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Wet weather but hot Comex draws crowds

Wet weather certainly did not deter the hordes of shoppers who turned up on the first day of the Comex IT and consumer- electronics fair yesterday.
MyPaper - August 31, 2012
By: Chan Choong Han
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Wet weather but hot Comex draws crowds

Wet weather certainly did not deter the hordes of shoppers who turned up on the first day of the Comex IT and consumer- electronics fair yesterday.

Thronging levels 3, 4 and 6 of the Suntec Singapore Convention Centre, the shoppers were after the latest in highly sought-after gadgets, such as ultrabooks, tablet computers and smartphones.

One product that is expected to ring in the sales at the four-day fair is ultrabooks, which combine portability and performance with the use of a solid-state drive that boasts long battery life and fast start-up times, among other things.

Hot new stars launched at this year's Comex include the Acer Aspire M5 ultrabook ($1,098-$1,248), the Asus UX32VD-R4002V Zenbook ($1,698) and the Samsung 530U4C Notebook Series 5 Ultra ($1,488).

Marketing executive Andy Chua, 33, was spotted yesterday carrying a box containing an Acer ultrabook in one hand and a Canon printer in the other.

"I've been wanting to get an ultrabook for some time...(and) I got a good deal, with freebies such as second-year extended warranty thrown in," he said.

This year, the fair - organised by Exhibits Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings - expects an increase in visitorship to 850,000 from 835,000 last year, and a projected $75 million in sales, up from $73 million last year.

Besides great deals, visitors stand to win a total of more than $90,000 in cash - to be given out over four days - in the Comex Grand Draw and Comex Daily Hourly Draw, for every $100 spent or $100 placed in deposits for purchases.

Mr Dave Lee, 41, a senior manager in marketing, was among those who turned up yesterday in search of great buys.

Said Mr Lee, who bought a $538 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) tablet: "People were lugging around huge TV sets and products they bought.

"There were also crowds around the smart-TV demonstrations. I think they're getting quite popular."

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