Computex Best Choice Awards 2012

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Alongside Computex – which kicks off on Tuesday next week – there are a fair few awards being given out and one of them is the Best Choice Awards which took place this week. The products will be on display at Computex, but we got an early look and some hands on time with some of the winning products, as well as some other interesting ones that didn't quite make it.

Alongside Computex – which kicks off on Tuesday next week – there are a fair few awards being given out and one of them is the Best Choice Awards which took place this week. The products will be on display at Computex, but we got an early look and some hands on time with some of the winning products, as well as some other interesting ones that didn't quite make it.

We won't be listing all the winning products, but we've added a link to the Best Choice Awards website which provides a full list of winners in all the different categories. A lot of big, familiar companies like Acer, AMD, Asus, MSI, Nvidia, Promise and Synology scored awards, some of them even in multiple categories.

Sadly we didn't get a chance to have a play with everything on display, but we did spot a few new bits of hardware and some interesting demos. First up we got a quick play with Acer's CloudMobile which sports a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260A SoC, 1GB of RAM and at least in terms of the model we saw, 8GB of internal storage, although there's a microSD card slot for further expansion. It also has a 720p display and although we didn't get a chance to benchmark the handset, it felt very snappy.

cloud mobile Computex Best Choice Awards 2012

The rubber clad back of the handset felt good to the touch, although we're curious as to how well this will last long term. The CloudMobile might not be as svelte as some of its competitors, but that might not be a huge downside, as not all of us like ultra-thin phones that you can barely hold in your hand. It looks as if the CloudMobile will ship with Android 4.0.4, or at least that was what was installed on the unit on display.

Next up we have a new nettop from Asus, the EB1033 which sports a new, even slimmer design. This is a strange little beast, as it sports an Atom D2550 or D2700 CPU depending on the market, as well as a GeForce 610M discrete GPU. According to the Asus representative on location the reason for the Nvidia GPU is that Asus couldn't get the system certified for Windows 7 due to poor Intel graphics drivers, something we know won't be solved until Windows 8 arrives.

asus eb0133 Computex Best Choice Awards 2012

Other features include 2GB of RAM as standard – with support for up to 4GB – a 320 or 500GB hard drive, two USB 3.0 ports, four front USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader, a pair of audio jacks with S/PDIF out support, an HDMI and D-sub connector, Gigabit Ethernet and built in Wi-Fi. Asus is for some reason targeting the business market with this system; although we have a feeling it'll be more popular as a second or third home PC.

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