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IT Show 2012 - Notebooks/Systems, Networking & PC Accessories Buying Guide

By Team HardwareZone - 10 Mar 2012

Notebooks - Acer & ASUS

IT Show 2012 - Notebooks/Systems, Networking & PC Accessories

IT Show is currently taking place at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Center. Till the 11th of March, the expo will span five floors (1, 2, 3, 4, and 6), and its doors will be opened from 12 noon to 9pm daily. In this article, we'll show you the great deals on notebooks/ desktop systems, networking & PC accessories!

Buying Guide Index



IT Show 2012 Shopping Resources

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The latest buzzword with notebooks, is "Ultrabook". If you don't know what they are, just check out our comprehensive guide on what Ultrabooks are. If you're in a hurry, and want to skip the guide, then Ultrabooks are essentially really thin, light and powerful Windows machines, running on Intel's Consumer-Ultra-Low-Voltage (CULV) processors. That in turn means that they are powerful enough to run anything but the most intensive of 3D games, a pretty sweet trade-off if you are looking for extreme portability.

A couple of new Ultrabooks to look out for would be the entry-level ones like the Lenovo U300e, and the Samsung Series 5 Ultra 13-inch. If you're looking for an Ultrabook that is suitable for business, you may consider the Toshiba Portege Z830 (which happens to be really light as well), or HP Folio 13 (which boasts a superb battery life). If you simply want your Ultrabooks to look cool, you can take a look at the ASUS Zenbook UX31, the Dell XPS 13, or the glass-covered HP Envy 14 Spectre. More importantly, it is important that you get the best deals when it comes to getting a new notebook, so read on to see what we've got.


Acer (Acer, Level 4, Booth 8458; Newstead, Level 4, Booth 8236)


Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3

Ever since Ultrabooks have been unleashed upon the world, we were wondering, when would be ever be able to buy an Ultrabook that doesn't cause you to squint and spoil your eyes on a 13-inch screen. Well, you can stop wondering now because Acer has just what you were looking for. The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 15.6-inch Ultrabook comes with discrete graphics, optical drive, and a svelte 20mm form factor.

  • IT Show Price: $1,298
  • Usual Price: $1,698
  • Promotion: Free Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 (worth $39)


Acer Aspire 4755G-2674G75Mn

Looking for a business laptop with the right specifications for your corporate computing needs? The Acer Aspire 4755G-2674G75Mn features a high-end Intel i7-2670QM processor plus an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU to tackle your graphical computing needs. This 14-inch machine is also able to switch seamlessly to its discrete NVIDIA GT 540M graphics processor for more demanding 3D graphics tasks.

  • IT Show Price: $1,298
  • Usual Price: $1,898


Acer Aspire S3

The 1.35kg, 13-inch Acer Aspire S3 was the first Ultrabook to be sold in the market, and it gave us an idea of what to expect from Ultrabooks in general. Acer's choice of hybrid drives also deviates from the general use of SSDs in Ultrabooks from other manufacturers. Hybrid drives also ensure the notebook's affordability without sacrificing boot-up and resume speeds often associated with SSDs.

  • IT Show Price: Core i5 (1.6GHz) $1099, Core i7 (1.7GHz) $1299, Core i5 (256GB SSD) $1399
  • Usual Price: Core i5 (1.6GHz) $1498, Core i7 (1.7GHz) $1798, Core i5 (256GB) $1598
  • Promotion: Free Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012
  • More Information: HWZ Review


Click here for Acer notebook brochures.


ASUS (Level 4, Booth 8220/8310; Newstead, Level 4, Booth 8139/8438/8498)


ASUS Zenbook UX21-E

The lightness of being an ultraportable is underscored by two important factors; weight and power consumption. The ASUS Zenbook UX21-E weighs in at 1.3kg (with battery) and has a 5-hour battery life when utilized under normal computing usage. Its widescreen 11.6-inch HD LED display ensures you do not have to squint while working on your office documents. This ultraportable is powered by an Intel Core i7-2677M 1.8GHz processor with 4GB of DDR3 system memory. Its 128GB SSD internal storage ensures a speedy boot-up time as well as offering ample storage space for your files.

  • IT Show Price: $1,689
  • Usual Price: N.A.
  • Promotion: Free Trend Micro Internet Security, free upgrade to 3-year international warranty, free sleeve case, miniVGA to VGA cable, USB to LAN adapter


ASUS N45SL Jay Chou Mystic Edition

Fans of Jay Chou will be thrilled to get their hands on the ASUS N45SL Jay Chou Mystic Edition multimedia laptop. This rig is powered by an Intel Core i5-2450M CPU with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.10GHz. Its dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M graphics processor also features 2GB of DDR3 video memory to process more demanding multimedia tasks. Powered by ASUS' SoncMaster audio technology, its speakers are paired with a SonicMaster subwoofer so that audiophiles can have their earful of quality music even while on the go.

  • IT Show Price: $1,298
  • Usual Price: N.A.
  • Promotion: Free Trend Micro Internet Security, Jay Chou special edition 4GB thumbdrive, SonicMaster subwoofer, Jay Chou signature mouse and carrying case


Click here for ASUS notebook brochures.
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