Event Coverage

Comex 2016 highlights

By Team HardwareZone - 10 Sep 2016

Introduction, Acer, AC Ryan & Aftershock


Comex 2016 - It's time to buy, buy, buy again!

Happening from September 8 to 11 at Suntec Singapore Levels 3, 4, and 6, Comex is the place to be at if you want to fulfill your home entertainment, lifestyle electronics, office equipment, and travel technology shopping needs. From the same folks who brought you IT Shows, Comex 2016 officially opens from 11am for Level 3, and 12pm for Level 4 and 6 until 9pm each day. As always, admission is free.

Other than going from booth to booth looking for deals, there are a lot of other activities you can take part in at the tech show, including checking out the latest gadgets at the Tech Showcase area, trying out some new games at the Gamex zone. You can also take part in the Booth Babes Selfie Contest to stand a chance to win a total of S$1,000 in cash. For more details on the various activities at Comex 2016, check out this article.

PC Dreams is also back at Comex to handle the trade-in process. So if you've old laptops, tablets, smartphones, PCs (non-DIY ones), monitors, and TVs lying around, you might want to trade them in to help finance your Comex spending. In addition, Digital Hospital (part of PC Dreams) is giving away a free 6-month Data Shield basic data protection and recovery package to those who buy a laptop, desktop, smartphone, or tablet at Comex 2016 from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and MSI. So don't forget to claim yours before leaving Suntec. Lastly, if you need help installing an SSD or RAM module, the experts from Digital Hospital are also available to do the upgrade for you at a small fee. For more details about these services, check out this article.


Comex 2016 shopping resources

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Now without further ado, here are the hottest products and deals that caught our attention at the show floors.



The Acer Switch Alpha 2-in-1 convertible notebook features a 12-inch, 10-point touchscreen display, with a resolution of 2,160 x 1,440 pixels. Its marquee feature is the Acer LiquidLoop cooling technology sans active cooling fans. The device is powered by either an Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6500U mobile CPU or an Intel Core i5-6200U chip, coupled with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The storage options include either a 256- or a 512GB SSD. There’s a single USB 3.1 Gen 1, Type-C reversible port that will allow connectivity of up to 5Gbps for supported devices. The Acer Switch Alpha weighs about 1.2kg (with keyboard), and boasts of a battery life of up to 8 hours! It is priced from $1,498 (from U.P. $1,698).

 The Acer Aspire V5-591G notebook features a 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, and supports up to 16GB of DDR4 system memory. The notebook features a 15.6" full HD display and has a 1TB HDD and a 96GB SSD. Its discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics chipset can handle some casual desktop gaming. It operates on 64-bit Windows 10 Home, and is priced at $1,498 (U.P. $1,698)

 The 13.3-inch Acer Aspire S 13 notebook is another perennial show favorite; it’s powered by either a Intel Core i5-6200U or Core i7-6500U processor, with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Its LED TFT display has a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, and comes in two variants; one that supports 10-point, multi-touch capabilities, and one that doesn’t. It sports a 512 SSD for storage, and has a Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 1 port for connectivity. It comes in two colors; obsidian black and white. The black variant features non-touchscreen display, and has a show price of $1,398 (U.P. $1,598), and the white model has the touchscreen display, and it retails at $1,498 (U.P. $1,698)

The Acer Predator G9 is a 15.6-inch gaming notebook with an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD. It may not come with one of NVIDIA’s new 10-series cards, but it still packs a GeForce GTX 970M, which is fairly decent in its own right, especially given its 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display. It is backed by a three-year warranty, and you can get it at $2,698, down from $3,898 usually. In addition, you’ll get a free Predator gaming backpack and a SteelSeries mouse and mousepad.

This Acer T232HL is a 23-inch full HD monitor with IPS technology. Unlike most monitors, it's a touchscreen that supports multi-touch, so it works great with Windows 10. It supports VGA and HDMI connectivity, and has a built-in USB 3.0 hub. Going for $399 at Comex.


AC Ryan

This funky looking box is the Veolo 4K+, a new UHD media player from AC Ryan. Powered by a Cortex A53 quad-core 2GHz processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, it's capable of true 4K decoding. It also sports 3 USB ports. Going for $199 (U.P: $299) and you get a free Veo Navigator. First 50 Citi cardmembers also get a $10 AC Ryan voucher.



For those looking for an affordable gaming desktop, the Aftershock Zeal may be right up your alley. It is powered by an Intel Core i5-6500 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 3GB card. You’ll also get a free upgrade to a 120GB SSD and 1TB Toshiba HDD, and a copy of anti-virus software. It is selling at just $1,376, down from $1,475 usually. 

The Aftershock S-15 is one of the company’s most popular options, and for good reason. The S-15 has been updated with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, and features an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD. The 15.6-inch IPS display has a modest resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, which is hardly a challenge for the GeForce GTX 1070. It can be yours for just $2,665, down from $3,033 usually. Aftershock is bundling it with a bunch of freebies as well, including a professional color calibration service, an Aftershock M7 gaming headset, and a Paragon Game Ready pack.

Then there’s the workstation-class Aftershock W-17s, which will tear through pretty much anything you throw at it. It features a desktop Intel Core i7-6700K processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 card. For storage, it has a 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD. The 17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display even supports NVIDIA G-Sync for a smoother gaming experience. You can get it for $3,980, or over $300 off its usual $4,338 price tag. It also comes with a free anti-virus software, a professional color calibration service, an Aftershock M7 gaming headset, and a Paragon Game Ready pack.

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