Computer deals at the IT Show 2016

Acer Aspire R13
Acer Aspire R13
Acer Aspire U5-710
Acer Aspire U5-710
Asus ZenAiO (Z240IC)
Asus ZenAiO (Z240IC)
Asus Vivo PC VC65R
Asus Vivo PC VC65R
Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13
HP Envy 13
HP Envy 13
Lenovo Yoga 900
Lenovo Yoga 900
Lenovo Ideapad Miix 700
Lenovo Ideapad Miix 700
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Acer Aspire R13
$1,598
Booths 311, 6138, 8105, 8111, 8130, 8139, 8205, 8235, 8321

Unlike the typical hybrid PC that offers four usage modes, the Acer Aspire R13 has six. One of the six modes has the touchscreen moving close to you, making it easier to use the stylus.

This computer comes with a Thunderbolt 3 port (USB Type-C) that offers data transfer speeds eight times faster than USB 3.0. Its internal storage is equally fast, with two solid-state drives configured for speed.

For the IT Show, Acer is offering buyers a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 Personal Edition.


Acer Aspire U5-710
$1,999
Booths 311, 6138, 8105, 8111, 8130, 8139, 8205, 8235, 8321

This Acer all-in-one PC has a depth-sensing camera from Intel at the front that lets you log in to Windows 10 via facial recognition.

The camera can also be used to scan physical objects to produce a 3-D image and to use gestures to control the PC.

Its 23.8-inch full-HD display supports 10-point touch. To minimise eye strain, Acer has reduced the amount of blue light that the screen emits. Powering the computer is an Intel Skylake processor and a discrete Nvidia graphics chip.

Acer's Aspire U5-710 has 16GB of DDR4 memory and a 1TB hard drive.


Asus Zen AiO (Z240IC)
$3,198
Booth 8238

The Zen AiO is Asus' first all-in-one PC to offer a 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixel) screen resolution for crisp and detailed visuals.

Elegant and slim, it has a brushed aluminium body finished in gold.

With six integrated speakers, the Zen AiO delivers solid audio output, making it perfect for multimedia entertainment. Its capable hardware, which includes a midrange Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, is good enough to run games.

Asus is bundling the Zen AiO with a Canon Wireless Printer worth $139 if you purchase it at the IT Show.


Asus Vivo PC VC65R
$1,189
Booths 305, 8130, 8238, 8433

This Asus PC brings the power of a desktop computer to a small form factor. Looking more like a set-top box than a computer, the Vivo PC supports the latest Intel desktop processors that draw just 15W of power at idle. As a result, it runs as quiet as a library.

The Vivo PC has built-in Wi-Fi and a range of connectivity options ranging from USB 3.0 ports to DisplayPort output. A 1TB hard drive provides ample storage.

Because it is so compact, the Vivo PC can be mounted at the back of a monitor.


Dell XPS 13
$1,699 (usual price $1,899)
Booths 311, 8111, 8130, 8205, 8235, 8241

The Dell XPS 13 was our pick for 2015's best ultrabook. Its best feature is the display. It's ultra-thin bezel comes close to that of the latest smartphones. The screen looks crisp and clear.

The laptop takes up less space than other 13-inch models. Its compact chassis has a carbon-fibre palm rest that feels more comfortable than aluminium, especially in a cool environment.

Dell has equipped this laptop with the latest Intel Skylake chip. It has a fast solid-state drive that lets it boot quickly into Windows 10.


HP Envy 13
From $1,099
Booth 8150

The HP Envy 13 looks more expensive than it really is. One reason is the premium feel of its silvery aluminium chassis. The other is its high-resolution, 3,200 x 1,800-pixel screen.

In terms of processing power, the Envy 13 is on a par with its competitors. It has the latest Intel Skylake chip and 8GB of RAM. There is even a fingerprint reader, which is uncommon in a consumer laptop.

HP offers three versions of this ultrabook at the IT Show, with the least expensive Core i3 model going for $1,099.


Lenovo Yoga 900
From $1,999
Booths 305, 6138, 8111, 8130, 8139, 8143, 8205, 8210, 8235, 8321

This 2-in-1 hybrid looks sleek and classy, with a luxurious watchband-inspired hinge that lets it switch between tablet and laptop modes.

The Yoga 900 is a capable computer, with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a super-fast 256GB solid-state drive. Unsurprisingly, it took both Editor's Choice and the Readers's Choice awards at our annual tech awards last month.

If you buy the Yoga 900 at the IT Show, you will also receive a Samsonite carrying case (worth $129) and a USB Type-C to VGA adapter (worth $59).


Lenovo Ideapad Miix 700
$1,999
Booths 305, 6138, 8111, 8130, 8139, 8143, 8205, 8210, 8235, 8321

The Miix 700 may take more than a few design cues from the Microsoft Surface Pro, but its gold finish and the watchband-like hinge for its kickstand contrast with the business-like Surface.

Unlike Microsoft, Lenovo includes the keyboard dock that turns this tablet into a laptop. There is also a free stylus that lets you scribble notes on the Miix's 12-inch touchscreen.

The Miix's Intel Core m7 chip provides decent computing power, and, more importantly, does not require a cooling fan. Hence, the device runs both silently and cool.


Microsoft Surface Pro 4
From $1,399
Booths 311, 8130, 8139, 8235

So you have been thinking of buying a Surface Pro for the longest time.

It's worthwhile taking the plunge at the IT Show because Microsoft is giving away the Type Cover keyboard (worth $199) for those who buy the Core M version.

The look of the Surface Pro has not changed much. But the bezel of the latest model is skinnier, and the resolution of its 12.3-inch screen has been increased slightly to 2,736 x 1,824 pixels.

The new Surface Pen can now attach magnetically to the side of the device, and the pen sensitivity has been improved threefold for a better writing experience.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2016, with the headline 'COMPUTERS'. Print Edition | Subscribe