IT Show 2008 - The Complete Coverage (Part 1)


Acer and Apple Booths

IT Show 2008 - The Complete Coverage

The year's inaugural IT and consumer electronics exhibition is finally upon us as IT Show 2008 opened its doors to the public earlier today. While the year end shopping spree has arguably just ended with SITEX 2007, the new year ushers in hot new technologies, products and gear that will definitely be fueling the next upgrade cycle. This year, IT Show 2008 is being held at the Suntec City Exhibition Center, from the 6th to 9th March, and if you're planning on going down to have a look yourself, don't go unarmed. With a vast array of exhibitors, enticing offers and over three floors to cover, we've already done all the legwork for you, as we've canvassed the entire show flow to bring you all the best deals you will be able to find. This is the definitive IT Show 2008 coverage.

Acer's Booth

 Supporting an Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2370 (1.73GHz, 533MHz FSB, 1MB L2 cache), the 12.1-inch widescreen Aspire 2902Z is offered at a reduced price of S$1398 from its usual price of S$1598, and comes with a free upgrade to 2GB DDR2 RAM and 250GB HDD.

 Priced at either S$1299 or S$1699 for its 2.2GHz or 2.66GHz variations, the Acer Aspire L3600 packs 1GB of DDR2 RAM (2GB for its 67M32 variation) in a slim chassis measuring 25cm x 6cm (L x W). It is one of the star buys for Acer desktops, with an option to upgrade from its bundled 19-inch monitor to 20-inch at just S$49.

 One of Acer's more prominent offers at the IT Show has to be the Acer Extensa 4620Z notebook, which is priced at only S$999. For this special price, you get an Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2370 (1.73GHz, 533MHz FSB, 1MB L2 cache), 1GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB HDD and a 14-inch WXGA color TFT LCD screen.

 Acer's latest 24-inch LCD monitor, the Acer P243, gives more than it takes, with a resolution of up to 1920 x 1200, contrast ratio of 3000:1 and a fast response time of 2ms. It also features a HDMI port with HDCP in addition to VGA and DVI support. In fact, pay S$699 for this 24-inch LCD monitor and get a S$150 shopping voucher from Acer!

Apple's Booth

 This giant banner will be the closest you'll get to a MacBook Air at the IT Show. Only preorders are available at the moment.

 The highest end iMac from Apple, this 24-inch model uses an Intel 2.8GHz Core 2 Extreme CPU and has 2GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive and a Radeon HD 2600 PRO graphics card. For that, you'll need to fork out $3789.

 Everyone wanted a piece of the iPod touch, hence its heavily fingerprinted state. While it didn't entice us to give it a go, this will probably be one of the hottest items around. An 8GB model will start from $498 and goes up to a hefty $848 for the 32GB model.