This article is written by Roshan Ashraf Shaikh from India. Roshan won our win a trip to Computex contest and here is his story.
I already did speak out about Corsair AX1200i and Corsair 600T in silver colour in the guest blog I did before. To add more, I am very pleased to see Corsair has an army green colour as an option for C70 with the choice of either white or the done-to-death black coloured cases.
PC cooling fans is also something which caught my attention. Corsair gave an excellent explanation about their research methodology about their newer fan line-ups in their blog and the truth that many fans' CFM is not as same as advertised. Noctua also refreshed their A-Series fans with the newer bearing design, and most surprising is that they're also concentrating on fans smaller than 80/92mm fans. It makes a lot of sense as people need smaller fans, but unfortunately not many make them with a good enough bearing type or with decent lubrication in the case of ball bearing fans.
A NAS box from Thecus was one of the NAS boxes that caught my eye, especially TopTower and ThecusOS 5.0. Synology has a neat and small NAS storage that can accommodate up to four 2.5" drives on the rear (came with tool-less hard drive tray) and four USB 2.0 ports on the front.
Sapphire had a lot of hardware to show-off. They have a very large array of video cards, multi display setups and motherboards displayed.
Just like how Sapphire once had a white PCB motherboard with socket 939, Galaxy also showcased GTX 680 SOC video card with a white PCB. Even though they are in limited edition for now, white PCB motherboards look great and I am sure a lot of modders would like it.
Tt eSPORTS booth was simply crazy! They displayed three modded cases: Iron man mod done by Ron Lee Christianson, Star wars Jedi mod and Borderlands 2 by Brian Carter, all based on the Armor Revo Snow Edition case. They also displayed some mechanical boards, mouse and some good looking swags. Ozone also had some good stuff, especially mouse pads.
Computex is a part of the action that I loved and had a chance to see a lot of good stuff and meet a lot of good people, but parties is what makes the cake taste good! Where I come from, people rely on review sources such as TweakTown for knowing which is good and which is bad. But since I am able to meet manufacturers face to face who are responsible for APAC operations, I was able to address issues that end-users face in India and something that the Indian counterparts conveniently ignore.
"One thing leads to another" is one of the most common sentences I've used, because that's how I came up. I was a n00b and still a n00b when it comes to a lot of stuff for now, but then I used to hang around with guys and learn stuff on the way, met a good friend Harshal Tank which lead to many things, directly and indirectly. I started by reviewing one motherboard and then reviewed a series of motherboards on Indian tech forums, which lead to being contacted by a lot of PR and marketing guys.
Eventually I created my own review site, it is small, but I am confident it can grow as long as I work hard on pushing it more and gain readership's loyalty and time and work on their feedbacks. I met few people who know the unfortunate truth that tech journalism in India, on most counts, sucks because the content doesn't keep the reader base in mind. I always wanted to change that perception and I am genuinely glad that I got to meet people, give and take feedback and also learn how some things are done.
I wish I had my own notebook so I that I could have posted fresh content on a regular basis with Anthony for TweakTown. If anyone of you wins the next Computex contest, keep that in mind. I left almost all Indian tech forums for a reason, but I am happy that I started that way, because a lot of writers and review site owners have started the same way, irrespective of which country they're from and how much support and resources they had. They all started with limited resources and funding, but one thing always leads to another. As long as your content is honest and you work hard, things will eventually work your way. Readership is important and not just pageviews.
Seeing the respect people have for Cameron and others by readers and manufacturers and trolls is proof of that. It did reinvigorate my goals in pushing forward my review site.
This is the guest blog from Roshan Ashraf Shaikh and thank you for your time.