Every day of the week, thousands of people congregate and browse through the Taiwanese Computer Market, better known as Gwang Hua Shang Chang to the locals in Taipei.
It simply bustles with a contagious sense of shopping. This is the ultimate shopping spree, where crazy as it seems, men take the forefront simply for the pleasure of shopping. I stopped by to see what all the fuss was about and to my surprise, there were things that I had never even heard about, read about, nor seen on the net.
Not always good ideas, but certainly novel ideas that are certain to keep people interested.
First up, I was pleased to see the High-end ASUS EAX2900XT graphics card on sale. The average selling price was around US$470, and with the resurgence of ATI Graphics after a dominant Nvidia run, it was nice to see the mainstream offerings so readily available like this Gigabyte HD2600XT selling for about US$150.
All part of the aggressive pricing of mainstream graphics cards which is sure to bring a sense of relief to the gamers out there, increasing the much needed price war between graphics chip vendors.
I came across this gadget, and thought it would be a good conversation piece, with a Disney form of cuteness, almost Mickey Mouse in look, this webcam/ stereo speaker / microphone combo had it all.
Operated from a USB port, the camera folds down to merge flush with the body if you get tired of smiling into the webcam, the speakers were pretty powerful, and were able to impress me considering the ambient noises around. I must admit though that if I was searching for speakers these wouldn’t be my first choice, but it will definitely appeal to some people out there.
So if you are into gadgets and gizmos then Taipei’s computer market has it all, including this awesome (I wouldn’t be seen dead in one of these) mini VW car which stood out like a beacon of pinkness exemplifying that “cute” is the name of the game in Taiwan.
Next week I’m tempted to delve into the comics and Manga so prevalent in all the stalls around the back. Let’s hope I’m doing it for the readers benefit.