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Sunday, 08 June 2008 09:03

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Computex 08: Mostly useless


Strolling around the show halls during Computex takes you to companies you've never heard of promoting products you can't understand why anyone would want, and we've done a small round up of a few of the things we saw.


Let's start with the really big things: cases. First up, we have a random case with external UV lights and a big lever that looks somewhat like a gear lever on top and some kind of dials on the front. This is supposedly meant to be cool, but we just don't get it.

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Next up, we have a case from Foxconn with a massive air-intake on the side, which almost doubles the width of the case; good idea, but oh, so poorly executed. There was, of course, a lot of other just plain bad cases on display, but we didn't have time to stop and take pictures of them all.

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In sort of the same theme, we walked past In-Win's booth and couldn't help but laugh at the company's army-style power supplies. They're just plain green, but it has a fancy logo painted on them and they come in a camouflage painted box and are rated up to 1500W.

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Then there's the leopard and camouflage pattern fans, which make really very little sense, as you won't ever see the pattern unless you've got one on the side of the acrylic window on your case. But we're sure someone will buy them.

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Let's move on to some USB gadgets, and the worst of the bunch has to be the company that was trying to get people interested in their USB paper shredders. Why would anyone want this? It requires two USB ports for power and you can't use it away from your PC. The company representative got upset with us snapping a picture of it and we weren't allowed to take another picture of their Hello Kitty paper shredder.

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Just about every other company at Computex seemed to have some kind of a USB drive on show, but we found a few that really stuck out. First up is a Japanese company that was showing off hand crafted USB animals and even had a piece of fresh grass for them to roam on at their booth. To connect them to your PC you stick a USB cable up their backside, which makes them possibly the least portable USB drives ever.

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Team was showing off a set up USB robots, which might be fun for the kids, but we'd just feel way too embarrassed to bring one of these to the office.

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Then we had a company that was either six months early or six months late, as they were showing off a collection of USB Christmas drives with a little figurine into which you can place the USB drive for storage; go figure why you'd want to do that.

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Lastly, we actually have something fairly cool. Hitachi had built a scale model of the 101 area of Taipei out of computer chips and PCB which looked really quite impressive, but we have to apologize for the poor angle of the picture; due to the lights above it, we got too many reflections on the other pictures we took.

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