Western Digital My Passport Wireless Review

· · · Review, Storage

Western Digital My Passport Wireless is the first wireless storage from Western Digital. It was launched on the 29th October 2014 in Singapore.

There are three sizes available, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. However in Singapore, only the 1TB and 2TB are available. The 1TB is retailing for S$299 and the 2TB is retailing for S$399.

Beside the capacity difference, the thickness of the drive also differs. The 1TB has a thickness of 24.4mm while the 2TB has a thickness of 29.8mm. That is a difference of 5.4mm. Personally, I am ok with the 2TB thickness, but some of my fellow tech bloggers find it too thick.

For this review, I bought the 2TB variant at a media discount. If not for the media discount, I will probably get the 1TB variant from Amazon (US$168.47 ~= S$220) instead because it is much cheaper and it ships for free to Singapore under the free Amazon’s AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping.

Western Digital - My Passport Wireless (2TB) - Box Front
Western Digital – My Passport Wireless (2TB) – Box Front

Western Digital - My Passport Wireless (2TB) - Box Back
Western Digital – My Passport Wireless (2TB) – Box Back

Western Digital - My Passport Wireless (2TB) - Box
Western Digital – My Passport Wireless (2TB) – Box

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Creative Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag

The Creative Sound Blaster Roar carry-bag is retailing for S$19 and is only available exclusive at Creative Stores. I got mine for free as it comes along with the Creative Sound Blaster Roar that I bought at Sitex 2014.

I am not very impressed with the quality of the bag. Because it is a fabric mesh (net), there are a lot of loose threads that came off when I opened the packaging. It also feels very cheaply made. If it comes along as a free gift, then it is fine. Don’t bother paying S$19 for it. I rather you save the money and get a better alternative bag.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag - Packaging Front
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag – Packaging Front

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag - Packaging Back
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag – Packaging Back

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag - Packaging Contents
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag – Packaging Contents

Creative Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag - Top
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag – Top

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Creative Sound Blaster Roar

After reviewing the X-mini CLEAR and asking my fellow tech blogger, Renhao, who is an audiophile, we came to conclusion that X-mini CLEAR isn’t worth S$299.

So I decided to get another portable speaker for my dad. Renhao recommended the Creative Sound Blaster Roar and besides him, I also read many online reviews saying the Roar is good and value for money.

While I was at Sitex 2014, I bought the Roar because it was at a promotional price of S$179 and it comes with a free Creative Sound Blaster Roar carry-bag (next blog post) worth S$39! The recommended retail price (RRP) of the Roar is S$299 which is hard to believe because I saw it being sold at Challenger for S$229 (non-member’s price) and Creative’s own online store is selling it for S$199.

Here are some features of the Roar:

  • You can link two Roar together via Mega Stereo Cable (S$10) to create a mega stereo experience.
  • Roar supports aptX and AAC. aptX and AAC are advanced HD codecs that deliver high quality audio for Bluetooth transmission.
  • Roar’s built-in 6,000mAh battery plays your music non-stop for up to eight hours. You can also use the battery to charge your mobile devices via the USB port.
  • There is a built-in microphone in the road for convenient hands-free calls.
  • Roar supports NFC which allows you to pair your NFC-enabled device even easier by just tapping on it.
  • Roar has a microSD card slot that allows you to play music (MP3/WMA/WAV) stored inside the microSD card. It has even a audio/voice recorder that allow you to record directly to the microSD card.
  • Roar uses Bluetooth 3.0, measures 57.0 x 202.0 x 115.0 (mm) and weighs 1.1kg.

Creative Sound Blaster Roar - Box Front
Creative Sound Blaster Roar – Box Front

Creative Sound Blaster Roar - Box Back
Creative Sound Blaster Roar – Box Back

Creative Sound Blaster Roar - Box
Creative Sound Blaster Roar – Box

Creative Sound Blaster Roar - Box Contents
Creative Sound Blaster Roar – Box Contents

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thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block

I always wanted to get the thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block but just no impulse to buy it. The Coop Idea was co-founded by two friends who grew up ​in New Zealand who currently resides in Hong Kong.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of the thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block is S$99, however MobyShop is selling it for S$79.90. That is the cheapest I could find till I went to Sitex 2014 and saw it being sold at S$79 at Nubox booth.

DK and I bought it and we were surprised that we got an additional 10% discount if we bought two together. We ended up paying S$71.10 for it. I seriously doubt you can get any cheaper than that in Singapore.

The thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block is a 5-port USB charger capable of outputting a total of 10.6A (4x 2.4A port and 1x 1.0A port). That means that you can charge four iPads and an iPhone together at the same time. This is great for travel because you just have to bring one charger and it can charge almost all the devices that your family have when travelling.

There are two Smart USB ports out of the five USB ports, one for the 2.4A and one for the 1.0A. The Smart USB ports contain a built-in smart chip that auto-detects the connected device and provides a suitable charging solution by adjusting the way of power supply and charging current.

It comes in three colors, Yellow, Grey and Blue. I bought the Yellow and DK bought the Grey.

It measures 88 x 75 x 33 (mm) and weighs 210g.

thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block - Box Front
thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block – Box Front

thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block - Box Back
thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block – Box Back

thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block - Box Open
thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block – Box Open

thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block - Box
thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block – Box

thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block - Box Contents
thecoopidea 10.6A Power Block – Box Contents

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Singapore’s First Lego Certified Store Opens at Suntec City Mall

· · · Shop, Toy

Singapore’s First Lego Certified Store was opened on Saturday, 29th November 2014, by Her Excellency, Berit Basse, the Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore.

Berit Basse, the Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore
Berit Basse, the Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore

The company managing the store is Bricks World. Bricks World is the oldest (since 2003) and largest specialist LEGO retailer in Singapore.

Mr George Papasolomontos, Managing Director of Bricks World
Mr George Papasolomontos, Managing Director of Bricks World

The store occupies 2 units, spans an area of 79 square metres and is located in Suntec City Mall, Tower 3, #03-364/365. It is on the same level as GV Suntec City Cinema and Alive Museum.

And for overseas readers, if you need the address of Suntec City, it is: 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038983.

Singapore's First Lego Certified Store
Singapore’s First Lego Certified Store

Singapore's First Lego Certified Store
Singapore’s First Lego Certified Store

Singapore's First Lego Certified Store
Singapore’s First Lego Certified Store

Singapore's First Lego Certified Store
Singapore’s First Lego Certified Store

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