Consumer Electronics Exhibition 2013 Highlights

Armaggeddon, ASUS and Avision

The newest kid on the block, the Consumer Electronics Exhibition (CEE), is currently held at Suntec City from the 31st of October to the 3rd of November 2013. It's still pretty much in its infancy but if consumers warm up to it, this show will be another yearly fixture. For a start, it's held at Level 6 in Suntec's exhibition center, Hall 601 to 605, from 12pm to 9pm. It's a smaller show than what you might be used to, so most of the show floor is taken up by the ISPs and major electronics retailers like Courts and Newstead, so here are some of the deals and products that caught our eye. Oddly, there aren't any major TV/AV related products at the show and most are related to computing, communications and personal entertainment.


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Show Highlights



At Armaggeddon's booth, their core focus was on the gaming input devices.

The meanest of their gaming mice models is the Alien Craft IV G17. Costs $119, it has 8200CPI Avago 9800 laser tracking engine (with 8-level on-the-fly adjustment), 8-level weight management, 3-level adjustable polling rate, 180-degree turn in one-click macro, and more.

Here's another view of the Armaggeddon Alien Craft IV G17.



Newstead and Courts were the key people selling ASUS products across various stands spread across the halls. Here's a few that we thought would appeal to shoppers:

Fans of vanilla Android will be pleased to know that the Google Nexus 7 can be found at the CEE 2013. One of the more affordable, yet capable 7-inch tablets, the Nexus 7 is a popular choice for Android tablets. Its quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM ensures that your apps will always run smoothly, while the 1080p screen will keep you happy when viewing entertainment content.

While the show offer is nothing to write home about (free sleeve), this tablet is worth investing if you don't have one yet or you're looking to replace a former crappy model that you bought without doing your homework.

The ASUS Zenbook Prime is one of the better built notebooks in the market with its all-aluminum body, while keeping it slim and light.  Comes in either a Core i5-3337 or Core i7-3537 CPU options, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD with 24MB SSD cache, Windows 8, Full HD screen, NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 and 2 years of warranty. Show price is S$1398 and S$1598 respectively.

The exterior of the Zenbook Prime features the "Zen" or circular pattern which gives this Ultrabook its unique look and feel.

The Zenbook Prime however doesn't have a touchscreen. The ASUS Vivobook S400 pictured here is a 14-inch machine with a touchscreen and goes for only S$1049. While the screen resolution is just 1366 x 768 pixels, the other specs are similar to the Zenbook Prime UX32VD such as a Core i5-3337, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD with a 24GB SSD cache. Graphics matters are taken care of the CPU's internal graphics core.



If you need a compact solution to your scanning woes, check out the Avision MiWand 2 Wi-Fi Pro. It's a wand-type scanner that you can carry in your backpack. It also features built-in Wi-Fi in case you need to send pictures to your smartphone or laptop in a hurry. For more details, you can check out our first looks article for the MiWand 2 Wi-Fi Pro here

It's going at a $20 discount at the show, at the price of $189.

What if you wanted a feed-type mobile scanner? The new Avision ScanQ shown below goes for S$149 and does just that. Supports SD cards with 32GB capacity, has a maximum scanning resolution of 1200dpi and is battery powered.

This is the mobile Avision ScanQ feed-type scanner for S$149.

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