Looking Back 2012

Looking Back 2012
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In my Looking Back 2011 post, I mentioned that I wanted to get a new iMac and a MacBook Air to replace my ageing desktop and MacBook Pro respectively and I did it.

For 2012, my resolution/wish is pretty simple and much cheaper! I just want a new iMac to replace my 4 year’s old desktop and a MacBook Air to replace my 4 year’s old MacBook Pro as well!

Apple iMac 27″ (Late 2012)

Apple iMac 27″ (Late 2012)
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Been waiting to order the new Apple iMac 27″ (Late 2012) since it was announced back in 23rd October 2012 to replace my 4 years old desktop. Apple Online Store (Singapore) made the new iMacs available for order on the 30th November 2012. I placed my order on the very day using my brother’s name from the Education Store since he is still a student in National University of Singapore (NUS).

I maxed out the specifications for the 27″ iMac except for the 756GB SSD option because it is way too expensive. After max specifications, the iMac itself cost S$4,349 and I bought Apple Care which is an additional S$218. In total, it cost S$4,567.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is a 16.2MP with 4x Optical Zoom digital camera, on top of that it is water, shock, dust proof and able to operate at low temperatures. I got it from Amazon for US$149.99 (S$183.14) when they are having it as the Gold Box Deal of the Day.

I placed order for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 on the 13th December 2012 and on the 19th December 2012 it reaches my HopShopGo US address. Paid HopShopGo US$12.44 (S$15.19) for the shipping to Singapore and I received it exactly on Christmas, 25th December 2012! Didn’t know DHL do delivery on Christmas day itself!

Sanyo Eneloop New Glitter AA Battery Packs

Sanyo Eneloop New Glitter AA Battery Packs
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Last week on the 12th December 2012, eneloop announced two new limited-edition ‘eneloop tones’ rechargeable battery packs. The eneloop uomo for men in enigmatic shades of purple, grey, black and white; and eneloop rouge for women in scintillating hues of pink.

There are 8 glittering AA batteries in each Eneloop Glitter pack and each battery has a capacity of 1,900mAh (1.2V) and can approximately last through 1,800 recharge cycles. The batteries are capable of retaining 70% capacity even after five years of storage.

Elevation Dock with Lightning Adapter

Elevation Dock with Lightning Adapter
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When I bought the Elevation Dock, it was shipped with iPhone 30-pin connector, because the Kickstarter project was planned before the new Apple Lightning Connector was announced. Elevation Lab has been hard at work since then to manufacture the Lightning adapter for the Elevation Dock.

Finally on the 8th November 2012, the Lightning adapter is production ready! The Lightning adapter cost US$15 (S$18.30) and shipping cost US$7.22 (S$8.80), paid a total of US$22.22 (S$27.10) for it. This bring the total cost of the Elevation Dock to S$148. At that price, it is very expensive for a dock, but the quality is awesome and it is Made in the US product. The dock is future proof as the adapter is exchangeable as long as Elevation Lab is able to produce it.