Are you excited about the Pixel 2?

For the first time ever, the Google Pixel 2 XL will be available officially in Singapore, in an exclusive tie up with Singtel. Now, the latest made by Google Pixel 2 XL will not just offer the latest Android 8.0 Oreo, but also guaranteed software updates for 3 years (Android P, Q, R?). It’s not just the software, the hardware is definitely top notch, with significant camera improvements and hardware computing power.
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Review: Logitech M585 Multi Tasking Mouse with Logitech Flow

The Logitech M585 is smarter than your average mouse. Logitech has made it multi-device compatible, and can be used with more than 1 device with Logitech Flow.

The Logitech M585 is the typical fare from Logitech. It’s rather compact and has the bumps in the right places for an ergonomic fit, and has two additional navigation buttons on the sides. The 1000 DPI sensor is nothing exceptional. In fact, I think compared to other Logitech mice, such as the M280, the M585 looks rather boring. The key difference then, is the ability to work across multiple devices.

The mouse itself supports both the USB dongle setup (Logitech Unifying receiver) and Bluetooth connection. You can pair it with your Android or iOS devices too and manually toggle using the button below the scroll wheel. But if you are setting up between two computers, you can go one step better with Logitech Flow. Logitech Flow allows you to seamlessly transit from one device to another by automatically detecting your screen edges to transit control. However, in order to get a full seamless experience, you would probably need a compatible Logitech keyboard, which for now is limited to a few models.

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One thing to note, Logitech Flow implementation requires that the devices are individually paired to the two computers, and that they are on the same network. Logitech Flow not only offers control, it also allows you to copy and paste files easily between the two computers. One advantage I feel that Logitech Flow has over other software KVM implementations is the ability to use the computers independently, and also a better response time. What this means is: (1) improved productivity: You don’t need to switch to a different set of keyboard / mice for your other computers and (2) a neater desktop!

Back to the mouse, it uses an invisible optic sensor so no bright red laser flashes, and the compatibility with different surface material is pretty high. The bulk of the mouse is covered in a textured rubber for a generally nice grip. The curved profile makes offers a nice relax grip. I felt the left and right click buttons used too much plastic, and were a little noisy in action. The scroll wheel is pretty good though. Each scroll level is indented, and yet, the wheel is very smooth, which allows for very precise scrolling.

The M585 Mouse is sold exclusively online on Lazada through the Logitech Online exclusive store. There is an ongoing promotion for the M585 – 15% off! M585 for the whole month of October at only $41.65 (original price $49!). Shipping is free and also super fast.

LG Q6: A Budget Choice With Tiny Bezels

LG latest smartphone, the LG Q6 looks a lot like the more expensive G6, as it also includes the proprietary FullVision display. It will be available today in Astro Black, Ice Platinum and Terra Gold colors. The Q6 will retail at S$368 at M1, StarHub and other LG authorized retailers, and each purchase will come with a free phone case and transparent screen protector. For those getting it with contract, prices range from $0 to $148, great for those looking to re-contract.
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Google WiFi Comes to Singapore

Google WiFi is now available in Singapore. These round hockey puck-like objects allow you to blanket your home in WiFi and forever bid poor signal strength goodbye. Running on the latest mesh technology, you no longer need bulky and frankly, ugly home routers anymore. Google WiFi will be available through a partnership with StarHub.

Alex King, Product Manager Google WiFi shared key product highlights and how to set it up. Google WiFi looks really easy to use, everything can be configured through an Apple or Android phone, and once done, allows you to administer your home network directly from the app. You don’t even need to be at home to enable / disable WiFi and administer your network. There are some handy features that Google has introduced which you may want to check out. For example, through the app, you can manage kids’ screen time by pausing Wi-Fi to their devices at bedtime, during dinnertime, or whenever appropriate.

With the Google Wifi app, you can also see which devices are connected to your network and how much bandwidth they’re using. Streaming your favourite scene from Descendants of the Sun on your TV? Give it more bandwidth and a faster connection by selecting it as a “Priority Device”. Now you can sit back and enjoy that episode uninterrupted by other devices in your home.

Google shared that Google WiFi will constantly optimise your WiFi signal. It will be able to automatically transition your device between the Google Wifi system points, keeping you connected to the point with the strongest signal so you avoid dead spots or delays. This feature will also be able to select and use the least congested WiFi channel in realtime.

Afraid that it will look out of place? Here’s some possibilities from Google on setting up Google WiFi

Living Room or Study
Why not the kitchen?

Features that Impress

Mesh coverage

A 3 pc Google WiFi is estimated to cover up to large homes of 3000-4500 sq feet. You no longer need to worry about weak WiFi signals, or poor network throughput if you use repeaters.

Automatic Updates

The Google WiFi will receive and automatically install latest updates from Google. There’s no need to log in to flash the firmware which is the common approach for yester-year routers. In a way, this allows you to grab the latest features without the need to do anything.

Guest Network

Google WiFi allows you to setup an alternate guest network easily. Now, other routers may have similar guest network features, but Google WiFi stands out with the ability to selectively share your private network devices to the guest network. Devices like your Chromecast, or your NAS can be accessed easily by your guests without compromising on security.

Specifications

  • Connectivity
    • AC1200 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi
    • Expandable mesh Wi-Fi
    • Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz / 5GHz) supporting IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    • Two Gigabit Ethernet ports
    • LAN / WAN configurable
  • Security
    • WPA2-PSK
    • Automatic security updates
  • Memory
    • 512MB RAM
    • 4GB eMMC
  • Processor
    • Quad-core ARM CPU
    • 710 MHz
  • Power
    • 15W power adapter
    • Approx 9W
  • Dimensions & Weight
    • 4.1 in dia
    • 2.7 in H
    • 12.0 oz (340.0 g)

Google Wifi in stores on 31 August

Starting 31 August, customers in Singapore will be able to buy a three-pack Google Wifi bundle at $15 per month over 24 months when they sign up for or renew selected StarHub Broadband or Hubbing all-in-one plans.

Interested to know more? Check out my series of unboxing pictures here.

Galaxy Note8 Launch in Singapore

The Galaxy Note8 has been unveiled. With the Galaxy Note8, consumers get a oh slightly by 0.1″ bigger Infinity Display, S Pen to communicate in more personal ways, and Samsung’s first ever dual smartphone camera to capture stunning photos. The Galaxy Note8 is designed for the way consumers lead their lives and lean on technology today.

Building upon the Galaxy legacy, users can also pair their Galaxy Note8 with the Samsung DeX station – a device that provides users with a desktop-like experience. Optimised for use with a keyboard and mouse, users can simply insert their Galaxy Note8 into the Samsung DeX Station7 to start working seamlessly with the connectivity they need, while enjoying added mobility.

Other than the dual camera setup and S-Pen, the Note8 is really similar to the Galaxy S8. So if you aren’t too keen on the S Pen, the S8 really makes good financial sense.

Also, the dual camera setup operates on a telephoto (zoom) concept, as that of the iPhone. If you are hoping for some widescreen camera goodness such as the LG G6 / V30, you are out of luck.

Registration of interest with telecommunication operators for the Galaxy Note8 will commence from 25 August 2017, Friday, 12pm.

Local Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Note8 will be available from 15 September 2017 at a recommended retail price of $1,398 including GST. Available in Midnight Black, Maple Gold and Orchid Gray, the device will be available at all local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronic stores, authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and Lazada Singapore.