Computex 2012 Day 1: Windows 8 Tablet-Laptop Combos Steal the Show
The first day of Computex 2012--Taiwan's huge tech showcase--provided a sneak peek at the future of PCs. We found an Ultrabook with Nvidia graphics inside and an 18.4-inch all-in-one that switches between Windows 8 and Android 4.0. But the show really belongs to tablet-laptop combos like the back-flipping Acer Iconia W510 and the ASUS Taichi, which sports two screens. Here are the highlights from a very exciting (and surprising) Day 1 from Computex.
ASUS Taichi: Hands-on the Dual-Screen Notebook
It's the first two-faced notebook. At first glance, the ASUS Taichi opens up to reveal an internal display like any other clamshell on the market, but this Windows 8 notebook boldly houses a secondary display that shines out from the back of the lid. What's more, that alternative screen packs a 1920 x 1080 resolution and can mirror or extend the internal screen, giving users a vibrant option for making presentations to clients.
Acer Iconia W510: Windows 8 Tablet Hands On
Acer's new designs are tailor made for Windows 8's versatility. The company's new W510 and W700 tablets can connect to keyboard docks much like the Android-based ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime. The only difference is that Acer's new slates work in a third mode too: you can leave the keyboard attached to the dock and simply flip the screen all the way back for use as a tablet.
Gigabyte U2442: Nvidia Graphics Comes to the Ultrabook
If you've been waiting for an Ultrabook with gaming-level graphics, Gigabyte just delivered. The company's new 3.5-pound U2442 series comes in three new configurations. The most capable model rocks a 2.5-GHz Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor, 1600 x 900 -pixel display, and an Nvidia GT640M graphics chip for playing a little more Diablo III and a lot less solitaire.
ASUS Transformer AiO: First Desktop/Tablet Combo
It's not enough to build the world's only 18.4-inch desktop all-in-one / tablet hybrid. ASUS had to build the super-slate with both Windows 8 and an Android operating system inside. When docked in its base station the Transformer AiO runs Windows 8. Unplugged, the LED-backlit slate turns into the largest Android tablet you've ever held.
ASUS Debuts Three Transforming Windows 8 Tablet-Laptop Hybrids
Not to be left behind on Windows 8, ASUS showed off three next-generation tablets that connect to dockable keyboards and run Microsoft's upcoming operating system. The entry-level device is the ASUS Tablet 810 and it packs a low 1366 x 768. 12-inch screen powered by an Intel Atom processor. Skipping up to the high-end we have the Transformer Book, a device available in 11.6, 13, and 14 inch form factors, powered by an Core i7 Sandy Bridge CPU, and packing a 1080p IPS display.
Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook Hands-on: Super Thin, HD Screens
Acer's first Ultrabook failed to impress with a lackluster screen resolution of just 1366 x 768 pixels. The Aspire S7 avoids that pitfall with a max HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The high-quality--and touch-enabled--screens come available in 11.6 and 13.3-inch flavors.
Gigabit X11: The Lightest 11-inch Ultrabook?
Thanks to a light-weight frame built entirely of carbon fiber, the Gigabyte X11 weighs just 2.14 pounds, a hair less than the 2.38-pound Apple MacBook Air of the same screen size. In terms of measurements, the X11 tapers in at .11 inches on its thinnest point. That slender build is a selling point, but it also costs the unit the thickness needed to pack an Ethernet port. Good thing, it's still well equipped..
Viewsonic VCD22 Android Smart Display
Android is popular on mobile devices, so why not install it on desktops, too? That could explain the thinking behind Viewsonic's 22-inch all-in-one desktop, the VCD22 Android Smart Display. This behemoth is is an all-in-one that runs Android 4.0 on a 1920 x 1080-pixel screen. It includes three USB ports, Bluetooth support,802.11n Wi-Fi, and two-finger capacitive touch support for steering the beast. That's important--the VCD22 does not work with or include a keyboard or mouse.