It’s awesome to be single. OK, perhaps that’s debatable. The absolutely made-up holiday–11.11, originating from China (you can thank Alibaba for commercialising it in 2012), is one of the largest online shopping days in the world. In China, it generated over US$14.3 billion in sales, in 2015. How’s that for consumerism? Well, we’re all looking for deals and steals, so what better than 11.11 eh? Here are some tech gadgetry you may want to consider on this special day (sourced from Lazada).
The DJI Osmo Mobile may be brand new, but this hasn’t stopped retailers from giving a good discount for 11.11. Over MYR100 off, this 3-axis stabilized gimbal is a dream come true for video enthusiasts and especially media people like me. Slide in your smartphone (fits up to 6 inches), fire up the DJI GO app and you’re on your way to super stable video footage. Sold.
This may be the lowest spec Redmi Note 3 but it’s still a kick-ass phone. The budget phablet rocks a snappy Snapdragon 650 mated to 2GB RAM, boasts an ultra-fast fingerprint sensor, a huge 4050mAh battery and a premium metal build. It’s got a fantastic Full HD screen, and a 16MP rear camera. If you’re looking for an affordable smartphone right now, this is it. Fantastic deal.
Following not to far behind is the Galaxy J7. Rocking a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED, fast octa-core CPU with 3GB RAM, this upper rung entry-level phablet is packed with goodness. It’s lightweight and well-built, and you’ll also get a good 13MP f/1.9 rear shooter, and great 5MP selfie shooter with flash. The dual-SIM 4G LTE device packs 16GB of storage and a large 3300mAh battery. Good buy.
Everyone needs a powerbank. At least one. And if you need a fast-charging, high-capacity one, then the Mi Power Bank Pro is it. With USB Type-C support, and packing a high density lithium-polymer battery, it also boasts two-way 18W fast charge. And it’s mighty thin at only 12.58mm. The powerbank is enough to charge an iPhone 6 four time; or an iPad mini 1.5 times. Go Pro, or bust.
For under MYR400, you can give your Mac or PC a huge boost in performance (up to 25x in fact!). Windows or MacOS will boot in seconds, and you’ll enjoy the freakish fast 550MB/s sequential read speeds (up to 500MB/s write). It may be the mid-ranger in SanDisk’s SSD arsenal, but enough to give your work or game time the steroid it needs.
This is a pretty odd combo to be honest. On one side you have the most current technology – the increasingly popular 360 video or VR camera; on the other hand you have the retro cool instant film camera. The oddball combo is cool in its own way though. While you’re busy capturing the 360-degree world, you can also snap once in a lifetime memories on film. How awesome is that?
What can I say? I picked it because they’re JBL. And because they’re cheap. The C100SI is ultra-lightweight, and features an in-line mic with universal remote. It boasts JBL’s signature sound and a great accompaniment for your smartphone or portable media player. 30 bucks. Wow.
There are times when we need to transfer those photos and videos from our Android phones to Mac or PC. What easier way than to have a USB drive with micro-USB and USB 3.0 connectors. High speed USB 3.0 support means transfer speeds of up to 150MB/s. Compatible with most Android devices that support OTG. Oh 32GB is too old school, how about 128GB?
A gaming tablet for under MYR1000? No way! Possibly the most edgy designed tablet in the business, the Acer Predator 8 packs an Intel Atom X7 quad-core processor mated to 2GB RAM. The rugged, bold design houses an 8-inch Full HD screen and front-facing quad stereo speakers. It sports 32GB of storage, which you can easily expand a further 256GB via microSD.
Xiaomi’s XiaoYi action camera range has carved quite a niche for itself. This international (English) version supports 4K video capture, and features the latest Ambarella A9SE75 chip based on 28nm CMOS technology, It captures 12MP stills and sports a 2.19-inch touch screen with Gorilla Glass. With 5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, connectivity is a cinch. The incredible bundle includes the XiaoYi camera, original waterproof casing, Bluetooth remote and monopod selfie kit. Ready? Action!
Logitech makes the best portable keyboards, and the K480 has got to be one of my favourites. It’s a universal keyboard that works with tablets, smartphones and PCs and its unique Easy-Switch dial makes it easy to switch between devices. An integrated cradles holds your tablet or phone in place while you type. Talking about typing, key travel and feel is great, and there’s even familiar Mac, Windows, Android and iOS shortcut keys built-in.
And there’s plenty more!
Go scout around. Remember you have less than 24 hours. By the way, if you’re using the Lazada app, you can use the code ORNIGHT to get 11% off your purchases, only for 11.11.
Have a super 11.11 and happy shopping!