Brenthaven Collins Sleeve Plus Review: Slimness Doesn’t Mean Lightweight

20140819_180535You don’t have to be an avid reader of LaptopMemo (but you should be) to know that I love a good — scratch that — great backpack or messenger bag capable of carrying not only a laptop but all the little things needed for a day’s outing. Couple that with build quality and an excellent sense of style and automatically anybody can sport a cool (italics) carrying apparatus.

Well, this is another shot at trying to find the perfect urban commuter: the Brenthaven Collins Sleeve Plus, a lightweight messenger bag designed to carrying just the essentials, and a tiny bit more than that.

Sprint And Sharp Launch The Aquos Crystal Smartphone

20140819_180803A 5-inch edge-to-edge HD display, Japanese technology manufacturer Sharp is returning to the American smartphone market with Sprint as its carrier and partner. Billed as a Boost Mobile prepaid ($230) and Sprint postpaid device ($149 on new contract), the Aqous gives both companies a chance to branch out and try a new style, both in terms of device and of brand image.

Software-wise, the Aquos sports Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a customized software layer. Harman Kardon provides ClariFi sound technology identical to the special Harman Kardon HTC One M8 device launched a few month ago. Imaging is handled by a rear-facing 8 megapixel shooter capable of 1080p HD video, a front-facing 1.2MP shooter for your irritable selfies, embedded 2,040 mAh battery, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM.

Aesthetically, Sharp has done a rather decent job with the design and execution of the Aquos. It hasn’t been very long after my hands-on with the device, but after all, almost any edge-to-edge display looks interested, but coupled with hints of faux metal and quite a bit of plastic, changes the feel of simply carrying a screen in your hand to having a unique view on just about anything you’d download. It’s very comfortable, but from time to time you’d notice it’s somewhat thicker than some of the higher-end devices on market.

Seems to be a decent mid-range Android phone, in short.

Press release and hands-on images after the break.

HTC Unveils A New One M8, But This Time With Windows Phone On It

download (2)I don’t know if this is desperation on the Windows Phone camp or it’s pure genius: arguably the best all-around Android phone, the HTC One M8 will have a Windows Phone cousin: identical in everyway, including BlinkFeed, the Duo cameras, IR blaster, 32B of storage expandable to 128GB, Dot View case compatibility, and all the rest.

Available starting today as a Verizon Wireless exclusive, the One M8 with Windows Phone will retail for $99 on a new 2-year contract, or $600 if paid off. Also, this very special case of the One M8 features duall-band LTE (bands 4 and 13) along with quadband HSPA+ (850/900/1900/2100), quadband GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) and dual-band CDMA — it’ll work internationally, but not on all LTE networks.

What an idea.

Via: HTC

The Latest Xbox One Update Adds Remote Game Purchases And 3D Blu-Ray

IMGP4608According to the ever-likable Xbox folks at Redmond and Major Nelson, users should start seeing their Xbox Ones gaining access to a new update that allows for remote purchasing from the Xbox site or via the SmartGlass app, which will automatically download when purchased. Also added to the monthly system update is a low-battery indicator and 3D Blu-Ray functionality.

Oh, and your friends’ activity feed has been streamlined to a single view, and it actually looks really good. Full details at MN’s page.

Via: Major Nelson

Amazingly, ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Will Be An Xbox One Exclusive

uoqfjqgfhxfqbs2pbk4vNot that I have any personal issues with it however (although PS4 and PC gamers might). The next major Tomb Raider game, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox One exclusive and will launch in the holiday season of 2015. Definitely big news for a franchise that in the present day is played by people who probably were not even old enough to have played the very first game in the series.

Via: Kotaku

DayZ Is Coming To PlayStation 4, In All Of Its In-Progress Glory

dayzDayZ is famous not only because of its world-class player interactions and ever-changing environment, filled with bugs, items, and methods, but for the fact that this all happens when the game is still in development — on PC. However, that all changes today, because now DayZ is coming to the PlayStation 4, in a similar state.

There is no confirmed date per se, but the announcement has been made by both Sony and the game’s devs, so it is only a matter of time.

Via: Official PlayStation (Twitter)

The Retro-Looking Pentax Q-S1 Is Well, Retro

pentax-q-s1-cameraAnd the trend continues.

Pentax is the latest to join the crew of new-ish-cameras-that-look-like-old-ones. Inside the Q-S1 is a 12.4 megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS sensor that works in conjunction with the system of 8 Q series lenses, low light ISO sensitivity up to 12800, a gyroscope-based shake reduction system, startup that takes 1 second, full 1080p HD video recording, a 3-inch LCD, and the usual Manual, Auto, Program, and etc. modes. 

There’s also a color service to create 36 different body and grip combinations. So, yeah.

Price? A solid $500. Via: Pentax