When I first saw the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power, the design reminds me of the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster that I had. It feels weird that Panasonic will release something that looks almost the same as another company’s product. Then I discovered something. Panasonic had acquired Sanyo a couple of years ago. So the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power is actually the next version of the Eneloop Mobile Booster.

I got my hands on the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh to try out. As the name suggest, the Mobile Backup Power has 2700mAh. That’s enough for 1 full charge on your mobile phone (and maybe a little bit more to spare). And it is not just for mobile phones. Any device that uses USB for charging can be use on the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power. Things like your Bluetooth headset, MP3 player, MIFI etc etc.

The Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh is pretty small and lightweight. 39 x 70 x 22 mm and weighs just 78 grams. It has only 1 USB out port. It’s very easy to use. Just plug in your device using your device’s USB cable, press the power on button and it starts charging. A indicator light tells you approximately how much power is left. Green means 100% to 60%, Orange means 60% to 30% while Red means less than 30%. Oh, and no light mean 0% lah. It is much easier to tell the battery level now compared to the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster.

Recharging the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power is easy. I like the fact that it is using a MicroUSB charging port for recharging. This means that you can use your smartphone charger (unless you are using iPhone) to recharge your Panasonic Mobile Backup Power. It takes around 3 1/2 hours to fully recharge the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh. You can also use USB connected to your computer to charge but that will take 7 hours.
The Panasonic Mobile Backup Power is a great upgrade from the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster. It fixes all the shortcoming of the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile Booster while retaining its strength.

PS: The retail package does not include USB cables. The short USB cable in the picture belongs to me.
If you are like me and carry lots of devices around, 2700mAh will most likely not be enough for you. Well, you’ll be glad to know that there is a 5400mAh version. It has 2 USB output ports, weighs 142 grams and is 62 x 70 x 22mm. This should be enough to charge your mobile phone up to 2 times with some to spare.

The Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 5400mAh is retailing at $89.90 while the Panasonic Mobile Backup Power 2700mAh is retailing at S$49.90.

OK, before I start, let me just say that I’ve never reviewed a projector before. And I said yes without thinking much when Epson asked me if I want to review their Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector. Then it occurred to me. I can’t test a projector in Starbucks where I usually do my product reviews. And I don’t have much space at home to test it. You see, I don’t really have a piece of wall in my room to project the image.

So ya, this is the best I can do. Please excuse the 2 lines from the cupboard doors.
Anyway, back to the Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector. On first look, the Megaplex MG-850HD looks like any ordinary projector. It is capable of producing HD 720p resolution in 2800 lumens. That’s pretty bright. But what makes it different from most of the projectors out there is the built in Apple dock connector for your iOS devices like iPhone and iPad.

The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD is great for watching movies Just plug your iPad on the Apple dock connector and play your favorite movie or stream videos from YouTube. It has 2 built in 10 watt speakers for better sound quality. Oh, and it charges your iOS devices at the same time.

The Megaplex MG-850HD does not do mirroring of your iOS devices. Instead, there is a menu for you to access your videos, musics, photos and some apps when you plug in your iOS devices. Navigation through the menu is easy and straight forward. There is a remote for those who wants to sit back and relax. I tried playing some YouTube videos and going through my photo album. The image quality is great.

Do note that not all apps are supported by the MG-850HD dock. Only apps like YouTube, Keynote and Photo Library that supports video out can be used on the dock connector. That basically covers most of the things you need. But if you need to project other apps that does not support video out, just get a HDMI adaptor and do mirroring. The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD has HDMI, component, and composite video inputs for other devices. You could even plug in your USB Thumbdrive for a PC less slideshow.

As a whole, the Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector is a great projector for iPad and iPhone owners. Great for a movie nights. The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector is now retailing at S$1299

When Logitech wanted to send me the Mini Boombox for review, I was kinda skeptical. But after trying out for a couple of weeks, I must say that its pretty good for something this small.

The Logitech Mini Boombox is a portable Bluetooth speaker that weighs just 229 grams. It has a internal battery which is able to last up to 10 hours. It uses a MiniUSB port to charge the battery. If your device doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can still connect using the Aux port. Unfortunately, the aux cables aren’t provided in the package.

Pairing the Mini Boombox with your Bluetooth device is pretty simple and straight forward. Just press and hold the Bluetooth/Phone button for 3 seconds to enter pairing mode. I paired it with my iPhone 4S without any problem. Sound quality is pretty good for something of this size. The Mini Boombox is able to get pretty loud but like most mini speakers, the sound quality starts to degrade when you reach maximum volume. I usually set it to roughly 80% volume which is pretty loud and doesn’t affect sound quality. Besides music, I notice that the Logitech Mini Boombox is pretty good for listening to podcast or audio ebooks.

You can also use the Logitech Mini Boombox as a speaker phone with the built in microphone.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the touch sensitive buttons. I would prefer physical buttons. But I guess the lighted touch sensitive buttons looks nicer.

But I’m kinda disappointed that Logitech did not include a carrying case for the Mini Boombox. Most people would want to carry the Mini Boombox around and it would be good to have a carry case to protect it from scratches.

The Logitech Mini Boombox is available at Challenger outlets, iStudio, Epicentre and all authorised Logitech resellers at a suggested retail price of S$109.

The Logitech Tablet Keyboard is a well thought out design. It is a full size Bluetooth keyboard for iPad with a carrying case which doubles as a tablet stand.
The keyboard is very comfortable to type with. In fact, this blog entry is typed using the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad. (I use my computer to insert the photos because it’s kinda difficult to insert photo to WordPress on the iPad app)

The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad weighs just 612g. Not too bad for a full size keyboard. It runs on 2 AAA battery.

On the keyboard itself are several function keys that would be useful to a iPad user. There’s the media key for controlling music. Slideshow button for you to quickly enter slideshow mode. (Which I don’t understand what’s the point) Volume and mute button to control speaker. Lock button to turn off your iPad’s screen when you are not using it. And a Home button for you to exit your current app and go to the main screen. And if you double tap the home button on the keyboard, it brings up the multi-tasking bar too.

I love the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad because its a full size keyboard. The carrying case can be converted to a tablet stand to prop your tablet up to a comfortable angle. Very functional and convenient. And since it is using Bluetooth, it will most likely be compatible with future iPads (and iPhones). The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad retails at S$95.

If you are looking for a Keyboard for your iPad (or even iPhone), I would highly recommend the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad. It is one of the best Tablet Keyboard that I’ve seen so far.

By the way, there is an Android version with shortcuts programmed specially for Android Tablets and Smartphones. Check it out if you are on the Android side.

At first look, the Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2 seems like a great idea. The Keyboard doubles as a iPad 2 case and protects the screen when not in use. Looks pretty stylish.

But after trying out for sometime, it seems like this isn’t really a good idea. The keyboard isn’t a full size keyboard. The keys are kinda cramp together. Sort of reminded me of those netbooks days. It will take some time to get used to the keyboard.

And while using the keyboard, I also find that my hands keep getting scratched by the edge of the keyboard which is protruding out. Perhaps its the way I type.

But the Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2 isn’t all flaws and no benefits. It’s a sleek looking keyboard which works well with the iPad 2. There are several shortcuts button meant for the iPad. When not in use, the keyboard acts as a case for the iPad 2 and protects the screen from scratches. When you lift the iPad 2 from the keyboard, the magnet on the case turns on your iPad 2 just like a smart cover. It uses a microUSB port to charge the internal battery and weighs 340 grams.

If you are considering buying the Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2, I recommend that you try out the demo units first. Make sure you are comfortable with the size of the keyboard and your hands don’t get scratched by the edges of the keyboard. The Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2 retails at S$139.

PS: Although it is called “Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2”, I’m pretty sure it fits the new iPad too since the new iPad is just 0.6mm thicker.

Setting up a new router nowadays is pretty simple thanks to the easy to use router setup CD provided by router makers. But setting up a router is just a one time process while managing router is an on going process. Although it may seems easy to most geeks and tech savvy people, the average consumers are still not familiar with (or, and depending on the router brand)
Perhaps that’s why Cisco recently released a Cisco Connect Express mobile app to help user manage their Linksys E-Series and X-Series wireless routers easily using a mobile phone or tablet. The Cisco Connect Express let users easily reboot their router, update firmware, change WIFI setting and find out how many devices are currently connect to the router.

The Cisco Connect Express mobile app also allows users to easily set up a Guest Network. Guest Network is useful if you want to give your guest internet access but restrict them from connecting to other computer in your network or your NAS drive. In the past, you can setup Guest Network using the Cisco connect software CD included with the router. With the Cisco Connect Express app, you can easily setup the Guest Network with just a few click on your mobile phone or tablet.

The Cisco Connect Express mobile app is a good tool for all Linksys E-Series and X-Series wireless routers owners. The tool is pretty basic but enough for most average consumers. The geeks would most likely still prefer to access the settings through the router setting page.
I think it would also be good if Cisco include option to edit the MAC Address Filter List on the Cisco Connect Express mobile app. It would encourage more people to turn on their MAC Filtering if the list is easily editable.
The Cisco Connect Express mobile app is currently available on the iTunes store and Android Market. Visit Cisco webpage for a list of supported routers. PS: That beautiful Linksys E4200 Router is supported.