Some say the PC is dead, but it’s just evolving. And that evolution was on full display at Computex 2013, which attracted more than 36,000 people to Taipei eager to learn about the next big things in computing. Intel dominated this year’s event with a new Haswell chip that delivers much improved battery life for sleeker next-generation Ultrabooks and 2-in-1 hybrid devices.
Meanwhile, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Office would be included for free in smaller Windows 8 slates hitting the market this summer and beyond. Android tablets also played a role at the show, with Intel’s latest Atom chips finding their way inside some models. After meeting with dozens of companies and evaluating a plethora of new gadgets and technologies, these innovations rose to the top. Here is our list of the Best of Computex 2013 Award winners.
The Iconia W3 is the first 8-inch tablet to run the full version of Windows 8, meaning it can handle desktop applications as well as touch-friendly Modern apps. The Iconia W3 also comes with Microsoft Office for free, adding more value to this $379 slate.
Acer’s newest tablet is powered by a 1.8-GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor and comes with a 1280 x 800 resolution display. Expect up to 8 hours of work and play on a charge. With an optional full-size keyboard, Windows 8 and Microsoft Office, the Acer Iconia W3 could give iPad Mini some stiff competition.