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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Dell New Inspiron 7000 Series Laptops, Inspiron 11 3000 Series Laptops & Inspiron 23 All-in-one

I was invited to a Dell event 2 days back and they announced new laptops (Latitude, Inspiron & XPS) and new tablets (Venue 7, Venue 8 & Venue 11 Pro). Since most of the stuff are still to be announced (TBA), I will start off with this post on Inspiron 14/15/17 7000 series, Inspiron 11 3000 series & Inspiron 23 all-in-one as I got all the prices for it and you can already get it now from Dell.

Inspiron 11 3000 Series Laptops

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series

The Inspiron 11 3000 Series Laptops starts from SGD$699 with the following specifications:

  • Intel Celeron processor 2955U (2M Cache, 1.4 GHz)
  • Windows 8, English (64bit)
  • 11.6 inch LED Backlit Touch Display with Truelife and HD resolution (1366 x 768)
  • 2GB Single Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (2GBx1)
  • 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 1 Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
  • 1.43kg

The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series is a reliable, ultraportable choice for those who are on the go all day. The Inspiron 11 features an 11.6-inch, 10-finger capacitive touch display with noise-cancelling, dual-array microphones to make web chats amazingly clear – even in public spaces. At 0.83 inches (21.2mm) thin, a starting weight of just over 3.15 lbs (1.43kg) and with up to 8 hours, 20 minutes of battery life, the Inspiron 11 is perfect for both entertainment and productivity on-the-move.

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Crabby Wallet

· · · Fashion

Backed the Crabby Wallet on Kickstarter on 9th April 2013, the project got funded on 3rd May 2013 with a total of USD$308,838 raised though the initial goal was only USD$10,000. I bought 2 Crabby wallets, an orange for myself and a pink for Li Xiang. Paid USD$16 + USD $16 + USD$5 (shipping) = USD$37 (SGD$46).

They have some mixed up and instead of pink, they shipped a purple to me despite the contents on the delivered envelope stated pink. But Ryan from Crabby Wallet is kind enough to send me a new pink Crabby Wallet and at the same time I get to keep the purple! Thank you Ryan!

I wish the Crabby wallet is a little longer, because it can’t fit my blogger name card. But any credit card sized cards will fit just fine.

I like the band because I can tie it to my mobile phone! The workmanship is pretty good. I have heard comments from other users saying the band will fray easily. I can’t really tell right now because I only started using it.

Crabby Wallet - Orange & Purple
Crabby Wallet – Orange & Purple

Crabby Wallet - Orange & Purple - Back View
Crabby Wallet – Orange & Purple – Back View

Crabby Wallet - Orange
Crabby Wallet – Orange

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Innergie MagiCable Duo With Lightning Connector

· · · Cable, Innergie

Been waiting for the Innergie MagiCable Duo Lightning Connector for a long time, ever since Apple announced the Lightning cable. After more than a year, Innergie finally released it!

I bought it at Wheelock Place’s EpiCentre for SGD$49. The only reason I bought it is to blog about it, otherwise I see no reason to get this overpriced cable. Seriously, SGD$49 for a cable that has just both Micro USB and Lightning connection? Amazon is selling it for USD$30, which is slightly cheaper.

The normal Innergie Magic Cable Duo and Innergie Magic Cable Trio are only retailing for SGD$29 each.

The only downside to the cable (besides the price) is the base of the Lightning head is too wide. If your case only has a slight cut-out just for the Lightning head like the Apple’s iPhone 5s Case, it might not fit.

Innergie MagiCable Duo With Lightning - Box Front
Innergie MagiCable Duo With Lightning – Box Front

Innergie MagiCable Duo With Lightning - Box Back
Innergie MagiCable Duo With Lightning – Box Back

Innergie MagiCable Duo With Lightning
Innergie MagiCable Duo With Lightning

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Lifetrons – High Tech Multi-Tool Adaptor (Lightning Edition)

· · · Cable

Got the Lifetrons – High Tech Multi-Tool Adaptor (Lightning Edition) when I was on the plane (Thai Airways) for USD$69 (SGD$87). It is expensive, but I don’t think it is overpriced.

The High Tech Multi-Tool Adaptor is like a Swiss Army knife for gadget. It has 3 cable heads (Mini USB, Micro USB & Lightning) for syncing and charging, a SIM card holder and a phone stand.

Lifetrons - High Tech Multi-Tool Adaptor (Lightning Edition) - Box Front
Lifetrons – High Tech Multi-Tool Adaptor (Lightning Edition) – Box Front

Lifetrons - High Tech Multi-Tool Adaptor (Lightning Edition) - Box Back
Lifetrons – High Tech Multi-Tool Adaptor (Lightning Edition) – Box Back

Lifetrons - High Tech Multi-Tool Adaptor (Lightning Edition) - Box Contents
Lifetrons – High Tech Multi-Tool Adaptor (Lightning Edition) – Box Contents

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