Computex 2011

ASUS Padfone: Twice as appealing or doubly-dumb?

ASUS Padfone: Twice as appealing or doubly-dumb?

Maybe it was too many Transformers toys when I was younger, or because I have a frustrated engineer inside me, but I - like plenty of others - can't take my eyes off the ASUS Padfone. The new tablet/smartphone hybrid, fresh (after a leak or two) to Computex 2011 this morning, taps into a geeky, childish "slot this gadget into that gadget and make it better overall" mindset that also left us jonesing for an ATRIX after CES. Question is, after the lust fades, does the reality the Padfone offers actually bear up?

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro packs BlueStacks Android app virtualization

ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro packs BlueStacks Android app virtualization

All of a sudden, ViewSonic's new ViewPad 10Pro tablet is looking a lot more interesting. Although billed as a dual-OS slate, which led us to believe it would switch between Windows 7 and Android in the same way as the older ViewPad 10, in fact the 10Pro uses BlueStacks, the clever Parallels-but-for-Android-apps-on-Windows software we first mentioned back in April. Rather than demanding that you switch wholesale between Microsoft's OS and Google's, you'll be able to use Android apps alongside Windows software.

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Computex 2011: Day Zero Wrap-Up

Computex 2011: Day Zero Wrap-Up

Did you dream about a hybrid smartphone/tablet? It's only morning in North America, but already the Computex 2011 pre-show presentations have been and gone, ahead of the show-proper opening on Tuesday. There's plenty to see, too, with the East Asian companies bringing out their take on tablets and attempting to find a gap in the iPad's armor, among other things. Read on for the full SlashGear Computex Day Zero wrap-up.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M GPU lands in gaming notebooks at Computex

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M GPU lands in gaming notebooks at Computex

NVIDIA has offered up the new GTX 560M GPU for notebook computers at Computex bringing the first of the 500M series of GPUs to market. NVIDIA says that the GTX 560M will hit the "sweet spot" for gaming notebooks with the ability to play games in 1080p resolution with support for DirectX 11. This GPU is also the first to offer GTX gaming GPU combined with Optimus technology. That means that the notebooks using the GTX 560M will be able to change between that integrated GPU of their notebook and the GTX GPU for power or battery life depending on their needs.

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Linaro and Samsung offer devs Origen board with Exynos 4210 chipset

Linaro and Samsung offer devs Origen board with Exynos 4210 chipset

Linaro and Samsung have announced that they have collaborated to bring developers of open source devices a new development tool packing some of the best Samsung hardware around. The new tool is a developers board called the Origen board that runs the Samsung Exynos 4210 chipset that lives inside some of the most popular Android devices on the market like the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. The chipset uses the multi-core Cortex-A9 CPU inside along with DDR3 RAM.

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LG P220 notebook has super thin LCD bezel and boxy Mac style

LG P220 notebook has super thin LCD bezel and boxy Mac style

Generally, with any tech show we see a lot of new products that are talked up to the point where we are tired of hearing about them from some manufacturers at the show. Then we get other products that have interesting features that are never mentioned and you only find if you happen to wander around the company's booth and see the gear sitting there on display. That seems to be the case with LG and this P220 notebook that has turned up at Computex 2011.

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Asus UX series notebooks shown off at Computex

Asus UX series notebooks shown off at Computex

Asus always has a big presence at Computex and this year is no exception. One of the new items that Asus is showing off at Computex this year is the new UX series ultraportable notebook. The line was developed in close cooperation with Intel and the big feature of the line is the thin profile. Asus says that the cool design of the machines draws inspiration from luxury timepieces. The UX series uses an aluminum alloy shell with a unique spun finish on the polished surfaces.

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MSI announces new full HD LED Super Color screens and more for AIOs at Computex

MSI announces new full HD LED Super Color screens and more for AIOs at Computex

MSI has been offering AIO computers for a long time now and the company has announced at Computex that it is giving some of its popular models new screens that users will enjoy. The three machines getting the new screens include the AE2211G, the AE2211, and the AP2011. The machines are also all getting MSI's new cloud applications Smart Media Link and Smart Sync. MSI is also showing off a new Wind Touch 4 UI that will be used on the AE2410, AS2070, and AE2230 AIO computers.

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Gigabyte unveils new Booktop M2432 notebook at Computex

Gigabyte unveils new Booktop M2432 notebook at Computex

Computex 2011 is here and that means hoards of new tech gear will be debuting today and over the week. Gigabyte has a new notebook right out of the gate called the Booktop M2432 that it is debuting. The machine has a nicely sized 14-inch screen and it is the follow-up to the Booktop M1405. Gigabyte claims that the machine has a desktop grade graphics card built into the included docking station and the machine uses an Intel Core i5 processor.

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