Monday, July 27, 2015

Netbook Must Haves

Almost all people nowadays are into laptops, tablets and netbooks that are being used as portable computers that can hold important and sometimes classified data and information. These devices are now considered a necessity for school and office use and sometimes, even when you are only into recreational activities and would want to avoid the hassle of putting together a monitor, speaker, system unit, AVR and everything your desktop requires in order to operate. The only issue on having netbooks is when you have too much installed which is beyond your device’s capacity.

Still, the demand for more enhancements is increasing and the challenge to produce innovations which can change man’s life is gradually cumulating for manufacturers to ignore. As we see on reviews, almost every week, we hear new gadgets being introduced.

The Peterson Group, distributor of mobile phone accessories and laptop paraphernalia based in Taiwan and one of the largest suppliers to retailers in Singapore, Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia, Jakarta, Indonesia and Hong Kong released their top must-have accessories for netbooks.

1. Additional RAM Memory

This is important and may also be vital for those who use laptop and netbooks frequently. This is also a must have for lay-out artists or editors which usually use tools and produce outputs which eats up large space. Before buying additional memory, though, you must check if your device can be upgraded.

2. Hard Drive

Being able to buy additional hard drive for your netbooks and even for your laptops can increase the performance of your devices. Just be careful in purchasing hard drives and make sure you buy from legitimate franchisers. Cases of installing fraudulent hard drives had led to total malfunction of many devices.

3. Computer Mouse

Netbooks have touch pads for navigation but we all know that these are oftentimes small and difficult to use. Moreover, when you are using your netbooks for a longer period of time, you can be more productive when you use a mouse. There are hundreds of mouse styles (and sometimes even hilarious ones if you want to be creative) to use depending on your style.

4. External Drive

Memory sticks or what we call Flash Drives or Universal Serial Bus (USB) are already becoming trendy nowadays that it has become more and more affordable. They are very useful as compact, portable and also maneuverable storage devices. Compared to floppy disks which we use during the olden times, USBs are easier to use and more user friendly plus, a single small stick o flash drive nowadays can provide up to 36GB space for your data.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Laptop Adapters

Our laptop’s battery life is almost as essential to us as the data within it. Laptops are portable devices with their own power supply in the form of a rechargeable battery. These batteries only last for so long before they need to be recharged. Laptops use power adapters that plug into wall outlets for this purpose.

According to the latest study of The Peterson Group, a Taiwan-based distributor of mobile accessories and laptop paraphernalia to other neighboring Asian countries, adapters are a growing market in today’s generation.  When it’s time to replace an old adapter with a new one, research and intrinsic review is required to find the right kind of adapter. But what do you look for from an adapter?

Types of Adapters for Laptops
Laptops rely on two main types of power adapters for energy: the AC adapter and the DC Adapter. These adapters, also known as chargers, are what help convert the electricity from the wall outlet into a form that’s usable for the laptop.

AC Adapter
The AC adapter converts AC power from a wall outlet found in most homes to the DC power used by most small appliances. Laptops, cell phones, computers, and DVD players all use DC power. This is the kind of power provided by batteries, which most laptops use to keep running when the owner is mobile.

DC Adapter
Laptops use DC power, so it doesn’t seem like a DC adapter is necessary when plugging into a DC power source. However, most sources of DC power provide a voltage that is too low for the needs of a laptop. A DC power adapter is required to take that power and convert it to a higher voltage that the laptop can use to charge its battery or run. DC power sources include cars, in-flight outlets, and solar power panels or batteries.

Universal Power Adapters
Another option for laptop owners is a universal power adapter. These adapters are more expensive, but can adapt to any power source and voltage. Theoretically, universal adapters can work on any laptop. This makes them quite useful, especially among those who travel frequently and never know where their next source of power is coming from. Universal adapters also come with a variety of connector types to fit a wide range of laptops. Many laptops use different styles of connectors so it can be hard to find the best adapter to fit.

A little warning though, as these kinds of adapters are more expensive, many fraudulent individuals are creating decoys of these materials and selling them for a low cost. Black markets rampant in Jakarta, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand are rampant with these kinds of scams. Please be reminded that you need to be cautious when buying adapters. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Peterson Group DIY: Blings on Cases

Simple phone cases are just not enough. For fellow arts lover, a little bling wouldn’t hurt on your phone (of course you have to be careful in showing it to public to avoid getting it stolen). Since we use our mobile phones pretty much every hour every day and we get to see it always, why get settled for a plain case which doesn’t really suit your artistic and loud personality at all?

Blings on cases are today’s trends. The Peterson Group, Taiwan-based distributor of mobile phone accessories and laptop paraphernalia has exported tons of bling cases in neighboring cities of Singapore, Seoul, South Korea and Jakarta, Indonesia where the market’s largest consumers are teenagers and young adults. But if you want to get more personal and unique, the following are some tips that you can utilize:

1. Choose your Bling

I know you have some leftover art materials of your scrap book made in school. If none, then, there are so many rhinestones and crystals available in small quantities in stores and even on the internet. Choose the color and styles that please you most. Make sure your blings aren’t fraud as you would have a hard time sticking it later.

2. Draw a pattern

You wouldn’t want to waste your money and doesn’t want to make a mistake on this one. Even if you do not know how to draw, you can just make a simple pattern or notes of colors, lines, stripes or layout. You can trace your phone on the paper to know how many blings you have to put so as to put a limit on the space of your phone and on how complex it would be. Putting thought on planning saves you time and prevents errors.

3. Allot a work-place area

Set up your own workplace where all your tools are present and in reach. This activity is quite time and effort demanding so you may want to take breaks in between. It would be better if you can just leave it and return to it anytime.

4. Start attaching your bling

Depending on the type of faux gems you're using, one of the following methods should work:

  • If you purchased stick-on rhinestones, just peel of the tape and stick it to the surface of your phone in the correct position.
  • If there is no self-adhering on the gems, prepare to glue them in place. Using the glue gun quickly put a dab of glue on the rhinestone and hold it on your phone for 5 seconds to make sure it's firmly in place.
5. Finishing Touches

After attaching the blings on your phone, leave the glue to dry for about 5 minutes. If it’s a stick-on, press your finger on it to ensure it is firmly in place. After that, you can already boast of your DIY phone case.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Choosing the Best Selfie Stick

If there is one talk of the tech town nowadays aside from the growing nation of mobile phones, the use of selfie stick is indeed one big issue. You can use these monopods to take pictures of yourself and other people in a different angle, beyond the normal range of arm by connecting it to your phones or camera. From the papal selfie in Rome to the great mob of patrons in Las Vegas, the wave rush of these selfie sticks are now predominant that is it now considered necessary to have one.

In Asia, where you cannot pass a day without seeing somebody taking a selfie, the demand for these products is rampant. The Peterson Group, a wholesaler and distributor of mobile phone accessories and laptop paraphernalia based in Taiwan, has imported and exported thousands of different kinds of selfie sticks all across continent. Sales have increased to up to 500% since the company first started distributing it on 2010. According to reviews, Jakarta, Indonesia, Seoul, South Korea, Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan are the cities which have the highest number of monopod users in 2014.

Far from what many people know, there are different kinds of selfie stick in the market, catering specific needs. As a user, you should know which qualities to look for in a standard monopod:

1. Light and Compact

Some countries in Europe, concert venues in Australia and states in USA have restricted or banned the use of selfie stick because of public disturbances and inconvenience to others. In United Kingdom museums, its use was also banned because it may cause possible damage to artworks. In a sense, you should find a selfie stick which can be easier to carry around. There are existing monopods which can fit exactly in your hands.

2. Compatibility

Of course, it would be a given that the selfie stick should be able to work well with your smartphones or cameras. Regardless of the size, type, shape and OS of your phone, the selfie stick should be able to adapt well with it. 

3. Rotation

There are so many selfie sticks which can now rotate 360°. You can twist it, twirl it and turn it whichever angle you want. Any orientation with your camera should be possible. The perfect shot should be taken on any angles.

4. Good Grip

You wouldn’t want to get your mobile phones broken and memories shattered just because the monopod slipped out of your hand. It would truly be devastating if that happens. A good rubber grip monopod should help you keep a steady hold.