Deals in short supply this holiday season

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 December, 1998, 12:00am

It seems that unlike the rest of Hong Kong's retail industry, the computer shopping centres are not milking the festive season for all its worth.

In fact, anyone wandering around the shopping centres could almost be forgiven for thinking it was the middle of June instead of the height of the Christmas shopping season.

Nonetheless, we did find at least one store that was getting into the commercial swing of things.

The Notebook Collection (HK) has a couple of special Christmas trade-in programmes.

For instance, if you hand over your old notebook, you can get $8,000 off the price of a new IBM ThinkPad 770ED (5AH).

The 770ED (5AH) has a 266-megahertz mobile Pentium II processor, 64 megabytes of SDRam, expandable to 288 MB, an eight-gigabyte hard drive, a 14.1-inch TFT screen and a swappable DVD-Rom drive.

The 770ED (5AH) normally costs $32,300.

Alternatively, the store is also selling the Toshiba Tecra 8000P, which has a 266 MHz mobile Pentium II processor, 64 MB of SDRam, expandable to 256 MB, an 8.19 Gb hard drive, a 14.1-inch TFT screen and a swappable DVD-Rom drive. It normally costs $33,800.

If you trade in your old notebook, the shop will knock $7,000 off the price.

Meanwhile, if anyone is looking for some last-minute stocking fillers, there are some nice alternatives to floppy disks and a spare printer cartridge.

For example, the PC Collection in Star House is selling a series of products from Curtis aimed at tidying up the mass of cables to be found behind most computer desks.

One of these is the rather nifty locking cable clips - a set of five clips that attach to the back of your desk, and through which you can run any loose cables. Instant organisation for only $40.

How about a hands-free telephone headset for $182, from Mongkok Computer Centre? Alternatively, a shop with a very specialised product line is the Speaker Collection in the Mongkok Computer Centre.

The Speaker Collection only sells one product, the Bali BL-100 home orchestra Speaker System.

For $888, this simple little box, with its two satellite speakers, will provide true high-fidelity playback for your cassette player, computer, CD or MD player, TV or home stereo.