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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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