Whenever someone ask me to recommend a good compact camera, I always recommend them the Sony Cyber-shot RX100. It is, in my opinion, one of the best compact camera that money can buy. It has a small form factor and a 1 inch CMOS sensor. This allows the RX100 to produce beautiful image.
Which is why I was pretty excited when I heard that Sony is releasing a successor to this great camera, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II. Basically, the RX100 II fixed all the shortcomings of the RX100 and added a few cool features. The biggest complaint that I had for the RX100 is that there is no hot shoe mount. Well, I’m glad that the RX100 II comes with a Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal. This allows you to attach additional accessories like external flash, electronic viewfinder or even a stereo microphone.
The RX100 II comes with a new 20.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R 1.0-type COMOS sensor. The 1 inch sensor together with the high quality f1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens produce excellent pictures even in low light conditions. We took the RX100 II out for a walk at night and I fell in love with it. Check out this low light picture.
The RX100 II also produced some lovely Bokeh for those who loves Bokehlicious photos.
The RX100 II also come with some interesting new feature. The camera comes with WIFI which allows you to transfer photos wirelessly to your smartphones or tablets easily. You can also use the WIFI to see what the camera is seeing on your smartphone and remotely trigger the shutter release. The RX100 II also comes with NFC which makes pairing and transferring photos to another NFC smartphone or tablet a breeze.
Another feature that some users will love is the new 3 inch White Magic LCD that can tilt up and down. Great for shooting thing above a crowd or getting down low to capture photos from another perspective.
In short, the RX100 II is a worthy successor to the fantastic RX100. It is great for those who wants a compact camera that can produce high quality images and DSLR owners who needs a secondary camera. It may cost almost around the price of an entry level DSLR, but you most likely won’t find another camera that can produce such good images at this compact size.
The new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II will retail for S$999 in Singapore. Sony also announced that the price for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 has been reduced from S$999 to S$849.
Dell announced the Vostro 5460 recently and I have the opportunity to take a first look at this sleek and beautiful laptop.
My first impression is that the Dell Vostro 5460 is pretty thin and lightweight for a 14 inch laptop. The laptop is just 1.83cm thick and weighs 1.54kg. This is not the thinest and lightest in the market but pretty good for the price range. The Vostro 5460 has a full sized Chiclet keyboard and a multi-touch gesture touchpad. The 3-cell integrated Lithium Ion battery is able to provide up to 5 hours of battery life.
The Vostro 5460 comes with integrated stereo speakers and a dedicated subwoofer powered by HD audio with Waves MaxxAudio 4.0. Sound quality is ok but the tiny subwoofer lack punch. Well, that’s the case for most subwoofer in laptops anyway.
And I think the key selling point for the Dell Vostro 5460 has got to be the price point. Or should I say, cheap without looking cheap thanks to the beautiful brushed aluminum chassis. Pricing for the Vostro 5460 starts at $749. Comes in graphite silver or fire red colour.
The only thing I don’t like about the Dell Vostro 5460 is the lack of touchscreen. But let’s be honest here, I don’t expect to see a touchscreen at this kind of price point. If you have no issue with using Windows 8 without a touchscreen, then the Dell Vostro 5460 is worth considering.
Sony showcased its latest Sony Xperia Z (and Xperia ZL) in Singapore today after announcing the flagship phone last week at CES.
The Xperia Z has a 5 inch full HD 1080p Reality Display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 Megapixel fast capture camera and 4G LTE. All these in a slim 7.9mm body that weighs just 146grams.
But perhaps the most impressive feature of the Xperia Z is the dust and water resistance (IP 55 & IP 57). This means that when all the ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone can be kept under 1 meter of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. But no, you can’t play Angry Birds while swimming cause capacitive screen can’t work underwater.
This is not the first time Sony release a Smartphone that is water resistant. Sony (together with their ex-partner Ericsson) released the Xperia active in 2011 which is also water resistant. But this is perhaps the first time that we see a water resistant phone on a high end model.
Will water and dust resistance be one of the major deciding factor when consumers buy a smartphone?
The Xperia Z is available in Black, White and Purple. Both the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL will be launching in Singapore in Q1 2013. Pricing and exact availability date is still unavailable.
It is hard for me to describe the amazingness of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. On the outside, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon looks like your ordinary ThinkPad. It has the classic no nonsense black professional look. But don’t judge the laptop by its look. This is currently the world’s lightest 14 inch ultrabook. And from the look of it, I think it is going to hold on to the title for quite a while.
You will be amazed when you pick up the ThinkPad X1 Carbon for the first time. It weighs just 1.36kg. That’s pretty impressive for a 14 inch laptop. The X1 Carbon is able to be this light thanks to its carbon fiber construction. And it still retain the durability that ThinkPad is well known for. The X1 Carbon is pretty slim too. At 33.1 x 22.6 x 1.885 cm. Yeap, just 1.885cm thick. In case you are wondering, the 13 inch MacBook Air weighs 1.35kg and is 1.7cm thick.
According to Lenovo, the X1 Carbon is able to provide up to 8 hours battery life. And even though it is slim and lightweight, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with a generous multi-gesture glass surface TrackPad. TrackPoint fans will be glad to know that the X1 Carbon comes with the little red TrackPoint. But sadly, Lenovo have decided to dump the classic ThinkPad keyboard in favour of the chiclet keyboard. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried the chiclet keyboard and it is pretty good. But personally I feel that nothing beats the classic ThinkPad keyboard. (Oh well, more on that in another blog post)
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is now available in Singapore starting from S$2,349. It you are at COMEX 2012, head down to the Lenovo booth to check it out.
Oh ya, did I mention that it comes with an optional built in 3G mobile broadband? Sweet.
Dell unveils its XPS 14z laptop recently in Singapore. The XPS 14z is one of the thinnest fully featured 14 inch laptop with optical drive currently in market.
The Dell XPS 14z has a 14 inch screen yet Dell managed to squeeze it into a 13 inch laptop form factor. It is just 23mm thick and weighs 1.98kg. Still a bit heavy if you compare it with an ultrabook but it’s considered quite thin and light for a full 14 inch laptop. Choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Dual Core processor. 4GB dual channel DDR3 memory. The 8 cell battery is non user removable and able to last up to 6 hours.
At the back of the XPS 14z is one mini display port, one HDMI port, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port and one ethernet port. On the side is a SD card reader, headphone jack and microphone jack. The XPS 14z also comes with a built-in slot load DVD drive.
The chiclet keyboard looks beautiful. It’s backlit and spill-resistant. And most importantly, pretty comfortable to type with.
My only complaint is that all the USB ports are at the back of the laptop. It’s going to be a little inconvenient when you need to plug/unplug a thumbdrive or device.
The Dell XPS 14z is now available in Singapore with starting prices of S$1,449 for the Core i5 version and S$1,749 for the Core i7 version.