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

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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.

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