Western Digital’s beefs up their wireless WD Pro storage solutions

Backing up data be it pics, videos text documents and the like is usually a chore that requires a lot of legwork. Unfortunately, losing it due to a mishap is even worse. Western Digital’s new WD Pro Series of storage solutions aims to lighten that onerous burden by making it a darned lot easier by throwing in wireless connectivity all around via their new My Cloud mobile app for iOS and Android that lets you push content up in a swift fashion. The new WD Pro series consists of their new My Passport Wireless Pro mobile Wi-Fi storage drive and their My Cloud Pro Series NAS device.

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Via the built-in Wi-Fi direct connection, you are able to save and transfer material to and from up to eight other devices connected to the My Passport Wireless Pro drive and the drive also has an SD card reader and a USB port if you want to transfer data in the traditional fashion. A built-in 6,400mAh battery keeps it juiced for up to ten hours in the field. The My Passport Wireless Pro drive is also seamlessly compatible with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, a handy feature to have for content creators and can be had in up to a 3TB size that costs RM1,099.

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My Passport Wireless Pro drive is relatively compact and can be carried around in a backpack

Higher up on the totem pole is the My Cloud Pro Series NAS that has a one-button back-up option with the ability to cram in up to 32TB of storage, depending on which subvariant and how many bays it has with anything from two bays and up. The bay itself costs RM1,759 for the two-bay diskless NAS while WD hard disks retail for RM2,699 for the 4TB version, RM3,279 for the 8TB version, RM4,229 for the 12TB version and RM4,599 for the 16TB version. The 4-bay variant of the NAS retails for RM2,589 sans hard disks and costs up to RM7,999 for a 32TB hard drive, RM7,699 for a 24TB hard drive and RM5,749 for a 16TB hard drive.

The My Cloud Pro series NAS storage solution makes storage easy with a one-touch back-up option
The My Cloud Pro series NAS storage solution makes storage easy with a one-touch back-up option

Both the My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi and My Cloud Pro series NAS is distributed in Malaysia by Eternal Asia Sdn Bhd. For more details swing by Western Digital’s official site here.

Malaysia Songstress Min Chen wows Oppo’s F1s fans in Penang

Apparently Malaysians love taking selfies, if the vast horde of people attending  Oppo’s Penang leg of their roadshow tour for the brand’s latest flagship selfie oriented phone, the F1s is any indication. For a recap on just what the F1s is about, swing by our first-hand account of it here.

Min Chen interacted with the fans and took selfie with them by using OPPO F1s.

The fans were not there just for the phone of course, which they could acquire onsite but also for the fact that Malaysian songstress Min Chen was there to liven up the festivities. Not only did she give patiently queuing fans a live rendition of her hit song My Happen Adventure, she also showed them how to snag a selfie with the F1s’ front-facing 16-MP selfie cam that also sports their Beautify 4.0 mode that – you guessed it – turns even the most aesthetically challenged mugs into something vastly more pleasing. The phone is available at a retail price of RM1,198 nationwide.

The fans striked the gourgeous post during interactive session with Min Chen

If you’re keen to have a listen to Min Chen’s hit tune you can listen to it in the video clip below. For more details swing by Oppo’s official site at www.oppo.com/my and their Facebook site at www.facebook.com/malaysiaoppo

https://youtu.be/JVIQT1XodFM

 

[Review] Wiko U Feel Lite – Does Wiko’s Workhorse Wonder Walk the Talk?

Newcomer Wiko’s U Feel Lite smartphone is attempting to make their mark in the local market with an array of budget oriented offerings along with French sensibilities in it’s design. Their entry level Wiko U Feel Lite offers quite a comprehensive array of goodies bundled with it that let you use the phone straight out of the box.

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Out of the box, you get the phone itself along with a soft silicone casing, a screen protector, a pair of headphones, a two-pin USB charger with a cable and even a set of SIM card adaptors.

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The two-pin USB plug isn’t usable without some gerrymandering to get it to fit local plugs but it is slim enough for transport in a pocket or backpack.

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The SIM card adaptors come in extremely handy and they’ve bundled in one for nano, micro and standard SIM cards though the U Feel Lite itself sports dual micro SIM slots. The screen protector and the soft silicone casing are a nice touch, allowing you to use the phone immediately without fear of scratching it or wasting time hunting for them in third party accessory stores.

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In terms of design, the U Feel Lite plays it safe with relatively mainstream aesthetics and a conservative design. The edges are rounded all around and the phone heavily relies on polycarbonate for the backplate and finish.

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The base comes with a microUSB port for charging and docking duties while the right side of the phone comes with a volume rocker and power button whilst the top comes with a 3.5mm audio jack. The buttons do the job but feel rather plasticky.

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The backplate of the phone can be levered off to reveal the nonremovable 2500mAh battery along with the dual micro SIM card slots and microSD card slot. There’s also a rear 8-MP camera with an LED flash. Unfortunately, the camera lens array juts out somewhat so leaving it flat on a table without protection or some amount of care would not be a good idea. Fortunately, the bundled phone casing solves this complication nicely.

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Up front, the phone has a modest 5-inch HD display with 294ppi and a physical home button at the base that doubles as a fingerprinter reader. The top bezel of the touchscreen sports a 5-MP selfie camera with an f/2.4 lens. One quibble here is that the home button is recessed into the chassis and is not exactly clicky, meaning that you’ll have to press down harder than usual to activate it.

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The overall design plays it safe and while it doesn’t break new ground, it is built in a sturdy fashion and does look better than what its modest RM569 price tag would indicate.

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Page 2 Performance & Camera
Page 3 Battery Life & Conclusion

[Exclusive] Samsung Galaxy Note7 – Unboxing and First Look

Easily one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, Samsung’s latest heir to their vaunted flagship line, the Galaxy Note 7 has skipped a number ahead from it’s predecessor the Note5 and brings with it an array of next-gen hardware with the looks to match that make it Samsung’s best phone ever made and in the running to be the best phone to hit the shelves for 2016.

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The Note5 was an excellent device for its time though it lacked one key thing – expandable storage. The new Note7  has a microSD card slot, allowing for you to supplement the existing onboard 64GB of storage and a whole lot more too as the Note7 improves the Note 5’s hardware and design in every way.

We had the privilege of being one of the first to unbox one of the first retail versions of the Galaxy Note7 ahead of its official retail launch in Malaysia come September and what greeted us the moment we cracked the packaging open was a polished, premium experience that’s akin to taking possession of the keys of a Bentley. Here’s the experience of unboxing the equivalent of smartphone royalty.

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Externally the retail package of the Note 7 is sealed in a slide-out slip case with the Note7 logo emblazoned on the top. The colour of the Note7 is indicated in script on the side. Whereas older versions had a simple tick mark on a sticker swatch to indicate the colour, Samsung has taken the trouble to print it directly on the box itself. Class.
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Sliding the box up and out reveals the box proper that’s made of heavy gauge cardboard. The top lid doesn’t slide out so much as it flips open to the side to reveal the phone and the accessories bundled with it that are nested in layers.

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Just beneath the plastic tray is a neat black box that hides the warranty, a quick start guide and a SIM card pin which will be needed later.

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Directly beneath that is the good stuff neatly divided into various compartments.

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The most immediate item of interest is the fold-out UK style 3-pin charger plug. Like the S7 Edge, this plug supports fast charging. Bundled with this is a USB-to-USB-Type C power cable as the Note7 is the first Samsung device to mount a Type-C port. This has several tangible benefits, not least being that you can plug the charger either right side up or upside down and it’ll still work along with fast charging support.

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The next two accessories are unique adaptors for the Note7. The first adaptor has a female USB port to a male USB Type-C connector that you can plug into the Note7 so you can plug in a flash drive or other USB-powered accessories.

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The next adaptor is extremely handy for those who own legacy microUSB chargers as one end is a female micro USB port while the other is a male USB Type C port, thus allowing you to continue using your old phone chargers.

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Another item in the box is a special tweezer along with five tiny little nibs the length of your pinky nail. The tweezer is a unique tool for removing nibs from the S Pen when they wear out while the five nibs are spares should the need arise.

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Last but not least, the phone contains a pair of premium Samsung earphones that come with soft silicone ear tips along with a spare set that is differently sized to offer a better fit. It’s quite a bundle of extras and several, in particular the USB Type-C adaptors are very thoughtful and elevate the already premium experience further.

Page 1 Unboxing the Note7
Page 2 First Impressions

MSI launches new notebook line-up with Nvidia’s smoking hot GeForce GTX-series cards

Gaming on a notebook has just gotten a whole lot better as MSI has just launched the first of their new GS, GE and GT series notebooks that all pack one of Nividia’s new GTX-series cards – the GeForce GTX1080, the GTX1070or the GTX 1060 that offer desktop-grade gaming quality. The trio of cards are powerful enough to be considered desktop grade to the point that Nvidia has ditched the erstwhile M prefix on cards indicating a notebook optimised GPU.

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MSI also took the opportunity to celebrate their 30th anniversary at the launch of their new notebook range at Low Yat Plaza


The new MSI notebooks are all also VR ready with support for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift so that you’re able to get your virtual gaming fix on. The new rigs don’t come cheap but neither does awesomeness with the most expensive rig topping out at a wallet-destroying RM20,999. Aesthetically, they’re all have MSI’s aesthetic hallmarks – brushed metal trim, the classic dragon logo emblazoned on the top lid, eerie neon backlighting and muscular, angled edges akin to a muscle car if one were wrought into the form of a notebook. Here’s a quick look at what they launched:

MSI GT83VR Titan SLI (RM,20999)
At the top of the totem pole, the GT83VR Titan SLI is a mammoth 4K gaming rig that ditches such quaint concepts as prudence or frugality and goes all out with an actual full sized backlit desktop style keyboard with sweet Cherry MX mechanical switches, a Dynaudio speaker system along with an ESS Sabre Hi-Fi DAC that offers Hi-Res audio support. The display is a gorgeous 18.4-inch 1080p along with support for 3 external displays. The hardware is like a checklist of gear that an aspiring power gamer would die for – an Intel Core i7-6820HK processor, a whopping 32GB of DDR4RAM, 512GB NVMe storage paired with a 1TB hard disk in a Raid 4 configuration and not one but two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 cards. Sure, it’s not cheap at RM20,999 but your bragging rights will go through the roof for this aptly named gaming titan.

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MSI GT73VR Titan (RM11,999 Full HD | RM16,499 4K)

The MSI GT73VR Titan comes in two different flavours. One has a 17.3-inch razor sharp 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution 4K display, an Intel Core i7-6820HK processor, a GTX 1080 processor and 32GB of DDR4 RAM for RM16,499. The other variant comes with a 17.3-inch 1080P display, an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, a GTX 1080 processor and 16GB DDR4 RAM for RM11,999

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MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro (RM9999), GS63VR Stealth Pro (RM8,999), GS43VR Phamtom (RM7,999)
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MSI GE72VR (RM7,199), MSI GE62VR (RM6,899)
Both notebooks come with an Intel Core i7 CPU, GeForce GTX 1060 graphics and 8GB of DDR4 RAM with a 1TB hard disk. Where they differ is that the GE72VR comes with a 17.3-inch Full HD display and a 256GB SSD while the smaller GE62VR comes with a 16.5-inch 1080P display and a small 128GB SSD.20160816_144736

[Review] Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) – The Fifth Element Revisited

While Samsung’s Galaxy S series of smartphones like the S7 Edge and the new Note 7 take the limelight and pack their best hardware, there’s still a need for more affordable phones that balance cost and performance. Enter Samsung’s J series phones that aim to offer as much bang for the buck as possible . Their latest refresh of the line for 2016, which oddly enough also possesses the same model names, albeit with a suffix indicating the year at the end (ergo the J1, J5 and J7 2016 models released for Malaysia) incorporates some design, hardware and firmware tweaks that have trickled down from the higher end S-series Galaxy series phones while keeping things at a reasonable price point.

The J5 (2016) features a removable polycarbonate backplate that hides a pair of SD card slots and a microSD card slot along with the removable 3,100mAh battery
The J5 (2016) features a removable polycarbonate backplate that hides a pair of SD card slots and a microSD card slot along with the removable 3,100mAh battery

Compared to it’s older sibling, the 2015 edition of the J5, the revised J5 (2016) packs quite a few improvements. It’s a bit larger and heavier by a few grams on account of a larger 3,100mAh battery over the older J5’s 2,600mAh battery. The revamped J5 also has a slightly larger Super Amoled display by 0.2-inches though it otherwise retains a similar Snapdragon 410 processor and hardware with some aesthetic tweaks to the casing.

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The packaging for the new J5 is relatively simple with a slide-out cardboard tray containing the phone, a free Yes 4G SIM card valid for two months with 30GB of data on it, a three-pin UK-style charging plug, a charging cable and a pair of headphones. The Yes 4G SIM card is ready to use out of the box and gives you 15GB of data per month along with about 100 minutes of free calls via Yes 4G’s VoLTE network. The UK-style charging plug is one of the better designs bundled with Samsung’s phones with a fold-out third prong that lets you fold it down in a compact fashion for transport.

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The headphones are made of a hard plastic with a little knobbed portrusion to ostensibly offer a better audio seal while the audio cable sports a in-line control that lets you take calls and control music playback via a combination of button presses. The audio cable is sheathed in relatively thin plastic so some care is required to ensure it doesn’t tangle or fray over time.

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Externally, the J5 is made primarily of polycarbonate with aluminium trim on the edges. The front comes with a relatively large top and bottom bezel by modern standards framing the 5.2-inch 720P display that comes with 282 ppi. A squarish physical home button along with a back and menu button made in the vein of Samsung’s other designs graces the bottom of the phone while the top bezel mounts a 5-MP selfie camera.

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The sides are made of aluminium and are aggressively chamfered inwards to offer a slimmer silhouette and a better grip while the corners are rounded for easier pocketability. The right side comes with a power button inset midway along the centreline while the left comes with a volume rocker.

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On the rear, the J5 sports a 13-MP camera with an LED flash and an F/1.9 aperture. The finish on the rear is relatively smooth though the aggressive side chamfering on the edges means you’ll be able to keep a relatively secure grip on the phone.

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Levering the backplate open reveals the removable 3,100mAh battery along with dual SIM card slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. The base of the phone also comes with a now increasingly dated microUSB port and a 3.5mm audio jack. The finish feels somewhat plasticky though the metal trim on the edges helps the J5 retain a reasonably classy look on casual inspection.

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Page 2 Performance & Camera
Page 3 Battery Life & Conclusion
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Eyeing that HTC phone? Now is the time to score one

If you have been eyeing the dark horse of the smartphone race – HTC and have been sitting on the fence for a while as to which side of the smartphone wars to put your money on, wait no longer as HTC has gone for a whole series of price revisions across the range for their smartphone line-up.

While the flagship HTC 10 has not had a drop in price, it’s lower end siblings in the range have. Slightly down the totem pole is HTC’s One X9 that has a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a MediaTek Helio X10 octacore processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage, a rear 13-MP camera with OIS that can capture 4K video and a 3,000mAh battery. It was originally RM1,499 but it’s now repriced to RM1,399.

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The HTC Desire 830, Desire 626 and Desire 526G+all enjoy a price revision of RM100 down off their listed price though the Desire 828 gets RM50 off the listed price. Some phones, such as the midrange Desire 628 and the flagship HTC 10 retain their original prices.

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The selected models from HTC that enjoy a price cut are below and are effective as of 1 August at all retailers and dealers nationwide in Malaysia:

Model Price before revision Price after revision
HTC One X9 RM1,499 RM1,399
HTC Desire 830 RM1,099 RM999
HTC Desire 828 RM999 RM949
HTC Desire 626 RM699 RM599
HTC Desire 526G+ RM499 RM399

 

Samsung’s new 24-inch display has killer curves

While their high-end SUHD tellies are taking the limelight this year, Samsung has just taken the wraps off their 2016 refresh of their desktop Curved Monitor aka the LC24F390FHEXXM if you’re a stickler for detail.

Curved Monitor

The Samsung Curved monitor is a 24-inch beauty with a 1800R screen curvature and 1080P resolution with the ability to support 72% of the colour gamut while possessing a 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 4ms response time.

Comfortable and Immersive Viewing Experience

A host of eco-saving tech integrated into the panel helps to save up to 10% of juice when in use by dynamically adjusting display brightness and the display is suited to long hours of work or gaming as it’s gentle curvature mimics the eye’s normal field of vision. On the gaming front, it comes with AMD’s FreeSync function to minimise in-game stuttering, ensuring silky smooth frame rates. The panel also has a built-in Game Mode that dynamically adjusts monitor settings for smoother footage onscreen while minimising ghosting and juddering, making it a tasty proposition for FPS shooters where every second counts.

Enhanced Gaming Experience

If you’re keen to score one, Samsung is teaming up with 11Street and Lazada to offer great deals. From today till 31 August, both online shopping malls will be offering discounts up to 33% and they’re even throwing in a free Samsung printer that’s worth RM330 when you purchase the Samsung 24-inch Curved Monitor which officially retails for RM1,429 but which you can acquire for RM959 during the promotion. Saunter on to Lazada with the link here or to 11Street on the link here.

Sony’s Extra Bass equipped audio speakers and headphones aim to bring the boom

Sony’s new emphasis on bringing on deeper, richer, stronger bass was put in motion today with a showcase of their latest gear that packs their ‘Extra Bass’ tech at the centre concourse at Midvalley Megamall that also showcased their latest tellies, phones and PS4 hardware and accessories.

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If by happenstance you have need of a honking huge set of speakers that can literally bring the house down, you’ll immediately gravitate towards Sony’s absolutely massive GTK-XB7 speaker. The massive speaker is knee height and weighs about 12kg though it’s still man-portable on account of a carrying handle.

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The speakers are able to work standing up or lying down and come with NFC, Bluetooth connectivity along with Sony’s Extra Bass tech for better bass along with ClearAudio+ tech and DSEE upscaling to jazz up tunes to sound better on it’s massive speaker setup. Just to spice things up, the GTK-XB7 also has an integrated set of LEDs so you can create your own lighting effects that include an obligatory strobe light for that dance floor feel along with pulsing shades of neon lighting around the edges. The GTK-XB7 can be had for RM1,19920160811_134457

If you have a smaller house and more modest aspirations in terms of sonically terrifying the neighbours, you can opt for the semi-shoebox sized SRS-XB3 that’s water resistant, wireless, has 24 hours of battery life and also integrates Sony’s Extra Bass tech to kick out beefier bass on it’s pair of speakers and dual passive radiators. The SRS-XB3 comes in a choice of five colours – orange, a shade of khaki, lime green, dark green and blue for RM499.

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If you need something you can bung into your backpack for some impromptu music playing hijinks, you can opt for the more compact SRS-XB2 that has the same tech as the XB3, including water resistance along with it’s Extra Bass tech for punchier bass though in a smaller size with a still substantial 12 hours of battery life and one less passive radiator on account of it’s compact size for RM339.

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For more personal listening, Sony also showcased the on-ear MDR-XB650BT headphones that – surprise – also come with their Extra Bass drivers that work with the can’s 30mm drivers and a dedicated bass diaphgram for some sumptuously thumpy sound straight to your ears. The MDR-XB650BT also has Bluetooth connectivity, NFC and integrates AAC and aptX Bluetooth codecs for top-shelf audio quality. The headphones offer 30 hours of playback before needing a juicing. It costs RM549 and comes in five different colours.

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If all this aural awesomeness piques your interest, you can saunter on over to centre court at Midvalley Court where Sony is great discounts from 15% to 20% for all the aforementioned gear until this 14 August, Sunday. The GTK-XB7 comes at 15% off for RM999, the SRS-XB3 comes at a 15% discount for RM424, the SRSXB2 rings in at RM288 after a 15% discount while the MDR-650 can be had for RM467 with the 15% discount. For more details swing by www.sony.com.my

Overwhelming demand delays Galaxy Note7 launch

If you’ve preordered your Samsung Galaxy Note7 at Samsung’s preorder page or with U Mobile, Maxis, Celcom, Yes, Courts and Digi or with Senheng, you’re in luck as you’ll be getting your Galaxy Note7 come this August 18 and will be one of the first in Malaysia to own one of the most powerful phablets on the planet. The full list of participating partners where you can secure a phone in time by August is here.

For those who missed out, Samsung has announced that overwhelming global demand for their next generation phablet has necessitated a rescheduling of the launch date for Malaysia to September 2016. This means that that walk-in buyers and those who have preordered elsewhere will have to wait for a spell but it’s still coming. The official statement from Samsung is below.

Official Samsung statement