Now that we’ve seen the best Computex 2019 has to offer, it’s time for the GadgetMatch team to dish out awards for the most deserving products.
Make no mistake about it: The chosen ten below have stood out for being the cream of the crop in their respective categories.
Here are all ten awardees of our Computex 2019 awards:
Best Smartphone — ASUS ZenFone 6 Edition 30
Computex 2019’s most impressive smartphone by far is the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 from ASUS. On top of all the high-end specs that make the original ZenFone 6 so great, this special edition smartphone exudes ASUS’ iconic concentric-circle pattern on the rear as well as an Edition 30 logo to commemorate the brand’s 30th anniversary. Only 3,000 will be made available — now that’s special!
Best Laptop — ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo
This year’s Computex saw ASUS taking secondary laptop screens to the next level. The ZenBook Pro Duo shines with a massive 4K touchscreen situated above the keyboard, providing a whole new dimension of interactivity. Combined with the primary NanoEdge OLED display and flagship specifications, the ZenBook Pro Duo stands out as not just the best laptop of Computex 2019, but also the most innovative notebook this year.
Best Gaming Laptop — Alienware m15
Leaner and more powerful than ever, the Alienware m15 proves that even slim gaming laptops can handle the most demanding of video games. It’s the world’s first 15-inch notebook featuring Tobii Eye Tracking technology for that competitive edge. It’s also built with the latest Intel and NVIDIA chips, as well as Alienware’s own Advanced Cryo-Tech 3.0 tech for maximum cooling efficiency, making this the best 15-inch gaming notebook of Computex 2019.
Best Convertible — Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
It looks like Dell has created the ultimate convertible, and it’s called the XPS 13 2-in-1. With a 4K InfinityEdge touch display and support for Dell’s Premium Active Pen, this is a multimedia creator’s dream. It even includes Intel’s newest 10th-generation Core processors, an edge-to-edge MagLev keyboard, and up to 16 hours of battery life, so you’re never left wanting more out of the XPS 13 2-in-1.
Best Mobile Chipset — MediaTek 5G SoC
MediaTek is now one step ahead of its competitors in the mobile 5G realm. MediaTek’s 5G SoC is the world’s first 7nm mobile chipset with an integrated 5G modem. It’s a single chip with the latest Cortex-A77 CPU and Mali-G77 GPU, plus the Helio M70 5G modem. With a theoretical maximum download speed of 4.7Gbps and upload speed of 2.5Gbps, this chipset will power the slimmer and more efficient 5G phones of the future.
Best Laptop Chipset — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G
Qualcomm is ready to become more present than ever on consumer notebooks, specifically those that are connected to the internet all day. The Snapdragon 8cx from last year is back and it now has the X55 modem, enabling seamless 5G connectivity on the go along with incredible battery life. Designed to turn laptops into true road warrior companions, the Snapdragon 8cx 5G may very well power the next generation of mobile computing.
Best Prosumer Laptop — Razer Blade Studio Edition
Razer’s new Blade 15 Studio Edition and Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition laptops are part of the first wave of NVIDIA Studio-branded machines with systems designed specifically for creators. They come in an attractive Mercury White finish and pack a 4K display, Intel Core i9 processor, and unrivaled Quadro RTX 5000 graphics. With these beastly specs, they can rival even the most powerful of desktop workstations — something we didn’t expect to happen so soon!
Best Desktop CPU — AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Computex 2019 gave birth to AMD’s third-generation Ryzen CPUs, and the crown jewel is the world’s first 7nm desktop chip, the Ryzen 9 3900X. With 12 cores and 24 threads to work with, the Ryzen 9 3900X is today’s ultimate consumer CPU. Even more impressive is its efficiency and value for money: It has a thermal design power of 105W and it’s priced at just US$ 499, which is less than half of its competitor’s asking price!
Best Lifestyle Product — WUDI IDI Arctic Neck Cooler
WUDI IDI’s Arctic Neck Cooler is the perfect accessory for strenuous physical activities like hiking, running, playing tennis, or even just sitting under hot weather. With strategically placed fans and a thermoelectric cooler placed on your nape, it dissipates heat upon contact with your skin to rapidly decrease your body temperature. It’s time to say goodbye to uncomfortable sweat!
Best Startup Product — SmartSound Skeeper
Skeeper is here to manage your daily health by listening to your heart. It’s a smart stethoscope that accurately captures your heartbeat using sound processing technology and provides monitoring and analysis through an app called Skeeper Heart. For pregnant moms, the Skeeper Mama app monitors their heart and baby’s health even while in the womb. With this lovely innovation, moms can now easily take care of themselves and their baby at the same time.
AI Facial Recognition continues to scare me
Technology is indeed getting creepier
AI or artificial intelligence used to be something we only see in sci-fi movies. Today, AI is very much part of our daily lives with a lot of it deeply embedded in the smartphones we all use.
Apple, through the iPhone X, then introduced AI facial recognition as a secure way to unlock phones. They call it Face ID and it’s widely considered the most secure facial recognition system on smartphones right now. But it’s not perfect. It once failed to tell the difference between two Chinese women.
Before all of these advancements, it was in the 1960s when Woody Bledsoe created a system that detects facial features by plotting coordinates through a tablet. Thus, the facial recognition system was born. It has then made its way to smartphones, laptops, and security cameras.
In Computex 2019, we found CyberLink’s FaceMe. It’s an advanced AI facial recognition system that determines one’s age and emotions through a web camera. To my surprise, it accurately detected my approximate age group — around 21 to 26 years old. I thought the mood detection was subjective as my appearance won’t exactly tell you what I really feel. Bottomline? I found it amusing but scary.
Have you ever wondered how Facebook detects you on other users’ photos? In 2015, Facebook created a deep learning facial recognition system called “DeepFace” that detects faces through images. Innovative? Yes. Creepy? Well, Mark Zuckerberg made headlines when a photo of him surfaced online with his laptop’s webcam had tape covering it. This then led to the speculation that Facebook spies on its users.
— Allen He (@heling1682002) June 28, 2019
On the other hand, the Chinese government has a totally different way of utilizing facial recognition. While the rest of the world pays through cash or contactless payment, Chinese establishments use AI facial recognition system as one of their primary payment methods along with using WeChat.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg; if you have already seen Black Mirror’s Nosedive, you can relate the story’s plot to China’s “Social Credit System”. They score points or earn rewards by doing good deeds such as following traffic rules, volunteering, or even donating blood. They can they use the the points and rewards to buy goods.
Having debt or legal troubles will lower your credit. Punishments include a ban from traveling outside the country and not being able to buy your own property. It even goes as far as being shown through the “reel of shame” where “laolai” (a derogatory term for citizens who failed to pay their debts) were named and shamed during a film premiere — just like how it happened in an Avengers: Endgame screening.
Huawei, despite being a Chinese brand, has been successful in gaining customers’ satisfaction and trust in just a short time. Those on the Western side think the opposite: The US government accused Huawei of spying but US later lifted the ban. Even the arrests of their officials in Europe and Canada are undeniable. The commotion between US and China even opened a lot of discussions about spyware, including the safety and danger of AI facial recognition systems.
A lot of questions still remain. Do we really consider facial recognition our friend for keeping our data safe and secure from others? Or is it becoming our foe after all these allegations about the government and companies spying on us? One thing is for sure: AI facial recognition is far from being flawless.
The ROG Experience at Computex 2019
Fans were treated to the future of gaming by ASUS
Fans all over the world gathered in Taiwan to witness the festivities of Computex 2019. Several tech companies showcased what’s ahead for the industry, from all-around devices to gaming peripherals. ASUS’ star shined even brighter during the event as one of their biggest booths had people buzzing and raving all throughout.
ASUS boasted its experiential Republic of Gamers (ROG) booth, the company’s biggest at Computex. The booth showcased the latest and greatest of ASUS’ ROG lineup for gaming peripherals and hardware. Visitors were greeted with a design that hopes to evoke the future of gaming as ASUS envisions it. It showed off the latest in the ROG’s thermal, portable and panel solutions.
The booth featured ASUS ROG’s latest ROG Strix and Zephyrus laptops sporting bigger and more responsive screens. The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III and Strix Hero III G731 are the first gaming laptops to boast a 17-inch, 240Hz refresh rate screen. Apart from that, these two laptops will also sport the latest NVIDIA RTX 2070 graphics card that promises superb gaming performance.
ASUS ROG also featured its collaboration with BMW for its ROG Face Off laptop. Through this concept laptop, the primary focus is to reflect gamers’ unique tastes and preferences. In this extensive collaboration, the company showed off several ROG Strix and Zephyrus laptops in a bold Glacier Blue color.
Perhaps the most visited attraction is the Thermal Solutions area that houses the ROG Mothership announced back in CES 2019. Visitors got a chance to try out ASUS’ take on a portable gaming battle station loaded with Battlefield V. Of course, this was done to show off its impressive overall performance and unique thermal solution.
WUDI-IDI Arctic Neck Cooler and Bluetooth Speaker
The product you never knew you needed
Startup products are something we shouldn’t underestimate. WUDI-IDI is a Taiwan-based brand that has made these neck coolers come to life. While these products are still not in mass production, the idea of creating this lifestyle product is innovative.
Both coolers feature three-speed fans, but there’s a common difference between the two variants — the Arctic Neck Cooler features a thermoelectric cooler with heat dissipation brick and cold aluminum in order to relieve the heat you feel whenever it’s placed on your neck.
The other cooler lacks the additional cooling feature but you can play your favorite music or Spotify playlist by just connecting your phone to its built-in Bluetooth speaker. Forgot your phone? The built-in microSD slot solves your dilemma. You don’t wanna disturb everyone? You can also plug your earphones through its 3.5mm audio jack.
All those features explain why this product was tagged as the Best Lifestyle Product of Computex 2019. It’s the perfect accessory not just for athletes, but also among consumers who just can’t stand the heat.
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