News: Sennheiser unveils first brand store at Marina Square Singapore

02 August 2016, Sennheiser Asia unveiled its first fully owned brand store at Marina Square Singapore!

The new Sennheiser Brand Store, operates daily from 11am – 9pm, features a wide range of the audio specialist’s consumer and professional audio products.

Besides a broad portfolio of headphone models, the retail space offers a selection of microphones for musicians and video journalists, as well as BYOD audio conferencing solutions.

And customers who are considering a new headphone, will be able to trial and take a Sennheiser headphone home on loan before deciding if they want to purchase it.


The Headphones for Hire service is part of Sennheiser’s dedication to offering products and solutions tailored to benefit end-users. Customers only need to pay a security deposit (S$200) to loan any unit out of Sennheiser’s selected premium range of headphones for a week.

Sennheiser will kick off this service in August 2016 by offering selected audiophile and travel headphones for loan, which will include the popular MOMENTUM Wireless, HD 800 S, HD 650, and HD 630VB.

Additionally, the Sennheiser Brand Store will serve as a drop-off and pick-up point for customers looking to service their existing Sennheiser headphones and microphones.

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As part of the Sennheiser’s commitment towards shaping the future of audio in Singapore’s music scene, Sennheiser Asia is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with local artistes 53A and Jack & Rai.


– Jack & Rai performing live at the store opening.

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During this Grand Opening week, there is a opening special going on:

  • Buy a HD 201 headphone at only S$19.90 (usual price: S$39.90) and receive a free MM 30G Android-compatible headset worth S$791 (limited to first 10 customers daily)
  • Purchase the evolution 825-S wired dynamic vocal microphone at S$69 (usual price S$89) (limited to the first 10 customers only)
  • Purchase a combo of the RS 170 audiophile-quality wireless headphone system (usual price: S$469) with an additional HDR 160 wireless headphone (usual price: S$159) at only S$2992 (while stock last)
  • Get the RS 170 audiophile-quality wireless headphone system at only $199 (usual price: S$469) (limited to the first 10 customers only)

For more updates, do check with the retail assistants.

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The Sennheiser Brand Store is located at Marina Square #03-123.

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Press images, provided by Sennheiser
Other images, taken by writer.

Congratulations, looking forward to seeing more amazing audio products in your store 😀

Thoughts: Setting up the Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender

For the longest time, after my HomePlug constantly overheated and died on me, any attempt to get stable Wi-Fi connection in my room had been taxing, annoying… and contributed to my heavy mobile data usage.

After hearing me bitch share my pain with my Wi-Fi dead zone and setup woes, the kind people from Linksys, offered me their Wi-Fi Range Extender for testing / review.

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The review unit: Linksys – RE6500 AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender
Release year: 2014

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The steps I took (on my second attempt, cos silly me messed up the first by plugging it into the modem):

  1. Unboxed everything, screw in antennas and plug in the power plug.
  2. Find a spot that is in between modem (in living room) and room, the spot would be my kitchen.
  3. Switch on the extender and wait for about 2 minutes, for a solid light (non-blinking) to appear.
  4. Connect to the Linksys Extender Setup, via Wi-Fi on mobile.
  5. Open up the mobile browser and key / log into http://192.168.1.1.
  6. Look for my own modem Wi-Fi signals and log in.
  7. Shifted the Linksys Extender or anywhere that will at least give you 50% connection (for me, shifted it into my room and received full connectivity)
  8. That’s it, uninterrupted connectivity in my once Wi-Fi dead zone

Time taken for set up:
– 15 – 20mins (inclusive of unboxing and screwing in antennas)

Ease of use:
– 8/10

If you wish to set it up via laptop / desktop, do refer to the help guide provided by Linksys – User Guide for RE6500.

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Although the RE6500 or Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender is an older model, it still works great to enhance Wi-Fi coverage for home use.

If you require one to boost signal strength into certain areas of your home, you can get it on Lazada at S$150 – S$170.

Alternatively, if you are looking for something new and compact, do consider Linksys latest extender – RE7000 MAX-STREAM AC1900+ with MU-MIMO and Seamless Roaming. It’s available at Challenger at S$199.

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Once again, a big Thank You to the Linksys team for the unit.

The setup test was smooth and yes, Linksys products will definitely be in my to-buy list for upcoming home 😀

News: Dell augments brand experience with new Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura

Dell announced the opening of its new Dell Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura earlier today.

The new store features experience suites with Dell’s latest XPS, Inspiron and Alienware portfolio, including award-winning products from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show and the recent Computex 2016 in Taiwan.

Customers will also be able to immerse themselves in virtual reality powered by Alienware’s VR-optimized products which were announced at the recent E3 in Los Angeles. Local availability of the products will be announced in the coming months.

The new Dell Exclusive Store operates from 10am to 10pm daily and takes on the same distinctive customer-centric approach as the previous store at Funan DigitalLife Mall.

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To mark the opening, Dell is offering in-store promotions to all customers for a limited period.

From 14 to 17 July, customers will be able to enjoy exclusive in-store promotions of up to 50% discount for selected Dell laptops and peripherals.

Additionally, 50 Targus Seoul 15.6 laptop backpacks worth $99 will be sold at $30 each from 16 to 17 July.

All proceeds from the 50 backpacks will be donated to Willing Hearts, a secular, non-affiliated charity operating a soup kitchen in Singapore.

For more information, visit www.dell.com.sg.

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Press release and images as kindly provided by Dell Singapore.
Congratulations Dell Singapore! 🙂

News: Linksys announced its Most Powerful Home Wireless Solutions

Linksys announced its latest and most powerful home wireless solutions yesterday – the first fully functional MU-MIMO AC5400 Tri-Band Wireless Router, AC1900 Range Extender and USB Adapter.

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The Linksys EA9500, one of the most powerful Wi-Fi routers in the market, the Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 provides business grade functionality to get your home or small office up and running quickly along with the exclusive Linksys Smart Wi-Fi software app for your smart phone that provides remote access control of the EA9500 Wi-Fi Router from anywhere, at any time.

The EA9500 is outfitted with Next Gen AC Wi-Fi technology, MU-MIMO, Tri-Band and eight high-powered external antennas that work in concert to deliver powerful Wi-Fi at combined speeds up to 5.3 Gbps.

Setting up the EA9500 at home, the whole household can make use of Wi-Fi connection to game, stream music and 4K movies, workand more, supporting up to eight simultaneous streams linkups to devices enabled with MU-MIMO (multi-user multiple input and output).


– blue lights on the EA9500 indicates the number of MU-MIMO connected

We experienced it in action, with 3 smart tv, 2 gaming laptops, 3 mobile phones and 4-5 MU-MIMO devices linked and worked seamlessly. A tad on the high end in price but ideal investment for those into smart homes and with big families, especially third gen homes, jumbo flats and maybe landed properties.

Suggested Retail Price:
– S$539.00

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As for the Linksys RE7000 MAX-STREAM AC1900+, the first range extender with MU-MIMO and Seamless Roaming, is compatible with any Wi-Fi router. When it’s paired with a Linksys Max-Stream router, it provides greater performance to Wi-Fi devices all around the home with Room-to-Room Wi-Fi.

The combination of a Max-Stream router and range extender creates a single network in the home with a single network name (SSID) so users can roam throughout their home without having to manually connect to the range extender (in short: no additional log in or re-authentication for Wi-Fi after initial setup).

And the Spot Finder Technology to show users where to place the range extender using a mobile device for optimal performance.


Eliminate Dead Zones with Linksys Range… by tecvelocity

Having just experience the wonders range extenders do for my dead Wi-Fi zone issue and the Spot Finder Technology, the RE7000 will definitely do wonders in boosting Wi-Fi signals to every part of your home (yes, even the toilet).

Suggested Retail Price:
– S$199.00

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And there is the Linksys AC600 USB Adapter, the first MU-MIMO enabled adapter on the market.

The WUSB6100M enables users to connect their Windows-based laptops and computers to a wireless-AC network as well as a MU-MIMO router which helps improve the overall efficiency of your home Wi-Fi, so users can easily stream high-definition video and enjoy high-speed gaming.

We experienced no lag while Overwatch is being played on the gaming laptop while connected to the WUSB6100M.

I feel, the adapter will be useful for older model laptops, which has been experiencing intermittent connection or has a less than capable wifi chip but with other hardware working fine. It will help provide a stable connection till it’s time for a laptop refresh.

Suggested Retail Price:
– S$129.00

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As shared, the Linksys AC5400 Tri-Band MU-MIMO Router (Max-Stream EA9500) and AC600 MU-MIMO USB Adapter (WUSB6100M) will be available exclusively at Challenger stores and Hachi.Tech, from 14 July – 1 August 2016.

Island-wide availability will be from 1 August 2016.

As for the AC1900 MU-MIMO Range Extender with Room to Room Wi-Fi (RE7000), it will be available from 1 August 2016.

Challenger members will be able to enjoy a launch offer – purchase the EA9500 router at a special price of $499 and get the MU-MIMO USB adapter FREE (while stocks last)(savings of S$169).

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To the Linksys team: Thanks for having us 🙂

Press release and product images as provided by Linksys and SG Story.

Note: I’ll share my setup experience on an existing Linksys Range Extender (review / loan unit) within the next 2 weeks.

News: Singtel expands content suite with Cast OTT video portal app

For consumers who love to watch shows on the mobile while on the go, Singtel announced a brand new way for consumers to enjoy their favourite entertainment, with the launch of Cast, Singapore’s first OTT video portal app.

Cast will offer thousands of hours of exciting movies, dramas, variety shows and kids’ edutainment from partners such as top content providers Viu and Nickelodeon, delivered on Singtel’s extensive 4G network.

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Cast subscribers will enjoy:

  • Instant access to Full HD episodes or downloads to watch offline with the ‘Watch Now’ and ‘Download’ functions
  • Uninterrupted streaming on Singtel’s high-speed, extensive 4G network or any WiFi connection
  • Convenience of paying for their subscriptions through their monthly Singtel bill

At launch, Cast will offer four content packs – Viu Premium, Kids, Asian Hits and Hallyu:

Viu Premium – Offers the widest range of the latest Korean drama and variety shows such as Uncontrollably Fond, King of Mask Singer and Oh My Baby, as well as the latest Japanese dramas such as Love Song.

Kids Pack – Features the Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels along with popular programmes such as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Shimmer & Shine, and more at launch.

Asian Hits Pack – Features up to 1,000 hours of popular hit movies, entertainment and drama series from Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China in their original languages, including blockbusters Helios and Mr Unbelievable, variety shows Are You Hokkien?, The Voice of Taiwan, Chef Nic and hit drama series Once Upon A Song, Legend of Mi Yue, Taste of Love, and The Legend of S.

Hallyu Pack – Offers the best of Korean entertainment from top Korean broadcasters on popular channels ONE, Oh!K and KBS World such as highly-anticipated drama series Doctors, W and Uncontrollably Fond within 24 hours of Korean telecast and all-time variety show favourites like Running Man, Infinite Challenge and Return Of Superman.

Subscriptions start from S$4.90/month per pack with a 12-month contract or S$6.90/month per pack with no contract. Each pack can be bundled with 1GB of data for just an additional $3/month.

Customers can enjoy extra value when they stack individual packs bundled with 1GB of data. This means a customer with Asian, Kids and Viu Premium packs bundled with data, will get to enjoy 3GB data every month.

Customers can subscribe to Cast via the My Singtel app and download Cast from the App Store for Apple iOS devices and Google Play Store for Android devices.

For more information on Cast, visit www.cast.sg.

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Press release as kindly provided by Singtel.
Images as extracted from Cast / Singtel site.

News: STGCC 2016 brings the best of pop culture to fans this September!

Be prepared for a visual extravaganza from 10th to 11th September when Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) takes centre stage at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level B2, Halls E and F.

Whether you’re a comic book fan, toy collector, gamer or cosplayer, STGCC will keep you enthralled over the weekend with its varied pop culture showcases from both the East and West.

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Here are a few established artists from the creative pop culture scene, who will be here in September:

With more than 10 years of experience in making animated movies at Walt Disney, Phil Noto transitioned to become a comic artist by working for DC and Marvel. He has since illustrated for famous comic book titles such as Batgirl, Superman, Danger Girl, Avengers, X-23 and most recently, Black Widow and Star Wars: Poe Dameron. His work on The Infinite Horizon (a modern retelling of The Odyssey) with Gerry Duggan earned him an Eisner nomination for Best New Series.

Another accomplished artist featured in this year’s lineup is Jon-Paul Kaiser. Fulfilling his childhood dream of making toys, Jon-Paul distinguished himself with his iconic black and white character figurines. He has also collaborated with many toy makers including Toy2R, Kidrobot, Pobber and DYZ Plastic; and is on the judging panel of Designer Toy Awards. This year, Jon-Paul has specially designed an exclusive STGCC x JPK “Captain Tigris Jackson” Pin, available for purchase for all STGCC fans.

Joining our power-packed guest list is cult favourite Brooke Allen, who will make her first STGCC appearance. Brooke is well-known as the artist and co-creator of the Eisner and Harvey award-winning series, Lumberjanes. The well-received comic book series breaks the mold with strong, fully fleshed-out female characters traditionally dominated by male characters and creators in the comic scene. The American has also done covers and shorts for Adventure Time, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, and Power Puff Girls.

Participating once again in STGCC is the epochal Simone Legno. The Italian is the co-founder and creative director of tokidoki, an internationally recognized pop-culture lifestyle brand and has amassed a cult-like following for its larger-than- life characters, megawatt partnerships and extensive range of products. Simone has become a sought-after speaker around the world at museums, universities and conferences, from MOCA to the Adobe MAX conference, UCLA, USC, the Flash Film Festival in San Francisco, and many others. A limited edition STGCC x tokidoki lanyard will be available for sale.

Japanese pop culture fans can look forward to meeting famed illustrator VOFAN. The character designer for the wildly successful Monogatari Japanese anime series, is best known for his elaborate use of colour and lighting. The master artist specialises in drawing young, high-spirited girls and stories enveloped with flights of fancy. Partly due to his fondness of movies, VOFAN’s works often carry a movie’s sense of light and shadow, composition and storytelling.

Making their first visit to South East Asia, Masayoshi Minoshima and nomico will hold a special live performance for their fans in STGCC 2016. Masayoshi is best known as a Touhou Doujin producer and he has also composed numerous hits for established Japanese game developers like Konami and Taito. nomico is well-loved in the doujin music scene, fans of anisong and denpa music will have a chance to reminiscence their favourite tunes sang by nomico in STGCC.

More artists will be unveiled in the upcoming months, do check STGCC site for more updates!

Tickets to STGCC is now available via www.singaporetgcc.com.
Exclusive STGCC merchandise will be available for sale and fans also enjoy a special 10% discount for our online merchandise store when you buy your tickets online!

Tickets are priced at SGD19 for a one day pass and SGD28 for a two day pass.

VIP package priced at SGD120 is available and limited to 300 STGCC fans.

VIP ticket holders will get exclusive STGCC merchandise and enjoy perks like priority entry, fast passes and much more! For more package details, do refer to singaporetgcc.com/Tickets-Merchandising/VIP-Package.

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Aside from the Convention, the STGCC Championships of Cosplay is back, following a successful launch in 2015!

A first of its kind platform, the global competition circuit unites the cosplay community and elevate the best cosplayers from around the world through the ReedPOP brand. Singapore is one of the stops for the prestigious Global Championships of Cosplay among other representing countries such as Australia, Austria, China, France, India, Indonesia and the United States.

The champions from each region will win a trip to Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo 2017 and have the opportunity to compete against other top cosplayers. Impress the judges and stand to win a cash prize of SGD1,000!

Dress up as your favourite character and submit your application through the STGCC 2016 website.

Application closes 26 August 2016.  Application information can be found here – www.singaporetgcc.com/Events/STGCC-Championships-of-Cosplay/

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I’m terrible with crowds, so doubt I’ll be going but I look forward to seeing the photos from quality merchandise photo uploads, dress up and presentation from the cosplayers 🙂

Hope the talented and creative ones will win the trip to Chicago!