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TAITRA kicks off Computex 2011 with pre-show press conference and product preview

Well, we promised you a little product preview, and that is exactly what you are going to get in this page, courtesy of ViewSonic, Shuttle, A4Tech and Innostor.


We managed to catch a glimpse of three of ViewSonic's upcoming tablets; the ViewPad 4, the ViewPad 7 and the ViewPad 10 Pro.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 4 tablet measures 66mm wide, 12mm high and 10mm thick, and appears to be more suited for use as a large smartphone an opposed to a tablet device per se. And yes, it runs off Android 2.2, although ViewSonic has confirmed that there will be an upgrade path to Gingerbread in time. Also, the ViewPad 4 is expected to be released for retail in Taiwan by this Wednesday. Nice.

On the hardware side, the ViewPad 4 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 8255 processor clocked at 1GHz, and sports a 4-inch screen  capable of a resolution of up to 800 x 480, along with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of ROM capacity. In addition, the ViewPad will feature dual cameras, with the rear camera capable of a maximum resolution of 5MP, and the front being a VGA camera.

Next up on the list is the ViewSonic ViewPad 7x. ViewSonic was not keen to give away too much information about the tablet, although we managed to find out that the 7x will possess 3D display capabilities due to its use of a dual-core NVIDIA system-on-a-chip which is capable of supporting 3D display. In addition, the ViewPad 7x will feature a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen that is capable of a resolution of 1024 x 600 boasts multitouch support for a maximum of 10 points. Oh, and it will come bundled with Honeycomb and is slated for a Q3 release date.


Last but not least, ViewSonic's ViewPad 10Pro is one unique tablet which allows users to toggle between Windows 7 Professional and Android 2.2 on the fly at the touch of a button without having to perform any cumbersome rebooting. As usual, ViewSonic was not too keen to reveal too much information about the technology used to allow for such OS swapping, although it did mention that the copy of Android loaded onto the 10Pro can be likened to that of a virtual image which runs on top of Windows. Oh, and one more thing: it is powered by Intel's Oak Trail platform and sports a Z670 processor clocked at 1.5GHz.

Press the Windows orb on the ViewPad 10Pro in Android mode…

..and tada, you're back into Windows.

To go back to Android mode, hit the Instant Switch shortcut on the WIndows 7 desktop and you're all good.


Shuttle was also present during the press conference, where they had a small stand to give the media a preview of some of their upcoming products.

First up on the list is Shuttle's new XS35 series of barebones PCs, which the company claims is the first "fan-less, one-litre PC with ION 2 graphics". According to Shuttle, the XS35 series of PCs will make use of Intel's dual-core D510 processor and can also be fitted with either a standard DVD or Blu-ray drive, along with a single 2.5-inch hard disk.

Also shown off at the event were Shuttle's N09 and N10 tablets, which run off version 2.2 of the Android operating system and are fitted with 9-inch and 10-inch displays respectively.


For users who need that added precision in their mouse control, look no further than A4Tech's new line of mice utilizing its new V-Track technology, which allows the optical sensor to make use of vertical incident light instead of the regular slanted light, boasts sensitivities of up to 3000dpi and is touted to work perfectly on most materials. Available on display today were the G10-660FL…

the N-556FX…

and the gamer-centric F3.

be quiet!

Up on display at be quiet's stand are two cooling fans and one PSU:

From left: the updated Dark Rock Pro C1, the Dark Power Pro P10 andStraight Power E9 PSUs

The 80PLUS Platinum-certified Dark Rock Pro C1 is capable of supplying up to 1200w of power and is claimed to be one of the more quieter PSUs out there thanks to the use of a 135mm fan with Silent Wing Technology, while the Straight Power E9 is 80PLUS certified. The Dark Rock Pro C1 dualtower cooler sports seven 6mm heat pipes and two Silent Wings PWM fans.


Last but not least, Innostor was also present to show off the performance of their new USB 3.0 flash and SATA controllers:

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