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PC Show 2013 Buying Guide

PC Show 2013 is currently taking place at Singapore Expo. The show is on from the 6th to the 9th of June, and is open from 12 noon to 9pm. One of Singapore's longest running tech shows, PC Show 2013 will feature more than 800 exhibitors and cover over 350,000 square-feet of exhibitions space with products ranging from notebooks and tablets to televisions, automotive accessories and more. As usual, admission will be free!

There will be a ton of products at the show, so in this handy buying guide we'll be giving you tips and tricks on what to look for in a great product. Whether you're buying a new broadband plan or a new GPS device, here's what you need to know before you buy your next gadget. But before we begin, here's a video highlight of the top 10 new gadgets from the show floor:-

Buying Guide Index

 

 

HardwareZone PC Show 2013 Portal

For more on the PC Show, including maps, brochures and Twitter updates, click on through to our PC Show portal.

 

 

Broadband Plan Deals at the Show

Here are some highlighted broadband plan deals at the PC Show this year.

M1 Fibre Broadband 

200Mbps fibre home broadband for just $39/month
OR
300Mbps fibre broadband home bundle for just $49/month

PC Show 2013 Offer

  • PC Show Price: $39/month (200Mbps) or $49/month (300Mbps bundle)
  • PC Show Promotion (only for 300Mbps bundle): free Mobile Broadband 1GB (7.2Mbps) + Free Home Fixed Voice Service + Free Dual-Band Wireless Router worth $189 + Get $100 off selected handsets + Free 3 months subscription for Internet Security
  • Brochure

Location

HALL 5, BOOTH 5004

  



 


MyRepublic PURE 100Mbps Fibre Broadband

Up to 100Mbps download and 50Mbps upload speeds with more bandwidth for more users streaming HD video.

 

PC Show 2013 Offer

  • PC Show Price: $38.88/month
  • PC Show Promotion: Free ASUS N15U router
  • Brochure

Location

HALL 5. BOOTH 5046

StarHub 100Mbps Fibre Home Broadband 

Sign up for StarHub 100Mbps Fibre Home Broadband for just $39.90/month.

PC Show 2013 Offer

  • PCShow Price: $39.90/month
  • PC Show Promotion: Free Wireless Home Gateway, Free Fibre Termination Point installation, Free activiation and installation, Free 7.2Mbps mobile broadband (1GB), Free Home Line.
  • Brochure

Location

HALL 5, BOOTH 5006

 

 

ViewQwest Fibernet 150 Bundle

Sign up for ViewQwest Fibernet 150 Bundle with a two-year contract and get one month free trial. 

PC Show 2013 Offer

  • PC Show Price: $65/month
  • PC Show Promotion: OneVoice Residential, ViewQwest TV, Freedom VPN (3 months), Toggle Prime Pack, Free Modem Rental
  • Brochure

Location

HALL 5, BOOTH 5046

SingTel 150Mbps Fibre Broadband

An affordable 24-month contract of SingTel 150Mbps Fibre Broadband at $49.90/month with 10% discount on your mobile subscription

PC Show 2013 Offer

  • PC Show Price: $49.90/month 
  • PC Show Promotion: Free Wireless Modem, Free Mobile Broadband 75 Plan (4G), Free Digital Home Line, Free SingTel installation
  • Brochure

Location

HALL 5, BOOTH 5002

 

PC Show 2013 Broadband Plans Portal

 

Broadband Plan Buying Guide

Consumers now have more choice than ever for their internet needs, with a host of new companies like MyRepublic joining the big three Telcos. If you're thinking about signing up for a new plan, tech shows are often the best place to do it as the freebies and extras tend to be better than at other times of the year.

 

BROADBAND TODAY

Broadband plans in Singapore fall into three categories: Cable broadband, ADSL broadband, and Fiber broadband.

Cable broadband delivers high-speed Internet access via coaxial cables and a cable termination point. Plans are available from StarHub, M1, Pacnet, and NTT Communications offering speeds of between 3Mbps to 15Mbps. An advantage of cable broadband is that the quality of your connection is not dependent on your proximity to your ISP (whereas ADSL is). However, unlike ADSL, which runs on a dedicated line, cable connections are shared with others in your HDB or condo block, which can affect your download speeds.

ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) broadband delivers high-speed Internet access via your existing telephone line. Plans are available from SingTel, M1, and Pacnet offering speeds of between 1.5Mbps to 15Mbps. One disadvantage of ADSL broadband is that your connection is linked to a fixed telephone line, so switching residence can be troublesome and will result in loss of service for a few days. On the other hand, unlike cable broadband, your ADSL connection is not affected by other users in your area.

 

Fiber broadband uses fiber optic cables to deliver Internet speeds far higher than both Cable and ADSL broadband. Plans are available from SingTel, StarHub, M1, MyRepublic, and ViewQwest ranging from 50mbps up to a mind-boggling 1Gbps. Fiber optic broadband requires a fiber optic termination point to be installed by network infrastructure provider, OpenNet.

 

 

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

Can I get Fiber broadband? Starting in 2010, network infrastructure providers OpenNet offered a one-time free installation of the fibre network termination point to all residences in Singapore. If you missed this offer, you'll need to book an appointment to have the TP installed, which will cost between $220-$450, although some ISPs offer to pay the installation charge for you if you sign up with them. As of 2013, over 95% of Singapore is fiber-ready. To check if your area is eligible for installation click here

What router do I need for ADSL/Cable/Fiber? Any network router (wired or wireless) should be compatible with the modem your service provider gives you. However, it's a lot more tricky if you want to replace the modem that your service provider gives you. Not sure how to choose a router? Check out our networking buying guide.

What is International bandwidth/download speed? Some plans advertise different speeds for local and international downloads. Your local download speed will be applicable for sites hosted in Singapore (e.g. SingTel, locally hosted gaming servers), whereas international sites such a server in the US will subject to the international download speeds.