Streaming Games On Facebook Live - NVIDIA ShadowPlay or OBS Studio?

Streaming games on Facebook Live is a faster way to reach your audience, but which one is better?

ASUS VivoBook S15 (S510U) Review - The 15-Incher On Budget

Check out on this review article to learn more about ther ASUS VivoBook S15 (S510U)!

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and Ryzen 5 1400 Performance Review - It's finally here!

Why pay more for Intel i5 when the Ryzen 5 can give you more?

December 31, 2016

NVIDIA Powers ESL One Genting Tournament In Malaysia With GeForce GTX 1070 PCs and G-SYNC Monitors

By: Low Chern Lin

NVIDIA will be kicking off 2017 with a bang with the first ESL One Genting tournament in Malaysia.

Held in the prestigious Arena of Stars at Resorts World Genting from January 6 to 8, the Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) contest will feature eight of the world’s best teams fighting for a share of the US$250,000 prize pool. The top teams are Fnatic, Digital Chaos, Wings Gaming, Team NP,, Exercration, Newbee, and WarriorsGaming Unity.

December 29, 2016

WD My Passport (2016) 4TB Portable Hard Drive Review

By: Low Chern Lin

Be it for work or entertainment purposes, portable hard drives has been an indispensable companion for those who requires a storage device with large capacity beyond what by mere USB thumb drives can handle. Western Digital (WD) is a renowned brand in the portable hard drive market, with its Elements Portable, My Passport Ultra, and My Passport Slim throughout the years and just a month ago, WD announced the newly redesigned My Passport and My  Book that comes with a modern, stylish finish.

We've managed to get our hands on the new WD My Passport 2016 today here at the Tech Critter lab, which is a 4TB version of this new lineup. Special thanks to WD Malaysia as usual, for the provision of the review unit for our review here today!

(The WD My Passport 2016 4TB retails at RM709 and are available in 5 different choices of colors)

LG Pushes Smart Home Appliances to Another Dimension with Deep Learning Technology

By: John Diew

SEOUL, 28 December 2016 — To advance the functionality of today’s home appliances to a whole new level, LG Electronics (LG) is set to deliver an unparalleled level of performance and convenience into the home with deep learning technology to be unveiled at CES® 2017. LG deep learning will allow home appliances to better understand their users by gathering and studying customers’ lifestyle patterns over time. This process never ends and improves over time to provide customers with new solutions to everyday problems.

Get vision 20/20 with Honor 8’s dual-lens camera

By: John Diew

This featured post is brought to you by Honor.

I still remember that 10 years ago, when most of us are still rocking a Nokia or Sony Ericsson feature phones, there's always that guy holding the coolest top of the line series phone among the gang with cool factors such as a unique design, colour display, MP3 playback, Internet browser and of course a camera that takes amazing photos compared to peasant VGA or 2MP shooters.

EK Water Blocks Announces Limited Edition Supremacy EVO 10th Anniversary CPU Water Block

By: Low Chern Lin

EK Water Blocks, the market leader in high-end PC liquid cooling, is sending out its last official press release for 2016. And this one is very special! EK Water Blocks was established ten years ago, and what started out from the simple curiosity and passion for bringing down a CPU temperature, is now a successful business with global presence and recognition in the hardware industry.

December 28, 2016

Apacer Introduces The Apacer x Crystal Series AH333 and AC233 Lineup

By: Low Chern Lin

Somewhere in the heart, there is always a dream that awaits to be realized. Let illustrator Crystal tell you hers. Apacer’s recent collaboration with the artist results in a lineup of 3 amazingly adorable flash drives and an external hard drivethat are filled with inspiring messages. Officially titled Apacer x Crystal AH333, these fairytale styled flash drives bear her signature little-red-riding-hood figure with a soft color palette, each themed as “Turning Point”, “Perseverance”, and “Chasing Dreams”. AC233, an 1TB USB3.1 Gen 1 external hard drive, is also themed with “Chasing Dreams”. 

December 23, 2016

HTC Announces the New Desire 10 in Malaysia, Priced at RM 1,699

By: Low Chern Lin

HTC Corporation, a leading innovator in mobile and virtual reality technology, is proud to announce the arrival of the latest HTC Desire™ 10 pro in Malaysia this holiday season. This latest addition brings stunning design and flagship-level features to HTC’s widely praised Desire family of smartphones. The Desire 10 pro delivers amazing high-resolution cameras on both front and back,including a brand new Selfie Panorama mode that captures extreme wide-angle pictures,and top-of-the-line features such as an ultra-fast fingerprint sensor. 

Inspired by the Art Deco movement in art and design, the HTC Desire 10 captures the spirit of luxury and modernism: bold, precise, geometric metallic lines – influenced by the same contours as the world-renowned HTC 10 – framed by elegant colors and sophisticated materials in a smartphone that inspires with alluring looks on the outside and powerful technology on the inside. Just as Art Deco evolved the art world’s expectations of elegance and sophistication, the HTC Desire 10 evolves what you can expect from an HTC Desire. 

“HTC’s Desire line has always stood for fresh, youthful,and fashionable designs that are focused on delivering a great experience,” said Chialin Chang, president of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business at HTC. “Today, our Desire line is about to make its biggest leap since the original Desire.Inspired by many of the same innovations that have made the flagship HTC 10 so popular,we’re bringing these innovations to the Desire 10, making it the most brilliant Desire ever. With a brand new, modern luxurious design inspired by the HTC 10 and pro-like cameras, and including features that outshine even some of the top flagship phones in the industry, the HTC Desire 10 will have you rethinking what to expect from an HTC Desire.”

Bold and iconic new metallic contours
The HTC Desire 10 pro features an all-new stunning look, made to shine with a high-contrast metallic gold contour design that elegantly outlines and defines the smartphone’s soft warm matte finish. This bold, polished outline distinctively wraps the edges of the device, encasing the HTC Desire 10 pro’s 5.5” Full HD (1080p) display, and contrasting with the eye-catching body in one of four distinct color themes: Stone Black, Polar White, Royal Blue and Valentine Lux.

Sitting on the back of the Desire 10 pro is an ultra-fast fingerprint sensor that brings convenience to your fingertips: the fingerprint sensor helps secure your device, but quickly unlocks at just the touch of your finger. The sensor recognizes your fingerprint from almost every angle and position, and even lets you take selfies with it – simply put your finger on the fingerprint sensor to quickly capture a selfie or start recording a selfie video.

Amazing imaging experience
The HTC Desire 10 pro promises one of the best camera experiences around by delivering features normally reserved for flagship phones. Starting with a 20MP main camera, the Desire 10 pro provides extraordinary detail in every shot. Pro-like features are included, with DSLR-like control over your photos and handy preset options such as sport mode and night mode that let you quickly re-adjust the camera settings on the go. Advanced functions such as intelligent Electronic Image Stabilization provide smooth videos even with shaky hands, and Auto HDR on both the front and rear camera combines multiple images into a single, clear photo that looks amazing even when taken in low light or shadows. And finally to keep with life’s quickest moments, the laser auto-focus makes taking clear, focused pictures a breeze and you never miss your shot.

See your selfies in new ways
Desire 10 pro has been designed to give you the best possible selfie experience. Snap your best selfies with the 13MP selfie camera, and if you need to capture even more in one single view, Desire 10 pro features a brand new Selfie Panorama mode. With Selfie Panorama, you’ll capture more scenery and more friends and family in single big, beautiful, printable photo. HTC Desire 10 pro’s super-wide, 150° Selfie Panorama mode is enough to fit a whole football team with room to spare. A built-in screen flash is also available, which can automatically help you take brighter selfies in challenging light conditions day or night, indoors or outside.

As unique as you
The HTC Desire 10 proalso shares the same unparalleled personalization as seen in the HTC 10. Built upon the latest version of HTC Sense, both HTC Desire 10 models are fully customizable to your unique personality. HTC Freestyle Layout frees you from an onscreen grid and lets you get creative. Drag icons, stickers and widgets anywhere. Layer them, overlap them, group them and more. You can even link stickers to apps, and get rid of onscreen icons entirely. The home screen is yours– use it your way.

Express yourself further with HTC Themes, giving you access to thousands of professional looking themes, each with its own icons, background, sounds and more. From pets, wildlife and architecture to sports, travel, and so much more, HTC Themes lets your HTC Desire 10 pro represent your personality and interests so it’s truly one-of-a-kind – just like you.

Performance matters
The HTC Desire 10 progives you more space for the things that are important with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage spaceso you can load up on photos, videos, movies, games and more.And if that’s still not enough, the HTC Desire 10 pro also offers SD card support for up to 2TB of expandable memory.

Powering all these photos, games, and more is a blazingocta-core processor in the HTC Desire 10 pro, keeping everything running smoothly. Even at these speeds, battery is never an issue either, with a 3,000mAh battery to keep you snapping photos, surfing the web, and having many hours of fun between charges. 

Price and Availability
The HTC Desire 10 Pro will be available beginning on 26 December 2016 in Malaysia, priced at RM 1,699.00. For more information, please visit

December 22, 2016

COLORFUL's iGame200 Motherboards for Upcoming Intel 7th-Gen Processors Unveiled

By: Low Chern Lin

Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, is thrilled to reveal its preview of features for its upcoming iGame200 motherboard product line. The new motherboards from Colorful will support both existing and upcoming processors for the LGA1151 socket including the 7th-gen Core series processors from Intel. The new processors will bring several improvements over its predecessor including performance and efficiency enhancements and Colorful is ready to bring the best that these CPUs can offer and deliver the needs of gamers with outstanding features.

GameStorm Full Coverage Armor
A fully customized shroud protects the PCB from dust while providing a great visual for the motherboard to showcase the style of the user. As with everything Colorful does, the new iGame200 is another instalment in Colorful’s line of DIY friendly products that encourages creativity and personalization.

Gamer Voice 2.0
The latest iteration of Gamer Voice. Colorful’s new motherboard’s RGB lighting will change its color according to music’s tempo. Color and transition effects can be adjusted via the new BIOS. This adds a new level of dynamic feel to the system on top of the added benefits that Gamer Voice already offers like superb audio clarity.

GameStorm eSports Interface
Colorful uses specially designed USB interfaces utilizing Fintek F75503 and Fintek F75501 chips that are optimized for gaming to deliver maximum performance for your gaming peripherals for that little extra edge in competitive gaming.

KillerE2500 Network Card
For the best online gaming experience, Colorful has again teamed-up with Killer Networks to equip Colorful motherboards with powerful KillerE2500 network chips for the best dedicated network solution for gamers that balance network traffic on your computer so you get the best performance and ping times on your games.

DIY Multifunction Overclocking Button
For ease of maintenance and improved performance, Colorful integrates onboard buttons and a readout display for DIY situations, maintenance and a simple, one-touch overclocking button makes it possible to boost system performance with a single keypress. No manual tweaking or setup needed!

Unboxing & Review: Huawei P9 Plus

By: John Diew

Huawei co-engineered with the world's renowned camera manufacturer, Leica, and released the P9 and P9 Plus as their flagship smartphone in April 2016 to replace their previous flagship, the Huawei P8. The new P9 and P9 Plus has almost similar body design as their predecessor with the exception of the new dual camera at the rear.

Today, we have the P9's bigger brother - the P9 Plus in our labs and I have been using this phone for the past 2 weeks. Let's find out if this is the right phone for you.

Retails for RM2599.

December 21, 2016

G.SKILL Announces Revolutionary RGB Lighting DDR4 with Trident Z RGB Series

By: Low Chern Lin

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to announce the Trident Z RGB Series - the world’s most revolutionary RGB lighting DDR4 memory kit. Requiring no additional power connections, this incredible feat of engineering bares pure RGB lighting across an uncovered full-length light bar on the award-winning Trident Z series heatspreader design. To take a look at what’s to come, check out the following link for the Trident Z RGB trailer:

Full Range RGB Illumination; Software Control 
By default, the Trident Z RGB will display a rainbow of colors in a wave-style lighting effect, illuminating any system with a myriad of hues. Further lighting effects and color customizations can be controlled and chosen through software, scheduled for a February 2017 release.

Uncompromised Performance
A culmination of over 25 years of experience in DRAM manufacturing, G.SKILL sought to combine full-range RGB lighting with minimal impact on DDR4 performance. Designed with a custom 10-layer PCB and hand-picked IC chips to enhance overclocking performance, the Trident Z RGB series is capable of reaching speeds of DDR4-4266MHz.

Trident Z RGB series memory kits are rigorously tested under proprietary G.SKILL test methods for reliability and compatibilityto ensure the highest possible quality. And like all other G.SKILL memory, the Trident Z RGB is covered under a limited lifetime warranty, as well as full support for XMP 2.0 for easy overclocking and simple BIOS setup.

Trident Z RGB series DDR4 memory kits are scheduled for a worldwide release via G.SKILL authorized distribution partners in mid-January 2017, with software to be available for download the following month.

MSI Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium Edition Overview

By: Low Chern Lin

Both MPower/XPower from MSI are one of the popular ones for overclockers around the world when it comes to choice of motherboards for competitive overclocking and has been endorsed by renowned overclockers i.e Benchbros, Wizerty, Vivi and Zzolio in the community, setting quite a number of impressive records. 

We have tested the X99A XPower Gaming Titanium Edition motherboard few months ago and we must say, it's a pretty impressive motherboard that will satisfy most of the power users, enthusiasts who is always seeking for ways to get the best performance out of their system. The MSI Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium Edition we have here comes from the same series and it's specially designed to bring the best out of the Intel's 6th Gen Skylake CPUs.

As always, we have our special thanks to MSI Malaysia for making this review possible. Let's move on with the article and see what the MSI Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium is capable of.

(The MSI Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium retails at RM 1499) 

December 20, 2016

E-Blue E-Sports Stadium Makes Local Debut At Malaysia's Annual LAN Party CyberFusion 2016

By: Low Chern Lin

E-Blue has been very aggressive in promoting it's E-Sports Stadium in the past few months, aiming to provide an outstanding environment and platform for the competitive gamers to perform at their best. 

The company has taken the initiative to make local its debut during CyberFusion 2016, Malaysia's annual LAN Pary Event to introduce its E-Sports Stadium to the participants aka the CyberFusionist. 

For participants who has attended the past CyberFusion(s), random mini competition hosted by Malaysian Battlefield Team has been a tradition of the annual LAN Party and the E-Sports Stadium section has been an added plus to the mini competition where it act as a simulation environment for participants to experience the atmosphere of an actual competitive gaming environment. 

President of eSports Malaysia, Dato Latt Shariman Abdullah too, were present at E-Blue Esports Stadium section during the event and is seen enjoying himself on the battle station. 

According to Dato Latt, Malaysia's eSports scene has been growing rapidly in the past few years with emerging new talent and significant achievement from the local eSports athletes. Unlike most traditional internet cafe, the E-Sports Stadium by E-Blue has all the necessary elements to introduce a conducive environment for the emerging young talent in the eSports scene to train and perform at their utmost potential.

December 16, 2016

LG Malaysia launches the OLED B6 TV and 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator

By: John Diew

In conjunction of 2016 holidays season as well as welcoming a brand new 2017, LG Electronics Malaysia today announced two new additions to its Home Entertainment and Home Appliances line - the LG OLED B6 TV and LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator.

December 14, 2016

AMD Announces Radeon Instinct GPU Accelerator For AI and Deep Learning

By: Low Chern Lin

AMD today unveiled its strategy to accelerate the machine intelligence era in server computing through a new suite of hardware and open-source software offerings designed to dramatically increase performance, efficiency, and ease of implementation of deep learning workloads. New Radeon™ Instinct accelerators will offer organizations powerful GPU-based solutions for deep learning inference and training. Along with the new hardware offerings, AMD announced MIOpen, a free, open-source library for GPU accelerators intended to enable high-performance machine intelligence implementations, and new, optimized deep learning frameworks on AMD’s ROCm software to build the foundation of the next evolution of machine intelligence workloads.

ASUS Announces Aura Sync to Outshine the Competition

By: Low Chern Lin

ASUS today announced that it will Outshine the Competition with Aura Sync, the world’s first RGB-lighting-synchronization feature that is compatible with a broad range of PC components and peripherals, from motherboards and graphics cards to keyboards and mice — including many developed by popular third-party hardware manufacturers.

December 13, 2016

MSI Announces The Availability Of Its Most Powerful Backpack PC, MSI VR One in Malaysia

By: Low Chern Lin

As the leading brand of the gaming industry, MSI notebook is always ahead of others in meeting gamers’ needs by introducing the most up-to-date solutions for extreme gamers. MSI has built deep relationships with the VIVE team of HTC Corporation for quite a long time and determines to deliver and promote the best VR experience on the mobile platform. MSI VR One, the Lightest Futuristic VR Backpack,is now available in Malaysia.

December 12, 2016

[Deal] RM499 for Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3S

By: John Diew

If you're looking for a new budget smartphone in this holiday season, you're in luck because Xiaomi Malaysia is having a special offer that runs from 12th December 2016 to the 14 December 2016, which you can get either Redmi Note 3 or Redmi 3S for just RM499!

Plextor S1G 256GB M.2 SSD Review

By: Low Chern Lin

The use of MLC NAND flash on SSD are slowly being phased out by the use of TLC NAND flash to keep to cost low. But little did you know, while most SSD manufacturers no longer offers SSD with MLC NAND flash, Plextor has announced its last MLC NAND flash SSD, the S1 series lineup exclusively for the SEA region users back in October 2016.

The S1 series SSD consists of the S1C 2.5-inch SATA III SSD and S1G M.2 SSD, and special thanks to Plextor, we've managed to get our hands on the S1G 256GB M.2 SSD for today's review. 

MSI Radeon RX 470 GAMING X 8G Review

By: Low Chern Lin

AMD has gained quite a lot of attention on their GPU since the announcement of its RX series graphics card back in Computex 2016. Instead of going head on against its rival, AMD plans to push their RX series graphics cards for different segment i.e RX 480 as the affordable alternative for VR, RX 470 to deliver a steady 60 fps for AAA titles at high settings, RX 460 as the affordable solution for popular esports titles.

In today's review, we'll be looking at the RX 470 Gaming X 8G from MSI - special thanks to MSI Malaysia for the provision of the review unit, and see just how far can we go with the card instead of sticking with the '60 fps on high settings'. 

(The MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 8G is available at RM1199)

December 10, 2016

Unboxing & Review: honor 5A

By: John Diew

During the honor 8 launch event, honor Malaysia also announced the release of the affordable 5 series to their line up, the honor 5A. The budget friendly honor 5A priced at RM599 is considerably cheaper than its siblings where the honor 5C priced at RM799 and honor 5X priced at RM899.

If you're looking for a smartphone that fits your tight budget, do read on to find out more.

Retails for RM599 (Black and White), RM629 (Gold).

MSI Gaming GT73VR 6RF Titan Pro Gaming Notebook Review

By: Low Chern Lin

We believe many of you gaming notebook enthusiasts was on cloud nine when NVIDIA confirms the use of the same desktop-grade GTX 10 series GPU for its AIB partner's gaming notebooks. The MSI Gaming GT73VR 6RF Titan Pro that we'll be looking into today, is one of the most powerful gaming notebook in MSI's GeForce GTX 10 series powered gaming notebook lineup that is packed with an Intel Core i7 6820HK processor, 32GB DDR4 memory, 2 x Intel 256GB NVMe in Raid 0 configuration and of course, a GeForce GTX 1080 that packs a whopping 8GB memory just like the desktop variant of the GTX 1080.

Judging from the specifications itself, the GT73VR 6RF Titan Pro is no doubt a very powerful, but bulky gaming notebook to own. While the bulkiness is something that cannot be avoided at the moment, let's see what kind of performance and feature we can expect from the GTX73VR 6RF Titan Pro.

Samsung Announces Samsung Pay in Malaysia with Maybank

By: Low Chern Lin

Samsung Malaysia Electronics and Maybank today jointly announced the introduction of Samsung Pay in Malaysia beginning with an open beta service in Malaysia exclusively for Maybank cardholders. Secure and easy to use,Samsung Pay is the most widely accepted contactless mobile payment service that can be used to make purchases almost anywhere that accepts debit, credit and prepaid cards.

December 09, 2016

Transcend's Best Product Award Highlights of 2016

By: Low Chern Lin

Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, is proud to present its best product award highlights in the year of 2016 from the prestigious UK's No.1 Digital Camera Magazine, Apple Mobile Poland, Good Design Award Japan, and APC Magazine Australia.

Apple App Store now in Ringgit Malaysia

By: John Diew

If you haven't notice, Apple App Store Malaysia is now using Ringgit Malaysia as the standard transaction currency instead of previous US dollar. This applies to all the available services on macOS and iOS App Store, iTunes and Apple Music.

Lenovo PHAB2 series official in Malaysia

By: John Diew

The Lenovo PHAB2 series phablets has been officially launched in Malaysia. The series comes in 3 different models - PHAB2, PHAB2 Plus and PHAB2 Pro; All sharing the same gigantic 6.4-inch display footprint.

December 08, 2016

Pebble is dead

By: John Diew

Following the confirmation of the acquisition by Fitbit on Pebble's developer's blog, Pebble is now officially shutting down their operations and no longer promoting, manufacturing or selling any Pebble devices. As mentioned by Pebble's founder, Eric Minicovsky in the blog post -

"Pebble is no longer able to operate as an independent entity. We have made the tough decision to shut down the company and no longer manufacture Pebble devices."

Samsung to remove headphone jack from Galaxy S8

By: John Diew

We live in a rather weird transition period. The transition from USB-A to USB-C has met a rather strong feedback from the consumers when Apple decided to ONLY support the USB-C on their latest MacBook Pro. That doesn't come before the release of the iPhone 7 that comes without a headphone jack, apparently due to the port taking up too much space in the phone chassis. Of course, the consumers are extremely annoyed with that courageous move.

Samsung introduces Black Pearl Galaxy S7 edge

By: John Diew

After the release of Blue Coral Galaxy S7 edge last month, Samsung Electronics today announced the 7th colour edition for Galaxy S7 edge: Black Pearl. As the name suggests, the phone features pitch black colour scheme with glossy finish that covers almost the entire device. The result reeks luxury and quality.

Black Pearl Samsung Galaxy S7 edge will be made available on 9th December in selected markets and only available for 128GB variant. As we're getting the Blue Coral Galaxy S7 edge, pretty sure that Malaysians would get the chance to purchase the Black Pearl version as well.

Source: Samsung Global

December 07, 2016

ZADAK511 Announces Its SHIELD Series RGB DDR4 Memory Kit and RGB SSD

By: Low Chern Lin

ZADAK Lab is thrilled to introduce the very first software-controlled RGB gaming memory modules (without cables) and RGB dual interface gaming SSD (SATAIII and USB3.1, TYPE-C Gen2) on the planet, SHIELD RGB DDR4 and SHILED RGB Dual Interface SSD. These two products are designed by the ZADAK Lab team, and there is specially developed software named ZArsenal to regulate the colors and lighting effects without reducing the performance of the memory modules and SSD at all. In 2016 the ZADAK Lab takes the biggest leap since the original DDR4 and SSD.

Extraordinary Look and Widely Praised High Functionality
There were a few LED memory modules and SSD on the market yet nothing is like what we think about SHIELD RGB Series today. SHIELD RGB DDR4 and SSD reinvented what we think of as LED memory module and SSD. All new design and you can stop going through the rest of the paragraphs if you have already seen these remarkable products. Believe me, you have never seen this kind before. The aesthetic combination of aluminum and iron steel, and the precision of which this is made are beyond any consumer DDR4 and SSD we have ever seen. This is the new ZADAK511 SHIELD RGB series, superb color, superb design.

Nanoxia Announces The Availability of the Ncore Retro Mechanical Keyboard With Kailh White Switch

By: Low Chern Lin

The name speaks for itself – the keyboard offers a true retro-look to its owner. Circular, detached keys ensure that the Ncore Retro has the distinctive look of a classical typewriter. The chrome finished surface in combination with the silver enclosed key caps underlines the high-quality design of the keyboard. 

December 05, 2016

Plextor EX1 Portable SSD Review

By: Low Chern Lin

It's been quite a while since its first debut during Computex 2016 and the waiting game has come to its end, as we managed to get our hands on the actual unit of the Plextor EX1 portable SSD here at Tech Critter's lab - mega thanks to Plextor for the provision of the review unit!

As Plextor has yet to disclose its MSRP, let's have our focus on what kind of performance we can expect from the Plextor EX1 - so, read on!  

December 02, 2016

ASUS AiProtection Neutralizes an Average of 1.5Home Network Attacks and Every Day Risks on Each Protected ASUS Router

By: Low Chern Lin

ASUS today announced that during the first half of 2016, its AiProtection network security software — an integral feature of selected ASUS routers — neutralized almostfive million internet-based threats and nearly 150million blocked attempts to visit websites with hidden security threats. This represents a daily average of approximately 1.5 attacks and risks neutralized on each AiProtection-enabled router. 

AiProtection is a router-based security software developed in response to the security needs of modern home networks. It incorporates advanced technology from Trend Micro™—including the first consumer implementation of commercial-grade intrusion prevention technology — to detect, block and neutralize security threats on home networks. AiProtection can prevent infected devices — even those without anti-virus capabilities, such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices — from sending personal information to malicious web servers. The proactive protection given by AiProtection is also a key feature that helps defend the network from devices with missing or out-of-date security protection.

With the recent evolving types of threats associated with ‘smart’ IoT devices, home routers are increasingly the focal point of network security. Traditional infection vectors such as viruses and malware are now augmented by more insidious cyber-threats,includingransomware, phishing and other social engineering attacks, which are aimed at stealing or extorting money or compromising users’ personal data. AiProtection actively provides secured home network through commercial-grade technology, actively blocking malicious websites, connections betweeninfected devices and malicious servers, and providing home network security auditing. 

Commercial-grade technology
ASUS AiProtection includes acommercial-grade intrusion prevention system (IPS). This features a sophisticated Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) engine to analyze the contents of all data packets entering or leaving the home network, and block any malicious or suspicious packets, regardless of the device they originated from.

AiProtection is updated automatically, with both scheduled and rapid-reaction updates ensuring the most up-to-date protection for users’ devices.

During the first half of 2016, analysis of ASUS AiProtection activity on the installed base of ASUS routers indicated that over almost five million internet-based attacks were prevented, which is an average of over 1.5 attacksper day on each AiProtection-enabled router.

Blocks malicious websites
ASUS AiProtection incorporates the cloud-based Trend Micro Web Reputation Services (WRS), which intercepts URL requests and checks them with the WRS database before allowing access. If the URL is found to be malicious, it is blocked, protecting the user from potential threats. 

According to Trend Micro, 76 percent of ransomware is delivered via spam email. Links to malicious sites contained in such emails, or posted on other unsafe websites, are one of the main sources of ransomware infections.

The scale of the problem can be seen from the fact that on a single day, over 800,000 requests to access malicious sites were successfully blocked by AiProtection.

Blocks infected devices
Infected devices connected to a network can function as gateways that allow other devices on the network to be infected, or help relay private data to external servers. ASUS AiProtection detects infected devices and prevents them from compromising the local network. It also severs any suspicious external connections. Users are immediately notified via email if this happens, so they can take appropriate action.

Easy home network security auditing
ASUS AiProtection also offers users an easy way to check the overall security of their home network. It scans14 critical router settings and alerts users to potential risks, as well as recommending ways to fix the problems.

ASUS Announces Omron Connect Support for Health Data Syncing

By: Low Chern Lin

today announced an updated version of the HiVivo smartphone app for Android™ and iOS with Omron® Connect support. This update provides users of ASUS VivoWatch and Omron Connect healthcare devices an effortless way to synchronize their health data — such as pulse, blood pressure and weight — with their smartphone. ASUS HiVivo collects a comprehensive set of users’fitness and health data in one convenient location and organizes it in an intuitive layout, making it easy to view trends and gain health insights.

In addition to Omron Connect support, the updatedASUS HiVivo app also introduces Connected GPS, a feature that uses smartphone GPS data to let users view their current speed and distance informationon VivoWatch while running, walking, or cycling.

ASUS HiVivo with Omron Connect integration and Connected GPS is available now as a free download free on the Google Play™store and the App Store®.This latest update demonstrates the ASUS commitment to continuous improvement of health and fitness tracking products to provide consumers with a full health-monitoring solution.For more information about Omron Connect and supported devices, please visit

ASUS VivoWatch
ASUS VivoWatch is the first ASUS wearable designed with a focus on fitness and wellness. With built-in heart-rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and the easy-to-understand Happiness Index that shows overall well-being, ASUS VivoWatch is a constant companion that helps wearers lead healthier, happier lives. Designed to be worn all day, every day, ASUS VivoWatch has an elegant design, 10-day battery life, and an IP67 water-resistant watch case suitable for wearing in the shower. ASUS VivoWatch works together with the accompanying ASUS HiVivo smartphone app and ASUS Healthcare website to help wearers accomplish their personal fitness goals and take care of family members and friends who wear ASUS VivoWatch as well.

Apacer’s NOX DDR4 SO-DIMM Memory Overclocked To 3200MHz In GIGABYTE's BRIX Gaming UHD

By: Low Chern Lin

Apacer’s NOX DDR 4 SO-DIMM gaming memory is an advanced module that performs at up to 3000MHz with advanced specifications. Launched just a year ago, its leading position remains unrivaled to date despite the fast changing nature of the industry. 

Why Microsoft should have released Surface Monitor instead of Surface Studio

By: John Diew

When Microsoft's Panos Panay enthusiastically unveiled the Surface Studio a month back, honestly speaking I am very impressed, on both Panay's spirit and the Surface Studio itself. It felt like a deja-vu, reliving the same "wow" moment when Panay introduced the Surface Book last year.

December 01, 2016

We're Giving Away 2 Pairs of Assassin’s Creed Movie Premiere Tickets From MSI Malaysia!

By: Low Chern Lin

If you're a diehard fan of the action-adventure game series Assassin's Creed by Ubisoft, December 22, 2016 is definitely the day to be remembered, as director Justin Kurzel takes on the challenge to turn the iconic game series into a film that film set in the same universe as the video games but features an original story that expands the series' mythology.

MSI Master Gaming Arena Pacific Championship 2016 To Be Held At Time Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

By: Low Chern Lin

MSI MGA Pacific Championship 2016 is going to kick off in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur on Dec 9 to Dec 11, 2016! As the leading brand of the gaming industry, MSI is always ahead of others in meeting gamers’ needs. This time, MSI leveraged the world's top gamers from Malaysia, Australia, and Singapore. MSI MGA is a huge gaming eSports festival for all gamers to gather around, connecting the world’s leading game publishers and gaming teams with their enthusiastic fans an exciting and inclusive community environment. This year, for the first time ever, MSI MGA features an entire dedicated gaming arena, where attendees will have the opportunity to experience the latest VR (Virtual Reality) games and technology.

November 30, 2016

Logitech Introduces K375s Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard & Stand Combo

By: John Diew

If you use multiple devices at your desk, chances are you often would need to pickup your smartphone or tablet and use the soft keyboard to type. Although it doesn't felt like a major inconvenience, but typing on a physical keyboard has better feel compared to a soft keyboard. However, due to the troublesome process of pairing and connecting the bluetooth devices, people would choose to not mess with it.

So Logitech set to make typing on smart devices fast and easy, introducing the new K375s Multi-Device keyboard.