Logitech UE 6000 Review

Before I start every headphone/earphone review, I must say that I am not an audiophile and hence for this review, so pardon me if I do not focus on audio quality.

The Logitech UE 6000 is retailing for SGD$319 in Singapore and it comes in two colours, black or white. The Logitech UE 6000 is in the middle of the Logitech UE Headphone series. The Logitech UE 4000 (SGD$159) is the lower one while the Logitech UE 9000 (SGD$599) is the higher one.

I was using the Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster and it spoilt after more than a year of usage at work. The audio jack to the headphone was loose and because of that, the audio keep flickering.

I was looking around for slightly better headsets with a budget of about SGD$300, even though I am not an audiophile, I can hear the difference in clarity and bass between a cheaper headphone and a slightly better one.

Logitech UE 6000 - Box front
Logitech UE 6000 – Box Front

Logitech UE 6000 - Box Back
Logitech UE 6000 – Box Back

Technical Specifications

  • Type: Around-the-ear
  • Driver Diameter: 40mm
  • Impedance: 50 Ohms DCR Powered Off, 1K Ohms Powered On
  • Sensitivity: 97 dB SPL/mW Powered Off, 99 dB SPL/mW Powered On, 1KHz
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Connection: 3.5mm
  • Noise Isolation: 10dB
  • Battery Type: 2x AAA
  • Battery Life: 40 hours of listening on average

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Logitech K310 Washable Keyboard Review

The Logitech K310 Washable Keyboard is retailing for SGD$59. It is a wired keyboard that is pretty reasonable priced.

Most of our keyboards are filthy and a study done in 2008 suggests that it had 150 times the recommended limit for bacteria (five times as filthy as a toilet seat). What lies beneath the keys on your keyboard? I say dirt, hairs, pet fur, food crumbs, dandruffs, etc.

Don’t you wish you can throw your keyboard in a washing machine and let it wash it? I know Li Xiang always wanted that for everything! If you have thought of that, you might want to check out Logitech K310 Washable Keyboard. You can’t exactly put it in a washing machine, but you definitely can bath it.

Logitech K310 Washable Keyboard - Giving It A Shower
Logitech K310 Washable Keyboard – Giving It A Shower

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Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5

Bought the Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 from Funan’s Challenger for SGD$35 (Member’s Price: SGD$31.50) in anticipation of my 10km run for The Straits Times Run in the Park 2013 which will take place on 25th August 2013.

There is also another model, Belkin Ease-Fit Armband for iPhone 5, which is available and retailing for SGD$29 (Member’s Price: SGD$26.10).

The difference between the plus version and non-plus version is that the plus version has an extra slot for your keys and the arm band is longer, 12.6″-15.8″ (320mm-400mm) vs 11.4″-14.6″ (290mm-370mm).

It fits an iPhone 5 just nice without any casing. However, if you are using those thin clear plastic back case, it should fit in as well since the material is stretchable. It does not fit in any phones larger than an iPhone 5 like a HTC One.

Previously, I am using my iPad Nano (6th Generation) and Nike + iPod Sport Kit with SwitchEasy Runaway to calculate the distance that I ran and calories that I burned.

There are two disadvantages of using iPod Nano, firstly, you you can’t see the route that you ran on a map because it lacks GPS. Because iPod Nano does not have any wireless connectivity, the only way to get the data back to Nike+ is to sync it with iTunes. Using a smartphone like an Android of iPhone solves this problem. The only downside to that is that it is slightly heavier. I am fine with that trade-off and hence I am making the switch.

Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 - Box Front
Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 – Box Front

Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 - Box Back
Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 – Box Back

Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 - Armband View Front
Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 – Armband View Front

Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 - Armband View Back
Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 – Armband View Back

Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 - Empty
Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 – Empty

Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 - With iPhone 5
Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband for iPhone 5 – With iPhone 5

SingTel Brought Shopify To Singapore

Shopify allows you to setup a full fledge hosted e-commerce store within minutes. It also has an excellent mobile iOS app that allows you to keep track and manage your store as well.

Some local examples of Shopify includes, Pocky Singapore, The Damn Good Shop and Fabrix.

Shopify Logo
Shopify Logo

Press Release

Singapore 19 June 2013 – Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) today announced it will offer Shopify’s highly successful eCommerce solution in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India. Available from S$17 per month, the solution is an easy and affordable way for individuals and SMEs to set up beautiful online shops within minutes and accept secure credit card payments for goods and services.

Starting an online store used to be an expensive and complex experience that requires web programming and design knowledge. With Shopify’s web-based solution, digital storefronts can be set up and ready for business with a few mouse clicks. Merchants can customise their online storefronts, keep track of orders and manage customer data via a web browser. They can also enjoy the convenience of managing their business while on-the-move via Shopify’s smartphone app.

SingTel is working with payment providers in each country to enable transactions in local currencies by September. Merchants will be able to streamline their order fulfillment process and enjoy attractive shipping rates in the coming months. They will also be able to enjoy local hotline technical support 24/7.

To help merchants with their online marketing efforts and enhance the functionality of their storefronts, SingTel will offer a range of optional services such as search engine marketing, social network integration, inventory management and email marketing capabilities.

Mr Loo Cheng Chuan, SingTel Group Digital Life’s Head (LocalL!fe), said: “SingTel is excited by the tremendous growth opportunities in the eCommerce market. By 2015, 35% of internet users in the Asia Pacific region will make purchases online, and 30% of these transactions will be performed on a mobile device.”

“Shopify is an affordable and fuss-free solution to help entrepreneurs in emerging markets to expand their reach in Asia and beyond. With more than 468 million mobile customers in 25 countries, SingTel is uniquely positioned to enable entrepreneurs to seize opportunities, not just in Singapore, but also in the region,” he said.

“We’re really excited to announce this partnership with SingTel,” said Mr Harley Finkelstein, Shopify’s Chief Platform Officer. “We built Shopify to allow anyone with a product or a service to easily create beautiful and highly scalable online stores, at an affordable price. SingTel is the ideal partner for us, as we’re both focused on helping small businesses succeed in today’s global economy. Together, we can help millions of small businesses and individuals build profitable online shops.”

Pricing
You will be charged based on USD$ instead of SGD$, so the SGD$ price displayed below is just based on estimate. I have no idea why SingTel don’t charge it in SGD$ instead.

Starter Basic Professional Unlimited
USD$14/month USD$29/month USD$59/month USD$179/month
SGD$17/month SGD$35/month SGD$72/month SGD$218/month
Free setup, Use your own domain, Unlimited bandwidth
25 Products 100 Products 2,500 Products Unlimited Products
1 GB File Storage 1 GB File Storage 5 GB File Storage Unlimited File Storage
2% transaction fee 2% transaction fee 1% transaction fee No transaction fee
- - Discount code engine
- - - Real-time carrier shipping

Official Site (Global): shopify.com
Official Site (Singapore): shopify.com.sg

New Alienware 14, Alienware 17 & Alienware 18 Laptops

Alienware, the pioneer in specialty high-performance PC gaming systems, announced its latest and most powerful gaming laptops, the Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18. The laptops feature all new performance graphics, processors (Intel 4th Generation Core Processors) and components engineered for extreme performance.

They also introduce a new range of Alienware laptop bags named Alienware Vindicator Laptop Bags specifically designed to house the new Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 laptops. The series includes a backpack, messenger bag and slim carrying case, while their styling reflects a fusion of urban and military influences. The bags feature sturdy, weather-resistant materials and reinforced handles or straps for comfort and durability, and have smartly-designed, dedicated compartments that allow for organization and protection of essential accessories.

Alienware 14, 17, 18 Family Shot
Alienware 14, 17, 18 Family Shot

Press Release

The new laptops include the Alienware 14 for the enthusiast gamer who requires a laptop that provides enough performance for any task, yet is mobile enough to fit into a backpack; the Alienware 17 for an immersive, graphics-intensive experience with the latest technologies for desktop-grade performance; and the Alienware 18, the ultimate gaming laptop that commands respect among top gamers for its unparalleled performance and construction.

All three laptops feature a new, iconic, angular design that takes its cues from jet engines and stealth bombers with an anodized aluminum shell and magnesium alloy body. The latest laptops are exceptionally durable, with over 60 percent of the main mechanical components made of various metals. The keyboard is protected by a reinforced plate to ensure a solid typing experience, while the travel and responsiveness is specifically designed with gamers’ needs in mind. Based on customer feedback, the new Alienware 14 now features an anti-glare LCD display with wide viewing angles for reflection-free gaming in nearly any lighting condition, including a premium Full HD panel option with IPS. For 3D gaming enthusiasts, the Alienware 17 has an optional 3D panel for an immersive visual experience, while the Alienware 18 will feature a Full HD display with PLS wide viewing-angle technology.

Along with the new design, the laptops also feature a number of components that when combined create a superb PC gaming experience. The laptops sport full voltage, quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics. DDR3L memory provides exceptional bandwidth with lower voltage requirements designed for increased battery life, and the laptops now provide support for up to three storage drives on the Alienware 14, and up to four storage drives on the Alienware 17 and 18. For the first time ever, the Alienware 18 will feature NVIDIA SLI dual graphics technology as standard, and the laptop will offer an overclocked CPU option with a maximum speed of 4.3GHz. The laptops all feature Ethernet technology by Qualcomm’s Killer networks, Klipsch speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4 audio.

The updated Alienware Command Center software provides intuitive, user-friendly access to Alienware-exclusive applications and controls in one centralized hub. Command Center includes the exclusive AlienFX lighting control system which allows users to create their own custom lighting themes and special effects. The new laptops have up to 20 colors to choose from across 10 different lighting zones, totaling to over 10 trillion lighting combinations. Alienware has worked closely with game developers to incorporate AlienFX in over 60 game titles, including cross-platform titles like Anomaly2, to PC-exclusive titles like SMITE and Neverwinter, for an immersive experience that can only be found on an Alienware. Whether healing, taking damage, or completing missions, AlienFX lights are an extension of the game play. Alienware Command Center also features AlienAdrenaline, a custom configurable game and application automation tool, the new Accelerator dynamic performance optimizer, and a new performance monitoring tool.

“The new laptops and matching Vindicator bags are the latest culmination of listening and learning from our customers since we delivered our first gaming system back in 1996″, said Frank Azor, General Manager of Alienware. “We spent countless hours meticulously thinking through every detail of these new products to ensure they would be the most amazing line-up we’ve introduced yet.”

Alienware 14 starts at SGD$2,299, Alienware 17 starts at SGD$3,099 and the Alienware 18 prices will be announced in the coming weeks.

Technical Specifications

- Alienware 14 Alienware 17 Alienware 18
Processor Intel Core i7-4900MQ up to 3.8GHz Intel Core i7-4900MQ Overclocked up to 4.0GHz Intel Core i7-4930MX Overclocked up to 4.3GHz
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB GDDR5 Dual NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 780M with 4GB GDDR5
Memory Up to 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz Up to 32GB DDR3L 1600MHz Up to 32GB DDR3L 1600MHz
Hard Drive
  • 512GB RAID 0 (2x256GB SSD)
  • 256GB mSATA SSD Storage Drive
  • Up to 1.5TB RAID 0 (2x750GB 7200RPM)
  • 64GB mSATA SSD Caching
Dimensions
  • Height (Front): 40.12mm
  • Height (Rear): 41.70mm
  • Depth: 258.35mm
  • Width: 334.98mm
  • Height (Front): 46.24mm
  • Height (Rear): 48.46mm
  • Depth: 299.00mm
  • Width: 413.56mm
  • Height (Front): 56.71mm
  • Height (Rear): 57.50mm
  • Depth: 327.89mm
  • Width: 456.50mm
Weight Starting at weight with optional SSD: 2.774kg Starting at weight with optional SSD: 4.150kg Starting at weight with optional SSD: 5.472kg
Battery 6-cell Lithium Ion (69 wHr) 8-cell Lithium Ion (86 wHr)
Integrated Camera Details FullHD 2MP Camera with dual digital microphones
AlienFX Lighting Zones 10 unique programmable zones with up to 20 distinct colors providing over 10 trillion lighting combinations
Keyboard
  • Reinforced and set on a steel foundation for a rigid and sturdy feel 4-Zone, multi-color RGB, keyboard with AlienFX lighting controls
  • Reinforced and set on an aluminum foundation for a ridig and sturdy feel
  • 4-Zone, multi-color RGB, keyboard with AlienFX lighting controls and numeric keypad
  • 4 user-programmable keys providing up to 4 distinct functions per application or game
  • Reinforced and set on an aluminum foundation for a rigid and sturdy feel
  • 4-Zone, multi-color RGB, keyboard with AlienFX lighting controls and numeric keypad
  • 9 user-programmable keys providing up to 19 distinct functions per application or game
Touchpad Backlit button image sensor trackpad with all-points addressable (APA)
Laser-Engraved Nameplate Displays “Deployed Date”, System Name, and the installed CPU & GPU
A/C Adapter 150W 180W/240W 330W
External Chassis Connections
  • 1x Power/DC-in Jack
  • 1x RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet IPv6
  • 2x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports
  • 1x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port with PowerShare Technology
  • 1x Mini-Display Port
  • 1x HDMI 1.4 Output
  • 1x 9-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • 2x Audio Out 1/8″ Ports (One compatible with inline mic headset)
  • 1x Line In Microphone 1/8″ Port (retaskable for 5.1 analog audio output)
  • 1x Kensington Security Lock port
  • 1x Power/DC-in Jack
  • 1x RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet IPv6
  • 3x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports
  • 1x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port with PowerShare Technology
  • 1x Mini-Display Port
  • 1x HDMI 1.4 Output / 1.3 Input
  • 1x 9-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • 2x Audio Out 1/8″ Ports (One compatible with inline mic headset)
  • 1x Line In Microphone 1/8″ Port (retaskable for 5.1 analog audio output)
  • 1x Kensington Security Lock port
Display
  • 14″ WLED HD (1366 x 768) Anti-Glare Display TN 200 Nit Display
  • 14″ WLED FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare IPS 300Nit Display
  • 17.3″ WLED FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare TN 300 Nit Display
  • 17.3″ 120Hz WLED FHD (1920 x 1080) TrueLife TN 400 Nit Display with 3D Bundle (July 2013)
18.4″ WLED FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare PLS 350 Nit Display

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