Computex 2022 is underway. Kind of

Computex is set to return in 2022 after Covid-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 in-person events. Event organizers, TAITRA, are planning a mix of in-person and online events. While that sounds a little vague, it’s a step in the right direction for the world’s premier PC tech fair.

Of course, the world is still not quite ready to return to pre-pandemic life, and many are still wary of traveling and mingling with thousands of people from all over the world. The E3 2022 cancellation is proof of that. So while the physical show is scheduled to run from May 24th to May 27th, there will be a digital show, DigitalGO, from May 24th to June 6th.

The show is set to focus on a set of six themes: Accelerating Intelligence, Connected X-Experience, Digital Resilience, Innovative Computing, Innovations & Startups, and Sustainability. While this might not sound very exciting from a gaming perspective, you can be sure that all sorts of gaming-related tech and peripherals will be on show, with RGB being pervasive as usual!

TAITRA has listed the who’s who of the PC companies that plan to participate. These include Acer, AMD, Arm, Asus, Gigabyte, IBM, Kioxia, Microsoft, MSI, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Supermicro, Texas Instruments and Zotac. We note that Intel is not listed, although it is almost certain that some sort of arc video card ad or showcase will happen.

Almost every major PC technology-related brand has some sort of presence at the show. Whether it’s keynotes and big announcements for products like Intel, Nvidia or AMD, to the glow of massive laser-lit booths, Computex is a real experience and a nexus for PC technology.

As a frequent visitor to Taipei for many years, I personally look forward to returning there. The food is amazing, the organization is top notch and it’s great to see colleagues, contacts and friends again. I’ll pass on earthquakes and hope I don’t get caught in a typhoon, but that won’t stop me from seriously considering whether I should attend this year with a pile of N95 masks.

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