Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 may not be any bigger than its predecessor, but it has been severely pumped up in the inside. Powered with 4GB RAM, Exynos 7420 octa-core processor and 3,000mAh battery, this is one of the most powerful phablet the company has ever made.
Samsung’s Note line of phones has always been revolving around three key features: a huge screen, outsized performance, and a stylus. In the new Note 5, the company has bumped up the design and build quality by several notches. Gone were the days of a phone in cheap, textured plastic, the new Samsung Note 5 features a lovely combination of glass and metal, similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Credits to : Samsung Mobile
Galaxy Note 5 : The Specifications
Credits to : SpecOut
Solid Design and Build Quality
Samsung has applied the design features used in the Galaxy S6 to the new Note 5. Like the Galaxy S6, the Note 5 has straight sides and a flat face, however, it also took the curved edges on the S6 Edge and placed them along the back. Getting the best of both worlds the Note 5 has made a real leap forward here in terms of design quality and turned out to be more ergonomic and comfortable to hold.
Unlike its predecessor, the Note 5 spotted both glass on the front and back and a silver anodised aluminium metal trim. The bezels surrounding the 5.7-inch, Quad HD, Super AMOLED screen display are extremely narrow, particularly next to those curved edges, and they make the Note 5 looks stunning. The glass-and-metal shell also fully seals the internals, therefore users are not able to replace the battery of the Note 5 or expand the built-in memory with a microSD card.
The Signature Handy S Pen Stylus
The S Pen is one the key feature of the Note that fans love. It has been continually improved year after year in terms of functionality and design since the release of the first Samsung Galaxy Note. The new Note 5 brings along a completely redesigned S Pen stylus, which is made of polycarbonate plastic. This new stylus audibly clicks into place inside the Note 5’s chute like the crown of a retractable pen and allows easy access by simply pressing down on the Pen.
The new S Pen feels more solid and balanced in the user’s hand and offers better-writing capabilities through a variety of tools available on the Note 5. With the introduction of Note 5, Samsung also implements a new functionality that allows users to write on the display even when it is still in a black screen, without the need to unlock the phone. This function comes in handy when there is a need to jot down notes or random thoughts, and unlocking the phone seems like a hassle.
The S-Pen is a great tool for Note users who love writing physically instead of typing. It makes life easier as writing the Note feels more natural and intuitive, compared to typing on the qwerty keyboard on the screen. One S Pen feature that I use quite often is the ability to grab screenshots of the entire screen, after which I can draw on them. This function is very handy for users (like me), who often need to show clients on the UI/UX of websites or explain on certain graphic design works. Most of the time, I just simply take a screenshot and draw on them, and send to my client without the need to use my desktop or laptop.
Super Performance as Always
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is powered by Samsung Exynos octa-core processor and 4GB RAM, which is 1GB more than the S6 – meaning it can handle even more tasks at once. Operating the new Note 5 was one of the smoothest experiences yet, with creamy performance on every operation. There are no issues of lag whatsoever; everything is silky smooth, even when switching between resource-intensive apps.
The Note 5 is also a solid performer when it comes to games, and graphically rich titles like Dead Trigger 2 ran smoothly for hours.
The Note 5 features Live Broadcast, which streams live videos in Full HD directly from the users’ cameras, allowing them to share moments with their loved ones in real time. Here is a short video on this new feature:
Credits to : Samsung Mobile
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Key Features
Metal and Glass Bodywork – Note 5 adopts the S6’s lovely combination of glass and metal in its design, giving the new Note 5 a premium look and feel.
Octa-core processor with 4GB RAM – From swiping through home-screens, switching between apps and handling more intensive tasks like gaming, the Note 5 is up there with the best.
S Pen Stylus – The Note 5’s signature S Pen Stylus is more responsive than ever. And a must have for fans who like to draw or scribble notes.
3,000 mAh Battery – Enough juice to get the phone through a full day with support to QuickCharge 2.0 that can go from 0-60 in a short period.
‘Live’ Video Broadcast – Share special moments with your loved ones in real time.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Verdict
Samsung has yet another world-class performer, the Note 5 – providing both a premium-looking phone and a solid powerhouse. The phone delivers on almost every aspect, in terms of looks, feel, quality, features, and performance. The only trade-off is that there is no microSD card slot or removable battery, which is quite a big turn-off for me. I would love if it could allow me to add a few GBs to the external storage for my huge archives of photos and videos.
Nevertheless, as long as you are fine without those two features, the Note 5 is still worthy for your upgrade. My love for its premium design, 5.7-inch screen size and quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels display, S Pen Stylus, and its power-packed performance clearly outweigh the missing features, making it one of the best phone in 2015.
Asus AC2900 (RT-AC86U): High-end Performance with Decent Coverage for Singapore’s HDB
Whether you’re into competitive gaming, 4K video streaming, or just a typical internet user, the Asus RT-AC86U will keep your network safe and running smooth like butter. The RT-AC86U is a high-end dual-band router powered by a speedy 1.8 GHz dual-core processor and has an AC2900 speed rating.
Asus has built on the AiMesh firmware platform allowing you to pair multiple routers together to create a customized “Mesh” Network. The RT-AC86U supports this newly developed AiMesh technology, but it also features some of Asus’s latest technologies that it has implemented into some of its most powerful routers, such as the MU-MIMO, the WTFast game accelerator (useful for online gaming), the AiProtection (by Trend Micro) and the Adaptive QoS.
Futuristic look, But Not Versatile
There’s something inherently fearsome about the RT-AC86U’s red-eyed angular angry bee look. It features a rectangular case covered with a black matte finish with a diamond pattern on top. The RT-AC86U’s matte black and red color scheme and design offer a refreshing change from the typical uninspired black box design that you see with most routers.
As compared to the AC1200G or the typical router, the Asus RT-AC86U is very sleek as it stands upright with three antennas, a few status lights with an overall compact design. It consists of four Gigabit (LAN) ethernet ports and a WAN input on the rear along with a USB 2.0 and a super-fast USB 3.1 port. However, the only trade-off is that you can’t lay it down flat or mount it on a wall which some of the routers in the market can.
Top-notch Performance on the 5GHz Wireless Frequency
The performance of the Asus RT-AC86U is very impressive, especially on 5GHz. With NitroQAM™ technology, maximum data transfer rates on the RT-AC86U’s 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks are 750Mbps and 2,167Mbps respectively, giving RT-AC86U combined total speed of 2,917Mbps. Whether you’re playing an online game in a heated competition or streaming a live video at 4K UHD, buffering and lag are simply not an option.
Reliable Long-range Performance for Singapore’s HDB
RT-AC86U features a innovative antenna design and the new Range Boost technology. It also has an extra internal 5GHz antenna to provide the ultimate 5GHz quad-stream performance. Both Wi-Fi range and signal stability improve dramatically. AiRadar further focuses Wi-Fi signal on your devices, making your Wi-Fi faster, clearer and stronger. RangeBoost also significantly improves mid- to long-distance Wi-Fi coverage.
From tests, it shows that the ASUS RT-AC86U is able to provide a stable signal throughout a typical Singapore’s 4-room HDB apartment. With the Optical Network Terminal (ONT) near the main door, and the modem/router being setup at the same position, the ASUS RT-AC86U is able to cover from the living room all the way to the common bedrooms. The only issue is that none of the routers (AC1200G or RT-AC86U) are able to cover the far-most main bedroom.
Features: MU-MIMO, WTFast and Adaptive QoS for Better Online-gaming
MU-MIMO technology allows the Asus RT-AC86U to connect to multiple devices and simultaneously provide Wi-Fi to each at their top speed. The only thing is that your device needs to have MU-MIMO-capable hardware to make use of this feature, which is only made available on the 5GHz band.
The Gamers Private Network® (GPN®) from WTFast® performs route optimization automatically, choosing the most efficient route for game packets. This will result in consistently-lower ping time and minimal packet loss. This optimization is good for accelerating one selectable device at a time, so you can enjoy the best results on supported competitive multi-player online games.
QoS features on the Asus RT-AC86U give you easy access to prioritize your network traffic. You can use the adaptive QoS’s automatic settings to prioritize selected types of traffic like games or streaming. You can also manually set which traffic and devices get priority.
Asus also included a commercial grade security, AiProtection, together with Trend Micro. This feature will provide your connected devices with extra protection from malicious attacks and viruses. The feature monitors your entire network to prevent attacks as well as neutralize any devices that may get infected. You also have easy access to parental controls to restrict access to certain sites on your devices.
The Verdict: ASUS RT-AC86U
The ASUS RT-AC86U is a router that cooks up decent wireless performance from a gamer-friendly recipe. Its performance puts some of its competitors to shame, while keeping the price point to a lower budget. However, as compared to the basic Asus AC1200G, the RT-AC86U does not outperform much in terms of signal coverage.
The addition of high-end features like MU-MIMO, advanced traffic prioritization with extras like GameBoost and AiProtection, makes Asus RT-AC86U a perfect router for gamers looking to improve their HDB home’s network. It’s powerful enough for all your current devices and ones you get in future. If you are looking for a boost in signal coverage, then you might want to look somewhere like using a WiFi Mesh (TP-Link Deco, Asus Lyra System, Netgear Orbi, Google Wifi or Linksys Velop) or simply adding another WiFi Extender to your home.
BenQ EW3270U: 4K Entertainment Monitor with HDR
In recent years, tech and gaming enthusiasts have seen 4K monitors make some serious headway and many of such displays becoming far more affordable. Now that the HDR format is becoming increasingly common for games like the PlayStation 4 (PS4), brands are finding ways to work on technology to enhance the gaming experience, taking it to new heights.
The BenQ EW3270U is the perfect 4K HDR monitor for high-quality home entertainment, whether you are looking for a cinematic movie watching experience, an exemplary display for your PS4, or just a great 4K monitor to pair up with your gaming desktop. It’s designed to offer excellent visuals through its 32-inch 4K display which comes with BenQ’s latest HDR and Brightness Intelligence Plus (BI+) technologies.
Elegant, Simple and Straightforward
The BenQ EW3270U has a very basic design and somewhat similar to the EL2870U model. The key difference is the increase in size, measuring at 657.9×476.27×194.6mm, compared to 522.2X726.4X215mm of the EL2870U. On a side note, the EW3270U has an additional USB-C™ port which is absent on the EL2870U model, giving you the flexibility to connect to your favorite devices.
What is HDR gaming?
Credits to: PlayStation 4 Pro
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is one of the latest and best function you may need on video right now. This technology started out as a niche feature, but now it has taken the market by storm. With this feature, you can watch films and TV shows, and even play your favorite games in HDR.
HDR PC gaming is also gaining momentum, and HDR monitors are very slowly making their way into the market. They are mostly branded as either AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G-Sync HDR. In recent years, Sony and Microsoft have even come together to form the HDR Gaming Interest Group (HGIG), inviting TV manufacturers and game developers to participate in improving the HDR gaming experience. This proposed initiatives will also change how a game console and TV inter-operate.
HDR is a far more exciting display tech for games than 4K, whose mammoth pixel counts often don’t truly come into their own unless you’re using a huge TV. However, as someone who plays and spends an insane amount of time with the screen, gamers demand the sharpest possible image. And at the same time, with an HDR console (PS4, PS4 Pro or XBOX One X) and a supporting HDR TV or monitor (like the EW327U or EL2870U), it boosts the sense of depth and presence to games (and films) in a way that a mere pixel count cannot.
What HDR does is to expand the range of brightness, contrast and color displayed, bringing it closer with what the human eye can perceive. Brighter whites, darker blacks, more shades of color and, you will get a more true-to-life picture.
Hyper-Realistic Video Quality with HDR
Credits to: Wccftech
The BenQ EW3270U features a 32-inch VA panel with a max resolution of 3840×2160, 60Hz refresh rate and 3000:1 contrast ratio. As compared to the EL2870U, other than having a bigger screen size, the EW3270U has a higher native contrast and Dynamic Contrast Ratio (DCR), capable of deeper, more vibrant colors with more visible details in shadows and highlights.
The BenQ EW3270U is nice and crisp as you would expect with a 4K resolution. The addition of AMD FreeSync, an adaptive synchronization technology that is used to reduce screen tearing, gives gamers drastic increased visual performance and ultra-smooth gaming experience.
Credits to: AMD
4 Levels of HDR and BI+ Modes
HDR and BI+ are the prime features on the EW3270U and EL2870U. Given that there are various modes to use, it’s relatively simple to set up the monitor to your liking with excellent color accuracy. There’s a button with a shiny gold badge situated on the bottom right of the bezel that toggles HDR on and off. This simple hotkey switches between 4 levels of HDR and BI+ modes to balance maximum contrast and vibrancy and fully enjoy the splendid image performance of HDR while maintaining your viewing comfort. After activating it, an on-screen display will pop up to tell you whether the HDR on display is emulated or native (if it’s native it just says ‘HDR On’). The hotkey button also can turn on BI+ technology.
The BenQ’s BI+ technology gently soften bright areas while keeping dark details crystal clear. It does this via the ambient light sensor that detects the ambient light levels and the color temperature of the environment, while automatically adjusting on-screen brightness and color temperature to fit the surroundings to deliver the most comfortable viewing experience.
VA of EW3270U vs. TN of EL2870U
Most gamers are aware of the fact that monitors come in different resolutions and screen sizes, and that monitors can be either a glossy or matte screen surface. However, an average consumer is clueless on the LCD panel technology used in their monitor. A monitor’s panel type is a critical feature that determines how it performs as well as the kind of tasks it is best suited to accomplish.
Comparing TN (EL2870U) and VA (EW3270U), it is not hard to understand that TN panels are the kings when it comes to response time. However, VA panels win in terms of providing a slightly wider and better viewing angle. From a visual standpoint, VA panels also perform much better than TN panels with better black uniformity and high contrast ratios.
The BenQ EW3270U is a great gaming monitor with vivid colors, millions of pixels, all the ports you could ever need. The HDR and BI+ technologies are useful to have, catered for professionals, gamers, or home users.
Watching movies and playing games are great when there is HDR content. Retailing for roughly S$899, (12.12 sale at S$749 at Lazada), the EW3270U represents excellent value for money.
Editors’ Picks: Top 5 Tech Features For SITEX 2018
SITEX, Singapore’s long-running Consumer Lifestyle IT Exhibition, is back for the 30th time this week. Organized by SGtech, managed by SingEx Exhibitions Pte Ltd, this annual event is happening from today to Sunday, at Singapore Expo Halls 5 and 6.
Visitors can look forward to amazing deals on the latest gadgets and tech gizmos. They can also experience the latest technologies via the four experiential zones – Travel Tech & Active Fit, Portable Audio, Smart Home and Living, and Gaming.
Without further ado, here are the top 5 tech features for SITEX 2018:
#1 Vivo V11
Vivo is launching the all-new V11 smartphone at SITEX 2018. The V11 handles the basics of battery, display and performance well, at the same time adding a few extras like its In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology and the AI Camera.
At 156 grams, the Vivo V11 is lightweight and durable. The Nebula and Starry Night colorway on its shiny back panel gives this phone a unique and premium look.
Despite having a big display at 6.41-inch (16.29cm), the Vivo V11 does not feel like a large phone. Featuring a Halo FullView™ Display at 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, the phone can produce stunning images for a vibrant, ultra-vivid experience.
The Vivo V11 also features a 12MP (24 million photosensitive units) + 5MP dual rear camera combination, and 25MP AI front camera with AI technology.
The Vivo V11 is available for pre-order at S$599 (without contract) in Nebula and Starry Night exclusively at the Vivo booth 5C02 (Hall 5). Customers who pre-order the Vivo V11 will receive complimentary delivery, a JBL GO portable Bluetooth speaker worth S$89.90 and V11 gift box worth S$49.90.
#2 Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30
Casio’s Pro Trek WSD-F30 is the outdoors smartwatch even watch fans will adore. Casio has invested the last few years making smartwatches that are designed for adventure and active enthusiasts, and 2018’s iteration of the Pro Trek Smart WSD F range is a more refined version of that range.
The WSD F30 is a rugged piece of gadget, while it may not appear to be designed for military-grade protection, it should well survive some tough knocks and tumbles. It is water-resistant up to 50-meters, making it ideal for active use. Featuring a 1.2-inch dual-layer display and a resolution of 390 x 390 with capacitive touchscreen, it delivers clear visuals when looking at it in bright lighting.
You can select any of the 3 modes to suit your activity – the monochrome and color display separately to maintain optimum visibility in any environment, also to provide efficient power management for battery saving.
The watch also comes with Google’s Wear OS software, which means you’ll be able to download apps off the Play Store while also using it with your iPhone or Android devices. You can also have a choice of using Google Maps or the mapping technology by Casio, to give you an accurate location during your regular outdoor adventures.
#3 Sony WH-1000XM3
Released in August 2018, Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones are the latest in Sony’s line of flagship headphones. The Sony WH-1000XM3 are clearly the decendents of 1000XM2 and the 1000X before them; the overall shape and look are almost the same.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 is more comfortable than its predecessors as it is lighter, and has a thicker headband cushion that is wrapped with faux leather on the super soft ear cups. The headband is also more oval in shape to fit the head better, while allowing for more compact carrying.
Sony’s new QN1 HD processor on the WH-1000XM3, improves both audio processing and noise cancellation. Noise canceling headphones have a challenge dealing with mid to high-frequency sounds, like human voices, but the WH-1000MX3 delivers pretty well.
In addition, the Adaptive Sound Control feature allows you to set your preferred level of noise cancellation based on your needs – ranging from full noise cancellation, wind noise reduction, and allowing through various amounts of ambient noise. Pairing with Quick Attention, you can simply communicate without removing your headphones.
Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones are retailing at S$549 at booth 5D01B (Hall 5).
#4 Secretlab SoftWeave™ Series
Secretlab is well-known for its high quality, comfortable gaming chairs. The SoftWeave™ Series features a woven-fabric trend, known for its lightweight, breathable and durable properties. The fabric is custom-made and meticulously engineered based on the latest and high-quality 350gsm short-yarn available in the market.
The SoftWeave™ series will be made available across the THRONE, OMEGA and TITAN, come equipped with the award-winning features of the respective models – such as the multi-tilt mechanism, four-directional armrests, velour memory-foam lumbar pillow and inbuilt lumbar support system respectively.
If you’re interested in purchasing one, do head over to Secretlab at SITEX:
- OMEGA 2018 (SoftWeave™ series): S$499 (U.P. S$650)
- TITAN (SoftWeave™ series): S$579 (U.P. S$730)
- THRONE 2018 (SoftWeave™ series): S$429 (U.P. S$530)
#5 Google’s #madebygoogle
When Artificial Intelligence, software and hardware come together, it can unlock all kinds of possibilities. Featuring a family of consumer hardware products like Google Chromecast, Google Pixel 3 and Google Home.
Be sure to experience #madebygoogle in real life and try out their newest products just inside the entrance of Hall 5.
That’s all for now. See you there!
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