LCD TVs draw crowds to IT Month fair

NOVELTIES::Cutting-edge gadgets were a hit at the annual IT Month fair in Taipei, with smartphones, LCD television and touch-screen notebooks drawing crowds

BY Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Mon, Dec 10, 2012 - Page 13

The annual IT Month — a major year-end consumer electronics fair — ended its Taipei leg yesterday after attracting 910,000 visitors during its nine-day run, with Windows 8-powered notebooks and large-sized LCD TVs drawing the most attention from visitors, the event’s organizer said.

“Unlike last year’s event, this year’s IT Month featured a new array of consumer electronics running Microsoft Corp’s new Windows 8 operating system and LCD TVs with screens of 52 inches or above, attracting a large number of visitors wishing to view the newest electronic devices,” said Candy Wang (王明玉), project manager at the Taipei Computer Association (TCA, 台北市電腦公會), which organized the event.

According to TCA, more than 270,000 people thronged Taipei World Trade Center halls 1 and 3 for the sales during the last two days of the exhibition, pushing the total number of visitors to 910,000, despite the inclement weather.

“During the final two days of the fair, we saw an increased number of visitors flock to the fair to purchase discounted desktop computers, digital cameras and smartphones at bargain prices, but we also saw an increase in the number of buyers of high-end electronic gadgets, such as digital single-lens reflex cameras, marking a clear contrast in visitors’ purchasing power,” Wang said.

Touch-screen Windows 8 notebooks and large LCD TVs were the best-selling items during IT Month’s Taipei leg. In addition, tablets and smartphones remained hot products during the show, TCA said.

“During the nine-day run, we saw a substantial increase in sales of our touch-screen Windows 8-powered Vivobook ultrabook, popular for its touch-screen features and ultra portable design,” an Asustek Computer Inc (華碩電腦) salesman said.

Asustek said touch-screen notebooks accounted for up to 50 percent of its total sales in the show, while sales of tablets and all-in-one computers helped the company achieve 30 percent growth in sales compared to last year’s event, with 7-inch Nexus 7 tablets and ET2300 all-in-one computers sales reaching more than 1,000 units.

Meanwhile, Acer Inc (宏碁) also exhibited its flagship touch-screen Windows 8-powered Aspire S7 notebook series and Iconia W510 tablet in the event, but indicated that sales of touch-screen notebooks were lower than expected due to a decrease in customers’ purchasing power, with total sales remaining flat compared with last year’s event.

HTC Corp (宏達電) said sales of its One X series and HTC J smartphones indicate that they were the hottest models among all its products, with sales growth reaching up to 10 percent.

The IT fair will travel south to Greater Taichung for a show between Friday and Dec. 19 and then to Greater Kaohsiung from Dec. 28 to Jan. 2 and then finally to Greater Tainan from Jan. 10 to Jan. 15, according to TCA.

TCA, Taichung Computer Association, Kaohisung Computer Association and Tainan Computer Association expect this year’s IT Month fair to attract a total of up to 2 million visitors, driving up year-end sales ahead of the Lunar the New Year holiday, which falls in February.