Comex: Where geeks get to bargain like fishwives

Getting one's toes stubbed in the packed halls is a small price to pay when coming across bizarre offerings like an updated version of the Muse2 MP5 player.

Comex scene
He that standeth tallest and shouts loudest wins the game. Crave Asia

There's a certain pain to covering the massive Comex IT bazaar that takes place every August in Singapore. However, getting one's toes stubbed by some clod in the packed halls of Suntec City is a small price to pay when coming across bizarre offerings like an updated version of the Muse2 MP5 player.

MP5 player
There's no Web site for this Muse2, so we got this image from the brochure. Crave Asia

Why MP5? Literally, it's an MP3/4 multimedia player that offers 5-in-1, according to the very helpful sales assistant (who probably should learn to count, since the brochure listed 8): a 3-megapixel digital camera, video camera, FM radio, video player, music player, voice recording, direct-TV recording, and games (with what was more than 1,000 games bundled into the device).

Small matter. What really mattered was the carnival atmosphere caused by the man on the tall ladder outshouting his competitors through a loud megaphone, touting a hard-to-beat deal over the next four days at Comex.

For the grand price of S$199 ($140), you also get a free 4GB SD card, plus a mini portable fridge upon purchase of the fairly plasticky MP5 player (with an in-built battery, up to eight hours of video playback time, ability to take on a multitude of video formats, a largish screen, mini-USB port for file transfer and onboard speakers).

Can it get any better at the fair? You bet, since this is one time tech geeks get to bargain like fishwives.

(Via Crave Asia)

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