Late last month, Razer have announced yet another addition to their family of music/gaming headphones under the Kraken series called Kraken Forged Edition. It is the fourth model in the series and recently made an unannounced appearance at Razer’s booth during the PIKOM PC Fair in KL Convention Centre last weekend.
As you can see above and also from its name, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition is made of metal (aircraft-grade aluminium, to be specific) and finished with matte texture. The closed cup headphones is said to be hand-assembled to ensure its premium quality and comes with a pair of 40mm audio drivers that are made from neodymium magnets just like other versions of Kraken headphones before it.
Additionally, Razer stated (in their own words) that the Kraken Forged Edition is tuned to deliver “booming bass, clear mids and crisp highs” which again sounds exactly like the original Kraken headphones that was released in 2012. To ensure comfort during long use, the company fitted the headphones with thick leatherette ear cushions.
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First revealed to the world back in October, the new Acer Iconia W4 which made its debut in Malaysia at PIKOM PC Fair in KLCC today is pretty much the Taiwanese company’s second attempt to deliver full Windows 8.1 experience in a small 8-inch form factor. Joining the ASUS Transformer T100 which was released in October, the Iconia W4 is also the second Windows 8.1 tablet to be powered by the Bay Trail-based 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740 processor in our market.
When the Iconia W3 was released into the market earlier this year, the device’s TN display was criticized for its low brightness and bad viewing angles. Acer promised to fix that problem and true enough, the Iconia W4 is equipped with an 8-inch 1280×800 IPS display instead that is way brighter and also has a better viewing angle than Iconia W3’s display.
The new tablet also features 2GB LPDDR3 memory and a built-in 64GB eMMC as its internal storage. As per most tablets out there, there are not much I/O ports on Iconia W4 as we are looking at micro USB, micro HDMI, 3.5mm combo audio jack and a microSD card slot. There is also a pair of stereo speakers located at the bottom area of the tablet.
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This week we have something a little different in for review. Enter the Ducky Shine3 DK9008 Mechanical Keyboard! Coming in a whole array of colour options as well as mechanical switches the Ducky is a decent keyboard from Taiwan and will be my keyboard of choice just for the fact that it has very interesting lighting modes!
The Ducky Shine3 DK9008 retails for RM469 but for today, Black Friday, the great guys at Storekini are slashing the price to RM399! Don’t sleep on this as it is a great keyboard and the cut in price makes it better!
We were fortunate enough to get a brief hands-on with the Lumia 1520 ahead of the official launch in Malaysia. The Lumia 1520 is Nokia’s first foray into the Phablet segment and is actually the first Windows Phone Phablet in the market as well. Check out the video on Lowyat.TV to see what all the fuss is about!
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Back in 2011, when smartphones were relatively small, comfortable one-handed devices, Korean giants Samsung introduced a smartphone unlike any other that was available in the market: it was obtrusively large, and it had an integrated stylus – something not seen since the days of PDAs.
Many, including most of us at HQ, saw the Samsung Galaxy Note as one of the most ridiculous ideas to hit mass production. A phone is a phone, you use it with one hand, not two.
But lo and behold, the original Galaxy Note was a runaway success. Turns out, as the shift from feature phones to smartphones gained more traction among consumers, they began demanding more from these devices. Chief among them was a larger screen for content consumption, and Samsung were the first to introduce such a device to the market.
Fast forward two years, and Samsung’s released the third iteration of its hugely successful Galaxy Note series. Amidst greater competition from other companies, offering anything from a larger screen to a fingerprint scanner, is the new Galaxy Note 3 still the top dog among phablets?
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What makes a watch “smart”? For some, it is the ability of a watch to tell you more than just the time; the watch is “smart” enough if it could have an alarm, a stopwatch and timer, other physical dials and additional hands on the face that give it that sophisticated look. For others, it’s the ability to extend the functionality of a smart device, such as a smartphone, onto a user’s wrist: a smartwatch.
While most digital watches already feature some pretty useful functions, Samsung is going one step further with the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. For decades, we grew up watching television shows and movies where a watch was yet another cool accessory in the arsenal of our heroes. David Hasselhoff not only had KITT to assist him, but his watch allowed direct access to his car when the going gets rough. Spy shows of the 60s and 70s had spies snapping stealthy pictures with their specially-commissioned watches, while the younger generation would be familiar with a Power Ranger going “It’s Morphin’ Time!” onto their unique watches.
These watches are no mere watches, and that’s what Samsung is offering: a watch that is essentially a smartphone strapped to your wrist. But is it really the case?
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In addition to Android, iOS, and Windows 8, AirAsia customers will soon be able to book and manage their travels via yet another digital platform. The said platform is Windows Phone, through a native app that was developed by local developer Gain Secure Sdn Bhd with the help of the airline itself and the folks at Nokia.
Most of the functionalities in the AirAsia’s Windows Phone app are actually identical to other operating systems such as flight search, bookings, check-ins, seats and add-on selections as well as Air Asia’s travel guides and in-flight magazine. Nevertheless, the AirAsia app for Windows Phone does come with extra functionalities that take advantages of Windows Phone operating system.
One of such feature is the ability to share check-in and boarding pass details to other party using MMS or through other apps such as WhatsApp, Twitter and more. Users are also able to share those details to other NFC-equipped Windows Phone devices. Since the details are automatically saved in the form of image into one’s smartphone, they can be saved to the cloud-based SkyDrive as well.
In addition to that, user’s flight details can also be synced into his or her Windows Phone calendar while the AirAsia Windows Phone itself comes with built-in notification through Live Tiles. Not to forget, user is also able to utilize voice to search for their flights through the app.
The new AirAsia app for Windows Phone is currently being prepped for release on Windows Phone App+Games Store and is expected to be available within this month. It is also compatible with all Windows Phone 8 devices (sorry WP7.8 users) regardless of their brands, So, do keep a look for the app coming your way very soon especially for all frequent AirAsia flyers with Windows Phone out there.
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Alongside the new Surface Pro 2, we have also managed to have a brief hands-on experience with the new Type Cover 2 for the Surface family. Yup, you read that right – the new Type Cover 2 is compatible with the whole Surface line-up including first generation Surface RT and Surface Pro as well as the newer Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
One of the major traits that differentiate Type Cover 2 from its predecessor is the backlighting on its keys. Not only that, the Type Cover 2 also comes with proximity sensor that enables the cover’s lights to be turned on and off automatically depending on user’s presence. Apparently, the throw distance of the Type Cover 2’s keyboard is shorter than its predecessor which should make typing on it feels faster. However, our time with it were rather too brief to detect the differences.
Meanwhile, the area surrounding Touch Cover 2′s keyboard is draped in suede-like material that is similar to Touch Cover as opposed to the grippy plastic on the original Type Cover. The use of the material extends to the back of Touch Cover 2 as well which is again fairly different from the original Touch Cover.
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