Perak internet technology fair

shoppers rushing to snatch great deals at Perak IT Fair

The tenth instalment of Perak IT Fair has come at an opportune time as my printer ink is running low. AGAIN. It looks like cheap printer ink is all I buy at technology fairs, but I do spend time going through the products exhibited as I am always on the look out for new technology in the market.

Perak internet technology fair

streaming into the venue, Stadium Indera Mulia

Perak internet technology fair

Dato’ Thong tries out a Nikon camera

This Perak IT Fair, organised by Perak Computer & Digital Association (PCDA), has 114 sales booths, making it the largest IT fair in Perak so far. It was launched this morning by MCA Ipoh Timur Division Chairman, Dato’ Thong Fah Chong.

Perak internet technology fair

Dato’ Thong compares his mobile phone with Samsung Galaxy S4

Perak internet technology fair

PCDA Chairman, Kevin Chang, who is also director of Megamate Computer, explains about the latest Acer laptop

Similar to previous IT fairs, laptops (or notebooks) seem to be the front-running products being promoted. However, tablets and smart phones are starting to enter the market on a larger scale. This is unsurprising, because the sale of personal computers has seen a steady decline worldwide. This trend is no different in Malaysia if not for the government’s free laptop programme for students, because even though laptops are supplied for free, they are still considered as a “sale”.

Perak internet technology fair

checking out Lenovo laptops

Perak internet technology fair

Asus booth

In reality, such a programme, especially when the free or discounted products are handed over to students directly from a single vendor, kills players in the computer industry, which is a pity. Besides, without going through local retailers in the respective areas, support and services are not provided for these laptops in a timely manner.

Perak internet technology fair

Asus laptops

Perak internet technology fair

HP laptops

Dato’ Thong, in his speech, called upon NGOs to help narrow the internet divide between the younger and the older generation. He proposed that programmes be organised for senior citizens to enable them to be computer knowledgeable. He cautioned, though, that everyone should be responsible in handling technology advancement.

Perak internet technology fair

Fuji instant cameras

Perak internet technology fair

Samsung tablets

I personally think that it’s the children’s responsibility to get their parents on the tablet bandwagon. Having access to a tablet helps seniors pick up IT knowledge quicker.

Perak internet technology fair

Papago driving recorder

Perak internet technology fair

power banks

Anyway, I am sharing some photos of Perak IT Fair with you. Do visit it personally to see the full range of products available. I have always preferred visiting Perak IT Fair compared to the other major IT exhibition because this one by PCDA gives us more chances to win prizes, with only a minimum purchase of RM50.

Perak internet technology fair

novelty speakers

Hehe… I have always made full use of their free RM5 vouchers for the first 1000 early birds though I have yet to find time to queue up for their first-day-only mega deals, which included RM1 8GB pendrives and RM99 500GB external hard disks! Maybe next time….

Event: Perak IT Fair
Venue: Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh
Date: 2nd – 4th Aug, 2013
Time: 11am – 10pm

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