Tech & Gaming
HWM Singapore

HWM Singapore October 2019

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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
what’s tech got to do, got to do with it

Like the fashion industry, the world of tech revolves around a few major shows or exhibitions every year where the biggest brands showcase their latest products and technologies in the hopes of starting the next trend, trumpeting technological superiority, or just trying to be noticed. As journalists and geeks, we look forward to these trends; we’re absolutely ecstatic about technological superiority; fanatical about speed and performance. Does one laptop outperform the other by 2 imperceptible frames per second on average based on an arbitary number churned out by a benchmark program? Yes? We crown the new king of laptops. But as time goes by, I get jaded with those trying to be noticed. Because it’s really a lot of tech for tech’s sake. I understand that we need to see something new…

2 min.
best of both worlds with the instax mini liplay

There’s something magical about film, more so today than before in this digital age. When you’re able to hold a physical photo print in your hands instantly after you snap a shot, the experience is something else. It’s no wonder that Fujifilm’s instax series of instant cameras have seen continued popularity over the past 20 years and counting. But that doesn’t mean an instant camera should be a one trick pony. The new instax mini LiPlay for instance, is stylish and compact, and yet features a 2-in-1 hybrid instant camera and printer design. A HYBRID INSTANT CAMERA Unlike many standalone instant cameras, the instax mini LiPlay features a built-in 2.7-inch LCD so you can actually preview your photos before you print them. This gives you more flexibility to make sure that you’ve actually…

7 min.
the latest and greatest

61MP full-fraMe CMOS SenSOr! The new Sony Alpha 7R IV sports a massive 61MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor. It also has 15 stops of dynamic range at low sensitivities and has an ISO range of 100 up to 32,000. For fast data transfer, the camera features a USB Type-C, and supports both 2.4- and 5GHz wireless transfers. WATCH OUT COZ THERE’S A NEW TABLET IN TOWN! The Galaxy Tab S6 is a 10.5-inch tablet with an on-screen optical fingerprint sensor and dual rear cameras. It’s also bundled with Samsung’s new S Pen that attached to the tablet via a magnetic strip. The tablet comes in three colours: Mountain gray, Cloud blue and Rose blush. Choose from two size configurations: 6GB RAM / 128GB storage, or…

1 min.
nothing it can’t do

Forget SUVs, I would argue that estates are what you want if you want a car that’s truly practical and ready for every situation. And the king of all estates is arguably Audi’s RS6 Avant ― the car practically invented the category of über fast estates. But as you may have no doubt seen from the photo here, it looks remarkably different from the regular A6 Avant. The new RS6 is a departure from its predecessors. The old cars were discreet and inconspicuous ― only those who knew, knew. This new car, on the other hand, is brash and all about large intakes, big exhausts, and big wheel arches. The new RS6 is 40mm wider at each wheel arch, making the car about 80mm wider overall than your standard A6 Avant.…

4 min.
shape is everything

I’ve used plenty of gaming mice over the last decade or so. There was the Mionix Naos 500 and the Razer Deathadder and Abyssus. I also went through a Steelseries phase somewhere along the way with the Xai, Sensei, Kana, and Kinzu. There was of course Logitech, which was the company to show me that I should really be using smaller mice. I loved the G303 – even though its pointed sides seem a little odd today – but it was the first wired G Pro gaming mouse, followed by the wireless G305 with the same shape, that really reeled me in. The G Pro Wireless is truly an amazing mouse, but god, it’s big. Then there’s Zowie, with its practice of making mice in different sizes. The ZA13 and S2…

4 min.
a networking guide: buying the right asus wireless router

You instantly realize your Wi-Fi strength (or lack of it) has got to be the culprit! Well, that’s just great. Looks like it’s time to replace that router. But the gazillion product choices can be confusing for many. With that in mind, we’ve prepared a recommendation guide from ASUS to find one wireless router that best suits your needs. ESSENTIALS-CLASS: ASUS LYRA TRIO If your core criteria are to blanket your home with Wi-Fi connectivity with zero dead zones, the path of least resistance and speedy setup would be to invest in an ASUS Lyra Trio. Its unusual triangular form isn't just for show as ASUS says the design minimizes interference and provides better performance for the AC1750-class dual-band system. The ASUS Lyra Trio is available for S$199 in a single pack, S$329 for…