In case you couldn't tell by our site's name, we usually stick to phones when it comes to news, reviews and features. However we didn't want to ignore the seismic announcements that happened this week at the Computex 2012 trade show in Taipei. Many, many new Windows 8 devices were announced on the show floor from some of the best in the business -- Acer, ASUS, Dell, MSI, Samsung -- and trust us when we say these are some of the coolest, wackiest, most inventive computers you'll ever see. And for once they might actually hit the market.
So, since we know there's plenty of Windows Phone owners excited to super-size their Metro experience later this year (we are!), we thought it would be worthwhile to take a look back at the Top Five Windows 8 devices announced this week at Computex 2012! (Click 'Read more' to continue.)
ASUS is well-known for being an... eccentric company, but this year they debuted a device that is so completely bonkers, we might consider buying it just as a conversation starter. The ASUS Taichi may look like the average laptop from afar with the tried-and-true display and keyboard layout, turning it around reveals a second display which just so happens to be a touchscreen. That means you can 'close' the laptop as you normally would and the Taichi instantly becomes a tablet -- and both sides use 1080p IPS LCD screens whether it's the 11.6" or 13.3" option. Coupled with a new-gen Intel Core processor, a solid state drive, and a slick design, the Taichi is a bona fide nerdgasm.
ASUS Tablet 600
Now let's move on from a device that could cost you an arm and leg, to a device that could go the easiest on your limbs (and your wallet). The ASUS Tablet 600 is actually the world's first Windows RT device to go official, and early impressions are hinting that this one could be a winner. Powered by NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor, this device takes on the company's heralded Transformer device tradition by being a tablet first, faux-laptop second thanks to a keyboard dock. The device is a modest offering with its 10.1-inch 1366x768 display, 2 GB of memory, and 32 GB of internal storage. But it also surprises with NFC capabilities, a front and rear camera that's 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel (respectively), and the keyboard dock promises to recharge the tablet as you're using it. Windows RT will be aiming to the lower-price tier of the market, and from what we've seen with the Tablet 600 that might be something to look forward to. (There's also the Tablet 800 which opts for the full-blown Windows 8 and an Intel Atom processor.)
Acer Iconia W700
A mid/low-range tablet is nice and all, but what if you have the cash for a truly premium tablet and couldn't care less about a keyboard dock? We would then point you in the direction of the Acer Iconia W700 tablet. This slate is on the bigger side of the food chain with a sizable 11.6" panel that's also Full HD. The W700 differentiates from the other tablets with its peculiar L-shaped dock accessory, which lets one easily mount the device in various portrait or landscape orientations. Under the hood there's an Intel Ivy Bridge processor as well as support for HDMI output, the Thunderbolt high speed connection, and USB 3.0. The price should start from $799 once it's released.
Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook
Let's go down to the real world now. Not everyone wants a shape-shifter in their laps or a contraption that connects two pieces, which is where the traditional laptop form factor comes in to restore order. The gorgeous Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook may satisfy that niche appropriately with its two varieties (11.6" and 13.3") as well as its 1080p touchscreen display. The aluminum construction (which folds back 180-degrees by the way) is given an extra touch of dazzle with a sculpted glass lid and striking white finish, while yet another Intel Core is found powering the device from within. Speaking of power, this ultrabook is promising a 12-hour battery life as well and the whole package comes together for a price ranging between $999 and $1799.
Samsung Series 5 Ultra Convertible
Shown off in prototype form at the event, the Samsung Series 5 Ultra Convertible could be the one Windows 8 product that offers the best of both worlds. Primarily a laptop, this touch-enabled spinoff of their Series 5 ultrabooks has a neat trick -- you can tilt the screen all the way back 360-degrees to turn it into a makeshift tablet. To accommodate that feature the Ultra Convertible touts a 13-inch touchscreen display, though it is at a lower resolution of 1366x768. Still, the prototype shows promise for Samsung's lineup in the future and considering the Series 5 is their mid-range product we can't wait to see what will happen on the high-end spectrum.
So those were our Top Five favorite Windows 8 devices announced at the show this week! Do you have any favorites of your own that were (or weren't) mentioned here? Share them with us in the comments below!