HWM Singapore

HWM Singapore May 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.

Singapore Press Holdings Limited
12 期号


best of the best of the best, sir!

PANDEMIC OR NOT, the show must go on, and about six months ago between November and December 2020, we kicked off the annual HWM+HWZ.com Tech Awards season with our Readers’ Choice polls. As usual, we gave you, our readers a chance to be part of our awards and make a difference by choosing your favourite tech brands. At the same time, our editorial team was furiously compiling all the reviews we’ve done over the past year to quality entries for the Editor’s Choice awards segments. For the past 12 years we’ve been running the Tech Awards, we firmly believe that this approach provides a better balance to honour both the best products and best brands of the year. The winners of both Readers’ Choice and Editor’s Choice have been released on HardwareZone.com.…

closing the gender gap in today’s tech industry

I often think about the difficulty one of my idols faced on the way to becoming the first female employee of a male-dominated industrial engineering company. Despite her capabilities, the company had refused to hire her because she was a woman. Although that kind of obvious discrimination is illegal today, the gender gap persists, ranging from subtle to obvious, in every industry. The tech industry is no exception. Gender bias often keeps women from entering or staying in the tech industry. We can see how women with same expertise as their male counterparts are still offered lower salaries or lesser opportunities. We see how a woman or a person of minority gender in a leadership position is not taken seriously for their abilities. We are aware of the premium put on…

tech awards 2021 readers’ choice

AS WITH MOST physical tech events in the past year, the 12th annual HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards continues to be an online affair due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. However, that didn’t stop us from reviewing products for our Editor’s Choice categories and holding our Readers’ Choice polls for the top brands of the year. And what a year it’s been. For the 2021 edition of the Tech Awards, we have a total of 42 Readers’ Choice categories spread across four major sectors: Computing, Consumer Electronics, Communications & Services, and Gaming. This year’s voting participation has been amazing, and we’d like to thank all our readers that have helped make these awards a success. Here are the full Readers’ Choice results. BEST CPU BRAND INTEL In the past, this award was a shoo-in for Intel, with…

artistic and multi-faceted gameplay

AT A GLANCE DEVELOPER Mistwalker PUBLISHER Mistwalker GENRE JRPG PLAYERS Single PLATFORM Apple Arcade Fantasian is an all-new fantasy role-playing game developed for the Apple Arcade and published by independent Japanese studio Mist-walker. If that doesn’t ring a bell, the studio is led by one Hironobu Sakaguchi, or as many gamers know him, the creator of Final Fantasy. Frankly, if you enjoy Final Fantasy-style aesthetics, then Fantasian probably gets a pass by default. Not only does it look absolutely bonkers for a mobile title, but the artistic pages it takes from its more prominent cousin provides an odd but interesting measure of familiarity. Heck, even the environments are the same - you’ve got towering dystopian cities that don’t look too different from Midgar, quiet frontier towns in the desert and tranquil magical forests, just to name a few. That goes for the monsters…

affordable on-the-go

AT A GLANCE CPU Intel Core i5-1035G1 GPU Intel UHD Graphics DISPLAY 12.45-inch PixelSense (1,536 x 1,024 pixels) WIRELESS Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 SIZE 278.18mm x 206.17mm x 15.68mm, 1.1 kg PRICE From $868 For laptops, I value portability immensely. To drive home this point, my on-the-go laptop is the 920g Apple Macbook 12, and I use it for mainly software development, and of course word processing. As such, to determine if the Surface Laptop Go can truly be called an ultraportable, I subjected it to a few of my real-world tests. For convenience, I use a Pacsafe Cross-body as my tech bag, in which Surface Laptop Go fits comfortably, without inducing a backache whenever I carry the bag. For comparison sake, an Apple Macbook Pro 13-inch almost can’t fit into this crossbody, and is a huge deadweight. As such, the Surface Laptop Go…

a mid-range hero

AT A GLANCE DISPLAY 6.5-inch, 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (FHD+) , 120Hz, Super AMOLED PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G CAMERA 64MP OIS (main), 12MP (ultrawide), 5MP (macro), 5MP (depth) MEMORY 8GB RAM / 128GB ROM BATTERY 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 PRICE From $548 Samsung’s midrange phones have been a hit and miss affair in the past, but they have since risen to the competition, starting from last year’s A-series. This year, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G turns up the heat further by incorporating features normally seen on more expensive phones like optical image stabilisation (OIS) for better photo taking and even being able to weather the elements with IP67 water and dust resistance rating. Truly, Samsung’s mid-range has finally become a credible recommendation and not just devices put out by the big blue to fill in different price bins without a thought towards…