UE BOOM

Launched last month, the UE BOOM is a 360° Bluetooth wireless speaker which is water resistant and even shock proof. It is out in stores retailing for SGD$299 and available in 4 colours (Blue, Red, Black and White).

UE BOOM - 4 Colours (Front)
UE BOOM – 4 Colours (Front)

UE BOOM - 4 Colours (Back)
UE BOOM – 4 Colours (Back)

My first impression of UE BOOM is the sound is loud and the bass is pretty good, the only downside is that it is a little pricey.

The design inspiration for the UE BOOM comes from a water tumbler.

You can use 2 Logitech UE BOOM to double the volume of the sound or making them into a left and right speaker and thus producing stereo sound using the UE Boom App which is on the App Store and Google Play. The app also let you do some basic configuration to the speaker like setting the language.

There is NFC support for the UE BOOM though it is not listed in the official technical specifications. So basically if you are using an Android or Windows Phone (not tested) that has NFC, you can tap on the UE BOOM to initiate the pairing of Bluetooth and you are ready to stream your music via Bluetooth to the speaker. This is similar to how Nokia use it to pair with the Nokia Play 360 speaker.

UE BOOM - Top View
UE BOOM – Top View

UE BOOM - Bottom View
UE BOOM – Bottom View

UE BOOM - Packaging
UE BOOM – Packaging

Technical Specifications

  • Wireless Capabilities
    • Pair up to eight Bluetooth-enabled devices
    • Connect up to two devices at the same time
    • Wireless range of play up to 50 ft.
  • Audio
    • Maximum sound level: 88 dBC
    • Frequency range: 90 Hz – 20 kHz
    • Drivers: Two 1.5-inch full-range drivers; two 2-inch passive radiators
  • Power: Micro USB rechargeable battery, with up to 15 hours of battery life between charges
  • Diameter x Height: 6.5 cm x 18 cm
  • Weight: 538g
  • Colour: Blue, Red, Black and White
  • Compatibility For Audio Playback: Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth wireless audio profile [Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)] or 3.5 mm audio output.
  • Compatibility For Phone Calls: Phones that support Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile (HFP1.5)
  • Warranty: 2-year limited hardware warranty

Amazon Now Ships To Singapore For Free For Orders Above USD$125

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Amazon now ships to Singapore for free if your orders are above USD$125 through its new initiative called AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping.

AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping
AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping

About FREE AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping
With FREE AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping, you receive free shipping to India and Singapore if your order includes at least USD$125 of qualifying merchandise, excluding the Import Fees Deposit, gift-wrap charges, duties, and taxes. Most products shipped using the AmazonGlobal Program that are sold by Amazon.com are eligible for AmazonGlobal Saver. Items 20 pounds (9kg) or more, certain oversize items, e-documents, software downloads, music downloads and gift cards don’t qualify.

Canceling items, combining orders, or changing your shipping address, speed or preference might affect your order’s AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping eligibility.

If your order doesn’t qualify for AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping:

  • The order may contain ineligible items.
  • A special product, order, or handling fee may still apply.
  • An eligible item that was canceled brought the total below USD$125

To take advantage of FREE AmazonGlobal Saver

  • Place at least USD$125 of eligible AmazonGlobal Saver products, excluding the Import Fees Deposit, in your Shopping Cart. All products shipped using the AmazonGlobal Program that are sold by Amazon.com are eligible for AmazonGlobal Saver, except for products weighing 20 pounds (9kg) or more and certain oversized products.
  • Proceed to checkout.
  • Ship your items to a single address in India and Singapore.
  • Select “Group my items into as few shipments as possible” as your shipping preference.
  • Select AmazonGlobal Saver as your shipping speed. Your order will be delivered within 11-14 business days after all of your items are available to ship (including pre-order items).
  • Place your order, and enjoy the free shipping!

Source: AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping

Western Digital My Passport Ultra

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Western Digital announced the My Passport Ultra back in May 2013. Many of you are familer with the popular My Passport. My Passport Ultra is bascially a premium model of the My Passport.

It is available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB in size, it comes preloaded with WD SmartWare Pro backup software with Dropbox integration, hardware encryption and password protection to safeguard against unauthorized drive acces and it comes with a carrying pouch.

My Passport Ultra portable hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and the 500GB model is selling for SGD$109 while the 1TB model is selling for SGD$139.

It is about SGD$20 more expensive than the normal My Passport but it comes with an additional carrying case and it is slightly lighter and slimmer.

Western Digital My Passport Ultra
Western Digital My Passport Ultra

Western Digital My Passport Ultra (With Pouch)
Western Digital My Passport Ultra (With Pouch)

My Passport Ultra vs My Passport

- My Passport Ultra My Passport
Bundled Software WD Smartware Pro WD Smartware
Sizes 500GB, 1TB, 2TB (Soon) 500GB, 750GB, 1TB, 2TB
Colors Red, Blue, Black and Grey
Dimensions (1TB) 15.4mm x 110.5mm x 82mm 19mm x 111mm x 82mm
Weight (1TB) 160g 194g
Speed 114MB/s (Read) / 111MB/s (Write) 109MB/s (Read/Write)
Pouch Included -
Warranty 3-year limited warranty
Pricing
(SGD inclusive of GST)
500GB: $109
1TB: $139
2TB: Not Available Yet
500GB: $89
1TB: $119
2TB: $199

Lenovo Announces Range of Touch-Enabled PCs with a Variety of Form Factors

Lenovo has a bunch of new computers that will be available during and some after PC Show 2013 which will be held at Singapore Expo from 6th to 9th June 2013.

IdeaCentre Horizon
The IdeaCentre Horizon was the first thing that caught my eye at the event because it looks like a Microsoft PixelSense. It is running on Windows 8 Pro with Lenovo own’s Aura interface. It is still a little pale in comparison if you compare it with Microsoft PixelSense interface.

You can use it as a table, it is water resistant (to a certain extend) and it comes with the stand as shown in the image below.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon - Stand
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon – Stand

Press Quote:

The IdeaCentre Horizon is designed to create a new way of thinking about computing – one that makes the experience shared, collaborative and personal. With a supersized 27-inch screen, dynamic graphics and 10-finger touch, the Horizon allows up to four people to use it simultaneously for both work and play.

When placed parallel to the ground, users can activate the Horizon’s Aura interface and begin interacting with people and content ranging from photos and videos to apps and games. The Horizon comes preloaded with a library of games created by Lenovo. Complementing these games is a special set of on-the-glass accessories including an e-dice and four joysticks and four strikers.

The Horizon also doubles up as a high performance, all-in-one 27-inch desktop. With up to Intel Core i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce graphics and Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio, Horizon displays content beautifully and supports fast and smooth multimedia playback. All these features make it the ultimate home entertainment center, and a great device for collaborative work in the office.

Technical Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 8
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3537U
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3-1600Mhz
  • HDD: 1TB
  • Display: 27″ backlit full LED HD (1920×1080) multi-touch display; 16:9 widescreen
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M 2GB DDR3
  • Battery: Up to 2 hours battery life

The IdeaCentre Horizon will be available at Lenovo Exclusive Stores and all Courts outlets starting from the PC Show onwards with prices from SGD$2,899.

IdeaPad Yoga 11s
Launched last November, the IdeaPad Yoga 11 has pretty weak specifications for an Ultrabook, it is being powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 running on Windows RT.

But now, Lenovo launch a new IdeaPad Yoga 11s which is powered by 3rd generation Intel Core i3 processor and running on Windows 8 and hence making it more powerful.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s

Press Quote:

Hot on the heels of the first two Yoga-branded convertibles launched last year is the new IdeaPad Yoga 11s, which comes equipped with a new low power lineup from Intel with up to 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processors and Windows 8 to give users the full power of multitasking and using Office applications, all in a svelte, 0.68-inch thin frame. Similar to its predecessors, users can utilize the Yoga 11s in four modes – laptop, tablet, stand and tent – for both work and play.

The IdeaPad Yoga 11s features an 11.6-inch HD IPS display that supports 10 finger multi-touch and Motion Control which allows users to swipe their hand in front of the webcam to advance photos, videos and other documents. It also comes with Lenovo Transition, where users can automatically open applications like PowerPoint in full-screen even when using Yoga 11s in tent, stand or tablet mode.

The IdeaPad Yoga 11s also has the same attractive rubber painting and a soft-touch exterior as the IdeaPad Yoga 13 and will be available in Silver Grey and Clementine Orange

Technical Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 8
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3229Y
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3
  • HDD: 128GB SSD
  • Display: 11.6″ HD (1366×768) IPS display with 10-point multitouch; 16:9 widescreen
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Battery: Up to 6 hours battery life

The IdeaPad Yoga 11s will be available from the PC Show onwards with prices from SGD$1,399.

ThinkPad Helix

ThinkPad Helix
ThinkPad Helix

Press Quote:

The ThinkPad Helix is a premium convertible that defines the next generation of mobile computing through its ground breaking “rip and flip” design. This special design gives users absolute mobile freedom and versatility with multiple unique ways to use it.

ThinkPad Helix first functions as a high performance Ultrabook. For added mobility, the 11.6-inch tablet can separate from its base to become the thinnest full-function Intel 3rd generation Core tablet with vPro, also weighing in at 835 grams, making it one of the lightest around. The innovative “rip and flip” screen lets users flip the tablet 180° and snap it back into the base – this mode, called Stand mode, transforms Helix into a mini-movie theatre or business presentation central. From here, users can also fold the screen down to use it as a tablet while keeping the base connected for added ports and connectivity.

As a ThinkPad-branded device, the Helix also delivers on the brand’s reputation for quality and reliability, along with enhanced security and manageability features.

Technical Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3337U (2.7GHz)/i5-3427U (2.8GHz)/i7-3667U (3.2GHz)
  • RAM: Up to 8GB DDR3L 1333MHz
  • HDD: 128GB/180GB/256GB SSD
  • Display: 11.6″ 1920 x 1080 IPS display with pen input
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours battery life

The ThinkPad Helix is available in stores and at the PC Show with prices from SGD$2,199.

ThinkPad Edge E431

ThinkPad Edge E431
ThinkPad Edge E431

Press Quote:

The ThinkPad Edge E431 comes with an optional touchscreen display and is targeted at small and medium businesses. The E431 ushers in a redesigned trackpad that provides more real estate for end users to play around with. The E431 comes with a proprietary new charging standard called OneLink, which uses a single cable for charging, video and data. Consumers can also purchase an additional OneLink dock, a peripheral with four USB ports, HDMI and an Ethernet jack.

Technical Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7 Pro (64bit) (comes with Windows 8 Pro Recovery DVD)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3230M (2.6GHz)/i7-3632QM (2.2GHz)
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • HDD: 500GB (5,400rpm)
  • Display: 14″ HD+ (1600 x 900) display with optional touch screen
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 or NVIDIA GeForce N14m-GL 710M + 1GB VRAM or NVIDIA GeForce N14P-GV2 GT740M + 2GB VRAM
  • Battery: Up to 6 hours battery life

The ThinkPad Edge E431 (non-touch) is already available in stores with prices starting from SGD$1,199, while the touchscreen version will be available from mid July 2013 with prices starting from SGD$1,499.

Others
Other laptops like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, IdeaPads U310, U410 Ultrabooks, IdeaPad Z400, IdeaPad S400 has been refreshed to add touch capability.

Prices:

  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch – SGD$2,999
  • Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch (Graphite Grey Only) – SGD$1,199
  • Lenovo IdeaPad U410 Touch (Graphite Grey Only) – SGD$1,299
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch – SGD$1,199
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S400 Touch – SGD$1,099

Chromebooks Now Available In Singapore

Chromebooks have arrived in Singapore and for some reasons, they are only on sale at Courts and not elsewhere like Challenger, Harvey Norman or Best Denki. I guess Courts got the exclusivity rights for the time being.

3 models of Chromebook are available, HP Pavilion Chromebook (SGD$449), Samsung Chromebook (SGD$449) and Acer C7 Chromebook (SGD$369).

For the HP Pavilion Chromebook, you can get it from HP Online Store as well.

In the US, HP Pavilion Chromebook and Samsung Chromebook are retailing for USD$249 (SGD$315) and Acer C7 Chromebook is retailing for USD$199 (SGD$252). I think if you include shipping charges to Singapore from freight forwarder like comGateway, it is still cheaper to get from the US if you don’t need the warranty.

If you have the budget, I recommend waiting for the Chromebook Pixel (WiFi: USD$1,299/SGD$1642, LTE: USD$1,449/SGD$1832).

Chromebooks At Courts Singapore
Chromebooks At Courts Singapore

Source: Hardware Zone

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