Singapore may not have a tech presence similar to Silicon Valley, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate what our Singaporean tech pioneers have achieved over the years. Our home-grown tech brands have certainly made an impact, and here are five Made-in-Singapore gadgets that we love.
Aftershock Forge 15X
In my youth, I visited Sim Lim Square regularly to check out the latest PC components and gadgets. You know, compare prices for my next PC upgrade. Not anymore — I don’t have the time and energy to build one myself now. If I need a new DIY PC, I’ll turn to a system integrator like Aftershock PC. This homegrown PC builder has a wide range of customisable desktops and laptops at competitive prices on its website. For instance, a mid-range gaming notebook that’s good enough to run the latest games, like the Aftershock Forge 15X, costs just over S$2,000.
Creative SFXI Air Gamer
Creative is the granddaddy of local tech brands. In its heyday, Creative’s Sound Blaster line of sound cards sold millions and dominated the PC audio market. The tech firm has since gotten a second wind with its award-winning X-Fi audio technology, which brings a simulated multi-speaker experience to headphones. Its latest SFXI Air Gamer headphones is a great example of how X-Fi can widen the soundstage and tune its sound for each user.
Predator Gaming Chair x OSIM
There are plenty of gaming chairs in the market, but few are as unique as the Predator Gaming Chair x OSIM. The uThrone (as it is also known) is the world’s first massage gaming chair. It is a collaboration between Acer and Singaporean healthy lifestyle product maker Osim. The latter’s massage rollers ensure that your back and shoulders remain limber and free of aches after a long gaming session. Built-in speakers also make for an immersive movie-viewing experience.
Razer Book 13
Razer is probably one of the first names to come to mind when talking about local tech brands. The firm has been trying to diversify beyond its gaming hardware business in recent years with ventures into services and fintech. You could probably file the Razer Book 13 under its diversification efforts. For one, it doesn’t look like a typical Razer product — its logo doesn’t glow green for one. In fact, the Razer Book is a premium ultrabook that competes with the likes of Dell and Lenovo. Recommended for those shuttling between office and home.
Secretlab Titan Evo 2022
Much has been said of the meteoric rise of Secretlab. It sells over a million of its gaming chairs yearly in over 60 countries. Even Temasek Holdings’ Heliconia Capital Management has a stake in it. Things are likely to get even better with Secretlab’s latest models, such as the Titan Evo 2022. Not only does it have improved lumbar support, the Titan replaces its straps with easily-detachable magnets. The new, flatter base is also more comfortable while its faux leather upholstery is said to be more durable than before.