Computex 2011 CoverageBosco -
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So being that this was my first time in Asia and the first time personally attending Computex, what are my thoughts on the experience? Well first off, it's very different. The different types of food were OK but there were some that made me take a second look lol. The city itself is what I expected however outside the city was different then I figured it would be. The people in Taiwan were very friendly, even the ones that didn't have a clue what I was saying. The humidity was something else wow!!!! It didn't mattter if it was day or night, it was still pretty hot. It was shorts everywhere I went. But near the end, I think to some degree I was starting to get used to it. But weather like that can have its advantages I guess, as even when it was raining it was still very warm. There is a lot of honor and tradition in the country and I loved that I was given a chance to see some of it.
Taiwan wasn't a place I ever would have thought to go on vacation but now that I have been there, I think I have changed my mind. Taipei itself would be OK for a day or two but I think given more time to spend around the Howard Beach Resort would be great for a family. Taipei 101 is something that was an honor to see. The amount of work and effort that went into the buildings is amazing and it's something I will remember for the rest of my life. As for the show itself, I thought it was lacking in that some companies were not there. Of course I missed a few that were in other hotels and such just due to time limits. Editor's note, take less pics of bums lol. However, the way it was setup and organized I thought it kicked CES's butt litterly. It's easier to find everything, you don't have booths overlapping other booths and since a big part of the booths are contained to just two floors, it made it that much better. The problem with CES is that it covers so much more products, so in a sense I can understand why CES is the way it is. As for the products displayed that I saw, I didn't expect anything earth shattering to be shown. We got a big taste of stuff at CES, so coming into Computex I wasn't expecting to be wow'd too much. Don't get me wrong, I saw a few things that were impressive, just not like CES was.
I had a great time with the group that ECS put me with and like I said earlier, I got to meet some old friends but I also met some new ones. I spent a lot of time with James at ECS who helped make the trip go that much smoother. Ian from Anandtech is from the UK, and our UK guys at OCC are a hoot to hang with and Ian was no different. He made me laugh so hard sometimes and I know I made him laugh as well. S,o all in all, a friendship was born. Victor, I spent a lot of time with in the first couple of days and he is a pretty cool dude as well. Felipe and Jacson were really cool guys as well, they had me laughing the whole trip. I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to go with. Even some of the other media that we met at the Tour and the Resort were fun to hang out with. I thought the idea of the Night Market was pretty fantastic. You can pretty much find anything you want there, but the best deals seem to be on clothes. I wish that I was able to spend more time there because there is a lot to choose from. But of course on a trip like this you only have so much time. I enjoyed the ECS tour as well. It's always nice to see how companies that we do the reviews for operates. The one thing that I have learned over the years is every company is different on how they operate. But it's nice to be given the opportunity to check it out first hand. I attended the Tweaktown party, thanks Cameron. I even won a Corsair case, thanks to Corsair for not bringing the case for me to lug home haha. The only bad events that I had on the trip, was I lost my iPhone (my own fault) and I did get sick after a meal. Thankfully it was not to serious and I was back up and running in about eight hours.
So in closing, I would like to thank the following people. Thank you to all of the companies that took the time to meet with me and answer my questions. Robert and George from Corsair for our night out, I still say the meal was alive :), Ian, Victor, Felipe, and Jacson. A huge thank you to James and the whole ECS team for everything you guys did for us. You guys made the trip that much more special with all of your help so thank you for that :). So, I hope you guys enjoyed the coverage, I was surprised on how much I was able to cover with just me being there, but what's no sleep for a few days right? If you guys have any questions about Taiwan or whatever feel free to ask, but I for one say if you are thinking about going there, do it! For me it was worth it now that I sit back and write about it. I wouldn't trade this trip for anything and I would do it all over again.
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Dave Rattray "Bosco"