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5 big-ticket gadgets to buy in 2024

5 big-ticket gadgets to buy in 2024

Asus ROG Swift OLED PG34WCDM

If you're only going to buy one big-ticket gadget this year, then you'll probably want a good one. The economy isn't doing the best now, but perhaps you feel like you deserve a treat for your hard work. To be clear, these items aren't necessities. But they will definitely be worth it, and you'll love using them. So without further ado, here are our five recommended big-ticket gadgets.

Razer Blade 18 (2024)

Razer Blade 18 (2024)
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The Razer Blade 18 (2024) packs is a new Intel Core i9 chip as well as an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090. The design is mostly unchanged. But the new Blade 18 does come with one potentially significant upgrade: Thunderbolt 5, which promises twice the bandwidth of the previous version. In addition, there's now an option for a Mini-LED screen, which looks great, and offers a competitive refresh rate (300Hz). Be prepared to fork out at least S$6,499.

Apple Studio Display

Apple Studio Display
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If you want to get the best display for your MacBook or Mac, you can't go wrong with Apple's own Apple Studio Display. This 5K monitor scales perfectly with macOS' intended 218ppi pixel density design, unlike 4K monitors. This means that for a 4K monitor, macOS needs to virtually scale up to 5K resolution before lowering it by a scale of two. But on the 5K Apple Studio Display, this is natively scaled for a clearer image.

Epson Home Theatre EH-TW6250

Epson EH-TW6250
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If I had plenty of wall space at home, the S$1,899 Epson Home Theatre EH-TW6250 Smart Gaming Projector would make a great addition. This 2,800-lumens projector comes with built-in Android TV, and has pretty decent latency for gaming — with just 20ms input lag.

Samsung S95D OLED TV

Samsung S95D
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Much has been said about the new matte anti-glare layer (dubbed OLED Glare Free) on the Samsung S95D OLED TV. But the proof is in the pudding, and it's delicious, so to speak. Unless you're watching most of your TV in a near pitch-black room, I say the S95D, with its incredible matte screen finish that seemingly absorbs and diffuses ambient light, is currently my top pick for a premium 2024 OLED TV. Now, all you need is S$4,000ish for the 55-inch, or S$5,200 for the 65-inch version.

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Asus ROG Swift OLED PG34WCDM

Asus ROG Swift OLED PG34WCDM
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If you're a PC gamer looking to experience games fully, a top-tier curved OLED gaming monitor like the Asus ROG Swift OLED PG34WCDM is the way to go. Sit close enough, and this 34-inch display feels all-encompassing. It's like having your own personal IMAX screen (minus the Dolby Atmos sound, there are no built-in speakers). Perfect for genres like racing games, and flight simulators. There are also other useful features like a KVM switch, and a USB-C port (with 90W power delivery). However, it is very expensive at S$1,899 — you can buy a 42-inch LG OLED TV, and still get change back.


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