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Hands On: Asus Zenfone

16 Apr
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If you think smartphone users on a budget had it good with Xiaomi’s entry into Singapore, there are now even more choices in the shape of Asus’ Zenfones, which come in not just one but three versions, and at prices from as low as S$120.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, asus, Indonesia, review, Singapore price and availability, Zenfone,  

Asus’s VivoTab Note 8 packs in a lot for S$499

5 Apr



If you fancy a low-cost tablet that can also function as a work PC of sorts, then Asus’ new VivoTab Note 8 surely should be on your list.

The 8-inch device, out in Singapore earlier this week for a nice S$499, runs Windows 8.1, comes installed with Office Home & Student 2013 and even has a Wacom stylus that lets you draw or scribble notes down.

Tagged in: android, Singapore, Tablet, asus, Singapore price and availability, VivoTab Note 8, Windows 8.1,  

Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5, as focus turns to low-cost models

25 Feb
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After rushing out larger, sharper screens, faster cameras and zippier processors in the past few years, smartphone makers seem to be pausing for breath by rolling out more of the same as 2014′s next big thing.

Perhaps the most obvious sign at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona this week is Samsung’s new Galaxy S5. The top phone maker’s flagship model for 2014 looks very much like last year’s Galaxy S4, except with a screen that is just 0.1 inches larger.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, asus, Galaxy S5, Mobile World Congress 2014, Nokia X, samsung, Sony, Xperia Z2, Zenfone,  

Hands on: Asus Zenbook UX301

22 Jan
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I’m not sure about moonlight shimmering on a lake, as Asus describes its new Zenbook UX301 laptop on its website, but the Taiwanese company’s latest premium ultrabook surely grabs your attention when you catch a first glimpse of its smooth, shiny surface.

Made of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3, the glossy surface protects the typical Zenbook metallic design, which features a circular “whirl” pattern. It’s nice for first impressions, but just mind the fingerprints – you’ll spend quite a bit of time cleaning things up if you lug your laptop in your hands.

Much more impressive is what’s underneath the pretty design. Asus has kept with the best in the game by including a sharp 2,560 x 1,440 resolution in the 13.3-inch touch screen. That’s useful if you want to see pin sharp pictures, especially ones taken on your professional camera.

Tagged in: laptops, PCs, Singapore, asus, review, Singapore price and availability, Zenbook UX301,  

Hands on: Asus MB168B+ portable monitor

6 Jan


Asus is not the first one out with a portable monitor – Toshiba had one two years ago – but the Taiwanese manufacturer’s MB168B+ slim screen is surely one of the smartest and most practical.

Very light at just 800 grams and conveniently powered by a USB 3.0 connection, the 15.6-inch Full HD screen comes in handy for folks who want a large screen on the go – without always carrying a heavy laptop.

Tagged in: Audio-visual, laptops, monitors, PCs, asus, MB168B+, portable monitor, price and availability, review, USB 3.0,  

Hands On: New Asus PadFone Infinity

29 Nov
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Asus’ latest PadFone Infinity, released in Singapore weeks ago, comes hot on the heels of its similarly-named predecessor of no more than a few months old. Do the improvements in the Taiwanese firm’s latest phone-cum-tablet device justify the replacement? At least from the outside, nothing much seems changed.

It still has an aerospace-grade aluminium alloy uni-body frame, Full HD and a 441-pixels-per-inch 5-inch screen.

There are no big changes physically either, except for the inclusion of a diamond-cut edge, which makes it more comfortable to wrap your fingers around the brushed metal or sandblast finish on the back.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, asus, Infinity, new, PadFone, PadFone Infinity, review, Singapore price and availability,  

Hands on: Asus Transformer Book Trio and other gizmos hitting Singapore

29 Oct


Asus brought a whole lineup of new devices, ranging from all-in-one PCs to its latest Zenbook thin-and-light ultrabooks, on a roadshow in Singapore last week and we had a chance to get our hands on some of them.

What caught the attention though was its Transformer Book Trio, a tablet, laptop and desktop machine running both Android and Windows, depending on your fancy. Can it be something for the future? 

Tagged in: laptops, PCs, Tablet, 7, asus, book, Fonepad, review, transformer, trio, ultraportable, Zen, Zenbook,  

Hands on: Google Nexus 7 (2013)

20 Sep
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If last year’s Nexus 7 wowed the crowds and added to the small tablet trend, this year’s update to the 7-incher impresses immediately when you take it out of the box the first time.

Tagged in: android, Featured, google, Singapore, Software, Tablet, 2013, asus, Nexus 7, review, Singapore price and availability,  

Comex 2013 deals worth checking out this weekend

7 Sep
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The quarterly craziness at Singapore’s regular IT bazaars is upon us again, with the Comex show already in full swing since Thursday this week.

If you’re looking for a quick bargain – and don’t mind the squeeze – there are deals worth checking out when you head down to the Singapore Expo grounds.

Here are five that we’ve picked out, if you’re looking for a tablet, PC, or broadband plan.

Tagged in: android, Audio-visual, Cellphones, PCs, Singapore, Tablet, asus, Comex 2013, fibre broadband, HP Envy Recline 27, Jabra Sport Wireless +, MeMo Pad HD7, price lists, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, ViewQwest,  

Hands on: Asus Padfone Infinity

13 Aug
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In its latest Padfone Infinity, Asus has come up what is arguably the most elegant “transform” device that combines both a smartphone and tablet in one easy-to-use package.

For folks who are unfamiliar, the Padfone – not to be confused with Asus’ Intel-based Fonepad tablets – is the Taiwanese manufacturer’s line of devices that let you slot in a smartphone to a dock and use it as a tablet.

The latest Infinity version comes packed with a couple of high-res Full HD screens in the phone and tablet, both of which look really streamlined and sleek.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, Singapore, Tablet, asus, PadFone Infinity, review, Singapore price and availability,