Where’s the best place to get electronics in Singapore?
If you’re in the know, then the absolute best place to buy electronics in Singapore has got to be Sim Lim Square.
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How To Get There
How do you get there? Simple. Just hop into any cab, tell the driver ‘Sim Lim Square’ and he or she will straightaway give you a knowing look and drive you there. I wouldn’t recommend going by bus or MRT because the roads around the place can be pretty crowded.
Upon entering Sim Lim Square on the first level, you will be greeted by a plethora of consumer electronics stores. These sell camcorders, digital cameras, TVs and the like. I’d be careful if you shop around this floor thought. I do know of some unscrupulous shops on this floor, especially those selling TVs. So if you’re smart, you’d want to head up to the higher levels and do more shopping around before you make a definite purchase.
Up on level 2, there are more consumer electronics shops. Again, these sell all those camcorders, digital camera and TVs. I’m not sure about the reliability of these shops – again, its best to shop around.
Buying Computer Hardware
You may wonder why I even recommend Sim Lim Square if the first two levels have ‘suspicious’ shop owners. Well, its because Sim Lim Square is best known for its computer components – not consumer electronics.
You’ll see this once you get to Level 3, 4 and 5. These levels are chockfull of computer parts. We’re talking about computer CPUs, motherboard, graphic cards, hard drives, CD-ROM drives, DVD drives and custom built computers. There is nothing in a computer that you cannot find in Sim Lim Square. Period.
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I usually buy my computers form a good shop on Level 3 called Fuwell. This place is usually crowded, but its prices are very reasonable. Moreover I find the staff friendly and they have a huge variety of products. Looking for a portable hard drive? This is the shop to visit. Looking for a DVD writer or a graphics card? Fuwell is the place to go.
Buying Computer Software
There are many other shops around that are good. Of particular mention is the Software Discount Store, where you can find lots of computer software titles and PC games. If you’re looking for Xbox or console games, Sim Lim Square isn’t really the place. Sim Lim Square is more for PC games. Another thing – don’t expect to find pirated versions of computer software here – the authorities have raided Sim Lim Square repeatedly a few years back and now shops are all gone.
And that’s it! If you ever need to buy computer related goods, Sim Lim Square is the place to go. Its pretty near town, and it stocks many good bargains. Another place you an consider is Funan Centre – it also sells many computer related items. However, do prepare to pay slightly more there as Funan centre is generally considered to be a higher end computer mall. Happy shopping!