Bargains galore at Pikom fair

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Bargains galore at Pikom fair
14 Apr 2006
By Nurris Ishak

KUALA LUMPUR: Parents take note. MP3 players will still be on your childrens daily wish list but the new MP4 player will make you the most beloved parents come birthdays.

The latest craze to hit the streets, the personal media player is aimed at the youth market.

The portable player provides both audio and video entertainment compared to the audio-based MP3.

The best part? It is available for under RM200 at the Pikom PC fair at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre which ends on Sunday.

Also on offer are bargains like a flat-screen LCD monitor which goes for RM900 or lower, a 200 gigabyte portable hard drive and a branded laptop selling for less than RM2,000.

When it was first introduced in Malaysia in 1997, a slim LCD computer monitor cost between RM6,000 and RM7,000.

The iPod is among the most popular brands of MP3 players in the market. According to a Bloomberg financial report, Apple Computer Inc sold 14 million iPods last year.

Another MP4 player in the market is the Creative Zen Portable Media Centre. It holds up to 85 hours of movies, 9,000 songs, or tens of thousands of photographs on a sleek, handheld device.

For those who work from home, the new multi-functional devices sporting five-in-one functions telephone, scanner, fax, laser printer and copier are also available.

The price averages between RM500 and RM1,000.

Pikom chairman Low Wai Sun said the fair was all about smart consumers making the right choice.

Over 400,000 visitors are expected in the second leg of the fair, which is being held simultaneously in four locations the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Berjaya Megamall in Kuantan, Central Square, Sungai Petani and Summit Shopping Complex in Batu Pahat.

The third leg is from April 21 to 23 at Stadium Indera Mulia in Ipoh and Mahkota Parade, Malacca.

The fourth and final leg is from May 5 to 7 at the Sibu Trade and Exhibition Centre and the Miri Indoor Stadium.