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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

Olee Mini Dehumidifier

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

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…
Capable of automatically stopping when the water tank is full, and standby with the Relative Humidity (RH) is ideal, saving electricity costs. Semi-permanent built-in ionizer. Large tank capacity of 6 liters.

novita Dehumidifier ND838

Design - 4.5
Sound - 5.5
Performance - 8
Features - 7
Price - 6

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Capable of automatically stopping when the water tank is full, and standby with the Relative Humidity (RH) is ideal, saving electricity costs. Semi-permanent built-in ionizer. Large tank capacity of 6 liters.

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Asus AC2900 (RT-AC86U): High-end Performance with Decent Coverage for Singapore’s HDB

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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.

Asus RT-AC86U - Box

 

Futuristic look, But Not Versatile

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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.

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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.

Asus RT-AC86U - Design

 

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.

Asus RT-AC86U - NitroQAM

 

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.

HDB Wi-Fi Signal

 

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 DecoAsus Lyra SystemNetgear Orbi, Google Wifi or Linksys Velop) or simply adding another WiFi Extender to your home.

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…
It cooks up decent wireless performance from a gamer-friendly recipe. As compared to the basic routers, RT-AC86U does not outperform much in terms of signal coverage. However, it has a great arsenal of features.
Design - 8
Performance - 6
Features - 8.5
Price - 8

7.6

Decent

It cooks up decent wireless performance from a gamer-friendly recipe. As compared to the basic routers, RT-AC86U does not outperform much in terms of signal coverage. However, it has a great arsenal of features.

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BenQ EW3270U: 4K Entertainment Monitor with HDR

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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?

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4K-TV Gaming

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HDR Technology

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

BenQ EW3270U - SDR vs 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.

BenQ EW3270U - Hotkeys

BenQ EW3270U - Sensor

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

BenQ EW3270U - VA IPS TN

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.

 

Conclusion

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.


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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.…
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.
Design - 8
Graphic - 8.5
Sound - 4
Performance - 5.5
Features - 9
Price - 8

7.2

Great!

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.

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Editors’ Picks: Top 5 Tech Features For SITEX 2018

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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