HP Envy 4 (1035TX) Review

HP Envy 4 (1035TX) Review
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Before I start this review on the HP Envy 4, I would like to highlight that there are 2 models to the HP Envy 4 and they are quite different. The model I am reviewing is the HP Envy 4 (1035TX) which is an Ultrabook, while the entry level HP Envy 4 (1026TU) is what HP call them the Sleekbook. The HP Envy 4 Ultrabook (1035TX) is retailing for S$1,299 while the HP Envy 4 Sleekbook (1026TU) is retailing for S$1,099.

The price different of S$200, gets you 8GB of RAM, a dedicated graphics card (AMD Radeon HD 7670M) and 32GB SLC mSATA SSD. It is that 32GB SLC mSATA SSD together with Intel Smart Response & Rapid Start Technology that differentiate the laptop from a Sleebook to an Ultrabook.

Microsoft’s New Corporate Logo

Microsoft’s New Corporate Logo
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Microsoft has gotten a new corporate logo after 25 years! It was unveiled last Thursday, 23rd August 2012.

It’s been 25 years since we’ve updated the Microsoft logo and now is the perfect time for a change. This is an incredibly exciting year for Microsoft as we prepare to release new versions of nearly all of our products. From Windows 8 to Windows Phone 8 to Xbox services to the next version of Office, you will see a common look and feel across these products providing a familiar and seamless experience on PCs, phones, tablets and TVs. This wave of new releases is not only a reimagining of our most popular products, but also represents a new era for Microsoft, so our logo should evolve to visually accentuate this new beginning.

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi
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Raspberry Pi is a US$25/US$35 (S$31/S$43) no frills mini computer.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video.

Logitech MK260 Wireless Combo

Logitech MK260 Wireless Combo
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Bought the Logitech MK260 Wireless Combo (Keyboard & Mouse) from Challenger for S$39 (member’s price is S$36.90). It is one of the cheapest branded wireless keyboard and mouse combo that I can find in Challenger. The other option is Wireless Desktop 800 which is retailing for S$39 (member’s price is S$37).

Some notable features of the Logitech MK260 includes use of 128-bit AES encryption for encrypting data transfer between the keyboard and receiver, spill-resistant keyboard and battery life that can go up to 24 months for the keyboard and five months for the mouse.

Buffalo AirStation HighPower WCR-HP-G300 Review

Buffalo AirStation HighPower WCR-HP-G300 Review
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The Buffalo AirStation HighPower WCR-HP-G300 is a budget router that is retailing only for S$59. Since it is targeted at lower end consumers, the specifications are just entry level.

The router is only able to support LAN/WAN speeds of 10/100Mbps and 2.4GHz band for Wireless-N speed up to 300Mbps. On a side note, the router is extremely light.