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Monday, January 23, 2017

Lenovo Booth @ ESL One Genting 2017 / CES 2017 Legion Gaming Laptops

Earlier this month I was invited by Lenovo to attend ESL One 2017 at Genting. Which featured a Dota 2 competition with a 250,000 USD prize pool. Which I'll be writing about on my next post. What I'll be featuring this post is the products that were featured by Lenovo at their booth at ESL One Genting :


The VR Experience with HTC Vive


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One of the main attractions, I don't mean the chick but the HTC Vive VR experience ;-)

I've only ever tried VR on the Samsung Gear VR and I know for a fact that it isn't the 'best' vr experience one can get, due to the limited pixels that the connected phone can generate (not to mention magnified), with the Vive you can expect to see up to 2160x1200 pixels, which makes a better VR experience, not to mention the included controllers which is a 'must' for a true VR experience

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The VR rig was powered by a Lenovo Thinkstation with a workstation class graphic card, the Nvidia Quadro M6000 :

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3072 cuda cores, 24gb GPU memory, and 317 GB/s of bandwidth. Retails at only around USD 4,500.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube


In my opinion, one of the best looking mini-itx case I've seen to date. Now if only Lenovo sells the case seperately. 
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The Front View, pretty outstanding. Reminds me of a robotic mech
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The side profile 
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How it looks like at the top.It does have some resemblance to the Raven RV03 tower case

Specifications

Processor : 6th Gen Intel Core i7-6700 3.40GHz and up to 4.00Ghz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, 8MB Cache
Operating System : Windows 10 Home
Memory : 8GB DDR4 SDRAM
Hard Disk : 2TB Sata HDD (7200rpm)
Graphics : Nvidia Geforce GTX1070 GDDR5 8GB
Warranty : 3 Year On Site Warranty

SRP : RM6,099

Pretty decent specs, however it's lacking a dedicated SSD drive. Otherwise I'd give this a 5 out of 5. The GTX1070 currently sits between the mid to high end tier. If you plan to get this, it will roughly last you 3-4 years down the road before needing another upgrade.....unless you plan to game with a 4K resolution setup with multiple monitors.


Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900 Desktop


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Processor : 6th Gen Intel Core i7-6700K processor (4.00GHz up to 4.20GHz with Intel Turbo Booster tech 2.0, 8MB Cache
Operating System :  Windows 10 Home
Memory :  8GB DDR4 SDRAM
Hard Disk : 2TB Sata HDD (7200rpm)
Graphics : Nvidia Geforce GTX1070 GDDR 8GB
Warranty : 3 Year On-Site Warranty

*Bundled with Lenovo Y Gaming Mouse Pad, Mechanical Keyboard and Precision Mouse worth RM800

SRP : RM6,799

With a spec sheet similar to the Y710 cube, the only difference is the faster clock speed of the processor and more room for internal future upgrades at an additional RM799 price tag, I would personally choose the cube over the Y900 desktop due to the size. But Lenovo is throwing a bundled gaming-esque hardwares which makes it a sweeter deal.

Lenovo Ideapad Y900 Laptop


Dubbed the Ultimate Gaming Laptop by Lenovo. It does feature some really outstanding quirks, such as a built-in mechanical keyboard that comes with macro keys and backlight, as well as turbo button that overclocks the processor and graphic card to give you the extra FPS that you need during gaming sessions. Other noticable features include a full HD 17.3" display with G-SYNC technology with anti-glare IPS tech.  
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One thing that makes the Y900 truly stand out is the brushed metal chassis from top to bottom. Which gives it a very premium finish.

Processor : 6th Gen Intel Core i7-6820HK processor (2.70GHz up to 4.20GHz,8MB Cache)
Operating System :  Windows 10 Home 64bit
Memory :  16GB DDR4 SDRAM
Hard Disk : 1TB Sata HDD (5400rpm) + 128GB PCIE SSD
Graphics : Nvidia Geforce GTX980M 8GB
Warranty : 3 Year On-Site Warranty

Unfortunately I wasn't able to get the price listing for this. Lenovo US lists this unit at USD2,499.99. Which roughly translates to RM11,250.00. Would I recommend this? Well if you MUST have a high end laptop by Lenovo, by all means go for it. But if you're willing to wait a bit, I'd recommend the next two laptop series;

Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop


Though not available at the Lenovo booth that weekend, the Legion Y520 is the latest gaming laptop announced at CES 2017 (Consumer Electronics Show)
image sourced from Lenovo.com

With a light chassis and moderate performance, the Y520 will definitely suit most casual gamers that want to game on-the-go. The Y520 comes equipped with Intel's latest processor "Kaby Lake"

Highlights 
- Custom-tuned audio (The Y520 comes with 2x2W Harman spoeakers with Dolby Audio Premium to deliver customized audio for different types of consumption habits
- Illuminated gaming controls (The Y520 features an optional crimson backlight keyboard that provides 1.7mm of key travel for crisp accurate and responsive keystrokes)
- Portable Design (Only 2.58mm thin and at 2.5kg the Y520 is very portable and comes in an aluminum-brushed body)

Specifications

Processor :
7th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor
OS : Windows 10 Home
Graphics : Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti
Memory : up to 16 GB DDR4: 2x SODIMM Slots
Storage : 
128/256/512 GB PCIE SSD
500GB/1TB/2TB Sata HDD
Audio : 2x2W Harman Certified Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Battery : 3 Cell 45 WHr Li-Polymer Battery (Up to 4-hour)

Design

Display : 
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 Ratio IPS with Anti Glare
Dimensions (W x D x H) : 380mm x 265mm x 25.8mm
Weight : From 2.4kg depending on configuration
Color : Black

Connectivity

- 1 x 1 WiFi 802.11 ac or 2 x 2 Wifi 802.11 ac
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Gigabit Ethernet Port
- 2x USB 3.0 Ports
- 1x USB 2.0 Ports
- 1x USB 3.1 (USB Type-C)
- 1x HDMI Port
- Audio & Microphone In
- 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)

The Y520 comes with a mid tier graphic card and a 7th Gen i7 processor, but with no price in sight, I can't really give it much opinion without sound too biased (Lenovo did offer me tickets to ESL), I'd say if it priced around 4-5k range it'll be a good deal.

Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop


Image from cnet.com
To be released this April 2017, The Y720 is VR Ready thanks to it's hefty Geforce GTX1060 graphics card, which means you can show off your Oculus Rift to your friends without lugging a heavy desktop around

Highlights 
- Dolby Atmos audio
- Integrated Xbox One Wireless Controller support
- VR Ready (The Legion Y720 is Oculus Certified)
- 4k Gaming (Optional QHD IPS Anti-glare display at 3840 x 2160)
- Optimized Thermal cooling (Built in dual metal fans and rear air vents keeps the Y720 cool during intense gaming sessions)

Specifications

Processor :
7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor or
7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor
OS : Windows 10 Home
Graphics : Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 with PCIe
Memory : up to 16 GB DDR4: 2x SODIMM Slots
Storage : 
128/256/512 GB PCIE SSD or
500GB/1TB/2TB Sata HDD
Audio : 2x2W JBL Speakers and 3W Subwoofer Doly Atmos
Battery : 4 Cell 60 WHr Li-Polymer Battery (Up to 5-hour)

Design

Display : 
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS
15.6" UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Anti-Glare
Dimensions (W x D x H) : 380mm x 277mm x 29mm
Weight : From 3.2kg depending on configuration
Color : Black

Connectivity

- 2 x 2 Wifi 802.11 ac
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Gigabit Ethernet Port
- 3x USB 3.0 Ports
- 1x HDMI Port
- 1x Thunderbolt (USB Type-C)
- Audio & Microphone In
- Display Port

I'm not a laptop gaming guy. In fact I've tried gaming on an Alienware laptop but I've never gotten comfortable enough to make it my daily driver, It's partly due to the unusual-sized keyboard on the laptop and the heat generated from the underside of the keyboard, but that was 7 years back since I've touched another 'gaming' laptop. However this would definitely be my gaming laptop wish-list If I ever had one, due to the desktop grade graphic card and 4k monitor option.

So if you're interested in the new Legion series Laptop by Lenovo, do head over to http://www3.lenovo.com/my/en/ and keep an eye out on their announcement 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tiger Beer Presents Tiger Streats!

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During the end of December last year, Tiger Beer held a one-of-a kind culinary experience where over 700 food lovers were invited to check out their 'Tiger Streats' event (A wordplay on Street a treats geddit geddit???)
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Held at a pop-up restaurant event space, MH Platinum Warehouse in Setapak, one would be easily mistaken that they were at some hawker street lane at Jalan Pudu

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Chef Jeff Ramsey and Hawker Chan Hon Meng with their dishes at Tiger STREATS
So what's the treat you ask? Tiger Beer brought in a Michelin Starred Chef. Hawker Chan. One of the first hawker stand operator that won a pretigious Michelin Star. For his Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Singapore. As well as Jeff Ramsey, former Executive Chef at the Michelin-starred Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel and current owner and chef of progressive modernist restaurant Babe KL
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The dish with a Michelin Star. Hawker Chan's Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice. Much awesome I must say. Couldn't get enough of it that night.

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Guests were welcomed to mess about with the marquee words

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"Laksa Injections" By Chef Jeff Ramsay. Prawns skewered in tubes packed with the flavors of three types of Laksa

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'Down the Rabbit Hole' by Chef Jeff Ramsey, a rather intriguing take on nasi lemak and roti banjir, personally I found this a little too eccentric for my tastebud

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There was a Tikam Wall where you could win prizes depending on what combination of numbers you get from the paper on the wall

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Some of the nostalgic-esque prizes that could be gotten that night. My personal favorite being Choki-Choki. I used to suck of them all the time during school ;-)

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Fried Cempedak Ice Cream

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BY INSIDE SCOOP

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Roti Ais Krim 

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ALSO BY INSIDE-SCOOP

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"Two Makes a Blossom" a collaboration dish by Hawker Chan and Chef Ramsey

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Chicken Varuval Appam by Hoppers

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Loh Mai Kai with a Twist by Tujo Bar-serrie & Grill

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As the night went on, we were served with a special Tiger STREATS inspired Yee Sang! In conjunction with the commencement of Tiger Beer's Chinese New Year 2017 campaign. Instead of the usual ingredients, it was served with dried prawn crackers and satay sauce.

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Indeed a night to be remembered, not only were we served with great food but there were also performances by Tiger Jams finalists, Rozella and Son of a Policement to keep the crowd entertained.

Commenting on the event, Tiger Beer Marketing Manager, Jessie Chuah said, “It is an honour to have two renowned chefs as part of our Tiger STREATS campaign and to see food lovers from all walks of life sitting together around the table, making unexpected new connections. Having scrumptious food accompanied by ice cold Tiger brews just adds to the celebration.”

Friday, September 23, 2016

H-Artistry 2016 The Global Art of Mixing @ MIECC


Super stoked for this event! It's been years since I've attended my last H-Artistry and this year H-Artistry is BACK and they are introducing a brand new digital experience! BY LIVE STREAMING THE PERFORMANCE on www.h-artistry.com.my

Taking place at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) in Mines Resort City, on 8th October, H-Artistry 2016 will see an expected 1,500 guests coming together for one of the best music events this year, and one of the best H-Artistry events to date! This year's exclusive event returns with a more intimate party. H-Artistry amplifies the exclusive party, opening its doors to tens and thousands of people around the nation to experience H-Artistry like they've never before through digital live streaming.



This time around, H-Artistry 2016 will be engaging 4 local Malaysian talents to curate a one-of-a-kind experience for guests. The four talents, Angel Ng. A bartender from PS150, Andrew Tan a mixologist and owner of HYDE. Hugh Koh co-founder of Southeast Asia leading street wear label Pestle & Mortar and finally Jun Ong, a light artist and architect by profession, all of them will be given the freedom to curate the cocktails and overall look and feel of H-Artistry 2016

But what about the acts, you may ask. THIS YEAR WILL BE ANOTHER STELLAR LINE-UP FOR SUPERSTARS. With a mix of local and international artists. Which includes :

HyunA. I don't think she needs any introduction. But if you do, just look up Bubble Pop on Youtube.
Crizzly, American Trap DJ.

Mad August, Malaysian Chinese modern Rock Band (Mad stands of Make A Difference)

Tinashe, American R&B/Pop Singer

H-Artistry 2016 is an invite only afffair however several contests from now leading up to October will give you a chance to win a limited number of invites. For more information on how to win tickets to H-Artistry 2016, and to catch the live stream performances of H-Artistry on 8pm 8th October, do visit : http://h-artistry.com.my

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gillette Mach 3 Turbo Review

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Imagine this, your alarm didn't go off this morning because the battery has died and you need to attend a super important meeting. You rush to the toilet and start washing yourself at light speed, however there's one step which you can't skip. The Morning Shave.

It's no doubt that this crucial step is what draws the line between the disheveled hobo look and the clean dapper modern man.

Well case in point, Gillette has recently launched their latest new Mach-3 razors that comes with sharper blades and improved lubrication strip, which promises to help Malaysian men achieve a great shave, and great skin.

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I was recently given a Gillette Mach 3 shaving kit to try out, which consists of the Mach 3 Turbo and a shaving cream

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The Mach 3 Turbo
Retails at RM18.50 at all leading retailers.

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It's triple-bladed razor with advance blade coating technology ensures a very clean shave and at the same time requires less cutting force. Not to mention it's enhanced gel bar that is 30% wider, and contains more "cushioning lubricants" to provide better lubrication and glide.

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It's handle is ergonomically designed with elastomer gripped points to provide a secure grip which handles great in wet bathroom conditions (as well as those hangover mornings)

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The head of the catridge is mounted on spring fingers. Which move up and down as they automatically adjust to the different levels of shaving pressure and skin variations, helping to increase comfort during shave

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Prepping up for the shave, always use a generous amount of shaving cream

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The first stroke

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Protip : Use both hands for better accuracy to ensure you don't shave your lips

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Start with one side of your face so that you can pretend you have a split personality.

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Almost done.

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The end result, a clean shave without irritation! Which could go south really easily if I chose to use a cheap disposable razor. As you can see there is no redness or any irritation. Just dapper ol' me.

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So what did I think of the Mach 3 Turbo? It's a great razor and albeit a little bit pricier than regular disposables. They gave me a really clean and easy shave.  Similarly with my previous experiences with Gillette razors, they usually last a great deal of time. This razor, especially because it is better than an ordinary disposable, even on the 10th shave

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