Top 10 Places for Gadget Freaks
SPOT.ph lists the top 10 go-to stores for covet-worthy gadgets in the metro.
Clueless on where to go for good deals on the gadgets you’ve been lusting for? SPOT.ph guides you to the top 10 hot spots to hit.
Address: 2nd floor, Forum Robinsons, Pioneer Street corner EDSA, Mandaluyong Tel. Nos. 746-2506, 687-0139
From the store's name alone, you already have an idea of what Audiophile is all about. This "sound central", as we'd like to call it, is home to countless audio equipment from amps to speakers and to mixing boards. Their branch in Robinsons Pioneer is one of the largest music stores you'll ever see. Try not to be intimidated by the long-haired rockista regulars, though.
Address: Greenbelt 4 Makati City. Tel. No. 758-2315
Feel like splurging? Mosey on over to Avant by Abenson. As its name suggests, Avant is always a step ahead of other stores, offering the crème de la crème of what manufacturers have to offer. The latest in home theater gear always finds its way to their Greenbelt 4 and TriNoma branches, plus it’s always ready for your perusal. Sit down on one of their stylish Barcelona chairs and you'll be treated to a one-of-a-kind 10-minute movie experience.
8. Gilmore Ave.
Gilmore St. has become synonymous with everything "PC" and it shows in the storefronts: PC Express, PC Corner, PC Gilmore (as if the displays and billboards in this microchip mecca weren't enough to tip you off). If you're buying small items, it's best that you take the LRT 2 because parking can be a real challenge on weekends.
7. SM Cyberzone
The beauty of SM Cyberzone is that it’s everywhere. Almost all major SM mall offers a designated area for everything electronic. Unlike Gilmore St., however, Cyberzone offers other types of gadgets such as cameras and mobile phones. Other malls have their own versions, too, but the best and most complete store selection still belongs to SM.
This is the place for the latest and rarest "import" gadgets. V-mall and Shoppesville are home to hard-to-find gizmos that usually aren't officially brought in by their manufacturers. "Gray Market" gaming consoles are abundant here and so are corresponding game titles. Be sure to know your stuff, though, since many items may pose compatibility issues.
5. HMR Phils.
Address: Pioneer St. cor. Reliance St. Mandaluyong City. Tel. No. 634-0526
If you're looking for surplus items, there's no other store that can offer a more decent selection such as HMR. Located along Pioneer St. in Mandaluyong, this warehouse carries factory overruns and second-hand items and sells them for a fraction of the price of brand new items. Stocks and availability are unpredictable so if you want to get the best deals, drop by at least once a month.
4. Manila Online
Manila also has its fair share of gadgets online. If you want to bite into the Apple lifestyle, visit Long Beard. Looking for the latest imports? Drop by Kim Store. If you want to check out the latest ads and post some of your own, check out Ayos Dito, Sulit and Tipid PC. And if you really want to see how far you could stretch your hard-earned Peso, engage in a bidding war in Bidshot or eBay.ph.
Address: Topy II Bldg. #3 Economia Street Libis, Quezon City. Tel. No. 688-3333
This is probably one of the best-kept secrets in Manila and mainly because it's only open to the public once a year (twice if they're having a good year). MSI-ECS gives big discounts on a wide selection from their equally wide portfolio. In recent sales, they've given up to 50% discounts on LCD monitors, desktop PCs, and even iPods. Stocks are always limited-in fact, they post the prices and the quantities on their Multiply site days, sometimes hours, prior to the sale. Make sure to drop by on the first day of the sale, lest you miss out on all the good stuff.
2. CD-R King
With branches all over Metro Manila
Never mind the outdated name, CD-R King is still the undisputed electronic supply of frugal Filipinos. The King specializes in offering the same items you can find in well-known computer stores except that it sells them for bargain basement prices. Everything from memory cards to computer tables can be bought for at least 20% cheaper than name-brand counterparts. Beware, though, as some gadgets tend to be hit-or-miss purchases, which could be a problem as most of their warranties top out at 6 months.
When you've got a hankering for cameras, cameras, and even more cameras, Hidalgo St. in Quiapo is the place for you. It's the official bagsakan for the latest and greatest professional photography equipment in the Metro. Oftentimes, the shops even beat the distros to the punch. And once you purchase your gear, you can put your skills to the test by shooting around the vicinity.
Photographs from camerahaus.com (Hidalgo Street), pcgilmore.com.ph (Gilmore), ortigas.com.ph (Greenhills), cdrking.com (CD-R King), SM Cyberzone’s Facebook account, MSI’s Facebook account.