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Before you buy the new Asus Zenfone 2, it is best to educate yourself on the perplexing marketing tactics of this Taiwanese handset maker.
Before you buy the new Asus Zenfone 2, it is best to educate yourself on the perplexing marketing tactics of this Taiwanese handset maker.
LG's first smartphone release of this year was the LG G Flex2, but the LG G4 remains its flagship device.
There is no denying that Taiwan handset maker HTC nailed down a great design with last year's One M8, so it did not come as a surprise that HTC decided to stick with it for its successor this year, the One M9.
Last year's Oppo R5, touted as the world's thinnest phone, got consumers to notice the Chinese handset maker, but the company has been in the market for a while.
If you are going to protect your Apple iPhone 6 Plus with a case, you might as well use a hybrid power case, such as the Boostcase.
My love affair with BlackBerry ended a few years ago, but I still know of several folks who would happily trade their souped-up smartphones for a trusty one with a reliable Qwerty keyboard.
When it comes to launching a successor to a popular tech gadget, a common practice is to bump up the old specs and not raise the price.
As the battle for the sharpest and brightest phone screen gets more intense, one Russian handset maker is asking: "Why make do with one screen when you can have two?"
The wrong time to buy a new phone is always the first three months of the year. Events such as February's Mobile World Congress pave the way for companies to launch new devices for the year.
It is a no-brainer to say that this phone is not for everyone. Its US$6,000 (S$8,300) price tag can easily pay for a vacation for two to Europe, a string of dinners at decent restaurants and enough flagship smartphones for your whole family.
Alienware built the Alpha as a Steam Machine - a PC game console running Valve's Steam OS.
Alienware built the Alpha as a Steam Machine - a PC game console running Valve's Steam OS.
The world's thinnest 500GB portable hard drive is just 7mm thick, or a hair thinner than the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.
With the Surface 3, Microsoft has created its thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 hybrid PC which can function as both tablet and laptop. It is the more affordable cousin of the Surface Pro 3, which was launched last year.
Like the bird of prey in Greek mythology from which it takes its name, Asus' latest Strix line of gaming peripherals has sunk its claws into the market.
Even with the release of its new line of Strix peripherals, Asus continues to show unwavering support for its Republic of Gamers sub-brand.
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a reboot, just like the ones that you often see in movies inspired by comic books.
This laptop is apparently selling so well that Asus did not have a review unit to spare. But this is not surprising, as the ZenBook UX305 is, by far, the most affordable ultrabook here at $999.
The Yoga 3 Pro is a luxury device with a unique hinge inspired by the metallic straps on watches.
This is a classy laptop that currently ranks as my favourite convertible ultrabook.
The new Acer Aspire S7 looks exactly like the 2013 model, which itself looks very much like the one that debuted in 2012.
Leica rangefinder cameras were beloved of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and other legends of photojournalism who documented the historic events of the 20th century. They shot almost exclusively in black and white.
Leica rangefinder cameras were beloved of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and other legends of photojournalism who documented the historic events of the 20th century. They shot almost exclusively in black and white.
Fujifilm's X-A2 is the successor to the X-A1, the entry-level model of its X-series mirrorless cameras.
The latest Samsung NX500 mirrorless camera is like the perfect blend of the current flagship NX1 and the previous flagship NX300.
The Samsung NX mirrorless camera series gets a new model in its ever-expanding line-up with the NX3300.
The mid-range Nikon D7000 DSLR series has become a cult classic among professionals and serious amateurs with its great build, intuitive handling, good image quality and affordable pricing.
If you are a landscape or architectural photographer looking for a zoom lens with the widest angle possible, your search will probably end with the Canon EF11-24mm f/4L USM lens.
Many photographers swear by prime lenses, especially fast prime lenses. Such lenses have fixed focal lengths. This simplifies the complex arrangement of lens elements found in zoom lenses, resulting in sharper images.
When you start Photos, the first thing that strikes you is its flatter and cleaner interface. It appears closer in looks to the OS X Yosemite.
This camera is clearly designed for selfie lovers, as its 3-inch 1.04 million-dot touchscreen display can be flipped up to 180 degrees. That way, the display faces the user for an easy selfie or wefie. Several selfie functions become accessible via the touchscreen once the display is flipped 180 degrees.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is the successor to the E-M5, the first model in the company's OM-D mirrorless camera series.
HP is the latest tech company to bet that tablets can thrive in the workplace.
HP is the latest tech company to bet that tablets can thrive in the workplace.
The Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 is actually an Apple iPad Air 2 case with a Bluetooth keyboard that doubles as a cover. This way, both the tablet's front and back are protected.
Microsoft announced a more affordable Surface tablet yesterday.
Tablet sales were stagnant last year as consumers held onto their existing slates, according to research firm Gartner. It said that the lack of hardware innovation kept users from upgrading.
In just four years, Xiaomi has become the world's most valuable tech start-up. The start-up, worth more than US$46 billion (S$63 billion), has more than 500 million users, mostly in China, but is also expanding rapidly in India and South-east Asia.
With the help of a colleague who was in the United States on a working trip, I got my hands on a Chromecast dongle last year.
With the help of a colleague who was in the United States on a working trip, I got my hands on a Chromecast dongle last year.
The D-Link Smart Plug is a simple home automation gadget.
Casio’s first Oceanus watch was the world’s first full-metal, radio-controlled, solar-powered chronograph timepiece. We tried out the latest model, the OCW-G1000.
Casio’s first Oceanus watch was the world’s first full-metal, radio-controlled, solar-powered chronograph timepiece. We tried out the latest model, the OCW-G1000.
The fitness tracker market is getting overcrowded. However, the GoQii Life is not just another fitness tracker wristband.
Neutral runners who need shoes in which they can clock marathon mileage daily should take a look at the New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay.
Is Adidas' new Ultra Boost the "greatest running shoe ever"?
Fenix 3, Garmin’s latest GPS running watch, is the do-it-all watch.
Under Armour's SpeedForm Apollo Vent is the enhanced version of last year's well-received SpeedForm Apollo minimalist running shoes for runners with a neutral stride.
The new Vivoactive is Garmin's first proper smartwatch.
The new Puma evoPower 1.2 FG might be inspired by barefoot kicking, but there is nothing bare about the technologies powering this pair of football boots.
The Wellograph fitness tracker was one of the gadgets which caught my eye at last year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. That is because it is one of the few such devices that look like a proper dress watch.
When I reviewed the Fitbit Charge earlier this year, I found it to be a no-frills fitness tracker which monitors your physical activities and sleep patterns quite accurately.
Designed for the new world of portable audio on smartphones, this headphone amp will make your music come alive.
Designed for the new world of portable audio on smartphones, this headphone amp will make your music come alive.
When Creative founder Sim Wong Hoo showed me the Sound Blaster Roar 2 in September, I was a little sceptical.
Apple may have started the talk about Lightning-connected headphones, but Philips is the first to deliver such a product with the Fidelio M2L. This pair of headphones uses a Lightning cable instead of an audio cable that plugs into a 3.5mm headphone jack.
It was April 24, launch day for Apple's first smartwatch.
It was April 24, launch day for Apple's first smartwatch.