Power Support – Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s

This is my first time using the Power Support – Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s. I got it when I was in Thailand from Siam Paragon for 990 Thai Baht (SGD$40). It is selling for SGD$59.90 in Singapore, and in case you are wondering, the one I got in Thailand is definitely original.

Despite this being a set which comes with one Power Support anti-glare screen film and one crystal film, I am not using it on my phone. Instead I am using the Spigen Screen Protector GLAS.t NANO SLIM for iPhone 5/5c/5s (next blog post).

I love the build, quality and precision of this clear case, it feels solid and better quality than my previous SwitchEasy Nude for iPhone 5/5s.

If you are using an iPhone 5s, you might want to remove the black Flash Guard ring located at the back of the case where the camera cutout hole is.

One problem I encountered with this case is that the power button is a little difficult to press if you have big fingers.

Priced at SGD$60, I think it is not worth to get it in Singapore. I say, go for a holiday in Bangkok and go to Siam Paragon and get it!

Power Support - Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s - Box Front
Power Support – Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s – Box Front

Power Support - Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s - Box Back
Power Support – Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s – Box Back

Power Support - Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s - Box
Power Support – Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s – Box

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Case-Mate’s Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s

Bought the Case-Mate Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5 for Li Xiang from Amazon for USD$15 + USD$7 (shipping) = USD$22 (SGD$28). It is the same case I bought for her when she had an iPhone 4S.

After 2 years, her iPhone 4S started to hang and crash frequently and she bought a iPhone 5s 32GB (gold) and I think it would be good to get back the same case for her if Case-Mate produce the same case for iPhone 5/5s which they did!

The case is meant to be cute, so don’t except too much quality to go into it.

Case-Mate's Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s - Box Front
Case-Mate’s Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s – Box Front

Case-Mate's Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s - Box Back
Case-Mate’s Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s – Box Back

Case-Mate's Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s - Back View
Case-Mate’s Waddler Penguin Case for iPhone 5/5s – Back View

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Western Digital My Passport Slim (1TB)

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Last week on the 17th October 2013, Western Digital launches the new My Passport Slim. It is the first thin drives to offer up to 2 TB capacity, a metal enclosure, and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.

The included WD SmartWare Pro data protection software will allow you to backup your data on the My Passport Slim and keep an extra copy on your Dropbox account. Similarly, you can also back up your Dropbox account to the My Passport Slim.

It is available in 2 sizes and comes with 3-year warranty. The 1TB is retailing for SGD$149 while the 2TB is retailing for SGD$239. It measures 80.0mm (width) x 110mm (depth) x 12.3mm (height) and weighs 134g.

My favourite part of the My Passport Slim got to be the metal enclosure. The back of the hard drive looks and feels like the back of the iPad Mini (Black & Slate). I wish they made the whole hard drive in black or silver rather than a mix of both colours.

Western Digital My Passport Slim (1TB) - Box Front
Western Digital My Passport Slim (1TB) – Box Front

Western Digital My Passport Slim (1TB) - Box Back
Western Digital My Passport Slim (1TB) – Box Back

Western Digital My Passport Slim (1TB) - Box Contents
Western Digital My Passport Slim (1TB) – Box Contents

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Google Chromecast

Bought the Google Chromecast from Amazon for USD$35 (SGD$44) excluding shipping. Google Chromecast is similar to Apple’s AirPlay technology using Apple TV.

If you are in the US, you can watch Netflix, Hulu Plus as well as movies, TV shows, and music from Google Play. However for normal users in Singapore, there is nothing much you can do with it beside streaming YouTube videos and mirroring your Chrome tabs.

If your Google Play account is a Singapore account (like mine), you cannot use the Chromecast Android App to set up Chromecast Looks like Google just opened up Chromecast Android app to be available internationally. You would need to download the setup software from cast.google.com/chromecast/setup using your Mac or PC to set it up or alternatively, you can set it up using the Chromecast Android App on your Android phone.

I tried streaming YouTube videos from my iPhone 5, HTC One and my iMac and it works fine but when I tried to mirror any website on Chrome, it is a little laggy when scrolling.

To stream YouTube videos or mirror any tabs on Chome, you would need to intsall the Google Cast plugin for Chrome. It will work for both Mac and PC as long as you are within the same Wi-Fi network. You might need to restart Chrome after installing the plugin for it to detect your Chromecast.

One thing I like about the Chromecast is that it is small and it uses the power from the USB port on your television as a power source. Just plugged it into any HDMI port on your television and connect the USB cable to any available USB port on your television. If your television has HDMI ports, chances are that it will have a couple of USB ports as well. If not, Google did include a USB power adapter in the packaging as well.

If your television’s HDMI ports are at the back and has some issues with space after the Chromecast is plugged in, Google did include a HDMI extender in the packaging which you can use.

Overall for USD$35, the Chromecast is a pretty good deal and I hope Google will eventually open up other services in Google Play to Singapore users like what Apple did to it’s iTunes Store last year.

Enjoy the pictures embedded below!

Google Chromecast Unboxing

Google Chromecast - Box Front
Google Chromecast – Box Front

Google Chromecast - Box Back
Google Chromecast – Box Back

Google Chromecast - Box open
Google Chromecast – Box open

Google Chromecast - Box Open
Google Chromecast – Box Open

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Box Contents

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Anker Uspeed USB 3.0 9-Port Hub + 5V 2.1A Charging Port with 12V 5A Power Adapter

Got the Anker Uspeed USB 3.0 9-Port Hub + 5V 2.1A Charging Port with 12V 5A Power Adapter from Amazon for USD$59.99 (SGD$75) excluding shipping.

Ignore the long product name, it is basically a 9-port USB 3.0 powered hub with an additional USB charging port. Technically you can use all the 9 ports for charging as well but they might not be enough current because each of the 9 port can output a maximum of 900mA. From the USB 3.0 specifications, 900mA is the maximum amount of current that can be output from a USB 3.0 port.

When a device is attached to a USB 3.0 port, a device will reserve about 500-600mA for data transfer (even when not in use) and leave the rest for charging (300-400mA) which may not be enough as the average device needs about 500mA to charge.

That is the reason why Anker included the additional 10th USB port which is solely use for charging, capable of 2.1A output which is enough to charge your iPad normally.

I am not too sure whether you can get Anker products in Singapore, but it seems that they do make great products. I hope someone do eventually bring them in. From Gizmodo’s Five Best USB Hubs, this product was voted the best USB hub.

In a related note, it is very difficult to get a USB 3.0 hub in Singapore! So far I only saw the Macally’s 4-port Portable USB 3.0 Hub selling at Epicentre for SGD$45. Even Challenger doesn’t carry any USB 3.0 hub!

*UPDATE* Thanks to Anker’s Facebook Page, I got to know that the official reseller of Anker products in Singapore is Rareus, though they don’t bring in the full product range.

Anker Uspeed USB 3.0 9-Port Hub - Box Top
Anker Uspeed USB 3.0 9-Port Hub – Box Top

Anker Uspeed USB 3.0 9-Port Hub - Box
Anker Uspeed USB 3.0 9-Port Hub – Box

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