Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2011, by The Singapore Gadget Talk ShowFiled Under:
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, by BoonFiled Under:
[NEW GADGET] It’s a new Dell XPS. But this time a lot more attention is given, from consumers to the media. Let’s give a warm welcome to Dell XPS 15z.
Starting with a brand new design at 24.68mm to the new generation of Intel Core i5 and i7 to USB 3.0. Adding the usual suspect of HD display and latest mobile graphics in Nvidia GT525m, it’s a whole new package. And oh, like Dell Alienware, if you ask for it, Dell XPS can also be equipped with 3D display.
Impressed or not, prices start from S$1,799. Can’t wait to see it in stores! For now, go past the link below to see the specifications and press release.
Dell Introduces the Ultra-Powerful XPS 15z –
One of the Thinnest 15” PCs
n Less Mass, More Appeal: the Ultimate Blend of Style and Performance
n Uncompromising Performance with 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM i5 & i7 Processors, Optional Full HD Screens and Up to Eight Hours of Battery Life[i]
n First in a Series of New Thin, Ultra-powerful Laptops from Dell This Year
SINGAPORE, May 24, 2011 – Dell today introduced the XPS 15z laptop, one of the thinnest 15-inch PCs, and the first in a series of new thin and ultra-powerful products from Dell to come this year. With the XPS 15z, everyone from mobile warriors to students and small-business owners now have everything they need to work hard and play hard in one stunning package.
A leading-edge combination of uncompromising power and stunning design, the XPS 15z offers 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, a 15.6-inch Full HD (1080p) display for superior entertainment and web-browsing experiences, a backlit keyboard with adjustable brightness and up to eight hours of battery life[ii] – all housed in a luxurious, eye-catching and elegantly crafted case that is less than an inch thick.
“The XPS 15z delivers uncompromising performance in our most beautifully designed laptop yet,” said Deepak Wagh, General Manager, Consumer and Small Business, Dell Singapore. “It delivers all the must-have features -- from next-generation Intel Core i processors for incredible performance to optional full HD screens that are up to 50 percent brighter than standard displays – all in a stunning form factor that makes it one of the thinnest 15-inch PCs.”
“The XPS 15z provides a glimpse into a series of visually stunning and powerful systems coming soon to our consumer and small-to-medium-business product portfolio,” added Wagh. “We’re committed to introducing next-generation products that help people pursue their personal and professional passions.”
Less Mass, More Appeal
A technology package perfect for pumping out spectacular, media-rich office presentations or watching the latest award-winning movies, the XPS 15z includes 2nd generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, a brilliant 15.6-inch WLED display with a Full HD option that has almost two times the HD resolution of standard HD displays, NVIDIA graphics with 3DTV play capabilities[iii], built-in WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0 and a backlit keyboard.
Despite its incredibly slim exterior, the XPS 15z delivers uncompromising performance, including NVIDIA discrete graphics with Optimus technology that automatically switches to power-saving integrated graphics under reduced workloads, helping the battery last longer on coast-to-coast flights and for movie marathons. In addition, it offers ample hard drive storage and a slot-loading DVD +/- RW drive for watching the latest movies or burning music to a disc. And the optional Full HD (1080p) display brings HDTV-type quality to the laptop screen.
Advanced wireless features make XPS 15z your go-to device from the road or the living room. Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity ensure it’s fast and easy to connect with e-mail, websites, Skype and Facebook from almost anywhere[iv]. For at-home entertainment, the optional Intel Wireless Display[v] feature enables videos and photos to be streamed wirelessly from your XPS 15z to an HDMI-equipped TV. And with the exclusive Dell Stage user interface, it’s easy to access personal content such as music, photos and videos.
At first glance, the XPS 15z design, with its clean aluminum design, appears like it floats above the surface, and the polished, brushed finishes with sophisticated accents add to a luxurious appearance.
Priced from SGD$1,799, the XPS 15z, like all XPS computers, is designed and built from the ground up to provide a premium computing experience with the best materials, technology, performance and reliability Dell offers.
The XPS 15z is available today in Singapore on www.Dell.com.sg and will be available through Dell’s retail partners by 31 May.
n Thin (0.97”/24.68mm) laptop PC with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium; aluminum and mag-alloy enclosure
n 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Dual Core processor choices
n Standard HD or optional Full HD (1920x1080) WLED display
n Fast NVIDIA graphics options[vi]:
o NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M with 1GB graphics memory
o NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M with 2GB graphics memory
n Includes NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology; NVIDIA 3DTV Play technology
n Fast 7200RPM hard disk storage, up to 750GB[ix]
n Built-in Slot load DVD +/- RW (reads & writes to CD/DVD)
n Backlit, Chiclet-style keyboard with adjustable brightness
n Optimized touchpad
n Built-in Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 A/G/N and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity[x]
n Intel Wireless Display-ready[xi]
n Up to 8 hours of battery life with 8-cell battery[xii]
n USB 3.0 (2), USB/eSATA with PowerShare, HDMI 1.4, Mini Display-Port, Gigabit Ethernet and audio connectors
n Built-in 9-in-1 media card reader
n Built-in 1.3MP HD Webcam with dual array digital microphones and stereo speakers
n Dell Stage software for fast access to content like music, videos and photos
n Dimensions: Height: 0.97” (24.68mm) / Width: 15.15” (384.85mm) / Depth 10.25” (260.37mm); Weight: starting at 5.54lbs (2.51 kg)[xiii]
Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to its customers and uses that insight to make technology simpler and create innovative solutions that simplify daily activities and help people stay entertained, connected and in touch. Learn more at www.dell.com.sg.
Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011, by BoonFiled Under: Compact Camera, Panasonic, REVIEW
[REVIEW] Panasonic TZ series have always been kept as the “Super-zoom Compact Series”, offering more than 10x Optical zoom is each variant. In 2011, the latest TZ model, TZ20 is no exceptional and added to the mix, is a series of latest trend in compact cameras.
- 14.1 Megapixels 24-384mm lens
- 16x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens from 24mm Ultra Wide-angle
- 1920 x 1080 (50i) Full HD Movie in AVCHD Format
- Built-in GPS Function for Expanding Fun of Both Photography and Travel
- Intuitive Touch-screen Operation with 3.0-inch LCD
- 3D Photo Shooting Capability
- iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode Featuring Intelligent Handheld Night Shot Mode
TZ20 is not the most attractive compact camera but it’s a conventional LUMIX design. Not the thinnest nor the heaviest but it’s not bulky either. But what about the image quality?
Having own Panasonic FZ28 before, I am familiar with the image quality that the Lumix series and Leica lens can deliver. TZ20 keeps up with the standard and produces very vibrant colours with outdoor shots. I love the object’s depth and sharpness of the images.
Night shots else there is really nothing much to shout about given the small sensor but the same can be said for most compact cameras. And check out the comparison between the TZ20 and iPhone 4, which many uses today instead on a conventional compact.Link – iPhone 4 camera
Link - TZ20
But as a wise man I know says, pictures speak a thousand words. I had brought the TZ20 out for a ride. Also look out for the photo with the foreign worker, I max out the zoom at 16x, and it is done without tripod. Pictures are taken with Panasonic’s intelligent Auto (iA) mode, since with a compact camera, Auto mode is probably THE mode most of the time.
3D mode and GPS:
It’s easy to take a 3D photo; take press the shutter and move the camera to left or right and it’s done. But you will a need a 3D compatible device such as 3D-enabled laptop or TV to view the 3D pictures.
Also in TZ20 is the GPS function where each individual photo is captured with coordinates of geographical location.
Touchscreen and LCD Display
TZ20 features a touchscreen display which appears to be a gimmick but do offers a little extra over buttons operated cameras. Most notably, you can lock in your focus area on-screen via a touch instead of using the 4 way direction pad. After locking in, the camera will focus on that particular area even if you sway the camera. Neat.
In terms of operations, inside the preview mode, you can flip photos with a touch on screen. Besides that, not all menu are accessible via touchscreen. As a result there could be some inconsistency when relying solely on touchscreen. It could be more ideal for users to use the buttons for operations as to be more consistent and natural.
Finally, like other compact cameras, TZ20’s generic LCD is not sharpest especially when high-end mobile phones these days are equipped with better display. Pixels are still visible and brightness level are not too disappointing.
Other things you might want to know:
TZ20 is equipped with a dedicated video recording button. TZ20 offers AVCHD; recording of 1080i videos. And direct HDMI connection to TV.
Clearly, Panasonic tries to pack as much in as possible, leaving out the looks. Yet, 3D photo is probably not going to happen for people without 3D TVs and geo tagging (via GPS) is not essential to many as I would have guessed.
But at the end of the day, a compact camera still needs to produce great images and I think TZ20 does just that. Then it’s a matter of whether you prefers the whole suite of features to justify the price tag.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
104.9 x 57.6 x 33.4 mm / (4.13 x 2.27 x 1.31 in)
Approx. 197g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.434 lb) / Approx. 219g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.482 lb)
Camera Effective Pixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
1/2.33-type MOS sensor / 15.1 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
F3.3 - 5.9/ Multistage Iris Diagram (F3.3 - 6.3 (W) / F5.9 - 6.3 (T))
f=4.3-68.8mm (24-384mm in 35mm equiv.) / (29-464mm in 35mm equiv. in movie recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
18.9x (4:3 / 10M), 22.5x (4:3 / 7M), 27.0x (4:3 / 5M), 33.8x (4:3 / under 3M)
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR / 12 elements in 10 groups / (3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer
Power O.I.S. (On / Off / Active mode(only for motion picture) )
4x / ( Max. 64.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom ) / (Max. 135 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity / Macro / Intelligent AUTO/ movie recording: Wide 3 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Focus Range Display
AF Assist Lamp
Normal / AF Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF, AF Tracking, Touch AF/AE / Continuous AF (only for motion picture)
Face / AF Tracking / 23pt / 1pt / Spot / Touch Area
Still: 60 - 1/4000 sec / Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec
approx. 0.3 sec
Motion Picture Recording (*2)
[4:3] VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG) / QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [HD Movie] 1920x1080 pixels, 50i (GFS: 17Mbps, FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 50p) / 1280x 720 pixels, 50p(GS: 17Mbps, SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) / 1280x 720 pixels, 30fps (Quicktime Motion JPEG)
AVCHD with picture quality (Continuous recordable time[motion pictures])
approx. 70 min (GFS, FSH), 85 min (GS, SH)
AVCHD with picture quality (Actual recordable time[motion pictures])
approx. 35 min (GFS, FSH), 40 min (GS, SH)
Optical Image Stabilizer
Photo / Movie
Intelligent ISO Control
Photo / Movie
Intelligent Scene Selector
Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Sunset, Macro) / Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
Photo / Movie
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)
Intelligent Resolution Technology
Photo / Movie
Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3) / 3D Image: MPO / Motion picture: AVCHD, QuickTime Motion JPEG
AVCHD / AVCHD Lite REC
[Recording] / [Playback]
One-Touch Movie Button
Mode Dial / Mode Button
Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, Custom, 3D Photo, SCN, My SCN 2, My SCN 1
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, / Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (standard/ art/ B&W), Photoframe, Under Water, High Speed Movie
Movie Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, Film Grain, Underwater, High Sensitivity, High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W) / (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Picture Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)
Continuous Shooting Mode
Full-Resolution Image, 10 frames/sec Max. 15images
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] (Continuous recordable time[motion pictures])
approx. 85 min
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] (Actual recordable time[motion pictures])
approx. 40 min
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing
1/3 ~1EV step, Max +/-1, 3 frames
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600-6400)
1:1 / 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Still Picture Recording
[1:1] 3232x3232(10.5M) / 2736x2736(7.5M EZ) / 2304x2304(5.5M EZ)/ 1920x1920(3.5M EZ) / 1536x1536(2.5M EZ) / 480x480(0.2M EZ) / [4:3] 4320x3240(14M) / 3648x2736(10M EZ) / 3072x2304(7M EZ)/ 2560X1920(5M EZ) / 2048X1536(3M EZ) / 640x480(0.3M EZ) / [3:2] 4320x2880 (12.5M) / 3648x2432 (9M EZ) / 3072x2048 (6M EZ)/ 2560x1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048x1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640x424 (0.3M EZ) / [16:9] 4320x2432 (10.5M) / 3648x2056 (7.5M EZ) / 3072x1728 (5.5M EZ)2560x1440(3.5M EZ) / 1920x1080 (2M EZ) / 640x360 (0.2M EZ) /
Fine / Standard (3D mode: MPO Fine / MPO Standard )
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set / (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Panorama Assist, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Pinhole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic, High Speed Movie)
Color Mode / Color Effect
Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy
Composition Guide line
Yes (2 pattern)
off, 1sec, 2sec, Hold
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume
- / Yes
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture
Scene Mode Help Screen
2sec / 10sec
Focus Icon Select
Yes (in Face Recognition only)
Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback（Picture Only, Video Only, 3D, GPS, Travel, Category, Favorites), Calendar Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
12,30-thumbnails / Yes
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback
Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image
Yes / No
Playback Still Images with Audio
Playback Motion Picture
All / Picture Only / Video Only / 3D / GPS / Travel / Category / Favorites / BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
Yes / Yes
Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling
Yes / Yes / No / No
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
Yes / Yes / Yes
Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Movie REC Guide
Wind-Cut in Motion Picture
Travel Date / World Time
Yes / Yes
LUMIX Image Uploader
7.5cm (3.0") TFT Touch Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR coat / Field of View : approx. 100% Wide View Angle / AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off / 0.6 - 5.0m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 2.8m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Microphone / Speaker
Stereo / Yes
mini HDMI, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), USB2.0 High speed
Auto Only (Unselectable)
ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 895mAh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.)
260 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.1 HD Lite Edition / QuickTime / Adobe Reader / Super LoiLoScope ( trial version)
Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AC Cable, AV Cable, Stylus Pen, USB Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011, by BoonFiled Under:
[NEW GADGET] What’s new? A new mouse from Logitech. It is almost not possible to differentiate one mouse from another but Logitech is probably one reputable producer of over a billion mice.
Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 is now on sale for S$32.
Link – Logitech M235 PageGo past the link for full press release.
Logitech Introduces Wireless Mouse for Comfortable Surfing Wherever You Use Your Laptop
Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 Features Advanced Optical Tracking, Sleek and Comfortable Design, and 2.4 GHz Wireless Connectivity
SINGAPORE – May 18, 2011— Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) introduced the Logitech® Wireless Mouse M235, a sleek mouse that delivers precise clicking and pointing — powered by Logitech® Advanced Optical Tracking — making it easier than ever to surf the Web and navigate on your laptop wherever you use it.
“We’ve learned a lot about people’s preferences while building more than a billion mice, and the Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 benefits from this expertise,” said Prasenjit Sarkar, Regional Director of South Asia, Logitech. “Features such as the plug-and-forget nano-receiver and advanced 2.4 GHz wireless, along with the mouse’s sleek, contoured design, make the M235 a great, reliable choice.”
The Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 will help keep you comfortable, even when you’re on the go. This hand-friendly mouse features a compact, contoured design with soft rubber grips and a smooth scroll wheel, enabling you to effortlessly scroll through documents.
Built with Logitech Advanced Optical tracking, the Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 lets you move beyond tricky finger maneuvers with your laptop touchpad, and enjoy precise pointing, dragging and clicking while surfing your favorite websites and sharing text and links with friends.
Logitech’s Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity delivers a powerful, reliable connection with virtually no delays or dropouts—all through a tiny plug-and-forget nano-receiver that is small enough to stay in your laptop on the go. Plus, you can easily add another compatible mouse or keyboard.
The mouse can go a full year without battery hassles, and an On/Off switch and smart sleep mode help extend battery life. A helpful indicator light helps to eliminate low power surprises.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 is available now at S$32.
Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech’s combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).
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Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are registered in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information about Logitech and its products, visit the company’s Web site at www.logitech.com.
Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011, by BoonFiled Under: Apple, HAPPENING
[HAPPENING] New Nubox branch at Junction beginning 13th May! Drag your butt out to the branch on Friday, be the first 50 and receive a goodie bag for your effort, free!
Also check out the opening promotion on that day!
Link - Poster 1
Link - Poster 2
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