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!
Here’s What to Expect at SITEX 2018 Happening at Singapore EXPO This Week!
Singapore’s only Consumer Lifestyle IT Exhibition is once again happening at Singapore EXPO this week, just in time for Christmas and the festive seasons. Organized by SGtech, managed by SingEx Exhibitions Pte Ltd, the 30th edition promises to be bigger and better than ever! On top of being the one-stop technology marketplace, SITEX is also the place to be if you want to discover how IT can transform your day-to-day activities. From gamers and globetrotters to fitness buffs, you’d be surprised how technology makes everything easier. SITEX also features four experiential zones showcasing the best in Smart Home setups, Immersive and Console Gaming, Travel Tech & Active Fit and Portable Audio.
Brace yourself, techies. You can get the best bargains, special deals and a sneak peek at the latest tech products at this annual event. Needless to say, before you know it, you will be jostling through the crowd with your nose primed for deals. From TVs, notebooks to gaming gadgets and smartphones, you name it, they got it.
You can also win prizes by participating in the SITEX 2018 lucky draws. Happening 22nd – 25th November 2018 at Singapore EXPO Halls 5 and 6, expect a slew of tech-based things to see, buy, and experience.
Gaming Zone: Gaming Mouse, Monitors, Chairs and More
To all the gamers out there, SITEX has got you covered. Whether you’re a casual gamer or a competitive one, the arsenal of gaming gadgets available at the event will enhance your gaming experience, taking it to new heights altogether.
SITEX features the AFTERSHOCK M1 gaming mouse, well-known for delivering the ultimate no-nonsense mousing experience with a familiar mouse shape and its renowned PWM 3310 sensor for flawless 1:1 tracking.
Credits to: AFTERSHOCK PC
This gaming mouse is packed with high-quality Omron switches and tournament grade sensor that is widely used by professional gamers around the world.
Another excellent gaming product you can look out for is the PRISM+ X315 Gaming Monitor by AFTERSHOCK as well. PRISM+, despite being the new kid on the block, is slowly taking over the industry by storm. The PRISM+ X315 features a 31.5 ” R1800 Curved display with an ultra-quick 144hz refresh rate, designed for an incredibly smooth gaming experience. This monitor is genuinely one gaming monitor; you must get your hands on.
Credits to: PRISM +
Up next, introducing Secretlab’s newly launched SoftWeave series – their first custom-made fabric and first-ever non-leather chair. Secretlab is no stranger to the gaming chair market, with their range of kick-ass gaming chairs with the THRONE, OMEGA, and TITAN which are all made with synthetic or real leather. Despite being comfortable and looking good, there are plenty of gamers who don’t like leather. The SoftWeave series are made different. SoftWeave is a new custom-made fabric that is an alternative to synthetic leather. This fabric is custom-made and engineered from high-quality 350gsm short-yarn, undergoing a grinding process that creates a breathable, soft, and durable material. If you’re interested in purchasing one, do head over the Secretlab at SITEX as they are selling them at a special price of S$499 (U.P. S$650).
Credits to: Secretlab
Omen Community Challenge
Esports has been experiencing explosive growth in popularity in recent few years. With its rise, a growing number of people are also aspiring to become professional gamers. Partnering with GAM3.ASIA, SITEX is hosting the Omen Community Challenge, where aspiring esports gamers can challenge themselves to favorite competitive games such as CS:GO, DOTA 2 and PUBG mobile.
Whether you are into multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) game, multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game or multiplayer battle royale game, there is a game genre that fits your interest. Register here!
Credits to: GAM3.ASIA
Night Owl Cinematics Meet and Greet
YouTube fans are also in for a surprise! SITEX will be having a Night Owl Cinematics (NOC) meet and greet session from 3 pm – 4 pm on 24 – 25 November 2018. You will get to meet three members of NOC (Sylvia, Julian & Aurelia) as well as Y.E.S. 93.3FM DJs (Hazelle, Henry, Mei Gui & Kun Hua).
We will also be having a FIFA 19 e-sports tournament sponsored by La Liga, beIN sports and Sony PlayStation. Fans will get a chance to interact up close with their idols by playing games such as FIFA 19 to win attractive prizes such as the Aftershock M1 Gaming Mouse, Secretlab Velour pillow, as well as Frasers’ digital gift cards, worth a total of $1000! There’ll be live streaming of FIFA 19 as well.
Fan meet slots are limited and ending today (19 November 2018), so please secure your spot now by registering here.
Credits to: SITEX Facebook
FIFA 19 by La Liga, beIN and Sony PlayStation
The world’s leading global network of sports channels (owned and operated by beIN Media Group) will be bringing to SITEX 2018 the long-awaited FIFA 2019 showcase from EA Sports, as well as a series of exciting on-site activities to satisfy all e-gaming and football fans!
Take part in the beIN Sports’ Speedmaster Challenge, made famous by Luis Garcia, The Header Challenge and also get an unique opportunity to rough it out on the pitch with LaLiga teams!
Ever wanted to pit Singaporean-owned Valencia or Europa Champions Atletico Madrid against the mighty FC Barcelona or Real Madrid?
Here’s your chance to outsmart them and earn your bragging rights! All happening at Hall 6.
Credits to: beIN SPORTS Asia
Travel Tech and Active Fit Zone: Action Cams. Travel Gadgets and Smart Watches
Some of them add the extra convenience to our daily experiences, yet others open up new realms in the world of technology. Travel and fitness tech that changed the way we experience the world is the life-savers for modern enthusiasts. From Action Cams to activity trackers, you shall be equipped with the best gadgets to enhance your travel or fitness activities.
We The People, a crowdfunding store for Crowdfunded projects, will be participating in SITEX 2018, bringing innovative and cool products like Mogics Power Bagel – World’s only Travel Power Strip, EARIN – True Wireless Earbuds With Charging Case, and Tic – Smart Bottles for Life’s Travels.
Debuting at SITEX 2018 as well, tech enthusiasts will be able to pre-order ahead of everyone else for the newer version of Casio‘s new smartwatches – PRO TREK WSD-F30 and WSD-F20. These smartwatches are the perfect business and leisure time choice for today’s active man. Built with lightweight, highly durable resin parts and featuring a simple button layout, these timepieces let you enjoy smartwatch performance at a more affordable price.
Credits to: Casio PRO TREK
Portable Audio Zone: Gaming Headsets and Top-notch Earphones
Excellent sound quality, top-notch noise-canceling, welcoming comfortability, and just the right blend of convenient features are just some of the factors audiophiles look for when hunting for an ideal audio gadget.
SITEX brings to you the perfect combo of enhanced value and audio quality to step up the audio game this November, starting with the V-Moda Crossfade 2. Powered by all-new Japanese engineered hi-res audio drivers, the V-Moda Crossfade 2 is the “everything headphone” you are looking for. The sturdily built, beautifully-designed V-Moda Crossfade 2 delivers stunning battery life and improved sound quality over its predecessor, with more sculpted bass and enhanced details. The new larger earpads also provide a more comfortable fit for its user. Be sure to look out for this gem at an exclusive SITEX price of S$399 (U.P. S$449).
Credits to: V-MODA
Experience #madebygoogle at the Smart Home Zone
Image provided by Google
Visit Google’s booth and watch them demonstrate how their products can improve the way you live, work and play in the Lion City.
Take a staycation at their booth, and come hang out with Google Home Mini. Immerse yourself in their secret Pixel street party, get more control at your fingertips with the new Google Home app, then capture all of it with Group Selfie and Top Shot on the Google Pixel 3.
Experience #madebygoogle in real life and try out their newest products. They’re just inside the entrance of Hall 5!
Try Your Luck Twice at SITEX Lucky Draws
As a tech junkie, what better place to expand your collection than at SITEX 2018, at the same time, you get to participate in a SURE WIN Mystery Box daily draw by spending a minimum of S$100 per receipt. What’s more, you can also stand a chance to win a Grand prize at the Grand Lucky Draw sponsored by Native. Terms and conditions apply.
Save the Earth and Win Big
In an effort to save the earth, SITEX introduced the #throwback30 campaign, where you can be rewarded for recycling old IT gadgets in recycling bins provided by VIRO Green. If you still own a GameBoy, a Nokia 3310 or the Atari 2600, bring them down to SITEX 2018 and be entitled to an exclusive Pandora Box prizes (worth up to $200)!
SITEX 2018: The 30th Edition
This special 30th edition of SITEX is not to be missed. Regardless whether you are a tech junkie, a gamer, an audiophile, a modern traveler, a fitness enthusiast or just a typical homeowner, there is the right product and the right deal just for you. Be sure to come down to Singapore EXPO and experience tech yourself.
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