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Review: ASUS VivoBook S400CA (Design & Specifications)

ASUS VivoBook is one of the newer series of ultrabooks released by ASUS lately. The VivoBook comes with a touchscreen which enables you to unleash the power of Windows 8 to the maximum. The touchscreen has a 10-fingers input capability. In this review, I will be discussing about the S400CA model, which is a 14″ ultrabook that weighs a mere 1.8KG and is powered by Intel Core i5 processor. It is also equipped with SonicMaster which provides you with an incredible audio performance.

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Christmas Present! – Nespresso Pixie & Aeroccino

Annabelle got me the Nespresso Pixe which I had been eyeing for the past donkey months for Christmas! Not only did she purchase the coffee machine, she got me all the complementary tools/machines that you need to make a nice cup of coffee too! Guess a picture is better than a thousand words.

     

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Root your Samsung Galaxy Note II (LTE) – GT-N7105

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note II (LTE) is made easy by Chainfire with CF-Auto-Root. I chose this mode of rooting as I have no intention to switch to custom firmware as of now, and would still stick to the original firmware by Samsung – Jelly Bean 4.1.1. My purpose of rooting the phone is to allow app to gain root access by enabling SuperSU.

Why do I want to root?
There are apps which I do not use and yet running in the background. By gaining root access, I would be able to uninstall these app and increase the performance and battery lifespan. In addition, I would be able to install third-party software such as Titanium Backup which requires SuperSU access to function.

Do note that this firmware does not come with the famous CWM for you to install custom firmware. However, after rooting your phone, you can install the app through Play store.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II (LTE) – GT-N7105

Finally, I managed to get my hands onto the new Samsung Galaxy Note II (LTE) after quite a wait for the re-stocking to take place where it went out-of-stock islandwide. Even though the demands during the launch was less crazier compared to Apple iPhone5, supply was pretty low and resulted in many failing to get one. The phone is available in white and titantium color casing, and I chose the white color version. My first impression of the Note II upon powering it on was that the usage was smooth and snappy. This is likely due to the quad-core CPU that is running this device. Installing apps was a breeze, and even loading GPS application such as Sygics was fast. The super AMOLED screen was indeed crisp and sharp, and made viewing of pictures and videos a fantastic experience.

Samsung Galaxy Note II (LTE)

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Review: ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band N900 Gigabit Wireless Router

This was a long overdue post as I had been using the ASUS RT-N66U for the past 6 months. Overall experience is great, especially for the wireless receptivity as this router is running on dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) with 3 base antennas. Never once did I have to restart the router due to slowness of any form, with the exception of firmware upgrade. Below is the screen shot of the router’s running time since the last firmware upgrade to version 3.0.0.4.220.

ASUS RT-N66U Admin Page

For the good of those who are connected to M1 Fibre broadband using FW 3.0.0.4.220 with the below setup (VLAN-enabled), you have to disable HW Accelerator (Go to LAN –> Switch Control) in order to direct your web traffic correctly.

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