January 25, 2016

D-Link DIR-822 AC1200 Wireless Router Review

Picked up the D-Link DIR-822 AC1200 Wireless Router up during Boxing week for 50% off (normally $90), and at that price I can say that the range and signal strength is pretty solid for a 1 bedroom apartment. It does make it easier to get a stronger signal from another room versus the last entry-level D-Link router I purchased. It's great to be able to just plug it in and start to use it right out of the box with a network name and password ready to use. The real test is to see how long this will last, but no complaints so far.

Router Specs:
  • Fast transfer speeds of up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) + 867Mbps (5GHz)
  • 4 High-Gain Antennas and MIMO technology combine for enhanced Wi-Fi coverage in and around your home
  • 4 Fast Ethernet ports deliver fast wired performance
  • Simultaneous dual band makes your HD streaming and online gaming smoother with less interference

December 27, 2015

Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Slow Boxing Day deals this year as usual, but I did pick up a solid and cool looking Samsung USB drive (64GB) for just $20, which is marked down from $80. It's physically quite small and has a metallic-based design and has key ring hole if you want to carry it around with you. It also has a 5-year warranty, and 5-proof technology (meaning it's water proof, shock proof, temp proof, magnetic proof, and X-Ray proof...who knew we needed all that protection!).

Last but not least, speed is also an important feature to have and it says that it can theoretically transfer up to 130MB/s. I haven't seen it go that high (just a spike hitting 70MB/s when writing to it) but it seems fast enough for my needs.

Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Photos

Attached the official Samsung photo and my photos of it in real life, along and a size comparison with a nickel.

October 04, 2015

Xbox One Gears of War Bundle Unboxing

I did a PS4 unboxing a couple of years ago, and now I'm back to unbox the Xbox One Gears of War Bundle.

It's essentially a regular Xbox One console, which may or may not have a Gears of War slipcover over the box. They also manually inserted a Gears of War Ultimate scratch card so that you can download the game online.

It's pretty straightforward to get the console up and running, just downloading the software update takes time, so in total probably about 15 minutes before you can actually get to use it. It's old news by now, but the huge power brick is still annoyingly around for the Xbox One. I'm not sure why the Xbox One is so much physically larger than the PS4 and arguably slightly less powerful...It's strange to me.

Standard Xbox One box, minus the Gears of War slipcover

July 21, 2015

Xiaomi 10400mAh Battery Charger Review

Xiaomi is supposed to be coming to North America to start selling their battery chargers at some point in the near future, but I've got my hands on one directly from my trip to China. With 10400mAh it theoretically should be able to to be able to recharge your phone a couple to a few times over on a single charge. It has little lights on the side that light up so you know how much charge it has which is a nice touch.

Mi Battery Real Life Usage

It works flawlessly when tested with an iPhone 5S, a Xiaomi Note smartphone...But strangely enough, it didn't work with the Samsung Galaxy 3S (however, I shoudl note that this smartphone is known to have a history of battery charging issues even when plugged to a wall outlet). If you are lucky enough that it works with your phone, then it's great...Just plug it in and start charging your phone any time and any place.

Mi Battery Charger Unboxing Photos

Not much here to see, just a decent looking battery pack that comes with a micro USB to USB cable.

June 22, 2015

China (Wuxi, Shanghai and Hangzhou) Trip Review

Went to China for the first time and finally got around to posting a few photos. China is a big place and there's a lot to see (rural China and urban China are completely different). During this trip I only went to Wuxi, Shanghai and Hangzhou. So you may call this my "Urban China" experience.

Shopping malls in China can be pretty impressive...Definitely a step above what we have in Montreal.