Pebble Steel Review

Posted on August 2014 at about 7:57 PM by hwa

After 4 months of using my Pebble Steel smartwatch, I feel grateful that I made the choice to buy the watch, it’s been really useful for me.

I pair the watch with my tablet, the Nexus 7 2013, and I use it to relay all the notification from my tablet to me, so I get to read the notification without even touching my tablet. This is very useful for me especially when I’m working, as I easily get hooked up with my tablet when I start playing with it, this will cause distraction and reduce my productivity, it’s not a good image to portray. Other than that, I also use the watch to keep track of my sleep pattern.

The battery life is satisfying, I can use it for at least 3 days without even charging it, sometime can go for 5 days.

Of course I wouldn’t dare to say the watch is perfect, there are still places that I think it can be better. One of them being the buttons, as I mentioned before, the buttons is really hard, even after 4 months of using it, the button doesn’t get to lose that much, I can feel the tactile a bit but not much.

Another thing is, from time to time the notification will cause the watch to crash, when this happen, the watch will keep on vibrate non-stop until I soft restart it, by holding the left + right middle button. This is actually quite critical, because the vibration will drain the battery. There’s one time when I finish charge the watch, unplug the cable and left it on table, then the watch crash. When I check the watch about an hour later, the battery left only 10%.

My review for the Pebble app store is, it sucks. The app store is sluggish, it appear to be heavy load although there are nothing much in the page. Also, there aren’t many apps in the app store for you to play around.

And those are the bad things about the watch, nothing serious.

Though I’m satisfy with the watch, but I will still suggest to wait a while if you are planning to buy one. The Moto 360, which can be a strong competitor for Pebble, will be release soon. From the promo video it looks promising, cool presentation, nice UI, nice design and touch screen!

 
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Pebble Steel Smartwatch

Posted on April 2014 at about 8:37 PM by hwa

After 2 months of waiting, finally my Pebble Steel has arrived!! Yay~!

Pebble Steel

For those who have no idea what it is, Pebble Steel is a smartwatch that started from a Kickstarter project, quoted from Wikipedia.

The Pebble raised $10.3 million for Kickstarter, making it the most successful product funded through that company up until then. Best Buy, an American consumer electronics corporation, began selling Pebble smartwatches in July 2013, and sold out within five days.

That’s the brief history of Pebble smartwatch, I would say up until now, there are no other smartwatch that can match the functionality of Pebble.

However, I must also mention that Motorola is currently working on a smartwatch that’s running on Android Wear, the Moto 360, which I think can be a strong competitor for Pebble. But Moto 360 will not be release until mid summer 2014.

Anyway, so I received the watch today, it came with 2 bands, the metal one and leather as part of introductory program for USD249, a normal package will only come with either the leather band or the metal one, depend on which package you choose.

The first impression for the watch is simply amazing, I like how they package the whole thing, doesn’t feel cheap at all, and the cable that come with it is magnetic and will snap into place when the connector is near to the watch.

If you must ask what’s the thing that I don’t like about the Pebble Steel, for now I would say the buttons. Although the buttons is advertised as responsive and tactile, but it’s not as tactile as I initially expect, the buttons is kinda hard to press, and I must apply a certain amount of force to press it, and I don’t really feel the tactile. I hope that’s just temporally, hopefully soon the buttons will be lose a bit and feel little better when pressed on.

As I just receive the watch today so I have nothing much to say but a first impression. Hopefully someday I’ll write a review for this watch.

Update:

Yes, I wrote a review for the watch, please read it here.

Ducky Zero Tenkeyless Keyboard

Posted on April 2014 at about 8:34 PM by hwa

After using my Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013, I’m so addicted to mechanical keyboard that I decided to get another one for my office. So I pick Ducky Zero DK2087 Tenkeyless keyboard, the one with Cherry MX Blue switch.

Ducky Zero Tenkeyless

The keyboard come in a standard keyboard layout except for the numpad, hence the Tenkeyless, I choose tenkeyless for it compact size, so I can easily bring it around if I needed to. The Ducky Zero range is a mechanical keyboard that focus on basic functionality, no fancy lights etc, just the keyboard it self, so what you pay is what you get.

I got this keyboard for RM269 which I think is quite reasonable for a mechanical keyboard, maybe because of the lack of numpad make it slightly cheaper. I did some modification to the keyboard, I changed the space bar and the Windows key to blank so it doesn’t have the Ducky logo. I also change the WASD and arrow keys to yellow keycap and escape key to red keycap, just to make it a bit fancy. Since I mainly use this keyboard in the office, I also put each of the key an O-Ring so it’s not so loud, but surprisingly, this actually make the keyboard even better to press!

O-Ring

So far I’m very satisfy with this Ducky mechanical keyboard. In fact, after the modification I made, it’s even better than the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013! I don’t have the keyboard picture for now, I’ll include a picture when I have the chance, so for now, use your imagination. 😛

Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX

Posted on March 2014 at about 8:51 PM by hwa

Now that if you still remember, I mentioned that I bought a Razer Orochi 2013 just last year. Well, the mouse is great, but it drain battery like mad when using it in Blueooth mode, so I started using cable, and the mouse is not wireless anymore, plus it use up my USB port, so what’s the point?

So I went to search another mouse, this time, I chosen the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX. This mouse is using the Logitech Unifying receiver technology so it’ll still use up one USB port, but at least it’s wireless.

Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX

I has been using the mouse for a while now, and I kinda like it, I think most probably I’ll settle down with this mouse. But we shall see then.

 
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