Fabrix Laptop Carrier Bag

Fabrix has just launched their new Laptop Carrier Bag which is retailing for USD$70 (SGD$88). There are five designs available:

For each of the five designs available, you can choose from two sizes for your laptop, 13″ or 15″. I was contemplating between the Midnight Herringbone and Whiskey Herringbone, and I chose 13″ Midnight Herringbone in the end as I like dark blue!

Fabrix Laptop Carrier Bag has a very slim profile and does not add much bulk or weight to your laptop. The bag itself weighs less than 200g despite having a padded interior, leather handles and industrial grade snap button closure! The bag should go well with formal or smart casual dressing.

I am a huge fan of Fabrix and have quite a few pouches/bags/sleeves from them over the years and they are still going strong! In case you didn’t know, Fabrix products are made and crafted in Singapore!

Do checkout their social profiles: Fabrix on Twitter, MadebyFabrix on Instagram and MadebyFabrix on Facebook.

Fabrix Laptop Carrier Bag - Front
Fabrix Laptop Carrier Bag – Front

Fabrix Laptop Carrier Bag - Back
Fabrix Laptop Carrier Bag – Back

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Microsoft Office 365 Personal

· · · Software

Microsoft Singapore launches a new addition to the Office 365 family, Office 365 Personal. It is targeted for the individual. Office 365 Personal allows you to install Office on one PC/Mac and one tablet device to be connected to the service. It cost SGD$89.00/year (yearly subscription) or SGD$9.80/month (monthly subscription).

Microsoft also renamed Office 365 Home Premium to just Office 365 Home. The subscription still stays at SGD$138.00/year (yearly subscription) or SGD$13.80/month (monthly subscription). Office 365 Home allows you to install Office on five PCs/Macs and five tablets.

Below is a table for your comparison:

What Office 365 Personal Office 365 Home Office 365 University
Box Art Microsoft Office 365 Personal Microsoft Office 365 Home Microsoft Office 365 University
Price per annum SGD$89 per year SGD$138 per year SGD$108 for 4 years
Price per month SGD$9.80 SGD$13.80 N/A
Licenses 1 PC or Mac & 1 Tablet 5 PCs or Macs & 5 mobile devices/tablets 2 PCs or Macs & 2 mobile devices/tablets
For who? Individuals with multiple devices Households with multiple devices Students in eligible IHLs, and eligible faculty and staff
Features
  • The most complete set of Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
  • 20GB OneDrive storage for each user worth USD$20/year
  • 60 Skype world minutes/month (for both mobile and landline in Singapore)
  • Office on Demand
  • Easy annual subscriptions with ongoing products and services upgrade

Snugg Microsoft Surface 2 Sleeve

After getting my Microsoft Surface 2, I was looking for a sleeve to protect it and that is when Snugg contacted me to see if I am interested in reviewing any sleeves on their website. I am not really interested in iPad sleeves because I have already a few and hence I chose the Snugg Microsoft Surface 2 Sleeve!

The sleeve is available in seven different colors (Black, Distressed Brown, Cyan, Magenta, Purple and Red) and is retailing for USD$29.99 (SGD$38). In case you are wondering, I chose the Distressed Brown color.

Snugg Microsoft Surface 2 Sleeve - Packaging Front
Snugg Microsoft Surface 2 Sleeve – Packaging Front

Snugg Microsoft Surface 2 Sleeve - Packaging Back
Snugg Microsoft Surface 2 Sleeve – Packaging Back

On the outside, the sleeve is made of mottled brown bicast leather and on the inside it is made of nubuck fibre. Because of the materials used, the sleeve has a premium feeling to it. The nubuck fibre also acts as a screen cleaner when you slot-in or remove your Surface 2 from the sleeve.

Snugg Microsoft Surface 2 Sleeve - Front
Snugg Microsoft Surface 2 Sleeve – Front

At the back of the sleeve, there is a large pocket for you to hold your notebook or mobile phone. But unfortunately the Surface 2 adapter will not be able to fit into the pocket. It will also not fit an A4-size paper, you need to fold the A4-size paper into half for it to fit.

Snugg Microsoft Surface 2 Sleeve - Packaging Back
Snugg Microsoft Surface 2 Sleeve – Packaging Back

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Microsoft Surface 2

· · · Tablet

Microsoft Surface 2 was launched last month and thanks to Ian, the media is able to purchase it at a media discount. The retail price of a Surface 2 is SGD$618 for 32GB and SGD$748 for 64GB. I bought the 32GB version.

I bought the Microsoft Surface 2 because I wanted to have a Windows tablet to complete the “family” since I have an Apple iPad Air and Google Nexus 7.

Been using it for a few weeks and I love the slightly bigger screen as compared to the iPad Air. Everything is pretty snappy with the NVIDIA Tegra 4 1.7GHz quad core processor and 2GB of RAM.

Because there is no LTE variant of the Surface 2 in Singapore, this is pretty much a stay-home device. Oh and there is Plex App for Windows which cost USD$5.99 that allows you to stream movies/tv shows from your Plex server!

I don’t really use Microsoft Office much these days but Windows RT 8.1 comes with Microsoft Office 2013 RT versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook.

Remember to update to Windows 8.1 Update the moment you get your Surface 2 as the update is out!

Technical Specifications

- Surface 2
OS Windows RT 8.1 with Microsoft Office 2013 RT versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. Works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.
Exterior 275 mm x 173 mm x 8.9 mm
676
VaporMg casing
Magnesium (Silver) color
Volume and power buttons
Storage 32GB or 64GB
Display 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display
1920×1080 pixels
16:9 (widescreen)
5-point multitouch
CPU NVIDIA Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7GHz quad core
2 GB of RAM
Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy technology
Battery 10 hours of video playback
7–15 days idle life
Cameras and A/V 3.5MP front-facing camera
5MP rear-facing camera
1080p video capture
Two microphones (with noise cancellation)
Stereo speakers (digitally enhanced for fuller sound)
Ports Full-size USB 3.0
MicroSDXC card reader
Headset jack
HD video out port
Cover port
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Power Supply 24W power supply
Warranty one-year limited hardware warranty
Apps (included) Mail, Calendar, People, Internet Explorer 11, Photos, Music, Video, Games, Skype, Fresh Paint, Calculator, Reading List, Reader, Scan, News, Weather, Sports, Travel, Finance, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Help, Camera, OneDrive, Sound Recorder and more
Pricing
(SGD inclusive of GST)
32GB: $618
64GB: $748

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box Front
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Front

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box Back
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Back

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box Inner
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Inner

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box Open
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Open

Microsoft Surface 2 - Box Open
Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Open

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Microsoft Surface 2 – Box Contents

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Moshi SenseCover for iPhone

Moshi SenseCover for iPhone which is retailing for SGD$54.90 gives iPhone users a sense of what is like to have the Samsung’s S View Flip Cover on an iPhone.

Because Apple doesn’t really support this feature, there are very limited things you can do with the SenseCover. Technically, you can do only three things:

  • Checking the date and time
  • Swipe to answer or reject incoming calls
  • Swipe off alarms when it rings

In case you are wondering, you can swipe on the SenseCover because it has proprietary SensArray pads on it that passes your body’s natural electrical capacitance to the screen. Note that it is not as sensitive as swiping the screen (doh!).

Check out the video for answering call on the SenseCover:

Because of this, you can slide to unlock as well if you are not using any passcode. However, I don’t see any point in doing it because after it is unlocked, you still need to open the flip cover to use the phone. Only answering/rejecting calls and switching off alarms do not require a passcode.

The SenseCover is made of polycarbonate hardshell. The front cover’s exterior is made of leatherette while the interior is made up of soft microfber that cleans the screen when you close it.

There is also magnetic clasp on the SenseCover to keep it close properly. Despite the official website saying that the magnetic clasp can also hold the SenseCover while it is folded back, but when I tested it, the magnet isn’t strong enough for that.

The SenseCover weights only 26g and it comes in two colours, Brushed Titanium or Steel Black! I gotten the Brushed Titanium for this review.

The SenseCover packaging comes with a microfiber cloth and a film protector for the back.

Features

  • Complete protection with strong polycarbonate hardshell and leatherette front cover
  • Check date/time, answer/reject calls and swipe off alarms without opening the cover
  • Magnetic clasp keeps cover closed or folded back while accessing touchscreen
  • All buttons and cameras remain accessible while inside the case

Where To Buy
You can get the Moshi SenseCover for iPhone from physical stores such as Challenger, EpiCentre or Infinite. Alternatively you can get it online from Ban Leong’s eStore.

Moshi SenseCover for iPhone - Box Front
Moshi SenseCover for iPhone – Box Front

Moshi SenseCover for iPhone - Box Back
Moshi SenseCover for iPhone – Box Back

Moshi SenseCover for iPhone - Box
Moshi SenseCover for iPhone – Box

Moshi SenseCover for iPhone - Box Contents
Moshi SenseCover for iPhone – Box Contents

Moshi SenseCover for iPhone - Front
Moshi SenseCover for iPhone – Front

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