ARQ Dock 2.0

ARQ Dock by 2040 Design Studio is an aluminum modular nesting dock for smartphones or tablets with or without cases on. It’s unique feature allows you to group several ARQ Docks together so that it looks neater. Looks can sometimes be deceiving because the cables from the group of ARQ docks is pretty messy as well.

The default packaging comes with a micro USB cable. It supports official and third party Apple 30pin cables, Apple Lightning cables, micro USB cables and Samsung USB 3.0 cables.

ARQ Dock 2.0 as the name sounds is the second generation of the ARQ Dock. Both versions of the ARQ Docks are crowded funded on Kickstarter. I didn’t manage to back the ARQ Dock 1.0 but I did back the ARQ Dock 2.0.

ARQ Dock 2.0 was successfully funded on Kickstarter on the 19th November 2014 after raising US$24,575 out of their initial goal of US$12,000 from 512 backers.

I backed four ARQ Dock 2.0 on 22nd October 2014 and each of them cost US$25. Shipping is a flat fee of US$15. In total, I paid US$115 (S$157).

This is so far the only Kickstarter’s project that I backed that was on time. Under the rewards, they mentioned they will ship in December 2014. They did keep to their promise and they finished shipping on 16th December 2014.

But for some reason, they left out my order. Nevertheless, they rectified it the next day and it was shipped out to me on 1st February 2015 and I got it 2 weeks later on 16th February 2015.

ARQ Dock 2.0 - Box
ARQ Dock 2.0 – Box

ARQ Dock 2.0 - Box Contents
ARQ Dock 2.0 – Box Contents

Each ARQ Dock 2.0 package comes with one Arq Dock, two support Arq pins with protective silicone caps, two connector inserts, one Arq key (L wrench) with 2 screws (already screwed in) and one micro USB cable.

ARQ Dock 2.0 - Free Capta Stand
ARQ Dock 2.0 – Free Capta Stand

I was surprised 2040 Design Studio included two Capta in the package. I am guessing for every two ARQ Dock 2.0 you bought, you get one Capta. Capta is a hybrid accessory that combines the features of a tripod mount, a phone stand, and a cable management system.

ARQ Dock 2.0 - Red
ARQ Dock 2.0 – Red

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Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub

My third and final product from Aukey is the Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub. It is retailing for US$49.99 (S$68) on Amazon.

The Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub is a USB 3.0 hub that is made up of aluminum to match the design of your Mac. It measures 183mm x 66mm x 34mm and weighs 180g. Because it is USB 3.0, it supports data transfer rate of up to 5Gbps. It comes with a 12V/3A power adapter and a 1m USB 3.0 cable (Standard-A to Standard-A).

Personally, I think 3A maybe too little to a 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub. From the USB 3.0 specifications, 900mA is the maximum amount of current that can be output from a USB 3.0 port. When a device is attached to a USB 3.0 port, a device will reserve about 500-600mA for data transfer (even when not in use) and leave the rest for charging (300-400mA). So don’t expect to use this hub as a charger. Maybe that is why my current Anker USB 3.0 9-Port USB 3.0 Hub has an additional 10th port that does only charging at 2.1A.

Beside the 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub, Aukey also has a 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub and a 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub of the same design. Only the 4-Port USSB 3.0 Hub doesn’t come with an external power adapter.

The 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub is retailing on Amazon for US$16.99 (S$23) while the 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub is retailing on Amazon for US$39.99 (S$55).

Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub - Box Front
Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub – Box Front

Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub - Box Contents
Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub – Box Contents

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Acronis True Image Unlimited Review

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About Acronis
Do you know that Acronis is founded in Singapore in 2002 and they moved their HQ back to Singapore just last year?

Acronis was founded by Serguei Beloussov, Ilya Zubarev, and Max Tsyplyaev as a separate business unit within SWsoft and in 2003, Acronis was spun off as a separate company. Just a FYI, SWsoft is the parent company of Parallels, Inc (source: Wikipedia).

The current CEO of Acronis is Serguei Beloussov from Russia and he has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Acronis at a Glance

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Acronis True Image
At first, I was very skeptical about Acronis backup software also known as Acronis True Image because why would I need to pay for a backup software when I already got Time Machine for Mac or Windows Backup for Windows and both of them are available for free.

So I was given an Acronis True Image Unlimited for PC and Mac for two years to try. What sold me was the idea of cloud backup of your entire computer and you can access any files of your computer anytime and anywhere on your mobile phone without the need to switch on your computer. Think of it as Dropbox of your entire computer without the syncing part. It works for both PC and Mac.

Of course, you can restore your backup as a full system restore or you can choose only the files or folders you want to get back without having to restore your entire system. For PC, it keeps up to 20 revisions of backup whereas for Mac, it keeps up to 10.

Acronis True Image 2015 - Home
Acronis True Image 2015 – Home

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Optimize Backup
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Optimize Backup

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Xiaomi Mi 5,000mAh Power Bank

The new Xiaomi Mi 5,000mAh Power Bank is replacing the short-lived Xiaomi Mi 5,200mAh Power Bank.

It was put on sale for the first time in Singapore at 12pm on 13th February 2015. The sale is meant to coincide with Lunar New Year and hence it is an open sale instead of the usual limited flash sales. Open sale means you get to purchase Mi products anytime.

The Xiaomi Mi 5,000mAh Power Bank is retailing for S$13.99 which is much more expensive than the Xiaomi Mi 5,200mAh Power Bank which retails at S$8.99 when it first came out last July.

Of course being more expensive, the new 5,000mAh Power Bank receives a couple of updates. It is now much slimmer (9.9mm vs 21.9mm) and ironically it weighs 1g heavier than the older 5,200mAh Power Bank (156g vs 155g).

The 5,000mAh Power Bank measures 125mm x 69mm x 9.9mm and weighs 156g.

It is also now capable of a 2.1A output vs the 1.5A found in the older 5,200mAh Power Bank.

Just a FYI, Xiaomi also increased their shipping cost from S$5 to S$6.

Specifications

Mi Power Bank 5,000mAh 5,200mAh 10,400mAh 16,000mAh
Release date 13th February 2015 22nd July 2014 24th April 2014 16th December 2014
Battery type Lithium-ion rechargeable cell
Power source DC 5V
Input voltage DC 5.1V
Input current 2.0A
Output current 2.1A 1.5A 2.1A Up to 2.1A per port (max 3.6A)
No. of output USB ports 1 1 1 2
Rated capacity 3.75V/5000mAh 3.6V/5,200mAh 3.6V/10,400mAh 3.75V/16,000mAh
Charging time 3.5 hrs with 5V/2A plug and standard cable 3 hours with 5V/2A plug and standard cable 5.5 hours with 5V/2A plug and standard cable 9 hours with 5V/2A plug and standard cable
Dimension (mm) 125 x 69 x 9.9 91 x 55 x 21.9 90.5 x 77 x 21.6 145 x 60.4 x 22
Weight 156g 155g 250g 350g
Safety Temperature Resistance, Input Overvoltage Protection, Output Overvoltage Protection, Protection from Short Circuit, Protection from Incorrect Insertion, Protection from Overcharge and Over-discharge, Protection from Output Overcurrent, PTC Protective Circuits for the Cell

See Also

Xiaomi Mi 5,000mAh Power Bank - Box Front
Xiaomi Mi 5,000mAh Power Bank – Box Front

Xiaomi Mi 5,000mAh Power Bank - Box Back
Xiaomi Mi 5,000mAh Power Bank – Box Back

Xiaomi Mi 5,000mAh Power Bank - Box Content
Xiaomi Mi 5,000mAh Power Bank – Box Content

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Aukey 48W 9.6A 4-Port Car Charger

The second product that I ordered from Aukey is the Aukey 48W 9.6A 4-Port Car Charger. It is retailing for US$16.99 (S$23) on Amazon. I have not seen a similar charger like this from Anker before.

This is the most powerful car charger that I have seen in the market because it is capable of a 9.6A combined output and since there it is a 4-port charger, each port can output a maximum of 2.4A simultaneously.

Similar to the Aukey 50W 5V/10A 6-Port Wall Charger, it is powered by TI (Texas Instrument) microchips and features AlPower technology. AIPower USB ports provides adaptive charging rate for each individual charging port, iOS, Android, and Windows. It intelligently detect each connected device for universal compatibility, identify the correct input current and provide the maximum possible charging speed safely. It is similar to Anker’s PowerIQ Technology.

It comes in two colors: glossy white and glossy black. It measures 86.7mm in length and the 4-port USB head measures 45mm x 21mm. It is lightweight as well, weighing only 43g.

If you drive, I totally recommend you to get this. It is hard to find more than 2 USB ports for car chargers.

Aukey 48W 9.6A 4-Port Car Charger - Box Front
Aukey 48W 9.6A 4-Port Car Charger – Box Front

Aukey 48W 9.6A 4-Port Car Charger - Box Back
Aukey 48W 9.6A 4-Port Car Charger – Box Back

Aukey 48W 9.6A 4-Port Car Charger - Box
Aukey 48W 9.6A 4-Port Car Charger – Box

Aukey 48W 9.6A 4-Port Car Charger - Box Contents
Aukey 48W 9.6A 4-Port Car Charger – Box Contents

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