IMPERION R1 RAYTHEON 2.1 Gaming Speaker – Does it really conquer the ears? | REVIEW

We have at-least 20% of gamers reside in Malaysia and there are several groups created in Facebook dedicated for gamers. In the discussion of the group, one of the highlighted issues are, speakers that suits for gamers. Since nowadays most PC equipments come with RGB feature, according to the current trend of PC Master Race, most speaker manufacturers such as Sonic Gear and Vinnfier comes up with their own RGB speakers for gamers.

However, today, we’re not going to discuss on the two brands stated at the top, today, we are going to look at the most special and affordable gaming speaker by IMPERION.

OVERVIEW

The IMPERION RAYTHEON 2.1 Speaker is in the range of gaming speakers out there. Pricing at the SRP of RM179, this speaker definitely a dream of the gamers of owning a speaker that would satisfy their cravings of owning a good sound system at an affordable price.

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The general built quality of the speaker is good, especially when it comes to the woofer box, however, it differs when it comes to the satellite speaker, the built quality is not promising as, it would be easily toppled over.

PACKAGINGS

The packaging of the speaker is decent and the box is not that huge. You can carry this speaker on a bike as well.

Before Unboxing

After Unboxing

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 2.1 CH Bluetooth speaker.
  • Built-in Bluetooth / USB.
  • 3.5mm Audio Input.
  • With 7 Colors RGB Lights on subwoofer.
  • RMS: 18W+10Wx2=38W.
  • Driver: 5″+2″x4.
  • Impedance: 4Ohm Bass/2 Ohm satellite.
  • S/N Ratio: 65dB.
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz~20kHz.
  • Dimension: (mm).
  • Subwoofer: W188*H187*D723.
  • Satellite Speaker: W66*H216*D72.

WALKTHROUGH

Satellite Speaker

The satellite speaker comes with 2″x4 driver that produces high vocal clarity, and at some point, when the volume was set to high, the driver seems to be punching a minimal amount of bass.

Subwoofer

I personally like the subwoofer design here. This woofer comes with a volume knob located at the top, a treble knob located in the middle and a bass knob that located at the bottom.

The bass reflex port was located at the rear of the subwoofer, so, I would strongly recommend that, if you decided to place the woofer at the top of your desk, make sure, to place the woofer not too close to the wall. Keep at a distance between the wall and the bass reflex port.

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A closer look of the subwoofer. The driver built quality is good. The diaphragm of the speaker feels solid.

SETTING UP THE SPEAKER

The setting up of this speaker is easy. Just follow the given instruction and you’re good to go.

The lights can be customized as only two presets were given at the moment, a color cycle and a solid color. A single button given to control the preset of the lights, by which, when the woofer were turned on, the preset turns into color cycle, when the button pressed once, the color cycle turns solid according to current color, you can repeat the process as well for your favorite color. However, you can’t turn off the lights.

AUDIO QUALITY

Reminder:

In order to get optimum output from this speaker, it is highly recommended to tweak your equalizer settings in your stock sound-card or an aftermarket sound-card.

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The light was set to white color.

Bass

Songs

The bass from the woofer is deep. I always play 320kbps song, so, I can feel the deep bass at the half volume, the bass seems to be solid and not distorted.

Movies

Watching an HD movie or a blue-ray movies, the bass is deep and I really enjoy my movie session with this speaker.

Games

Playing games such as CS or PUBG, the speaker delivers deeper bass and I have a fun gaming session here.

Clarity

Songs

This satellite speaker comes with 4 x 2″ driver. All the driver did a great job on delivering vocal, although, the speaker seems cheap. No issues here.

Movies

Watching movie and the audio quality that comes through the speaker seems decent and I can catch most dialogues from the movie w/out even have to increase the volume.

Games

If you played CSGO game, you should know the importance of receiving commands and, a good vocal shall guide you to the victory, hence, this speaker scores here.

Balance Audio

Songs

Playing the song at its highest bit-rate seems perfect. I just love my music session through this speaker.

Movies

As mentioned in the above, the speaker delivers deeper bass and crystal solid vocal of the movies.

Games

The speaker scores a perfect score here.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  1. Cheap and affordable.
  2. Deep bass in the same par with the legendary Altec Lansing VS4121 & Edifier E3100.
  3. The size of the woofer is decent & the design of the subwoofer is one of the best.
  4. The subwoofer can be placed on top of the desk, although there is a myth that, subwoofer must be placed at the bottom of the desk.
  5. Bass and Treble control given.
  6. RGB – The light can be controlled with a button, given two presets, automated light cycle or solid color.
  7. Bluetooth and USB feature available.

Disadvantages

  1. The satellite speaker design is awful – not stable and can be toppled over easily.
  2. In order to enjoy the deep bass, you bass knob should be at the maximum level.
  3. The subwoofer will move when at high volume.

CONCLUSION

As a conclusion, as per title tagline above, do it really conquer your ears? My answers is yes. It does. Whether you like or not the brand, it does deliver what it promises.

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This speaker not suitable if you’re student and staying in a dorm (university) as, the bass from this speaker is too strong and, it might disturb the person at the next door. However, if you’re a student living at outside (rent/parents house), then, this speaker definitely for you.

To summarize my points, this speaker, totally worth for your money, if you’re missing the good old days with Altec Lansing, then, you won’t get wrong with this speaker as well.

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SONIC GEAR SPACE 3 2.1 Speaker | REVIEW

In general, SONIC GEAR was well known before for their EVO series. With mesmerizing graphical equalizer on their EVO lineup series, the reception of the user towards the EVO series, mostly negative due to there was a scandal involves in one of their famous EVO series. However, their Armageddon series especially, Armageddon A5 recieved massive positive reviews from the critics and users and, it was selling like a hot cake.

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Figure 1: SONIC GEAR SPACE III.

I am not a fan of SONIC GEAR, but, I am a big fan of their Blue-Thunder Series. So, for today’s review, lets have a look at their budget 2.1 speaker under the code name of, Space III.

OVERVIEW

SONIC GEAR SPACE III is a budget speaker specially made for the budget seekers to satisfy their audio cravings. There are 3 Models of the Space lineup, Space III, Space V and Space VI. Space III is the cheapest costing around RM79 (Promotional Price) while Space VI cost about RM200.

The specification of the speaker is as follows:

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Figure 2: The specifications.

PACKAGINGS

Before Unboxing

The box was slightly dented, but the item inside was well protected.

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Figure 3: The front view of the box.

At the rear view of the box shows the specification of the speaker. For its price, I would say, it is a decent spec for budget lovers.

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Figure 4: The rear view of the box.

After Unboxing

I don’t really feel impressed with the packaging, I would say, it is below average style of the packaging of the item.

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Figure 5: The egg carton covers the speaker.

There is a lot of space in between of the woofer and the satellite speakers.

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Figure 6: The speaker in the box.

Personal View of the Quality

Satellite Speaker

First of all, let’s look at the satellite speaker, it was light and I can see the cheap materials was used to build it. At the bottom of the speaker, you can’t see any rubber that prevents the speaker from moving or for a better grip, but, the speaker can be easily flipped over.

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Figure 7: The satellite speaker.

Subwoofer

The subwoofer was slightly heavy, but it is considered the lightest when it comes to subwoofer class. The good thing about this woofer is, this woofer suitable to be put onto the table rather than putting on the floor as most audio experts suggested a subwoofer should be placed on the floor rather than on top of the desk. However, at a high volume, the subwoofer does move and I have to place it back on the right position, possible due to poor built quality.

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Figure 8: The front view of the woofer.

The rear view of the woofer is empty. Nothing much to be explained here.

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Figure 9: The rear view of the woofer.

At the side of the woofer, the user can control the amount of bass and volume using the knob given, a dual audio input port for each satellite, a 3.5mm female jack port for the cable to be connected to the PC or laptop, a button to change the mode of the speaker (PC or Bluetooth) and an on / off switch.

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Figure 10: The side view of the speaker.

If you place the woofer at the bottom of your desk, then, you can exercise yourself by doing sit-ups on adjusting the volumes and turn on/off the audio system.

SETTING UP THE SPEAKER

The speaker set-up process was pretty straight-forward and easy.

AUDIO QUALITY

Bass

The bass feels solid, yet, punchy. However, when the volume of the audio system was increased, the bass feels muddy and distorted. The woofer itself moves during the high volume due to poor build, well, it is acceptable though for its price.

Clarity

The clarity wise, the satellite speaker did not perform well for my ears. I don’t have much complain about that, as, you can improve this defect on your equalizer settings. If you’re a gamer, or a movie lover, the vocal quality were slightly worse and, you need to increase the volume to cope up with the vocals.

Balance Audio

The amount of bass and clarity when played together was, okay. Yes, in the beginning, it was awful, but after tweak my equalizer settings, I able to cope up the quality that I need from the speaker.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  1. Cheap for 2.1 Speaker System.
  2. Excellent design.
  3. Able to fit even the smallest place on top of your desk.
  4. Solid bass (not the best, but, by far, the best for its price – your equalizer plays an important role here).
  5. Bluetooth feature.
  6. I like the subwoofer design.

Disadvantages

  1. Short cables for 3.5mm male-to-male jack.
  2. The bass tends to get muddy when the volume was increased.
  3. Not the best audio quality when it comes to clarity.
  4. Woofer tends to get slightly hot after few hours of usage.
  5. Light satellite speakers.
  6. Low quality cables.
  7. When the audio system turned off, and turned on again, the mode of the audio went to Bluetooth instead of PC, and you have to manually do that every time you turn on the audio system.

CONCLUSION

To conclude this review, the speaker definitely best for university students as if they’re staying in the dorm and looking for a cheap and affordable speaker, this then is the one.

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Figure 11: The final view of the Space III.

The speaker does a good job working with the on board soundcard (Realtek) and for those who using the third party soundcard, then, the audio quality from this speaker, might be different for you, might be best for your ears as SONIC GEAR’s tagline, “Trust your ears“. For the price of RM79, I don’t have much complains about it as, Sonic Gear always targets budget seekers rather than audio lovers. If you’re a gamer, then this speaker is not for you, but, if you’re staying in a dorm, yet, you wish to have a decent 2.1 speaker system for your gaming session, then, this speaker might suit your needs.

Last but not least, I bought the speaker under a promotional price. I am not sure how much they will sell after this, but, if you’re interested to buy this speaker, you may visit the ALL IT Hypermarket at level 3 of Plaza Lowyat. They are having promotions now. You won’t regret buying your favorite parts from the shop.

My Recommendations (Budget Seekers): 7.5 / 10

My Recommendations (Audio Lovers): 4.5 / 10

RAZER SEIRAN X MICROPHONE – GOOD NEWS FOR STREAMERS! | REVIEW

A good content on YouTube or twitch stream not only requires a good camera and video editing skills, a good microphone will determine your audio narration throughout the video. Often in general, we always complain that, the audio quality of the content creators was not nice and not up to the current standard, but, as a content creator of myself, I must say, if you use a low quality microphone, the process of editing the voice-over is complicated and consumes long process to be done.

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Figure 1: The Razer Seiren X Microphone (After Setup w/ cable plugged in).

Looking at this, I’ve decided to give the RAZER SEIREN X Microphone a try. Let’s move deep into the review.

PACKAGINGS

Before Unboxing

The packaging of the SEIREN X is sportive enough. With the combination of green and black color, the box has a striking attraction though. Simplistic design at its finest. The box seems to be built from a good quality card-box.

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Figure 2: Front View.

The general feature of the SEIREN X was shown at the rear of the box. I must say, for microphone in its price range, this is considered as a decent feature.

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Figure 3: Rear View.

On both side views, the box has fully green color covered with Razer font carved on the both sides.

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Figure 4: Side View

After Unboxing

The unboxing process was done easily. The item arranged in an orderly manner. One of the best item arrangements I’ve seen so far.

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Figure 5: The Razer Seiren X Microphone.
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Figure 6: The Seiren X was taken out and put aside.

The given items are, the base of the Seiren X, the stand, and a USB cable.

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Figure 7: The content of the box.

Overall, decent packaging and decent items were given. But no microphone foam cover? Seriously?

SPECIFICATIONS

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Figure 8: The specification of Seiren X – Source.

WALKTHROUGH

The stand of the Seiren X was built with a good quality material since, it contributes 30% of the total weight of the Seiren X. The bottom part of the Seiren X comes with a rubber to prevent the microphone from falling or moving apart when recording process or party process, in case, it is happening.

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Figure 9: The stand of the Seiren X.

The bottom part of the microphone comes with a simple female USB receiver and a 3.5mm audio port for headphones. Do note that, when you plugged in the microphone, you can’t hear your voice from your speaker due to, it automatically directs your audio output via the headphone jack. To test it out, always plug in your headphone’s audio male jack to the female audio jack of the Seiren X.

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Figure 10: The bottom view of the Seiren X.

The Seiren X can bend over according to the position you would like to it be.

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Figure 11: The Seiren X after assembled.

The Seiren X comes with a simple volume knob for your headphone and the recording button. When the Seiren X is in the recording mode, the LED’s are in the green color.

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Figure 12: The Seiren X ready in recording mode.

If you muted the recording mode, the LED’s will be in the red color.

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Figure 13: The Seiren X muted.

The audio experience from Seiren X, is decent, I mean, decent in terms of crisp voice capture. I’ve used several cheap microphones so far, and I can say, by far, Seiren X is the best so far. But when comparing to my friend’s Blue Yeti microphone, Seiren X, not up to its level to be precise.

ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  1. Excellent build quality
  2. Small design – able to fit even into the smallest place.
  3. Simple and straightforward setup – You don’t need any special software to operate this microphone.
  4. Uses only USB cable and not the typical 3.5mm microphone male jack.
  5. Microphone automatically turns the audio output to headphone mode.
  6. Built in shock mount

Disadvantages

  1. The Seiren X not up to standard as Blue Yeti microphone in terms of crisp voice capture.
  2. Expensive
  3. They didn’t give microphone foam cover – I mean it! Seriously thou?

CONCLUSION

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Figure 14: Summary of the Seiren X.

Allow me to straight away finish this review in a paragraph, the Seiren X definitely worth for your money, however, it has some of its downsides too. If you’re looking for the best voice over for both your YouTube content or streaming games via Twitch, then, this is not….something for you. Do not take my word seriously, the sentence only for those who looking for a good quality microphone, then this is not something for them. Although this microphone has some excellent pros, however, it also does come with cons as well.

CANON PIXMA G2010 – Refillable Ink Tank Printer | REVIEW

Basically, when it comes to printing, we often opt to buy a low cost cheap printer available out there. When the word “low cost”, the only brand that comes to our mind is, HP. HP Printers especially their low end printers, by which, the cartridge replacement only cost as low as RM27 for black and RM39 for color.

My first printer was HP F350 and the printer died after two years of use. On the other hand, Canon printers although they are pricey, but for long term use, they suits well, in-fact, I am using two printers from Canon currently, by which, they’re Canon PIXMA E560 (for school use for my younger brother – the age of the printer is more than 2 years) and our “hero” today.

Let’s move into the review, shall we?

OVERVIEW

I bought the printer for the price of RM 559 and, mind you that, this is my very first refillable ink tank printer that I bought. Previously, I tried on customizing the CISS tank to my HP 2060 printer and it works well for about a year.

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The Canon PIXMA G2010.

This printer does not come with wireless feature. Do note this when you’re surveying your printer, if wireless is your requirement, then ignore G1010 and G2010 models and straight away go to the G3000 models and above.

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The Canon PIXMA G2010 general feature ft. younger and big brothers.

The G1010 does not have scan and photocopy feature and only serves as a printer while, the G2010 does come with print-scan-copy feature, with wireless feature excluded. The G2010 considered as a mid-range printer from Canon currently.

SPECIFICATIONS

The specification of the printers (from G1010 to G4010 models) were given below.

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Specifications of Canon G2010 w/ its younger and elder brothers.

PRINTER WALKTHROUGH

Printer

This printer uses the hardwired method of connecting manually to your PC or your laptop in order to print. The printer also can be plugged into your router’s USB port to print via wirelessly.

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The front view of the printer.

I must say, the design of the printer is nice. Frankly speaking, the paper tray placement and the output tray were positioned in the best place. I personally prefer this type of design.

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The top view of the printer.

The given button was well mapped and easily understandable though. Do note that, this printer does not have the wireless printing feature, but, you can plug in the USB cable of the printer to your router’s USB port and use the printer wirelessly (only can be done, if your router have this feature).

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The scanner lid was open.

I will explain further the scanner profile a bit further under “SCAN” section.

Ink Bottles

The printer comes with the default ink bottles, a black ink bottle, a cyan ink bottle, a magenta ink bottle and a yellow ink bottle. The default supplied ink bottles doesn’t come with a box and was wrapped in the plastics.

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The ink-bottle (retail version).

Buying a cheap low cost printer is not important, the thing that does matter is, how much the ink bottle cost? I can hear your mind voice, allow me to answer. The price of the each ink bottle is RM 30. Do mind that, do not buy an aftermarket cheap ink replacement as, it can damage your cartridge and your printing quality.

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The ink bottle was placed on top of the printer.

Re-Fill

The process of filling the ink into the printer is pretty straight-forward and you’ve to do this process carefully.

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The printer was lifted up. Looks like a car man. I can feel the vibe of the car.

Black

The given black ink tank was slightly bigger compared to the color tanks on the other side. The volume of the bottle of black color is 65.0 ml more than the color bottles.

Color

The given color tanks are same for all respective three color tanks. The volume of color inks is 65.0 ml lower than the black ink as their tanks really small compared to black tanks.

Friendly reminder:

Always check if the cork was plugged in tightly before beginning the process of flushing the ink in the cartridges.

PRINTING

Disclaimer:

I’ve conducted a test, a simple test by printing each respective color to see the output of the printing quality. Some of you guys might question why wasting an amount of ink, this was done to give a clear view for the people who have an idea to buy a CISS printer. Basically, we know about the printing quality of aftermarket (customized) CISS printer.

Black

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The output of printed Black color.

Analysis of Black color outcome:

The outcome of the printed black color is quite light. However, when you print the documents in the black-white mode, the font’s appear to be darker and solid black in color.

Cyan

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The output of printed Cyan color.

Analysis of Cyan color outcome:

The outcome of the Cyan color was perfect. I would say, the best print quality for a single color so far. There are no any white faded lines in the paper compared with other conventional printed outcome.

Magenta

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The output of printed Magenta color.

Analysis of Magenta color outcome:

The outcome of the Magenta color was solid. Similar to the outcome of the cyan color outcome. The color is lit.

Yellow

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The output of printed Yellow color.

Analysis of Yellow color outcome:

The outcome of the Yellow color was clear for a bright color as yellow. There is no any single faded white line encountered on the paper.

Balance Color

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Outcome of Balance color.

Analysis of Balance color outcome:

The output of the balance color was perfect for a CISS printer like G2010. Perfect.

SCAN

The given profile for scanning process are as follows:

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The scan profile.

Shall we look at the outcome of the scanning profile? I only chose two different modes of scanning.

 

Document

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Scanning Mode: Document.

Analysis of Document Mode:

The outcome of the scanned document is good. The color seems to be darker and solid, looks lit. The scanned document was saved in the form of .pdf file type and, you have to manually copy and paste the image into your documents.

Photo

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Scanning Mode: Photo.

Analysis of Photo Mode:

The outcome of the scanned document is not up to standard as the document mode.

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The reminder of the Auto Mode.

If you opt for the Auto mode from the scan mode, the printer will select the best mode for your document type.

PHOTOCOPY

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The outcome of the photocopy.

Analysis of Photocopy:

The quality of the photocopy is decent for such printer. I have no issues with it. The color calibration and the contrast quality are decent.

ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

Advantages:

  1. Cheap ink bottles.
  2. The ink tank refillable at any time.
  3. Decent design.
  4. Cost saving (effective).
  5. Able to handle heavy printing.
  6. Good scanning quality.
  7. Software (GUI) – Straight forward and Features mapped at the right place.
  8. Supports third party (cheap) ink refill (Highly NOT recommended!!!).

Disadvantages:

  1. Expensive – cost around RM525 (price taken from Canon‘s website).
  2. Short USB cable – I mean, you can measure it with a ruler, I have to use an extension USB cable.

FINAL VERDICT

As a conclusion, this printer does the task thrown at it well. Frankly speaking, I haven’t re-fill the ink yet, even, it has already crossed over 5000 pages that have been printed out.

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The overall view of the printer w/out the extension paper output tray pulled out.

If you’re a student, the cost of buying this printer is expensive, but, your investment on the printer won’t fail you as, the cost of buying the ink bottles is cheap, and, you can always fill the ink up whenever you feel to it is the right time.

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The tubes was well arranged and Canon’s clean work can be seen there.

Next, during the first ink flushing process, it consumes a large amount of ink as the inks were sucked into the cartridge. It is normal, and no worries. Just, do not fill the ink in a wrong place. Carefully fill the ink and use a tissue if, the ink accidentally splashed out.

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Ink Flush feature: You can flush in the inks once in a month or depends on your usage.

Last but not least, if you own a startup business, you might consider a cheap and affordable printer and the first thing that may come to your mind is, the ink replacement, well, you can’t go wrong with this printer as, this printer really suitable for your use, in fact, I am using this printer for my own startup while the E560 was heired to my younger brother.

ASUS Showcases Their Gaming Monitors Including “The God Of Monitors”, ASUS PG27UQ | Notitia

ASUS invited me on July 20, 2018 to their office to showcase their latest monitor that focuses on productivity and gaming for their end users. They’ve two separate sections for their monitor display lineup, productivity and gaming.

Special Thanks: I would like to express my gratitude towards ASUS for calling a newcomer like me to join other respective tech reviewers in Malaysia such as Pokde-san, and Amanz.my, who welcomes me with a kind heart. Thank you for the support.

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Figure 1: The ASUS MZ27AQ Ultra Slim Monitor.

What amazed me is, this monitor comes with an awesome specification, and good news for productivity users, when you’re working in an office, or, you own an office, or, you own your own start-up company, well, you can give a try to this monitor as, this monitor has everything you need. From a good design to great audio experience. Basically, when we think of a frameless monitor, we often think that, the audio quality will be bad. Hence, we have to either opt for an aftermarket speaker or a headphone. But no worries dear readers, because, this monitor’s audio powered by a pair of 6W Harmon Kardon speakers along with ASUS’s own external 5W subwoofer, by which, the co-developed by ASUS and Harmon Kardon.

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Figure 2: ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ Ultra-wide Curved Monitor.

This monitor targets the users who involved in graphics and multimedia field. This monitor suitable for designers and video editior even, dear youtubers, this monitor will be suit for you well as you’re need a best display to co-operate with your GPU to give you the best display that cools your eyes.

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Figure 3: Built-in Qi wireless charger.

Compared with MZ27AQ, this monitor doesn’t come with an external subwoofer. But, no worries, as, this monitor really produces a good audio output. The respected representative has played the sample audio, and, I really can feel the bass from the speaker of this monitor. I am pretty sure, that, you’ll may wonder what kind of speaker they’re using for this monitor, well, yes, this monitor comes with a pair of 8W Harmon Kardon speakers powered by ASUS’s Sonic Master technology. Ever wondered when we bought a TV or a new monitor, we often tempted with the given audio preset for the TV or monitor, but, when we powered it up, the audio quality seems….okay, we no need to go deep into it. Compared to other conventional monitors, this monitor comes with ASUS’s AudioWizard, by which, you’re given four choices of pre-set mode for your hearing experience. Believe me or not, as a person who be there to witness the audio quality, the sound really feels premium and the bass is solid.

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Figure 4: ASUS’s AudioWizard Modes.

Miscellaneous Productivity Monitor Collection:

Here is the collection of the monitors was put on display.

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Next, let us look at the gaming monitors were put on showcases as well.

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Figure 5: The “hot” monitors.

Previously, we’ve seen the monitor lineup for productivity users. Now, we’re going to see the monitor lineup specially dedicated for gamers out there.

I am not going to lie as, the price of ASUS’s gaming monitor is quite high compared to other conventional monitors.

Miscellaneous Gaming (ROG) Monitor Collection:

Here is the collection of the gaming monitors was put on display.

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Now, we’ve come to an end of this chapter, we are going to look on the “God of the Monitors”, the ASUS PG27UQ.

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Figure 6: The rear view of the God of the Monitor.

The monitor comes with 4K UHD G-SYNC HDR gaming monitor with an overclockable 144Hz refresh rate for a smooth gaming experience.

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Figure 7: The top view of the God of the Monitor.

Ever wondered why there are two ROG led’s at the rear. Allow me to show you why, there are two ROG leds. Before that, let us see, our God of the Monitor face-to-face.

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Figure 8: The God of Monitors.

The PG27UQ is the first monitor to fully run on the 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) content at a 144Hz refresh rate, providing the gamers with detailed ultra-high definition visuals at extremely smooth frame rates and a 4ms response time. This gaming monitor suitable for those who looking for such smooth display for their respective games, hence you can definitely opt for this monitor without any regrets.

The PG27UQ by far, the ONLY gaming monitor with DisplayHDR 1000 certification along with DCI-P3 color gamut, by which, the feature enables a wider color range than sRGB, resulting in more realistic color reproduction for the human eyes.

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Figure 9: The ROG Swift PG27UQ (Can any unique thing there?).

As shown on the image above, you can see the reflection of the led’s of the ROG logo at the top of the ceiling of the room from the projector at the top of the stand of the monitor. Yes. You can fully experience your “heroism” in the games by sitting in the dark room and activate the feature and think, yourself as a Batman (Bat logo), but you maybe can name yourself as, ASUS-man.

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Figure 10: The beast powering the God of the Monitor (Specs unknown).

Currently, the price of the PG27UQ remains unknown. However, I am hoping this monitor will satisfy the cravings of the gamers out there to have a smooth gaming session with their favorite games with their friends or in a LAN party.

EDIFIER R12U USB Speaker, worth or not? | REVIEW

Recently, I sold out my Logitech Z313 since I already bought a new gaming PC. But, I still need to use my old PC for testing purposes, by doing so, I need a medium to convert the electrical energy to mechanical energy (motion) from computer via speaker. After conducting few google searches, I came across with a 2.0 speaker powered by USB, it seems. Well, without taking time to think, I rush to a shop, Nxygen at Jusco Equine Park and bought a pair of EDIFIER R12U, a USB powered 2.0 speaker.


If you’re planning to buy this speaker, then you can directly buy from their official website as, they’re having a discount from the actual price of the speaker for a limited amount of time.

OVERVIEW

The box is quite handy and cute. EDIFIER R12U is a 2.0 USB powered speaker, they’re so handy until, they can even fit in the smallest place or desk of yours either beside the laptop or your computer monitor. This speaker is suitable for PC’s and laptops.

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Figure 1: The speaker.

Currently, they’re offering three main colors, red, black and white. For this speaker review, I’ve chosen the white color.

PACKAGING’S

Before Un-Boxing

The box is not too big and able to fit into my motorcycle basket like a charm. So, you don’t really need a car to buy this speaker if you decided to buy directly from the authorized dealer of your choice.

After Un-Boxing

Believe or not, this speaker feels heavy. Trust me, when I hold the box, I don’t feel much weight, but after I unbox the speaker, the speaker feels solid and slightly heavy. I’ve used a pair of Creative SBS 245 before, but, this speaker feels heavier than them.

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Figure 6: The speaker w/ a USB cable and a 3.5mm audio jack attached.

The casing of the speaker feels premium, perhaps, one of the reasons why, this speaker feels solid.

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Figure 7: The closer look of the given input cable.

SETTING UP THE SPEAKER

The setting up process of the speaker is not hard. It is very easy as the speaker comes with a single USB cable and a 3.5mm audio jack. To fully use this speaker, plug in the USB cable to any USB port(s) in your computer to powered it on, and, plug in the 3.5mm audio cable to the audio jack of your computer.

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Figure 8: The speaker I/O control.

AUDIO QUALITY

Well, in general my first impression towards the speaker is, this speaker might have a weak bass. So, I decided to buy the speaker for a test. After all the proper process was done, I powered up the speaker using the USB cable attached to the USB 3.0 port back in my second PC. I will divide this section for bass, clarity and balance audio.

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Figure 9: The driver.

Bass

The bass is decent for a USB powered speaker. Not the best so far when compared with other 2.0 speakers out there, but, simply outclassed USB powered speakers out there. The driver really punches some basses and there is air that flows out of the bass reflex port.

Clarity

The clarity of the speaker wins here. The vocal quality from the speaker is absolutely good. I just like it whenever I powered on the speaker. For such speaker, I am amazed at how such small speaker can produce such vocal clarity.

Balance

When both bass and clarity was played at the same time, well, it is slightly decent. I must say, though this is a cheap speaker, but, it does present a good amount audio quality to me.

Earbuds & Headset / Headphone Experience

It is really easy to plug into the available audio jack port that located at the left of the volume knob. For this, you don’t really need to be powered up the speaker. An audio jack of your earbuds or headset can be directly plugged into the port and can be used immediately.

The test was done via a pair of EDIFIER H180 and EDIFIER H850 Hi-Fi headphone. The audio quality was nice, along with a solid bass and vocal clarity.

Okay, now, some respective individuals might questioning me, yes, the audio quality sure will be nice by directly plugged into the PC as well. But, to solve the riddle, I tested by myself by plug in directly to PC audio port and the speaker audio port. I will explain in the analysis of the differences between these two methods.

The differences:

  • Plugged directly to the PC audio jack: The audio quality is terrible.
  • Plugged into the audio jack of the speaker: The audio quality is superb.

Overall Analysis of the Audio Quality

I turned to speaker to its maximum volume, and, amazed at how good the drivers of the speaker do the work. The bass was slightly distorted for some songs, but, overall, the music is playable even at the maximum volume.

For movie users, this speaker may not made for you as, it only gives the decent vocal and slightly distorted bass, and at some point, the vocal can’t be heard clearly and I need to increase the volume slightly higher to solve the problem.

This will be a common question from the end users. Do this speaker suitable if, I am using the on-board soundcard. Well, here is the answer. This speaker did a good job in my second PC powered by the onboard soundcard. Here is a simple tip, “If you wish for a good audio quality, you should tweak your equalizer settings of your respective soundboard manufacturer“.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  • Cheap and affordable
  • Excellent quality for its price range
  • Good driver quality (feels solid and premium)
  • Loud audio playable
  • Solid volume button
  • Having a single 3.5mm audio jack port for headphone users.

Disadvantages

  • As the volume goes up, the bass seems to be slightly distorted but, not much.
  • Only three color options were given.

CONCLUSION

Being a bass head personally, I accept this speaker with an open heart and will be using this speaker for my second PC. I must kindly remind that, this speaker won’t fit for gamers as, the bass outcome from the speaker is not up to other standard 2.0 speakers.

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Figure 10: The left-driver of the speaker.

If you’re a student by any chance or working in a office, well, this speaker, definitely for you.

My recommendations (For USB powered speakers): 9/10

10X Speed Upgrade from TM & What you should know? | An Early Reminder

Yesterday, was a day which brings the smile and sorrow to TM users, as, the new speed upgrade has been updated by the company itself. So, this post will be discussing on what you should know / need to prepare to fully utilize the upcoming new speed for most Lite, Advance and Pro users.

OVERVIEW

Let us recap the earlier stage of UniFi back in the year 2010. Back in the year of 2010, we move towards a high speed broadband internet at blazing “fast” speed during that time. Hence, the router supplied by the ISP is more than enough. By the year of 2012 and above, user can opt for third party router from ASUS, TP-LINK and D-LINK.

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Figure 1: The packages w/ price back in the 2010 of UniFi glory.

During the time, almost most router’s available in Malaysia comes with Fast Ethernet port along with the supplied ISP router and modem. “So, what is the point of this post?”, you may ask me. Allow me to explain the objective this post.

ENGAGEMENT OF NEW PACKAGES

What you should know? Here is the description of Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet before, I explain in detail.

  • Fast Ethernet = 10 / 100 Mbps
  • Gigabit Ethernet = 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps

fast Ethernet card can run on bandwidths at 100 Mbps while a gigabit Ethernet can run at ten times of that speed, 1000 Mbps.

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Figure 2: The stock equipment that comes with your package(s).

Most UniFi users will get standard equipment, a modem, a residential gateway (wireless router), a STB box and a dect phone. In this post, we will ignore the dect phone and STB box, instead, we will focus on TM’s modem and wireless router.

Let us analyse it in very detail.

Modem

Here is the known existence of Modem supplied by TM UniFi:

  • Huawei HG655a (Fast)
  • Huawei HG850A (Fast) – UPDATED!
  • Huawei HG824Qw (Gigabit)
  • Alcatel Lucent I240G (Gigabit)

If you’re using an Alcatel Lucent or HG824Qw modem, congrats, you’re using a modem that capable of handling speed of more than 100 Mbps.

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Figure 3: UniFi user gets ‘TM’ badged version.

If you’re using neither two, then, TM will automatically upgrade your modem as they have their own record of the item supplied by them to the end user.

Residential Gateway (Wireless Router)

  • D-Link DIR615 (Fast)
  • D-Link L7-N-R2000 (DIR614) (Fast)
  • TM R&D Router (Fast)
  • Innacom / Innatech (Gigabit)
  • D-Link DIR850L (Gigabit)
  • TP-LINK Archer C5 / C1200 / C7 (business) (Gigabit)

The stock supplied router by TM is considered decent. They are not perfect mind you, but, for basic home users and students (not heavy users), it is more than enough. Recently, some users raged to UniFi as the current supplied router, Archer C1200v1 causing random freeze (disconnection) after heavy usage.

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Figure 4: The D-Link DIR850L (Retail version w/ TM Badge).

Okay, this is the most important part that, y’all must remember. After the announcement of new speed upgrades, the only package available that below 100 Mbps is UniFi Basic with a 60 GB quota. For Basic users, you can keep this as a friendly remember as well.

First of all, let us analyze the upgrades to be done for respective packages.

  • 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps
  • 30 Mbps to 300 Mbps
  • 50 Mbps to 500 Mbps
  • 100 Mbps to 800 Mbps

Based on the given information of the speed upgrades, it is clearly seen that, there will be no packages offered to existing user that, comes with speed below than 100 Mbps after the upgrade process begins by coming August 15, 2018.

In general, nowadays most routers are coming with 802.11ac router to cope up with current needs. Hence, all the AC routers do come with gigabit ports. It is very important to know this as, you need to know if, someday, you decided to throw away your ISP supplied router and use a 802.11n router.

  • 802.11ac = Dual Band Wireless Router (AC)
  • 802.11n = Single Band Wireless Router (N)

If, you’re using the router that comes with single band feature, you’re most probably using a router that comes with Fast Ethernet port. However, if you’re using a router that comes with dual band feature, you’re most likely using a router that comes with Gigabit Ethernet port.

I will divide the further details along with the suitable router for each package below. Do remember that, some models can support the subscribed package and, I divide the group according to their best performance in the package range.

100 Mbps, 300 Mbps, 500 Mbps and [800 Mbps via LAN only]

ASUS

D-Link

TP-LINK

800 Mbps (If you’re opting for a higher end router for best performance.)

ASUS

D-Link

TP-LINK

For network experts, you can try the Mikrotik RB750Gr3 hEX Gigabit wired router. This router specially for those who don’t need wireless connection or, having a network room to operate the network in your house. I personally used this router before, and I can say that, this router works well. This router not only capable of handling 100 Mbps connection, but even 1 Gbps connection as well.

Currently, this router is under special promotion where, you can get this router at the SRP of RM240 at lelong. You can click the below link if you’re interested to buy this router.

For 800 Mbps user, you most likely have to upgrade your existing router for a best both for wired and wireless performance. But, I would advise, that, give a try on your existing router a try before opting a better wireless router for packages mentioned.

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Figure 5: Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router

CONCLUSION

Each router does come with an AC configuration that suitable for specific packages. If you buy a low end router, you can’t fully optimize the wireless experience from your 800 Mbps connection, same goes to buying an overpriced router for a 100 Mbps connection.

There you go, by doing a proper research before buying a router, you able to save some bucks from wrongly buy a router. In order to fully optimize the upcoming speed upgrades, your router by default, should be able to transfer the subscribed bandwidth not only via wired, but, wireless-ly in both bands.

UPDATED!

This is my rough sketch of TM’s equipment for their end user. This will be a great time if, TM come with their own mesh network for user whose live in a larger house.

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Figure 6: The suggestion of the sketch of TM’s equipment.

Friendly remarks:

I would like to kindly to share that, this post were not a sponsored post by any of the router manufacturing company. If at some point, you feel that, there might be a biased review on specific brands, do kindly note that, I only give my review of the router on the router’s I’ve tested so far. The main objective of this post is to enlightened users, so that, as the speed upgrade were rolled over to the user, they know on what to do next without having to call to UniFi CSC by wasting credits, time and energy.


Enjoy your free speed upgrade dear readers.