Computex has been Asia’s biggest computer technology trade show for more than three decades. This year’s edition has been no different with brands and computer hardware manufacturers across the spectrum showcasing the cutting edge that their products have to offer. While most of these products are not due for the market any time soon, they offer an interesting glimpse into the future of consumer computing devices and their components, ranging from keyboards to CPUs to laptops and more. We've picked some of the most interesting announcements from this year’s edition so far. But before that, for the uninitiated, here's what Computex is.
What is Computex?
Computex Taipei, also known as Taipei International Information Technology Show, is an annual extravaganza where computer hardware manufacturers stake their claims for the crown in the world of computer innovation. In the past, numerous significant products and updates have been announced at the show, like Snapdragon-powered laptops, keyboards with their own processors, modular tablets and more. Here's everything that wowed us from this year's announcements.
Both Intel and AMD have announced their next-gen CPUs at this year’s Computex. AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series has been highly talked about due to its superior performance and competitive pricing. It is built on a smaller 7-nm node technology, which gives it better performance and efficiency while making it cheaper at the same time. The Ryzen 9 3900X also surpasses Intel’s i9 9920X at half the price. Intel’s new Special Edition Core i9 9900KS is likely to be a premium product.
AMD also announced all-new desktop gaming GPUs at Computex 2019. The Navi series uses all new RDNA architecture which improves speed as well as power efficiency. The new series will be called the Radeon RX 5000 series to honour AMD’s 50th anniversary this year. Expect new GPU models based on Navi to be announced mid-June. NVIDIA also announced an upgraded lineup of mobile chips dubbed the Quadro RTX. These will bring the powerful Turing design to laptops by the second half of this year.
Innovation at Computex isn’t limited to CPUs and GPUs, as is evident with the ASUS ROG Strix XG17. The XG17 is the world’s first 240Hz portable gaming monitor. This high refresh rate makes it suitable even for competitive gaming, and a 3ms response time essentially makes it the fastest portable display available. It can be used with laptops, consoles, tablets and other devices via micro-HDMI or USB-C. Weighing in at a mere 800 grams, it is truly designed to be on-the-go.
This is where things got interesting at this year’s Computex. Intel’s Twin Rivers concept showcased a fabric-clad dual screen laptop that could replace the magazines of the future. However, the highlight of the dual screen game was the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo. Instead of a full-dual screen approach, the ZenBook Pro Duo takes the Touch Bar concept from the MacBook Pro and expands it into the ScreenPad Plus. At 32:9 aspect ratio, the secondary display can be used to run apps, show tools and more.
If that wasn’t enough for you, the trackpad is also a ScreenPad which can change into an LED-illuminated numberpad. Rounding things up was the Intel Honeycomb Glacier concept that packs a secondary display very similar to the ZenBook Pro but takes things further with a secondary hinge that makes it easier to see. P.S: If all of this tech was too much for you, checkout the HP Envy Wood edition that comes with walnut or birch wood palm rest areas.
Last year's ZenBook broke new ground with the dual screen setup
When it comes to a keyboard, gamers and writers often have vastly different requirements. Gamers prefer a fast response whereas writers want more satisfying feedback. The Steelseries Apex Pro merges the best of both worlds by incorporating switches that lets you adjust the actuation point on the fly. Between 0.4mm and 3.6mm, it can truly switch from ultra-responsive to super-tactile at the click of a single button. It will hit retail stores abroad for $199.99 soon.
Actuation points on keyboard mean the distance at which the keyboard registers a keystroke
If keyboards are being innovated, how can the humble mouse be left behind. CoolerMaster’s MM710 literally sheds the weight to reach an ultra-light 55g – roughly the weight of a tennis ball. Visually, it is quite eye-catching with the honeycomb design which also contributes to its lightness. It can go upto 32,000 DPI with the Pixart 3389 sensor.