Review of the Targus 360 Rotating Stand & Case for iPad 2

June 26th, 2011 No comments

Targus 360 Rotating Stand & CaseThe Targus 360 Rotating Stand/Case (THZ045AP) is a dual function case and stand for the Apple iPad 2. What is unique about the case is how it allows your iPad 2 to be rotated into both portrait and landscape positions.  In addition, a microfiber faux suede interior protects the screen of your tablet against scratches when travelling, while an elastic band keeps the flap tight.

What I liked about the Targus case:

  • High quality build and stitching that you can expect from Targus.
  • Extremely easy to your iPad 2 into the form-fitting plastic hard shell; it remains snugly in position once installed. Clearly, Targus took great pains to make the fit just perfect.
  • Elastic band is positioned nearer to the edge than similar cases. This is an excellent design decision in my opinion, as this makes it far easier to slip the elastic band into position or out of the way.

The Targus 360 Rotating Stand & Case for iPad 2 is available in Singapore as of June 2011, at a suggested retail price of SG $99.90.

According to Targus, you can find it at the following locations:

  1. Targus® Boutique – Funan Ctr #05-09
  2. Apple Shop @ Best Denki – Century Sq, City Sq, Compass Pt, Great World City, IMM, Junction 8, Parkway Parade, Plaza Singapura, Takashimaya, Vivo City
  3. Challenger – Ang Mo Kio Hub, Bedok Pt, Clementi Mall, Eastpoint, Funan Ctr, Hougang Mall, IMM, Jurong Pt, Nex, Parkway Parade, Plaza Singapura, Sembawang, Tampines 1, Thomson Plaza, Tiong Bahru Plaza, United Square, Vivo City, White Sands
  4. EpiCentre – 313 Somerset, Bugis, ION Orchard, Marina Bay Sands, Suntec City, Wheelock Place
  5. Infinite – Millenia Walk #01-108, Vivo City #02-11
  6. Inforcom Technologies – Funan Ctr #04-20
  7. istudio – Change Alley, Changi T3, Novena, Orchard Central, Paragon, Plaza Singapura
  8. Multimedia Integrated – Funan Ctr #05-06/08
  9. PK Computer – Funan Ctr #04-07
  10. South Asia Computer – Funan Ctr #03-01
  11. Sprint-Cass – Changi T1 to T3

More photos of the Targus 360 in action after the jump.

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Review of the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

June 15th, 2011 No comments

BlackBerry PlayBookRIM was kind enough to send over a unit of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet even before the official launch event in Singapore.  A quick backgrounder: I’ve been a BlackBerry user since the days of the BlackBerry 7290 (Announced in 2004!) – which can literally last for 2-3 days on a single charge. At the moment, I am using the touch screen Torch 9800 as my primary smartphone.

In addition, I am on a BES data plan, so am familiar with the enterprise level BlackBerry features such as over-the-air (OTA) backfill of emails and text messages, and OTA sync of contacts and BB preferences upon enterprise activation.  To put things into perspective for iOS fans, I also own an iPad Wi-Fi + 3G, as well as an iPhone 3GS smartphone via the use of a multi-SIM mobile plan from StarHub.

Rather than regurgitate what you have already read about in various reviews on the Internet, I took the PlayBook out with me for one week before sitting down to make a list of what I liked and disliked most about RIM’s new tablet.

What I liked about the PlayBook
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Review of the Plantronics M100i Bluetooth Headset

April 17th, 2011 No comments

The Plantronics M100i Bluetooth Headset was actually launched in September 2010 last year.  I had the opportunity to review one recently, and was pleasantly surprised at the functionality of the unassuming headset.  I won’t bore you with the details such as the Bluetooth pairing process, but shall instead list out the aspects of the headset that impressed me.

  • With a profile of just 8mm and weighing just 9grams, the headset is unobtrusive and very comfortable to wear
  • Overall, the headset performed flawlessly for me; sound quality was crisp and clear
  • I absolutely love the sliding power button (Black means its on; red is off).  No more fumbling with “press and hold” routines on impossibly small power buttons with the M100i
  • Voice prompts makes it a delight to use: When powering on the M100i, the talk time remaining on the headset is announced in a pleasant female voice.  After connecting successfully to your mobile phone, the headset again prompts with a verbal prompt of “Connected”
  • The battery life of the headset is as advertised. Its stand-by battery life was hardly affected even after I left it switched on over night two or three times.

Another feature that I liked about the M100i is how the volume is toggled between between Min-Low-Medium-High-Max states using a single “volume/mute” button. A separate “Call” button is used to accept or end calls. If there is a complaint, it would be that the sheer (small) size of the M100i makes it very prone to being misplaced or inadvertently dropped.

Some other details that may help you decide whether to get the M100i

  • Quick charging: A full charge takes only 90 minutes (30 minutes gives you 2 hours of talk time)
  • Lighting fast pairing after switching on the headset
  • Supports multipoint for pairing with up to two Bluetooth devices
  • Comes with a detachable earloop for extra stability
  • Charged via a standard micro USB port

The Plantronics M100i is available in Singapore at a retail price of S$139  at IT retail stores such as Challenger, selected Apple stores, and IT retailers in Funan Mall and Sim Lim Square.

You can check out the photos of the unboxing process below.
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Microsoft Hardware and Xbox Promotion @ IT Show 2011

March 9th, 2011 No comments

Just received the details of Microsoft’s hardware and Xbox 360 promotion for the IT Show 2011 in Singapore, which will take place from tomorrow (10 March) to Sunday (13 March) at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre (SSICEC).  One of the the quartet of IT exhibitions throughout the year that is geared towards consumers, it will be at level 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 of SSICEC.  Operational hours are from 12pm to 9pm every day.

And yes, it does look like the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse reviewed by Stefanus recently will be available for SG$89, while the Arc Keyboard which I reviewed on AsiaOne Digital last year will be available for just SG$69!

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Review of the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

February 24th, 2011 No comments

I was given a chance to try out the new Microsoft Arc Touch, Microsoft’s second generation Arc mouse for couple of weeks. Powered by 2x AAA batteries, it incorporates an advanced tracking technology called BlueTrack that was developed by Microsoft.  BlueTrack allows the Arc Touch to be used on virtually any type of surface — including glass. It works via RF wireless which means that its “nano-sized” transceiver needs to be plugged into a free USB port for use.

Another point to note is how the mouse has no scroll wheel; in its place is a flat metal stripe that allows scrolling by touch.  Swiping your finger along the metal results in a slight vibration and soft clicking sound that creates a realistic scrolling effect.

Arc Touch Mouse

Microsoft Arc Touch

Back of the mouse

Underside of the Microsoft Arc Touch

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