COMPUTEX 2018 REPORT
IT’S THE ANNUAL AVALANCHE OF NEW GEAR, NEW TECH AND A LOOK AT THE YEAR AHEAD FOR PC. BEN MANSILL AND CHRIS SZEWCZYK SPENT A WEEK IN TAIPEI COVERING THIS MAMMOTH EVENT
For a week each year it’s the center of the PC universe. We were there, to come home with tales of the PC’s bright future
PC tech in Taiwan is so ingrained and important – both economically and culturally – that when the show opens to the public on the weekend it’s flooded with locals keen to soak it all up. Almost all of your PC components originate in Taiwan. That’s also true of a large proportion of peripherals, and, as always we see many innovations and pleasant surprises coming out of this tech powerhouse. While manufacturing has shifted over the years from Taiwan itself to China, most component companies are headquartered in Taiwan, and that’s where product design and engineering takes place.
Unusually for this year’s show there was no real overriding theme. For the first time in a long time there is no recent major motherboard chipset or GPU release to drive major product launches in those most important categories. For the bigger component companies like Asus, MSI and Gigabyte that meat a chance to emphasise the focus on the rest of their range, and there was certainly no shortage of new gear.
A huge push is on to innovate with peripherals, so I’m unofficially calling this the year of the monitor, mouse and keyboard. Monitors in particular, as they have for the last couple of years, continue to undergo radical transformation. In the marketplace, too, not just with the underlying tech. MSI has declared it wants to be number one in curved monitors this year. Big statement of intent, and with so much competition in that space it means we will win with more choice and hopefully lower prices.
But that’s just a small slice of the story. Over five big days we saw the future of the PC scene – at least the next year’s worth. Join us for a tour of the best the show had to offer, and a few little surprises.
Our travel to this year’s Computex was in part sponsored by Gigabyte and Corsair.