Another month, another trade show, and another unfortunate time to realize that “shet, wala na akong pera.” Computex, held annually in Taipei and widely considered as “one of the largest computer and technology fairs in the world,” just wrapped up—which means we have five days' worth (the event was held from June 3 to June 7) of products and up-and-comers to ogle at.
We know you guys don't have the time or patience to sift through everything that went down in the event. This week alone, we have the NBA Finals and the latest Game of Thrones episode to watch, #BongPanes to discuss, and FHM's June 2014 issue to read. So we do what every true bro would: collate the tech toys that really caught our geek fancy in Computex 2014! Trust us; these babies deserve your attention!
Gigabyte made a huge splash on Computex's first day with the 13.9-inch AORUS X3 Plus gaming laptop. It's hella lean, looks real fierce, and ships fully armed for hardcore gaming battles. Get your wallet ready and think of a nice excuse to tell your girlfriend because you're gonna be out of commission for quite a while if you happen to snare this beast.
Hardware highlights: Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, 13.9-inch QHD+ wide display (3200x1800 resolution), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M video card, 8GB RAM, up to 512GB of solid-state storage (for faster performance)
Yup, Computex also gave tablets some stage time. The Venue 8 tablet was unveiled with a slew of other Dell products, and it really caught our attention, thanks to its nice display and brains. It's also been given a $180 SRP (around P7,800), which is quite the bargain considering its specs-line is headlined by an Intel processor and 2GB of RAM.
Hardware highlights: Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM, up to 32GB of storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 8-inch touchscreen with IPS tech (for more viewing angles)
Acer grabbed its share of the Computex spotlight with a new 5-inch quad-core smartphone called the Jade and a partner smartwatch/fitness tracker called the Leap. Pair 'em and the Leap will notify you whenever the Jade receives a call, email, or SMS. It functions nicely as a stand-alone fitness and sleep-tracking device, too. The only downside right now is you can't pair them with other devices: these two are “monogamous,” so to speak.
- Acer Liquid Jade: 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 5-inch IPS touchscreen, 8GB internal storage (expandable to 32GB microSD), two SIM slots, 13-megapixel camera
- Acer Liquid Leap: Tracks sleep habits/movement/distance/calories, waterproof, adjustable rubber strap, Bluetooth 4.0