computex 2017

Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and it turns out PC makers are rising to the challenge with a variety of designs shown off this week at Computex 2017. The software giant's decision not to make its own headset, following the Surface strategy, but throw the responsibility over to OEMs had led to some concern that we'd see plenty of me-too mixed reality visors clogging shelves come the holiday season. Happily, it looks like that's not going to be the case.

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ASUS unloads a new set of gaming monitors at Computex 2017

ASUS unloads a new set of gaming monitors at Computex 2017

Gaming laptops, especially very thin ones, are undoubtedly the talk of the Computex town this year. Not every gamer, however, will want to be limited by the screens that come with their laptops, as powerful as their laptops might be. Be it for a gaming desktop or a gaming laptop, ASUS' Republic of Gamers has some new monitors, unsurprisingly mostly curved, designed to appeal to gamers both from within and from without.

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ASUS has three new ZenPads sitting quietly at Computex 2017

ASUS has three new ZenPads sitting quietly at Computex 2017

A lot of the Computex 2017 spotlight has been lavished upon super thin notebooks and convertibles, including not so super but still thin gaming notebooks. In that context, it's not surprising but probably still disappointing for Android fans that ASUS didn't even spend a second or two on stage to say it actually had some new Android tablets. If not for keen-eyed attendees, the world would have probably not known that there are also three new ASUS ZenPad Android tablets that could hit the market soon as well.

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First ever Dell Inspiron gaming desktop breaks cover

First ever Dell Inspiron gaming desktop breaks cover

While the theme at Computex 2017 seems to be decreasing sizes of gaming computers, Dell is going in the opposite direction. A brand more associated with laptops, the Inspiron line is getting its first ever gaming desktop powered by Windows 10 and, surprisingly, AMD's Ryzen CPUs. Also breaking the mold is an Inspiron all-in-one which crams enough power inside to make it a stylish virtual reality home station.

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus aims for world’s thinnest gaming laptop crown

ASUS ROG Zephyrus aims for world’s thinnest gaming laptop crown

If there was a pervading theme at this year's Computex, it would be that gaming laptops can be powerful and slim too. From NVIDIA's announcement of its Max-Q design to the flood of gaming laptops all claiming to be the world's slimmest, PC gamers will actually have a problem of choice in trying to decide who to believe and which to buy. And here's one more to choose from. ASUS' Republic of Gamers just unveiled the ROG Zephyrus, which indeed be just world's thinnest gaming laptop. At least for now.

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Qualcomm’s smart router plan puts mesh, IoT, and Alexa-style agents in one

Qualcomm’s smart router plan puts mesh, IoT, and Alexa-style agents in one

Routers may not be sexy but they can definitely be ambitious, with Qualcomm looking to replace your Echo, router, and smart home bridges with a single unit. The company unveiled its Mesh Networking Platform and Reference Design at Computex 2017 this week, an all-in-one that combines mesh networking, self-healing and -organizing configuration, voice agents like Alexa and Google Assistant, and all the radios to talk to your connected lights, locks, speakers, and more, in a single box.

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Intel Compute Card puts a tiny modular PC in your pocket

Intel Compute Card puts a tiny modular PC in your pocket

Intel wants to put a Core i5 processor into your pants pocket, but don't worry, it's not making another attempt at the smartphone chip market. Instead, the company has detailed the Intel Compute Card at Computex 2017 this week, effectively a full Windows PC squeezed into something the size of a credit card. Intel is betting on it igniting a new age of modular computing.

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Intel Core i9 leads new X-series CPUs for the most demanding users

Intel Core i9 leads new X-series CPUs for the most demanding users

Intel knows you're obsessed with speed, so please feel free to add the Intel Core i9 and the Core X-series processors to your List of Gadgetry to Covet. Unveiled at Computex 2017 this week, the new chips are part of what Intel says is recognition that no, not all PC users are created equal. Indeed, when it comes to gamers, content creators, and people dealing in compute-intense segments like virtual reality, the needs are higher than the current Core i3, i5, and i7 range can deliver.

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This is everything ASUS unleashed at Computex 2017

This is everything ASUS unleashed at Computex 2017

HP, Acer, and Microsoft made their big computer announcements ahead of this year's Computex in order to steer clear of the flood. And flood there was indeed, even if you just look at what ASUS had prepared. From notebooks to convertibles to all-in-one PCs to an odd Wi-Fi router, ASUS' Computex 2017 lineup seems to revolve around the theme of thin bodies, thin bezels, and head-turning designs. But at a time when 2-in-1 detachables are a hot topic again, the company that probably started it all with the ASUS Transformer ironically has none to show.

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MSI Infinite A gaming desktop is ‘quiet as an assassin’

MSI Infinite A gaming desktop is ‘quiet as an assassin’

MSI has taken the wraps off a new gaming desktop at Computex 2017, the MSI Infinite A. This desktop, according to the company, is designed for gamers who 'want infinite possibilities to play the way they want,' hence the name. The computer comes with an angular and quite colorful design that hints at both its modern and its gaming nature, as well as modern hardware under the hood and a Silent Storm Cooling 3 thermal design.

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