ASUS Makes A Big Splash At CES

ASUS revealed at CES a number of things that should catch your interest.

First up is the ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphones. ZenFone AR will be the world’s first smartphone that is both Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready. Tango is a set of sensors and computer-vision software by Google that enables smartphone augmented reality. Daydream is Google’s platform for high-quality, mobile virtual reality and supports Daydream VR apps. ZenFone 3 Zoom is built for photography and extended use with the world’s best smartphone camera and a large, 5000mAh battery.

ZenFone AR is also the world’s first Tango-enabled device to be powered by the latest Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 821 processor, and is designed to deliver cutting-edge smartphone augmented reality experiences. ZenFone 3 Zoom is powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor.

Several monitors were also announced as well.

ProArt PA32U monitor

The 32-inch ASUS ProArt PA32U is the world’s first professional direct-lit LED 4K UHD HDR monitor, delivering breathtaking levels of detail. It has a full-array LED backlight with the all-new ASUS LED- driving technology, featuring 384 LED zones and capable of a peak brightness of 1,000cd/m2, which offers a wide range of dynamic luminance for a much richer, nuanced image. The use of quantum dot technology provides a wide color gamut, enabling ProArt PA32U to deliver 99.5% Adobe RGB, 85% Rec. 2020, 100% sRGB and 95% DCI-P3 color-space performance for high-end video-editing and production.

ProArt PA32U has a 40Gbps Thunderbolt TM 3-enabled USB 3.1 Gen 2 port with DisplayPort 1.2 support. These ports also enable display daisy-chaining, which allows users to connect two 4K UHD displays for increased productivity and more versatile viewing.

Also available in the professional and stylish ProArt Series is the 27-inch ASUS ProArt PA27AQ. Designed for creative professionals, it has a WQHD (2560 x 1440) panel with a 100% sRGB gamut. ProArt PA27AQ also incorporates Thunderbolt 3 for unbelievably fast 40Gbps data transfers.

Both ProArt monitors feature the exclusive ASUS ProArt Calibration Technology, which includes color- accuracy tuning and uniformity compensation for easy monitor calibration. It offers overall data-mapping, correlation and calibration, and saves all the color parameter profiles on the display’s internal scaler IC chip instead of the PC, so users do not have to recalibrate settings whenever the display is hooked up to different devices.

Designo Curve MX38VQ

The latest generation of ASUS Designo Curve MX Series includes the ASUS Designo Curve MX38VQ, a 37.5-inch curved monitor with a frameless 2300R curvature and an ultra-wide QHD (3840 x 1600) IPS panel. Every point on the curved 21:9 aspect ratio display is equidistant to the viewer’s eyes, making for an even more immersive viewing experience. In addition, MX38VQ features 8-watt stereo speakers incorporating Harman Kardon and ASUS SonicMaster audio technologies, as well as a Qi wireless charging pad on its stand for Qi-enabled devices. Its simple yet elegant design with a silver metallic finish, and a stunning sundial-inspired glass base, makes it a beautiful addition to any home or office workspace.

Then there’s their VivoMini PCs.

UN65U

ASUS VivoMini UN65U is designed to deliver fully functional computing for the home or the office. It has a Good Design Award-winning design, with smoothly rounded edges, a Zen-inspired spun-metal-effect finish and weighs under 700g. VivoMini UN65U is powered by the latest 7th Generation Intel Core (‘Kaby Lake’) processors and comes with DDR4 RAM, which gives users a combination of exceptional performance and incredible energy efficiency. This ultra-compact mini PC, in a 131 x 131 x 52mm chassis, features a dual-storage-bay design, which users can specify with up to a 1TB 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD), up to a 512GB M.2 solid-state drive (SSD), or a combination of both for added flexibility. M.2 support for a PCI Express SSD enables fast data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbit/s.

With 4K UHD, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the ASUS-exclusive Media Streamer and Remote Go!, VivoMini is ideal for home theatre use and for connecting to a HDTV. It comes with an extensive array of connectivity options, and two front panel USB ports for easy access and 2X-faster device charging. UN65U can also be VESA-mounted on the back of a display to create an all-in-one PC for a tidy workstation.

UN65U features ASUS Business Manager – a one-stop suite of apps and functions designed to help small businesses owners easily update apps, drivers and BIOS. ASUS Business Manager lets users customize their BIOS logo, manage power settings, backup data for recovery, and active password- enabled USB locks.

VM65 Series

ASUS VivoMini VM65 Series is designed to provide faster performance and stunning 4K UHD visuals while taking up as little space as possible. The higher-specification VivoMini VM65 is powered by up to a 7th Generation Intel Core TM i7 (‘Kaby Lake’) processor1 and features discrete NVIDIA GeForce 930M Optimus graphics for stunning videos, incredibly detailed photos and causal gaming. Immersive ASUS SonicMaster-enhanced audio and DDR4 memory make the VivoMini VM65 Series an ideal choice for a daily computing platform or a powerful home entertainment hub. These mini PCs feature Vivo DualBay2 for flexible storage options. Users can choose 2.5-inch solid-state disks or hard disk drives to speed up the operating system or to provide plenty of storage for movie and music libraries. VivoMini VM65 Series also deliver superfast connectivity – thanks to USB 3.1 Gen 2 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Networking was also a focus for Asus in the form of  the ASUS HiveSpot & HiveDot Mesh Wi-Fi System.

ASUS HiveSpot & HiveDot Mesh Wi-Fi System is a modular, high-speed wireless mesh-networking system for the home that eliminates Wi-Fi dead spots and dropped connections. With the compact, stylish and easy-to-use ASUS HiveSpot or ASUS HiveDot mesh networking nodes, users can enjoy a single- sign-on Wi-Fi network with seamless and secure whole-home coverage. ASUS HiveSpot is a tri-band AC2134 Wi-Fi device while ASUS HiveDot is a dual-band AC1300 device.

An ASUS HiveSpot & HiveDot Mesh Wi-Fi System requires a minimum of three nodes, and up to five nodes can be used if needed. Any unit can act as either a router or a slave node: typically, one unit will be configured as a router — connected to the internet via the gigabit WAN port — and the others as slave nodes located throughout the home. Alternatively, one of the nodes can be connected directly to an existing router via a wired gigabit LAN connection. The slave nodes intelligently organize and extend the wireless network for seamless high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the home, without the performance and reliability problems often encountered with traditional router/repeater configurations.

HiveSpot incorporates seven smart antennas, enabling wide coverage for large homes and offices including multi-floor locations. Combined with ASUS AiRadar beamforming technology, which focuses Wi-Fi signals towards the connected devices, HiveSpot provides a strong, stable wireless signal at all times. In addition to dual-band AC1300 Wi-Fi, HiveSpot has a third dedicated 5GHz frequency band for up to 867Mbps inter-node communications, ensuring outstanding performance and a whole home blanketed with Wi-Fi.

Installation and setup is easy via the ASUS Hive mobile app, and a Smart Family Insights function provides intelligent parental controls for monitoring and restricting web access. HiveSpot includes ASUS AiProtection, a commercial-grade network security suite powered by Trend Micro that detects, blocks and neutralizes security threats on home networks before they can reach connected devices.

Several new laptops were announced too.

The ZenBook UX410 is a stunning new 13-inch model laptop with a 14-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) display and an 80% screen-to-body ratio, a feat made possible by the ultra-slim 6mm bezel. It is available with a choice of 7th Generation Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, up to 16GB RAM and immersive Harman Kardon audio.

The 13.3-inch ZenBook UX310 and 15.6-inch ZenBook UX510 offer a choice of 7th Generation Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, with up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Both models feature discrete graphics cards: UX310 features the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, and UX510 uses the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950. UX310 has an up to QHD+ (3200 x 1800) wide-viewing-angle anti-glare display, while UX510 offers up to an ultra-detailed 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) screen. Both models feature immersive Harman Kardon audio.

The elegant and powerful ZenBook UX330 is an incredible 13.5mm thin, and weighs just 1.2kg. Crafted from solid aluminum, it is now powered by 7th Generation Intel Core i7 and i5 processors. It features a 13.3-inch up to QHD+ (3200 x 1800) anti-glare display, up to 12 hours battery life and immersive Harman Kardon audio.

The innovative thin and light ZenBook Flip UX360UA convertible laptop features a 360°-flippable 13.3- inch touchscreen with an up to QHD+ (3200 x 1800) resolution and a beautiful jewelry-inspired hinge. It is now powered by 7th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, with up to 16GB RAM, up to 12 hours battery life and immersive Harman Kardon audio.

The 14-inch VivoBook Max X541 and 15-inch VivoBook Max X441 are designed for immersive entertainment and daily productivity. Now powered by up to 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors with up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to NVIDIA GeForce 930MX discrete graphics, VivoBook Max models also include ASUS SonicMaster-enhanced 3W transmission line speakers with 24cc audio chambers deliver rich deep bass and immersive audio.

The VivoBook Flip TP501 is a stylish convertible laptop with a metallic finish and a 360°-flippable 15.6-inch up to Full HD (1920 x 1080) touchscreen that allows users to flip seamlessly and instantly between laptop, tablet, and other modes. It now harnesses the power and energy efficiency of 7th Generation Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, with up to discrete NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics and a full selection of I/O ports including a USB Type-C (USB-C) port.

The powerful, convenient and expandable ASUS Transformer Pro T3034 is designed to deliver performance never thought possible in a detachable 2-in-1, harnessing the enhanced power and energy efficiency of 7th Generation Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, along with 16GB of fast LPDDR3 RAM and an up to 1TB PCIe®x4 SSD. The exclusive metal-covered keyboard with its 1.4mm key travel ensures the ultimate typing comfort, and the freely adjustable stand with stepless Smart Hinge provides unrivaled user convenience. Transformer Pro T304 can also be equipped with the optional ultra-light Charcoal version of the ASUS Transformer Cover Keyboard, which has the same 1.4mm key travel, but features backlit keys for easy typing in any lighting conditions. Both keyboards include a large glass-covered touchpad that supports intuitive Windows multi-touch gestures for easy navigation and control. Transformer Pro T304 is also incredibly expandable, with a range of accessories including the ASUS Audio Pod for awesome audio, the ASUS Universal Dock for enhanced productivity, and the ASUS Pen for effortless creativity.

Finally, there’s a few new all-in-one PCs.

Zen AiO all-in-one PCs fuse art and technology to deliver superb performance in stunning style. The flagship Zen AiO Pro Z240IE features an elegant brushed-aluminum unibody, finished in exclusive Icicle Gold and housing a gorgeous 24-inch 4K UHD display. The up to 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor is combined with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics and an ultra-fast PCIe 3.0 SSD for truly breathtaking performance, and the immersive Harman Kardon audio system delivers clear, powerful sound.

The 24-inch Zen AiO ZN241IC has a seamless unibody construction with a stylish metal-effect Quartz Grey finish, and its front IR camera allows instant secure login using Windows Hello facial recognition. The up to 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and discrete NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics deliver all the performance needed for daily productivity.

The 27-inch Zen AiO ZN270 has an incredibly large and beautiful Full HD display, driven by NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics. With its up to 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a powerful quad-speaker audio system, it offers outstanding performance and entertainment capabilities in a truly elegant design with a gorgeous Quartz Grey finish.

The elegant and family-friendly 22-inch Vivo AiO V221IC is the thinnest-ever Vivo AiO, with edges that taper to a mere 7.2mm. V221IC features powerful transmission-line stereo speakers driven by smart amplifier technology for truly extraordinary sound. With effortless performance from its up to 7th Generation Intel Core i5 processor and up to NVIDIA GeForce 930MX graphics, V221IC delivers an immersive and engaging home entertainment experience.

All of this will be available soon from ASUS retailers soon.

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