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Notebooks & Desktops - Acer & Apple
Notebooks, PC Systems, Networking, PC Accessories Buying Guide
Sitex 2012 is underway! For the next three days from 11am to 9pm, you'll find three halls at Singapore Expo full of the best IT and CE deals in Singapore. Whether you're hunting for a brand new computer, or just some system upgrades, this is the guide for you. From all-in-one machines, to gaming monsters, Ultrabooks and desktop replacements, we've scoured the show floor looking for the best buys in desktops, notebooks, networking and accessories and software. You'll find most of the Desktop and Notebook distributors in Hall 6 (the left most hall)!
Buying Guide Index
Sitex 2012 Shopping Resources
Remember to check out the HardwareZone Tech Show Portal for the latest consolidated shopping resources and updates.
If you're interested in upgrading to Windows 8, Microsoft's latest OS (don't forget to read our comprehensive Windows 8 Mega Guide to learn all the ins and outs first!) Sitex 2012 is the place to be. Whether it's a touchscreen all-in-one desktop you're craving, or a light and portable touchscreen convertible Ultrabook, almost all the major brands have jumped on the Windows 8 bandwagon and you'll find models at Sitex catering for every need and budget.
And finally, good news for all of you Apple fans out there, after an absence of over a year, Apple products will once again be sold at tech shows.
Acer (Hall 6, Booth 6D10)
Acer Aspire S7
The new Acer Aspire S7 Windows 8 Ultrabook doesn't just look stunning, it has the specs to back it up too. Available in either 11 or 13-inch variants, each features a slim and lightweight aluminum unibody construction. If you opt for the 13-inch model, you'll also get a robust Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen. Both models are equipped with full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution 10-point multi-touchscreen displays, essential for fully experiencing all of the touch features of Windows 8. Internally, both models are identical, utilizing Core i5 CULV processors, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSDs.
- Sitex Price: $1698 (11-inch), $1798 (13-inch)
- Usual Price: $1898 (11-inch), $1998 (13-inch)
- Promotion: Free Folio Case, Bluetooth Mouse, USB to Ethernet converter, HDMI to VGA converter, 2nd Year Local Extended Warranty
- More Information: HWZ Article
Acer Aspire 7600U AIO PC
Acer's new Windows 8 products all display a heavy emphasis on design and the new 27-inch Acer Aspire 7600U is no exception, sporting elegant and minimalist looks that are sure to look great in any home. Despite measuring just 35mm thick, the 7600U still manages to squeeze in space for a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution edge-to-edge multi-touchscreen. The look is further enhanced by a transparent glass and resin stand that gives the illusion that the screen is floating in midair.
The 7600U is no slouch in the performance department either, boasting a quad-core 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M (2GB) GPU and a 1TB HDD.
- Sitex Price: $2599
- Usual Price: $2799
- More Information: HWZ Article
Apple (Hall 6, Nubox: Booth 6E20, EpicCenter: Booth 6E01)
Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Apple's newly released 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina (2560 x 1600 pixel resolution) display is ideal for anyone looking for a Retina display, but with more portability than what the 15-inch model can provide. Like the MacBooks before it, this model features a sleek aluminum unibody that not only looks good, but also makes the whole machine lighter and more robust than the average notebook. Sporting a fully-powered, dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is ideal for power-users who don't want to settle for a low-voltage Ultrabook. Do take note however that it's running Intel's onboard graphics (Intel HD Graphics 4000) instead of discrete graphics like the 15-inch version, so you'll have to restrict your gaming to only low or moderate settings .
- Sitex Price: $2388 (128GB SSD), $2788 (256GB SSD)
- Usual Price: $2388 (128GB SSD), $2788 (256GB SSD)
- Promotion: Nubox - Free MS Office Mac, double memory upgrade, Xdoria Sleeve, keyboard protector. Epicentre - Free iWorld keyboard protector, palmskin, bluetooth mouse, Dicota laptop bag, Techlink screen cleaner.
The new Apple iMac with tapered display is coming soon, which means the current generation of iMacs will have to be cleared to make space. Components-wise, the current iMacs won't lose out too much, because they're already running 3rd generation, quad core, Core i5 processors. Each machine also features a uniform 8GB of RAM, and has 1TB of HDD storage space. As for graphics, all of the machines run discrete graphics, ranging from the NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M (21-inch) to the higher end NVIDIA GeForce 675MX (27-inch). Don't miss out on a great chance at a rare bargain for an Apple product.
- Sitex Price: Nubox, $1788 (21-inch Core i5 2.7GHz), $2088 (21-inch Core i5 2.9GHz), $2488 (27-inch Core i5 2.9GHz), $2788 (27-inch Core i5 3.2GHz)
- Promotion: Free iPearl Mcover hardcase, keyboard protector, wireless mouse. Add $68 for Microsoft Office.
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