IT Show 2017: Gaming picks

Acer Aspire GX

1 Acer Aspire GX

From $1,298 (usual price from $1,498).
Booths 311, 6138, 8111, 8130, 8139, 8143, 8205, 8325 and 8751

The new Acer Aspire GX desktop computer sports a sleek facade with its edgy, armour-inspired housing with front-facing LED lighting.

Underneath the hood, the VR- ready PC comes with the 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and a powerful graphics card.

It is also able to support 4K resolution, and hook up to four displays simultaneously for a more immersive gaming experience.

The more premium configurations comes with either a 3TB HDD, or a 256GB SSD storage.

2 Acer Aspire VX

From $1,798 (usual price from $1,998)
Booths 311, 6138, 8111, 8130, 8139, 8143, 8205, 8325, nd 8751

If you need to game on the go, the new Acer Aspire VX series laptops are configured just for that purpose.

Powered by the 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, the VX series promises incredible performance and responsiveness. It offers either 8GB or 16GB DDR4 RAM out of the box, and it is upgradable to 32GB.

To keep the temperature at an optimum level, the VX series laptops have a dual-fan cooling system to keep the machine in check. Tipping the scales at 2.5kg, the VX laptops also feature red backlit keyboard and deliver that hardcore look.

3 Acer Predator Z301CT

$1,198 (usual Price $1,398)
Booths 311, 6138, 8111, 8130, 8139, 8143, 8205, 8325 and 8751

The Acer Predator Z301CT has almost everything that a hardcore gamer will appreciate.

Boasting a curved 30-inch, 21:9 aspect ratio display, this Z301CT also touts the accolade for being the world's first display to feature a eye-tracking function. Named Tobii, the eye-tracking uses the gamer's eye movement to create a new input modality.

Pairing eye-tracking with mouse and keyboard or gamepad controls gives gamers a richer, more immersive experience as they are able to mimic actions that occur in real life, such as looking for cover or aiming at a target.

4 Aftershock SL-15

$1,932 (usual Price $2,081); free 120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, anti-virus software, thermal-compound upgrade and colour-calibration service
Booth 6612

Offering the most bang-for-the- buck, the Aftershock SL-15 comes with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card which is typically reserved for use in high-end laptops.

Hardcore gamers will also like the fact that the SL-15 has a full RGB macro-capable programmable keyboard. Driving the laptop is also the latest 7th-generation Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor to deliver a more seamless gaming experience on the 15-inch IPS display.

Outside, the SL-15 has a sleek, minimalist design with clean lines and polished finish.

5 Alienware 15

From $2,999
Booth 8241

If there is one name in gaming laptops that you need to know, that is Alienware.

The Alienware 15 sports a 15-inch FHD, 120Hz display with 4ms response time and 400 nits of brightness. It's a premium to pay, but the better screen will help deliver a much better gaming experience.

This gaming laptop also sports the 7th-generation Intel Core i7/i7K-series processor, which allows you to game in 4K. Graphics-wise, it is supported by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series processors, which makes it ready for VR as well. Nimble fingers will also appreciate the upgraded Alienware TactX keyboard.

6 Asus ROG GR8 II

From $1,659; free Asus keyboard and mouse
Booth 305

Launching at IT Show 2017, the Asus ROG GR8 II is packed to the brim with features despite having a petite footprint. Delivering the graphics is a custom Asus GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.

Processor-wise, the entry-level configuration comes with an Intel Core i5 processor (upgradable to i7), or the desktop-grade i7 processor. To accommodate gaming over extended time, the ROG GR8 II has dedicated chambers for the processor and graphics card and a specially tuned cooling system. It is also VR-ready, with two HDMI ports to connect to a VR headset and a display simultaneously.

7 Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Gaming Mouse

$229 (usual price $249)
Booths 307, 8205 and 8301

Every gamer knows that a good mouse can make a decisive difference between winning or losing.

The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is a professional-grade gaming mouse, and has a 1ms latency-free report rate, thanks to the PMW3366 optical sensors. Southpaw gamers can also configure the G900 for use with their left hands for a better gaming experience.

8 Xbox One S 1TB Console Bundle

$499, free Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice UHD movie
Booth 318, 6138, 8130, 8205 and 8235

The new Xbox One S gaming console is 40 per cent smaller than its predecessor, even though it features an internal power supply.

It looks much sleeker with cleaner lines, while its black-and-white shell is now made of matte plastic that is not a dust and fingerprint magnet. Furthermore, this gaming doubles as a native 4K or Ultra High-Definition (UHD) Blu-ray disc player.

Choose between the Halo Wars 2 or Battlefield 1 bundle.

• Leonard Goh is a freelance tech writer

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2017, with the headline 'Gaming'. Print Edition | Subscribe