TNP tech review: Prolink's Probrick+
All-in-one heavy-duty charger is a handy travel companion
If you're always on the go and looking for a one-stop solution to replace the assortment of chargers that you have to lug around, consider Prolink's ProBrick+.
The New Paper tried out the multi-functional power brick, which was released in March, and this is what we learnt:
Made for heavy-duty charging, the ProBrick+ works with smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Connect it to a power source, such as an electrical outlet (100V to 240V) or a PC's USB port.
You can also use it in your car thanks to the charging cable provided.
You can then plug in up to four smartphones or tablets to the USB 3.0 ports.
It also comes with nine interchangeable laptop-charging tips - compatible with notebooks from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo.
I found that I could charge all my devices (including my Lenovo laptop) at full power simultaneously.
The ProBrick+ can also act as a USB hub to transfer data between a connected PC and your mobile devices at speeds of up to 5 Gbps.
It can transfer files among four 2TB external hard disks simultaneously.
This means you can charge your devices and sync your data at the same time.
The device uses a patented autosense technology to ensure that the correct amount of power is fed to each device. It also has a protection capability to prevent any damage caused by overcharging, short circuit or overheating.
Prolink is so confident about the quality and reliability of the ProBrick+ that it offers product liability coverage (from NTUC Income) of up to $1 million worldwide (excluding the United States and Canada).
At 169g, the ProBrick+ is even lighter than my Lenovo laptop charger (235g).
The ProBrick+, which comes in black or white, can replace your other chargers - if compatible.
This makes it a handy travel companion, particularly if you are jetting overseas during this holiday period, as it provides an all-in-one substitute for the your adaptors and chargers that you otherwise have to carry around.
And not just that, it also reduces the unnecessary clutter of wires and cables on your desk.
LOGITECH K375S MULTI-DEVICE COMBO
This is for people who have multiple smart devices and want a wireless keyboard to toggle seamlessly between them.
The K375s ($45) comes with a full-sized keyboard with a rubber stand for your smartphone or tablet. It lets you pair up to three devices and switch between them with the push of a button.
PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT PRO2 WIRELESS HEADPHONES
This pair of wireless headphones can last up to 24 hours of continuous listening on a single charge.
It also comes with an on-demand active noise-cancellation function - meaning you can block out background noise while working or travelling. You can then switch to an open-listening mode to make sure you don't miss the announcement for your train stop without having to remove the headphones. Retails at $319.
THE LAST GUARDIAN
In this highly anticipated action-adventure game, which has been in development since 2007, you control a young boy who escapes after being kidnapped. He meets a mysterious beast, Trico, which looks like a cross between a bird and a dog.
Much of the story focuses on the friendship between the unlikely pair as they rely on each other to journey through towering, treacherous ruins filled with unknown dangers.
The game, priced at $72.90, is exclusive on the PlayStation 4.