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Goondu Review: Sony α6000

9 Jun
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Sony created quite a stir last year with its α7 mirrorless camera that featured a full-frame sensor and retained the same E-mount used in less expensive mirrorless systems.

In some ways, its new α6000 is a surprise given that recent development. For sure, Sony is not resting on its laurels by coming up with an update on its slightly lower-end cameras.

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Hands on: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III packs big technologies in tiny size

28 May
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Sony Cybershot RX100 III

How do you make a great camera even better? Sony’s original Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 camera, when it came out just over two years ago, was a revolution and a revelation.

It was the first compact camera to sport a one-inch sensor and fast F1.8 lens that starts at 28mm and tops out at 100mm. It was made for anyone who desired great pictures in a small package. It was a critical success.

Then came the RX100 II. The updates to that camera were incremental, the major news there being the integrated hot-shoe and an articulating screen.

Now, Sony has introduced the RX100 III, out in Singapore next month for S$1,199.

Tagged in: Cameras, Cyber-shot, review, RX 100 III, Singapore price and availability, Sony,  

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,  

Sony updates waterproof sports MP3 player

14 Feb
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Swimmers who like to listen to their favourite tunes underwater now have another choice. Sony has just launched a new waterproof sports MP3 player that comes in both 4GB and 8GB capacities at pocket-friendly prices.

The NWZ-W270S all-in-one digital music player with both standard and swimming earbuds that help to keep water away from sensitive electronics.

Tagged in: Audio-visual, MP3 player, Music, Singapore, NWZ-W270S, Sony, waterproof MP3 player,  

Goondu Review: Sony Alpha 7

10 Feb
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The Sony Alpha 7 is a camera that has garnered a lot of interest lately and it is clear why. It is arguably one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, around to house a 35mm full-frame sensor. It’s also a handy mirrorless camera system.

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Sony’s new Walkman NWZ-ZX1 targets audiophiles

18 Jan

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Sony unveiled its new Walkman NWZ-ZX1, the company’s first music player to support high-resolution audio, earlier this week.

With high-quality playback that is claimed to be seven times the audio quality of what a CD can offer, this latest addition to the iconic Walkman line is bound to attract audio buffs seeking a media player capable of playing hi-res music.

Tagged in: Audio-visual, MP3 player, Music, Singapore, Singapore price and availability, Sony, Walkman NWZ-ZX1,  

Goondu Review: Sony Cybershot RX10 bridge camera

9 Jan
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With all the attention given to smartphone photography and interchangeable lens systems for both mirrorless and digital SLRs, it is easy to overlook another type of camera – the bridge camera.

The Sony Cybershot RX10 is one such camera, which sort of “sits” between compact cameras and camera systems with interchangeable lenses. It provides features close to what’s on large DSLRs, but is cheaper as it doesn’t let you change its lenses.

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Goondu review: Sony XBA-H3 earphones

4 Jan
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With so many headphones that promise to envelop a user with sound, is buying a buying a pair of smaller but still very expensive earphones, such as the S$438 Sony XBA-H3 a smart thing?

On the box, it announces that the earphones are balanced and provides “high-res” audio reproduction. Key to this are its use of balanced armature drivers that are more stable than typical dynamic drivers, which means the listener can enjoy the music at the earphone’s peak capacity.

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Hands on: Sony SmartWatch 2

8 Dec
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Sometimes, it doesn’t pay to go all guns blazing.

If Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch is all the hype in recent months, then Sony’s SmartWatch 2 is a rather understated, but somewhat more practical, take on wearable computing.

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Geek Buy: Sony Vaio Pro 13 impresses

30 Nov


When I first took it out of my bag at an airport security screening recently, I immediately felt how light the Sony Vaio Pro 13 was.

Sure, I had checked it out at the stores, even had my credit card out once at Sim Lim Square to buy it. But nothing beats finally owning – and carrying – the ultra-slim laptop from Sony that has been wowing everyone of late.

Out of the box, the thing that impresses first, and the most, is still its amazingly light frame that weighs a feather over 1kg. 

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