Strontium Nitro Plus MicroSDHC UHS-1 Card

· · · Storage

Strontium recently launched their new range of MicroSDHC cards called Nitro Plus. The Nitro Plus MicroSDHC card is classified under the Ultra High Speed Class 3 specification UHS-1 (U3) for 4K Ultra HD high resolution standard (3840×2160) and hence it has a write speed of at least 30MB/s and read speed of at least 80MB/s.

Strontium Nitro Plus MicroSDHC UHS-1 Card - Packaging Front
Strontium Nitro Plus MicroSDHC UHS-1 Card – Packaging Front

Strontium Nitro Plus MicroSDHC UHS-1 Card - Packaging Back
Strontium Nitro Plus MicroSDHC UHS-1 Card – Packaging Back

Three capacities are available, the 16GB for SGD$32.40, 32GB for SGD$60.40 and 64GB for SGD$120.90.

For the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, you will get a read speed of about 80MB/s. For the write speed on the 16GB, you will get about 40MB/s and for the 32GB and 64GB you will get a speed of about 60MB/s.

In my test for the 32GB, I managed to get a write speed of about 51MB/s and a read speed of about 87MB/s, you can checkout the screenshot below.

Strontium Nitro Plus MicroSDHC UHS-1 Card - Test
Strontium Nitro Plus MicroSDHC UHS-1 Card – Test

The default packaging includes a MicroSD to USB adapter and a MircoSD to SD card adapater. It also includes a full version of MyBackup Pro, which is an Android Backup application, worth USD$4.99/SGD$6.37.

Strontium Nitro Plus MicroSDHC UHS-1 Card - Packaging Contents
Strontium Nitro Plus MicroSDHC UHS-1 Card – Packaging Contents

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Bolse 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop Charger

When I received an email from Bolse asking me to feature their products, I was pretty skeptical because I have never heard of Bolse before. So I went to do a search on them and realised that their products received pretty good ratings on Amazon and the prices are pretty reasonable. They are the direct competitors to brand like Anker.

The first product I gotten is the Bolse 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop Charger, which is retailing for USD$18.99 (SGD$24) on Amazon.

It is a 4-Port USB wall charger capable of outputting a maximum of 25W/5A in total. It measures 8.5cm x 4.5cm x 5cm and weighs 195g.

It has built-in SmartIC technology which allows each port to charge the USB device at full speed. SmartIC Technology works by having its own microchip that detects the device plugged into through USB PIN signals, which gives output at full power and full charging speed.

Having said that, you can’t charge four iPads at the same time. I tried with two iPads and one iPhone 5s and that is the most it can take. Once I plugged in the forth device, which is a Nexus 5 smartphone, both iPads stop charging.

I kinda like the design of this wall charger because the USB ports are facing upwards rather than sideways which makes plugging-in and removing of the USB cable easy.

Bolse 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop Charger - Box
Bolse 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop Charger – Box

Bolse 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop Charger - Box Contents
Bolse 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop Charger – Box Contents

Bolse 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop Charger - Top
Bolse 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop Charger – Top

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Blockey

· · · Gadget

Blockey is a key management system that can simplify your pockets without spoiling the integrity of design and practicality. It is made of Aluminum 7075 which is known for its strength and scratch resistant components. Aluminum 7075 can also be found in bike shafts, rock climbing gear, aerospace applications, etc.

I backed Blockey on Kickstarter on the 12th October 2013 and it was funded successfully on 14th January 2014 after raising USD$39,742 out of their initial goal of USD$21,000.

The estimated delivery date is in May 2014 but it got ship on 12th June 2014 and I got it on the 27th June 2014. They delay is only a month which is pretty good for a Kickstarter project.

I am one of the early birds, so I paid USD$27 + USD$7 (Shipping) and that amounts to USD$34 (SGD$43). I chose the extended version “5 key set” in silver.

Blockey - Box Front
Blockey – Box Front

Blockey - Box Back
Blockey – Box Back

Blockey - Box Contents
Blockey – Box Contents

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Xiaomi’s Redmi Note In Singapore

· · · Mobile Phone

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note will be available in Singapore tomorrow, 8th July 2014 at 12pm for SGD$199.

On that day, 5,000 units of Redmi Note will be available. But if you are paying attention to Xiaomi weekly sales which normally happen every Tuesday at 12pm, there is always 5,000 units available. If you fail to get it next Tuesday, be patient and you should be able to get it on the 15th July 2014, if not 22nd July 2014.

Similar to Redmi and Mi 3, Redmi Note doesn’t have LTE as well.

Specifications

  • Processor: MediaTek MT6592 8-core 1.7 GHz CPU frequency (enhanced)
  • GPU: ARM Mali-450
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Flash memory: 8GB (Expandable up to 32GB via Micro SD card)
  • Display: 5.5″ HD (1280×720) IPS display
  • OS: Android 4.2 optimised with MIUI version 5
  • GPS: GPS + GLONASS, AGPS
  • USB OTG: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 LE + Bluetooth 3.0 HS
  • WLAN: 802.11b/g/n
  • Network: 2G GSM 900/1800/1900MHz, 3G 900/2100MHz
  • Dual SIM: 1 WCDMA slot for 3G data and 1 GSM slot for 2G data
  • Battery: 3,200mAh Lithium-polymer battery
  • Front Camera: 5 Megapixels
  • Back Camera: 13 Megapixels
  • Sensors: Gyroscope, Light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Electronic compass
  • Dimension: 154mm x 78.7mm x 9.45mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 199g

Redmi Note
Redmi Note

Belkin 6″ Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable

· · · Cable

I bought a few cheap China imitation USB to Lighting cable from DealExtreme and the quality is really horrible especially when it comes to fitting the Lightning end to your iPhone. After that, I told myself I will never get any cheap Lightning cable anymore.

The Belkin 6″ Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable is the shortest USB to Lightning cable that I can find that is of good quality. Apparently, it seems to be an Apple exclusive and I can only get it from the Apple Online Store in Singapore. I can’t even find the cable being listed on the official Belkin Singapore website.

The cable is retailing for SGD$24 and is available in four colours: Pink, Green, Blue and Orange.

The shortest cable offered by Apple is 50cm whereas for this cable it is only 6 inch or 15cm in length. This length is just nice for portability especially if you are constantly on the move and charging your iPhone using a power bank.

You could also use this cable with the Griffin PowerDock 5!

Belkin 6 Inch Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable - Box Front
Belkin 6″ Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable – Box Front

Belkin 6 Inch Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable - Box Back
Belkin 6″ Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable – Box Back

Belkin 6 Inch Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable - Box
Belkin 6″ Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable – Box

Belkin 6 Inch Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable - Boxes
Belkin 6″ Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable – Boxes

Belkin 6 Inch Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable - Boxes
Belkin 6″ Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable – Boxes

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