Best of Computex 2014: Tom's Guide Awards

Wearables, 3D and 4K gaming. These trends were all the rage at Computex 2014, Asia's annual consumer electronics palooza. This year's event saw manufacturers bring together innovation and power at compelling prices. From affordable but mighty gaming mice and mighty laptops to wearables and 3D printers, here are the best things we saw out of Taipei.

Best Wearable: ChipSiP SiME Smart Glass

Google Glass has nothing on the SiME (pronounced "see-me") Smart Glass, which runs full Android and packs finger-gesture recognition. Since we first saw ChipSiP at Computex last year, the company has improved its prototype heads-up display. The system now boasts picture-in-picture movie playing and augmented-reality functions. Unlike on Google Glass, you'll be able to download apps such as Hangouts and Angry Birds to the SiME and access the onboard camera to hold video calls. The makers intend to upgrade the SiME's software to Android 4.4 KitKat by July, and a developer version will be ready in Q3 of this year.

MORE:SiME Smart Glass Hands-on: Full Android, $500 Price Tag

Best Gaming PC: MSI GT72 Dominator Pro

Famous for its high-performance rigs, MSI rolled into Computex with a booth full of powerful gaming systems, from the 27-inch AG270 All-in-One to the GS60 Ghost with 3K display. However, none impressed us more than the upcoming GT72 Dominator, which is marketed as a 17-inch laptop but has more processing power and storage options than most desktops. In addition to its 1920 x 1080-pixel display, speedy quad-core Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 880M graphics, the Dominator has room for four M.2 SSDs and a hard drive. A Steele Series keyboard and Dynaudio speakers turn up the fun, while an attractive, sports-car-inspired chassis makes the GT72 look good as it dominates your desk.

MORE: Hands-On with MSI GT72 and GS60 Pro (Laptop Mag)

Best Mouse: Thermaltake Ventus

For just $39, Thermaltake's Ventus is an excellent gaming mouse. It offers a responsive 5,000 DPI (dots per inch) scrolling rate with laser sensors, and it has a vented design to keep your palm cool through your hours of frying zombies. Seven programmable buttons with profiles that quickly change with a touch make it easier to access your favorite moves. Better yet, this peripheral is designed to be used ambidextrously.

MORE: ThermalTake Gaming Mice and Keyboards: Affordable Peripherals

Best Keyboard: Rosewill RGB80

Whether you're a gamer looking for the ultimate frag or a touch typist trying to be more productive, Rosewill's RGB80 is compact enough to bring the mechanical keyboard experience on the road. As on the most expensive gaming laptops, the backlit keys are capable of displaying up to 16.7 million different colors, while software provides a virtually limitless set of macros.

MORE: Best Gaming Keyboards of 2014

Best Innovation: da Vinci 1.0 AIO (All-in-One 3D Printer/Scanner)

All-in-one 3D printers that also scan have been in Kickstarter limbo for a while or cost thousands of dollars. XYZ Printing's promising the da Vinci 1.0 of all-in-one will actually ship by the end of the year. The da Vinci's dual laser sensors are positioned diagonally opposite each other, so the printer can get the most comprehensive scan possible from all angles. The device will cost less than $1,000 and come with software to make 3D scanning and printing easy for the average Joe.

MORE: New da Vinci 3D Printers Scan with Lasers (Video)

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  • Darkk
    Sweet! Under $1k will be great for small businesses. Getting close to be affordable for home users.
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  • danwat1234
    I like how the MSI GT72 has a 220w AC adapter versus 180 watts with the GT60 and GT70, with Optimus to suck power from the battery if 180w wasn't enough. It was a cheap move but I guess they got smart and upped the wattage closer to 240w.

    Are there speakers in the back now (the orange on the edges) or is that cosmetic?

    BIOS overclocking options hopefully though Intel XTU does the job and the laptop should support extreme processors, whereas the Asus G750 does not.

    The GT72 has dual fans instead of a single powerful 12V fan that moves 25CFM. I wonder if both fans are 12V or if they've dialed back the CFM and gone to 5V fans?
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