Smart Home

Amazon launches its first-ever Fire TV series

Plus a new TV stick



Amid its assortment of products, Amazon has always kept its Fire TV lineup relatively simple. The stick is a plug-and-play device that turns a basic screen into a smart TV. However, amid the stick’s proliferation, Amazon has never launched its own TV set. Now, the company is finally cutting out the middleman by releasing its own Amazon Fire TV series.

Fire Omni TV

The new Fire Omni TV series comes in all sorts of sizes: 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch. For its first foray into actual TVs, Amazon wants to cater to a lot of markets. The series offers support for 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Digital Plus. Further, the two top-tier variants — 65-inch and 75-inch — have smaller bezels and support for Dolby Vision.

As the name implies, the Fire Omni TV sports Amazon’s Alexa assistant. Though most smart TVs have Alexa these days, the Omni series has Alexa natively. It can also seamlessly switch between different Amazon functionalities like Live View Picture-in-Picture which works with your home’s security cameras.

The Fire Omni TV series starts at US$ 409.99.

Fire TV 4-Series

Though not as feature-packed as the Fire Omni series, the Fire TV 4-series offers much of the same Amazon experiences as the aforementioned. The series has three variants: 43-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch. It offers support for HDR10 and HLG.

The series starts at US$ 369.99.

Fire TV Stick 4K Max

Naturally, Amazon has a new stick up its sleeve. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max improves on its predecessor. The stick features a quad-core 1.8GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and Wi-Fi 6. In terms of TV features, it supports 4K UHD, HDR, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos.

It will sell for US$ 54.99.

SEE ALSO: Amazon is acquiring MGM Studios for $8.5 billion

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LG release five new Soundbars in SG

Led by the flagship S95QR model



LG Soundbar

As part of their rollout of a new lineup for 2022, LG Electronics has introduced five new LG Soundbar models in Singapore.

The stylish new models with convenient features will elevate home cinema and entertainment with powerful and precise multi-channel audio.

The new Soundbars will be available starting at SG$ 499 via LG official stores on Lazada and Shopee, as well as authorized retailers Audio House, Harvey Norman, and Mega Discount Store.

LG S95QR: The flagship model

Headlining the 2022 Soundbar lineup is the S95QR, an ideal home cinema buff solution that is a complete package.

The top-of-the-line soundbar offers an 810W output, 9.1.5 channels, and a total of five up-firing channels.

It also has upgraded wireless rear speakers with six channels compared to only four from its predecessor.

Improved connectivity

Select new LG Soundbars are equipped with more sensitive receivers to allow for greater distances between the soundbar, subwoofer, and rear speakers.

Their Music Mode which features Meridian Audio’s Horizon technology allows for a more realistic acoustic surround sound.

For more optimization and personalization, LG’s latest high-end models all have the following features:

  • Support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • IMAX Enhanced support
  • Variable refresh rate (VRR) and auto low latency mode (ALLM) for gaming
  • Support for high-quality music streaming devices
  • TV Sound Mode Share
  • AI Room Calibration

The latest soundbars also have LG WOWCAST, a Wi-Fi audio dongle that mounts to the back of the TV to eliminate the need for cable connection.

For more information on the latest LG Soundbars, check the table below.

Model Channels Price
S95QR (810W) 9.1.5 SG$ 1,999
S90QY (570W) 5.1.3 SG$ 1,499
S80QY (480W) 3.1.3 SG$ 899
S75Q (380W) 3.1.2 SG$ 699
S65Q (420W) 3.1 SG$ 499


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LG’s latest OLED, QNED TVs feature new, improved technologies

New and improved processor and other tech features




LG Electronics Singapore announced the expansion of its 2022 OLED and QNED TVs, expanding its existing lineup.

The TVs will come with new and improved features, as well as optimization for gaming and a wider range of screen sizes up to 97 inches for the G2 Series.

All 2022 LG OLED and QNED TVs are now available through LG official brand stores in KrisShop, Lazada, and Shopee, as well as the following authorized retailers and distributors:

  • Audio House
  • Best Denki
  • Gain City
  • Gian Supermarket
  • Goh Joo Hin
  • Harvey Norman
  • Hao Mart
  • Mega Discount Store
  • Mustafa
  • NTUC FairPrice
  • Parisilk

Everything made better

The highlight of the new TVs is the LG a9 Gen 5 Intelligent Processor, available on the OLED G2, C2, and Z2 series models.

The a9 Gen 5 boasts Dynamic Tone-mapping Pro and AI Sound Pro for both vivid and detailed image with virtual surround sound.

Both OLED and OQED TVs will also become the first to adopt Dolby Vision IQ with Precision Detail.

The LG OLED evo technology, meanwhile, is built into the 2022 G2 and C2 series models, and offers brightness, clarity, and detail with its Brightness Booster.

Much-improved QNED TVs

When it comes to the new QNED TVs, latest features from LG are also included, such as:

  • exclusive Quantum Dot NanoCell technology
  • Intertek-certified for 100 percent volume and consistency and better picture quality
  • LG Precision Dimming Technology

New personalization options

The TVs are also equipped with webOS 22, the newest version of LG’s innovative Smart TV platform.

This allows users new personalization options, such as:

  • Customizable user profiles for users to tailor their viewing experience with preferred channels, apps, content services, and more
  • NFC Magic Tap via LG ThinQ
  • Room to Room Share for content mirroring via Wi-Fi
  • Always Ready, which turns an LG TV into a media display

Optimized for gaming

Lastly, the 2022 OLED and QNED TVs also boast a handful of specific features that make PC and console gaming seamless.

Among the features to make the gaming experience even better are:

  • 0.1 millisecond response time (GtG)
  • Low input lag
  • Up to four HDMI ports supporting multiple HMDI 2.1 features, such as auto low latency mode (ALLM) and enhanced audio return channel (eARC)
  • Cloud gaming via built-in support for Google Stadia and GeForce NOW
  • Game Optimizer menu
  • Dark Room Mode
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Dreame V12 Pro: Powerful cordless vacuum

Cleans even the tightest of spaces



When I moved out and transferred to my own place, one of the very first appliances I purchased was a vacuum cleaner. 

I got an affordable one that is highly recommended in the Facebook Group Home Buddies, and it was okay. It does the job. 

I use it more often than my normal household broom, so having a quality vacuum is a huge necessity for me. 

When the Dreame V12 Pro came to my doorstep, I was ecstatic. I am sure any clean freak would feel the same — it’s a cordless, battery-powered vacuum with a whopping suction power of 32,000 pa. Definitely a total upgrade from my previous one.

As someone who cleans every day, I excitedly put this product to the test.

So many functions!

Dreame V12 Pro comes with a wide array of accessories upon unboxing. It’s my first time trying out a cordless vacuum, let alone a multi-functional one, so I was carefully reading the manual while using it for the first few days. 

There’s a lot you can do with this powerful handheld vacuum cleaner – powerful enough to clean every corner of a whole unit. 

For instance, it can easily suck the collected dust on my keyboard, thanks to the brush accessory. There’s also the anti-mite brush for sofa and beds (this is heaven-sent, especially for fur parents), and the rigid rectangular nozzle which integrates a LED light to clean stubborn dirt such as cobwebs. 

For overall floor cleaning, the default suction brush is outstanding. It also comes with a 5-layer HEPA filter with 99% effective sterilization, which brings so much peace of mind especially that we’re still in a pandemic.

But don’t be intimidated; using the vacuum and trying all the attachments is actually as easy as pie. The Dreame V12 Pro has an easy lock function which requires less effort when detaching and shifting from one accessory to the next. It’s extremely handy and comfortable to use!

Very powerful suction

I mentioned earlier that it has a suction power of 32,000 pa. It’s one of the most competitive in the market, and is actually designed for deep cleaning. It can absorb micron-level dust, which makes it extremely powerful for both hard floors and carpets.

No worries, it uses smart adaptive technology so the suction level easily adjusts to the floor without worrying about overheating and your safety.

There was an instance that I accidentally dropped some condiments and a few rice pellets on the floor (I know, it was a clumsy day in the kitchen). I immediately got my Dreame V12 Pro to clean up the mess. My feet didn’t feel any evidence afterwards.

Another major problem for me is my tangled hair all over the room. A few weeks after using the product, there were less stands of hair on the floor, especially on areas not usually reached by a normal vacuum. I was enthralled.

I initially thought it will be great for large homes, but I highly recommend it for tight spaces. It has a high capability to remove dirt from every nook and corner.

The vacuum has three modes: Eco, Standard and Turbo. To save up on battery, I usually use the Eco mode with its good suction performance without taking too much battery energy. I sometimes switch to the Standard and Turbo mode during major cleaning days.

Elegant, user-friendly features

My least favorite thing about vacuums in general is having to empty the container. For me, it takes a lot of work especially because I keep on literally getting my hands dirty.

The Dreame V12 Pro features an easy to empty container and a simple grip mechanism that helps eject dirt without coming into contact with it. Additionally, the container has a huge capacity of 0.5L.

The product also features a trigger lock, which allows me to clean continuously and comfortably. 

The high quality LCD screen (which is actually one of my favorite features) provides real-time info on the battery life, suction power, and filter status. It also displays the three user modes.

Is the Dreame V12 Pro your GadgetMatch?

All in all, the Dreame V12 Pro is a great household investment that will last for years. The vacuum has a light, ergonomic design and an elegant grey color that can blend with any shade of room interiors. 

Am I satisfied with this vacuum upgrade? Hell, yes!

For PhP 23,990 (around US$ 460), you get a very compact vacuum cleaner with premium features that you can use in every situation. And again, it’s cordless. Check it out on the Dreame website here.

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