• Dell Venue 8 Pro Review

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    A small, powerful, next-gen atom-based Windows 8.1 tablet

    Dell Venue 8 Pro
  • My Desktop: Dell XPS 2720 All-in-one

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    Dell's monster powerhouse desktop takes on the Apple iMac. Read my journey on why I got this machine :)

    Dell XPS 2720
  • Pebble Smart Watch

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    This may be the start of a new trend in smart watches

    Pebble Smart Watch
  • Google Chromecast Review

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    Google’s take on conquering your living room

    Google Chromecast
  • Audio Engine 5+

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    High-end performance for desktops and home entertainment systems

    Audio Engine 5+ Speakers
  • HP Pre 3 and Dell Venue Pro

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    Top slider phones from 2 unexpected companies.

    Dell Venue Pro and HP Pre 3

Friday, January 06, 2017

Dell’s new XPS 27 All in One 2017 introduced at CES

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Dell has just revealed the all-new XPS 27 all-in-one refresh this year. They haven’t updated this product segment for nearly four years so it was really due for an upgrade. I’m currently using the last-generation, Dell XPS 2720 and it still is an awesome beast of a machine albeit with a quite older 4th-gen Haswell Intel i7 CPU.

So what’s new?

1. Display

First really the obvious one is the display. This one packs a UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD display with a resolution bump to 3840x2160 (from the old 2560x1440). I can attest that the XPS 27 has gorgeous IPS panels that are factory color calibrated.

It also uses Dell’s Infinity Display technology with edge to edge display allowing for more thinner bezels at the expense of your webcam’s location. Speaking, the old 2720’s had a unique but critical security feature on their webcams, they had a toggle cover that you can flip to show the webcam, or hide it when not in use – these new ones doesn’t seem to have that thanks to being integrated below and due to Windows Hello needing to see you all the time.

2. Build Chassis

The new XPS 27 now uses aluminum instead of the plastic (that resembled aluminum) This should make the unit tougher and more solid – no more creaking and bending plastic I guess. I just hope that servicing this unit is still easily like the one it replaced.

3. Speakers

While the XPS 2720 had pretty average all-in-one speakers, the MaxxAudio plugin that Dell included makes up for it. This new one obviously would sound better since it has 10 speakers and front-facing at that.

 

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Complete technical specs:

  • Display: UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD 3840x2160 Edge to edge
  • CPU: 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700 Processor
  • Memory: 8, 16, 32GB. Supports up to 64GB Memory
  • Storage: 2TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive + 32GB mSATA SSD
  • Ports: 4x USB3, 1x HDMI-out, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x Thunderbolt 3, Ethernet port
  • Camera: 720p Windows Hello compliant
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0

Differences from the old XPS 27 AIO

1. No HDMI-In

One thing that I noticed on this newer model spec is that it removed the HDMI-In port of the last model. I’m not sure why they did this but this makes the display kinda useless if you only want to use the display with your game console or video player - with this, you can’t. (the Surface Studio also doesn’t have HDMI-In). This really negates the beauty of the display.

I have used my XPS 27 display for playing Xbox games before and while I haven’t used it for a while now, it adds more value to this device in cases where the machine innards will become outdated and you can still salvage and use the high-end and expensive display for other purposes or for a secondary monitor.

2. Increased RAM slots

More RAM slots the better. So this new one is better - up to 64GB Ram. Wow.

3. No Blu-ray Player

This one is really not that important but a Blu-ray player on a desktop machine is pretty useful than none at all.

4. External USB Receiver (for Mouse and Keyboard)

The last model had kept the Logitech unifying receiver inside the machine. It has the exact same dongle and was plugged on an internal USB socket. So technically, that socket can still be used in the future for a small usb drive which is great. However, this new one only has 1 USB slot on the side of the machine (as opposed to 2 usb slots on the old) wherein that small dongle will reside. It doesn’t look nice with it protruding an all – not a problem if you use Bluetooth peripherals though.

Pricing and Availability

Dell XPS 27 AIO is available on Dell.com in the U.S. starting at $1,499.99.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Fitbit to buy Pebble for $40 million?

Rumor has been circulating just a few hours ago that Fitbit is already on late talks for its acquisition of Pebble (assuming it hasn’t happen yet). I don’t know if this is a great news for Pebble owners like me since Fitbit’s goal is purportedly to drop the brand altogether and just get the technology and IP behind the products. But this may be the only way to save the actual company itself from going bankrupt.

Pebble’s new watches Pebble 2 has already been released for a few weeks already while the Time 2 with Heart Rate has been delayed to release until next year. Reasons for that is unknown but we could presume money is really tight that they decided to sell for such a low amount.

As you can see on the photo above, I’m a big fan of Pebble watches. Why? Because I like the simple nature of their products (controls and notifications) and how their hardware looks (small and thin smartwatches)

If only Android Wear watches can last 3 days on a single charge or even come in a slimmer hardware casing, I would be fine with switching. But as of now, only Pebble  have a these important features that I am looking for in a smartwatch.

With the transition, I hope Fitbit would preserve the PebbleOS. It is a mature OS with already a few set of well created watch faces and apps. It would be a waste to discard it in favor of Fitbit’s own mess of an app.

https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/30/fitbit-pebble/

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Surface Studio is now available for preorder. Starting at $2,999. Why?

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Microsoft just showcased the newest member of the Surface family at its New York Event today – the Surface Studio. It looks gorgeous with the thin display and magnesium (possibly) cased body. It works with a Surface Pen and the new accessory that is the Surface Dial.

The whole thing seemed perfect until the price was announced. The most barebones model starts at $3000! Yep, just like Hololens. I’m sure this thing blows balls but with that price, this just alienates most of the middle-class consumers (not their target market anyway) that would potentially opt this for the iMacall-in-one line. However, this is geared mostly for productivity professionals like editors, graphic designers and large companies. But still, that price made me love my Dell XPS 27 more.

Surface Studio Specs (see 360 jpg here)

  • Display: 28" PixelSense Display 4500 x 3000 (192 DPI) with touch
  • CPU: Quad-core 6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
  • RAM: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB RAM
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GPU GDDR5 memory or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GPU GDDR5 memory
  • HDD: Rapid hybrid drive options: 1TB or 2TB
  • Ports: 4 USB 3.0, Full-size SD card reader (SDXC compatible), Mini Displayport, 3.5mm headset jack, Compatible with Surface Dial onscreen interaction.

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1TB / Intel Core i5 - 8GB RAM / 2GB GPU = $2,999
1TB / Intel Core i7 - 16GB RAM / 2GB GPU = $3,499
2TB / Intel Core i7 - 32GB RAM / 4GB GPU = $4,199

Preorder Surface Studio @ Microsoft Store

Watch the event recap below:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mi Note 2 Introduced. Looks like a Note 7

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Xiaomi just announced the Mi Note 2. This huge 5.7” device packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 6GB+128GB of storage, LPDDR4 UFS 2.0 RAM, and a 4070mAh all-day battery with Quick Charge 3.0 spec.

What’s interesting is the use of a dual curved OLED display on the front and curved glass on the back similar to the ill-fated Note 7. While looks are similar, this one doesn't include a stylus so I’m not really sure why the Note branding at all..

Price for the 64GB with 4GB of RAM starts at 2,800 yuan or 20,000 Philippine Peso. The 128GB with 6GB RAM starts at 3,500 yuan, roughly 25,000 Pesos. Not a bad price for both I think.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

HP Envy 27 AIO looks like a Surface Desktop

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HP just introduced their new premium desktop line the Envy 27 AIO. It looks like a home theater than a computer desktop with the thin 27” QHD display seemingly floating on top of a rectangular slab. The sharp corners remind me of the Surface accessories, specifically the Surface docking station.

HP Envy 27 AIO (Late 2016)

  • Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
  • Optional discrete Nvidia GTX 950M graphics card with 2GB GDDR5
  • Hybrid storage with up to 256GB SSD and 2TB HDD
  • Four front-firing speakers with Bang & Olufsen speakers
  • One USB Type-C port, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI

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The HP Envy All-in-One 27 will go on sale in October starting at $1,300 (around Php65,000). As always, local availability here in the Philippines is bleak with premium desktop units.

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/envyaio/overview.html

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

DJI Mavic Pro to arrive in the Philippines this November

The Mavic Pro, DJI’s most compact and lightest drone, will be available starting this November via TecholoPH’s online store (facebook.com/techoloph)

The Mavic Pro is DJI’s answer to the recently announced Karma drone by GoPro. Both drones are foldable but DJI’s Mavic Pro focuses on the drone part while GoPro’s Karma is an all around device built as a drone, a handheld gimbal with matching user replaceable Hero 4, 5 or Session unit.

If you’re an avid drone enthusiast, you’ll really appreciate the compact size of the Mavic Pro. Gone are the days of lugging large cases for a single drone. With the Mavic Pro, you can fit more than 3 drones is a regular sized backpack – and that includes all the accessories like controller and battery packs.

Pricing to be announced so like the our Facebook page for stock availability and final pricing -

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UPDATE: The DJI Osmo Mobile is now available for sale at Techolo FB.
http://www.dji.com/osmo-mobile

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

GoPro announces the Hero5, new Session and Karma drone

GoPro just announced the successor to their last GoPro Hero 4 – the New GoPro Hero 5. This all-new device features a 2-inch touch display and shoots 4k up to 30fps and 1080p at 120fps as well as 12 megapixel photos. The device also has a built-in GPS and supports voice commands. Hero 5 is not waterproof out of the box (up to 10 meters / 33 feet).

Hero5 Black is going on sale on October 2nd for $399 (or just around 20,000 pesos)

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This is their new DJI Phantom competitor – the Karma drone. This quadcopter is foldable and very compact that it can fit to almost any standard backpacks. The Karma drone has a 3-axis stabilizer that can be removed from the drone and mounted to a grip to be used on non-aerial shots.

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The Karma will be sold with the following options:

  • Karma drone + Hero 5 = $1,099
  • Karma drone + hero 5 Session = $999
  • Karma drone only = $799

The Karma will be available on October 23rd but will be up for orders on October 2nd.

 

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