Reporting from Taipei, Taiwan: Acer is providing visitors with an immersive gaming experience at Computex 2018 in Taipei by showcasing its full line of gaming PCs and gadgets, as well as bringing in celebrity gamers to get in on the action with Acer gaming devices. In addition to the company’s booth at the Computex exhibition hall, Acer has created product experience rooms, locating them in downtown Comp and opening them to the public so passers-by can experience Acer’s latest gaming PCs and gear, and even compete against celebrity gamers. In line with Acer’s vision of breaking barriers between people and technology, this year’s exhibit at Computex gives consumers and the media new ways to experience the latest gaming technology.
“Acer is dedicated to bringing breakthrough gaming experiences to consumers through the Predator brand, and this year we are making the latest technology more accessible to the general public by bringing them from the showground to the streets,” said Tiffany Huang, President of Corporate Marketing, Business Planning and Operations, Acer Inc. “We hope that through Acer’s efforts, Computex 2018 will become more than just an international event for buyers, but an inclusive celebration of technology for everyone to enjoy.”
Coming off the excitement of products unveiled at the next@acer global press conference in New York this month, consumers will now have a chance to experience the new Predator Helios 500 performance gaming notebook, the intimidating Predator Orion 5000 and 3000 gaming desktops, and a whole family of Predator gadgets, among others. On top of that, the company is using the long running PC exhibition to let the public become part of the show through interactive events, competitions with celebrity gamers, and hands-on product demos. Acer will also be showing a selection of high-end gaming products at the Nangang Exhibition Hall.
Predator Helios 500 (PH517-61)
Built for graphic-intensive AAA titles and live streaming, the Predator Helios 500 (PH517-61) is a gaming beast. It features up to a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700 processor with 8 cores and 16 threads, and AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics with 8 GB of second-generation high-bandwidth memory (HBM). Top-notch visuals are delivered on bright, vibrant FHD (144 Hz) or 4K UHD IPS 17.3-inch displays supporting Radeon FreeSync technology for blur- and tear-free gameplay.
The Predator Helios 500 stays cool with two of Acer’s proprietary AeroBlade 3D metal fans, and five heat pipes that distribute cool air to the machine’s key components while simultaneously releasing hot air. Fan speed can be controlled and customized through the award-winning PredatorSense app, which can also allow users to define macros for the five hotkeys. One set of hotkeys are pre-defined to quickly launch Mixer, Microsoft’s next-generation live-streaming service, where gamers can broadcast their gameplay or watch live streams of the hottest gameplay. Two speakers, a subwoofer, Acer TrueHarmony and Waves MaxxAudio technology deliver superior sound quality made immersive with Waves Nx head-tracking technology for a hyper-realistic 3D audio experience.
Predator Orion 5000 (PO5-100)
The new Predator Orion 5000 (PO5-100) gaming desktop features up to 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processors with 8 cores and 16 threads paired with the latest AMD B450 chipset, and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs so gamers can enjoy their favorite game titles at incredibly high screen resolutions, as well as premium VR experiences.
The Predator Orion 5000’s chassis has a transparent side panel to show off its powerful internals and is EMI-compliant to protect users and peripherals from potential electromagnetic interference. Easy-open side panels allows users to quickly swap out components and cables during upgrades. The IceTunnel 2.0 airflow management design segments the system into different thermal zones and provides each sector with its own airflow tunnel to expel heat.
Acer Nitro 50 Desktop
As the latest addition to Acer’s Nitro product family designed for outstanding casual gameplay at affordable prices, the Nitro 50 (N50-100) features up to 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processors with 8 cores and 16 threads, with graphics options of AMD Radeon RX 580 GPUs or up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPUs, housed in a striking and edgy armor-inspired chassis with front-facing LED lighting that emits a sinister red glow.
The Nitro 50 delivers stunning 4K resolution visuals, and with up to a 512GB SSD and 3TB HDD, there’s no shortage of storage. It also features a handy wireless charging deck for keeping users’ Qi-enabled wireless devices powered up and ready to go. In addition, the Nitro 50 desktops optimize network speed for gaming, browsing, and streaming through Realtek Dragon LAN.
The Predator Helios 500 (PH517-61) gaming notebook will be available in EMEA in July starting at €1,999. The Predator Orion 5000 (PO5-100) gaming desktop will be available in North America in September starting at $1,499.99. The Acer Nitro 50 (N50-100) gaming desktop will be available in North America in September starting at $899.99.
COMPUTEX 2023 Throws its Doors Open
The 2023 COMPUTEX and InnoVEX will be held from May 30, in Halls 1 and 2 of the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. President Tsai Ing-wen, the Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs C.C. Chen, Deputy Director-General of the EU Growth Agency Maive Rute, James Huang, Chairman of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), and Paul Peng, Chairman of the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), attended the opening ceremony of COMPUTEX.
This year is the first in-person COMPUTEX since the pandemic. President Tsai Ing-wen extends a warm welcome to participants from around the globe at COMPUTEX, the biggest ICT tradeshow in Asia. Renowned for its cutting-edge expertise in areas such as foundry, PCB, and satellite positioning, Taiwan aims to leverage this year’s tradeshow to enhance its global presence and foster stronger international collaborations. Moving forward, the government and local enterprises will continue to work hand in hand to cultivate a more resilient economy and industry, enabling Taiwan to wield a greater influence in the global supply chain.
James Huang, Chairman of TAITRA indicated, “As a leading global ICT and computing technology exhibition, COMPUTEX has witnessed major breakthroughs in the human technology industry for more than 40 years. Humans are stepping into the era of AI. The key to artificial intelligence is computing power. Therefore, we redefine COMPUTEX as Computing Tech, which is the most important platform for driving computing power in the AI era.”
This year COMPUTEX establishes a new positioning – “Together we create,” focusing on high-performance computing, artificial intelligence application, next-gen connectivity, hyperreality, innovations and startups, and sustainability. Over 1,000 exhibitors participate in 26 countries and regions, such as the US, Korea, Canada, France, Japan, Belgium, and Italy. Exhibitors include Acer, ADATA, ASRock, ASUS, BenQ, Delta, ESSENCORE, GIGABYTE, G.SKILL, Hanmi Micronics, InWire, Innodisk, Kioxia, MSI, Pro Gamersware GmbH, Quanta Cloud Technology, Realtek, Supermicro, Thermaltake, Transcend, YFC-BonEagle ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ZOTAC, Aten, AIC Inc., Chenbro Micom, Posiflex, Seasonic, PNY Technologies, Team Group, Ingrasys, and more, demonstrating the powerful energy of the global technology ecosystem.
With the opening of borders, international visitors look forward to participating in COMPUTEX. More than 30,000 people from 126 countries have registered to visit. To strengthen the connection between Taiwanese industry players and international buyers and expand international cooperation opportunities, COMPUTEX will hold several matchmaking activities, including the COMPUTEX procurement meetings, the global ICT industry government procurement meetings, the Taiwan-EU business and industry cluster matchmaking meetings, European Bank ICT procurement, and more.
In addition, representatives from the European Union Growth Agency and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development led a delegation to visit COMPUTEX, and representatives of industry associations such as the Mumbai Information Association in India and the Ho Chi Minh City Computer Association in Vietnam also organized buyer groups to visit COMPUTEX. It is the first time since 2019 that people from all over the world exchange again in Taiwan.
With the ChatGPT craze sweeping the world and in addition to the exhibitors launching solutions equipped with AI technology, TAITRA has invited international technology companies to participate in the COMPUTEX Keynote & Forum. The keynote speakers include NVIDIA CEO and founder Jensen Huang, exploring how AI can reshape various industries around the world, as well as CEOs or global senior executives from companies such as Qualcomm, NXP, Acer, and Supermicro, who will share futuristic trends. In addition, with the rise of the green supply chain wave, the ESG GO! event will also be held during the exhibition to achieve the net zero transformation goal jointly. Finally, local and international technology influencers will be invited to unbox the highlights of COMPUTEX, striving to create a new look for the exhibition after the pandemic.
InnoVEX 2023 joins hands with 400 startup teams and technology elites from 22 countries to showcase their diverse creativity. Eight countries: Belgium, Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands, and Poland organized national pavilions. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development led startup teams from Greece, Romania, and Egypt. The Epoch Foundation and FarEasTone Telecom Startups Accelerator also lead startup teams to participate. The exhibits cover 5G & IoT, AI & Data, Smart Devices, and other fields.
To connect Taiwan with the global startup ecosystem, the InnoVEX exhibition holds a series of activities, including the InnoVEX Pitch Contest to help international corporate venture capital connect with target startup teams, Global Demo Day showcases innovative solutions from different regions, and holding 【What’s New: The future technology and the next startup trend 2023】 to analyze the international startup ecosystem and discuss technological innovations such as AR, VR, and AI.
COMPUTEX 2023 and InnoVEX 2023 are exhibited in Halls 1 and 2 of the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, respectively, showcasing hot technological trends, industrial applications, and the latest solutions.
COMPUTEX 2022 Kicks off on May 24 with Tech Giants
COMPUTEX 2022 is set to kick off from May 24 to 27 and will revolve around six major themes: Accelerating Intelligence, Connected X-Experience, Digital Resilience, Innovative Computing, Sustainability, and Innovations & Startups. COMPUTEX DigitalGO, a virtual tradeshow platform, also organized by TAITRA, will take place from May 24 to June 6.
Tech giants have expressed their support for participating in COMPUTEX 2022 Hybrid. Acer, AMD, ASUS, Delta, GIGABYTE, Micron Technology, MSI, NVIDIA, NXP, Supermicro will take part in this expo. As Senior Vice President of IDC, Matthew Eastwood shared IDC’s observation on top tech trends. It is estimated that up to 87% of organizations worldwide have begun to execute a digital-first strategy and that 2022 will be the key for digital infrastructure, driving business model changes. In addition, by 2024, 75% of the Global 2000 will have ESG targets as part of their RFPs, using them to meet their sustainability goals. Enterprises need to focus on security, cloud, software, edge, work, and short-term and long-term sustainability goals, to stand out in this transformation journey.
As the semiconductor industry thrives in Taiwan, the value of Taiwan’s IC industry is expected to surpass USD 163.2 billion in 2022. COMPUTEX 2022 will present the complete semiconductor ecosystem and demonstrate related applications. In addition, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) will serve to connect the six major themes of this annual event, leading enterprises to build a sustainability perspective.
InnoVEX 2022, a dedicated exhibit exclusively for startups at COMPUTEX as well as Asia’s top startup platform, will facilitate networking and matchmaking opportunities between exhibitors and buyers as we are about to witness a new future as startups transform tomorrow with innovations.
COMPUTEX is committed to creating more flexibility and building a digital platform that meets international demands. This year’s exhibition will highlight Tech Insights, Hybrid Displays, Hyper-Personalized Recommendations, and Matchmaking and Networking. CEO Keynotes & Forums, seminars, and keynote speeches from global tech companies will also bring insights. The annual exhibition will feature diverse networking means, including in-person meetings or video conferencing, to establish the most effective and timely communications channels for exhibitors and buyers.\
As a leading ICT tradeshow worldwide, the highly anticipated COMPUTEX will return in physical format in 2022. For companies who cannot travel to Taiwan but wish to expand their visibility, COMPUTEX 2022 offers “Alternative Physical Exhibiting Solutions.” TAITRA will provide the set-up, marketing, and other services to meet the needs of those exhibitors.
MSI Launches new PCs for Gamers and Creators at Computex 2021
MSI has announced a range of new devices at Computex 2021, including new laptops, desktops, parts, and peripherals. The devices extend across of wide range of lines from MSI, including its Creator, Stealth, Raider, and Leopard devices.
Creator Series Laptops
MSI announced new laptops from its Creator, Raider, Stealth, Leopard, Sword, Pulse, and Katana lines. The over a performance increase of up to 30%, thanks to their 11th Gen Intel H series processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 laptops GPUs.
The Creator Z16 has a 16:10 display and thin bezels to help creators maximize screen real estate on the go. Its display is available with up to QHD+ resolution with 110% DCI-P3 color coverage. It runs on up to an RTX 3060 laptop GPU and an 11th Gen Intel CPU. Alongside the Creator Z16, MSI announced the new Creator M16 and Creator M17, which have a 16:10 QHD+ display and 4K Mini LED display, respectively.
Gaming Series Laptops
On the gaming side of things, MSI announced quite a few laptops. The GE76/66 Raider, GS76/66 Stealth, and GP76/66 Leopard series laptops focus on speed, with support for PCIe Gen4, Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6E. Display options for the gaming laptops include up to 360Hz or QHD at 240Hz.
The GE76 and GE66 Raider feature NVIDIA RTX 3080 graphics with TGP up to 165W. The Pulse GL76/66, Katana GF76/66, and Sword 17/15 are more budget-friendly gaming laptops. The more affordable options have NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics.
MSI announced that it’s sold over 3 million monitors worldwide. It hopes to increase that number with its newly announced Optix MEG381CQR Plus monitor. It has a 2300R IPS curved panel and supports MSI’s Steelseries GameSense function. It’s the first monitor from MSI to support G-Sync Ultimate, which helps reduce tearing.
Three new flat gaming monitors from the Optix line were also announced; the Optix MPG341QR, Optix MPG321QRF-QD, and Optix MPG321UR-QD, the last of which supports HDMI 2.1 and 4K resolution at 144Hz.
MSI’s new Summit MS321 UP monitor is designed for eyecare while also delivering accurate colors. The monitor has a 4K display that can be ergonomically adjusted. It also supports the MSI Intelligence App, including the KVM function, which lets people toggle between two computers with a keyboard and mouse while using the same monitor.
Moving over to gaming desktops, MSI announced the MAG Infinite S3. It features front panels with an asymmetrical design that includes MSI mystic light. It runs on an 11th Gen Intel Core processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics card. The MAG Infinite S3 supports NVIDIA Resizable BAR technology, which brings a 10% performance improvement to games.
The MPG GAMING MAVERIK is a bundle kit from MSI that features an Intel Core i7-11700K CPU, MPG CORELIQUID K360 SP, MPG Z5900 GAMING EDGE WIFI SP, and MPG VELOX 100P AIRFLOW SP. It also features Trident Z Maverik memory. The core frequency of the MPG Gaming MAVERIK can be boosted from 3.6GHz to 4.8GHz for all cores. The Creator P50 desktop is a compact PC built for creators.
MSI also announced the SUPRIM 35th Anniversary Limited Edition graphics card today. The graphics card is built on the SUPRIM series foundation, and MSI states that it “retains all the same key features.” In addition to the new GPU, MSI announced the X570S MAX Series motherboards. They feature fanless cooling for silent performance.
To go along with all the new PCs, MSI announced a couple of accessories. The IMMERSE GH62 WIRELESS EARBUDS are the first set of wireless earbuds from the company. They deliver “accurate audio reproduction, clear voice recording, low-latency responsiveness, and low maintenance,” according to MSI.
MSI unveiled the CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS gaming mouse as well. It’s a symmetrical gaming mouse that connects through a 2.4GHz signal. The mouse has a latency of just 1ms and is designed for FPS players. It weighs 74g, so you should be able to scoot it around the best desk mousepads quickly.
MSI has not shared pricing or availability for the new devices at this time.
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