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Desktop Deals at the Show

Here are some highlighted desktop deals at Comex this year.

ASUS ROG G30AB

Targeted at more budget conscious gamers, the ASUS' latest ROG desktop, the G30AB, is packed with the latest Core i7-4770K (3.5GHz) processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 graphics card. It also comes with pre-installed liquid cooling system, which should give users some additional headroom for overclocking the unlocked processor.

Comex 2013 Offer

  • Comex Price: $2090
  • Comex Promotion: Free Trend Micro Internet Security (worth $39), $20 NTUC voucher, ROG mechanical keyboard and gaming mouse, ASUS Orion headset (worth $149)
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6311

ASUS ET2702IGTH-i7

The ASUS ET2702IGTH-i7 AIO is an entertainment powerhouse thanks to its large 27-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution display (10-point multi-touch), integrated TV tuner, Blu-ray combo drive and Sonic Master Premium sound system. Under the hood is also the latest Core i7-4770 (3.4GHz) processor and AMD Radeon HD 8890M discrete GPU.

Comex 2013 Offer

  • Comex Price: $2949 (Usual Price: $1,799)
  • Comex Promotion: Free Trend Micro Internet Security (worth $39), $20 NTUC voucher, Wireless keyboard and mouse, ASUS Orion headset (worth $149), ASUS Webstorage (32GB)
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6311

Acer Webplay AIO

Sporting a 21.5 inch display, the Acer Webplay AIO is an Android desktop system that is equipped with a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Comex 2013 Offer

  • Comex Price: $499 (Usual Price: $699)
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6013

Acer Predator G3-605

The Acer Predator G3-605 is powered by Intel's latest Core i7-4770 processor and comes with 16GB of RAM and a 2TB HDD. Graphics processing duties are handled by NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 660.

Comex 2013 Offer

  • Comex Price: $1999 (Usual Price: $2199)
  • Comex Promotion: Free 2nd and 3rd year warranty
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6013

Lenovo C540 Touch

Powered by an Intel Core i3-3330 processor, 8GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GT 615M discrete GPU, the Lenovo C540 Touch is ideal for mainstream users. Its multi-touch enabled Full HD display also makes it great for touchscreen games.

Comex 2013 Offer

  • Comex Price: $1199 (Usual Price: $1299)
  • Comex Promotion: Free 3-years subscription of McAfree Internet Security
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6216

Dell XPS 8700

The Dell XPS 8700 is great for mainstream users thanks to its new Core i7-4770 processor, generous 16GB of RAM, 2TB HDD and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics.

Comex 2013 Offer

  • Comex Price: $1699 (Usual Price: $1799)
  • Comex Promotion: Free accidental damage coverage, 12 months McAfee protection and Microsoft Office 365
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Location

Level 6, Booth 6111

 

Comex 2013 Desktop Systems Portal

Desktop Systems Buying Guide

Despite the popularity of tablets and other mobile computing devices, the cornerstone of home computing has always been a desktop system. At Comex 2013, there are a myriad of choices that run the gamut from high-end gaming PCs to All-in-One PC systems. Browse further for more tips on selecting the right system, together with some star deals we have managed to uncover on the show floor.

DESKTOP SYSTEMS TODAY

For the home consumer, there are two broad categories of desktop systems; namley, traditional desktop PCs and All-in-One (AIO) PCs. The traditional desktop PC usually comprises a computer chassis, bundled with a monitor, keyboard and mouse; however, some deals only include the chassis itself. For an AIO PC system, it isn't about a space-saving anymore as with the commercial availability of Windows 8, the AIO PC with multi-touch capabilities make more sense to the consumer who is likely to be familiar with touch interfaces offered by smartphones and tablets.

 

 

 

Desktop PCs usually comprise a chassis to house its components, while the input devices as well as video displays usually in the form of a LCD monitor are attached to it. There are some manufacturers who offer the chassis with the computing components tailored to the needs of the consumer, and leaves the choice of input and display devices entirely to the discretion of the informed consumer.

 

 

All-in-One PC systems are akin to a large tablet mounted on a desktop stand, and feature HD screens with AV connectivity options like HDMI and audio jacks. They also offer standard ports like USB 3.0 ports or even Thunderbolt ones. Just image all these hardware offerings in a footprint no larger than your traditional desktop display monitor!

 

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

Core Components: Most desktop systems use Intel processors; however, there are some that feature AMD processors or Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). For consumers looking at high-end gaming desktop PCs that sport third-generation Intel Core processors like the top-end Intel Core i7-3770K CPU. For such systems, they are usually coupled with a high-end graphics card that feature NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 graphics chip or AMD Radeon HD 7800 series GPUs. For users who don't have such demanding computing requirements, there are mini desktop PCs that  feature the AMD Trinity desktop APUs and they don't require the need for a discrete graphics card. Their chassis are much smaller and can be as compact as a small paperback novel.

For AIO PCs, the considerations are about the same; consumers need to take note of the processor power the rig as well as whether the AIO features on-die graphics processing capabilities, courtesy of the CPU, or such graphical tasks are handled by an onboard graphics chip that will work in tandem with the CPU.

Screen Size: For desktop PC systems that ship with a LCD monitor, please don't settle for anything less than 21.5-inch in display size with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.  A larger display will mean less scrolling about when viewing a document or a web page. It may improve the efficiency of your productivity tasks as the user is able to line up documents side-by-side for multi-tasking purposes. For AIO systems, the acceptable display size is 21.5-inch with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. It is definitely better to settle for displays that are able to support full HD content for a more enjoyable visual feast. 

Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS: Most current desktop systems operate Windows 8; however, some may still offer Windows 7. As a precautionary measure, it is better to ask about the version of the Windows OS that is installed on the system.

Touch Capability: By now, most manufacturers would have shipped their systems with Windows 8. And if the system you are eying does ship with Windows 8, you would definitely want a system that has a touch-enabled display to take advantage of Windows 8's Modern UI, which was designed specifically with Touch in mind.

Check out the latest desktops at our HardwareZone Desktop Systems Product Guide.