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SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Review

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Gadgets | 0 comments

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Review

Hard Drives (HDD) have come a long way, you probably even have a couple right now all running at the same time to keep all your important files. Portability wise, it has been more compact therefore they are now easier to pack on the go. The Extreme 500 Portable SSD from Sandisk is one them, and yes portable SSD’s are here! SSD’s are ususally used as your computer’s internal storage, but not anymore. Not only will these next generation drives be compact but will also boost the media transfer speed by 4X faster than a standard USB 3.0 hard drive. The packaging is simple and minimal. You get a tiny booklet, a micro-USB cable and the SSD drive itself. It’s a plug and play drive meaning you don’t need a special driver to run it. Design wise – it is rugged thanks the rubber frame around it that also absorbs impact from drops. It can also handle hot and cold temperatures between -20C to 70C. My only concern is that it is a little flimsy when it comes to overall build quality but other than that, this little drive is quite special. (Available in 120GB and 240GB size) It weighs less than 80g and only 1cm in thickness. It’s so slim that you can just put it in your pocket. Oh, there’s a metal ring, too, to clip it into your bag. When it comes to performance, it all depends on your machine. I am currently using a 5 year old HP laptop with Intel Core i7 processor (Ivy), 12 GB RAM and GT650M 2GB graphics. I have used CrystalDiskMark to benchmark the drive and also did a real file transfer for real world usage test. The drive was hooked up to a USB 3.0 port and the results are below. If you are a videographer (or photographer) like myself that does a lot of quick back ups then this is a must have addition to your gear. Especially if you do 4K videos where you need the speed in order to get the work done quicker. As for security the drive supports 128-bit AES encryption to protect your files, that’s available using the SanDisk Secure Access software provided and that keeps your files private.   Founder of Tech4Geeks and content creator on YouTube...

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Editors Keys launch Kickstarter Campaign

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Gadgets, Home & Entertainment, Manufacturer | 0 comments

Editors Keys launch Kickstarter Campaign

    Editors Keys has launched a Kickstarter campaign for making the world’s first Backlit editing keyboard. “Although backlit keyboards have been around for a few years now, up until today there has never been a shortcut keyboard available for video editors, audio producers or graphic designers. Editors Keys hopes to right this wrong, by launching the world’s first ever backlit editing keyboard on Kickstarter.”     Editors Keys have used a new production method in this keyboard. Rather than a small portion of the kay having back lights shine through, the entire key lights up. This helps the user see the shortcuts, text reference and Key’s letter which will speed up the editing process.     The company chose to use Kickstarter to enable a much quicker roll out for the product line. “As we’re quite a small business, we usually have to launch the product in one region, then slowly roll out to other countries, which means it can take a long time for some customers to get the products. We hope by running a Kickstarter campaign we can let our fans join in on the journey and help create an instant global roll out.” Says Founder Mark Brown. The keyboard will come in a gloss black color imitating a Piano. While it is being designed and marketed for editing, the keyboard can also be used for standard apps, like Word, email and internet browsing. The first batch of keyboards will be available for programs such as Avid Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, EDIUS, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Sonar X3, Ableton Live, Presonus Studio One and Adobe Photoshop. Check out their Kickstarter campaign, and back it if you like the...

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Neutron Mini: A PC that fits in the palm of your hand

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Gadgets, News | 0 comments

Neutron Mini: A PC that fits in the palm of your hand

In a time when PC’s are getting bigger and bigger (Overcompensating?), its a refreshing change to see something nice and compact. A long-time reader of MaximumPC, a magazine, has now taken to kickstarter to fund his ‘Neutron PC’.  What is Neutron, you may ask? Neutron is PC that’s designed to do everything a regular sized PC can do, but can fit in the palm of your hand. If Ariane Nazemi’s Atom Computer raise the desired $30,000, there will be two versions of the said PC- the standard model and a Pro SKU. The regular Neutron will come with a Haswell-based Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 256GB mSATA SSD, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 3.0 ports, LAN port, mini HDMI and mini Displayport output, Intel HD audio, IR receiver, and Windows 8.1. The Neutron Pro sports a similar configuration, but with an Intel Core i5 processor (also based on Haswell), Intel HD 5000 Graphics, and twice the amount of RAM (16GB DDR3) and storage (480GB mSATA SSD). The pro version is a little more intriguing considering it has an i5 haswell, and 16GB of ram. Though it may not be replacing anybody’s gaming rig at this point, it’ll be nice to see what Nazemi can do with the form factor as time progresses. Part of the Neutron’s charm is in the exterior. It’s made of a completely transparent material with a variety of Neon color options. To know more, visit the Kickstarter page.     This article is based on a Maximum PC article by Paul Lilly,...

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Garmin Forerunner 15 Review

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Gadgets | 0 comments

Garmin Forerunner 15 Review

Over the past few months I have checked out different fitness tracker with different key features and it’s just a matter of what you really need. Whether you want a wearable for communication or fitness it’s out there. You can even browse the web on some of them. The newest addition to the list is Garmin’s Forerunner 15 – a full on sports dedicated watch to all the fitness lovers. Packaging Inside the box you’ll find a proprietary cradle for charging and syncing, a micro-USB charger and some literature. Garmin was also nice enough to send me a heart rate monitor to complete more workout session. In regards to the cradle, I would’ve appreciate it more if there was no need for it or perhaps it shouldn’t have to be that big as I don’t like to carry them around. Hardware Comparing the Forerunner 15 to the competitors on the market – I find the Forerunner 15 to have a slightly bigger built but not very noticeable though. It also has a very sporty design, as expected, and pretty light-weight which is what you’re after since you’re going to be running with this. There’s a tiny as well with a resolution of 55 x 32 pixels and built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery. Garmin sent me the black edition with blue accents which I was really hoping to receive and in my opinion this is the best colour scheme. The straps are entirely soft plastic, not rubber, like the ones on the Magellan Echo watch. My main issue with it is it tend to hurt the side of my wrist as it’s not as flexible as rubber – after using the watch I would have marks on my wrist already. On the other hand – the watch felt very secured on my wrist, thanks to the metal buckle. Not just the buckle, overall in my opinion this is a one durable watch that you can just throw around and will still survive. Performance Using the Forerunner 15 was a great experience, it reminded be of the Fitbit Flex so much because of how it was tracking my movements. If I stopped working out it will display “MOVE!” on the screen, in other words you need to chop, chop, and get back to your workout. Gimick or motivation? You tell me! The built-in GPS on the watch is one of the most accurate GPS I’ve seen, better than some of the competitors like Samsung and Sony. Their webpage will display where you’ve been running/walking, your timing, laps you’ve made and how many calories you’ve burned. You can even export so you can have a copy of your record and perhaps make a goal each time you go for a run. Great stuff. Speaking of laps, you can also do timed intervals where you can set your own pace as some of you would probably not want to be running for the whole time. Once you’ve reached the interval it will then beep so you’ll have an idea when to stop. Unlike Vivofit or Flex, the Forerunner 15 doesn’t track your sleeping pattern. Is it a let down? I don’t think so. To be honest I don’t even need it, or will ever need it at all. Although if you’re after a...

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D-Link DIR-880L Review – Performance and Simplicity

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Gadgets | 0 comments

D-Link DIR-880L Review – Performance and Simplicity

D-Link’s brand new router is the DIR-880L, a true 802.11ac router capable of a blazing speed of up to 1,300Mbps using the 5GHz frequency band and up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency band at the same time. AC routers have been out for quite a while but hasn’t got much attention unlike your typical dual band router that has been out for years. In able to maximize the best speed you must have a supported devices but if you don’t have them don’t worry, you can still use you old devices. Most features on today’s router such as QOS, Firewall, Web-filtering, Port-forwarding, VPN support using L2TP over IPSec and so on. What separates this to other routers is the cloud feature which will enable you to manage your home network over the Internet using MyDlink portal. In order to get it working you will need an account to access – it’s free. Once you’re good to go you will be able to check your router’s status and manage it. There’s a support for VPN server which you’ll need a profile if you to access your home network securely. A VPN client must be installed – and setup Dynamic DNS to get the most out of this feature. Design The DIR-880L isn’t the most sleek or slim routers on the market but don’t take that reason for not buying this – that would be crazy. The addition of USB 3.0 is a bonus for better response and transfer time. Although the biggest issue I’ve experienced was it took ages to load my 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive, I’d say around the 3 mins mark. If you’re going to be mounting your hard drive (FAT32/NTFS) expect a longer waiting time. Once it’s loaded though the experience have been great. I’ve loaded a few of my videos and I was able to stream the with no issues. There’s about 5 seconds buffer to load the video, as expected but that’s about it. Interface   As person who purchased a D-Link router before, I am quite shocked at how far they’ve come in terms of web portal UI. I love how it looks, it’s a lot simpler, easy to navigate and at the same time you’ve still got the access to the important features of the router. Performance Where the really DIR-880L shines is when it comes to performance. At first I thought I’ve had a lot of dropouts because of the router but it was more because of my device – just to clear things up. About 10 metres away from the router I’ve managed to get 585Mbps on the 5GHz band. 15 metres away I got 468Mbps and about 25 metres away I got 287Mbps, not bad at all. Usually on a 2.4GHz frequency band I would get 75Mbps, but on the DIR-880L I was getting 120Mbps on the same place which is about 10 metres away from the router. As mentioned earlier I’ve mounted my USB 3.0 to the router and I was getting 54mb/s or 432Mbps, that was based on 2GB folder of videos. Verdict If you are new to AC routers the DIR-880L is definitely a great step into the next gen Wi-Fi routers. It isn’t the cheapest router on the market ($259 AUD) but you are...

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LG G3: An Overview

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Gadgets, LG, Phones | 0 comments

LG G3: An Overview

‘It shoots video in 4K, sir’. This statement pretty much sealed the deal when I was checking out phones yesterday at a store. I walked in expecting to get a One M8, and instead walked out with a Brand new LG G3. At 534 PPI and a whopping resolution of 1440 x 2560, the G3 easily has one of the best displays in the market right now. LG G3’s screen is, quite obviously, crisp and text, videos and games appear extremely sharp. The display is bright, colours appear quite natural, identifying individual pixels is nigh impossible, and sunlight legibility is great. Viewing angles, however, are not great and viewing LG G3’s screen from the sides shows definite colour loss. With a top-notch smartphone, you get top-end hardware. Apart from the best-in-class display, you get a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3,000mAh battery, 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, 2.1MP front camera and all the standard connectivity features, including infrared and NFC. It even has wireless charging support and Dolby mobile for enhanced sound.  The LG G3 takes design cues from it’s predecessor. But instead of the glossy plastic from last year, LG has now gone for the brushed metal look. My White version has a textured feel on the back. The design language followed by LG is called Floating Arc. Therefore, the phone is characterized by a curvy design. The back panel is arched, so holding it is very comfortable. You can see slight curves on the edges as well. The design is pleasing to the eye. With the G3, LG has once again positioned the volume and power keys on the back. Just below the camera are the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons, with the Power key between them. The volume keys features a textured pattern this time around, while the Power button is circular. These new designs for the buttons look good and make finding the keys with the finger easier.             The Quick Circle case is also a pretty great accessory. It kind of reminds me of the Motorola Razr series. Obviously putting it on is pretty easy, just slide it in. And by default the Quick circle functionality should be turned on. If you’ve turned it off, it’s easy to turn it back on. Just head into Settings > General and flip the toggle to on for Quick Circle Case. Through the window you are able to view the time, and the weather. The LG G3 has a 13MP camera with laser-assisted autofocus, OIS+ and dual-tone LED flash.The laser-assisted autofocus makes its camera the fastest among smartphones. The effect, however, is great and you can capture a whole event without ever missing any important shot. OIS+ makes capturing moments while moving better too, and with G3, the difference is apparent as shaky hands do not result in blurred shots. The LED flash is very powerful and photos in lowlight conditions light up, but are overprocessed in bright areas and grainy in dark ones. The selfie mode is pretty good and you can activate it by placing your hand in front of the camera and then make a fist to capture the selfie. The phone touches up selfies by placing the viewfinder on a white background, and images appear a bit...

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Plantronics Backbeat FIT – Australian Availability

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Gadgets | 0 comments

Plantronics Backbeat FIT – Australian Availability

Plantronics is well known for making wireless devices. Last year you’ve seen us reviewed the Backbeat Go 2 earphones which was one of the best we’ve used, however, this year they’ve put a slight twist to it and brought us the Backbeat FIT. A wireless earphones, dedicated to sports savvy consumers. The Backbeat FIT is a lot more comfortable to wear, and with rugged design it will handle intense scenarios and weather conditions. Unlike other in-ear earphones, these are safety-oriented eartip design which means you will still be able to hear the surroundings for safety purposes, but don’t judge the sound quality by the design because the sound that is coming from it are impressive. Features include: Stable, comfortable fit: BackBeat FIT stays in place. Its soft-but-strong, flexible headband and in-ear stabilisers ensure a snug, stable fit that is comfortable, no matter how active the user gets. Durable, sweat-proof design: Designed to handle the hardest workouts, BackBeat FIT has a rugged, sweat-proof design plus extra protection from Plantronics’ exclusive P2i sweat- and weather-proof nano-coating. Safety first: The bright colours and reflective materials of BackBeat FIT help protect the user day or night, and its unique, safety-oriented eartip design allows the user to be more aware of their surroundings. Two-in-one armband/carrying case: Get moving right out of the box with the included smartphone armband – it secures a smartphone and car key during a workout, and reverses to act as a protective carrying case for the headphones when they’re not in use. Small form factor, big battery life: BackBeat FIT packs power for a week’s worth of workouts – up to 8 hours of listening time. Plus, it offers DeepSleep, a hibernation mode which keeps the headphones charged and ready to use for up to six months. Superior stereo headphones: Offering powerful speakers and a custom codec, BackBeat FIT delivers music’s rich bass and crisp highs to keep you moving. Wireless Bluetooth technology: Enjoy tangle-free music, videos and calls by easily connecting, cord-free, to a smartphone. Hands-off control: BackBeat FIT headphones built-in microphone allows users to take and make occasional phone calls without having to touch their mobile device. Easy-to-access on-ear controls let them control their music with the touch of a finger. Gets better over time: Over-the-air firmware updates, delivered via a smartphone app, make it easy to keep the headphones performing optimally and always have the latest software features, as well as documentation on the product features and functionality. You will be able to purchase it starting from July 1st at Rebel Sport for $159 AU RRP, and shortly after from Officeworks, JB HiFi and selected Telstra and Optus stores.   Founder of Tech4Geeks and content creator on YouTube...

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Seagate Backup Plus Fast Review

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Gadgets | 0 comments

Seagate Backup Plus Fast Review

Seagate is taking external hard drives to the next level with Backup Plus Fast. Hiding inside the shell are two 2TB drives configured to RAID 0 meaning, the data broken in to blocks and travels across the drives simultaneously which boosts the speed and performance of the drive. It’s a very slim hard drive, in fact a lot slimmer than my 2TB hard drive thanks to the lightweight design of 311g and dimensions of 3.25-inches wide and 4.6-inches long. It fits in almost all pockets, perfect on the go. Standard 3.0 hard drives will give you a theoretical speed of up to 100MB/s. The Backup Plus Fast on the other hand has twice the performance of a normal 3.0 hard drive giving you a speeds of up the 200MB/s. Thankfully our friends at Seagate sent us a generous 4TB of storage goodness. To really show what this device can do, we put it through its paces to see how well it handles real world usage. The results below are very impressive especially when transferring large files. As a video editor as well, I transfer at least 10GB of videos to my hard drive before editing it. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark   Comparison: Standard 3.0 Hard Drive vs Seagate Backup Plus Fast Standard 3.0 Hard Drive                                                                                       Seagate Backup Plus Fast File Transfer 10GB: Videos                   Just like any Seagate hard drive these days, Seagate Dashboard Installer comes already pre-loaded and what’s great about the new suite is the ability to backup your files on your phone (app must be downloaded, iOS and Android compatible) directly to the drive, very neat feature. You can also share, backup and upload your photos and videos to your social networks, though you will need to sign and give Seagate permission to access your social network account.                     The downside of having a RAID 0 based drive is that if the drive fails then all your files saved to the drive are pretty much screwed. But is that really a big of a deal? Well, I don’t think so. Even if it’s possible to recover the files, it will be a difficult process and will cost you more than a single drive. At the end of the day, as a normal consumer you just want to be able to transfer your files faster. Without a doubt, the Seagate Backup Plus Fast is a great investment if you’re looking for a next generation hard drive. It combines the security, speed and performance which is exactly what you need if you’re looking for a drive. It has a great metal design and very portable so you can carry wherever you go. It retails for under $400 and is available at most electronic store across Australia. Founder of Tech4Geeks and content creator on YouTube...

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Samsung Australia Launches M5 and M7 Speakers

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Gadgets, News | 0 comments

Samsung Australia Launches M5 and M7 Speakers

             (M5 Speaker)                                                     (M7 Speaker) Last night, Samsung Electronics Australia officially welcomes both M5 and M7 speakers which made an appearance at the Samsung AV event earlier this month. Both speakers uses wireless technology (Bluetooth and NFC) which will allow users to pair their smartphones easily and let them have the control of speaker. The foam core woofer will be featured on M5 and M7 to deliver deep bass response, while the center and silk dome tweeters (M7 feature only) produce a well balanced mid and high range tones. It will support most of today’s audio formats including AAC, MP3, OGG, FLAC and more. You can now purchase the speakers at Samsung Electronics store for RRP $399 (M5) and RRP $499 (M7). We’re hoping to receive a review unit and if we do it will be up on our YouTube channel so make sure to stay tuned.  Founder of Tech4Geeks and content creator on YouTube...

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