Computex is one of the biggest tech shows on the planet, and while it's not a traditionally big deal for mobile, it has a reputation for being huge in the PC space. Some of the world's biggest hardware makers get together in Taiwan to show off their latest and greatest, and they're usually backed up by a big presence from Microsoft helping to push things along.
And we certainly got some surprises at this year's event. So, let's take a look at Windows Central's top picks from Computex 2015!
ASUS Transformer Book T100HA
Before the main show doors even opened, ASUS had thrown its traditional enormous Computex showcase event. It used some of the time to introduce this, the Transformer Book T100HA.
It's crucial for one reason in particular: It's launching on Windows 10. Aside from that it's another nice tablet-cum-notebook from ASUS. With the Intel X5 CPU inside, up to 128GB of internal storage and a range of colors on offer, there's an option for everyone looking for something in this space.
ASUS Zen AiO
The all-in-one PC market continues to grow and as it does so does the quality of the hardware. ASUS' second big Windows announcement of Computex was the Zen AiO, a high-end, premium designed PC that Microsoft also showcased in its Windows 10 lineup.
It's a unibody design, it's made from aluminium, you can have it in gold and pack the insides with a quad-core Intel Core i7 (Broadwell) chip and up to 32GB of RAM if you so wish. Powerful and it'll look fantastic on your desk.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series 2-in-1
Dell is doing some great work in the laptop space, and while its XPS line has claimed much of the attention of late, there's still plenty of good stuff in the other ranges. Such as this, the latest 15-inch Inspiron 7000 series 2-in-1. Dell has recognised that there are some people out there who love having a 15-inch notebook, but that also like to be able to flip it over and use as a big tablet. That's where this comes in.
And with hardware options for the 5th generation Intel Core I series CPUs, 8GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage, there's plenty on offer for those who need to get serious work done, too.
Dell Inspiron 24
Of the two all-in-one PCs Dell introduced at Computex, it's the larger of them which is on balance, the better all round option. It combines a Full HD touch or non-touch display with either Intel Broadwell or 6th generation AMD A-series CPUs, up to 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
And it combines all of that with a great looking, slim design and a very attractive price point. All-in-ones needn't be dull or expensive, and Dell has a good all-rounder here.
Dell XPS 15
This also claims the prize of being the biggest surprise of the entire show. Dell said nothing of its latest and greatest during its Computex press briefings, and then. Right at the very end of the Microsoft Forum on the second day of the show proper it was wheeled out on stage to the collective jaws dropping of everyone in attendance.
We hoped the XPS 15 would get redesigned in the same fashion as its smaller brother, the XPS 13, and it has. At Computex, we weren't allowed to touch it, and no-one would say what exactly was inside it, but it doesn't necessarily matter. It was a showstopper, and one we're extremely excited to get our hands on in the future.
Acer Predator X34 gaming monitor
Billed as the world's first curved 34-inch Ultrawide IPS QHD monitor with NVIDIA G-Sync technology (quite a mouthful!), you'd expect the Acer Predator X34 to be impressive. And it is.
With a stand out design and fantastic display quality, Acer has a real gem for the keen PC gamer. In fact, the only way it was improved upon at Computex was by stringing 3 of them together and playing Witcher 3 out across them all. No pricing has been announced but expect to be lining up for one in Q3.
Acer Liquid Leap Fit
We liked the Liquid Leap when we saw it back at Mobile World Congress in February. Besides its affordable nature, good battery life and great feature set, we liked mostly that it brought all of that to Windows Phone.
Fast forward to Computex and its been made even better. The Leap Fit adds a stress and heart rate sensor, so it's now showing much more serious activity and fitness tracking credentials. And if you don't see the Leap Manager app for Windows Phone, rest assured it does exist, we've seen and used it. It is real, but it may also be regional at this time.
Acer Liquid Leap Curve
Take everything we like about the Acer Liquid Leap devices and make it so we can wear it out to dinner with a nice outfit on. That's what the Curve is all about. It has a slightly bigger display and as the name implies, it's curved, too.
But it's altogether more premium looking than its stablemates, and that will appeal to a new type of buyer. How these things look matters a great deal, and if you want a wearable to track all your activities, sleep, fitness regimes and so on, there's no reason why it shouldn't be stylish, too.
Acer Z3-710 all-in-one PC
Acer pre-announced its latest all-in-one PC before Computex began and Microsoft showcased it during its Windows 10 focused event. It's a 23.8-incher with Intel Core options, upto 2TB of storage, 8GB of RAM and a very nice looking 10-point multitouch display.
One of the things we like the most, besides the fact it's a Windows 10 device, is that it's not your regular screen on a stand type of all-in-one. With fold out feet to prop it up you could also lay it down on a table top and use as a giant tablet. Add in a bunch of ports and you've got a great family computer for work and play.
NVIDIA G-SYNC for Notebooks
This one's a little different. It's not a single product, but it is a piece of technology that's going to make a whole bunch of better products that we can buy. The goal with G-SYNC is to fix screen tearing and latency issues. Instead of having a display output a constant 60Hz, the technology allows monitors to refresh as soon as the GPU renders the frame. At Computex, NVIDIA announced that it is bringing the technology to gaming notebooks for the first time.
Having witnessed it in action on some of the latest 4K gaming notebooks, we're super impressed and there are some gamers out there that are going to love this in their next notebook.
MORE: NVIDIA tackles framerate issues, brings G-SYNC to gaming notebooks
Check out Android Central's Computex top picks!
We weren't by ourselves out in Taipei, our buddies from Android Central were along for the ride getting treated to their own great device announcements. Check out their own top picks at the link below!
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What the deuce is "Bresswell" (slide 4)?
I guess it should say Broadwell and that it is a spelling mistake.
No. It means what I wrote. They're not Broadwell.
Intel's processor series name. 'Broadwell'
Aha, that XPS 15! So nice! Cant wait to try one.
By the Devine, may the Eight be your guide.
Talos is a true God and deserves a place among the Gods!
Dell XPS 15 and Acer Predator X34 was my favorite!
Can't believe the size of the keyboard on that Dell Inspiron. What happened there? There's enough room for two numeric keypads. Looks horrible. And the XPS 15 isn't much nicer.
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