External SD card – Is it necessary?

Looking back at 2015’s flagship, there has been a huge debate when Samsung decided to ditch external sd card support & external battery pack for its slim design.

LG, on the other hand, remains the only manufacturer that provide BOTH sd card support & battery pack. LG has been heavily promoting this feature over the globe. In the limelight of latest LG G4 bootloop saga, we are starting to question ourselves : whether external SD card support is a necessary feature on the phone. LG G4 users who are affected by the bootloop issue has one positive thing to think about : everything stored in their external memory card are safe. So, backup everything in hand & change default storage to memory card if possible.
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Review and Giveaway! K380 & M337 Combo as Logitech is 34

TGIF Giveaway No 2! Logitech is 34 this October and as part of the celebrations, they have kindly offered two sets of the K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and the M337 Bluetooth Mouse for you readers and supporters! I tested one set of the K380/M337 and I like it. Would’ve love to keep one for myself but will share the joy. However, since I used one set for review, one set will be opened (and used for a week).

Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard Review

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I especially enjoyed the K380 multi-device bluetooth keyboard, since it can pair and toggle through a single button across three devices. Perfect for pairing your computer, phone and tablet. Need to send a lengthy Whatsapp message to your boss? Toggle the keyboard and you have the comfort and convenience of desktop typing.

It’s a good keyboard too. I like that the keyboard is compact and well-built. Although compact leads to smaller spacing and smaller keys, which requires some time to adjust. But it didn’t take me long. The keys offer a moderately quiet tactile response, with sufficient travel to make quick typing a breeze. The Logitech K380 also features round key buttons, which I personally felt round keys help in reducing typos.

The keyboard is designed to work with phones, tablets, Android, iOS, Windows computers, Macs, and more. As such, there are a whole lot of mobile device functions such as your Home, Settings, Back button at easy access. This special functions are also set to default, and the traditional function keys require the Fn+F* combination. This leads to a mild annoyance when using it with my Windows computer, since F2, Alt-F4, are combos I frequently used. The K380 uses two AAA battery, which is apparently good for two years. Batteries are included too!

The K380 is quite similar to the K480 keyboard but I prefer the K380 as it doesn’t have the tablet / phone dock. This allows it to be lighter and more compact, although you would still feel the heft of approximately 420g. It can fit your carry bag, but may not be an accessory that you would want to lug around all the time. If you want a more portable option, the Logitech Keys to Go comes to mind.

Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse Review

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The Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse is less fanciful compared to the K380 keyboard. While you can switch across multiple devices at ease on the keyboard, you are limited to one bluetooth pair on the mouse. It looks and feels good though with it’s slight oft angular shape and textured plastic for a comfortable grip. Like other Logitech devices, there’s a programmable navigation button which defaults to mission control on a Mac or Task View on Windows, as well as left and right toggles on the scroll mouse. You can choose to install the associated Logitech app to change the features, but otherwise, it works great just by plugging it in.

The M337 uses a Laser-grade optical sensor which means it can work on just about any surface – from metal café tables to tile countertops to your favorite study desk. Great for a portable laptop mouse. I heard that Bluetooth mice tend to suffer drop outs as compared to the more traditional RF 2.4 GHz wireless mice, but I didn’t really notice any issues when using the mouse. Felt as responsive as a normal wireless mouse, without the hassle of requiring a separate dongle.

How to take part in GadgetReactor TGIF Giveaway:

The Logitech K380 is priced at $54, and the Logitech M337 mouse is priced at $49. AND there will be two lucky readers to walk away with the full set. Just do three simple steps.

1) On my Facebook post, tell me why you would like to win the K380 & M337 in the comment box below and the two most creative post will stand to win a set! Don’t forget to hashtag #Logitechis34 and like Logitech’s Facebook page to qualify!

2) Do so before Saturday 31 October 2015.

3) If you haven’t yet, like GadgetReactor Facebook page too :)

That’s all!

Terms & Conditions

Contest is opened to people based in Singapore only (Sorry!).
Have fun!

TGIF Giveaway! M238 Logitech Mouse

Olivia the Owl and Marc the Monkey from the Logitech M238 series need a new home!

The M238 Wireless mouse are excellent for everyday use, and their bright, colourful designs are a good alternative to traditional boring solid colour mice. There’s a 1000 dpi sensor, wireless (compatible with Logitech unifying tech), 12 months on a single battery (battery is included!), all for $29. Two lucky readers can get it free!

Thanks to Logitech kindly sending me the M238 Wireless Mouse Collection, I have two of the three mice available for this giveaway and would want to use this opportunity to thank my loyal readers! I snagged the red Felicity Fox-themed mouse for my wife. But the other two are equally cute.

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How to take part in GadgetReactor TGIF Giveaway:

  1. Like and share this post on Facebook :) before Monday 6 July 2015 9pm.
  2. If you haven’t yet, like GadgetReactor Facebook page too.

That’s all!

Terms & Conditions

  1. Contest is opened to people based in Singapore only (Sorry! No money for postage fee, see T&C #5).
  2. Winners would be randomly selected from the list of successful applicants (meet condition 1 and 2).
  3. The 1st Winner will get to choose between the two designs. In an ideal world, both winners will want a different design, but unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world.
  4. Results would be announced by Wednesday 8 July 2015.
  5. Winners would be contacted via Facebook Messenger, and if I do not hear from you in three days, I will contact the next person.
  6. Item to be self – collected, or arranged for meet up at convenient location between both parties.

Zenfone 2 Launch Event, Hands-On and Review!

Move aside Xiaomi, the new value for money phone in Singapore has arrived. ASUS Zenfone 2 launched to much fan fare yesterday evening in Singapore. The event saw users, partners and the media totalling 500 participants congregating at Suntec Convention Centre as ASUS unveiled their latest Zenfone 2 phones and also did an initial pre-sale event on the spot. There was clear demand for the ASUS Zenfone 2, especially the high end model, as fans rushed to buy the Z551 (4GB) at the event when sales started. It signaled the demand for this low price, high spec, well-rounded phone.

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Why You Should Skip This Year's New Macbook

Apple latest Macbook is thinner and lighter than any current Macbook Air (even the smaller 11.6″ screen counterpart). In addition, the new Macbook sports many “first” innovations from Apple:

1) Single USB-C connector handling all input / output functions (video, accessories, power)
2) Fanless laptop – silent operation
3) First gold colour laptop – similar colour options as that of the iPhone and iPad alongside “Silver” and “Space Gray”
4) Force Touch trackpad – offering pressure detection, for new set of gestures and control
5) Weight of only 900g!

Despite all that, I would suggest avoiding this current generation of the new Macbook. It runs on the latest Intel Core M architecture, similar to the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro and Asus Transformer Book Chi. The Core M is not known as a performance workhorse, and is generally slower than the i3, i5s on last generation laptops. Intel 14nm architecture is still new and for the price Apple is charging, it doesn’t justify the performance or lack thereof in the new Macbook. Give Intel some time to mature the 14nm manufacturing process and the next generation chips will see significant performance improvement as they transit to the smaller die.

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