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Top Picks: The Dehumidifier for the Modern Singapore Home

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Excess moisture in the air may cause considerable damage to items at your residence and your well-being. An excellent dehumidifier gets rid of excess moisture in the air, which could help save you from mold and mildew growth and get rid of allergens. Dehumidifiers are frequently placed in living room, but you will discover alternative use cases for them, such as in wardrobes where you store clean clothes or other smaller areas where an excessive amount of moisture may cause a problem such as bathrooms or even the storeroom.

Studies have shown that more families owned humidifiers rather than air purifiers (46% and 39% respectively). This survey involved more than 250 households in Singapore with members of the family suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions. It also involved households with babies or pregnant women. However, experts have highlighted that humidifiers aren’t necessary for Singapore due to its high humidity, averaging at 70-90%.

Do note that humidity levels above 50% can breed dust mites, mildew, and mold, triggering allergies or other health problems. Therefore, it is vital to own a good dehumidifier in Singapore to keep that excess humidity in check and to protect your health.

 

How Does Dehumidifier Works?

Dehumidifiers use a fan to force air over coolant-filled coils to take away moisture in the surrounding air. The excess condensed moisture after which drips from the coils into a reservoir, or it could be empty from the unit depending on the brand or model. After the whole process, dry air is expelled back into the surrounding.

 

How to Know You Need a Dehumidifier?

Besides suffering from persistent symptoms of allergies, you may want to think about getting a dehumidifier if you have some tell-tale signs of high humidity in your house, including:

  • Water stains on your walls or ceilings of your home
  • High humidity rooms with poor ventilation or no ventilation (e.g. storeroom)
  • Small black spots (mold spores) growing on your walls or in areas with high humidity
  • Moldy or mildew smells
  • Mold growing on your furniture or items (e.g. wooden photo frame)

 

How to Choose a Dehumidifier?

Home Moisture

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There are several brands and models in the market when it comes to dehumidifiers. When selecting a dehumidifier, it’s important to consider one that fits the space in which you plan to use it, as well as the humidity levels, and other additional requirements if any. Some dehumidifiers in the market have additional features such as humidity indicator, auto-humidistat, auto shut-down, programmable timer, ionizer, etc. But do also note that with more features, it will also mean that the price point will be higher.

 

The Living Room: novita Dehumidifier ND838

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The highly-rated novita Dehumidifier ND838 protects your home from the mold and mildew caused by excess moisture in the air, and it helps to ionize and sterilize the air by removing airborne germs.

Measuring at 402 x 260 x 610 mm, and with a tank capacity of 6 liters, the novita Dehumidifier ND838 is suitable for coverage of up to 538 ft2 or 50m2.

The ND838 can operate continuously by connecting to a hose to the unit, allowing water to flow out to a nearby drainage area to avoid the hassle of emptying the tank. It also has a touch-panel for easy control on the preferred humidity settings with a built-in auto humidity sensor, a 24-hour on/off timer, and a child lock function.

The model is also capable of automatically stopping when the water tank is full, and standby with the Relative Humidity (RH) is ideal, saving electricity costs. Another key feature of this model is that there is a semi-permanent built-in ionizer that produces up to 20 million negative ions/cm3, which helps keep airborne allergens and germs at bay.

Best Use: Living room, Common rooms

 

Portable Dehumidifier: Olee OL-333 Mini Dehumidifier

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Humidity is everywhere, which is why this Olee OL-333 mini dehumidifier is a must-have for smaller areas.

The Olee OL-333 mini dehumidifier absorbs extra moisture in the air with Water Glass Crystal technology, providing dampness protection that is ideal for small enclosed spaces such as cabinets, safes, and closets. The Olee OL-333 is renewable, meaning it will not require any expensive refills or be replaced once it is used up. The product operates on a cycling system in which you place it in a damp area to absorb the moisture and then remove it to recharge the unit.

As the unit absorbs the humidity from the surrounding, there is an indicator window containing crystals that will change from blue to pink over the course of 7-14 days. The colorless, odorless and non-toxic crystals are recharged by plugging the dehumidifier into a power outlet overnight (8 to 12 hours). Each unit lasts about 7-14 days before a recharge is needed.

Best Use: Wardrobes

 

Others: Orita Charcoal Dehumidifier

Best Use: Wardrobes, Drawers, Toilets

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5 Things You’ll Love about The New Microsoft Surface Pro

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Many big brands have been eyeing on the title of the “best enterprise hybrid tablet” since the launch of Apple iPad Pro and Samsung TabPro S. However; no one has managed to live up to the Surface Pro, which was hailed as one of the fastest adopted enterprise tablets soon after its release.

If you are looking for a detachable PC, or simply a 2-in-1 device that can allow you to work on the go like a tablet while running on Windows Operating System (OS), Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro may be your best bet. At a starting price of S$1,188 (US$799), this Microsoft tablet offers a sophisticated design, a near flawless display and solid performance across the board.

There’s a lot to love about the new Surface Pro, and it’s not just about its new processor or a few upgrades. Here are a few things that you should take away when considering the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Windows OS

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Microsoft has been creating OS for PCs for the longest time, and it is no surprise that the Surface Pro is adopting Windows 10 as its Operating System. The Surface Pro is designed for the full Windows 10 and Office experience, allowing you to run programs easily just like any desktops and laptops on the market. The ability to run Microsoft Office on Windows is also a critical winning factor over other tablets running on Android and iOS.

Superior PixelSense Display

The display is a work of art and a thing of beauty. The Surface Pro comes with brilliant color and razor-sharp resolution on the 12.3in, 3:2 screen with 2736 x 1824 pixels (267ppi). That’s even better than the iPad Pro (264ppi for 13-inch) and also the MacBook Air (128ppi). This stunning display also responds well to the new Surface Pen and touch.

Versatility and Power

The Surface Pro can operate in 3 modes – Laptop, Studio, and Tablet.

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In the Laptop Mode, you can transform Surface Pro into a working laptop by opening the built-in Kickstand and adding on the Surface Pro Type Cover allowing full keyboard experience.

In the Studio Mode, you can lower the Kickstand further, placing the Surface Pro at a perfect angle for the writing and drawing with the new Surface Pen.

In the Tablet Mode, you can close the Kickstand, and remove or fold Surface Pro Type Cover back for a powerful, stand-alone tablet.

Thanks to a powerful Intel® Core™ processor with up to 50% more battery life than its predecessor and 2.5x more performance than Surface Pro 3, the new Surface Pro delivers exceptional power and performance.

Amazing Pen-and-Ink Experience

With the new Surface Pro, Microsoft has a brand-new processor that dramatically cuts down inking latency (the “lag” between the pen tip movement and visible digital ink), and it raised the levels of pressure from 1,024 to 4,096.

Also, a new tilt feature has been introduced which allows you to shade on the Surface Pro. These features allow the Surface Pro to compete with drawing tablets like Wacom and serve as an alternative for creatives.

Lightweight and Ultraportable

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If you always find yourself to be on the road for business, whether you are traveling by car, plane or train, and you want something that isn’t going to weigh you down or take up a lot of space to carry along. The Surface Pro is the right device for you. At about 8.5mm (0.33”) of thickness with a 770g (1.70 lbs) weight, it throws the stereotype of “cumbersome business laptop” out the window.

Despite its compact build, the Surface Pro is not sacrificing any of its power, allowing you to say productive, but at the same time, it offers all the entertainment features you’ll want in your leisure time.

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Microsoft Surface Pro (2017): Small, Yet Powerful 2-in-1

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Microsoft has been creating working frameworks for PCs for the longest time. However, it was just in 2012 that it started making PCs that it can consider its own. The PC, known as the Surface, denoted Microsoft’s entrance into the tablet market, and this 2-in-1 gadget has been refined and enhanced throughout the years. The Surface family has always represented the organization’s vision for the future of personal computing.

Despite its current popularity, the early Surface gadgets weren’t especially generally welcomed. They were heavy, bulky, costly, and didn’t work that well at all. In any case, that changed when Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 3 in May 2014. The improvements, however slight, are well considered and greatly enhanced the ease of use of the Surface Pro 3. Furthermore, in late 2015, Microsoft refreshed the Surface Pro lineup with the Surface Pro 4, which accompanied huge enhancements over the Surface Pro 3. Even with all the competitions, the Surface Pro 4 remained one of the top favorite Windows 10 detachable tablets and emerged as one of the best-selling Surface products. Since then, the Surface family has taken the business world by storm and becoming the market leader in its category.

Now, after slightly more than 18 months in the market, Microsoft has finally rolled out the fifth generation in the Surface family – not Surface Pro 5, but simply Surface Pro.

Solid Specifications and Impressive Performance


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The first upgrade from its predecessor includes adding Intel’s Kaby Lake processor, with the top-end model sporting the Core i7 along with the 16GB RAM to significantly increase its performance. (Available CPU model options are Core m3-7Y30, Core i5-7300U and Core i7-7660U processors.) This tweak racks up its benchmark score, beating the majority of its rivals hands down, including the Dell XPS 13, the Surface Laptop and even the HP Elitebook X360. (Click here for full specifications)

This upgrade also drives better power efficiency, which equals to longer battery life. The new Surface Pro also comes with a slightly larger 45Wh battery as compared to the Surface Pro 4 at only 39Wh. And, based on my regular usage, I can use it all day without plugging in power. In this aspect, Microsoft has made a real all-day machine here, which is excellent for frequent travelers or usage on-the-go.

Crisp Display and 10 Point Multi-touch

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The touchscreen function has also been an essential part of the Surface family, and you can expect the New Surface Pro to come with a new display technology that will improve the accuracy of the touchscreen both for fingers and for the Surface Pen.

Adding on, the Surface Pro features a 12.3in, 3:2 display with 2736 x 1824 pixels. It equates to 267ppi, and it’s plenty enough to make everything look nice and crisp. Brightness is blazing, and the deep contrast levels make it as great for both office work as well as entertainment. Colour accuracy is also superb, with no particular weaknesses. This tablet is great for graphic designers!

Sleek Design

The Surface Pro enjoys the same outstanding attention to detail as every other tablet gadgets in the market, and Microsoft’s ability to produce extremely well-built machines is as apparent as always. Simply put, the Surface Pro is solid as a rock and exudes a certain futuristic quality.

Comparing the Surface Pro with its predecessors, it is not that hard to spot the differences. For starters, the new Surface Pro is much less angular and soften with more rounded corners. The exhaust vents along the edges are also less pronounced as compared to the previous models.

The newly redesigned hinge allows the Surface Pro to tilt up to 165 degrees, allowing it to lie almost entirely flat, which Microsoft calls it the “Studio Mode.” The hinge no longer snaps (for safety) if you push it too far, and Microsoft claims that the hinge would not break if you lean on it too much. The “Studio Mode” comes very handy for illustrators and designers to sketch and design with ease.

Another feature of the Surface Pro is its fan-less design (for the Core m3 and Core i5 models). This feature enables for quieter operations. The i7 model, on the other hand, has an enhanced cooling system that is even quieter and less intrusive under load.

Ports remain unchanged, so you get a USB 3.0, a mini-DP video output and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The microSDXC card reader is embedded hidden under the kickstand.

In general, the Surface Pro (i5 model) comes in at the about 8.5mm of thickness with a 770g weight. Considering that Microsoft accomplished this while packing inside a 20% larger battery, and other upgrades, it’s an impressive feat.

Improved Typing Experience with Signature Type Cover

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The Signature Alcantara® Type Cover is a marked improvement in comfort over the previous version, and worth the slight price upgrade. The Alcantara® material provides a perfect blend of sophisticated style, comfort, and technology. It has full-sized keys, LED backlighting, and a large glass trackpad. Available in three colors: Platinum, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue.

Surface Pen With a Big Boost

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Unlike the Surface Pro 4, the new Surface Pro doesn’t include the Surface Pen. Pressure sensitivity has been quadrupled from 1,024 to 4,096, a new tilt feature has been included which allows creatives to shade on their Surface Pro, and latency has been reduced drastically to 21ms on the Surface Pro. The combination makes the Surface Pro one of the best inking experiences on the market, and an excellent tool for digital drawing and handwriting.

Final Verdict

I’ve used many tablets (including Asus Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, etc) but there’s no doubt this Surface Pro is the best one yet. It is a superb 2-in-1, beautifully built and performs well. It’s expensive, but worth it for its excellent design, build quality, and features. It comes as a useful business and design device.

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Gamevice – Making Your Phone A Portable Gaming Powerhouse

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The mobile gaming market is growing and will expect to grow even further. With the improvement in technology, mobile devices are one of the most powerful handheld game systems you can buy today. They are capable of displaying rich details and bringing world-class gaming experience that outstrips what you can find on a Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita.

With the growth of mobile gaming market, publishers are increasingly willing to develop more game titles for the eager players. Along with this, players are also progressively hungrier and more demanding for a better gaming experience. And they want the mobile gaming market to bridge the gap between them and the mainstream gaming market. But mobile devices are missing a critical aspect that a lot of gamers still crave: a physical gamepad with buttons and joysticks.

Gamevice is a holster that the mobile device snaps into, covering the left and right sides of its chassis. It is the next big thing that can easily transform your mobile devices into handheld gaming consoles. Rather than sliding your fingers across a glass surface, or swinging your phone around to steer a vehicle, you get a D-pad, buttons, analog sticks, and triggers, just like any controller on a gaming console.

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