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Comex 2012 - Notebooks, PC Systems, Networking & PC Accessories Buying Guide

By Team HardwareZone - 31 Aug 2012

Notebooks & Desktops - Acer & ASUS

Notebooks, PC Systems, Networking, PC Accessories Buying Guide

Comex 2012 is currently taking place at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Center. Till the 2nd of September, the expo will span three floors (3, 4 and 6), and its doors will be opened from 12pm to 9pm daily. In this segment, we highlight noteworthy items related to the Personal Computing category, consisting mainly of notebooks, desktops, networking and other accessories. 

Buying Guide Index


Comex 2012 Shopping Resources

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Notebooks and Desktops

If you've been eyeing a new notebook or desktop system, there's no better time than Comex 2012 as models equipped with Intel's 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors have started to come down in price. If you're looking for a real bargain, look out for older Sandy Bridge-equipped notebooks, as you can bet they'll be priced at extremely attractive prices.

If you're in the market for an Ultrabook, we have good news, these thin-and-light notebooks are becoming much more affordable. This second wave of Ultrabooks is also, for the most part, more powerful, and some are even equipped with discrete graphic options. For the business executives out there, look out for a fairly new entry into the Ultrabook market, in the form of the Enterprise Ready Ultrabook. These Ultrabooks come with extra security features not found on regular Ultrabooks, all whilst retaining the light weight, sleek looks and style of the consumer models.

Finally, don't forget, Microsoft's Windows 8 OS is just around the corner (launching 26th October), so if you're thinking of upgrading your desktop PC, you might want to consider a touchscreen all-in-one desktop. Windows 8's primary user interface has been designed for use with a touchscreen device, so if you want to get the most out of the OS, you'll definitely need a touchscreen monitor like the ones utilized on many all-in-ones. They're also great space savers if you're looking for something compact!

Acer (Level 4, Booth 8105 & 8458)


Acer Aspire S3-391-59914G52a

Back in 2011, the 13.3-inch Acer Aspire S3 was one of the first Ultrabooks on the market, and was a great example of Intel's Ultrabook 'philosophy' sporting a very thin body (13mm thick), light weight (1.3kg), good battery life, and fast resume times. This year's model has been refreshed with an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3317-U (1.7GHz) processor or, if you prefer something a bit more powerful, an Intel Core i7-3517U (1.9GHz). Both models utilize 4GB RAM, and have a 500GB HDD.

  • Comex Price: $999 (Core i5), $1198 (Core i7) 
  • Usual Price: $1098 (Core i5), $1298 (Core i7)
  • Promotion: Free HDMI to VGA converter, 2nd year local extended warranty.
  • More Information: HWZ Review


Acer Aspire Z5771

If you're planning on upgrading to Windows 8 this October, make sure you buy a system with a multi-touch display for the full user experience. Acer's Aspire Z5771 is one such model, featuring a 23-inch full HD multi-touch display that's perfect for the Windows 8 UI. This model is armed with an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7-3770S (3.1GHz) processor, 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD and NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 with 2GB VRAM, which makes it more than capable for any multimedia needs, as well as some moderate gaming. It also comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard, and built-in webcam and speakers.

  • Comex Price: $1599
  • Usual Price: $2199
  • Comex Promotion: Free 3-years local on-site warranty.


Click here for Acer brochures.


ASUS (Level 4, Booth 8310 & 8220)


ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A

The first generation Zenbook was quite an impressive piece of hardware. It had a fairly high resolution display (1600 x 900 pixels), and was beautifully designed. This year's follow-up, the 13-inch, 1.3kg Zenbook Prime UX31A retains the looks and build quality, but with a higher resolution display, which has been bumped up to Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). This model is armed with a Intel Core i7-3517U (Ivy Bridge) processor, 4GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. It will be available in Singapore for the first time at Comex 2012.

  • Comex Price: $2098
  • Promotion: Trend Micro Internet Security, ASUS Notebook bag, mouse, sleeve, miniVGA attachment, USB LAN attachment


ASUS All-In-One PC ET2411

If you're looking for a space-saving all-in-one PC that will look good in any corner of your house, make sure you check out what ASUS has on offer. The 23.6-inch full HD ASUS All-in-One PC (ET2411) has a multi-touch display which makes it a great choice for Windows 8, and not only looks spectacular, but also packs quite a punch for something so slim. This AIO is armed with an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7-3770S (3.1GHz) processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M with 1GB VRAM GPU and even comes with a bonus external subwoofer and a hybrid TV tuner.

  • Comex Price: $1899
  • Promotion: Free Counter-Strike Global Offensive Game, 500GB USB 3.0 HDD, Trend Micro Internet Security 2012, Wireless keyboard and mouse, trolley


Click here for ASUS notebook brochures.


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