Linksys WRT1900AC Router Review

The Linksys WRT1900AC box got to be the biggest box for a router that I have received. When I opened the box, everything is held in place with foam instead of cardboard and there is sponge sticked to the top of the box to protect the router. I have not seen such premium packaging before for a router.

The Linksys WRT1900AC will be retailing for SGD$399 which makes it the most expensive consumer router that I come across. It is even more expensive than the Asus RT-AC68U. It will be exclusively available at all Challenger outlets from 22nd May 2014 (yesterday) to 22nd June 2014. After that, it will be available at all other leading IT stores in Singapore from 23 June 2014 onwards.

Linksys WRT1900AC - Box Front
Linksys WRT1900AC – Box Front

Linksys WRT1900AC - Box Bottom
Linksys WRT1900AC – Box Bottom

Linksys WRT1900AC - Box Left
Linksys WRT1900AC – Box Left

Linksys WRT1900AC - Box
Linksys WRT1900AC – Box

Linksys WRT1900AC - Box Open
Linksys WRT1900AC – Box Open

Specifications (From SmallNetBuilder)

  • CPU: Marvell MV78230 Armada XP (1.2 GHz, 2 cores)
  • RAM: 256MB
  • Flash: 128MB
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN

    • 2.4GHz
      • Marvell 88W8864
      • IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
      • Speeds up to 600 Mbps
    • 5GHz
      • Marvell 88W8864
      • IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11n & IEEE 802.11a
      • Speeds up to 1300 Mbps

    • 4x 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN ports
    • 1x 10/100/1000 Gigabit WAN port
    • Marvell MV78230
  • Antennas: Four exchangeable external antennas
  • Other Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x eSATA/USB 2.0 Port
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 3.81 x 25.4 x 19.05cm
  • Weight: 1kg
  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Mobile App

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Announced

· · · Tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was announced last night in New York. Microsoft tout it as “the tablet that can replace your laptop”.

It comes with a large, 12″ ClearType HD color-calibrated display, a continuously adjustable kickstand, improvements to processing power, upgraded camera, and weighs only about 800g. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with 4G/LTE option =(

Surface Pro 3
Surface Pro 3

With regards to accessories, there are two new accessories. The first is the all-new Surface Pen, cased in aluminium and with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity for a smooth and precise writing and drawing experience. And the other is the Docking Station that provides you with a gigabit Ethernet port (up to 1Gbps), Mini DisplayPort (for HD video of up to 3840×2600), and five USB ports (three USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0). The Type Cover has also been upgraded by making it larger because of the 12″ screen and it comes with an improved trackpad.

Surface Pro 3 - Surface Pen
Surface Pro 3 – Surface Pen

Surface Pro 3 - Docking Station
Surface Pro 3 – Docking Station

Surface Pro 3 - Type Cover (Red)
Surface Pro 3 – Type Cover (Red)

Oh and the power supply connector got changed as well.

Surface Pro 3 - Power Supply
Surface Pro 3 – Power Supply


  • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
  • CPU: 4th-generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • RAM: 4GB or 8GB memory options (dual-channel LPDDR3)
  • Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB
  • Display Screen: 12″ ClearType Full HD display
  • Resolution: 2160 x 1440 (3:2)
  • Touch: Multitouch input
  • Pen input: Pen input and pen with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity (included with purchase)
  • TPM: TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module — for BitLocker encryption) for enterprise security
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11ac/802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology
  • Battery: Up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life
  • Cameras: 5MP and 1080p HD front- and rear-facing cameras
  • Audio: Built-in front- and rear-facing microphones, Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound
  • Physical buttons: Volume, Power, Home
  • Ports: Full-size USB 3.0, microSD card reader, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort, Cover port, Charging port
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
  • Power supply: 36W power supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging)
  • Dimensions: 20cm x 29cm x 1cm
  • Weight: 800g
  • Casing: Magnesium
  • Color: Silver
  • Warranty: One-year limited hardware warranty

For Intel Core i5 configuration and selected accessories, United States and Canada will be the first in the world to get it from 20th June 2014. Additional configurations will become available during August, and additional accessories will be available in the coming months.

For the rest of the countries like Singapore and 25 additional countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom), it will be available by end August 2014.

By the way you can start pre-ordering now from Microsoft Store!

*6th August 2014* Surface Pro 3 will be sold in Singapore from 28th August 2014 at retail outlets and commercial resellers. Surface Pro 3 Docking Station is also available for pre-orders at a recommended retail price of SGD$288.00, and will be available in September 2014 while the additional Pen Loop will retail for SGD$8.

There are four configurations for the Surface Pro 3 and the prices are in SGD$ (Singapore Dollars) because the prices are already out in the Microsoft Store (Singapore).

  • Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD: SGD$1,108
  • Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD: SGD$1,348
  • Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: SGD$1,728
  • Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: SGD$2,138
  • Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD: SGD$2,698

For accessories, only the prices for Pen Loop and Docking Station are not made available in Singapore Dollars yet, so I used the average exchange rate based off existing accessories between Microsoft US and Singapore Store which averages to about SGD$1.40 to USD$1 and I round it off to the nearest 8.

  • Surface Pro Type Cover: SGD$183
  • Additional Surface Pen: SGD$73
  • Additional 36W Power Supply: SGD$108
  • Additional Pen Loop: SGD$8
  • Docking Station for Surface Pro: SGD$288
  • Surface Ethernet Adapter: SGD$58


Surface 3 Pro - With Surface Pen
Surface 3 Pro – With Surface Pen

LifeTrak Zone C410 Watch Review

LifeTrak Zone C410 Watch is a fitness watch by Salutron, Inc.

Salutron Inc. was founded in 1995, one of the first companies of its kind to develop On-Demand ECG accurate heart rate monitoring solutions. Our growth began within Commercial Cardio Equipment; we soon made a name for ourselves in chest straps and watches. We have designed and developed Heart Rate monitoring solutions for both the fitness and wellness worlds, under a multitude of brands. Salutron has grown to become a “body monitoring solutions” technology house. We have expanded the capabilities of our proprietary technologies over the past decade and continue to revolutionize and lead the body-monitoring world with our Free Living Solutions.

I have not heard of LifeTrak till Jeremy from Axtro Sports, exclusive distributor for Lifetrak in Singapore, dropped me an email asking me whether I am interested in reviewing the C410, which is a fitness watch.

Having owned fitness bands like the Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP and Nike Fuelband, I thought the fitness watch might be interesting.

You can get the LifeTrak Zone C410 for SGD$125 online from or from the following physical locations:

  • Axtro Sports (#02-01 Peninsula Shopping Centre)
  • Perfect Watch & Electronics (#01-36 Sim Lim Square)
  • Tangs Orchard (Level 3 Techno Bay Tangs Plaza)
  • DigiVue (#02-04, #02-18 Funan IT Mall)
  • Courts Megastore (50 Tampines North Drive 2)
  • TwoBros (#01-23 myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens, #02-35/36 Novena Square, #02-19 112 Katong)
  • EpiCentre

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Box Front
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Box Front

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Box Open
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Box Open

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Box Back
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Box Back

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Box
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Box

LifeTrak Zone C410 - Box Contents
LifeTrak Zone C410 – Box Contents

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TCL Sponsors Premiere of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Thanks to TCL for sponsoring me a pair of movie tickets to the Souteast Asia premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past in Singapore! The premiere took place 2 days ago on Wednesday, 14th May 2014 at Shaw House (350 Orchard Road Singapore 238868) and will officially open in Singapore next Thursday, 22nd May 2014.

Invite Front
Invite Front

Invite Open
Invite Open

Invite Back
Invite Back

Blue Carpet - Walkway
Blue Carpet – Walkway

Blue Carpet - Stage
Blue Carpet – Stage

There are seven premieres around the world for X-Men: Days of Future Past and all of them are being sponsored by TCL:

  • Saturday, 10th May 2014 – New York (Global Premiere)
  • Monday, 12th May 2014 – London
  • Tuesday, 13th May 2014 – Moscow
  • Tuesday, 13th May 2014 – Beijing
  • Wednesday, 14th May 2014 – Singapore (Southeast Asia Premiere)
  • Thursday, 15th May 2014 – Sao Paulo
  • Friday, 16th May 2014 – Melbourne

Many of you might not have heard of TCL before since it’s TVs is not widely available in Singapore. TCL Corporation is one of the largest consumer electronics enterprises in China, with over 70,000 employees in 40 countries throughout the world. They make LCD TVs, LCD panels, mobile phones, audio and video equipment, home appliances and lighting products. On a global basis in terms of market share, TCL is ranked third in LCD TVs and fifth in mobile phones and LCD panels.

TCL has previously sponsored movies such as Transformers 3, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Cloud Atlas and Iron Man 3! By sponsoring these films, TCL is trying to build a global brand equity, and to create a connection with the younger generation.

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Sony Digital Voice Recorder ICD-UX543F

· · · Gadget

Sony recently opened its largest flagship store in Southeast Asia at 313@Somerset #02-28 to 37 (directly opposite Starbucks). It occupies 9,902 square feet (920sqm) of floor area and its opening hours are from 10am to 10pm daily.

As a Sony member, we are given SGD$50 to spend at that store and surprisingly when I went there, there is nothing interesting for me to buy. Instead it is my mom who used the voucher and bought the Sony Digital Voice Recorder – ICD-UX543F for SGD$189 so that she can record meeting minutes.

She chose the Blue because the Black is out of stock. It comes with a 4GB internal memory and you can expand the memory with a MicroSD card. It records stereo audio by default in 192kbps or 128kbps MP3. If you want higher quality, you can record in LPCM. It comes with a built-in USB so that you can charge the recorder and transfer the recorded audio to your computer without the need of any USB cable.

It comes with a built-in microphone (duh!) and supports external microphone though it’s Mic-In Jack.


  • General
    • Built-In memory: 4GB
    • PC Connectivity: Yes
    • Recording Format: Linear PCM/MP3
    • Playback Format: LPCM/MP3/AAC/WMA
    • Messages/Folders: 4074/400 (199 file in each folder)
    • Earphone Jack: Yes
    • Battery type: Built-In Lithium Battery
    • Dimension (W x H x D): Approx 36.6 x 101.5 x 10.5 mm
    • Weight (including batteries): Approx 49g
    • Mic-In Jack: Yes
    • Speaker Power: 150mW
    • Speaker Size: 16mm
    • Functionality: Scene Select, Voice-Operated Recording (VOR), Noise Cut Function (Clear Voice), Low Cut Filter, Digital Pitch Control, Radio recording (FM), FM Tuner, USB Charge, Microphone Input, Track Mark, Sync Recording
  • Quality: Recording time (4GB) / Battery Life
    • LPCM (44.1kHz, 16-bit): 6 Hours / 22 Hours
    • MP3 (44.1kHz, 128kbps): 44 Hours 40 Minutes / 26 Hours
    • MP3 8kbps (Mono): 1,073 Hours / 30 Hours

Sony Digital Voice Recorder ICD-UX543F - Box Front
Sony Digital Voice Recorder ICD-UX543F – Box Front

Sony Digital Voice Recorder ICD-UX543F - Box Back
Sony Digital Voice Recorder ICD-UX543F – Box Back

Sony Digital Voice Recorder ICD-UX543F - Box
Sony Digital Voice Recorder ICD-UX543F – Box

Sony Digital Voice Recorder ICD-UX543F - Box Contents
Sony Digital Voice Recorder ICD-UX543F – Box Contents

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