ST DIGITAL's GUIDE TO COMEX 2016

Comex returns with more bang for your buck

At last year's Comex 2015, the exhibition halls were so packed on one of the days that ushers had to temporarily stop people from accessing levels 4 and 6 for about 15 minutes to ease congestion.
At last year's Comex 2015, the exhibition halls were so packed on one of the days that ushers had to temporarily stop people from accessing levels 4 and 6 for about 15 minutes to ease congestion.ST FILE PHOTO

Comex, one of Singapore's biggest and longest-running IT and consumer technology shows, is back.

Organised by Exhibits Inc, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, the four-day event at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre (levels 3, 4 and 6) starts today.

This annual technology fair has evolved into much more than a huge consumer electronics sale.

  • Where: Suntec Singapore, levels 3, 4 and 6

  • When: Sept 8 to 11 

  • Level 3 (11am to 9pm); Levels 4 and 6 (noon to 9pm)

  • Admission: Free

On level 4, you can check out the latest in consumer technology in the Tech Showcase, and get up close with the latest products from Samsung, Motorola, Dell and HP.

On level 6 (Hall 605), the GameX area offers gamers a chance to test their skills in the multi-player first-person shooter (FPS) classic CounterStrike: Global Offensive, or Overwatch, the latest popular FPS.

Like any tech show worth its salt, a Comex would not be complete without booth babes.

If you ever needed a ready-made excuse to have a selfie taken with the ladies, there is a Booth Babes selfie contest.

Take a selfie with your favourite booth babe, share it on the designated Facebook page and you could win $500 cash.

The show also offers you the opportunity to offload your old tech gadgets for vouchers to fund new purchases.

So take your used laptops LCD monitors, smartphones, tablets and monitors (they must be 18.5-inch or larger), to the trade-in counters at the entrance of Halls 603 and 604.

There, you can exchange the used items for Comex 2016 cash vouchers. There are other goodies for the trade-ins as well, such as a free one-year Kaspersky Internet security subscription. If you are one of the first 100 trade-in customers, you can also enjoy $200 off selected Lenovo laptops at the show.

Old gaming consoles can also be traded in for Comex cash vouchers at Hall 601 during the show.

Go to www.comexshow.com.sg/tradein for more information on the trade-in programme.

HP is also offering a trade-in promotion. For the first time in a tech show, it will take any old printer and toner and give you $30 worth of HP vouchers to use at Comex 2016.

And, of course, there is a lucky draw. You can win up to $100,000 worth of prizes and vouchers in the Instant Lucky Dip draw.

Sign up on www.comexshow.com.sg/lucky-dip, and come to Comex for an instant lucky dip. Prizes include Dell SE2417HG monitors, Seagate hard drives and $1,000 Asus vouchers for any Asus ROG laptop or desktop PC.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your smartphone, cash and credit card, and get ready to walk the floor at Comex for selfies, gadgets and bargains.


Highlights of Comex 2016

Asus ZenPad 3
$499

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Launching at Comex 2016, the Asus ZenPad 3 is an Android tablet that features a Qualcomm Snapdragon hexa-core processor and 4GB of system memory for much-needed gaming power on the go.

It offers an 8-inch in-plane switching (IPS) display with a high resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. The IPS screen also ensures a wide viewing angle of up to 178 degrees.

The tablet also has a dedicated display processor similar to those found in high-end TVs to deliver great contrast and incredible sharpness for true-to-life images.


Mobot Freedom Chaser
$1,699 (usual price $1,899); free eScooter Uber S100 (worth $599)

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If you really could use an electric scooter (eScooter) to capture all the Pokemon, take a look at the Mobot Freedom Chaser.

It has a range of 60km and features an Intelligent Accelerator System that allows you to set three speed limit settings of up to 25kmh. In other words, the eScooter will cruise at the speed you set without needing the throttle to be held.

The eScooter is equipped with an anti-theft alarm that sounds if someone tries to move it when it is locked. Like a car, it is activated by a remote key lock system.


MyRepublic 1Gbps Fibre Broadband
$49.99 per month (two year contract); free six-month subscription and $70 new router discount

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Looking for a new fibre broadband plan? Consider MyRepublic's 24-month contract 1Gbps fibre broadband.

It offers easy video streaming from around the world, thanks to MyRepublic's unique video-streaming optimisation technology. It comes with a free home voice call subscription, and if you are buying a new router, a $70 discount.

To further sweeten the deal, MyRepublic will give you six months of subscription. Subscribers will not need to pay on the 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, 20th and 24th months of their contracts.

Trevor Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2016, with the headline 'Comex returns with more bang for your buck'. Print Edition | Subscribe