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26 February 2014

Review: Logitech G602 Wireless

Recently, Logitech announced that seven of its products have won the prestigious 2014 iF product design award for excellence in the computer and audio/vido categories. Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse is one of them!

Selling here in Singapore for $109 may seems to be pretty affordable for serious gamers and it is compatible to both Windows (Vista, 7 and 8) and Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.

The Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse sets a new standard in wireless gaming, with a battery life that blows the competition away. Featuring two modes, the mouse delivers 250 hours of non-stop gaming battery life when in performance mode, and up to 1,440 hrs of battery life in endurance mode. It features exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology that offers high accuracy cursor control. The mouse has 11 programmable controls, allowing hardcore gamers to reassign any game command or multi-command macro with optional Logitech Gaming Software aka LGS.


Inside the box, other than the mouse itself, a small USB mouse receiver (500Ghz), a receiver extender cable (which is necessary if you are using a Desktop PC) and 2 AA batteries included.
I passed this mouse to 2 of my gaming friends and these are what I had gathered from them:

PROs 
- Fits well in the hand.
- Comfortable to use at the initial stage.
- Receiver is small and handy unlike the transmitter for Razor.
- Easy to get replacement batteries.
- Settings saved to mouse internal memory.
- It can be used across any computers.


CONs
- The dpi is abit low compared to Razor mouse.
- Polling rates is abit slow.
- Will love to have customization profile.
- No hardware reset button.
- Thumb buttons protruded design may cause pain after prolonged button spam.







12 February 2014

Review: Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad Mini

Just got your iPad Mini last Christmas or use your  bonus to buy one? You are happy with it but you are looking for casing and one that comes with wireless keyboard? Look no further, Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio may well be the perfect accessories you can find in the market. 

It is super light weight, one that provides comfortable typing experience without compromising your screen size. (Considering iPad Mini is already small, using touchscreen keyboard just make it smaller.) Other than that, it covers and protect your iPad from scratches, accidental bumps and spills with velvet-touch, easy-clean polyurethane cover. 

The keyboard built-in battery uses microUSB cable to charge and can last up to 3 months if used 2 hours per day. The casing SecureLock system will firmly fastened your iPad Mini to the frame which will prevent it from slipping out of the case. 

I let my buddy to try out this wireless keyboard casing for his iPad Mini and these what he have to say about the product.

Pros
1. I like the sleekness of the design.
2. The fit was great and securely hold my iPad without fearing it will drop out of the keyboard
3. I like the feel of the keyboard when I type.
4. It is ideal for notes taking.

Cons
1. The magnetic function to hold my iPad at an angle while I type can be a hindrance because the angle may not always be the best. If there is an option to adjust the angle while placed on a table will be great.
2. It takes a while to get used to the size of the keyboard and easily type "S" for an "A" for example.






Selling at S$129. Available in various colours like Carbon Black, Green Leash and Veil Grey. Come with 2-years limited hardware warranty. 



06 February 2014

StarHub Customers? Try this SmartSupport VAS when get brand new phone from StarHub Shop!

Have you ever wish that you back up all your photos, your video and especially your contacts when your beloved phone went dead on you, dropped into the toilet bowl, on the floor and screen cracked, stolen or simply went missing? Even so, replacing a new phone sometimes can be tedious and you urgently need a replacement phone quickly.

Quite recently, StarHub launched a new value added service specially to provide not just technical support for your brand new mobile phone purchased at StarHub Shop or Exclusive Partner Outlet, it also provide few other exciting features:
  • Automatically backup your photos, video and contacts from your smartphone to secured online backup storage. (5 GB allowed for photos and videos. Backup for contacts are unlimited. Amazon is the Cloud Provider.)
  • Locate your missing Smartphone, send alarm or even wipe your data if your smartphone is irrecoverable.
  • Anti-virus and Safe Browsing. 
  • Mobile Phone replacement with your backup content within 4 hours* in Singapore and selected countries. (*Report must be made & approved before 2pm Monday to Saturday or else it will be delivered the next working day)
Watch the below Ads to briefly understand why this is important for you.


Do note that the mobile replacement (new or refurbished sets) does not come free and it can only occur twice within one year. How much you need to pay is depending whether is it a swap or replacement, refer to the table for the fees payable. You can use your credit card to pay while you report or cash when phone is delivered to your desired address. Swap does not include SIM card and battery unless your mobile phone battery is non-removable like iPhone or HTC One. If your phone model is not available, StarHub will replace with a different brand, model and/or colour, usually comparable or better than your existing phone.



I manage to have a trial of their Smart Support software for HTC Butterfly S running on Android 4.3. 

Search StarHub and scroll down to this app at Google Play Store. Click Install.

Loading after installing...

Terms and Condition.... check to agree.

Allow this app to access your data and location.

Enter your mobile number to proceed.

You should receive a SMS pin, enter it to continue. 

Creating my own password and set security question in case I forget my password. Need to enter email add too.

Need to activate to allow this app to do the above.

Downloading virus definition and updates...



Options available for Backup

Here is the process...

Showing the result of my backup


All these are pretty straight forward, set it up and forget. Very useful for those mobile phone users who are not really IT Savvy and this will be a help mate for sure. It will run on the background and all these data that you back up will be restored to your replacement mobile phone. Your contacts, your photos (even if it is stored in microSD card) or video etc. No SMS will be back up however and no other data. 

One of the limitation I feel is the storage space and perhaps they can allow users to pay subscription fees for bigger storage space capacity. Also, StarHub Customers have to decide on the spot if they want to have this service, else they will not be able to enjoy this service at all.  It will be good if they are given at least 48 hours to consider whether to take up the service or not as not many are aware of this VAS.