The March school holidays have started, and this means the IT Show - Singapore's largest IT, mobile and consumer electronics exhibition - is here again.
Organised by Exhibits Inc, a Singapore Press Holdings subsidiary, the 17th edition of the show starts tomorrow and goes on till Sunday at levels 3, 4 and 6 of Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This is where you can get the best bargains, special deals and the first look at the latest tech products. For example, the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music GPS running watch (Booths 6113, 6241, 6313 and 8205) will make its debut at the show. Or get a Targus Revolution Element laptop backpack (Booth 6113) at a bargain price of $50 (usual price $119).
You can also win prizes by participating in the Sure Win Instant Lucky Spin.
To do so, like the Comex and IT Show Facebook page, then post and share it with your friends. Next, fill up an online form at www.comexitshow.com.sg/luckyspin and wait for a confirmation e-mail.
During the show, head to Suntec Singapore level 6, look for the Sure Win Instant Lucky Spin Booth and present the confirmation e-mail to the staff there. Prizes range from printers to robotic vacuum cleaners.
There are plenty of trade-in options available at the show.
VIEW IT / IT SHOW 2018
WHERE: Levels 3, 4 and 6 Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, 3 Temasek Boulevard
WHEN: Tomorrow to Sunday, 11am to 9pm (Level 3), Noon to 9pm (Levels 4 and 6)
At the entrance of Hall 406 on level 4, you can trade in used TV sets and old cameras for IT Show cash vouchers worth up to $1,000.
If you have an old Xbox, Playstation or other gaming consoles, these oldies can be traded for IT Show cash vouchers at the entrance of Hall 601 on level 6. Or trade in your personal mobility devices at Booth 6651 on this level.
So if you fancy landing the best tech deals in town, put on comfortable shoes and head to the show tomorrow.
• For more information about IT Show 2018, go to www.comexitshow.com.sg
The best picks
MARBELLA MT-I DUAL CAM
Booths 311 and 6441 $329 (usual price $469); freebies include a 32GB microSD card (worth $39.90) and a 40L foldable backpack (worth $69.90)
Finally, there is an in-vehicle camera system for motorcyclists.
Debuting at IT Show 2018, the Marbella MT-I Dual Cam consists of a front camera, a rear camera and a 2.7-inch display. Both front and rear cameras have a field-of-view of 155 degrees to provide wide coverage at both ends.
The camera system is rated IP68, making it good enough to brave Singapore's torrential rain. It also connects wirelessly via the Camera Connect app (Android and iOS), so you can easily share and transfer images and videos from the camera to your smartphone.
iROBOT BRAAVA JET
Booth 6631 $399 (usual price $469)
Unlike conventional robotic vacuum cleaners, the iRobot Braava Jet is designed to sweep and mop in kitchens, bathrooms and other small spaces. It is able to remember obstacles in its cleaning path and slows down when cleaning along furniture, walls or fixtures.
Its Precision Jet Spray loosens dirt and stains, while its Vibrating Cleaning Head gently scrubs dirt and stains away. The Braava Jet works on hardwood, tile and stone floors.
GARMIN FORERUNNER 645 MUSIC
Booths 6113, 6241, 6313 and 8205 Pre-order at $669, available from March 31
The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a GPS running watch that can store up to 500 songs.
So you can listen to your favourite tunes via a pair of Bluetooth headphones (sold separately) during your runs without your smartphone. It also supports the recently launched Garmin Pay cashless payment platform.
The Forerunner 645 Music is also able to provide advanced running dynamics, such as cadence, stride length, vertical ratio, ground contact time and balance. Being 50m water-resistant, it can track your swimming activity as well.
iWALK UBO10000 (Silver)
Booths 309 and 8303 $55 (usual price $89)
Looking for a slim and lightweight power bank?
Consider the iWalk UBO10000, which measures only 13mm thick and weighs 225g. Yet, it packs a 10,000mAh lithium-polymer battery that can fully charge a Samsung Galaxy Note8 three times.
Furthermore, it comes with a built-in micro-USB cable and a built-in Lightning cable. There is also an extra USB port for you to connect another charging cable.
Booth 6307 $1,088 (usual price $1,388)
Although it might bear the same name as its predecesor, this is a new iClebo Omega.
This robot vacuum cleaner is said to be 10 times more powerful than the previous model. It also comes with Smart Turbo Mode, which automatically uses greater suction when cleaning carpets or dusty areas. It also uses tangle-free rubber blades. So, no more issue of hair or fur getting tangled up with the blades.
Furthermore, its 130-degree wide angle smart mapping system allows it to analyse the space around it to thoroughly clean the house.