Ah, the month of June. The moment when your bank account screams in agony because you can’t resist the temptation to buy everything in sight during the PC Show.
We know how it feels - too many things to splurge on, too little cash to splash. Instead of buying a million things, you should be looking at the essential gadgets that'll complete your life.
What are your choices, you ask? Scroll below to see our shopping list for this year’s PC Show.
Prolink Fervor Pro Bluetooth stereo headset
PC Show price: S$75 (usual price: S$89)
Ready, game, set. Only if you have the Prolink Fervor Pro Bluetooth stereo headset beside you. Pairing it to your laptop is pretty easy thanks to the touch and go near field communication (NFC) system integrated with the headset. The headset also comes with an integrated microphone, aided by a noise reduction feature to filter ambient noise during conversations. Rated with 19 hours of wireless playback, you can also plug in a 3.5mm audio jack for moments when it’s low on battery juice.
Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2
PC Show price: S$249 (usual price: S$378)
There’s portable speaker. And there’s the Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2. This is by far one of the most powerful sound system that we’ve heard. Full of strong bass and punchy tunes, this homegrown device is loaded with a five-speaker driver system, complete with passive bass radiators to create that extra punch. Its flexible positioning gives you the option to put it horizontally to fill the room or vertically to create a more directed sound stage.
Asus Zenbook UX305 Ultrabook (Ceramic White Colour)
PC Show price: S$999
If you’ve managed to resist the sexy 12.3mm thin Asus Zenbook UX305, it’s time to give up. The Taiwanese company is releasing a ceramic white version exclusively at the PC Show. Everything stays the same, including the light 1.2kg weight, 13.3in full HD anti-glare display, 128GB SSD and Intel Core M processor powering the ultrabook. And unlike the new MacBook’s measly single USB-C port, the razer-thin device from Asus is packed with three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports.
Viewqwest 2Gbps plan
PC Show price: S$68 per month (after six months of free subscription)
If your fibre broadband is up for a re-contract, better start on a new one. More importantly, target Viewqwest’s 2Gbps offer. Because you won’t have to pay for six months if you sign up at PC Show. Of course, there’s a two-year contract attached to it, so on average you’ll be paying S$68 per month. If you’re already an existing subscriber, you won’t even have to brave the PC Show crowd to get this offer. Just email Viewqwest at firstname.lastname@example.org to get this offer.
Microsoft Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle
PC Show price: S$569 (usual price: S$739)
The question isn't why you should get an Xbox One for that new TV? It should be - why wouldn’t you want to get Microsoft’s definitive Halo: The Master Chief collection bundle for the Xbox One? With amazing artwork adorning the next-gen console, and a wireless controller with accompanying decals decorating it, it’ll add more geek cred to your living room setup.
Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6
PC Show price: S$298
Assuming you’ve bought the Samsung Galaxy S6, then it’s time to dive into the world of virtual reality (VR). The VR headset, which works in tandem with the Android smartphone, puts you into an immersive experience, allowing you to view movies as though you’re watching it in an IMAX theatre with the wide 96 degree view.