This year marked our first trip to Computex and with it, the wonderful city of Taipei. Outside of the show walls are many sights to see, including the Guanghua markets, a tech fanatics paradise.
Taiwan loves tech. Companies such as Acer, ASUS and HTC call it home and there's a big gaming scene going on. Alex Dobie (of Android Central fame) and myself took some time out from covering the event to go check out this incredible place. If you're into PCs and can't find what you're looking for here, you're going about it wrong.
The streets are filled with small stores selling all the latest gear from the likes of Lenovo, ASUS, MSi, Razer and so many other manufacturers. Store shelves with graphics cards piled high, desktop PC towers stacked up at the side of the street, high-end gaming all-in-ones just on display at the side of the road. And so much more. No-where like this would exist in the UK, there'd be too much theft, for one.
And it doesn't end with the small stores and the narrow streets. The brand new Syntrend mall recently opened across the street for a more luxurious, air-conditioned tech shopping experience. It's here you'll find Razer's first dedicated store, among other brands. And of course, the likes of Acer, ASUS and HTC are all very well represented. HTC even has a café.
We took tons of pictures to show off this remarkable experience, a place no tech fan would ever be more than a stones throw from something worth buying. These are just a few of the snapshots, but Alex has put together an enormous photo walkround of the area on Android Central, which you'll find at the link below.
I can't wait to go back next year. My wallet, however, could happily stay at home.