HWM Singapore

HWM Singapore September 2020


HWM Singapore is a monthly consumer technology publication covering the 3Cs of tech -- Computers, Consumer Electronics & Communications (and now Software & Games). A strong technology brand with independent editions throughout South-east Asia since 2000, HWM Singapore is known for its authoritative product comparison shootouts, analytical feature stories, benchmarked product reviews and technical walkthroughs. Feast your eyes on easy-to-read layouts, useful tips and decisive reviews, before plonking that hard-earned dollar on the best technology for you, your social circle and your home.

Singapore Press Holdings Limited
12 期号



WHEN WE WERE preparing for this September issue (back in August of course), it felt like the calm before the storm. In my last note, I mentioned how the tech industry seemed to be getting back into gear. And then it descended. Mobile brands dominated the scene, with big players like Samsung launching so many products they had to split their usual Unpacked announcements into separate days, but we’ve had updates from just about everyone from graphics cards to vacuum cleaners. Of course, it’s easy to forget that September is traditionally when the annual IFA consumer electronics convention is held in Berlin, and herein lies one of the biggest problems with digital, or virtual launch events. You can’t hop from booth to booth, taking note of interesting products, at your own…

lives the legend on

The McLaren F1 was a seminal moment in automotive history. Designed by Gordon Murray, it was a no holds barred attempt to create the ultimate sports car. And by many accounts, it was a resounding success. It even set the record for the world’s fastest production car, a title it held for more than a decade. Even today, the F1 is still the fastest naturally-aspirated production car. Amazing. However, its designer always felt that there were a couple of things that were wrong with the car. For example, Murray felt the rear deck wasn’t sensuous enough. He also thinks that the headlights are “rubbish”, the brakes squeak too much, and maintenance was a pain. Hence, he set out to right those wrongs with the new T.50. But more than that, the T.50…

asus rog 2020 gaming notebooks: choosing the right notebook

THE ESPORTS ENTHUSIAST AND PROFESSIONAL For esports gamers, the ROG Strix SCAR 15 leads the way with its 300Hz panel enables true high-FPS gameplay for competitive gaming at the highest level, ensuring the on-screen action look impeccably smooth, while the 3ms grey-to-grey response time minimizes motion blur for precision target tracking. Another unique feature is its built-in Keystone II, which can unlock access to personalized settings that transform your machine, quick-launch apps or games THE NO-COMPROMISE WORKING GAMER The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is powered by the latest 10th-Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK and NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super Max-Q processors, coupled with a PANTONE validated 300Hz screen. Its innovative ScreenPad Plus secondary display allows you to do your multi -taskings easier. The ROG Zephyrus S15 is built with a reinforced metal chassis that keeps it…

xbox series x vs. playstation 5: first shots fired

Given that neither the Xbox Series X nor the PlayStation 5 has come out yet, this discussion is purely theoretical. Both sides still have ample time to blow the crowd away before the holiday season arrives. DOING THE RECON Impressions mean a lot when it comes to gaming reveals, and it’s especially so when new consoles are on the line. After all, people want to see what the “new generation” is capable of, and if your first impression doesn’t make a big splash, it might very well put you on the back foot from the get-go. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the current community sentiment is falling in favour of Sony, and the only thing the Xbox Series X has got going for itself at the moment is its superior specs over the PlayStation 5.…

because of covid-19, studios should release movies online

“AND EVEN IF CINEMAS WERE OPEN, LIKE THEY ARE HERE IN SINGAPORE, I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO SPENDING TWO HOURS IN A ROOM WITH OTHER PEOPLE WHERE THE AIR IS BEING RECIRCULATED AND EVERYONE HAS THEIR MASKS OFF TO MUNCH ON POPCORN AND SIP ON DRINKS.” The last few months have been especially hard on the movie business and fans. Cinemas are shut and release dates have been continuously nudged back. If it weren’t for the nasty c-word, we would have already seen Black Widow, Top Gun: Maverick, and Tenet. What a bummer. Watching a movie in a cinema is not the same as watching it at home. I get that. The screen in your living room is a lot smaller, it probably isn’t a projector, you don’t have real surround sound,…

nobody likes a cheater

Sure, giving yourself unfair advantages in single-player games will probably raise fewer eyebrows than it would in a PvP setting simply because your performance doesn't affect the experience of others, but it's hardly the most satisfying way to win, don't you think? Not only does it take away from the challenge of completing the game through sheer grit and skill, but it essentially tramples over all the effort the game's developers have put into creating them. Which brings us to today's topic: what are some options that developers can explore to better address cheating in games, especially with esports becoming as prominent an industry as it is? But let's not jump the gun. Before we can talk about what developers can do about these issues, let's first go over three of the…