The Braven IPX5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker BRV-1 is retailing for S$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.
Besides being a lightweight rugged Bluetooth speaker (346g), it also double up as a emergency portable charger using the built-in battery capable of outputting up to 1A. The 1,400mAh built-in battery will give you about 12 hours of music. Charging is done by micro USB and there is a 5 dots LED indicator to indicate the battery status.
Moshi’s Codex is a lightweight carrying case for your MacBook Air 11″/13″ or MacBook Pro Retina 13″/15″. Codex protects your MacBook at all times and insulates it from the wear and tear of daily use. Combining style and functionality, Codex provides full access to all interface ports while cradling your computer in a designer protective shell. The exterior of Codex is treated with a water-resistant coating to shield it from the harsh effects of the environment. The interior of Codex is filled with a soft Viscotex memory foam to cushion your MacBook from shocks and bumps while on the go.
Moshi USB Cable with Lightning Connector (available in both black and white) is retailing for S$31.90 which is about S$4 more expensive than the original Apple Lightning to USB Cable. Both cables are 1m in length and both are as official as it can gets.
The feature that makes Moshi’s version more expensive than Apple’s original is the aluminium encasing. The cable head is encased in aluminium and shielded to reduce electromagnetic interference. The Moshi’s version felt different (psychological effect maybe?). It is sturdier, more premium and slightly heavier. I think this is the cable that Apple should have made!
The D-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC 1750 Dual-Band Gigabit Router is retailing for S$319 (Challenger’s member’s price: S$279) which is pretty steep for a router. It is still cheaper than the Cisco Linksys EA6500 AC Router when it was first launched.
The DIR-868L is a draft IEEE 802.11ac router that supports simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz + 5GHz) and can give you speed up to 450Mbps + 1,300Mbps. It is also a “cloud router”, in the sense that you can access your router basic settings via mydlink Lite app on iOS or Android.
They also have one that fits the iPhone 5 and it also cost S$48.
PKG Slim Sleeve for MacBook Air is a nostalgic looking padded sleeve for the MacBook Air 11″/13″.
Upon touching it, you will feel that the sleeve is constructed using premium materials. There is a thick padding within the sleeve to protect your MacBook Air from knocks. The sleeve will fit your MacBook Air exactly, leaving no extra space behind. And hence you will not be able to fit in a MacBook Air with a hardshell casing.
You have to pair your Protag with an Android phone (no iOS support yet) and place your Protag in your belongings (like in your bag or wallet).
Targus Crave II Convertible 3-In-1 Backpack for MacBook Air/Pro 13″ (TSB772AP) is retailing for S$109. As the bag names implies, it allows you to carry it in three different ways, as a backpack, as a messenger bag or as a slipcase bag.
Here is a piece of good news (brought to you by ZALORA) to all fashion-forward and tech savvy Android users who love to shop on-the-go.
ZALORA, South-East Asia’s fastest-growing fashion and beauty e-retailer, has finally announced a further expansion of its mobile repertoire with the recent launch of its Android shopping app across the region. With the preceding success of ZALORA iPhone shopping app which became the number one lifestyle app in the iTunes store within 24hours of the initial launch, the launch in July offers Android users an alternative, convenience-centric shopping experience.