This year’s edition of Computex Taipei, Asia’s largest IT fair held at Taiwan, saw some pretty great advancement in the world of laptops and operating systems, including lightweight ultrabooks, hybrid computers that can transform into touchscreen tablets from laptops, and Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system. These innovative products prove it beyond a doubt that the way we see desktop PCs today is going to change to a great extent in the foreseeable future. The future computers will be portable, come with touch screens and be able to transform themselves into the best form factor required for a particular task.
Some of the most outstanding products showcased at the event have been listed below:
Samsung Series 5 Ultrabooks
Samsung showcased two touchscreen Series 5 Ultrabooks at Computex, both running on Windows 8 and featuring displays with resolution of 1366 x 768. The UltraTouch is a conventional ultrabook boasting touchscreen capabilities. On the other hand, the Ultra Convertible features a 13-inch display that can be folded backwards over the base.
The Asus Taichi is basically a dual-screen ultrabook that can convert itself from a laptop to a tablet. The device will be available in two different versions- 11.6″ and 13.3″ versions and will run on Windows 8. Featuring a high-res 1920 x 1080 display, a full-size backlit QWERTY keyboard and trackpad and powered by a 3rd-generation Intel core processor, the Asus Taichi certainly turned a few heads.
Asus Transformer Book
Asus’ Transformer Book is a convertible ultrabook with a screen that also acts as a detachable tablet. Available in 11.6″, 13″ or 14″ versions, the Transformer Book features a Full HD IPS display with multi-touch. It also comes with two cameras- a 5MP primary camera and a front-facing HD video cam. Also offered is a full-size QWERTY keyboard. The device is powered by third generation Intel processors.
Asus Transformer AiO
The Asus Transformer AiO is not only the world’s largest tablet, but also an All-in-One desktop computer. It features an 18.4-inch LED touch display that is detachable from the base station and can be used as a touchscreen tablet. It is available with both Android and Windows 8 operating systems.
The Toshiba Satellite claims to be the world’s lightest 13.3″ ultrabook, at 1.12kg. Powered by a 2nd generation Intel Core processor and featuring a 13.3-inch Widescreen HD LED Backlit Display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, Toshiba claims that the Satellite Z830 Ultrabook can give up to 8 hours of battery life.
Toshiba Satellite U840W Ultrabook
Toshiba claims that the Satellite U840W Ultrabook is the world’s first widescreen ultrabook. Featuring a 14.4-inch 21:9 cinematic display and powered by a Intel Core i5-3317U, the Satellite U840W Ultrabook comes with a 500GB hybrid hard drive and also Toshiba’s new Hi-Speed Start technology. The Satellite U840W is likely to be launched during Q3 for a price of AU$1,499 (€1175).