Surface Pro 3 Price in Malaysia

Surface Pro 3 in Malaysia
Surface Pro 3 in Malaysia
Surface Pro 3 in Malaysia

Surface Pro 3 tablet computer with Windows 8.1 Pro is officially available in Malaysia from 28 August 2014. Price start from RM2729, exclude RM409 type cover.

Surface Pro 3 price & availability in Malaysia

Surface Pro 3 price in Malaysia starts from RM 2,729 (Intel Core i3, 64GB, 4GB RAM version) up to RM6,779 for highest specs (Intel Core i7, 512GB, 8GB RAM).

  • RM 2,729 – Intel Core i3, 64GB, 4GB RAM
  • RM 3,299 – Intel Core i5, 128GB, 4GB RAM
  • RM 4,199 – Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM
  • RM 4,999 – Intel Core i7, 256GB, 8GB RAM
  • RM 6,779 – Intel Core i7, 512GB, 8GB RAM

All Surface Pro 3 prices exclude the essential Surface Pro Type Cover, which will cost you extra RM409.

You can buy Surface Pro 3 in Malaysia from the following Microsoft retailers and resellers:

  • Aone Plus Supplies & Services
  • Harvey Norman
  • Machanics Sdn Bhd
  • PC Image Sdn Bhd
  • Senheng Electric & senQ Digital Station
  • SNS Network
  • Thunder Match Technology
  • Viewnet Computer System

Surface Pro 3 accessories price list:

  • Surface Pro Type Cover – RM409
  • Surface Pen – RM139
  • 36W power supply – RM249
  • Surface Ethernet adapter – RM159
  • Surface Pro 3 docking station – (available for pre-order)

About Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft’s latest hybrid tablet (laplet) computer running Windows 8.1 Pro.

It has a 12-inch touch display with 2160×1440 pixels (216 ppi) and powered by 4th generation Intel Core processor family (i3, i5, i7). Available storage option available from 64GB to 512GB, with microSD slot supporting up to 128GB. The build-in kickstand has multiple positions capable of opening up to 150 degrees.

The laplet has dual 5.0 megapixel cameras on rear and front, as well as, a full size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort, and a headset jack. It has front-facing stereo speakers and dual microphones. A Surface Pen with pressure sensitivity included.

The battery life last up to 9 hours of web browsing on single charge. It is only 800g weight.

Thoughts

I wonder why don’t Microsoft just include the Surface Pro Type Cover with Surface Pro 3 as a bundle? So far I don’t see other third-party keyboard cover for Surface Pro 3 yet. Yes, you can use any bluetooth keyboard with Surface Pro 3.

The included Surface Pen is a gift if you want to take hand-written notes or drawing with pen on tablet. I have a Windows 8 tablet computer with pen, too. How often do I use the pen? None. Yet, my wife, who is a lecturer, would love to have a digital pen to make remarks on notes.

Surface Pro 3 processor, RAM, and storage are not user upgradable. I will avoid Intel i3 64GB version because Windows 8.1 Pro and Microsoft Office would taken up most of the space already.

Surface Pro 3 (Intel Core i7) seems to have over-heating problem and Microsoft promises a software fix.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is not your budget computer. It is for those who wants a lightweight Windows tablet computer with digital pen and don’t mind to pay more.

Yes 4G Offers Intel-Powered Acer Iconia One 7 Tablet for FREE

Intel powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet and Yes Huddle XS
Intel powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet and Yes Huddle XS
Intel powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet and Yes Huddle XS

Acer Iconia One 7 tablet is first available in Malaysia through Yes 4G. The Intel-powered tablet is FREE with Yes 4G postpaid plan for early bird promotion starting on 28 August 2014.

Yes 4G is the first and only Internet service provider in Malaysia to offer Intel-powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet.

Acer Iconia One 7 tablet

Acer Iconia One 7 is a 7-inch tablet with WiFi only. Do not mistake it as Acer Iconia Tab 7 with 3G connectivity and phone functionality.

Iconia One 7 is powered by Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB storage (support microSD up to 64GB). It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

The 7-inch IPS display gives you 800 x 1280 pixels HD resolution. The tablet has 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera.

Iconia One 7 is available in 4 colours — black, blue, red and white — with textured panel back.

Acer Iconia One 7 Super Postpaid Bundle Plan

Wing K. Lee (CEO, YTL Communications), Prakash Mallya (Managing Director Sales and Marketing Intel South East Asia) and Ricky Tan (General Manager of Acer Sales & Services Sdn Bhd) at the launch of the bundle promo
Wing K. Lee (CEO, YTL Communications), Prakash Mallya (Managing Director Sales and Marketing Intel South East Asia) and Ricky Tan (General Manager of Acer Sales & Services Sdn Bhd) at the launch of the bundle promo

New subscribers of Acer Iconia One 7 Super Postpaid Bundle Plan with 24 months contract will receive FREE Huddle XS modem (worth RM480) and FREE Acer Iconia One 7 tablet (worth RM399). The Super Postpaid Bundle Plan is applicable to any Yes 4G postpaid plan, starting from RM48 per month.

Please note that this is a limited time promotion with an undisclosed end date.

Huddle XS is Yes 4G portable modem. It allows you to share Yes 4G connection with up to 5 devices through WiFi hotspot. Its battery life last up to 6 hours per charge.

The 7-inch Acer tablet from Yes 4G has pre-installed Yes wallpaper and Yes Life app. The app allows you to make free calls and SMS to other Yes users. Calls and SMS to other networks will cost 9 cents per minute/SMS.

The Acer Iconia One 7 Super Postpaid Bundle Plan will be available starting on the 28th August 2014.

For more information, please visit Yes Stores and Yes Exclusive Retail Partners nationwide, or visit Yes 4G website.

Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713) is Your Budget 3G Android Phablet in Malaysia

Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)
Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)
Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713)

ACER Iconia Tab 7 has officially arrived in Malaysia. It is a 7-inch tablet with 3G connectivity and phone functionality — Phablet.

ACER Iconia Tab 7 price in Malaysia is RM499. With the affordable price, it comes with basic hardware.

Iconia Tab 7 uses a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. It is only 8.9mm thin and weighing at only 305g.

The phablet is powered by Mediatek’s quad-core 1.3Ghz processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage, supports microSD memory card up to 32GB. It has 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera.

ACER Iconia Tab 7 runs Android 4.2.2, upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat. It has a SIM slot (not Dual SIM) for 3G connectivity and supports phone functionality. You can use the 7-inch device as your mobile phone.

The battery life last for 6 hours. You could buy ACER Iconia Tab 7 (RM499) in Malaysia from StoreKini.com online store and TESCO with free gifts, such as casing, screen protector, power bank, mobile credit.

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LiewCF’s Buying guide

If you have limited budget and looking for a phablet (phone + tablet), ACER Iconia Tab 7 should be in your list.

It will run most apps without problem but you probably can forget about taking sharp photos with its 2MP camera. The 6 hours battery life is another concern, too.

Alternatively, ASUS FonePad 7 (FE170CG) (8GB version) dropped price to RM429 in August 2014. It has less phone storage space but supports dual-SIM and longer battery life.

‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ Free Card Game by Blizzard [Sponsored]

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft from Blizzard

Do you play card games? I never play any card game before but I am now addicted to Hearthstone after playing for an hour.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft from Blizzard
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft from Blizzard

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is the latest game from Blizzard, the creators of world popular computer games like World of Warcraft, Diablo III and StarCraft 2. It is the company first’s free-to-play game. Yes, you can play it free at playhearthstone.com

Hearthstone is now available for Windows, Mac and iPad. The free card game will be available for other platforms in the future.

Simply download and install the game to play for free. You will need a free Battle.net account to play. The game download size is few hundreds MB. I installed Hearthstone on Windows 8.1, the installer automatically created Hearthstone shortcut to launch the game via Battle.net.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a digital collectible card game in the Warcraft universe. It does not matter if you do not know Warcraft or never play any card game before (just like me!), Hearthstone is easy to get start for anyone. It has 6 easy to follow tutorial levels for new gamers to learn about the gameplay.

Hearthstone Screenshot 01
Easy step-by-step game tutorial

The game’s graphic is beautiful and detailed. I enjoy watching the virtual effects of each card’s attacks. The background music and sound effects are great, too. Best of all, you do not need high hardware specs to play the game!

Detailed beautiful game graphic of Hearthstone
Detailed beautiful game graphic of Hearthstone

The game has 9 Hero classes, each class has own unique cards and share same neutral cards. There are three main types of cards: minions, spells and weapons. Each card requires certain amount of “mana” to play. Each minion card has the attack point and health point.

Card drawing is random and depends on your luck… It is as simple as plus & minus ​attack and health points. However, a carefully planned strategy will ensure your victory. You win the game when you killed the Hero of opposite side.

When I am playing Hearthstone, I keep on counting the attack and health points against the enemies, while watching the Mana count and praying for a good card…

When you finished the first 6 levels, you then can play against other online Hearthstone players. The game will track your win and lose and find you an opponent with equal skills, so that you always have a fair and fun game.

Hearthstone_Screenshot_03

Here’s a tip: After lost over 20 games, I found that you need to use custom deck to put your favourite cards together in order to win against other players. You can have 9 decks and each deck can hold 30 cards. Make use of them!

Hearthstone Custom Deck
Hearthstone Custom Deck

​You can play “Solo Adventure” mode against computer, unlock all Hero classes and start your adventure to win special cards.

Since each Hearthstone game will only take 10-15 minutes, it is perfect game for a short break in the middle or work, while waiting in queue, or in transit.

As you can see now, it is important to have powerful cards. You can get cards through Play mode and Solo Adventure. The game supports in-game purchase, you can buy cards using Battle.net Balance or other supported payment methods like MOLPoint in Malaysia.

Hearthstone Card Pack
Hearthstone Card Pack

Each card pack consists of five random cards. Cards can be common (white), rare (blue), epic (purple), or legendary (orange). Each card pack is guaranteed to contain at least one card of rare or better quality.

Personally, I prefer short, turn-by-turn and strategy games. These kind of games allow me to take a break, refresh my mind and no game timing pressure. No doubt, Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is my new favourite game on Windows, Mac, and iPad.

Play it free at playhearthstone.com (iPad or PC)! (My ID is: liewcf)

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Samsung GALAXY Core 2 Dual SIM Price in Malaysia is RM599

Samsung GALAXY Core 2
Samsung GALAXY Core 2
Samsung GALAXY Core 2

Samsung GALAXY Core 2 – the latest entry-level Android smartphone of Samsung — was available in Malaysia ahead Hari Raya 2014 celebration.

Samsung GALAXY Core 2 is 4.5-inch (480×800) Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) smartphone powered by quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 0.75GB RAM, 4GB storage and support microSD up to 64GB.

The main camera is 5MP with flash and auto focus. Front camera is VGA resolution. GALAXY Core 2 supports Dual-SIM, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0. Not support MHL, NFC, DLNA.

Samsung GALAXY Core 2 vs Core
Samsung GALAXY Core 2 vs Core

Comparing to last year Samsung GALAXY Core (GT-I8262), Samsung GALAXY Core 2 only has small upgrades. CPU upgrades to quad-core but same 1.2 GHz clock speed. Display size is 0.2-inch larger which you will barely notice, as well as 200 mAh battery capacity increased.

However, Samsung decided to slash storage space and memory for GALAXY Core 2. GALAXY Core has 8GB storage and 1GB RAM, but GALAXY Core 2 only has 4GB storage and 0.75GB RAM (what an odd number!).

Samsung GALAXY Core 2 price in Malaysia is RM 599, available in white and black from Samsung retail outlets and authorised dealers.

Thought

I won’t recommend Samsung GALAXY Core 2 based on its specs and price in Malaysia. You can buy cheaper Lenovo A526 (RRP RM469) with similar specs, or pay RM100 more for Lenovo S650 for better specs.

I would recommend Moto G (no 4G LTE) if you don’t mind using 8GB smartphone without memory expansion slot.

Of course, we cannot left out Xiaomi every time we talk about value-for-money smartphones. Xiaomi Redmi 1S is only RM 419 in Malaysia with much better specs, provided you manage to buy it online…

➤ Samsung Malaysia