Belkin Audio Splitter

· · · Cable

The Belkin Audio Splitter is exclusive to Apple Stores got it for me when she was there. It is retailing for HKD$148 (SGD$24).

It is a very simple no frills 3.5 mm (1/8 in.) audio jack splitter and definitely way overpriced. If you are using headphones/earphones with a microphone, the microphone part of it will not work because the splitter doesn’t transmit it to the phone.

When I first looked at the packaging, I was expecting it to be stiff but surprisingly, there is a some flexibility in it.

Belkin Audio Splitter - Box Front
Belkin Audio Splitter – Box Front

Belkin Audio Splitter - Box Back
Belkin Audio Splitter – Box Back

Belkin Audio Splitter
Belkin Audio Splitter

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Twelve South PlugBug World

Twelve South PlugBug World was announced beginning this year and I have no idea why is it not selling in Singapore yet, not even the Apple Online Store in Singapore.

When Li Xiang went to Hong Kong last week, she bought it for me from the Apple Store in IFC Mall, Hong Kong. It is retailing for HKD$348 (SGD$60). Li Xiang also mentioned that the Twelve South PlugBug World is not displayed on the shelves and you might need to request the store assistant to get it from their storeroom.

I got my first Twelve South PlugBug Charger when I was in Las Vegas, US last year but because the plug is meant to be used in US/Canada/Japan, I can’t really use it out of the box in Singapore without an adapter.

I think Twelve South got lots of request to make the Twelve South PlugBug international and hence Twelve South PlugBug World was borned.

What Is Twelve South PlugBug World?

PlugBug World is a 2.1-Amp USB wall charger that attaches to, and converts, any MacBook Power Adapter into a dual charger that works in any major country. PlugBug World lets you charge your MacBook Pro + iPad or iPhone simultaneously, from one outlet. How? PlugBug World piggybacks onto your MacBook Power Adapter, creating a one-of-a-kind, dual charger for MacBook + iPhone or iPad. This unique accessory includes five international snap-on plugs and doubles as an international, stand-alone USB charger for iPhone and iPad.

Included Adapters

  • US/Canada/Japan
  • UK/Hong Kong/Singapore
  • Continental Europe
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • China

And also, the Twelve South PlugBug World comes with a small Twelve South drawstring bag to keep all the included adapters!

Twelve South PlugBug World - Box Front
Twelve South PlugBug World – Box Front

Twelve South PlugBug World - Box Back
Twelve South PlugBug World – Box Back

Twelve South PlugBug World - Box Content
Twelve South PlugBug World – Box Content

Twelve South PlugBug World
Twelve South PlugBug World

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WD Red – NAS Hard Drives

· · · Storage

I am a huge fan of WD Red Hard Drives and I am using 4 of them in my Synology DiskStation DS413j and they have not been giving me any problems so far.

WD Red hard drives are designed and extensively tested for compatibility under 24×7 operating environment and for the demanding system requirements of home and small office NAS.

WD Red hard drives used to be available in 3.5″ but now Western Digital just announced the availability of WD Red in 2.5″ for the smaller form factor NAS. If you are using Synology NAS, you could also use the 2.5″ hard drives by buying the 2.5″ Disk Holder.

The new WD Red 2.5″ hard drives will comes in 2 versions for now, the 750GB which will be retailing for SGD$109 and the 1TB version which will be retailing for SGD$139.

Besides the new WD Red 2.5″ hard drives announcement, Western Digital also announced a new 4TB version for the WD Red 3.5″ hard drives and it will be retailing for SGD$329.

For comparison, the current prices (as of 7th September 2013) of WD Red 3.5″ hard drives that are listed by Fuwell are 1TB: SGD$114, 2TB: SGD$165, 3TB: SGD$215.

WD Red - NAS Hard Drives
WD Red – NAS Hard Drives

Braven IPX5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker BRV-1

The Braven IPX5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker BRV-1 is retailing for SGD$228 from physical stores such as EpiCentre or Infinite (Apple Shops at Best Denki). Alternatively, you can also get it online from Ban Leong’s eStore.

BRV-1 - Box Front
BRV-1 – Box Front

BRV-1 - Box Back
BRV-1 – Box Back

BRV-1 - Box Contents
BRV-1 – Box Contents

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Sony QX Lens – Smartphone Attachable Lens-Style Cameras

· · · Camera

Sony announced the Sony QX Lens last night at IFA 2013 in Berlin. The Sony QX lens are smartphone attachable lens-style cameras. It is compatible with most iOS and Android devices as long as it is able to install the PlayMemories Mobile app.

  • Simply mount the DSC-QX100 / DSC-QX10 on your Android or iOS smartphone to capture breathtaking photos and videos. It’s the ideal solution for shooting and sharing.
  • Control the DSC-QX100 / DSC-QX10 from your smartphone even when it’s not mounted. You can shoot in limited spaces and from extreme angles that were previously impossible.
  • The DSC-QX100 / DSC-QX10 works seamlessly with your smartphone, allowing you to shoot beautiful images with your preferred camera settings, save and organise them as you like, touch them up with your favourite editing app and share them the same way you always share images with your smartphone.

There are 2 models right now, the DSC-QX10 (Price: USD$250, Sensor: 1/2.3, Pixels: 18.2) and DSC-QX100 (Price: USD$500, Sensor: 1, Pixels: 20.2). Both models will be available end of this month in the US and October 2013 in Singapore.

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