Showing posts with label Shopping Online. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shopping Online. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

First Look: Flesports MK750 Barebones Kit

July 16, 2024 0 Comments


After getting my first CIDOO ABM066 Barebones Kit Alice-layout, when I saw that the Flesports MK750 Barebones kit was on sale... of course I had to get it. It was from Lazada and about S$50 at the time I got it. You could also check out Shopee or Amazon to see which price is better for your wallet. On average this barebones kit costs S$110-185+ (US$80-140~). 


With the vouchers and sales that  Lazada and Shopee have, you might be even able to get it at a better price too.  I don't believe in paying for full price if you I can help it, and always love it when there is a sale. πŸ˜†


If you are wondering what is Shopee , it’s basically a shopping platform like Amazon but with pricing closer to Temu. They have an app for Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia, mostly for the South East Asian countries. Besides the (probably) more affordable (cheaper) pricing, shipping is either free or less than SGD$2 (for majority of the sellers). The only downside is that you need a local number and address for each of the Shopee country app. 

 If you have not signed up for Shopee and want to get S$5 off your first order, sign up 🠊here🠈😊


[First Look: CIDOO ABM066 Barebones Kit Alice-layout Review]


They have a range of colors to choose from: black, pink, white and grey. This time I decided to get a black casing instead of the usual white one. As usual since it was from China, it did take some time to arrive. There was no protection, just the box itself in an envelope. But thankfully it arrived intact, the box was a little beaten but it the keeb survived. It came with a manual guide, cable, keycap / switch puller, and a dust cover! I was pretty impressed since my keyboards before this all arrived without a dust cover, so that add on was very much appreciated.



The Unboxing Experience



Adding the ‘Flesh’ to the BareBones Kit Experience

Unlike the CIDOO ABM066 Barebones Kit, this on was a much more easier experience affixing the switches as the holes are already there and you do not need to make any extra efforts to press the switches down; it just simply clicks into place with little effort.


I believe I have discovered the joys of  customization as I selected a range of Akko Linear Switches for this build.  I used the V3 Crystal Pro (43gf) for the alpha keys, the lighter Jelly Whites (35gf) for the spacebar and non alpa keys, the Pink Gateron (45gf) for everything else.




Typing Experience

For the keycaps, I got some nice rainbow Jelly Poms which look great on the keeb, especially with the rgb. The only downside is the learning to type as even if there side engravings on the keycaps, it increases the chances for typos. The moment I look at the board, all the typos occur and I start to forget which keycap is what and lose my way. πŸ˜‚



Default Settings and Connecting to devices

Connection to an iPad or Android device is relatively simple, just set the keyboard to Bluetooth setting, and turn on Bluetooth for your device which you want to connect to, press the FN + Q / W / E to pair. The keyboard can be simultaneously connected to 3 devices at a time. 


If you want to connect to a computer (Windows / Mac), you also have the option to connect it via the USB cable it came with or simply use the USB for the 2.4GHZ. Of course you have to remember to adjust the keyboard setting for the 2.4GHZ connection.


The USB for the 2.4GHZ connection is nicely hidden away behind a magnetic stand on right hand side.




What I love

πŸ’•The ease in which the switches can be installed with little to no effort whatsoever as the holes are already there.

πŸ’• The RBG effects, adds that something special when you are typing. There many default effects available.

πŸ’•The build quality is really good and has a premium feel to it. The knob is such a good addition too.

πŸ’• The ability to swap out the switches and keycaps for personalization or a different keep experience is tthe reason why I got it.

πŸ’• The ease to use right out of the box, to connect and start typing  away.

πŸ’• The quality of the build which made my linear switches and rainbow jelly Pom keycaps produce a nice clacky sound.


Not so much

πŸ’” Installing the space bar did take some effort as the board was not 100% straight. But once the right angle was found it was easy.


So, there you go, my first look at and review of my experience with the Flesports MK750 Barebones Kit. Given that the loves are more than the not so much, I’ll say you can give it a try. For those of us located in Singapore, you can get it here for about S$175+ or cheaper when it is one sales from Lazada. Alternatively you could also check out Shopee where the average pricing  is around S$115+.


If you think that the typing noise is too loud you could always swap them out for silent linear switches that would sound not more noisy than the normal laptop membrane keys. There are even silent switches. And at this price, it really is worth a try so that your hands are not strained when you are working for long periods of time at the computer.


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Have you tried the Flesports MK750 keyboard before? If the answer is yes, let me know in the comments below how your experience was! 


Monday, July 15, 2024

Must-Have Pro Controllers for Nintendo Switch on Amazon Prime Day 2024: Best Deals and Savings!

July 15, 2024 0 Comments


Amazon Prime Day 2024 is just around the corner, and it is happening on July 16-17! So it's the perfect opportunity to upgrade your gaming gear, especially if you own a Nintendo Switch and are looking to improve your gaming experience. A high-quality pro controller can significantly enhance your gaming experience, whether you're striving for precision in competitive games or seeking comfort for extended gaming sessions. 

Here's a guide to the top pro controllers you should look out for on Amazon Prime Day 2024, complete with original prices, discounted prices, and how much you can save. πŸ˜ƒ


1. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller


The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a must-have for many gamers due to its ergonomic design, excellent build quality, and responsive buttons. This controller is perfect for any game and includes features like motion controls, HD rumble, and built-in amiibo functionality.

Original Price: S$93.32 (US$69.99)
Prime Day Price: from S$62.95 (US$49.99)
Savings: about S$26.67 (US$20.00)




2. 8BitDo Pro 2 Bluetooth Controller

The 8BitDo Pro 2 is a versatile controller compatible with the Nintendo Switch, Windows, Android, and macOS. It features customizable buttons, a turbo function, and adjustable analog sticks. The retro design is a nod to classic gaming, but its functionality is thoroughly modern.

Original Price: S$66.65 (US$49.99)
Prime Day Price: from S$46.65 (US$34.99)
Savings: about S$20.00 (US$15.00)


3. PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller


The PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller is a budget-friendly option that doesn't compromise on quality. It includes motion controls, mappable Advanced Gaming Buttons, and up to 30 hours of gameplay on a single charge. The variety of vibrant designs and officially licensed characters add a fun touch to your gaming setup.

Original Price: S$66.65 (US$49.99)
Prime Day Price: from S$40.00 (US29.99)
Savings: about S$26.65 (US20.00)




4. Hori Split Pad Pro


The Hori Split Pad Pro is ideal for handheld mode, offering a full-sized controller experience with larger grips, buttons, and analog sticks. It's perfect for games that require precise controls, transforming your portable gaming sessions.

Original Price: S$66.65 (US$49.99)
Prime Day Price: from S$46.65 (US$34.99)
Savings: about S$20.00 (US$15.00)
Buy the Hori Split Pad Pro



πŸ““Tips for Amazon Prime Day Shopping

  1. Set Alerts: Use Amazon's alert features to get notified when your desired controllers go on sale.
  2. Check Bundles: Look for bundles that include controllers with other accessories or games at a discounted price.
  3. Read Reviews: Always check user reviews to ensure you're getting a product that meets your expectations.
  4. Compare Prices: Don’t just rely on Amazon; check other retailers to ensure you're getting the best deal.

That said, Amazon Prime Day 2024 is happening on July 16-17 and it is the ideal time to upgrade your Nintendo Switch setup with a top-notch pro controller. Whether you prioritize comfort, customization, or functionality, there’s a controller on this list for you. 

Happy gaming and may your Prime Day deals be plentiful!



Wednesday, July 10, 2024

My Anya Spy x Family Deskmat from APOL SG

July 10, 2024 0 Comments


If you're a fan of the hit manga and anime series “Spy x Family” and you're looking to spruce up your workspace, look no further than APOL SG's exclusive Spy x Family deskmats. These vibrant, high-quality desk mats are perfect for any fan wanting to bring a touch of their favorite series into their daily routine .


[Desk Mats vs. Mousepads: Understanding the Key Differences]


APOL SG offers a variety of unique designs that capture the essence of “Spy x Family”. Whether you love the sleek, mysterious vibe of Twilight, the cheerful and innocent charm of Anya, or the elegant and lethal grace of Yor, there's a deskmat that perfectly represents your favorite character.


I got my Anya deskmat when it was on sale on APOL SG Shopee Shop. It usually retails for around S$50-55 but when there are sales, it could be much lesser than that (I got it for about S$40 with promo vouchers)!


If you are wondering what is Shopee , it’s basically a shopping platform like Amazon but with pricing closer to Temu. They have an app for Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia, mostly for the South East Asian countries. Besides the (probably) more affordable (cheaper) pricing, shipping is either free or less than SGD$2 (for majority of the sellers). The only downside is that you need a local number and address for each of the Shopee country app. 

 If you have not signed up for Shopee and want to get S$5 off your first order, sign up 🠊here🠈😊

Delivery was fast and it came in a nice box and bag!


The deskmat is high quality and is thick but not heavy. The smooth surface provides an excellent glide for my mouse, making it ideal for both work and gaming. The non-slip rubber base keeps the mat firmly in place, no matter how intense movements are. The best part is that it s waterproof, so spills are easily cleaned up and nothing messes with the adorable Anya and her peanuts. πŸ˜†


It is also the perfect size and covers a good portion of your desk.  Checkout my review short video on my adorable Anya deskmat below:


So if you love “Spy x Family” and just happen to be looking for a deskmat to cuteify your desk setup, do check out APOL SG!


Have you gotten other products from APOL SG? Do let me know in the comments below! 

Monday, July 8, 2024

Review: UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB C Charger

July 08, 2024 0 Comments


In today’s hyper-connected world, keeping our gadgets charged is crucial. Whether it's smartphones, tablets, laptops, or smartwatches, a dependable charger is essential. Enter the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger with its adorable design and touted capabilities. Let’s delve into its features, and benefits.



Introducing the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger

The UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger is a compact powerhouse, engineered to charge a diverse range of devices efficiently. Leveraging the innovative GaN (Gallium Nitride) technology, it provides faster and more efficient charging than traditional silicon-based chargers (so they say). This charger, despite its small size, can deliver up to 65 watts of power, making it perfect for everything from laptops to smartphones and tablets.


Unboxing Video



Standout Features

1. Advanced GaN Technology

At the core of the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger is GaN technology. GaN transistors are more efficient and produce less heat than silicon, allowing for a smaller, yet more powerful charger. This results in quicker charging times and a more compact design. 


2. High Power Output

With an impressive 65W output, this charger can handle a broad range of devices. Whether you’re powering a high-performance laptop like the MacBook Pro or quickly topping up your smartphone, the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger delivers.


3. Multi-Device Charging

Equipped with multiple USB-C ports, this charger can simultaneously charge several devices. This is ideal for travelers or anyone with a suite of gadgets that need constant charging.


4. Comprehensive Safety Features

Safety is a priority with the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger. It includes built-in protections against overcharging, overheating, and short-circuiting, ensuring your devices are charged safely and reliably.


5. Portability and Compact Design

Despite its powerful output, the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger is incredibly compact and lightweight. Its portable design makes it easy to carry, making it the perfect travel companion.


6. Variety of Designs

The UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger is available in several designs, catering to different aesthetic preferences and functional requirements. Whether you prefer a sleek, minimalist look or a more robust, feature-rich design, there’s an option for everyone. It comes in 3 different designs - black, purple and blue/pink.

I got the purple design


Benefits of the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger

1. Enhanced Efficiency and Speed

Thanks to GaN technology, the UGREEN RobotGan charger offers superior efficiency, leading to faster charging times. You can quickly recharge your devices and stay on the go.


2. Versatile Charging Capabilities

With a 65W output and multiple ports, this charger is a versatile tool for powering a wide array of devices. From laptops and smartphones to tablets, it covers all your charging needs. They have UK and US compatible chargers.


3. Safety and Reliability

Featuring robust safety measures, you can charge your devices with confidence, knowing they are protected from power surges and overheating.


4. Portability

Its compact size ensures you can take the charger anywhere, making it ideal for frequent travelers and those who need a reliable power source on the go.


5. Aesthetic and Functional Flexibility

With multiple designs available, you can choose a charger that matches your personal style and specific charging needs, adding a touch of customization to your tech accessories.


That said, with its GaN-powered efficiency, comprehensive safety features, compact design, and variety of aesthetic options, it is a must-have accessory for anyone looking to keep their devices powered and ready for action. Say goodbye to slow charging and bulky chargers - embrace the future with the UGREEN RobotGan 65W USB-C Charger!


It fast charges my Android and Apple devices in good time and does not overheat. It can even charge my laptop and Nintendo Switch effectively (and perfect to bring for travels). The only thing to note is that only one port is 65W,  so do read the manual. This charger is even more perfect if you have a suitable power point where you can view the adorable face when it is charging and when charging has completed. 


I got mine from Lazada when there was a sale (I always check out all the shopping platforms and compare before making that purchase with the belief that sales are always better than paying for the full price). Typically it costs around S$55-60, but during the sales period it can be almost 50% off!


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Have you already gotten yours yet? If the answer is yes, let me know your thoughts about it! 😁



Thursday, July 4, 2024

My PlayAsia Experience

July 04, 2024 0 Comments


Play-Asia is an online retailer specializing in video games, DVDs, music CDs, and gadgets primarily targeting the Asian market. Established in 2002, it has grown to become a prominent platform for gamers seeking imports, rare titles, and niche products. It offers a wide range of products, including Japanese and Asian versions of games, which can be appealing to collectors and enthusiasts outside Asia. The company also provides digital services, such as digital codes for games and online subscriptions. Overall, Play-Asia serves as a bridge for gamers worldwide to access unique gaming content from Asia.


If you are looking for covers or items which are not available in your country then this could be a good place to look if you are not able to find any online anywhere else.


My experience was not so pleasant (mostly on the courier / shipping side of things) with the long wait, poor resolution time and almost losing the parcel, and the pricing. 


Let’s start with the website. It’s primitive and not user friendly. Navigating between product pages is not an intuitive thing and the design is like it is still stuck in the 2000s. The layout is messy and cluttered, so unless you know what you are looking for specifically… virtual window shopping does not spark joy.


Layout, Taxonomy and Design still stuck in the 2000s


Next would be the purchasing experience, which PayPal is an option. Although it is mentioned that if you spend above a certain amount (basic) shipping would be free, however there are some caveats to that. Not to mention that the sales and discounts are really lackluster.


I was interested in this otome game My Next Life as a Villianess: All Routes Lead to Doom! - Pirates of the Disturbance. It was listed on PlayAsia but it was a pre-order and it was expensive (although the company is located in Hong Kong, they use USD$ as a currency on their platform). Then I saw a something which was interesting, Sword and Fairy Inn 2, the collectors’ edition.


I decided to try purchasing from PlayAsia and the first game from them was the collect’s edition of the Sword and Fairy Inn 2. Rating for the game was not too good but the cover looked so cute and the concepts ofthe game looked like something I would play, so I got it.


Checkout was easy, payment was swift but delivery… delivery was a pain. It took almost forever and more than a month before I received it. All because of the shipping company PlayAsia used - Quantiam Solutions.


You can read all about the lack of professionalism and lacklustre service of the shipping company in the link below.

[Quantium Solutions - the worst logistics and shipping company]


The item reached Singapore but was sitting in at the Post Office Center for a month with no accountability nor response by the shipping company!


It took 7 weeks for my parcel to arrive from Hong Kong and not because it was from a far away... even stuff I've gotten from Amazon US has come in a much fast timeframe with much better updates on the status of delivery ... It was because it was stuck in the Singpost sorting center, to which the logistics company Quantium Solutions was dead on replies and basically non-responsive pushing it over from the Hong Kong branch to the Singapore branch and then dead silence.


PlayAsia took about a week to finally conclude that it was “lost”, whilst its status was actually sitting there with not one bothering about it and no updates whatsoever. They provided an option, to either get a refund or resend out again. I opted for a refund and when that happened, the game was delivered the next day!


Now being the nice person that I am, I informed PlayAsia and they thanked me for informing them that I had received the “missing” item. Next they asked if I could make a payment again on their website since they had already processed the refunded. So meaning, if I had not informed them I would have gotten it for free and gotten an extra one?


But I “returned” them the money and I did earn a few cents back since the exchange rate was higher on the day the refunded me versus when I had bought it.


Oh, and that otome game I wanted? I managed to get it off Carousell for just S$60. That’s at least S$30 lesser than what it is on PlayAsia (not even including shipping).


So would I purchase from PlayAsia again? I guess that would depend if they have the games I really want that I am not able to get else where otherwise it is not worth the time, money and effort. There are also no incentives, unlike Amazon, Shopee or Lazada.


Have you purchased from PlayAsia before? If the answer is yes, how has your experience been so far? Please share in the comments below!~

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Desk Mats vs. Mousepads: Understanding the Key Differences

June 19, 2024 0 Comments


In the world of desk accessories, two essential items often come into play: the desk mat and the mousepad. While they might seem similar at first glance, these two products serve distinct purposes and offer unique benefits. In this blog post, we'll dive into the key differences between desk mats and mousepads to help you decide which one—or perhaps both—you need for your workspace.



Desk Mats: The Multi-Purpose Protector

Size and Coverage

Desk mats are the larger of the two, designed to cover a significant portion of your desk. They can accommodate your keyboard, mouse, and sometimes even a laptop or other desk accessories. This expansive coverage helps keep your workspace organized and clutter-free.


Purpose and Functionality

The primary purpose of a desk mat is to protect your desk surface. Whether it's shielding your desk from scratches, spills, or heat damage, a desk mat is a versatile tool that enhances the longevity of your furniture. Additionally, desk mats provide a comfortable writing surface, making them ideal for note-taking and other tasks.


Materials and Aesthetics

Desk mats come in a variety of materials, including leather, fabric, plastic, and rubber. This variety allows you to choose a mat that not only suits your functional needs but also complements your aesthetic preferences. A stylish desk mat can add a touch of elegance to your workspace.

Extra Features

Many desk mats come with additional features that enhance their functionality. You might find desk mats with built-in organizers, charging ports, or even wrist rests for added comfort. These extra touches can make a significant difference in your daily productivity and comfort.

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Mousepads: Precision and Performance

Size and Specificity

Mousepads are smaller and specifically designed to accommodate the movement of a mouse. Their compact size ensures that they provide just enough space for smooth and efficient mouse operation without taking up too much room on your desk.


Purpose and Efficiency

The main goal of a mousepad is to improve the performance of your mouse. A good mousepad offers a smooth, consistent surface that enhances tracking and precision, making it an essential tool for anyone who relies on their mouse for work or gaming. Additionally, mousepads protect your desk from the wear and tear caused by constant mouse movement.


Materials and Design

Mousepads are typically made from materials that optimize mouse tracking, such as cloth, plastic, or rubber with a textured surface. These materials are chosen to provide the best possible interaction between the mouse sensor and the pad, ensuring accurate and responsive performance.

Additional Enhancements

Some mousepads come with features designed to improve user comfort and experience. For instance, you might find mousepads with wrist rests or gel padding to reduce strain during extended use. Others may have specialized surfaces tailored for different types of mouse sensors, catering to specific needs.

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Choosing Between a Desk Mat and a Mousepad

When deciding between a desk mat and a mousepad, consider your specific needs and how you use your workspace. If you're looking for a multi-purpose solution that offers protection and organization, a desk mat might be the way to go. On the other hand, if you need something to enhance the precision and comfort of your mouse usage, a mousepad is likely the better choice.


Ultimately, both desk mats and mousepads can significantly improve your workspace. Some people even choose to use both, enjoying the comprehensive protection and enhanced functionality they provide together.


Whether you're aiming to protect your desk, improve your mouse performance, or simply add a touch of style to your setup, understanding the differences between desk mats and mousepads can help you make an informed decision that best suits your needs. Happy working!


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

First Look: Ajazz AK832 Wireless three mode mechanical keyboard (Brown Switch Model)

June 11, 2024 0 Comments


When you think of a mechanical keyboard, a low profile keyboard is not very common and they are kind of pricey. So of course when the Ajazz AK832 was on sale on Shopee, I quickly grabbed it.

 

Although the board is not hotswappable (i.e. t's forever stuck on brown switches it came with), the RGB is only white light and I could not choose the type of switch it came with (the other options were sold out), it was worth the deal at that price to try out a low profile mechanical keyboard. There are other switch options, so you can choose between Red, Brown and Blue switches (depending on the seller you get it from and the variations they are selling).


It might not come with the digital screen like the Ajazz AK832 Pro, but I am happy with it. Delivery did take some time but it came eventually. 


[First Look: CIDOO ABM066 Barebones Kit Alice-layout Review]



What are low-profile mechanical keyboards?

Low-profile mechanical keyboards offer a unique typing experience compared to traditional mechanical keyboards.  They give an experience similar to typing on your laptop keypad as the keycaps are uniform and short, the switch also has a shorter travel distance - which means that keys do not need to be pressed down as far as a regular switch to register a keystroke, resulting in a quicker typing experience.


[Unlocking the World of Mechanical Keyboards: A Beginner Guide]

[MACHENIKE K500W vs RK71 Mechanical Keyboards]


If you are transitioning from a laptop membrane keyboard, a low-profile keyboard might offer the closest experience if you are already used to typing furiously away on your laptop's keyboard.  When I first started using my first mechanical keyboard with linear switches, it did take some time to get used to the linear switches. There was a slight difference in the amount of pressure to be exerted on the keys. Another thing to get used to was the various different types of keycap profiles!


[Mechanical Keyboard Switches Explained: Your Complete Guide to Types and Characteristic]

[Your Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Keycap Profile for Your Mechanical Keyboard]


Here are some other points which might make a low profile mechanical keyboard more appealing to you: 


1. Slimmer Design: Low-profile mechanical keyboards are designed to be thinner and sleeker than traditional mechanical keyboards. This slim profile can be aesthetically pleasing and can also be more ergonomic, especially for users who prefer a lower typing angle.


2. Shorter Key Travel: One of the defining features of low-profile mechanical keyboards is their shorter key travel distance compared to standard mechanical keyboards. This means that the keys don't need to be pressed down as far to register a keystroke, resulting in a quicker typing experience.


3. Quieter Typing: Due to their shorter key travel and often different switch designs, low-profile mechanical keyboards tend to produce less noise compared to their traditional counterparts. This can be advantageous in environments where noise is a concern, such as offices or shared workspaces.


3. Different Switch Options: Low-profile mechanical keyboards typically use switches that are specifically designed for their slimmer profile. These switches often have characteristics similar to traditional mechanical switches but may have a shallower actuation point and overall shorter travel distance. Some popular low-profile switch options include Kailh Choc switches and Cherry MX Low Profile switches.


4. Portability: The slim and lightweight design of low-profile mechanical keyboards makes them highly portable compared to bulkier traditional mechanical keyboards. They are easier to carry around, whether you're commuting to work or traveling.


5. Limited Keycap Compatibility: Due to their unique switch design and slimmer profile, low-profile mechanical keyboards may have limited keycap compatibility compared to standard mechanical keyboards. This means that customizing the keycaps on a low-profile keyboard might be more challenging.


6. Typing Experience: The typing experience on a low-profile mechanical keyboard can vary depending on personal preference and the specific switches used. Some users enjoy the quicker, more responsive feel of low-profile switches, while others may prefer the more substantial key travel of traditional mechanical switches.


Overall, low-profile mechanical keyboards offer a different typing experience that appeals to users looking for a slimmer design, quieter operation, and potentially faster typing speeds. However, it's essential to try out different keyboards and switches to find the one that best suits your preferences and typing style.


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If you are wondering what is Shopee , it’s basically a shopping platform like Amazon but with pricing closer to Temu. They have an app for Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia, mostly for the South East Asian countries. Besides the (probably) more affordable (cheaper) pricing, shipping is either free or less than SGD$2 (for majority of the sellers). The only downside is that you need a local number and address for each of the Shopee country app. 

 If you have not signed up for Shopee and want to get S$5 off your first order, sign up 🠊here🠈😊


Monday, May 27, 2024

Curated Delights: Melodi Picks

May 27, 2024 0 Comments

Introducing Melodi Picks!


Whether you're a seasoned gamer or just starting out, having the right gear can make all the difference. That's why I'm thrilled to introduce my curated affiliate shopping page, your one-stop destination for everything mechanical keyboards, artisan keycaps, Nintendo Switch accessories, and games.


Since I like virtual window shopping and finding a good deal or two most of the times,  this is a page where I've handpicked the best products (and deals) in each category above.  I have purchased most of these, and others are really a good deal which I found. So if you are in Singapore, or South East Asia in general, you are in for a treat because sharing is caring! πŸ˜†


For international readers you could try your luck and see if you are able to purchase, but anything international would be under the "Other Links" section. 

 If you have not signed up for Shopee and want to get S$5 off your first order, sign up 🠊here🠈😊 Alternatively, if you already have an account but have not bought anything yet, you can still get S$5 off your first order with this code 7L6EM9H
Do note that if you are viewing it on mobile it will check if you have the app first, if you do it opens in the app, just click ok and you would get to the listing page. Happy Shopping!


Remember to compare prices and shipping costs, and check reviews across the different sellers / platforms!



Artisan Keycaps

  1. [Keycap Series: A Shopee Guide to Affordable and Good Quality Artisan Keycaps]
  2. [Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month]
  3. [Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]



Nintendo Switch

  1. [IINE Splatoon Nintendo Switch Joypad Review]
  2. [HORI Nintendo Switch Split Pad Compact Review]
  3. [Top 5 Cheap Switch Accessories You Definitely Need]
  4. [Accessories Bundle for Nintendo Switch Sports]





Wednesday, May 15, 2024

First Look: CIDOO ABM066 Barebones Kit Alice-layout Review

May 15, 2024 0 Comments


Finally, I have my very first Alice-layout keyboard! Well it might just be the barebones kit without the full set of switches and keycaps, but it also cost much less on Lazada. I managed to get it on sale (as always) for under S$40! The last I checked it is still cheap and going for about S$65-120 currently. So if you are interested, you can find it here on Lazada. Alternatively you could also check out Shopee where the average pricing is around S$72-89+. Of course with sales, and the use of vouchers and coins you might be able to get it for slightly lesser at either shopping platforms.


With some left over Akko Jelly Blues (tactile), Orange (tactile), and Pinks (linear), I decided to go for mixed tactile and linear experience. I also happened to have a cute cat themed keycaps set that I thought would go well with it.



Delivery was not so fast, taking about a 7 days to arrive. Confirmation of the order took about 2 days and once confirmed it was on its way. One thing to note if you are buying from Lazada Choice is that is can be a sort of gamble, sometimes the order gets cancelled and you lose out on the best price at the time you ordered. Other times the seller takes almost forver to pack and send out the item. There’s also no way to contact the seller except through the Lazada help chat support (not the chat bot). The good thing is when the order goes through, the joys of receiving your items which you got at a deal is oh so sweet. 😁


Given the price point, I guess I cannot complain that it arrived in its box and nothing else. There was no protection, but thankfully it arrived intact (the box was a little beaten but it survived). It came with a manual guide, cable and keycap / switch puller. 



Adding the ‘Flesh’ to the BareBones Kit Experience

As mentioned earlier, the concept of affixing the switches into the board was quite novel and seemed simple, but the execution was another story. Some of the switches were not affixed securely resulting into the switch and keycap being loose. Not knowing how much strength to use and not wanting to break the board can be pretty nerve-wracking. That and the fact that you would expect the switches to fix nicely and easily. But I am not complaining since this was on sale and is working as it should. Alternatively if you are interested in an Alice-layout but want less of having to assemble your own, you could get it pre-assembled with switches and keycaps already on it. 

But if you  want to try and have some sort of sense of accomplishment putting on your own switches and keycaps, this could be a good option. 😎


Now this being my very first Alice-layout and a barebones kit no less, it did take me a while to figure out how to affix the switches. It could be me or the fit of the board, but it took some effort to get the switches to fit (the key is to find the right angle and push it in). It was initially a tad loose for the “right shift” and “? “ buttons but I took them out and out them in again and made sure they fit in tightly (usually there would be a click when you’ve gotten it right).



I have not yet customised the digital screen so it is stuck on 01 April, but I’ll get to it … eventually. Here’s a video I found which gives a pretty good overview about the aesthetics and an overview of the RGB light effects and hot keys.  



Typing Experience

I would say that having this split does make it ergonomically friendly for the left and right hands. The only thing is getting used to it. I found myself having to look at the keyboard or risk hitting the wrong key, also my left hand is really used to hitting the ‘y’ key and keeps on mistaking the left shift key for the ‘a’ key.πŸ˜‚ So that’s probably something to get used to (that and the interesting fact that there is a ‘b’ for both the left and right spilt of the board).


For the moment (for this post and just using the out of the box default settings), the experience typing on an Alice-layout is pretty refreshing. It’s supposed to nurture a healthier typing posture and reduces strain; let’s see how this goes.



Default Settings and Connecting to devices

The out of the box key mapping should be alright for a Windows system. I am using it currently on an iPad Pro and the copy / paste key, display home shortcuts are not as I would expect (or I just need to get used to the layout). Other than that it is alright.


Connection to an iPad or Android device is relatively simple, just set the keyboard to Bluetooth setting, and turn on Bluetooth for your device which you want to connect to, press the FN + Q / W / E to pair. The keyboard can be simultaneously connected to 3 devices at a time. 


If you want to connect to a computer (Windows / Mac), you also have the option to connect it via the USB cable it came with or simply use the USB for the 2.4GHZ. Of course you have to remember to adjust the keyboard setting for the 2.4GHZ connection.



What I love

πŸ’•The split layout (takes some time getting used to but so far so good).

πŸ’•The LCD screen with the battery indicator so it gives a good visual cue how much power is left.

πŸ’• The RBG effects, adds that something special when you are typing.

πŸ’•Being able to customize the key mapping and LCD screen.

πŸ’• The default setting for the ‘b’ key being on both the left and right side gives it more flexibility for the hands.

πŸ’• The ability to swap out the switches and keycaps for personalization or a different keep experience is tthe reason why I got it.

πŸ’• The ease to use right out of the box, to connect and start typing  away.

πŸ’• The quality of the build which made my tactile switches and cat theme keycaps produce a nice mellow thocky sound.


Not so much

πŸ’” It is not as easy to affix the switches, resulting in loose switches and keycaps (till you find the right angle to get them in).

πŸ’” Customization for the LCD screen has to be done via a driver (on a Windows system).


So, there you go my first look at and review of my experienc with the CIDOO AM066 Barebones Kit Alice-layout. Given that the loves are more than the not so much, I’ll say give it is worth a try. For those of us located in Singapore, you can get it here for about S$65 or cheaper when it is one sales from Lazada. Alternatively you could also check out Shopee where the average pricing  is around S$72-89+.


For those you who are not really into mechanical keyboards (yet), I would still recommended you try the Alice-layout. If you think that the typing noise is too loud you could always swap them out for silent linear switches that would sound not more noisy than the normal laptop membrane keys. And at this price, it really is worth a try so that your hands are not strained when you are working for long periods of time at the computer.



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Have you tried an Alice layout keyboard before? If the answer is yes, let me know in the comments below how your experience was! 



Sunday, April 7, 2024

Keycap Series: A Shopee Guide to Affordable and Good Quality Artisan Keycaps

April 07, 2024 0 Comments

This guide will be about sellers on Shopee selling reasonably priced and quality keycaps for Singapore buyers. The best part about Shopee is that there are vouchers which could be used to discount the final price and the best part is delivery is free (just ensure you remember to download the vouchers). 


If you are wondering what is Shopee, it’s basically a shopping platform like Amazon but with pricing closer to Temu. They have an app for Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia, mostly for the South East Asian countries. Besides the (probably) more affordable (cheaper) pricing, shipping is either free or less than SGD$2 (for majority of the sellers). The only downside is that you need a local number and address for each of the Shopee country app. 

 If you have not signed up for Shopee and want to get S$5 off your first order, sign up 🠊here🠈😊 Alternatively, if you already have an account but have not bought anything yet, you can still get S$5 off your first order with this code 7L6EM9H
Do note that if you are viewing it on mobile it will check if you have the app first, if you do it opens in the app, just click ok and you would get to the listing page. Happy Shopping!


Styles of Keycaps

  • Keycap sets: Perfect if you want to change out your old keycaps or simply want to give your mechanical keyboard a new look without having to buy a new one. Any design you can think of as long as it is not the "normal" looking keycaps and comes in enough pieces to fit your keyboard. 
  • Accent Pieces: Usually used on a lesser used key like "Escape" or simply a center piece(s) for your keyboard.
    • Custom: Anything you can imagine is probably able to be turned into a keycap based on your imagination and vision, along with the skills of the artist.
    • Resin/Blanks/Novelty - Based on the artists interpretation and inspiration they create their keycaps and you buy them if you like them from their store or google forms (via raffle sales).


These sellers from Shopee below are ones which I have bought from before and find their designs matching my aesthetics. Their pricing is also wallet friendly ranging from S$5-$30+ per keycap. Hence sharing them with you because sharing is caring. So read on with caution (for your wallet). πŸ˜›


If you do find any other artisan keycap sellers with affordable prices on Shopee, let me know in the comments below!

Seller: wowking|Life Technology Digital

Looking for adorable and good quality keycap sets for a reasonable price?  Spy x Family, Sanrio Theme or even the cute bear / cat ears keycap sets etc.. The list goes on... 

Spy x Family Design the purple number keys were a mix and match with the Kuromi set

I found this seller on Shopee and tried their keycaps. I got the Spy x Family, Pokemon and Kuromi designs and the quality is not too bad for the price.  The delivery experience was not too bad, taking about 8 days to reach me. The keycap sets survived the delivery process and came in bags.

Seller: Rabbit Keycap Shop

Cute, affordable and the best part is that it is customizable: you can choose the color of the keycaps! 

The seller is also pretty responsive to the chat and there are many options to choose from. I've bought from this seller a few times and delivery times are within 6-9 days, which can be considered pretty fast. It is also well packaged and the keycaps came in good condition each and every time. 

Seller: happykeycap89.sg

Looking for something more unique and familiar? I stumbled across this seller on Shopee because of the adorable Winnie the Pooh designs! The heart also got my attention.

Here you can also choose your own keycap color and the type of keycap used is different too, it's XDA which give it a different feeling and profile.

Delivery time is slightly longer than the other sellers, taking about 8-12 days but each key is bubble wrapped and in a cute bag too.  Their designs are unique and adorable. Workmanship is also good.



Thursday, November 23, 2023

Quantium Solutions - The worst Logistics and Shipping Company

November 23, 2023 0 Comments

Remember my Quantium Solutions Postal Problems


Well, there's been some interesting and new developments. Right after the seller, PlayAsia, affirmed that the parcel was lost and offered to either reship or refund, miraculously on the same day about 3 hours after their response, there was an update!


Like magic they suddenly found the parcel which was sitting there for days on end, processed it and shipped it out the next working day... Wow just simply wow... where did all that efficiency go on 26 October?


The update was that the shipment was sent to the postal operator. So it was sitting around being "lodged" with the postal operator since 26 October 2023 with no updates, and on the very day the seller responded to me they decided to update the information that the very same parcel which lodged with said postal operator had it's information sent to the very same postal operator, got processed and I received it the next day?


But wait... isn't Quantium Solutions supposed to be part of SingPost, so why the horrible delay in process when they are affiliated and lack of transparancy?


I've had things ordered from overseas before and sent through SingPost and the updates, along with delivery times were definitely not as dismal. How is Quantium Solutions still in operation baffles me. If the fact they are affiliate with SingPost but there seems to be no common database or process for the handover is a red flag and super sus.


Don't even think of getting support from  them, as Quantium Solutions is non-responsive and hopeless. And if you think you could try getting some help from SingPost... well they just make it a lot complicated and difficult for you to contact them to get assistance on such matters. 


PlayAsia being the seller and the one who (unfortunately) engaged the services of Quantium Solutions were much more supportive and responsive. They actually provided a resolution and updates where they could. This was very much appreciated. They must have initiated a process which propelled the movement in updates from a nonchalant Quantium Solutions, and probably Singpost team. Otherwise the timing of how fast it suddenly got processed and delivered was literally magic... and not the good kind either.


It is undeniable that there is a gap in the process between Quantium Solutions and SingPost.  As a buyer it was really a bad experience with Quantium Solutions, and I will keep a look out to avoid this logistics / shipping coming as much as possible.


As for PlayAsia, I might give them another chance if there is something I really like from their site. After all it was not totally on them the parcel was lodged in Singapore with no updates when it had actually reach it's destination country. I cannot even imagine how it must be like for those who are living in countries further away. 


Seriously, if you are are seller please don't use Quantium Solutions!

Monday, November 6, 2023

Quantium Solutions Postal Problems

November 06, 2023 0 Comments

As technology continues to advance, so does the realm of online shopping and shipping. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears that everything has accelerated, from the swift delivery of food to the seamless online shopping experience and the rapid distribution of goods. Everything except for Quantium Solutions, they should change their name to Quantium Problems instead. 


Considering the potential of blockchain technology, it's disconcerting that Quantium Solutions, seemingly a part of the SingPost Group, appears to be falling behind in technological advancements. The order from PlayAsia (my very first!) was dispatched on October 4, 2023, and it took 17 days to finally reach its destination in Singapore. However, it took 2 days to reach SingPost and it has been stuck in that status since.... and they are telling me that cannot tell where it is!

Upon emailing the Singapore branch of Quantium Solutions, they replied saying to "Based on the record, the item was shipped out via Quantium Solutions Hong Kong to Singapore. However, we do not have any record in our system. Please reach out to your merchant/sender or the origin shipper,  Quantium Solutions Hong Kong for more details and further assistance."


Really Quantium Solutions? You could tell me where it was shipped out from, but cannot tell me where it is now that it has arrived in it's destination which should be under your purview? 


I've ordered from Bokksu and they deliver from Japan. When the parcel arrives in Singapore, dispatch is done by SingPost, and I usually received it within 2-3 weeks from dispatch. So that works out to be an average of 15 working days, not more than 21 days and counting. Even Amazon Prime shipping from the US to Singapore has arrived faster than this, with frequent status updates. And let's not even take about anything bought from China on Lazada or Shopee, where you are updated on the status constantly.


It's just Hong Kong to Singapore, not Hong Kong to the Netherlands. Plus, the status was updated to have already arrived in destination N days ago with no new updates and when it will be delivered.


But what's worse is that Quantium Solutions Singapore is telling me that they cannot find it in their system as it was sent out by the Hong Kong Branch. Since they are basically the same company just in different locations, where is the blockchain technology or visibility  to check for such deliveries?


I would say it's a red flag when the same entity does not seem to use the same system for something as simple as shipping. The reviews on Google and on the internet for this company also reflects the experience.


How is this company still in existence is a mystery - tracking is bad, customer service is hopeless and their system is not even integrated! Oh and did I mention that Quantium Solutions is a subsidiary of SingPost and yet their tracking system is hopeless.


Thankfully the seller, PlayAsia, has replied me saying that they would proceed with the full refund or reshipment so let's see how that goes. I would have to say that the customer support for PlayAsia has really been good and supportive, unlike Quantium Solutions.


Have you encountered Quantum Solutions with you shipping and deliveries? If so what are your thoughts on it?

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Top 5 Cheap Switch Accessories You Definitely Need

October 01, 2023 0 Comments

When you first get your Nintendo Switch, you might need to get some accessories such as screen protectors and cases to protect your precious new toy. Here is a list of the top 5 you should get at affordable prices too. 

Do note that this blog post may contain product affiliate links. If you purchase something through a link on this blog post, we may receive a commission, which goes into the upkeep of this blog.


1) Tempered Glass Screen Protector for less than S$10

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Before you even use your Switch, this should be your number 1 item, especially if scratches are not really your thing. The Switch is a handheld machine, so at some point in time you are going to get a scratch or 2 on it whenporting it around (and docking / undocking). Having a screen protector will also protect your screen from the Switch TV Dock, which might scratch your Switch display.

Get yours for just $2.99 - $5.99!


2) External Memory Card for less than S$20 / $80


The Switch comes with only 32GB worth of space, and by the time you start it up, at least another 4GB or so are taken up by the system. So getting extra storage is key. While you can still buy games on cartridges for the Switch, some titles might need extra storage, and if you intend on going digital then all the more you need a Memory Card.
 
You can get a 64GB card for less than S$20 and a 256GB card is less than S$80

Also with the double date and festive sales, it can even get cheaper with promotions and vouchers.


3) Case & Screen Protector for less than S$10

If you are the kind of person who likes pretty things and cheap things, then you can also consider this pretty case.
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The only downside of the pretty case is that the Switch cannot be docked when you put on the case. But that’s a small thing, as the case can be easily snapped on and off anytime (same for the joy con covers). The screen protector is also very easy to apply, so a bonus of sorts along with the cute cat paw print thumb grip caps!

For just less then S$10, you not only get the casing, but a tempered glass cover and two joy con grip covers as well. How’s that for a steal?

Of course, if you want something more cuter you can always get the decorated TPU covers for under S$10 (without the screen protector).
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It you want a more ergonomic cover for your joy-con with themes like Mario or Pokemon, along with 2 matching thumb grip caps, then you should get this anti-slip silicone cover. For just under $3, you get a joy-con cover with a pair of matching thumb grips. 
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Speaking of thumb grips, check out this selection of adorable joy-con thumb grip covers for just under S$3 for 2 pairs!
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4) Extra Joy-Cons for less than S$60

If you want to play with your family or friends, then you definitely would need to get an extra pair of joy-cons. But what to do if the original joy-cons are too pricey? Well, that would be where the Dobe joy-cons come in pretty handy (and for almost half the price of the original Nintendo joy-cons too).

Connection is easy and fast. It is thicker than the original joy-cons, so it has a better grip then the original joy-cons. The only thing is that there are no cases that will fit this joy-con, and charging is via its Type C port. But at this pricing it is perfect to get as a spare or for your 2nd / 3rd / n players.
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Want something a little more cheaper (and cuter)? Then you should consider the Panda Joy-con for just S$48.

5) Pro-controller for less than $50

Get a Pro Controller, which is more comfortable to hold for extended periods as its ergonomic contoured grips make it a comfortable upgrade from the joy-cons. This pair from IINE are pretty affordable for less than $50!
 
If you think the wake up the switch function and using amiibo is not too critical for you, then you can get it for less than S$40!
 
There's even that cute puppy Joy-Con at an even budget friendlier price of S$28!


Which are your favorite Switch accessories? Let us know in the comments below!

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