Ultimate Ears Brings Music to Life

Ultimate Ears recently launched “Bring Music To Life”, a new global brand campaign celebrating the power of music and how they transform things/people.

For fans of Ultimate Ears, an award winning wireless Bluetooth speakers, there are three bold and creative original illustrations coming to life on the Ultimate Ears by internationally renowned graffiti duo Bicicleta Sam Freio. This campaign brings together music and art to the Ultimate Ears wireless Bluetooth speakers.

Keep a lookout for this global campaign!

“Music has the power to enhance, energize and connect people, and you feel this whenever you turn the speaker on,” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director, ASEAN & India Region and Vice President at Logitech. “The belief that you can spontaneously transform any moment with music – anytime, anywhere – is at the heart of every experience from Ultimate Ears. We don’t just make speakers, we bring music to life.”

New limited edition Second Street Collection

Fans of Ultimate Ears, take note! The newest limited edition Second Street Collection is here!

The Second Street Collection will launch globally with eight new patterns and colours for Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 and Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM.

  • Cityscape and Urban Zebra showcase bold geometrics and stark, graphic patterns in neutral tones inspired by the monolithic structures in the urban landscape.
  • After Hours and Marina embody a classic palette of red and blue turned up to an electrifying intensity.
  • Midnight Garden, Stone, Cashmere and Lilac feature soft, warm and vaguely luminous tones inspired by the hazy light of spring.

    Pricing and Availability

    The Second Street Collection from Ultimate Ears is expected to be available in select countries globally beginning in June 2017 for suggested retail prices of SGD $249.00 for BOOM 2 and SGD $399.00 for MEGABOOM. Pattern and colour availability will vary by country.

    For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    * Information and pictures courtesy of Ultimate Ears and SPRG *

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Buds Review

This pair of wireless buds are the smallest in the music earphones world, they may look small yet we cannot judge them just by its size. Inside this pair of wireless buds, it is packed with pretty awesome music sound power and strength, with style, design and secure fit features. Let me introduce the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Earphones.

First and foremost, let me start off with the package, the nice looking box when it first arrived. The Jaybird Freedom box has a nice feel with a well thought out design and layout. Take a look as I started to unbox and displayed all the items that were packed inside the box. One nice feature of this package is that Jaybird gives customers a small pouch to keep the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones, charger and cable.

There are two aesthetics aspects of Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth earphones that makes it stand out and unique for the music lovers. They are the

  • All-metal housing
  • Silicone ear fins

(1) All-metal housing

The Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones is made up of elegant and premium sand-blasted metal material. This not only gives this pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless buds its unique style, it also improves its durability to its special micro-sized wireless ear buds. With all the top engineering processes, innovation and design, the Jaybird Freedom is a premium, iconic, sturdy, small, lightweight yet powerful wireless earphones to suit almost every music lover. Last but not least, the all-metal housing removes all distortion, giving music lovers the experiences of not just an incredible sound, the noise isolation feature sometimes feels like a noise cancellation feature at times!

(2) Silicone ear fins

In my personal humble opinion, the silicone ear fins are another feature that makes the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones unique. For a start, users might take some time before they get used to the design and fit inside the ear. You can choose to wear your Jaybird Freedom over-ear sport-fit with fins or over-ear sport-fit without fins or under-ear with fins or under-ear without fins. It’s your personal choice whether you want to have the ear-fins or without ear-fins. There are 4 different ear fins sizes (XS, S, M, L) inside the package and they fit in nicely for sporty/outdoors lifestyle e.g. running, biking, trekking. From a personal perspective, put on the silicone ear fins when you are doing sports/outdoors. Do take note on how to attach the ear fins, look out for the letters R (right) and L (left) on the top side of the circle.

Let me continue on with the other components that come with the Jaybird Freedom.

Silicone ear tips and Comply ear tips

There are 2 types of ear tips, they come in 3 different sizes for each type of ear tips, to suit your needs and requirements.

Cable

The length of the Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones cable is just nice in my opinion, not too long in length if not it would dangle down and get caught on to other objects. There are cord clips available to shorten the cable behind the neck, you can adjust the length to your liking and preference. Jaybird also gives customers another additional accessory option, a shirt clip is inside the package, that allows the user to attach the cable to their shirt, ideal when going for sports/outdoor activities.

Bluetooth connection

The bluetooth connection between the earphones and devices are smooth, easy to setup and connect.

Battery life

The battery life of the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds is 4 hours with additional 4 hours if the charger clip is attached to the earphones (with on the go charging).

Functionalities of the Jaybird Freedom

  • Music + Calls , easy to use and connects easily
  • Share 1 device with 2 buds
  • Pairing – remember up to 8 devices
  • Multipoint – connect the buds to 2 devices simulatanously
  • MySound App
  • Smartwatch – pair with your smartwatch and leave your phone behind

Announcements/Updates

  • Inform user of battery life percentage when switched on
  • Inform user to charge battery when it reaches 10%

For all the techies, music lovers, the next two areas would be of great interest to you –

Sound

First and foremost, I do not claim to be an audiophile, as much as I love listening to my different types of music on my Spotify with my earphones while traveling between places or during my sports activities. What I am sharing here would be my personal thoughts, views and experiences on the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds.

The Jaybird Freedom wireless produces a clear and sharp treble, with solid and strong bass without being overwhelming. One key and very interesting unique feature is that the user is able to utilise the MySound App, choose, adjust and customise the low, mid range and high range of their sound/music preset to their music/hearing preference.

MySound App

When I first heard of an app for the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds, to be honest with everybody here, I wasn’t sure how good it can be or how useful it would be. You have to try the MySound app, I was told and reminded.

Since I am reviewing this pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless buds, I have to try it. Once I started using it, I was completely blown away by its features, functionalities and capabilities. This MySound app is a must use for Jaybird Freedom owners!

  • Nice and easy to user user interface
  • Presets available for you to choose and add to the app dashboard
  • Customise your own preset
  • Battery life indicator on app

The sound quality of the Jaybird Freedom by itself is already pretty solid and awesome. With this MySound app, you can tune it, to your own hard rock mega bass musician style or the soothing and clear classical music style.

I would just like to highlight some observations when I was using the MySound app with the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds

  • Discrepancy between earphone announcement of battery life versus battery life indicator on the app
  • Jaybird Freedom earphones are paired, connected and playing music but MySound app says no earphones connected

I would like to emphasis that these observations DO NOT affect the excellent and powerful sound quality produced by the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds nor does it affect your listening and usage experience.

Overall, the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds are a remarkable pair of wireless bluetooth earphones. They are small, lightweight and powerful bluetooth wireless earphones. It is secure and fits into your ears. The noise blocking / noise isolation is very good, the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds owner is in a music world of their own! The design is trendy, bright and colourful, suitable for sporty, outdoors, leisure and daily usage earphones. It is sweat proof , they would be suitable for a number of sports/outdoor activities.

In my personal humble opinion, the Jaybird Freedom is an ideal choice for your pair of wireless bluetooth earphones, a worthy investment for music fans who are sporty/outdoors and also for their daily leisure usage. Visit my photography and travel interest site article, on how the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds fits into two different people lifestyles! Power Your Passion with Jaybird Freedom!

The Jaybird Freedom is now available at authorised resellers at the retail price of SGD $259. The Jaybird Freedom wireless buds come in four fresh colors: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue). For more information, please visit JaybirdSport.com or connect with them on Facebook.

* I would like to thank Jaybird for the opportunity to review the Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth earphones. *

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds

Sports fanatics who are also also audiophiles, they would look for earphones and headphones to accompany in their sports regime. The wireless headphones are among the more popular choices taken by the sports fanatics as it is easier to use and carry around, you don’t have to deal with the cable.

The premium sports wireless headphones by Jaybird, the Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds, are now in its 5th edition. Being a fellow sports person (running), I like wireless bluetooth headphones, not just for sports, it’s also good for daily usage too!

Let me share with you more information and photos of the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds from the press release information below –

Jaybird, the pioneer and leader in premium sport wireless headphones, announced Freedom Wireless Bluetooth® Buds, its fifth-generation of Freedom. Combining sophisticated style, incredible sound and increased comfort into the smallest, most advanced wireless earbuds ever designed, the buds are both functional and refined, packing premium features into a bite-sized package. Jaybird’s passion for great product doesn’t stop at great buds. Through the MySound app, you can customise and save your own personal sound to Freedom from your favourite music service or the Bluetooth-enabled music device you use.

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The ground-breaking, engineering-enabled Jaybird once again re-writes the rules of earbud design and user experience, marking Jaybird’s continued leadership in wireless headphone innovation.

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“This latest generation of Freedom liberates our lives like never before,” said Judd Armstrong, founder and CEO of Jaybird. “These micro-sized tapered buds deliver our best-ever sound while featuring a reduced size that fits all ears, all in a low-profile fit that resonates with everyone. The over-ear fit and elegant metal accents of Freedom bring a fashionable element while also being more rugged than ever, offering the freedom to bring your music anywhere, from mountain to motorcycle, thanks to the buds’ helmet friendly breakthrough form.”

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With Jaybird Freedom, you get micro-sized sand blasted metal accented housing in a fashionable, small package. Traditionally, in-ear Bluetooth buds use plastic materials to assist with signal performance, but Jaybird has overcome these challenges by moving all electronics to its miniaturised three button controller while still delivering an incredible eight hours of play time (four hours play time with an additional four hours through the listen-while-you-charge charging clip). If you need a battery boost, clip the lightweight charger on while driving to the gym or during your workout and get an extra hour of playtime in just 20 minutes. So from the gym, to the streets, trails, office or anywhere in-between Jaybird Freedom means you’ll never miss a beat.

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One of Jaybird’s hallmark design standards is drop-free music while offering incredibly small products. Jaybird continues to deliver this standard in Freedom, providing a huge win for active people where a lot of movement will not trip up the signal between phone and Freedom. Jaybird takes all these use cases into consideration when developing its products.

Availability

Jaybird Freedom is available from 16 September onwards exclusively at all Jaybird authorised resellers for $259.00. The buds come in four fresh colours: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue). For more information, please visit JaybirdSport.com or connect with us on Facebook.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Jaybird and SPRG *

 

Ultimate Ears Now Lets You Say It to Play It!

Good news for Ultimate Ears fans who own or planning to buy portable music players UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM! Now you can speak up and use your voice on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM! I shared about UE MEGABOOM previously and did a review on the UE MEGABOOM too!

Let me share with you more information on the new voice integration feature by Ultimate Ears for the UE MEGABOOM and UE BOOM 2 from the press release information below –

Ultimate Ears wants you to speak up and use your voice by introducing Siri® and Google Now™ voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM. Now, music fans can simply say it to play it, allowing them to stay connected in the moment by providing faster, easier access to their music using Siri and Google Now voice directly from their Ultimate Ears speakers. The new push-to-talk feature brings even more convenience to UE’s award winning on-the-go Bluetooth® speakers.

From cliff to cave, Ultimate Ears’ speakers are meant to be with you, wherever, whenever. They’re waterproof (IPX7), rugged and blast incredible 360-degree sound. This latest integration amps up the possibilities of where you can take your music and how easily you can access it all.

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UE MEGABOOM

“Music lovers can now truly stay in the moment, playing their favorite song from the middle of the pool or even while diving off a cliff with their UE speaker in hand,” said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. “No matter how wet, muddy or wild the situation, with Siri and Google Now voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM, fans no longer need to pick up their phone to play DJ. Now, they can just say it to play it.”

Gone are the days of hunting down your favorite song on your phone as this new voice integration provides access to tunes in just a couple of seconds. Through a quick push of the Bluetooth button and a simple voice request, you can quickly get the party started and never miss a beat.

Pricing and Availability

Siri and Google Now voice integration is available on UE BOOM 2 ($319.00) and UE MEGABOOM ($399.00) through the free UE BOOM and UE MEGABOOM apps. The app enhancement is available through the iOS® and Android™ app stores on June 22. Speakers are sold separately. For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com.

*Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG*

Beats Pill+

The world of portable music players today have provided music lovers with a lot more choices to bring it out for outings and gatherings, to share their music with the family, loved ones and friends. Let me introduce you to Beats Pill+, the latest wireless Bluetooth speaker by Beats Electronics from the press release information –

Beats Electronics added the Beats Pill+ speaker to its series of audio products available in Singapore, the latest addition to the company’s growing portfolio of exceptional wireless, Bluetooth products. The Beats Pill+ sets a new standard for quality and design within the burgeoning portable speaker market and reinforces the company’s commitment to innovation and function, and most importantly, a premium sound experience for music fans.

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Introducing The New Beats Pill+ Speaker

Sound – The Beats Pill+ is slightly larger than the original Beats Pill speaker, allowing for a bigger and fuller sound. The stereo active 2-way crossover system creates an optimized sound field for dynamic range and clarity across all genres of music. Tweeter and woofer separation uses the same acoustic mechanics found in professional recording studios around the world.

Design – With its clean and sophisticated design, the Beats Pill+ speaker looks as good as it sounds. Compact and durable enough to throw in your bag, the Beats Pill+ is designed to go wherever you do. Convenient button controls are now at the top of the speaker so you can manage your music with ease.

Power management – The Beats Pillspeaker has a 12-hour battery life to stay charged on the go. The lightning cable and power supply provide a quick full charge in just 3 hours. Keep track of your power levels with the fuel gauge so you always know how much battery is left and use the USB port to charge out.

Additionally, Beats today announced the Beats Pill+ app for iOS or Android devices that provides added features and functionality, and allows you to manage your speaker straight from your fingertips. Using the intuitive interface, you can toggle between different modes of play with a simple tap or allow a friend to simultaneously pair to your speaker.

Features available through the Beats Pillapp include:

  • DJ THE PLAYLIST: Grab a friend and control the music from two Bluetooth sources.
  • AMPLIFY YOUR SOUND: Add a second Beats Pill+speaker into the mix and simultaneously play from both speakers for a sound that’s twice as full.
  • PUT IT IN STEREO:Sync two Beats Pillspeakers together for dedicated left and right playback and an even more dynamic sound experience.

The new Beats Pill+ in Black retails for S$348.00 and is now available for purchase in Singapore at all authorized Beats retailers in Singapore.

*Information and picture courtesy of Beats Electronics and Brand Cellar*

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and M337 Bluetooth Mouse Review

Logitech launched the K380 multi-device bluetooth keyboard and the M337 bluetooth mouse recently during September 2015. I had the opportunity to test and review the K380 multi-device bluetooth keyboard and M337 Bluetooth Mouse.

Firstly, let me share with you more information and details of the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and the M337 Bluetooth Mouse.

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K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Key Features

  • Type on anything: The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard easily connects to any Bluetooth wireless device.
  • Take-to-type-style: Take this keyboard for familiar typing wherever you choose to get things done. It’s compact and lightweight design invites you to pick up and carry with you anywhere in your home.
  • Easy-Switch™: Dedicated buttons make it easy to connect with up to three devices and instantly switch among them.
  • OS-Adaptive: This keyboard recognizes each connected device and automatically maps keys to supported functions and shortcuts, giving you a familiar layout.
  • Two Year Battery Life: Two years of battery life with your AAA batteries virtually eliminates power concerns, letting you focus on what you’re typing and not on powering the keyboard.

System Requirements

  • Bluetooth enabled computers or other devices that support external keyboards (HID profile)
  • Internet connection for optional software download
  • Apple iPad® or iPhone®: iOS 5 or later
  • Android™ tablet or smartphone: Android 3.2 or later
  • PC: Windows® 7 or later
  • Mac: Mac OS® 10.10 or later
  • Chrome OS™
  • Apple TV®

Product Specifications

  • Dimensions: 124 mm x 279 mm x 16 mm
  • Weight: 423g with batteries
  • Bluetooth version 3.0
  • Wireless range: up to 10m (30 feet)*
  • Two AAA alkaline batteries, preinstalled

Warranty

  • 1year limited hardware warranty

Price: $54.00

Colours: Blue and Black

M337 Bluetooth Mouse

Key Features

  • Bluetooth wireless technology: The Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse can connect to virtually any device so you can create on a computer or tablet anytime, anywhere.
  • Compact, portable design: Slip this compact, portable mouse into your bag or pocket so you have the freedom to work anywhere.
  • Navigation button and tilt wheel: Get smarter control thanks to the navigation button and tilt wheel – all in the palm of your hand.
  • Comfortable, curved shape: The curved shape with textured rubber grips provides lasting comfort during extended use.
  • Laser grade optical sensor: Smooth and precise, the Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse works on just about any surface – from metal café tables to tile countertops to your favourite study desk – thanks to the laser grade optical sensor.

System Requirements

  • Bluetooth enabled computer or tablet

Platform Compatibility

  • Windows 7, 8, and 10
  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • Chrome OS
  • Android 3.2 or later

Product Specifications

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 100.5 mm x 61.1 mm x 33 mm
  • Weight: 82g

Warranty

  • 1 year limited hardware warranty

Price: $49.00

Colours: Black, Blue and Red

I recently bought an old late 2009 iMac from my cousin and it doesn’t come with the original Apple mouse and keyboard, probably due to the old iMac changing hands a number of times. Therefore, I decided to try out the recently launched Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and M337 Bluetooth Mouse for my iMac.

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This particular combination served me well, they were easy to set up and pair up with my iMac. They worked seamlessly and easily, without too much hassles. The K380 keyboard is designed to work closely with unique functions of the Mac OS X system and it is definitely a good alternative choice for Bluetooth keyboards for your iMac or your other Mac OS X and iOS devices. While it can connect up to three devices, I decided to use it faithfully for my iMac instead. They are also price friendly and they suit up nicely to pair it up with my late 2009 iMac.

I would like to thank Logitech Singapore for the review opportunity that allows me to test and review the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Keyboard and M337 Bluetooth Mouse. After the review, I liked both of them and their performances that I bought them for my own usage after that.

Ultimate Ears introduces UE ROLL

Ultimate Ears continues to innovate and transform the way people experience and listen to music together in the world today. Ultimate Ears recently released a unique, interesting, pint sized yet powerful Bluetooth speaker, the UE ROLL! The UE ROLL is ready for you, the music fan, for whatever, wherever, whenever. The UE ROLL gives a 360 degrees sound system that is loud, crisp with strong bass and it is ultra-mobile, just like the UE BOOM family.

You can fasten it to your swimsuit with one of its kind attach and go bungee cord or hook it to your hiking gear while you travel and backpack. The UE ROLL is waterproof and life resistant, produced from the toughest, most premium materials! It’s not just for yourself, you can also share the UE ROLL with your family and friends, sharing the music, connecting and enjoying with people!

Let me share with you the key features of the UE ROLL!

Key Features

• Awesome 360-degree sound: UE ROLL pumps out insane sound, in every direction, wherever you go. Loud, crisp sound shouts through the air with deep bass and incredible beats. This speaker brings big noise to hidden beaches, cliff jumps and mountain climbs.

• Always chooses dare: UE ROLL is designed to be part of your ultra-mobile lifestyle. It has a waterproof and life-resistant shell that’s forged from the toughest, most premium materials. It’s also lightweight and small with a nine-hour battery life and a 20-metre wireless range, so you can take it anywhere.

• Strap on. Turn up: Thanks to its attachable marine-grade bungee cord, you can hook UE ROLL to almost all your gear. Whether it’s using the bungee to fasten it to your swimsuit while you surf or hook it to your hiking gear while you backpack, UE ROLL connects to you, your friends and your music.

• In control with the app: Download the free UE ROLL app for iOS® or Android™ to unlock an expanding set of cool features, including waking up to your favorite music, remotely turning the speaker on, and even doubling the sound by pairing it with other Ultimate Ears speakers.

• It’s awesome and getting even better: UE ROLL continuously gets better over time, just like UE BOOM and UE MEGABOOM. New updates are rolled out to the speakers wirelessly through the app, so you can easily continue to expand features, making each speaker even more awesome with time.

System Requirements

• Smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart® wireless audio profile (A2DP) or 3.5 mm audio input

Product Specifications

• Height: 40mm

• Diameter: 135mm

• Weight: 340 grams

Warranty

• Two-year limited hardware warranty

Pricing and Availability

The UE ROLL is expected to be available in August 2015, at a suggested retail price of SGD $159.00.

For more information, please visit www.ultimateears.com

* Information and pictures courtesy of Logitech Singapore and SPRG *

Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard Review

Tablets, an IT accessory, a gadget, that has taken a huge leap of growth, revolution and an exponential expansion since the arrival of the Apple iPad 1, with many different companies producing their own tablets to rival the Apple iPad and wanting a piece of the big tablet consumer market around the world.

The Apple iPad is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) tablet in the world and there are many accessories available to suit and complement the Apple iPad from casings to stands to external portable wireless keyboards. Today, let me introduce to you, my readers, this Apple iPad accessory that will complement your Apple iPad beautifully – the Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard. The Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard is an ergonomically designed with a tilt to provide additional comfort, thus avoiding strain while you are typing away.

Qn : Why do you need a wireless keyboard for your Apple iPad ? 

Ans : Sometimes, we don’t wish to bring our bigger heavier laptops out, we just want/prefer our iPad, yet we might need to do quite a lot of typing and the Targus Bluetooth  Wireless Keyboard is your optimal solution !

How do I find the Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard ? Here’s my views –

Pros

– Lightweight & Portable

– Easy to connect via Bluetooth

– Keyboard buttons are firm and types well

– Long battery life ~ up to 7 months of battery life !

– Customised functions for the iPad on the keyboard e.g. F1 is Search , F4 is photo album mode, Lock Screen button on the top right hand corner and Home Screen button on the top left hand corner

– Volume and Video play controls on the keyboard, easy access and usage for playing music, videos and movies

– Ideal for travel or going to cafes when you just want to bring your iPad and this lightweight portable Targus Wireless Keyboard to type and share your stories

Cons

– Need a iPad case stand for better viewing when typing

– Not all the iPad finger enabled functions can be replicated on the keyboard, there are times whereby you will still need to use your fingers on the iPad to get the action done.

The Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard information and details are here –

Colour : Black

BLT SKU : AKB32US-50

UPC: 0 92636 26028 6

Dimensions : 0.70”H x11.25’L x 4.75”W

Weight : 15.2 oz

SRP : SGD $79.90

If you do need a wireless keyboard, the Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard is definitely a worthy consideration, for its portability, lightweight and affordable pricing. More information can be found here on their website !

** Note : The above Targus Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard is kindly sponsored by Digital Hub Pte Ltd **