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ASUS Is The Most Valuable International Brand From Taiwan In 2018

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 3, 2018 by itnerd

ASUS has been ranked as the most valuable international brand from Taiwan for the sixth consecutive year according to the 2018 Taiwan Global Brands Survey conducted by Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy. ASUS is estimated to have a brand value of US$1.619 billion. The annual Taiwan Global Brands Survey is recognized as a key indicator of how brands from Taiwan are performing in the global market. ASUS and the other brands that ranked in the top 20 of the survey were recognized during the 2018 Best Taiwan Global Brands Awards ceremony in Taipei, hosted by the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs.

ASUS has achieved a wide range of goals in 2018, and the company has continued to receive numerous international design and media accolades, demonstrating a commitment to world-class design and innovation. Thomson Reuters has named ASUS one of the Top 100 Global Technology Leaders of 2018. Fortune again recognized ASUS as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies, and Forbes named ASUS in its Global 2000: Top Regarded Companies ranking for the second consecutive year. Additionally, ASUS products have received a variety of prestigious awards, including 18 iF Design awards, 16 Red Dot awards, nine Good Design awards, and 22 Taiwan Excellence awards. These awards reaffirm the ASUS commitment to design excellence and dedication to creating products that exceed user expectations.

ASUS has been taking proactive steps to transform the business into a smart enterprise and is working on many ventures in the fields of AI, big data, cloud computing and IoT. During Computex 2018, ASUS launched VivoWatch BP, the first wearable blood-pressure tracker with ASUS HealthAI technology, and RT-AX88U, a new W-Fi router featuring next-generation Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless networking for ultrafast concurrent Wi-Fi speeds of up to 6000Mbps. ASUS also pushed the boundaries of the PC category with the launch of the latest ZenBook series which features the innovative ScreenPad, and with the unveiling of Project Precog, a future PC concept that combines the world’s first convertible dual-screen notebook with artificial intelligence. In addition to these compelling product launches, the 13.3-inch ZenBook S ultraportable notebook won Best Choice of the Year, the most prestigious award at Computex.

Earlier this year at MWC 2018, ASUS launched ZenFone 5, the first smartphone series with advanced algorithms and big-data analytics to provide users with a unique set of intelligent camera and communication features. Several months later, ASUS and ROG unveiled a brand-new lineup of Z390 motherboards supporting the latest 9th Generation Intel® processors. These new motherboards also introduced ASUS-exclusive AI Overclocking technology, which makes automatic tuning faster and smarter than ever before.

More recently, ASUS has expanded the Zenbo project with the development of Zenbo Junior, a new AI-enabled robotics platform that enables developers, system integrators and business partners to create and deploy robotic solutions for various business applications and to engage with customers in novel and compelling ways. Zenbo Junior is a testament to the company’s passion for, and commitment to, developing new robotics technologies.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) added more world-leading, game-dominating gear in 2018, including ROG Phone, the first gaming smartphone to feature a specially customized speed-binned 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform and Adreno 630 GPU; ROG Swift PG27UQ, the world’s first 4K 144Hz gaming monitor; and GeForce® RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards, the latest series of ASUS and ROG graphics cards based on the latest NVIDIA GPU architecture. ROG also added two new product categories with the ROG Thor power supply and the ROG Ryuo and Ryujin AIO CPU coolers. ROG motherboards and other products continue to break world records and receive international awards, contributing to the brand’s overall market success and No. 1 position as the best global gaming brand.

ROG also demonstrated a strong passion for gaming by collaborating with major game title companies on unique product-bundled campaigns and by tailoring various ROG products to maximize their gaming performance. ROG joined up with Activision and Intel to launch a limited-edition range of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 products in advance of the game’s official release on PC. ROG also worked with Tencent Games, China’s largest video game company, to tailor the ROG Phone for the widely popular Arena of Valor mobile game.

To bolster corporate sustainability performance, ASUS has established the ASUS 2020 Sustainability Goals to set quantitative targets based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the aim of better utilizing resources and decreasing negative impacts on the environment and society. ASUS continues to adopt new quantitative assessment tools, such as the Environmental Profit and Loss Report which assigns a monetary valuation to the environmental impacts incurred at each phase of production of laptops. ASUS has also launched a “circular economy” program for PC products, which reduces waste by employing various sustainability procedures during production and through product design that favors recycling. The circular economy program includes recycling, refurbishing, and digital-learning initiatives as well as volunteer programs that help underprivileged communities by providing access to technology and education.

ASUS remains committed to perfecting the digital user experience while evolving its corporate business practices and operations to create a smart enterprise that will build upon 2018 successes and continue to challenge the status quo of what it means to be a global technology leader.

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ASUS Announces Android 9.0 Pie Update for ZenFone 5 Series

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 21, 2018 by itnerd

ASUS has announced that the ZenFone 5 Series (ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5Q) is scheduled to receive the Android 9.0 Pie system update in the very near future.

The new software will be distributed automatically via a firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) update according to the schedule listed below.

Model Model No. Android 9.0 Pie Release Schedule
ZenFone 5 ZE620KL Early-Q1 2019
ZenFone 5Z ZS620KL End-January 2019
ZenFone 5Q ZC600KL End-January 2019

Once the update is available, a notification will automatically appear on the phone’s status bar. The user just needs to tap on the notification to download the update.

Once download is completed, a pop-up notification to install the update will appear: tapping ‘Install’ will then start the installation.

The device will reboot twice during the installation of the update. Users should not turn off the device until the home screen appears.

It may take about one week for the system to complete the auto push. If the update notification/prompt is not received, it can be checked and initiated manually via the Settings > System > System Updates menu path.

 

ASUS Scores Big In European Consumer Electronics Community Awards

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 13, 2018 by itnerd

ASUS won the most awards in three major 2018 European consumer electronics community surveys, acknowledging the company as a preferred PC component, peripherals, laptop, and gaming PC brand throughout the continent. Readers from the European Hardware Association, Hardware.Info and KitGuru communities all voted, and ASUS products came out on top in the surveys conducted by each group, winning a total of 23 awards.

Comprised of nine of the largest independent technology news and reviews websites across Europe, the European Hardware Association (EHA) Community Awards represents the best of the best in the technology sector in the region. In the 2018 survey, ASUS received more awards from the EHA community than any other company: more than 1.3 million individual votes from more than 38,000 technology users resulted in seven awards across the motherboard, graphics card, monitor, router, mini PC, laptop, and gaming PC categories.

Hardware.Info and KitGuru, two prominent tech media organizations in Europe, also released their annual survey. More than 12,500 Hardware.Info readers voiced their opinions, and credited ASUS with the most awards across 10 product categories, including motherboards, graphics cards, monitors, routers, headsets, laptops, gaming laptops, gaming desktop PC, 2-in-1 PCs, and mini PCs. More than 12,000 KitGuru readers named six ASUS products the best, across the motherboard, graphics card, monitor, router, mini PC and gaming PC categories.

ASUS has a strong reputation among European customers, and these awards are a testament to the ongoing ASUS commitment to create products that provide joyful digital experiences for people everywhere.

 

2018 European Technology Community Awards

European Hardware Association Community Awards:

  • Best motherboards
  • Best graphics cards
  • Best monitors
  • Best routers
  • Best mini PC
  • Best laptops
  • Best gaming laptops

Hardware.Info Community Awards:

  • Best motherboards
  • Best graphics cards
  • Best monitors
  • Best routers
  • Best mini PC
  • Best laptops
  • Best gaming laptops
  • Best headset
  • Best 2-in-1 PC
  • Best gaming desktop PC

KitGuru Reader Awards:

  • Best motherboards
  • Best graphics cards
  • Best monitors
  • Best routers
  • Best mini PC
  • Best gaming laptops

 

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix GL10CS

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 6, 2018 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Strix GL10CS gaming desktop, a new member of the Strix family that brings together gaming essentials with the extensive ROG experience in high-performance gaming, to deliver an intelligently-configured gaming powerhouse that won’t break the bank. GL10CS fits full-size power into a compact 27-liter case that uses futuristic armor and the ROG obsession with speed as design inspirations. Customizable Aura Sync RGB lighting can be controlled from Armoury Crate, a single utility that provides all-access configuration and monitoring of GL10CS.

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Smooth gameplay ahead

GL10CS is equipped with up to a six-core 12-thread Intel® Core i7-8700 processor, capable of handling multiple concurrent workloads such as gaming, streaming and running voice communication for teammates. With up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, GL10CS effortlessly switches from productivity tasks to the more demanding workloads generated by the multithreaded applications typically used by content creators.

The NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10-series GPUs supply the pixel-pushing power for GL10CS. With up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB of video memory, GL10CS offers amazing performance for today’s favorite games such as Fortnite and Overwatch, capable of pushing triple-digit framerates at FHD resolution. GL10CS can also be used with all major virtual-reality (VR) headsets, providing gamers with totally new environments and experiences.

Speed kills

GL10CS is equipped with processor and graphics muscle capable of serious speed. To build on and complement this foundation, GL10CS comes with up to a 512GB M.2-based NVMe® SSD, providing ample storage capable of loading games and applications at warp speed. For larger game libraries or storage needs, GL10CS is also available with a 1TB 7200rpm mechanical HDD. Furthermore, this drive can be turbocharged with Intel Optane Memory, which caches frequently accessed data to reduce load times and improve responsiveness.

Gigabit-class networking is delivered in two varieties by GL10CS. The gigabit Ethernet connection at the back provides gamers with a low-latency wired connection for when a millisecond is the difference between spawning yet again or being the newly crowned champion. GL10CS also offers blazingly-fast Wi-Fi speeds thanks to Intel’s 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi card, supporting 2×2 MU-MIMO and capable of faster-than-gigabit speeds when paired with a compatible router. 

Gamers wanted

GL10CS comes equipped with gamer-friendly features and customizations. The unified Armoury Crate software provides quick and easy access to all parts of GL10CS. There are multiple profiles available that strike different balances between performance and noise, allowing users to easily cater to their environment and preferences. The diffused RGB glow that cuts across the front of GL10CS can also be customized in just a few clicks, choosing colours and effects with the capability to synchronize with other Aura-compatible peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and headsets.

The ROG team knows that gaming is social and sometimes computers have to travel. GL10CS was designed and tested to survive drop and vibration tests that simulate the rough handling of trips to LAN parties and esports tournaments, as well as to survive temperature and humidity extremes, and voltage and frequency fluctuations that may arise from unreliable power sources.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ROG Strix GL10CS will be available in early 2019 in Canada, with a starting MSRP of $999.

ASUS ROG Phone Is Officially The Fastest Phone On The Planet

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 6, 2018 by itnerd

The game-changing ASUS ROG Phone has been crowned the fastest phone on the planet, topping the industry-standard Antutu (www.antutu.com) global benchmark rankings.

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Achieving an average Antutu Benchmark V7 score of 299706, ROG Phone clearly demonstrates the world-beating potency of its speed-binned 2.96GHz octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform with gaming-optimized Qualcomm® Adreno™ 630 GPU and innovative GameCool vapor-chamber cooling system. The blistering performance, high-efficiency cooling and unique gamer-centric ergonomic design ensures that gamers can enjoy marathon mobile gaming sessions in total comfort.

A range of exclusive and innovative expansion accessories — including the TwinView Dock, Mobile Desktop Dock, and Gamevice controller with WiGig® Display Dock — sets ROG Phone apart from all other gaming phones, adding exciting new modes of play for a truly epic gaming experience.

ROG Phone: Epic Performance. Unbeatable Visuals. Total Control.

ROG Phone is a game-changing 6-inch smartphone designed specifically for high-performance mobile gaming. With pure ROG gaming DNA at its core and powered by the world’s fastest speed-binned 2.96GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with gaming-optimized Qualcomm Adreno™ 630 GPU, ROG Phone breaks every rule to go where rivals fear to tread. Its unique GameCool vapor-chamber cooling system — with detachable AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost — sustains blur-free high frame rates in the heat of battle, while its no-compromise AMOLED display blends a blazing 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time with gorgeous HDR visuals.

The ultra-comfortable design of ROG Phone includes unique side-mounted ports, and the enhanced, ultra-responsive game controls — including two programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers and advanced force-feedback haptics — let gamers focus all their skills on the game, giving them the edge they need for total domination. A unique range of powerful expansion accessories further enhances the ROG Phone gaming experience: the optional TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode; the Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style gaming; and the Gamevice controller with WiGig Display Dock using 60GHz Wi-Fi for big-screen gaming. Other ROG Phone innovations include ASUS Aura RGB lighting and Aura Sync support, plus ASUS HyperCharge direct-charge technology for faster, safer and cooler battery charging.

Review: ASUS ROG Zephyrus M (GM501)

Posted in Products with tags on October 29, 2018 by itnerd

It’s been a while since I have reviewed a gaming laptop, but have I got one great gaming laptop for you to look at today. It’s the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M (GM501):

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This laptop looks like a trim and fit beast. Starting with the feel of the notebook. It’s made of brushed aluminum which feels really upscale. But also is a serious fingerprint magnet. It’s also very thin. In fact, it was so thin that I was surprised when I pulled it out of the box as to how thin it was. A large chrome ROG emblem sits on the left side of the lid and glows a cheery red when the laptop is on. That means you’ll draw a lot of attention at your local Starbucks. So will this keyboard:

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It feels great for touch typists like myself. You can customize the glow that the keyboard makes as well. It’s got a pair of speakers that sound outstanding as well.

There are four USB 3.1 Type-A port. Three on the left and one on the right. You’ll also find a Thunderbolt 3 port on the right along with a secure lock slot. On the left, you get a HDMI port, a combination microphone/headphone jack and a power jack. And the rear has a vent that opens up when you open the lid. That design really helps to keep things cooler than what one would expect.

The Zephyrus’ 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 matte display is made for gaming. Thanks to its Nvidia G-Sync technology, gamers will encounter little to no screen tearing or latency. The screen is also great for watching movies, because it produces vibrant color and fine details. And it has a wide viewing angle to allow your friends to see you pwn or get pwned. And all of this comes in a 5.5 pound package which is most welcome by those who have had to carry much heavier laptops.

In terms of specs, the one that I got for review had this under the hood:

  • Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
  • Intel Core i7-8750H 2.20 GHz
  • 16 GB DDR4
  • 1 TB SSHD + 256 GB SSD
  • GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB GDDR5
  • Gigabit LAN and 802.11ac WiFi
  • 5.5 hour battery life

Those are all world conquering specs. And the battery life may not be a misprint. I tested it and got 4 hours in non gaming usage.

I tested this laptop by using it on Zwift which is a online platform that allows cyclists to ride a variety of real and imagined courses assuming you have a stationary software controlled stationary trainer. In my case, this one. That doesn’t sound exciting. But Zwift really pushes a computer because it has to acquire data such has the riders heart rate via a Bluetooth enabled chest strap, their cadence (how fast they are pedaling) via a Bluetooth enabled sensor, and not only determine how fast you are going via the software controlled trainer, but also to the required math to replicate uphills and downhills in 1% gradient increments. All while trying to replicate roads of London, Innsbruck, or wherever else you happen to be riding. Not to mention the dozens or in some cases hundreds of people around you. In short, that’s not easy for any computer to do as there is a lot that is in play. Now even at the default settings, Zwift can humble a lot of computers. My 2015 MacBook Pro is the only computer in the house that can run this, but only at the default settings. But Zwift regardless of how I had it setup did nothing to even bother the ROG Zephyrus M in the slightest. Most of the time, I mirrored the on board display at all the maximum settings to my HDTV via the HDMI port which again isn’t a trivial task for a laptop running a game that is this complex. That was impressive. If it could do that, the claims of this laptop being VR ready are completely plausible as far as I am concerned.

So, what does all of this cost you? Amazon sells it from $2799 CDN and other retailers are around that mark as well. That’s a pretty good price given what you get in the box. And to put that in perspective, a 15″ MacBook Pro with something approaching this level of power is twice the price. I guess that makes the MacBook Pro overpriced or the ASUS a great bargain. I will leave it to you to decide which. But whichever side of the fence you land on, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M is a great gaming laptop. Actually, given the power that you get in a package of this size, it’s a great laptop. Period.

ASUS Republic of Gamers to Launches ROG Phone

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 23, 2018 by itnerd

ASUSRepublic of Gamers (ROG) today announces launch details for the ROG Phone, a game-changing 6-inch smartphone designed specifically for high-performance mobile gaming. The ROG Phone is available for pre-order on October 18th for the starting price of $1,199 CAD. The full range of accessories available for the phone will also be available starting in Q4.

In a separate announcement today, NRG announced a new technology collaboration with Qualcomm that includes a significant role for ASUS and the ROG phone. In the announcement NRG announced that the esports team will utilize the ROG Phone exclusively as their performance training devices.

ROG Phone

With pure ROG gaming DNA at its core, and powered by the world’s fastest speed-binned 2.96GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with gaming-optimized Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU, the ROG Phone breaks every rule to go where rivals fear to tread. The ROG phone will be available with two different storage configurations: a 128GB and 512GB version.

ROG Phone is built to win: its unique GameCool vapour-chamber cooling system — with detachable AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost — sustains blur-free high frame rates in the heat of battle, while its no-compromise AMOLED display blends a blazing 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time with gorgeous HDR visuals.

The ultra-comfortable design of ROG Phone includes unique side-mounted ports, and the enhanced, ultra-responsive game controls — including two programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers and advanced force-feedback haptics — lets gamers focus all their skills on the game, giving them the edge they need for total domination.

ROG Phone Accessories

The Mobile Desktop Dock allows gamers to connect ROG Phone to an external 4K UHD monitor, mouse and keyboard. ROG Phone can be used as an auxiliary display, hooked up to a wired gigabit LAN and drive a 5.1-channel surround-sound system via the SP/DIF output. A convenient mobile and desktop switch allows users to seamlessly transition from their phone to their desktop or gaming laptop, without having to adjust their current setup.

The TwinView Dock turns ROG Phone into a powerful dual-screen console for the ultimate gaming and live-streaming experience, or to allow for simultaneous viewing of a game map and gameplay at the same time – on supported games. As well as a 6-inch AMOLED (2160 x 1080) auxiliary screen that’s great for split-screen live-streaming, extended game display or group communication, it packs a front-facing quad-speaker system, two extra physical trigger buttons, dual-haptic force-feedback engine, an enhanced cooling system and a high-capacity 6000mAh extended battery pack.

With the Gamevice Controller and the WiGig Dock — using 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi — ROG Phone morphs into a portable console, supplying a living room experience, with a full inventory of physical gaming controls and ultra-low-latency wireless display connectivity for a seamless big-screen gaming experience that’s perfect for group viewing. The Gamevice Controller can be purchased separately, and packs dual analog joysticks, left and right fire triggers and bumpers, a D-pad, along with A,B,X,Y and L3, R3 buttons.

With the ASUS Professional Dock, users can connect their smartphone to a big-screen TV or monitor for a cinematic gaming experience. There’s also a network port for fast, stable wired internet connections.The Gigabit Ethernet port lets users enjoy fast and stable wired network connections, while the USB ports allow users to connect a mouse and keyboard for a more comfortable gaming experience.

The ROG Phone Case is designed to provide premium protection for the ROG Phone, keeping it safe from everyday scratches, knocks and bumps. It protects the entire phone, without hindering charging or access to the exclusive AirTriggers.

NRG Esports and ROG Phone
NRG Esports is one of the globe’s leading esports organizations and participates in some of the most high profile global franchised leagues. Founded by former Vice President of Apple and co-owner of the Sacramento Kings, Andy Miller, NRG is led by a roundtable of expertise in the traditional sports and tech industries, with such investment from the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Tiesto, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. NRG’s Overwatch League Team, the “San Francisco Shock” is a participant in the industry leading geo-located franchised league. The companies unveiled the collaboration on Thursday with an announcement video focused on NRG’s “Clash Royale” roster.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ASUS ROG Phone is available for pre-order online at the Best Buy Canada starting on October 18th. The 128GB will be available for $1,199 CAD.

Accessory availability to be announced in the coming weeks. For more detailed information, including updated where to buy information please visit the ROG Phone webpage.