9 Big Ticket Items To Buy Before The GST Increase

By Mark Yeong - 24 Dec 2022

9 Big Ticket Items To Buy Before The GST Increase

Note: This feature was first published on 21 December 2022.

If you're on the fence about getting a new TV or laptop, now's the best time to spring into action before 2022 ends.

You've probably heard about the GST increase to 8%, which comes into effect on 1 January 2023. That's why we've put together a list of high-value products to buy now and save more. Everything in this list is on sale right now!

TVs | Projectors | Soundbars | Laptops |Mobile Phones | Tablets | Vacuum Cleaners




LG UQ7550 50-inch UHD 4K Smart TV

This LG Smart TV delivers stunning 4K resolution and vibrant colours with its Alpha5 Gen 5 AI Processor. It also supports various streaming services such as YouTube and Netflix, and can be easily navigated with LG's Magic Remote, which provides an onscreen cursor that can be controlled wirelessly.

With the built-in 4K upscaler, you can enjoy non-4K content in 4K on this large UHD screen, providing greater clarity for your viewing pleasure. It is also equipped with HDR10 Pro, adjusting brightness levels to enhance colour and clarity in every image for realistic content reproduction.

Buy it now for S$724 (U.P. S$899)





ViewSonic M2e Smart Wifi Portable Mini Projector 1080p

Projectors are a great alternative to TVs as they can be adjusted to display in larger screen sizes. The featured projector is able to project up to 100 inches and has built-in dual-speaker Harman Kardon Bluetooth speakers to provide room-filling audio. Projectors like the Viewsonic M2e are great to bring around and can be set up in a breeze with autofocus and horizontal/vertical keystone correction, allowing it to be easily deployed for entertainment in any room. Find out more about it in our earlier story.

Buy it now for S$738.74 (U.P. S$1,199)





Sonos Ray Soundbar

It's worth investing in a soundbar to improve audio quality, rather than relying on most TVs' built-in speakers. Hook up the Sonos Ray soundbar via the TV's optical output and get ready to enjoy cinema-level audio for small spaces. Tailor your home theatre experience with the Sonos app, which gives you the ability to fine-tune the audio, enable speech enhancement for improved dialogue clarity, or activate Night Sound for more comfortable late-night viewing.

You can also stream your favourite audio when the TV is off. Play music, radio, podcasts and audiobooks from your preferred services over Wi-Fi using the Sonos app, Airplay and more. Read more about the Sonos Ray Soundbar in our earlier report for specs, capabilities and details.

Buy it now for S$469 (U.P. S$529)





LG gram 14Z90Q 14-inch Laptop

This LG gram laptop was on sale during 12.12, and is now available at an even lower price. Coming in at less than 1kg, this is one of the lightest notebooks with a 14-inch display. Even with its light weight, the notebook features Intel's 12th generation Core i5 processor and comes with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Read our review of the LG gram 14.

Buy it now for S$1,699 (U.P. S$1,899)


Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74RX Gaming Laptop

For those who are looking for more processing power under the hood, gaming laptops are great for supporting gaming and video editing on the move. While these systems do weigh significantly heavier, they also provide better processing power and graphic capabilities. With the Acer Nitro 5, you get a 12th-generation Core i7 processor and a GeForce RTX 3060 graphics processor. The screen is also larger at 15.6 inches and is capable of running at 144Hz, making it great for fast-paced games.

Buy it now for S$1,898 (U.P. S$2,398)


Apple MacBook Pro 2022 with M2 chip

While the 2022 Apple Macbook Pro 13-inch uses the previous generation aluminium frame, it comes with the Apple touchbar, which we will probably not see implemented in future lineups of Apple laptops. The 2022 13-inch Macbook Pro has also been updated with Apple's latest M2 chip, providing the system with adequate processing power for everyday tasks and more. If you're still unsure, read our detailed review on this unit, and you'll see why the M2-based MBP might just be the notebook for you.

Buy it now for S$1,765 (U.P. S$1,879)




Mobile Phones

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G

Get the best of both worlds with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G. It features a large, 7.6-inch foldable display that can be used as a traditional smartphone or as a tablet, giving you the flexibility to use it in a variety of situations. The phone is also equipped with the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and boasts long-lasting battery life, making it ideal for multitasking and on-the-go use. Read our review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 5G and how it might come in useful for those looking to boost their productivity or just want a larger screen for on-the-go entertainment. If you're still not quite sure if a foldable phone is for you, here's an earlier feature article that helps showcase what scenarios work best with each usage need/expectation. 

Buy it now for S$1,870 (U.P. S$2,398)





Apple 11-inch iPad Pro 512GB - Silver

This Apple iPad Pro deal features the M1 processor for better processing speed, amazing graphics and all-day battery over predecessor models. It may not be the latest, but once you pair it with the Apple Pencil (also on sale!), you could turn it into a great productivity tool, allowing you to take notes, highlight content and more. It also works great as a presentation tool for work or school, allowing you to share your ideas in a slick and portable device.

Buy it now for S$1,754 (U.P. S$1,869)




Vacuum Cleaners

Tineco Floor One S5 Cordless Smart Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner

Numerous TikTok videos and customer reviews highly recommend the Tineco Floor One S5 Cordless vacuum cleaner, praising it for its efficiency. Available with 2-year warranty, this mops and vacuums hardwood floors in a single pass, eliminating the need for the usual vacuum before mopping, saving time and effort when cleaning. This vacuum cleaner was on sale during Black Friday and is even cheaper now, so snap this deal up ASAP.

Buy it now for S$802.49 (U.P. S$899)

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