that there is no slot for micro SD cards and that is one of...

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Pinoys among the world’s prolific sharers of mobile phone photos

Interesting but not really surprising. We, Pinoys, are among the most prolific takers and sharers of mobile photos according to a recent survey done by Finnish mobile technology giant Nokia. In the online survey conducted in eight countries with more than 8,000 respondents who are smartphone users, it showed that 31% of the Filipinos take photos with their mobile phones daily while 70% do it on a weekly basis. 50% said they typically upload them in social networking sites particularly in Facebook. We’re not the most active in taking and sharing mobile photos though. China is tops with 33% who takes photos with their mobile phone weekly and 86% do it daily. Now what more if  Facebook is not banned in China. Here are some more interesting Pinoy facts taken from this study: We like to take photos of friends and children while European countries like to take photos of nature more. We are vain. Almost half of the Filipino respondents said they like taking photos of themselves and posting it online. Bring down the age group to 15-25 and that number shoots up to 84%, the highest than any other country. 63% said that camera and picture quality is one of the most important features when looking for a new phone. Only 3% said it was irrelevant. 70% said that aside from camera on a phone, the color is also a major factor. Personally, as someone who covers a lot of media events, I really appreciate phones with excellent cameras because sometimes I don’t want to be lugging around my DSLR especially if I don’t need to take lots of photos. This survey is brought to you by the pink Nokia N8. The N8 is one of the phones out there known to have really good optics and the hot pink is a limited edition here in our country so better hurry and get one if you want a pink N8. Related posts: No related...

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