Press Release – Hardware Zone Spotlights Growing Momentum With Awards Sweep

SINGAPORE, March 8, 2006 - Hardware Zone Pte Ltd made a sterling performance at the inaugural Hitwise Online Performance Awards held at the Rouge Bar, Singapore. In celebration of the most popular websites across over 120 industries for the year 2005, representatives from Hitwise presented awards to online publication® for clinching top spots in three categories.

Based on market share of visits from Internet users in Singapore for the year 2005,® received the following accolades:

No.1 website under News & Media - IT Media
No.1 Website under Computers & Internet - Hardware
No.1 Website under Computer & Internet - Net Communities & Chat

This unique awards program by Hitwise recognizes excellence in online performance through public popularity. Measuring the largest number of websites and local Internet users throughout the course of the year, Hitwise supplies the results through its unique award-winning methodology audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

"These three awards endorse®'s position as the leading I.T. portal in Singapore. It is extremely heartening to learn that we are the preferred source to consumers for technology news, product reviews, as well as knowledge-sharing amongst the community," said Mr. Lim Chuan Jer, Product Manager of®. "We hope that our unfaltering efforts have enabled our users to make better-informed purchasing decisions."

Hardware Zone represents some of the most integral sectors of the IT industry. The company seeks to enhance the quality of life through the synergy of its media products and information technology to become the de-facto guide to IT lifestyle with the promise of inspired content, innovative design and quality services.


About Hitwise
Hitwise is the world's leading online competitive intelligence service. By measuring more people, more websites, more often, only Hitwise provides marketers with timely and actionable marketing insights on how their online presence compares to competitive websites.

Companies use this information to maximize the return on their online investment, in customer acquisition and retention efforts such as search marketing, affiliate programs, online advertising, content development and lead generation.

Hitwise collects anonymous Internet usage information via a combination of ISP data partnerships and opt-in panels, and complies with local and international privacy legislation as audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Founded in 1997, Hitwise is a privately held company, headquartered in New York City and operates in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.


About Hardware Zone Pte Ltd
As the leading IT media company in Asia, Hardware Zone Pte Ltd is a provider of marketing channels and services to the information communications, technology and interactive entertainment industry. Hardware Zone Pte Ltd publishes prolific IT magazine titles across Asia, namely HWM, GameAxis® Unwired and PHOTOVIDEOi™, operating in Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia along with popular online portal® which has to date, a monthly viewership of more than 35 million page impressions.

Capitalizing on its editorial strength and creative marketing strategies, Hardware Zone Pte Ltd offers to marketers integrated media solutions and effective reach to IT consumers via our magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, as well as event management.



Jereme Wong
Media Director
Hardware Zone Pte Ltd
Tel: +65 6872-2725 ext 813
Fax: +65 6872-2724