Computex had plenty of laptops in all sizes, and here’s the best of the bunch.
Asus Taichi @ Computex
This is an incredible dual-screen notebook:
Computex has finished, and we’ve seen seemingly hundreds of Windows 8 devices
To the outsider, Computex may have come across as a complete snooze fest where we just saw laptop after laptop that looked almost identical. I guess that’s sort of accurate, but looking into the event yields devices that could prove to be winners when Windows 8 launches later this year.
The Asus Taichi is the first up: a hybrid device, that can turn into a laptop or tablet, with two screens – a first as far as I know. Opened the device is a laptop, closed it’s a tablet and uses the second screen. In a genuinely awesome way, both screens can be used in the laptop mode meaning two users can see the same content even if they’re sat opposite each other. The Taichi is expected to release this year, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s around October. It uses Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, and comes in 11- and 13-inch variants.
Two Screens, Four Eyes
Asus also showed the Asus Tablet 600, which runs Windows RT/Windows ARM. It’s a big product for Microsoft, as the company wants to gain a foothold in the tablet market after Apple has dominated for three years. It uses a 10.1.-inch screen and Tegra 3 processor, supporting a keyboard dock to transform into a laptop. There are no impressions on performance or ergonomics because the device was behind glass, which I’ve never understood. You’re decreasing interest if it can’t be used.
Samsung showed off its Series 7 laptop with Ivy Bridge internals. It measures 12.9 millimetres and 860 grams according to PCWorld, and performed quickly when tested according to the tech site. Touch is also supported. The Series 7 laptop will be available with 64GB and 128GB solid state hard drives, which many not be enough if you’re using the devices professionally like me. There was no word on price or release date.
Acer revealed two Windows 8 tablets at Computex, the Iconia W510 and W700, which also run Intel processors: the former a Clovertrail processor, the latter an Ivy Bridge. The W510 has a 10.1-inch screen, retailing between $599-$799, with the W700 from $799-999.