HWM Singapore

HWM Singapore April 2021

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.

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the more things change…

THERE IS A THEME in this issue, even if it doesn’t really look that way at first. And that theme is ‘resurgence’. We have two major stories this issue, both of which couldn’t be further apart from each other in terms of topics: an ultraportable notebook shootout and a zoom-side chat with famed Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi on his latest project. However, if you look at the big picture, no matter how much computing technology changes and improves, what we look for in a productivity notebook stays the same. And whatever new codenames Intel wants to slap on notebooks, the idea again remains the same. Every new generation gets lighter with more features, greater computing power with more battery, more compact with larger screens. At the same time, no matter how…

thinking of joining clubhouse? the membership fee could be your privacy

With leading media and business influencers such as Oprah Winfrey, Kanye West, Drake and Elon Musk enthusing about Clubhouse, the invitation-only ‘drop-in audio’ app has created massive awareness and interest globally, even though it’s still in beta mode. It claims to have 10 million users, up from 2 million in January 2021, and its US$1 billion valuation makes it a tech unicorn ranking alongside the likes of Uber and AirBnb. However, as with any new and fast-growing social media app, there are signs of growing pains, in the form of questions about its security and privacy, both in the sign-up process and how well it protects its content. So just what is Clubhouse, and what are the security concerns associated with it? Clubhouse is an audio-based social network in which people have…

breaking the glass ceiling

In this digital era, technology is an integral part of our lives. What we buy; how we sleep, eat, and work; and how we meet and communicate with each other — it’s all done through technology. Some of the twenty-first century’s greatest inventions — 3D printing, augmented reality, gene editing, or even 5G technology — have an enormous impact on how human lives are lived today. So I was taken aback to learn that women make up only 26% of the workforce in today’s technology industry, and that compelled me to think deeply about my own personal experiences. I have been fortunate to be part of Fortune 500 tech companies where the culture promoted equality and inclusiveness. Despite that, I still faced situations where the most important projects were given to…

building fantasian for apple arcade

Fantasian at a glance has everything a JRPG fan will find familiar. It takes place in a lush fantasy world, features turn-based combat and tells a grandiose tale of good versus evil. It is after all, a game made by Hironobu Sakaguchi – the creator of the Final Fantasy series and also the man behind the genesis of JRPGs (Japanese role-playing games) that we know of today. Fantasian even reunited Sakaguchi with famed composer and frequent collaborator, Nobuo Uematsu. Fantasian will also be available on the Apple Arcade platform, making it only the third mobile game series, that Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker studio is working on. Actually, to call Fantasian a mobile game is a misnomer as it will be available across all Apple Arcade devices – that means Mac, iOS and Apple…

the great ultraportable shootout 2021 edition

Acer Swift 5 ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultralight Dell XPS 13 Huawei MateBook 14 AMD Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon LG gram 14 MSI Prestige 14 Evo Razer Book 13 ACER SWIFT 5 AT A GLANCE CPU Intel Core i7-1165G7 GPU el Iris Xe Display 14-inch, Full HD, touchscreen Memory 16GB Storage 1TB SSD Price $2,298 The Acer Swift 5 has been with us in some form for a couple of years now. This year’s model, however, looks like it could be Acer’s best yet. The Swift 5 has a magnesium alloy chassis. This makes it very light at just 1kg. Thickness is just a smidge under 15mm. The overall design can be best described as functional. It isn’t a notebook that drips with desire, but fortunately, the Swift 5 feels like a quality item. The display is 14 inches large, supports touch inputs, and is Full HD resolution. It’s also protected by antimicrobial Corning…

performance benchmarks

WITH THE exception of the Huawei MateBook 14, the rest of the notebooks are powered by Intel’s new Tiger Lake processor. Additionally, it’s worth mentioning the MSI Prestige 14 Evo is the only one that comes with the more powerful Core i7-1185G7 variant – the others have the more standard Core i7-1165G7. The standout performer was the Acer Swift 5. It came in first in most of the benchmarks and its all-round performance was very good. Also commendable is the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon which wasn’t far off the pace. What’s remarkable about these two notebooks is how they were able to maintain consistent numbers even when taxed. Look at how consistent their frame rates were in Tomb Raider compared to rivals. Also impressive was the Huawei MateBook 14 AMD. It…