Synology DiskStation DS413j Review – Unboxing + Setup

I am being seeded the Synology DiskStation DS413j alongside with 3x WD Red 1TB hard disk drives for a 3 part review. For the first part, I will talk about the unboxing and setting up of the DS413j.

Since I only have 3x WD Red 1TB and the DS413j is a 4-bay NAS, I went to Sim Lim Square to get another WD Red 1TB so as not to let 1 of the bay goes to waste. I didn’t realized that WD Red 1TB is a pretty old HDD and most of the stores carry 2TB onwards. Luckily Bizgram still has some WD Red 1TB left. So I bought it for SGD$120.

My favourite store in Sim Lim Square, Fuwell, is selling the Synology DiskStation DS413j for SGD$660. They are also selling the WD Red 2TB for SGD$190 and WD Red 3TB for SGD$245 each. So a full 12TB NAS system will cost you SGD$660 + (4 * SGD$245) = SGD$1,640.

There will be 3 models to the DS413 series. The DS413j is the lowest end and is suitable for Home to Small Office, the DS413 is suitable for Home to Business Workgroup and the DS413+ which I am guessing will be out soon is suitable for Small and Medium Business.

Synology DiskStation DS413j is a budget-friendly 4-bay NAS server for small offices and home use, specifically designed to provide a solution for file storage and sharing with data protection for your home environment with low power consumption, quiet operation and reliability.

I am currently using the Synology DiskStation DS210j which I bought 3 years ago and still going strong!

Hardware Specifications

  • CPU Frequency: 1.6 GHz
  • Hardware Encryption Engine
  • Memory: DDR3 512 MB
  • Internal HDD/SSD: 4x 3.5″ or 2.5″ SATA II
  • Max Internal Capacity: 16 TB (4 X 4 TB HDD)
  • External HDD Interface: 2x USB 2.0 Port
  • Size (HxWxD): 184 x 168 x 230 mm
  • Weight: 2.23 kg
  • LAN: 1x Gigabit Port (Supports Wake on LAN/WAN)
  • Wireless Support (dongle)
  • System Fan: 2x 80mm x 80mm
  • Supported RAID Type : Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6, RAID 10

For the full specifications, check out the official site.

Synology DiskStation DS413j
Synology DiskStation DS413j

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Dell XPS 12 Review – Features + Functionality

For the first part review of the Dell XPS 12, I talked about Unboxing and Design and in this second part review, I will talk about the features and functionality.

Ports – Right Side
Let’s start with the ports available on the Dell XPS 12. All of the ports of the Dell XPS 12 are located on the right side of the ultrabook except for the headphone/microphone combo port.

Dell XPS 12 - Right Side
Dell XPS 12 – Right Side

Dell XPS 12 - Ports On The Right Side
Dell XPS 12 – Ports On The Right Side

The Dell XPS 12 has two USB 3.0 ports with one of them being a PowerShare USB port capable of charging USB devices even when the computer is powered off or is in sleep state.

For external display, the Dell XPS 12 has a mini-display port. If you would like to use it with your monitor, you would need to get an additional mini-display port to VGA convertor which Dell Singapore is retailing for SGD$29. I can’t seem to find a mini-display port to DVI convertor on the site though, however there is a mini-display port to HDMI convertor which is retailing for SGD$19.

I wish Dell included a SD Card Reader in the XPS 12 to ease the transfer of photos taken from your digital camera to the ultrabook, now you need to bring along a separate SD card reader.

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Samsung Launches Asia’s First Samsung Mobile PIN in Singapore

· · · Event, Gadget

Yesterday, Samsung launches it’s first Samsung Mobile PIN in Singapore (the first in Asia as well). It is located at Ngee Ann City’s Civic Plaza or what is known as Takashimaya to many others. Samsung Mobile PIN was first launched at the London Olympics in 2012.

Samsung Mobile PIN Singapore at Ngee Ann City's Civic Plaza
Samsung Mobile PIN Singapore at Ngee Ann City’s Civic Plaza

Samsung Mobile PIN is essentially a pop-up store that allows you to experience/play with all the latest Samsung devices. Currently they have the Samsung Galaxy S III (LTE), Samsung Note II (LTE), Samsung Galaxy Camera and the Samsung Note 10.1 (LTE) on display.

You are able to purchase the phones without any contract or with a 2-year SingTel contract. There are also Samsung accessories on display and they are for sale at the recommended retail price (RRP).

When you visit the store, there are lessons and activities for you to participate. And when you do that, you can earn coupons, PIN badges and vouchers which can be accumulated to exchange for Samsung Mobile PIN premiums, and stand a chance to win 1 of 10 Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE.

Samsung PIN Badges
Samsung PIN Badges

Samsung PIN Badge #1
Samsung PIN Badge #1

For the PIN badges, there are a total of 8 designs. Every 2 weeks, they will change the design and for the 8th design only 700 badges will be made available.

Samsung Mobile PIN Singapore - Opening Hours
Samsung Mobile PIN Singapore – Opening Hours

The store will be open from 11am till 9pm (Monday to Thursday) and 11am till 10pm (Friday to Sunday) till Tuesday, 12th March 2013. For Chinese New Year period, on the 9th February 2013, it will be open from 11am to 5pm and it will be close on the 10th and 11th February 2013.

Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung Galaxy Camera

PS: I am very impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Camera after playing with it at the store. The screen is huge and clear, it runs Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) and has insane 21x optical zoom. The price is pretty reasonable too (RRP: SGD$698). Check out the 21x zoom test photo below. The photos are not edited in any way. They are shot with the Samsung Galaxy Camera and emailed out using the Gmail App on Android.

Samsung Galaxy Camera - No Zoom
Samsung Galaxy Camera – No Zoom

Samsung Galaxy Camera - 21x Zoom
Samsung Galaxy Camera – 21x Zoom

PPS: Just a FYI, the word “PIN” is not an acronym and it just literally means pin like a point on a map. I was confused when I received an invite because normally when all the letters are in caps, it is normally an acronym.

Norton 360 Multi-Device Giveaway

· · · Endorsement

This year’s Norton Cybercrime Report 2012 revealed a trend towards new forms of cybercrime, such as those on social networks or mobile devices. Here’s a cool infographic that highlights this increasing trend:

Norton Cybercrime Report 2012 - Singapore
Norton Cybercrime Report 2012 – Singapore

With cybercriminals increasingly taking advantage of the popularity of these platforms, it might be a good idea for you to take some steps towards protecting your valuable data and personal information on your mobile devices.

Norton 360 Multi-Device
Norton 360 Multi-Device is a comprehensive security solution that is safer, simpler and faster. It provides security across Windows based PCs, Macs, Android-based phones and tablets, all with a single activation key, and features five patented layers of protection, strong social networking defences, anti-scam capabilities and improved cloud-enabled features. As with the latest Norton releases, Norton 360 Multi-Device has also been engineered to provide optimal protection for Windows 8, without comprising its speed. More information on Norton 360 Multi-Device and Norton’s latest products can be found in the attached releases and at http://sg.norton.com/products/.

Norton 360 Multi-Device - Packaging Front View
Norton 360 Multi-Device – Packaging Front View

Norton 360 Multi-Device - Packaging Back View
Norton 360 Multi-Device – Packaging Back View

Norton 360 Multi-Device - Packaging Inside View #1
Norton 360 Multi-Device – Packaging Inside View #1

Norton 360 Multi-Device - Packaging Inside View #2
Norton 360 Multi-Device – Packaging Inside View #2

Norton 360 Multi-Device - Disc
Norton 360 Multi-Device – Disc

Giveaway
Thanks to Norton, I will be giving out a copy of Norton 360 Multi-Device worth SGD$119 to 1 lucky winner.

To participate, all you have to do is the following:

  • Tweet about why you want the Norton 360 Multi-Device.
  • Ensure that your tweet mentions me (@gamerz) and contain the link to this blog post, http://lc.sg/1o0.
  • Be as creative and original as possible as entries will be judged based on these 2 criteria.

Examples:

  • I am frustrated that my non-techie relatives keep asking me for help when they got viruses in their computers! @gamerz http://lc.sg/1o0
  • Still deciding on which security/antivirus software to use, I want to give the Norton 360 MD a try @gamerz http://lc.sg/1o0

Fine Print

  • This Giveaway is open to all readers of lesterchan.net who are based in Singapore.
  • Li Xiang and I will be the judges for this contest, entries will be judged based on creativity and originality.
  • Winners will be announced on Friday, 1st February 2013 and contacted via Twitter and follow up by email.
  • Norton will be sending the prizes to the winner directly.
  • Details of winners such as name and winning tweet may be posted on lesterchan.net.
  • My decision on all matters related to this giveaway is final and no correspondence will be entertained.
  • I reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions at anytime without prior notice.
  • This giveaway ends on 11:59pm (23:59), Wednesday, 30th January 2013 (GMT+8 Singapore Time).

Blogger Name Card 2013

· · · Blog

The previous time I printed my Blogger Name Card was back in 2010 and I printed 200 name cards for SGD$60 from Tommy Print.

2 years later, I almost ran out of name cards and Li Xiang re-designed my logo for me for the launch of lesterchan.net v4.

I went back to Tommy Print to get it printed. Surprisingly, the price remains the same, 200 pieces for SGD$60. However, when I went to collect the name cards, they gave me an extra box of name cards! They said it was extra and normally they do print extra for their customers. In my case, the extra seems pretty a lot, it almost seems like I am paying SGD$60 for 300 pieces!

Thank you Tommy Print!

Blogger Name Card 2013
Blogger Name Card 2013

Blogger Name Card 2013
Blogger Name Card 2013

Blogger Name Card 2010 vs 2013
Blogger Name Card 2010 vs 2013

Blogger Name Card 2013 - Tommy Print Receipt
Blogger Name Card 2013 – Tommy Print Receipt

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