Some of the biggest tech firms in the world — Google, Meta, and Microsoft, to name but a few — have planted their offices in Singapore. But when it comes to home-grown consumer tech brands, Creative and Razer are the ones that immediately come to mind. Seeing as Singapore celebrates its 58th birthday next week, we should also celebrate our local tech brands. Here are five gadgets from Singapore brands that you should check out.
Creative Stage SE
You aren't a Singaporean if you don't have at least one Creative product. But seriously, Creative's Sound Blaster line of sound cards put Singapore on the map when it comes to tech. Sadly, founder Sim Wong Hoo passed away earlier this year, though Creative is still churning out affordable audio products like the Stage SE, a S$84 entry-level soundbar that sounds bigger than it looks.
Aftershock Nova 16X
Aftershock has replaced Sim Lim Square in our books. This local PC builder offers customisable desktop and laptop computers at attractive prices. Sure, you can probably get it cheaper (and learn plenty about PCs) if you DIY a system. But if you don't have the time or inclination, Aftershock is a convenient alternative. Its latest flagship Nova 16X gaming notebook (from S$3,774) offers top-notch performance that goes up a level with the optional liquid-cooling accessory.
myFirst Fone S3
If you had ever shopped for kid-friendly gadgets, you probably have heard of myFirst. Over the years, this brand has produced many colourful gadgets that are specially designed for children, including cameras and headphones. One of its latest products is the Fone S3 (S$229), a 4G-capable smartwatch that improves significantly over the previous model. Besides hardware upgrades, the Fone S3 also offers a better user experience with its reworked FoneOS software.
Secretlab Premium Footrest
Despite being less than 10 years old, Secretlab and its bestselling gaming chairs are practically a fixture at esports tourneys. But did you know it has branched out into other furniture, like desks, and now even sells a footrest ($89)? Made from memory foam, this footrest has a nice velvet finish, and feels really comfortable. A silicone base keeps it in place. And it works with any chair, not just a Secretlab one.
Razer DeathAdder V3
Razer is one of the most recognisable Singapore brands, especially when it comes to gaming. The firm's latest DeathAdder V3 mouse (S$110) is a great example of what Razer does best. Not only is it compact and lightweight, with an ergonomic shape and smooth mouse feet, it comes with Razer's 8,000Hz HyperPolling tech that reduces input delay. Ideal for esports pros and FPS gamers looking for that competitive edge.
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