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Hands On: honor Zero Smartwatch

by Andrew Cheng · 4 days ago · 1 Comment · 2.2k views

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When honor launched the honor 7 in London, it didn’t come as a surprise; but no one expected the company to reveal that the honor Zero smartwatch will be making its way to Europe in the fourth quarter of 2015. The fact that consumers can decide what it will be called is even more surprising, seeing how the winner will get the opportunity to try out honor products for the next five years.

While this is very exciting news for fans of honor and smartwatches in general, how does the honor Zero fare as a smartwatch?

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Hands On: honor 7 – the Most Premium honor Device Yet

by Andrew Cheng · 4 days ago · 3 Comments · 2.8k views

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honor has just launched its new smartphone, the honor 7, in London. As the company’s latest flagship device, almost every single aspect of the honor 7 has been improved over its predecessor, the honor 6. In some ways, it even surpasses the honor 6 Plus. After spending some time with it, I can safely say the honor 7 is the company’s best offering yet.

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Review: Asus ROG G501 – a Slim and Light Premium Gaming Laptop

by Andrew Cheng · 1 week ago · 11 Comments · 6.3k views

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Asus has been releasing one slim laptop after another. The UX305, for one, is an extremely slim and lightweight laptop that offers plenty value for money. The ROG G501, on the other hand, is a much beefier offering. While it’s not as slim or light as the UX305, it’s one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops in the market with a gorgeous chassis. The top-of-the-line model even comes with a 4K display. But the question is: is the ultra-sharp display more of a gimmick, or is there a practical side to it? 

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Hands On: ASUS ZenPad 7.0

by Chief Chapree · 3 weeks ago · 3 Comments · 2.7k views

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Back in June at Computex 2015, ASUS has unveiled plenty of new devices under its Zen series which was previously rather limited to notebooks and smartphones. One such device is ZenPad 7.0 – itself is just one of several ZenPad tablets that the Taiwanese company launched at the event.

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Is the 2015 MacBook Pro the Ultimate Portable Laptop?

by Andrew Cheng · 3 weeks ago · 64 Comments · 11.6k views

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I used to be a Windows-only guy. If you asked me a few months back if I would ever get a MacBook over any Windows laptop, I would’ve glared at you…intensely. Never in my lifetime would I imagine using a MacBook as my daily driver.

All of that went out the window (pun intended) after spending some time with my 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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Quick Look: ASUS Z170 Motherboards For Intel 6th Gen Core Processors Pt. 1 – Signature Series and Republic of Gamers

by Chief Chapree · 4 weeks ago · No Comments · 1.4k views

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After much delay, Intel’s 6th generation Core processors which are also known via their codename Skylake are finally here (more on that shortly). At the same time, Intel has announced the availability of the equally new Z170 chipset that are designed to support the first two Skylake chips – Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K – which are meant for enthusiasts.

As expected, ASUS is one of the manufacturers that already prepared Z170-based motherboards for consumers to get their hands on and we managed to get a sneak preview of them during a regional media preview in Bangkok few weeks ago.

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Review: vivo X5Pro – When Only Looks Matter

by Andrew Cheng · 4 weeks ago · 5 Comments · 2.2k views

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vivo made headlines when it first unveiled one of the thinnest Android smartphones in the market, the X5Max. The X5Pro, on the other hand, isn’t as thin (6.39mm vs 5.08mm). In fact, both devices have almost the same specifications, although the X5Pro is priced lower at RM1,599 (the X5Max goes for RM1,799). That being said, that price is still quite high for a Snapdragon 615-equipped smartphone.

Giving it the benefit of the doubt, I took the X5Pro for a spin and spent a good few weeks with it.

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Hands On: Acer XR341CK 34-Inch UltraWide QHD Curved Monitor, With Adaptive-Sync and Flicker Free Tech

by Chief Chapree · 1 month ago · No Comments · 1.8k views

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Curved design first hit the TV scene around two years ago and it doesn’t take long before the trend spill over to monitors. At this moment, plenty of established monitor brands have their own curved offering including Acer which has just launched its brand new XR341CK Curved Monitor in Malaysia earlier this week.

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Review: Lenovo U41 – the Best Ultrabook on a Budget

by Andrew Cheng · 1 month ago · 23 Comments · 11.7k views

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When it comes to shopping for a budget-friendly laptop, sacrifices have to be made. One would think an affordable laptop will be heavy, slow, and poorly designed. These attributes, however, do not apply to the Lenovo U41. Starting from RM1,871, this could very possibly be the best value for money laptop you can get today.

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[UPDATE] Hands On: OPPO R7 Lite – The Most Affordable Model In R7 Series

by Chief Chapree · 2 months ago · 4 Comments · 2k views

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[UPDATE (945PM)]: We have finally obtained OPPO Malaysia’s side of the story. Learn more here.

[UPDATE (6:00PM)]: Confirmed – the unit that we tried last night was indeed a R7 which will not be released in Malaysia, not a R7 Lite. Check out our subsequent article for further information.

[UPDATE (1:29AM)]: We have found an abnormality in the unit that we used for this hands on article. Read further to know more.

When the new OPPO R7 Series was first unveiled in Beijing in May, this particular model was somehow not revealed to the world alongside R7 and R7 Plus. Instead, the existence of R7 Lite was only officially announced during the R7 launch in Indonesia later that month but even then, OPPO didn’t released any details regarding the new smartphone.

Things were slightly different when it comes to the R7 Series launch in Malaysia few hours ago though as the R7 Lite is actually here, in flesh. Then again, Malaysia is one of the selected markets where OPPO is going to make the device available for consumers. Anyway, guess we just got first dibs on the new device then.

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Hands On: Oppo R7 Plus – a Premium Phablet with a Questionable Price Tag

by Andrew Cheng · 2 months ago · 11 Comments · 1.6k views

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Oppo Malaysia has launched two of its brand new smartphones in Malaysia just today: the 6-inch Oppo R7 Plus and its smaller variant, the 5-inch Oppo R7 Lite. I managed to get my hands on with the former device, and I asked myself this question throughout the hands on: is there a reason why it costs so much? RM1,998 for a mid-range device will surely raise a few eyebrows among consumers.

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Eyes On with AMD Radeon R9 Nano and Dual Fiji GPU Graphics Cards

by Chief Chapree · 2 months ago · 3 Comments · 2.2k views

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While most of the attention was directed at the new Radeon R9 Fury X as well as Radeon R9 and R7 300 Series cards during their official Malaysian launch event earlier this week, AMD did bring a couple of surprises to the event. They came in the form of two upcoming graphics cards: the Radeon R9 Nano and a yet to be named graphics card that features dual Fiji GPUs.

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