When is PIKOM PC Fair 2009 (II)?

PIKOM PC Fair 2009 (I)The 2nd PIKOM PC Fair in 2009 will be held at August 2009. The following is the dates and venues [via PIKOM].

31 July – 2 August 2009 (11:00am – 9:00pm)

  • Kuala Lumpur: KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  • Kedah: Village Mall, Sungai Petani
  • Perak: Dewan Perbandaran Taiping
  • Johor: Batu Pahat Mall, Batu Pahat

7 August – 9 August 2009 (11:00am – 9:00pm)

  • Penang: Penang International Sports Arena
  • Melaka: Mahkota Parade Melaka
  • Sabah: Sabah Trade Centre, Kota Kinabalu
  • Pahang: Berjaya Megamall, Kuantan

13 August – 15 August 2009 (11:00am – 9:00pm)

  • Kelantan: KB Mall, Kota Bharu
  • Terengganu: Terengganu Trade Centre, Kuala Terengganu

14 August – 16 August 2009 (11:00am – 9:00pm)

  • Johor: Persada Johor International Convention Centre, Johor Bahru
  • Perak: Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh, Perak

According to the venue layouts, half of the KLCC Conference Hall will be the Online Games Fair. Expect many sexy hot showgirls there? grin

By the way, according to my younger brother, “All online games suck, except the “World of Warcraft

I have nothing in my shopping list but I will still go to the PC Fair at KL Convention Centre at August 1st, 2009 in the afternoon (pickup my iPhone 3GS!).

What do you plan to buy during the coming PC Fair? Will you be going?

PIKOM PC Fair 2009 (I)

PIKOM PC Fair 2009 (I)Last week, I went to the PC Fair 2009 (I) held at KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

PC Fair showgirl
(photo by saimatkong)

What I noticed in PC Fair 2009 (I)

  • DSLR everywhere. there were many people bringing their DSLRs, flashgun to take pictures of the showgirls. I didn’t bring mine and I would be too shy to ask the girls pose for me.
  • Less showgirls. Compared to previous PC Fair, I saw less showgirls this time. Is it due to the economic crisis and the companies are cutting cost?
  • Less buying. It was still very crowded but I see less people were buying. They came out PC Fair with empty hands.
  • Broadband war. Malaysia broadband providers (wired or wireless) were compete in PC Fair. They had the largest booths and hired most sales persons. I rather hope they will improve service quality and coverage area first.

What’s new in PC Fair 2009 (I)?

I don’t see many new/interesting gadgets in the PC Fair. Notebooks and printers are the main products. Netbooks are RM200 cheaper than previous PC Fair.

Asus promoted EeePC 1000HE on their brochure but it hasn’t yet available in Malaysia… Very disappointed.

More booths were selling GPS products. Only one of them has the GPS data logger (used to record your positions during trip) but overpriced. GPS data loggers are priced less than USD$100 in USA.

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Back from PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) (KLCC)

I am back from PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) held in KL. It was so crowded and I almost regretted goingthere… I only completed half of my PC Fair shopping list.

What I got from PC Fair 2008 (II)

These are what I got: Apple iMac 24" 2.8GHz, WD My Book Studio (500GB) external hard drive, SONY DCR-SR65 40GB Handycam Camcorder. I missed the NAS, netbook, and webcam.

P1 W1Max Wimax speed test

P1 W1Max WiMax unitOne of the major attraction about PC Fair 2008 (II) is the P1 W1MAX wimax service. I tried the wimax connection at PC Fair, the Internet speed is quite impressive. Web pages loaded fast, no load waiting for YouTube videos.

The following is the screenshot of speed test result for P1 W1MAX:

P1 W1Max wimax speed test

It shows 2.66Mbps download speed and 536Kbps upload speed for P1 W1MAX wimax connection. That’s much faster than normal Streamyx broadband connection, although the upload speed is capped at 512K.

P1 W1MAX wimax service is not officially launched yet but is expected to launch in August 2008. More details such as subscription plans and prices will be revealed by then.

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My Shopping List for PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II)

So, it’s PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) today! Have you been there? I am going to Kuala Lumpur today to join the crowd. I plan to do some shopping at PC Fair such as Apple iMac, external hard drive, MSN Wind, WebCam, and Camcorder.

Apple iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz

It’s time to upgrade my Mac experience. My 3-year-old Apple 12-inch iBook G4 is working fine but I think it’s time to upgrade for a better Mac experience. I plan to get the Apple iMac 24″ 2.8GHz model (RM6,399/~USD 1965). I will have another 24″ monitor then!

Hopefully, I can get a good deal at PC Fair. Normally, there is no discount but you might get some freebies, perhaps an iPod? :)

External hard disk

If I buy an Apple iMac, then I should get an external hard disk too. The external hard disk is needed to activate Mac OS X Leopard’s Time Machine realtime backup feature. I would buy Western Digital’s My Book Studio Edition, which is a Mac-ready external hard disk. The price is around RM500 for a 500GB model. 1TB model is available.

Network Attached Storage (NAS)

There are several computers at my home but none has proper backup. In order to keep our data safe, I think NAS would be the ideal backup solution because ALL computers can backup to 1 NAS over the Local Area Network (LAN), consider the NAS has enough storage space.

To be specific, I need a NAS that support both Mac & Windows. RAID 1 (mirroring) support is better. Hot-swap is good to have. My budget for NAS is around RM1,500.

I did over 10 hours of online research…and found a few that look good: Netgear ReadyNAS Duo, LaCie 2big Network, and Buffalo Linkstation Pro Duo.

As well as network storage enclosure (does not come with hard disk): Synology Disk Station DS207+, Thecus N2100, and QNAP TS-209.

Generally, network storage enclosure has more and better features but they are also more expensive, considering that they come without hard disk. You have to buy the hard disks.

Do you have other NAS recommendations?

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PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) Dates and Venues

pikom pc fairPIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) is coming in August 2008. It is the second PC Fair of the year. I missed the first PC Fair of the year in April because I was in Sabah.

Anyway, I am going to PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) in KL and shop!

When is PC Fair 2008 (II)?

Here is the dates and venues for PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II):

  • 1–3 August 2008
  • KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  • Persada Johor International Convention Centre, Johor Bahru, Johor
  • Central Square, Sungai Petani, Kedah
  • Dewan Sri Mentakab, Mentakab, Pahang
  • 8–10 August 2008
    • Penang International Sports Arena, Penang
    • Mahkota Parade Melaka, Melaka
    • Sabah Trade Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
    • Dewan Tun Hj Mustapha, Lahad Datu, Sabah
  • 14–16 August 2008
    • KB Mall, Kota Bharu, Kelantan
    • Pusat Dagangan Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
    • Star Parade, Alor Star, Kedah
  • 15–17 August 2008
    • Berjaya Megamall, Kuantan, Pahang
  • 12–14 September 2008
    • Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh, Perak

    All PC Fair exhibition start from 11:00am to 9:00pm

    What to expect in PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II)?

    WiMax from Green Packet/P1 — Green Packet has 8 booths in the PC Fair at KL Convention Centre. They must be heavily promoting their WiMax service in Malaysia — P1 w1max. You might be able to surf with wimax connection there.

    Netbook/Subnotebook — These small size laptops are so hot in 2008! I expect to see netbook from each notebook brands, such as Acer Aspire One, HP 2133 Mini-Note PC, ASUS Eee PC, and, hopefully, MSI Wind PC and Dell E.