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In pictures: Computex Taipei 2008

The highs and lows of Asia's biggest tech show

Computex, which took place this week, is Asia's largest information technology trade show. We prowled the hundred of exhibits to find some of the best innovations on display.

Dialogue Flybook

Dialogue Technology is back with an update to its Flybook, which lets you watch a DVD on a plane when the person in front of you drops their seat back. This latest version has a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Centrino WiFi chipset and up to 4GB of main memory. It can play video for five hours with an extended battery and retails for about $2,400 (£1,200).

Ares CG6150

Believe it or not this beast won a design award. It's fashioned after a suit of armour and its maker, Asus, says it "exudes gamer chic". It has enough high-end components to make a serious gamers squeal, including four Intel Core 2 Extreme CPUs, four Nvidia graphics chips, 8GB of DDR3 memory, 4TB of storage, and enough liquid cooling gear (hopefully) to stop it from self-combusting. It's called the Ares CG6150.

Computex show girls

This wouldn't fly at UK trade shows but in Asia the show floors are often packed with scantily clad girls to help draw in the mostly male buyers. Many are very nice and very smart, we met one who's studying for her MBA. And please, call them showgirls; they really aren't very partial to 'booth babes'.

NEXT PAGE: A model of Taipei and a 14-CD disc copier

  1. Asia’s biggest tech show in pictures
  2. The Dialogue Flybook
  3. A model of Taipei and a 14-CD disc copier
  4. The Chi Mei ultra-slim display
  5. An LED lamp and a PC designed to hang on your wall


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