Computex 2005 Coverage - Day 3: ASUS HQ Visit and more from the show floor - ASUS HQ Tour
As the above image attests, it's been a hectic week for us here at Computex '05. From the plethora of company parties with unlimited bar tabs, to our meetings that begin at 9am each morning, we haven't had much sleep. But the show must go on, and today, while being fairly uneventful compared to the past few days, was quite interesting. Again, home theatre products are huge at this year's show, and most vendors we visited today had some sort of SFF PC on display. In the morning we visited a number of booths - Iwill, Foxconn, FIC, SiS and Scythe - and in the afternoon we visited ASUS' Taiwan headquarters for a short tour.
ASUS gave us a thorough tour of its quality assurance testing and industrial design facilities today , and while we weren't allowed to take many photos of the facilities themselves (for obvious competitive reasons), we did get to snap a number of shots of the building and the general environment that ASUS' employees work in. With such beautiful surroundings, it's easy to piece together how ASUS manages to continually impress us with quality products. ASUS clearly look after their staff.
The industrial design (ID) section was by far the most interesting part of the tour. The ID office is undoubtedly conducive to creative thinking, with an open plan work area and a comfortable couch-laden brainstorming section. The office also has an area that contains various inspirational materials, including the designs of ASUS' competition and concept products that were never mass-produced. Again, we were unable to take photos inside this entire area, as ASUS is understandably extremely cautious about leaking upcoming designs to the competition.