Most of us Malaysians might not be familiar with the event called Comex. For Singaporeans, however, Comex 2016 (held on 8 – 11 September) is a big event where notable tech companies come to showcase their latest and greatest products.
Consumers are also able to purchase almost any tech-related products for a reduced price (think PC Fair, but bigger). Products that were showcased at Comex 2016 ranged from gaming peripherals all the way to various credit card packages – not surprising considering the prices that these products go for.
Here’s a look of what it’s like to be at Comex 2016:
Nvidia attended to showcase various GeForce 10-series notebooks by its OEM partners
Nvidia’s VR Experience zone showcased during Comex 2016
MSI’s “Lucky” Dragon decided to attend Comex 2016 as well
Moving around inside the packed hall was, well, not easy
One of two racing simulators at the Logitech booth
Secret Lab’s Omega Stealth gaming chairs were also showcased at Comex 2016. Read more about them here.
The GTX 1060-equipped S-17 gaming notebook by Aftershock
A gaming tournament held during Comex 2016
One of the most interesting things I saw at Comex 2016 – besides the new products launched here – was the fact that attendees are able to trade-in their unwanted laptops, tablets, mobile phones, desktop PCs, and LCD monitors in exchange for a monetary voucher that can be used to purchase products that are available for sale at Comex 2016. Meanwhile, there were also counters made specifically for consumers who are looking to upgrade the SSD on their laptops or PCs.
In some ways, Comex 2016 reminded me of what it felt like to visit the KL PC Fair in its early days. The halls were swarming with people, prices for goods were genuinely lower than what one could find elsewhere, and it was also the place to go to see the coolest new gadgets. It’s a far cry from the “broadband party” that is today’s PC Fair and events like it.
The heyday of the PC Fair is well past, but it was the things like trade-in vouchers and upgrade booths that seemed appealing to me as a consumer to want to come to PC Fair again. The combination of trading in an old and unused electronic product to buy something at a price that’s lower than what the market offers seems like a good reason to swing by again, doesn’t it?