Heavy Rain and Beyond Collection

I did not get to play these games during the last generation of the console because I never had any Sony Playstation console.

Frankly, I did not hear of these games until I received a newsletter about new releases but did not read any reviews until after I finished the games. I like to think that I know good games when I see them and my instincts were right!

BEYOND: Two Souls was the first game played. It is similar to Telltale games where the player makes decisions that will affect how the story plays out. Not to mention that the graphics are beautiful. It is very much like a movie starring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. It was a great immersive experience.

Heavy Rain was advertised as a psychological crime thriller. Admittingly, I felt the spectrum of emotions during gameplay. The complaint that I have are graphic glitches such as when the game first loaded. It felt seizure-inducing. Some of the cutscenes were missing elements. After restarting the console, there did not seem to be much of a problem anymore.

The bundle is a worthwhile purchase.

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Razer Nabu 2015 Review for iOS Experience

I would have received my smartband earlier but the landlord/lady claimed that I was not home, even though I was all day 😦

It has been a week and I am satisfied with how well it works with my iPhone. The question is, does it do everything it claimed to do? So far, yes! By the way, I am not posting too many pictures because the official website already has it covered. Onward to the review…

SIZING
I am a petite lady so the small/medium size feels like a bangle to me which is fine. There are 2 interchangeable clasps that comes with it.

CONNECTIVITY
After turning on the bluetooth on my phone and installing the official app that is specified for the Nabu (not the Nabu X), it was easy to pair it so long as my smartband was far enough away from my significant other’s Nabu. It’s simply typing in a 4 digit PIN to pair, as opposed to the serial number from the last batch.

The Nabu gets out of range around 15 feet from the phone but it usually reconnects without a problem. When it does not re-connect, I go to settings > Bluetooth and select the Nabu from the Bluetooth list. Then I go back to the app and see if it syncs.

DISPLAY
In the app, there are a few settings you can customise. I noticed there was an option for left/right wrist placement. I selected left so the button on the Nabu is facing downwards. My default first screen is the time followed by steps, distance walked, calories burnt. You can customise whether or not you want it shown via the app. The screen brightness can also be adjusted. I opted for the lowest setting because the brightness did not seem much different.

NOTIFICATIONS
There are 4 vibration settings and the default is set to medium. For the iOS version, the notification from apps are actually through the iOS settings. The Android version is customisable in the Nabu app itself. To dismiss the notification, I chose the “shake device” method which is convenient but also slightly annoying. I feel like I have to shake twice firmly in order to dismiss the notification. Perhaps there is a secret method that I have not discovered yet.

What I also like is that I can set alarms and the vibration will wake me.

TRACKING
Yes it works as a fitness tracker and sleep tracker. In the app you can start a sleep session but I do not bother as the Nabu automatically does it for you. Fitness tracking includes steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, and active minutes.

BATTERY
According to the manual, it takes about 90 minutes to fully charge and it did. As for the charging cable, Razer acted like Apple and made a proprietary cable this time.

As for the battery life, it actually did last about 6 days for me

OTHER NOTES
There are firmware updates for the Nabu but the app fails to notify me. I have to manually check it and there have been 2 firmware updates so far during the first week.

I wish I could display the battery life on the Nabu but I have to go into the app itself or I could swipe down on my iPhone.
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VERDICT
For the price, it is a great value for a smartband with a display screen and notification capabilities. If you would like a more Jawbone-like experience for a cheaper price though, the Nabu X would be my recommendation.

Review for Android experience coming soon!

Samsung Galaxy S6 Screen Protector

Someone in my family wanted to be different so I had to buy this.

I prefer to use a credit card to smooth out the screen protector rather than the included squeegee. It’s nice that a cleaning cloth is also included.

Easy to apply and great value for a 3-pack!

Tech Armor Apple iPhone 6 Clear Screen Protectors

I have installed screen protectors for myself and friends/family. Perhaps I should charge fees for installation!

I liked that other than the microfiber cloth, it also had dust removal tape and the squeegee (but I didn’t need it). However, I still preferred using a credit card to smooth out the bubbles since it is wider.

Of course, the company’s installation guide is below:

Halo Screen Protector Film Matte (Anti-Glare) for Apple iPhone 5/5S/5C

Matte

In less than a year, I got a new phone. Technically I am on my second iPhone 5. I am surprised how I can apply the screen protector without any air bubbles and so I usually do it for anyone who asks.

Easy to Use
I like that there are 3 screen protectors for a very good price. I like the matte version because I don’t have to clean my fingerprints often (versus the clear version). My friend gets 1 screen protector (and service for putting it on) for $10.00 and I find that I save a lot of money putting it on myself and of course buying this pack. I read that some people say that it doesn’t work but it works very well if one knows how to properly apply it on the phone. Overall, a great deal and good quality.
(In case the original review is found on Amazon, I’m not plagarising because I wrote it)

Halo has an installation video on YouTube as well.

There is also the “clear” smooth version for those who do not like the matte.

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VideoSecu LED TV Wall Mount Full Motion with Swivel Articulating Arm

I paid for a new television today. My intention that night was to only purchase a new notebook for my sibling but of course my father saw a reasonably priced LED television on the way inside. I shall have to buy a new all mount and not at the store since it was expensive compared to what I am about to show you.

This is for the smaller flat screen TV ranging from 23 to 47 inches and up to 66 pounds. Don’t forget to check to see if the TV is VESA compatible. Did I mention a bonus HDMI cable? But if you think you might need a longer cable, the ones produced by Amazon works well.

My cable runs from my computer’s video card to the TV with just the HDMI cable. I love being able to watch movies and my shows on a bigger screen.

HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer


I bought it to upgrade my old “all-in-one” printer. Actually I gave the old printer to my sibling for his college use. My father’s fax machine gave up working. Purchasing the new printer was a good decision. Plus, my pc didn’t have a memory card reader, so this makes up for it too.

This has a wireless function, which makes it easy to print from my iPhone. It works as long as the printer and mobile are connected to the same wireless network. Although I wish there were other ways to connect it to the Internet, through the wired form. Or perhaps if the printer has Bluetooth. I recall when I was in college, our dorm weren’t allowed to connect printers wirelessly. That I understand because the whole school shares the Internet connection.

So it scans, prints, faxes, and copies. What more do I need? Ink! Of course HP doesn’t recommend the generic cartridges or refilling it. I have been using remanufactured ink which works decently.

For 1 price, there are 6 (2 black, 1 photo black, 1 cyan, 1 magenta, 1 yellow) cartridges in the high yield capacity. Although for better quality printing of pictures, I would lean towards the original HP ones. But for general printing, I would buy it. Sometimes I noticed the chip couldn’t be read by the printer so I took my air duster, sprayed it, then put it back in the printer. It worked!It is the nearly the end of the year, and I noticed the price has not budged too much from when I bought it so far. Overall, a greatly useful printer.