Dyson Cool fans

· · · Hardware

Attended the launch of the newly updated Dyson Cool Fans last week at Gillman Barracks.

The number one complain of the previous generation of Dyson Cool fans is the noise it produces and I am happy to hear (pun unintended) that the updated fans are now up to 75% quieter while maintaining the same powerful airflow. Besides being quieter, there is also a new sleep timer being added to the fan.

The core of Dyson Cool fan is the Air Multiplier. Air is drawn in by an energy-efficient, brushless motor. Airflow is then accelerated through an annular aperture, passing over an air foil-shaped ramp, which draws in and channels its direction. This creates and projects powerful, smooth and high velocity airflow.

Dyson Cool Fan - Inner Workings
Dyson Cool Fan – Inner Workings

The new Air Multiplier which gives it up to 75% quieter is the work of 65 Dyson’s engineers. They reduced the turbulence of high velocity air and cancelled out specific tones. To eliminate tones of 1,000Hz (similar to the frequency of the noise produced by the wing beat of mosquitoes), a Helmholtz cavity is added to the base of the machine to dissipates sound waves.

For the previous generation fans, the loop thickness is the same throughout. But for the updated fans, they create a larger space at the loop base and that reduces airflow obstructions meaning less turbulence and therefore less noise.

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Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank

5,000 units of the Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank was put on sale for the first time in Singapore at 12pm on 24th April 2014. If you miss that sale, Xiaomi Singapore will be having another sale tomorrow, 6th May 2014 at 12pm!

The Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank retails for only SGD$13.99 and shipping is an additional SGD$5 via UPS.

Yes, 10,400mAh power bank for only SGD$13.99. It is so cheap that you just need to get it. Whether you really need it or not is a question for another day.

It was sold out after 4 minutes. One Xiaomi account is allowed to buy two power banks. I managed to get two, one for myself and the other for my brother.

Total order came up to 2x SGD$13.99 + SGD$5 = SGD$32.98 and payment is by PayPal.

Placed my order at 12:02:53 on 24th April 2014. That is 2 minutes and 53 seconds after the sale had started. It can be even earlier if not for the multiple error pages when checking out due to the high traffic.

It was shipped on 26th April 2014 from Hong Kong and I received it on 29th April 2014.

The power bank casing is made up of a single-piece aluminium, created by high precision CNC digital cutting. It can fully charge your iPhone 5s for 4.5 times and your iPad Mini for 1.5 times.

The design is simple, the power button, indicator lights, micro USB input port and USB output port are all located on the same side. Do note that it has only one USB output port instead of two and that means you can only charge one device at a time.

Specifications

  • Battery type: Lithium-ion rechargeable cell
  • Power source: DC 5V
  • Input voltage: DC 5.1V
  • Input current: 2.0A
  • Output current: 2.1A
  • Rated capacity: 3.6V/10,400mAh
  • Charging time: 5.5 hours with 5V/2A plug and standard cable, 12 hours with 5V/1A plug and standard cable
  • Size (mm): 90.5 x 77 x 21.6
  • Weight: 250g
  • Safety: Temperature Resistance, Input Overvoltage Protection, Output Overvoltage Protection, Protection from Short Circuit, Protection from Incorrect Insertion, Protection from Overcharge and Over-discharge, Protection from Output Overcurrent, PTC Protective Circuits for the Cell

*UPDATE* 4th August 2014 Checkout my review on the Xiaomi Mi 5,200mAh Power Bank in comparison with this.

Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank - Packaging Front
Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank – Packaging Front

Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank - Packaging Back
Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank – Packaging Back

Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank - Packaging Contents
Xiaomi Mi 10,400mAh Power Bank – Packaging Contents

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TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch Review

TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch is a sports watch that can track your sporting activities like indoor running, outdoor running, cycling and swimming.

It feature an extra-large display, full-screen graphical training tools and a one-button control that allows you to navigate around the watch’s menu easily.

The watch tracks a range of key metrics like pace, calories burned, time, laps, heart rate (via optional accessory) and distance.

It was launched in Singapore on 17th February 2014 and there are 2 colours you can choose from, Dark Grey or Dark Pink. For this review, I was given the Dark Grey.

The watch itself is currently retailing for SGD$349. If you get it together with the Heart Rate Monitor, it will cost you SGD$419 and if you get it together with the Cadence/Speed Sensor and the Heart Rate Monitor, it will cost you SGD$499.

TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch - Box Front
TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch – Box Front

TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch - Box Bottom
TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch – Box Bottom

TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch - Box
TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch – Box

Specifications

  • Weight and Dimensions

    • Battery life: Up to 10 hours (GPS Mode)
    • Display size: 22x25mm
    • Display resolution: 144×168
    • Thickness: 11.5 mm
    • Weight: 50 grams
    • Strap length: 230 mm
  • Location

    • Location: GPS + GLONASS
    • Location boost: via PC
  • Sensors

    • Sensors (internal): Indoor Tracker, Compass
    • Sensors (wireless): Bluetooth Smart aka Bluetooth Low Energy
    • Alerts: Beep & Vibrate
  • Water Resistance

    • Waterproofing: 50m / 165 feet (5 ATM)
  • Measurements

    • Distance/Calories: Yes
    • Steps: Yes
    • Records: Yes
    • Pace/Speed: Yes (Cadence/Speed Sensor – Optional Accessories)
    • Heart Rate: Yes (Heart Rate Monitor – Optional Accessory)
    • Cadence: Yes (Cadence/Speed Sensor – Optional Accessories)
    • Power: No
  • Activities

    • Indoor Running: Yes
    • Outdoor Running: Yes
    • Cycling: Yes
    • Swimming: Yes
  • Training

    • Race: Full screen
    • Goals: Full screen
    • Zone: Full screen
    • Laps: Full screen
    • Intervals: Full screen

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Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad

I decided to give Qi Wireless Charging a try and hence I bought the Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad from Amazon for USD$25.99 (SGD$33).

Since the product is sold by Anker directly instead of Amazon, I have to pay an additional USD$5.22 (SGD$7) for shipping to HopShopGo (freight forwarder) because it doesn’t ship directly to Singapore. In total, I paid USD$31.21 (SGD$40) excluding shipping to Singapore.

Shipping it from HopShopGo together with my Anker 40W 5V / 8A 5-Port Wall Charger is an additional USD$16.88 (SGD$21.30).

The Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad is indeed light and slim, measuring only 88 x 88 x 6 (mm) and weighing only 52g.

The only device I have now which supports Qi Wireless Charging is my Nexus 7 (2013). I hoping to get the successors of Nexus 5 and Nokia Lumia 1520 later on this year. I am pretty sure they will support Qi Wireless Charging since the current product already supports it.

Wireless charging might be a little bit slow for some devices because this wireless charging pad can only output 1A. I wish it can output 2A like the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad.

This is my first time trying out wireless charging and I am liking it so far!

Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad - Box Front
Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad – Box Front

Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad - Box Back
Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad – Box Back

Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad - Box
Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad – Box

Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad - Box Contents
Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad – Box Contents

Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad - Top
Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad – Top

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Western Digital My Passport Pro

· · · Storage

Western Digital My Passport Pro was announced last month on the 31st March 2014.

It is the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive with integrated Thunderbolt cable. Because it is powered by Thunderbolt, you do not need a separate power source.

It is meant to be used with a Mac and hence it will come pre-formatted with HFS+ J. And of course, you can expect it to work with Apple Time Machine.

The internals consist of two 2.5-inch hard drives housed in a sleek aluminium enclosure and it is thoroughly shock-tested for extra durability to perform reliably when working on the go. Because it has two hard drives, you can configure it to be RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD.

It measures 143.4mm (length) x 88.5mm (width) x 44.2mm (height) and weighs 718g.

It is available in two sizes, the 2TB will be retailing for SGD$499 and the 4TB will be retailing for SGD$699.

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box Front
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box Front

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box Back
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box Back

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box Internal
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box Internal

Western Digital My Passport Pro - Box Open
Western Digital My Passport Pro – Box Open

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