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The best deals and hottest products at the PC Show 2014

TREVOR TAN checks out the best deals and the hottest products at the show

Published on Jun 5, 2014 4:00 AM
 


Marbella QB6

  • $299 (usual price $399); freebies include a 32GB microSD card, Bluetooth speakers, an HDMI cable, and a USB Car Splitter limited to the first 50 customers each day
  • Booths 5045 and 6012

Launching at this PC Show , the Marbella QB6, with a 170-degree view, has the widest coverage for a car camera of its class. It uses motion-sensing technology on its front and rear cameras that will automatically record full high-definition videos upon movement or impact. It features a 3-inch display that allows you to view videos live from the front and back cameras while on the move.



Strontium 32GB

Nitro UHS-1

microSDHC 3-in-1

Mobility Kit

  • $27.90 (usual price $34.50); any purchase of a Strontium Nitro series product entitles customers to a game coupon and a car decal for monthly lucky draws with total prizes worth $8,888
  • Booths 5051, 5082, 5086 and 6000D

Need a microSD card to boost the capacity of your Android smartphone? Get the Strontium 32GB Nitro UHS-1 microSDHC 3-in-1 Mobility Kit.

This microSD card maximises UHS-1 technology for outstanding performance with a minimum guaranteed read transfer speed of 70MB per second (maximum read transfer speed of up to 85MB per second), according to its maker. The kit includes an SD card adaptor, a USB reader and an Android backup application, MyBackup Pro Full Version (worth $6.33).


Motorola DECT IT.6.1

  • $198 (purchase second set at $168)
  • Booth 5044

If you have a landline at home, get a telephone that will add style to your residence.

The Motorola DECT IT.6.1 is the world's thinnest cordless phone. It measures just 6mm at its narrowest and its handset is metal framed for durability. Place it on the crystal base for charging.

It has a 2.2-inch colour display and uses Bluetooth connectivity for wireless calls.


iClebo Arte

  • $938 (usual price $1,088); offer price limited to first 20 units
  • Booth 5073

The name iClebo stands for Intelligent Cleaning Robot. The iClebo Arte is so clever that it has an intelligent obstacle detection system with camera vision mapping technology.

It maps its surroundings virtually to determine its location relative to obstacles, such as walls, doors and furniture, to set its path. The Arte not only vacuums the floor, it mops it too. This frees you so you can spend more time with your family.


TREVOR TAN checks out some cameras and printers you may want


Brother MFC-7860DW

  • $298 (usual price $448)
  • Booths 5026, 6012 and 6039

Looking for a printer that really does it all - print, copy, scan, fax as well as send and receive PC faxes? Then, you have to buy the Brother MFC-7860DW.

This multi-function wireless printer can print and copy up to 26 A4 pages a minute. It scans multiple pages using its 35-page-capacity automatic document feeder. Duplex printing capability enables you to deliver professional two-sided prints and save on paper too.


Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CM215 fw

  • $489 (usual price $649); freebies include a $100 FairPrice voucher and trolley worth $15
  • Booth 6010

Fuji Xerox's DocuPrint CM215 fw can print 15 monochrome pages a minute, or 12 colour pages a minute.

This Wi-Fi-enabled multi-function printer can also scan, copy and fax. Using the Fuji Xerox Print & Scan Utility app (iOS and Android), you can use your mobile devices to access the printer's many functions. It comes with a four-year on-site warranty.



Canon EOS 70D

  • $1,699 (with EF 18-55mm IS STM kit lens); freebies include an 8GB SDHC card, EOS camera bag and $150 cash back (redeemable at the Canon showroom in VivoCity)
  • Booth 6003

 Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS autofocusing (AF) technology is the highlight of this 20.2-megapixel DSLR.

What this means is that each pixel of the CMOS image sensor has two independent photodiodes or light detectors to convert light into digital signals.

To capture a still image, both photodiodes combine to create a digital image.

But when AF is used in Live View or video-recording mode, each photodiode becomes an independent phase-detection AF sensor to help the lens focus more quickly - at up to five times the speed of its older brother, Canon's EOS 60D.

That is why the 70D was awarded both the Editor's Choice and Readers' Choice in Digital Life's 2014 Awards for Best Interchangeable Lens Camera (APS-C).


Epson Stylus Photo R3000

  • $899 (usual price $1,488), includes free trolley
  • Booth 6008

For professional photographers and serious photo enthusiasts, having a high-quality photo printer is important as it can colour calibrate prints correctly. Epson's Stylus Photo R3000 is one printer you can trust.

Using nine UltraChrome K3 ink pigments, the R3000 produces professional photography quality prints in resolutions of up to 5,760 x 1,440 dots per inch in colour or black and white.

The printer is Ethernet- and Wi-Fi-enabled. It can handle up to A3-sized photographic paper and its roll paper capability lets you produce panoramic prints of up to 1.1m long.


Samsung NX mini

  • $649 (with 9-27mm lens)
  • Booth 6013

 The slim body of this mirrorless camera weighs a mere 158g and is just 22.5mm thick.

It is packed with a 1-inch 20.5-megapixel CMOS image sensor and a 3-inch display which can be flipped up to 180 degrees. In other words, it is perfect for selfie addicts.

It can shoot at an impressive speed of six frames per second and has a stunningly fast shutter speed of 1/16,000 to freeze any action.

With built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication, sharing photos via social media is just a tap away. The NX mini is available in white, pink, green or brown.


TREVOR TAN has gadgets to get you fit

Garmin Vivofit

  • $189 (usual price $209); buy one at $209 and get three additional bands free
  • Booth 5036

Most fitness trackers merely monitor your physical activities, such as the number of steps taken and calories burned, and sleep patterns.

Garmin's Vivofit adds another feature. It actually aims to remind you to get out of your sedentary lifestyle. In other words, it will nag you. Silently, but visibly.

A red Move bar will appear on its display to tell you it is time to get off your butt and take a walk when it detects that you have been sitting down for too long.

In addition, Vivofit learns your activity level and assigns a suitable goal. If you fail to achieve today's target, it will lower the goal for the next day.


Jawbone Up24

  • $249
  • Booth 5050

The original Up costs about $60 less and has better battery life. But you have to take it off to sync it with your smartphone via the headphone jack.

Enter the Up24. The upgrade uses Bluetooth Low Energy. Once the device is paired with your smartphone, the new Up app will automatically detect and sync the latest data with the Up24.

It will show you your sleep patterns, number of steps taken and calories burned, on colourful and beautifully constructed charts and statistics.


Samsung Gear Fit

  • $268
  • Booth 6013

This is one fitness tracker that many have been waiting for.

Packed with an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a heart-rate sensor, Samsung Gear Fit uses a 1.84-inch curved super Amoled touchscreen display to show calorie intake, distance achieved and time.

In addition, it offers notifications, such as incoming calls, messages and alarms, when used with supported smartphones via Bluetooth 4.0. It is also dust- and water-resistant, so you can have peace of mind when you work out in a drizzle.


Enjoy music on the move or in the comfort of your home with these audio solutions suggested by TREVOR TAN


Bose FreeStyle

  • $219
  • Booth 6018

If the sound quality of the earbuds that came with your smartphone still bothers you, it may be time to consider the Bose Freestyle.

Featuring Bose's TriPort acoustic structure, which delivers powerful lows, sharp highs and smooth rendition of vocals, the Bose Freestyle should satisfy your desire for great audio quality. With Bose StayHear tips (in three sizes) that conform naturally to the shape of your ear, they will be a secure and comfortable fit.

Hydrophobic cloth covers the acoustic ports to make them sweat-resistant. The Freestyle comes in indigo or ice blue.



Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Headset

  • $99 (usual price $138); free League Of Legends limited-edition mousepad
  • Booth 6050

Built for gamers and audiophiles, the Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Headset offers true 5.1 surround sound with four speakers on each sound-insulating earcup.

This pair of front, rear, centre and sub speakers delivers real-time 360-degree audio that you can adjust through a large dial. In addition, it has a uni-directional microphone that minimises background noise so you can clearly communicate when you are in the middle of a virtual battle.



Creative Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 Wireless Sound System

  • $199 (usual price $375); freebies include a docking base (worth $75) and Creative Woof Wireless Speaker (worth $88)
  • Booth 5031

Creative's Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 Wireless Sound System gives you great value for money.

It uses Sound Blaster's SB-Axx1 chip to enhance music, movies, gaming sound effects and phone calls in real time.

Noise is intelligently suppressed by the SB-Axx1 chip, making the AXX 200 ideal for teleconferencing too. You can play music directly from a microSD card via a memory slot or record voice or interviews directly to the microSD card.

The AXX 200 features Near Field Communication, allowing you to easily pair a Bluetooth device with a simple tap.



Klipsch R6i

  • $152 (usual price $169)
  • Booths 5026, 6000D, 6016 and 6018

Using the same acoustic engineering and industrial design of Klipsch's legendary Reference home theatre speakers, the Klipsch R6i has been designed to be the best sounding and most comfortable set of earphones, so its makers say.

The earphones use dual-magnet moving coil drivers to cover a wide frequency range and deliver realistic details. They use patented contour eartips which are designed to fit accurately inside the ears for better noise isolation and bass response.

The R6i has a three-button inline remote/microphone for iOS devices and flat tangle-resistant cabling.



Razer Adaro DJ

  • $299.90
  • Booth 5008

Razer may be more famous for its gaming peripherals but it is making inroads into the audio arena. The Razer Adaro DJ is a great example.

Built with deejays, music producers and performers in mind, this pair of headphones features a high-performance 50mm dynamic driver on each earcup for natural, rich acoustics with punchy bass.

The closed earcup design allows for optimal sound isolation, while its fully adjustable and foldable architecture lets you easily stow it in your bag while commuting.


TREVOR TAN checks out some of the best PC offerings


Acer Aspire Switch 10

  • $599 (usual price $799)
  • Booths 5026, 6000A, 6027 and 6033

The Aspire Switch 10, as its name suggests, switches easily between laptop and tablet forms. It features a magnetic detachable Acer Snap Hinge, which has two hooks to firmly link tablet and keyboard, and a two-way connector that holds the tablet for convenient two-sided viewing.

Its 10.1-inch display uses in-plane switching technology for a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees. The Aspire Switch 10 has an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of system memory and 32GB of internal storage, and runs on Windows 8.1.



Razer Blade Pro

  • $3,699.90
  • Booth 5008

Razer claims that this is the most portable 17-inch gaming laptop in its class. A skinny 22.4mm and weighing 2.97kg, the Blade Pro is far slimmer and lighter than many of the 40mm-thick 5kg mammoths on the market.

This refreshed version features the fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, 16GB of system memory, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M with 2GB of video memory and a 256GB solid-state drive.

Its backlit and fully programmable anti-ghosting keyboard ensures that the keys all work even when too many are hit at the same time.



Asus MB168B+

  • $319
  • Booth 6028

Need an extra display when you are working away from your office? Take along the new Asus MB168B+ mobile monitor with you.

According to Asus, this is the world's slimmest and lightest USB monitor. It is 8mm thick and weighs only 800g. The 15.6-inch full high-definition monitor needs only one USB 3.0 connection for both power and data transmission. It comes with a carrying case which doubles as a stand.



Aftershock Titan V2

  • $3,999 (usual price $4,320)
  • Booth 6037

Aftershock is a home-grown brand that specialises in customised gaming laptops. Its Titan V2 has two Nvidia GTX 880M graphics processing units with a combined video memory of 8GB and a 17.3-inch full high-definition display.

Running on Windows 8.1, the laptop is powered by the fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4710MQ processor. It has 8GB of system memory, a 120GB solid-state drive and a 1TB hard disk. It also has a programmable backlit keyboard.



Microsoft Office 365 Personal

  • $89 (one-year subscription); free Microsoft Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition, and save $20 when you purchase Office with a new PC, Windows 8 tablet, Mac or iPad
  • Booths 6000D and 6027

Most home users just need one set of the Office productivity suite, and so the Microsoft Office 365 Personal was born.

This is a complete set of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher. You can use it on one computer (PC or Mac) with one tablet (iPad or Windows tablet). In addition, you can get 60 minutes of Skype calls each month to phones in more than 60 countries and 20GB of OneDrive cloud storage.



ProLink Egregius Gaming Keyboard

  • $69 (usual price $79); bundled with ProLink Hesperus Laser Gaming Mouse (worth $109) for $129
  • Booths 5026 and 6050

Making its debut at this year's PC Show, the ProLink Egregius gaming keyboard has a solid build which is designed for durability. Its concave ergonomic keys are supposed to withstand 10 million presses.

In addition, the Egregius has 19 anti-ghosting keys which allow simultaneous key inputs to be registered. It has a Windows Lock key which prevents you from accidentally bringing up the Windows desktop. This keyboard has seven different colours of backlighting.



Asus Republic of Gamer Desktop - Tytan G70AB

  • $3,970 (usual price $4,150); freebies include Assassin's Creed 4 (worth $79.90) and Trend Micro anti-virus software (worth $39)
  • Booth 6028

If you are a laidback PC gamer who cannot be bothered to set up your own gaming rig, just get the Tytan G70AB.

Packed inside a stealthy looking chassis is a fourth-generation quad-core Intel Core i7-4770K processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX780 graphics processing unit with 3GB GDDR5 of video memory, 16GB of system memory (upgradeable to 32GB), 3TB of hard-drive storage and a 256GB solid-state drive.

With such heavy firepower, this gaming laptop uses a 10-way venting design for its 10 cooling fans - including one in the bottom grille and another inside the case. Now, this is really cool.



Lenovo Flex 2

  • From $1,099
  • Booth 6011

Available with a 14- or 15.6-inch touchscreen display, the Flex 2 flips easily between Laptop and Stand modes.

Simply turn the full high-definition display 300 degrees and you have a great screen for watching a movie or a YouTube cooking tutorial.

It is equipped with up to a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce graphics processing units and a 1TB hard disk.



Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q

  • $4,949
  • Booths 6000B, 6015 and 6017

You are not imagining things. This 31.5-inch monitor really costs almost $5,000. But that is because it has four times the resolution of a regular full high-definition monitor.

Dell's UltraSharp UP3214Q has an ultra-high resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and a wide viewing angle of 176 degrees.

You can tilt it, swivel it and adjust the height of this monitor easily. And it comes with plenty of connectivity options, such as HDMI, DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort and USB 3.0.



Dell Inspiron 15

  • $1,499; freebies include Dell 15.6-inch Essential Backpack and one-year pro support
  • Booths 6000B, 6015 and 6017

This version of Dell's Inspiron 15 is armed with the latest Intel Core i7-4150U processor, an AMD Radeon HD R7 M265 graphics processing unit with 2GB of video memory, 8GB of system memory and 1TB of hard drive storage for running Windows 8.1 seamlessly.

Its 15.6-inch full high-definition touchscreen display affords you the full touchscreen experience. And its elegant brushed aluminum design is sure to be the envy of any one sitting next to you on the plane or at a cafe.



Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop

  • $139 (usual price $159); free Ya Kun meal vouchers for two
  • Booths 5086, 6000D, 6027 and 6050

This bargain bundle consists of the Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard, number pad and mouse.

The keyboard uses a split-keyset design which positions your wrists and forearms in a relaxed manner. A cushioned palm rest provides support and promotes a more neutral wrist position.

The arc of the keyboard follows the curve of your fingertips for a more natural way of typing. Separating the number pad from the keyboard gives you greater flexibility for workspace set-up, while the mouse has a nice big ergonomic hump and thumb well to provide maximum comfort.


TREVOR TAN has some networking options you can use to extend Wi-Fi coverage in your home


ProLink PWN3701 300Mbps Wireless-N Extender

  • $49 (usual price $55)
  • Booths 5026 and 6050

For those who do not want to use their homes' power lines to extend their Internet coverage, the ProLink PWN3701 300Mbps Wireless-N Extender may be an ideal solution for achieving better Wi-Fi coverage. This device is designed to pick up existing Wi-Fi signals and diffuse them to areas where the Wi-Fi signals are weak and inconsistent.

You just need to plug it into a power socket in an area where the Wi-Fi signals are weak and press the WPS button for easy set-up. It supports Wi-Fi transfer speeds of up to 300Mbps and is compatible with wireless 802.11b/g/n networks.



Asus RT-AC68U

  • $329, freebies include a 16GB flash drive, Trend Micro Anti-virus and 2,600mAh portable backup battery
  • Booth 6028

This wireless router features simultaneous dual-band networks of 1,300Mbps for 802.11ac in the 5GHz frequency band and 600Mbps for 802.11n in the 2.4GHz frequency band.

Its three-by-three multiple-input and multiple-output design uses three external antennas, allowing the RT-AC68U to deliver solid and stable Wi-Fi performance with increased data rates over a wider area.

Asus' AiRadar Tx beam-forming technology automatically shapes Wi-Fi signals for stronger connection with devices.



Aztech HL113E/EW HomePlug Wireless-N Starter Kit

  • $59 (usual price $65)
  • Booth 5041

If you want to expand your home's Wi-Fi signal to a particular room which seems to have a blind spot, this wireless starter kit is your answer. It comes with the HL113E and HL113EW HomePlug devices.

Simply connect the HL113E to your router via an Ethernet cable. Next, plug the HL113EW into a pocket socket of the room that requires the Wi-Fi connection, and you can start surfing the Internet wirelessly on your devices in that room.



Sineoji PL600EPG

  • $63 (usual price $75); special bundle of two units at $115 (usual price $146)
  • Booth 5048

While normal HomePlug devices offer around 200Mbps data transfer speeds, the Sineoji PL600EPG 600Mbps Gigabit HomePlug AV2 is supposed to deliver Internet speeds of up to 600Mbps.

With it, you do not need to drill holes or cable up another room to get Internet access there. To install the PL600EPG, just plug it into a power socket and connect to your modem or router using an Ethernet cable. Plug a second PL600EPG into a power socket in another room and connect an Ethernet cable from the HomePlug AV2 device to your computer.

The PL600EPG's helpful pass-through feature means that the power socket can be used with another appliance.



Sineoji PT339V

  • $129 (usual price $199)
  • Booth 5048

You are often away from home for hours at a time. Or you may be planning a trip and want to keep an eye on your children or elderly parents while you are away.

The Sineoji PT339V Megapixel Wireless Pan & Tilt IP Camera with SD Card Slot can provide you with peace of mind. Its pan and tilt function provides wide coverage and supports high-definition video recording. It also has infrared technology for better low-light footage.

This IP camera can be connected to your home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. You can remotely view recorded content with an app installed on your smartphone or use its two-way audio to stay in touch with loved ones at home.

This article was first published in The Straits Times on June 05, 2014.