ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Zephyrus S GX502

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced Zephyrus S GX502, a device that breaks the boundaries of what ultraslim gaming laptops can do.

Inheriting the innovative spirit of its predecessors, this compact powerhouse isn’t content to just conquer the gaming arena with its new 9th Gen Intel® Core i7 processor, cutting-edge NVIDIA® GeForce RTX GPUs clocked up to 1540MHz at 115W with ROG boost in Turbo mode, and industry-leading 240Hz display. Its ambitions aim higher with a PANTONE® Validated display that guarantees colour accuracy for professional content creation, and a GPU switch that toggles between smoother gaming with NVIDIA G-SYNC or up to 8 hours battery lifewith the Optimus mode. The Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) increases cooling airflow to sustain higher clock speeds than can be sustained by traditionally‑designed thin and light gaming laptops. Zephyrus S GX502 offers unique versatility in a conveniently compact form, delivering dynamic performance that doesn’t compromise, whether it’s for work or for play.

 Game and work like a pro

Smooth gameplay demands high frame rates to fully take advantage of a high-refresh rate display. Zephyrus S GX502 comes with up to a GeForce RTX 2070 GPU that can deliver fluid frame rates for everything from cinematic adventures to high-intensity shooters. Games will not only look and feel smooth thanks to the industry-best 240Hz refresh rate but they’ll also look great thanks to each IPS-level panel receiving factory calibration using ASUS ProArt TruColour Technology. Each PANTONE Validated display also ensures true colours across the full sRGB range. Capable of more than just gaming, Zephyrus S GX502 ensures that artists, designers, and content creators can polish their portfolios and complete critical projects with the confidence that colours are accurate on a global scale.

Computationally intensive tasks in particular benefit from the new 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, providing six cores and 12 threads to power through demanding tasks. With up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, Zephyrus S GX502 can handle any multitasking scenario. Gamers can broadcast high-quality streams, chat with the channel, and play the latest titles smoothly, while power users can run everything they need for maximum productivity.

Dual NVM Express® (NVMe) SSDs running in a RAID 0 configuration add significantly to storage speed. Data access is blisteringly fast, which minimizes load times and makes the system feel incredibly responsive. With up to 1TB of capacity, there is ample space for games, apps and a professional portfolio, all on one machine that is easily taken on the go.

 Conveniently compact

Sleek styling means Zephyrus S GX502 makes a good impression anywhere, from important meetings with clients to strategy sessions with teammates. The stark, all-black body is finished with a subtle brushed texture that adds professional polish to the lid. Illuminated Aura Sync accents are completely customizable, accommodating everything from understated keyboard backlighting to brighter, more eye-catching configurations. No matter the user’s preference, function or environment, Zephyrus S GX502 both looks and plays the part.

At just 18.9 mm thin and weighing just 2 kg, Zephyrus S GX502 is light enough to carry all day and small enough to easily slip into almost any bag. Super-narrow bezels framing the display enable an impressively compact footprint, and result in an 81% screen-to-body ratio. The metal chassis pieces are made from a magnesium alloy that’s incredibly resilient and lightweight — perfect for surviving everyday life on the road. The palm rest is also reinforced by a rigid honeycomb structure that adds stiffness where it’s needed most. This piece is created using a combination of die-casting and machining that provides maximum strength with minimal additional material.

 Incredibly cool

Unleashing the peak performance of high-end components in such a slim design is impossible without thinking outside the chassis. The AAS employed on Zephyrus S GX502 elevates the body as the lid opens, exposing a hidden air intake that stretches across the back. This opening increases airflow by up to 22% over traditional designs, significantly improving not only cooling performance, but also real-world and sustained performance in games and professional applications.

Inside, six heat pipes are strategically placed to draw heat off the CPU, GPU, and surrounding power circuitry. All the components share dual heatsinks at the back, and each processor has its own dedicated heatsink in the flanks. The heatsinks use ultrathin fins that maximize the surface area for heat dissipation while decreasing air resistance. The n-blades fans have super-slim blades made of a special liquid-crystal polymer, capable of withstanding higher speeds than typical designs despite being 33% thinner, while the increase in the number of fan blades helps to increase airflow output by 17%. Each fan also has built-in dust tunnels that keep Zephyrus S GX502 running smoothly by preventing debris build-up over time. Performance and cooling requirements often change based on the task at hand, so Zephyrus S GX502 offers Silent, Balanced and Turbo modes tuned for different needs, adjustable with a convenient keyboard shortcut or with the ROG Armoury Crate software.

 Better charging, Wi‑Fi, and audio

For on-the-go convenience, Zephyrus S GX502 can be charged via its USB Type-C (USB-C) port, using a small, lightweight USB-C charger that reduces the overall travel weight and bulk. For everyday tasks like web surfing and office productivity that consume lower amounts of power, Zephyrus S GX502 can be used with a standard USB-C adapter rated at up to 65W. It can also be charged from USB power banks and can deliver up to 18W of fast-charge power to compatible devices such as smartphones.

Maintaining a strong Wi-Fi connection isn’t always easy. Distance from the router, the shape of the room, and even furniture placement can all contribute to dead spots and weak connections. To provide the best possible connection at all times, Zephyrus S GX502 has four antennas in different orientations, and ROG RangeBoost then picks the best two antennas for that moment in time. This intelligent multi-antenna array can increase range by up to 30%. For activities like multiplayer gaming and serious streaming that are more sensitive to network performance, wired gigabit Ethernet provides a low-latency connection impervious to any wireless congestion.

Premium ESS SABRE audio elevates the experience for gamers and audiophiles with good headphones. This hi-fi DAC reduces noise and distortion, enabling clearer audio with wider dynamic range, and combined with virtual 7.1-channel surround-sound, provides deep spatial immersion in games and virtual reality. Hi-Res Audio (HRA) certification guarantees fidelity, so media can be enjoyed at full quality.

 AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Zephyrus S GX502 will be available in Q2 2019. Please check with your local representative for details on pricing and configurations.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Zephyrus M GU502

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced Zephyrus M (GU502), a laptop that blends style, portability, performance and value to create a device that’s equal parts gaming laptop and work machine. The slim‑bezel PANTONE® Validated display is available with a 240Hz refresh rate that is fit for esports champions, and exceptional colour accuracy for creators. NVIDIA® Optimus technology dynamically switches between integrated and discrete graphics to balance speed and battery life, while Intelligent Cooling combines hardware and software to optimize performance and acoustics.

 Light and strong

At 1.9 kg, Zephyrus M is about 45% lighter than the average 15‑inch laptop, making it extremely portable. Its profile slims down to 18.9 mm, and ultraslim bezels around the display keep the footprint as compact as possible, so it slips easily into backpacks and bags.

The durable chassis incorporates magnesium alloy, which is lighter than aluminum but just as strong. A combination of die-casting and machining molds molten metal into the palm rests, which are reinforced by a honeycomb of hexagonal cells that increases strength and rigidity with minimal material. This hidden structure helps make the laptop feel more solid than its slim profile suggests.

Its black lid features a brushed finish, reflecting a distinctive Zephyrus design that combines perfectly with the understated exterior. A soft-touch coating on the palm rest adds comfort and is highly resistant to fingerprints and smudges, helping the laptop always look its best.

 Visual excellence

Zephyrus M features up to GeForce® RTX™ 2060 GPUs, and effective cooling allows the GPU to be clocked to up to 1435MHz at 90W with ROG Boost in Turbo Mode, ensuring fluid frame rates with detailed graphics across a wide range of genres. The GPU is based on the new NVIDIA Turing™ architecture, which combines upgraded CUDA cores for programmable shading with new RT cores for ray tracing and Tensor cores for AI acceleration. Together, they enable real-time reflections, shadows, and lighting effects that are more realistic than ever before. The powerful GPU can also speed up other tasks, like 3D modeling, video rendering, and other forms of content creation.

The display on Zephyrus M is calibrated at the factory to guarantee the PANTONE Validated colour accuracy required for serious creative work. The IPS-level display covers the full sRGB colour space over wide viewing angles that simplify sharing the screen with coworkers and friends. When it’s time to play, high refresh-rate options up to 240Hz enable insanely fast frame rates and silky-smooth gameplay, while a 3ms grey-to-grey response time keeps the picture crisp and devoid of unsightly motion blur.

The 15.6‑inch panel is neatly framed with slim 6.2 mm bezels on either side, and the narrow border works in tandem with the smooth visuals for a more immersive experience overall. Whether at home or the office, the HDMI 2.0b output and DisplayPort (via USB-C) offer easy connections to external 4K UHD displays.

 Pedal to the metal

Zephyrus M is powered by an Intel Core i7-9750H processor with six cores and 12 threads capable of running at clock speeds as high as 4GHz. With so many available parallel threads, it’s not a problem to game and simultaneously broadcast a high-quality stream, or run video rendering in the background while surfing the web or creating a presentation.

In addition, Zephyrus M comes with up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, and has dual NVMe SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration for superfast storage.

 Intricate cooling system

ROG adopted an Intelligent Cooling philosophy for Zephyrus M to keep clock speeds high and temperatures low whether in the middle of an epic gaming marathon or processor‑intensive rendering.

Inside the chassis, an intricate thermal module draws heat away from key components. The CPU and GPU each have their own dedicated heatsinks and pipes on either side of the machine, and dual heatsinks at the back that are shared by both chips and the circuitry feeding them power. The heatsink fins measure just 0.1 mm thick, so more of them can be stacked to increase the surface area available to dissipate heat. Even at higher densities, the fins are thin enough to lower resistance to airflow generated by dual n-blade fans. The n-Blade fans pack 83 razor-thin blades apiece. Each blade is 33% thinner than conventional designs, and in order to survive spinning at the required speed they are made from an exceptionally strong liquid-crystal polymer.

To prevent dust from building up in the heatsinks and fans, the housings have a self-cleaning design. Anti-dust tunnels use centrifugal force to collect and expel particles out the back, which helps to maintain consistent cooling that enables top performance and reliable stability over time.

Performance and cooling requirements often change based on the task at hand, so Zephyrus M offers Silent, Balanced and Turbo modes tuned for different needs, adjustable with a convenient keyboard shortcut or with the ROG Armoury Crate software.

 Charge into battle

Away from the gaming arena, Zephyrus M has the battery life to get users through the work day. One key is Optimus, a switching technology that reverts to the integrated Intel GPU when the need for graphics power is low, allowing the system to conserve power by shutting down the discrete GeForce GPU completely. Using the processor’s integrated graphics for lighter workloads lets Zephyrus M maximize its 76Wh battery.

Zephyrus M has a 230W power adapter, but when out and about and only engaged in lighter work like everyday productivity, mobility can be maximized by leaving the bigger adapter at home and carrying a standard USB-C charger up to 65W. USB-C chargers are lighter and more compact, and can be used to charge other USB-C devices like the ROG Phone.

Zephyrus M can also be charged from compatible USB power packs like the ZenPower Pro PD. USB Power Delivery also works for charging devices from the laptop, so users can quickly top up their phone without carrying a separate adapter.

In addition to USB-C, three USB Type-A ports offer ample connectivity for external storage or a gaming mouse.

 An unforgettable sound

Audio is a crucial element of the entertainment experience that’s so often overlooked by laptops. But backed by an ESS SABRE Hi‑Fi DAC, Zephyrus M delivers impressive sound, even via headphones. This setup lowers total harmonic distortion, so sound remains clear as the volume is turned up. The DAC’s signal-to-noise ratio and dynamic range far surpass those of common codecs, granting extra clarity even when explosions are booming and bullets are flying. Activating the 7.1-channel virtual surround-sound heightens immersion by putting the user right into the middle of the action.

Zephyrus M provides multiple options for getting online. Gigabit Ethernet delivers the low-latency wired connection needed for competitive play, while ROG RangeBoost technology bolsters the wireless link when roaming freely. It evaluates the signal strength of four internal antennas and uses the best pair based on the environment, an on-the-fly adjustment that can help extend range by up to 30%. The gigabit-class Intel 2×2 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) boasts a peak theoretical bandwidth of 1.7Gbps[i], allowing for easy large files transfers at speed.

 Key in on victory

The keyboard on Zephyrus M has RGB lighting compatible ASUS Aura Sync peripherals. Distinctive colours and effects can flag important bindings for games and shortcuts for workflows. If desired, the look can be incredibly subtle, while 10 preprogrammed effects quickly get a light show going.

The keyboard features a familiar desktop-style layout, grouping the F-keys in smaller sets and then spacing those out to make it easier to quickly find shortcuts. A distinct arrow key block speeds up navigation, while dedicated hotkeys make vital volume and microphone mute controls easy to reach. N-key rollover registers every key press, no matter how many keys are simultaneously mashed, so inputs are precise. Key presses even trigger slightly quicker thanks to ROG Overstroke technology that actuates early in the key travel.

 The definition of equilibrium

Lightweight and powerful, Zephyrus M GU502 teams the latest Core i7 CPU and GeForce graphics with amazingly fast and accurate displays to create an incredibly formidable crossover laptop. Slim and serious enough to stow away in a work bag, it still has the graphics prowess for high frame rates. Whether for work or play, Zephyrus M is more than ready for the challenge.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Zephyrus M GU502 will be available in Q2 2019. Please check with your local representative for details on pricing and configurations.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Zephyrus G (GA502)

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced the new Zephyrus G (GA502), the first laptop in the Zephyrus series to bring ultraslim gaming to a wider audience.

Building on the principles of its predecessors, Zephyrus G covers all the essential gaming needs in an enviably compact form at a surprisingly affordable price. Its new NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX® 1660 Ti GPU deftly handles the most popular games, while its energy efficient AMD® Ryzen 7 APU offers up to 8.8 hours of battery life and ample power for everyday productivity. Combined with cutting-edge Intelligent Cooling that optimizes system settings based on the scenario, Zephyrus G blurs the line between capable gaming machine and ultraportable laptop.

 Sleek and subtle

Like its siblings, Zephyrus G is a svelte stunner. At just 20 mm thin and 2.1 kg light, it’s eminently portable. Slim bezels on three sides squeeze the 15‑inch display into a 14‑inch chassis that’s small enough to fit into any backpack or carry-on luggage.

Its portability is accompanied by a clean design that blends in anywhere, with a professional outlook that distinguishes Zephyrus G from other gaming laptops in its class. Tasteful white backlighting illuminates the keyboard for easier typing in the dark. Subtle details, like the brushed-metal finish on the lid and diamond-cut chamfers around the exterior, exude a refinement that makes an impression without demanding attention.

Gaming prowess

The latest GeForce GTX GPU and punchy Ryzen APU deliver solid frame rates with reliable smoothness.

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti brings the new NVIDIA Turing™ architecture to the well-loved GTX series, providing a serious step up from its Pascal predecessors. An upgraded video encoder improves live-stream video quality by up to 15%, offering accelerated capture with less burden on the CPU. Tweaks to the CUDA cores, cache hierarchy, and memory subsystem also result in a significant per-core performance lift that benefits a broad range of modern games. Thanks to Intelligent Cooling, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti clocks up to 1335MHz at 60W in Turbo mode with ROG Boost.

The display has up to a 120Hz refresh rate that doubles the output of standard screens, Zephyrus G is fast enough to fully support the triple-digit frame rates that the GPU can deliver. It delivers smoother gameplay that’s especially noticeable and advantageous during fast-paced FPS games.

The slim bezels provide an 81% screen-to-body ratio for an immersive feel. Wide viewing angles keep the picture on the vIPS panel from washing out, so it’s perfect when watching movies or split-screen gaming with friends.

 Powerful multitasking

The AMD Ryzen 7 APU is quick and versatile, with four cores and eight threads capable of cutting through day-to-day work. Its energy-efficient architecture enables superior battery life, offering nearly 7 hours of video playback, and up to 7 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing. With up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, Zephyrus G ensures quick and efficient multitasking.

A fast NVMe SSD ensures quicker game and app load times. With up to 512GB of storage, there’s ample space to quickly save a work portfolio and favourite media. The combination of a potent APU and superfast storage means more time on actual play and work, and less time waiting.

 Intelligent cooling

The Intelligent Cooling philosophy allows Zephyrus G to get the most out of its components with a strategic blend of hardware and software that optimizes performance and acoustics, and improves stability over time.

The self-cleaning thermal module resists dust and debris that could otherwise build up and compromise heat dissipation over time. Anti-dust tunnels prevent accumulation on the heatsinks and fans; they catch particles sucked into the fan and propel them out the back.

Carefully placed heat pipes draw heat off the CPU and GPU, as well as the circuitry that powers them. The processors have multiple pipes connected to shared heatsinks, ensuring optimal cooling for any workload, including gaming that puts more stress on the GPU.

Updated fans maximize airflow through the heatsinks. They’re made of a special liquid-crystal polymer that allows the blades to be incredibly thin but still strong enough to withstand high rotation speeds. Because each blade is 33% thinner than conventional designs, each fan can pack 83 blades for the highest density yet — and up to a 17% improvement in airflow.

Different tasks require different levels of performance and cooling, so ROG Armoury Crate’s new Scenario Profiles step in to seamlessly switch between operating modes. Turbo mode sets clocks and fan speeds to the maximum for processor‑intensive tasks. Balanced mode makes adjustments to lower noise levels for gaming while maintaining high FPS. Silent mode lowers acoustics and is perfect for basic tasks like browsing the web and taking notes in class.

 Flexible and versatile

7.1-channel virtual surround-sound over headphones allows deeper immersion in games and movies, and smart-amplifier technology keeps the speakers’ voice coils within thermal and excursion limits, so the volume can be turned up without damaging the cones. Hi-Res Audio certification ensures that media and games are experienced at peak audio fidelity, for a richer acoustic experience.

The keyboard is designed for more precise and comfortable typing and gaming. Earlier key actuation enabled by ROG Overstroke technology means faster, more responsive inputs, while N-Key rollover ensures that every press is registered, even when multiple keys are pressed simultaneously. Even the shape and placement of the keys is geared toward accuracy and convenience. Users can initiate function commands quickly and intuitively with key spacing that mimics desktop layouts, and access essential commands like volume and mic mute instantly with dedicated hotkeys.

Three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports offer enough capacity for a gaming mouse, gamepad, and external storage if needed. The reversible USB Type-C (USB-C) port does more than charge devices and transfer data: its DisplayPort 1.4 compatibility provides video output to external monitors. There’s also an HDMI 2.0b port that can output a 60Hz signal for 4K UHD TVs and monitors.

Getting online is easy with both wireless and Ethernet. Integrated Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) offers fast and reliable access for everyday networking, while the wired gigabit Ethernet port provides the lowest latency for performance-sensitive activities like multiplayer gaming and streaming.

 AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Zephyrus G GA502 will be available in Q2 2019. Please check with your local ROG representative for details on pricing and configurations.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Teams Up With Designworks Of The BMW Group

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) introduces an exciting new concept design, ROG Face Off, created through a partnership with Designworks, A BMW Group Company. The purpose of the collaboration and concept was to imagine the future of gaming laptops. ROG Face Off strikes a balance between two worlds: elevated aesthetics with a premium appeal and a more dynamic and immersive gaming experience.

ROG Face Off incorporates these factors into the design; the fact that gamers have different personalities and often work as hard as they play. Its flowing lines and transformative traits chart a fresh path forward with themes that are possible to implement today, while a more forward-looking vision for projected UI elements explores what may be feasible tomorrow.

Although much of the ROG Face Off concept is technically feasible today, one aspect thinks further outside the box. Projection and tracking technology is advancing rapidly, and the collaboration and the concept imagines how it could be employed to augment reality with virtual elements that rise up from the laptop and respond to gesture-based commands.

Extending the interface into the user’s environment has tantalizing potential for monitoring system performance, enhancing gameplay, and more deeply immersing the user in another world. The possibilities for personalization are practically limitless, branching from the cosmetic customization enabled by RGB lighting to something far more powerful and interactive.

A taste of the future today

The ROG Face Off concept is far from a finished product, but the collaboration with BMW Group Designworks inspired ROG designers working on other projects. The new ROG Strix G gaming laptops channel some of the same ideas, including raised ridges that race across the chassis and provide additional ventilation to improve airflow at the back. The offset cut-out under their displays leaves more room for airflow while also applying an asymmetrical accent reminiscent of another concept design explored during the project.

The ROG Strix SCAR III and Hero III incorporate the ROG Keystone, a physical device that docks with the laptop to reinforce a physical connection with the user, and can trigger changes to lighting and system settings that match their personal preferences. Its development was driven by the same motivations that produced the concept’s spring-loaded switch and mode-specific lighting effects.

Plotting the path to the future

The project started almost a year ago with initial research at the ASUS Design Center located at ASUS headquarters in Taipei. After examining the work and background of different creative firms, the decision was made to move forward with Designworks, the design innovation studio for the BMW Group which has a 25-year history of helping companies to create cutting edge designs and experiences. During an initial workshop to align on objectives and provoke first ideas, the ROG teams learned about Designworks’ design methodology and creative approach that proved to be successful in the automotive industry and beyond. Focused on providing holistic visions for complex projects and designing systems which impact and improve the world that we live in, Designworks works together with its clients to create and realize ambitious visions for the future.

Brainstorming birthed multiple design directions based on the central theme that gamers have different motivations. Some seek victory above all else, while others want to be immersed in another world. Then there are those who play as part of a larger social desire to connect with friends and teammates. Gamers aren’t one dimensional, either; motivations can change based on the game, and many also use their machines for productivity, content creation, and 3D rendering.

A fresh design complimenting ROG hallmarks

ROG Face Off reflects the split personality and needs of gamers now, and in the future when more advanced capabilities become available. The design layers elements to draw the eye across three levels, each with a different focus, going from the streamlined silhouette to surface sculpture and then finer details.

The sleek exterior has a focused and aggressive profile framed by futuristic lines, but still retains familiar ROG hallmarks, like the offset slash and ROG logo emblazoned on the lid. The distinctive cut contrasts polished and matte surfaces that reinforce the ROG existing aesthetic in a bold new way.

While ROG laptops typically stick to darker tones, the concept wears a silver coat tinted jade green. Designworks chose the concept’s unique colour to align with future design trends, culled from their knowledge of picking trending colours for the automotive industry.

Thus, on the ROG Face Off concept, sets of progressive gills sweep across the back of the chassis and flank the sides of the keyboard. The gentle curves balance the laptop’s harder edges and instantly draw attention while also providing functional ventilation. LEDs below generate a customizable glow that illuminates the raised ridges from within.

Additional interior lighting proudly highlights the motherboard, fans, and other components visible through the smoked X-ray panel above the keyboard. Over the years, several ROG laptops have incorporated windows that provide a view of the powerful hardware inside. The ROG Face Off concept goes further with a panoramic view of what’s under the hood, and it illuminates the fans to make the internals look more dynamic when the system is in use.

Tactile attraction and personalization

Tactile surfaces play an important role in differentiating the keys to victory. The WASD cluster and left side of the space bar are covered by smooth metal skin that makes critical gaming controls immediately recognizable by touch alone. To satisfy gamers seeking more grip, rubberized cover was designed that fits over the WASD group

A desire for more physical interaction also influenced the design of the power switch, which trades traditional buttons for a spring-loaded setup inspired by bolt-action mechanisms. This subtle mechanical movement can evoke a deeper physical connection with the machine than yet another a simple press. The switch initially protruded from the chassis and was even more bolt-like, but practical considerations prompted the shift to a more streamlined implementation.

Pulling the trigger powers on the system and activates an accompanying lighting effect that amplifies the awakening. RGB lighting also helps to define the concept’s dual personalities. It glows pure white in work mode (work hard), initially illuminating the entire laptop but quickly fading to just the keyboard to help maintain a lower profile. But in gaming mode it glows defiantly red, reinforcing a more aggressive attitude that suits the mood (play hard). This duality of the aesthetics enables users to; elegantly blend into the daily work environment, and create an immersive gaming experience.

Making it more of a reality today

While the advanced and futuristic capabilities of ROG Face Off aren’t readily available now, ROG engineers and designers are working to make them a reality in the near future. Some of the design elements and features are available now, most specifically with the ROG Strix G, as well as the Scar III and Hero III. Despite focusing on giving a glimpse of the future of gaming laptops, the ROG Face Off concept and collaboration that created it have already inspired distinctive designs that are ready now.

 

 

ASUS Announces TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 Laptops

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS has unveiled TUF Gaming  FX505 and FX705 laptops that bring together the latest AMD Ryzen™ processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ GPUs on an up to 120Hz IPS-level NanoEdge display, which deliver immersive, high-performance gaming at an affordable price. The laptops are tested and certified to meet military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards, ensuring the toughness and durability needed to withstand the knocks and bumps of everyday work and play.

For years, savvy gamers and enthusiasts have combined AMD processors with GeForce GPUs to create powerful PCs that deliver incredible performance per dollar. Now, ASUS gaming laptops let users take that dynamic duo on the road. The TUF Gaming laptops team the latest Ryzen mobile APUs with the new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU to bring more power than ever to affordable gaming laptops.

Turing architecture tuned for today’s gaming

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti deploys NVIDIA’s latest Turing™ architecture with a tighter focus on today’s games. Upgrades to its CUDA cores, cache hierarchy, and memory subsystem produce a significant per-core performance increase over the previous generation.  Live-streamers can also reap the benefits of a new video encoder that improves video quality using hardware-accelerated capture that reduces burden on the CPU.

The powerful GPU puts triple-digit FPS within reach in popular games, and it’s paired with a fast display that allows enjoyment of every frame. With up to a 120Hz refresh rate that’s twice the speed of standard screens; the FX505 enables smoother gameplay that provides an edge on the battleground. Its high refresh rate is especially helpful in fast-paced shooters and esports titles. The 15.6″ panel also comes in a 60Hz flavor that’s better for graphically demanding games that run closer to 60 FPS. For users who prefer a larger screen, the FX705 stretches the diagonal to 17.3″ and is available with a 60Hz panel.

Both screen sizes feel expansive thanks to NanoEdge bezels that focus attention on the display rather than what’s around it. In addition to heightening immersion, the narrow frames shrink the footprints of the chassis, making the laptops more compact. The panels inside are based on vIPS-level technology that maintains vibrant colours over wide viewing angles, allowing a variety of viewing scenarios; such as siting off to the side while playing games or streaming videos with friends.

Employing the power of Picasso

Impressive gaming credentials are balanced with everyday versatility powered by AMD’s latest Ryzen processors. Also known as Picasso, these second-generation mobile APUs are based on the updated Zen+ architecture and built using industry-leading 12nm fabrication technology. The TUF Gaming laptops are available with up to a Ryzen 7 CPU that features quad cores and eight threads with ample performance for gaming, entertainment, and everyday work. Despite the ability to slice through multithreaded workloads and aggressive multitasking, the processor fits into an energy efficient 35W power envelope that preserves battery life.

With room for up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 memory, there’s enough RAM for productive multitasking and light content creation. A range of storage options accommodates varied needs and budgets: solid-state drives up to 512GB boast high speeds across the board, a 1TB FireCuda SSHD accelerates access to frequently used data, and 1TB HDDs offer affordable storage at 5,400 RPM. The storage bays and memory slots are readily accessible with a standard screwdriver, so it’s easy to upgrade as needed.

Self-cleaning cooling that stands the test of time

Effective cooling is crucial to maintaining strong performance, so HyperCool technology covers the CPU and GPU with independent fans and heatsinks. A shared heatpipe links them all together to maximize cooling in situations where only one processor is under load.

Warm air vents out the back under a patented trapezoid cut in the lid that ensures exhaust escapes unobstructed, even with the screen tilted back. Special anti-dust tunnels on the edges of the fan housings catch and direct particles out of the laptop to prevent them from clogging the heatsinks and fans. This self-cleaning design prevents buildup that could impede performance and stability over time.

Fan speeds adapt automatically to component temperatures. With a quick keyboard shortcut, users can switch between three operating modes that mix different cooling and performance profiles. “Turbo mode” delivers maximum performance and fan speeds for intensive tasks, while a “Balanced mode” optimizes speed and acoustics for the best gaming experience. A “Silent mode” backs off to reduce noise for lighter loads like day-to-day productivity, web surfing, and video streaming.

Two shades of military-grade toughness

Two chassis variations bring different looks to the TUF Gaming laptops. Gold Steel skins the lid with Gunmetal Grey aluminum and adds customizable colour through Aura RGB lighting in the keyboard. Stealth Black keeps a lower profile with a shadowy exterior punctuated by keyboard backlighting. Both exhibit the sharp lines and angular accents that define the TUF Gaming aesthetic, right down to the distinctive Radiating-X design on the lid.

The bottom of the chassis adds structural strength and rigidity with a hexagonal design that helps the laptops live up to the TUF name. These machines meet military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards, passing demanding tests that ensure survival in extreme environments, and with ambient vibration and accidental knocks. Both versions bounce back from short drops to a desk, and the 15″ models can handle higher falls.

A familiar, desktop-inspired keyboard

The keyboard is optimized for gaming with a layout reminiscent of standard desktop designs. Function keys are separated in the usual groups to make shortcuts more intuitive, arrow keys are offset for effortless navigation, and a full number pad makes number crunching a breeze. Highlighted WASD keys clearly identify the home row for gaming, while a wider space bar provides a larger target for thumb presses.

Each key cap is gently curved to more easily cradle fingertips. The underlying switches have 1.8mm of travel enhanced by Overstroke technology that offers responsive input with an improved overall feel. Overstroke raises the actuation point so that presses register sooner, and the resulting increase in post-actuation travel makes typing more comfortable. With a rated lifespan of 20 million presses, the switches are durable enough to hold up to years of heavy use.

Models with RGB backlighting let usesr add an element of personalized style across the keyboard as a whole. Users can customize RGB colours and effects with the Armoury Crate utility, which unifies vital functions like lighting control, system monitoring, and configurable game profiles that automatically load preferred system settings for different titles.

Robust connectivity to enhance the gaming experience

Gaming is more immersive with DTS Headphone: X technology that brings 7.1-channel virtual surround sound to stereo headsets or speakers plugged into the laptop. Users can choose between built-in presets for games, movies, and sports or perform custom tuning with the embedded equalizer.

The 3.5-mm audio jack is joined by enough USB ports for vital peripherals like a gamepad, mouse, and external storage. HDMI 2.0 allows a user to drive a wide range of displays at resolutions up to 4K, from the desktop monitors, big-screen TVs in living rooms, or projectors at school. Getting online is easy with the integrated 802.11ac WiFi. It’s hard to beat the convenience of wireless networking, but wired connections have lower latency for serious multiplayer gaming, so Gigabit Ethernet is also included.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

TUF Gaming  FX505 and FX705 laptops will be available in Q2 2019. Please check with your local representative for details on pricing and configuration in your region.

 

Zuckerberg Could Be Held Personally Accountable For Facebook Data Handling Issues…. Hell Ya!

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 23, 2019 by itnerd

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could be in very deep trouble. According to the Washington Post, the Federal Trade Commission is currently investigating Facebook and looking into whether the Facebook’s founder and CEO should be held liable for the company’s data mishandling and privacy issues. This is unusual as the FTC usually doesn’t go after execs. But the word on the street is that they want to do some not so subtle message sending by going after him.

I say it’s about time. I say make an example of this clown as this company needs to be punished and the best way to punish a company is to punish the guy who runs the joint. That would be him. And while they are at it, maybe they would want to bring in Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg into the mix seeing as she’s run interference for this guy for years. The bottom line is that I hope that the FTC follows through on this as this sort of action is long overdue.

 

Box Add-in Comes To Microsoft Outlook

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 23, 2019 by itnerd

For nearly a decade, Box and Microsoft have been working hand-in hand to deliver product innovation across productivity, security, and infrastructure to their mutual customers. Box’s earliest product integrations with the Office 365 suite are still some of their most popular integrations today. Box is excited today to announce an all-new Add-in for Microsoft Outlook that brings Box capabilities deep within the email experience.

Box knows that millions of Box users worldwide spend much of their day inside Outlook, whether in the office, at home or on the go. With the new Box Add-in for Outlook, users in Outlook composing emails can easily select files from Box, set the right access permissions and attach secure shared links within emails. This ensures email senders can more seamlessly control how content is shared across the organization and beyond.

Email recipients can also leverage the Box Add-in for Outlook to save the content of entire emails and regular attached files directly to Box. By eliminating the need to toggle between Outlook and Box, this integration boosts productivity and makes it easy for users to centralize and secure all their content in Box. Best of all, the new Box Add-in for Outlook works across multiple platforms – including Windows, Mac and web – to ensure users can work efficiently and securely no matter where they are.

The Box Add-in for Outlook is a powerful way to accelerate email collaboration no matter where you work. With the release of this integration today, Box is excited to continue to partner with Microsoft and together deliver delightful user experiences for digital businesses around the world.

The new Box Add-in for Outlook is available to all Box and Outlook customers today. To learn more about how to get started, visit the Box Community Site. Or for the full blog post: https://blog.box.com/blog/bringing-box-microsoft-outlook-experience