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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Tool Pen

· · · Hardware

Tool Pen is a smart & versatile multi-tool, like holding a sleek pen. It features an unique Pop-A-Point design for bits replacement.

I backed Tool Pen on Kickstarter on the 9th July 2014 and it was funded successfully on 14th August 2014 after raising US$274,794 out of their initial goal of just US$7,000. That is 40 times the goal.

Tool Pen - Box Front
Tool Pen – Box Front

GRAMAS Full Leather Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus

I am guessing many of you have not heard of the brand GRAMAS before. GRAMAS is a luxury accessories maker from Japan. They specialise in leather cases for iPhones and glass screen protectors. In case you are wondering, GRAMAS stands for Generous RAw MAterial Stuff.

Singapore is the first country outside of Japan to carry GRAMAS products. In Singapore, it is being distributed by Ingram Micro Asia Ltd.

GRAMAS - Full Leather Case (iPhone 6 Plus)
GRAMAS – Full Leather Case (iPhone 6 Plus)

Cadbury Glow – Premium Chocolate Gifting

· · · Food & Drink

Cadbury Glow is positioned by Cadbury as a premium chocolate gift, similar to Ferrero Rocher. Each of the chocolate praline is crated in Europe. The outer layer is made of milk chocolate, while the inner filling is made of dark chocolate.

The inspiration behind Cadbury Glow was sparked by the glow moment. The glow moment is a warm glow of happinesses that comes from seeing someone light up with joy when they received a special gift.

Cadbury Glow - Box Front
Cadbury Glow – Box Front

Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor (UP2715K) Will Come To Singapore

· · · Monitor

The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor (UP2715K) will be available in Singapore next month (December 2014) for S$2,699.

In contrast, iMac with Retina 5K display starts at S$3,388.

Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor (UP2715K) - Front
Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor (UP2715K) – Front

GlobalWebIndex Research on Mobile Messaging

· · · Technology

Global Web Index is a market research company specialising in online consumer behaviour. They recently did a mobile messaging survey and the study revealed that WeChat now has the youngest demographic out of all competing social communications apps, with a third of its global active user base being 16 – 24 years old. WeChat has also experienced significant growth with an active user base increase of 156% globally, and a staggering 499% in Singapore between Q1 2013 to Q3 2014.

Thanks to China market, globally, WeChat has a 23% share of the Internet population using the service, 3% more than Facebook Messenger while in APAC, WeChat command a 38% share while Facebook Messenger share is half of it at 16%.

WeChat Presentation - Singapore
WeChat Presentation – Singapore

Funko Pop!

· · · Toy

The start of my LEGO purchases is the start of my toy collection for my new house which will be coming end of next year (2015). I have started to collect some Funko Pop toys.

Funko is a pop culture licensed-focused toy company located in Everett, WA. Funko currently holds more than 150 licenses including, but not limited to; Lucas Films, Marvel, Hasbro, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, DC Comics, NBA, Sanrio, and Disney. Funko’s Pop! Vinyl is the number one stylized vinyl collectible in the world with over 10 million units sold in the last three years.

Funko Pop - Dragon Ball Z - Front
Funko Pop – Dragon Ball Z – Front

Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2, YOGA Tablet 2 Pro & YOGA 3 Pro

Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2

Similar to its predecessor the new YOGA Tablet 2 models focus on technology that adapts to users, making computing intuitive and fun. The tablet also comes in two operating systems – a 10″ model with Windows and one year of free Office 365, as well as 8″ and 10″ models that come with Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Powered with the latest Intel Atom processor multimedia, playback and rendering make the tablets great for multitaskers. Its dual, large-chamber speakers are front-facing for dynamic audio, while Dolby Audio and Wolfson Master HiFi ensure a multi-channel listening experience just like the movies. Sporting a number of useful features such as a Micro SD card slot and a micro USB with OTG connection that lets users charge their phone (requires separate cable), users can also enjoy extra-long battery life while staying mobile longer in any of its four modes. For complete online connectivity, all the Android models offer 4G, while the 8″ Android version also offers the ability to make voice calls.

Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 8-inch & 10-inch Android model
Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 8-inch & 10-inch Android model