LIFESTYLE PRODUCT REVIEWS
SonarPen The most affordable smart stylus on the market
dvancements in hardware have transformed the digital art space, allowing a new medium for illustrators and designers. However, like most new technologies, accessibility is an issue, where many creatives and hobbyists can’t afford the necessary tools. SonarPen Founder Elton Leung wanted to find a solution to this problem by creating the most affordable smart stylus on the market. With a background in mechanical engineering and computer science, Leung spent two years developing the product, which only costs US$34.50. SonarPen is a solid alternative to its pricier competitors. It features pressure sensing, palm rejection, and a shortcut button. It connects directly to your device’s audio port, so it doesn’t require charging, and is compatible with Apple and Android
VAGO Smallest way to get the biggest luggage space
s someone who hates waiting at baggage claims, I try to avoid checking in luggage at all costs. But packing light can be a challenge for longer trips, so a bit of help is sometimes needed. VAGO is a device that compresses clothing and other soft items by vacuuming out the air from a storage bag, allowing you to fit up to 50% more stuff into your suitcase. While vacuum storage bags are noth90
devices. The downside is you can’t use headphones when using the device, and the tip–which is a tiny plastic disk–takes some getting used to. With the SonarPen costing around one-fifth the price of the Apple Pencil 2, it’s sure to open doors for budding artists or students who would’ve otherwise not taken the plunge in purchasing a stylus. I
can’t speak to its usability for professionals, but I was impressed by how easy it was to use for a novice. The SonarPen is compatible with a number of apps, which are listed on the website. It is available on Amazon and in a range of colors. –MC sonarpen.com Photo courtesy of SonarPen.
ing new, VAGO’s compact design is what helps it stand out from the rest. It only measures 70 mm in length and weighs 85 grams, making it an easy addition to any trip. It can also be charged using a micro USB, so no travel adapter is required for use on-the-go. VAGO is extremely easy to operate: place your items into the storage bag, seal the ziplock closure, screw the device onto the bag’s attachment, plug it into a socket or power bank, press the ‘on’ button (which will switch on the orange light), and wait for the compressor to do its job (after which the light will turn green). It’s convenient that the device has a smart sensor, so it turns off after the bag has been fully compressed. One downside
is that it can take longer than expected for the air to be vacuumed from the bag–a few minutes depending on the size–but this is understandable given VAGO’s size. Also, compressed clothing will naturally be more creased once it’s removed from the bag, which is something to consider. VAGO is a great travel companion for families or those who love to shop while on vacation. The device is currently available in black, white, pink, and purple, and comes with one medium-sized bag. You can purchase VAGO in various online and offline retailers, and pre-orders are available on the VAGO website. Prices start at SGD 99 (US$ 73). –MC vago.com.sg Photos courtesy of VAGO.