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The Computex Aftermath + Interesting & Quirky Stuff

The month of June is both an exciting and taxing month on the team as we cover major shows and events non-stop. PC Show 2011 just concluded successfully a few days ago with the HardwareZone.com Team in full force covering the show in every aspect possible to bring you the best coverage in town. However just prior to that, the team was busy walking tirelessly for days to cover the largest ICT show in Asia - Computex 2011 in Taiwan. Often foregoing sleep to sort  out the coolest tech seen for the day, we managed to cover numerous products and events that spanned 80 pages of Computex 2011 coverage!

Most of our expectations were spot-on, such as more Intel Oak Trail based devices (Atom Z670 class) for sleeker and more efficient tablets, next-gen Medfield tablets, Intel Ivy Bridge preview (the next mainstream iteration of Sandy Bridge CPU), AMD Fusion roadmap updates (A, Z and G-series), the ASUS Padfone and many more. We've even furthered our main Computex 2011 coverage with follow-ups from ASUS and their ROG progression, and a notebook platform preview of the AMD Llano APU (A-series).

Before the HardwareZone.com team gears up for the next major event coverage with the locally held CommunicAsia 2011 and BroadcastAsia 2011, we thought it would be cool to round-up some of the more interesting and quirky stuff we saw at Computex for your pleasure:-

Fancy wireless throughput as high as 7Gbps? Now you can with the world's first WiGig PCIe device from AzureWave, a subsidiary of ASUS. Looking like any other wireless solution in appearances, this extremely high transmission rate is possible thanks to the new 60GHz operational spectrum in addition to simultaneously working on the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands. Tri-band Wi-Fi anyone? We surely like the sound of that and probably saying good riddance to wired networking for the masses.

Are you a hardcore gamer with multiple systems and can't decide which rig to power up for your true 3D game today? Perhaps the NVIDIA 3D Vision-ready Aten CS1782A KVM switch is your answer to managing your I/O devices with the systems. Although it's more for professional usage, nothing can stop an enthusiast from owning one.

Enermax has mastered the art of controlling circular type LED-lit fans as they are among the industry's most dazzling and brightest around.

This monster of a chassis is the SilverStone TJ12 and it can support up to six graphics cards, not that we can imagine such a scenario that is. It has a similar mounting system as the famous Raven casings with the expansion cards 'hanging' from the chassis. Mind boggling!

One of the more elaborate open-air system enclosures around, this is the AeroCool Strike-X Air. Looking rather elaborate and perhaps even a little daunting, all drive bays are located on the left-side while the main area underneath the fan is where the main system components go.

The world's first NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 graphics card (or for that matter, any consumer NVIDIA card)  that can drive four monitors simultaneously - the Sparkle Calibre X580 Captain.

PowerColor's huge, custom Radeon HD 6970 X2 is a monster of a card, not only in size, but also in power.Notice the different cooler fan sizes? PowerColor claims that the differences help to drive the air towards the rear of the chassis, leading to improved airflow.

Possibly the meanest storage solution available for an enthusiast, the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 uses four SandForce SF-2200 controllers! The specs speak for themselves and are eye-popping indeed.

The upcoming Acer Iconia Tab A100 claims to be the first 7-inch (1024 x 600) Android 3.0 tablet Uses NVIDIA's Tegra 2, with two cameras, a 5MP rear facing and a 2MP front facing camera for video calls. 720p video playback is supported with HDMI output.

The MSI WindPad 110W is aimed at business users and it's the first that we've seen using the newer, lower powered AMD Z-series APU based Brazos platform. Running Windows 7 OS, this 10-inch tablet has an IPS screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 with dual cameras and optional 3G. Battery life is rated at up to 6 hours but it's relatively hefty at 850g.

The 10.1-inch 1366 x 768, ECS tablet here uses the Oak Trail, Atom Lincroft Z670 processor that Intel announced previously, with options for up to three different OS, Windows, Android and MeeGo. It means it could be using an x86 port of Android. Battery life is rated at under 6 hours, and it weighs 750g, which is similar to many tablets.

This Ring Mouse from Genius fits on your index finger and you use your thumb on its touch panel to control your mouse cursor. According to Genius, the sensitivity is up to 1000dpi and it uses 2.4GHz wireless technology. Innovative, don't you think so?

Claimed to be the world's first cooler for routers, this is Evercool's Dr.Cool. Using a 80mm fan, it grips onto your router to keep it cool. While we're aware routers get hot, isn't this getting overboard?

Folks playing Jedi mind tricks? Actually they are staff from arTouch, demoing their wireless motion sensing software with advanced webcams.

This company decided to put a giant block of ice as their greeting post - perhaps they wanted to be upfront that they're serious about cooling tech.

PNY is often associated with storage devices, but they didn't really seem to have anything noteworthy this time round. I guess that's why they jazzed up their booth to attract attention.

Vijay Anand / Editor of HardwareZone.com

A pioneering contributor of HardwareZone.com since its inception in 1998, his keen interest in DIY computing has helped establish standards for testing, reporting, layout and styling of online articles. As the Editor of the site since 2005, he oversees all content production with the editorial team and the several contributors who power the portal and maintain the popular forums.

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