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ASUS ZenFone AR Now Available in Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 2, 2017 by itnerd

ASUS today announced the availability of the ZenFone AR – a next-generation smartphone that represents a significant advancement in mobile virtual and augmented reality technologies. The ZenFone AR is the world’s first smartphone that supports both Tango AR and Daydream VR technologies developed by Google, giving users totally new ways to engage with and be entertained by their smartphones. The ZenFone AR is available today, in a 6GB RAM configuration with 64GB storage, at Amazon Canada, BestBuy Canada and BestBuy Canada Prototype Stores, Canada Computers, Memory Express, and Staples Canada.

To create the best-in-class VR and AR smartphone, ASUS engineered the ZenFone AR with latest, top-of-the-line components. The ZenFone AR is equipped with 6GB of RAM and includes a Snapdragon 821 Mobile Platform; specially optimized for AR operations and unparalleled multi-tasking. ASUS worked closely with Qualcomm Technologies engineers and Google to efficiently distribute computer vision workloads, as well as rapidly process movement and positioning instructions by Tango that is known as six degrees of freedom, or “6DoF” (forward-backward / up-down / left-right / roll / pitch / yaw).

The desktop-class Qualcomm Adreno 530 graphics processing unit (GPU) delivers supercharged graphics performance, allowing the ZenFone AR to handle the graphics demands of Tango and Daydream with ease. Complementing the rich AR & VR experiences offered by ZenFone AR is a new audio system that supports Hi-Res Audio and DTS virtual surround sound. External audio also gets a boost with the ZenFone AR’s new ultra-loud 5-magnet speaker.

ASUS ZenFone AR was developed in close cooperation with Google to deliver the best user experience on both Tango and Daydream platforms. Tango, an augmented reality (AR) platform that uses qualified devices to detect their users’ positions relative to places and objects around them without using GPS or other external signals, allows application developers to create AR user experiences that include indoor navigation, 3D mapping, and environmental recognition, among other augmented reality applications. To date, there are already over 35 apps on Google Play that are Tango compatible. ASUS and Google are also partnering with well-known brands to bring the Tango AR experience to customers.

Today, Wayfair’s AR application, WayfairView, has been updated and integrated into its popular mobile shopping app for the ASUS ZenFone AR. The Wayfair app makes it possible for consumers to see virtual furniture and décor in their homes at full scale before they buy. A featured app on the ASUS ZenFone AR, shoppers can easily find and download the Wayfair app from the Tango App, or from the Google Play Store. Take a look at this to see the Wayfair app in action on the ZenFone AR:

To qualify as a Tango-enabled smartphone, ZenFone AR features a set of sensors and “computer vision” software that gives it the ability to interpret images, videos, space and motion like humans. Tango adds three new abilities to ZenFone AR: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning. Through these capabilities, ZenFone AR can detect how far it is away from a floor, wall or an object and understand where it is moving in three-dimensional space.

The ZenFone AR is also an accomplished camera smartphone, and contains the ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 camera system that includes the world’s highest resolution Sony IMX318 sensor and TriTech Autofocus system. Other key camera features include: 4-axis OIS photo and 3 axis EIS video stabilization, Super Resolution, Low Light, and a variety of optimized presets modes, as well as manual creative controls to provide photographers advanced control of the ZenFone AR’s camera to suit any need. Lastly, high resolution 4K video recording allows for ultra-detailed videos.

The 6GB RAM, 64GB storage ZenFone AR is available today for CAD MSRP $899 at: Amazon Canada, BestBuy Canada and BestBuy Canada Prototype Stores, Canada Computers, Memory Express, and Staples Canada.

To learn more about the ZenFone AR, including alternate configurations and updated where to buy information, visit: https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Phone/ZenFone-AR-ZS571KL/

 

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ASUS Republic Of Gamers Teams Up With Microsoft for Weekly League Of Legends Tournaments

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 23, 2017 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced a collaboration with Microsoft Store to host weekly League of Legends tournaments throughout Microsoft Store locations across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia. Gaming is open to the public, and players will have the opportunity to experience high-powered gameplay on the award-winning ROG G752VS gaming laptop and ROG peripherals. Register online starting today. The tournaments begin on Saturday, August 26th, and will continue every following Saturday.

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Players will experience League of Legends on the ROG G752VS, powered by Windows 10. The ROG G752VS features the 7th Generation Intel Core processors and features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics, and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory. In addition, the ROG G752VS cooling system – consisting of dual copper heat pipes and the ROG 3D Vapor Chamber– ensures that players experience superior cooling and improved reliability. The backlit anti-ghosting gaming keyboard with 30-key rollover provides precise command and control in battle, and the wide-viewing- angle panel delivers superb image quality and contrast, even when viewed from extreme positions. Lastly, a super-fast native 120Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology ensure ultra-smooth gameplay.

Players will also be equipped with leading ROG peripherals; the ROG Gladius mouse and Whetstone mouse pad. The ROG Gladius is a 6400dpi professional gaming mouse with customizable click resistance that delivers 2000Hz USB polling rate support. The ergonomic design accommodates all right handed grip types, and includes separate left and right buttons, with two specially-engineered programmable ‘slide-to-press’ buttons. An exclusive ROG Armoury interface allows for programmable buttons, performance settings, lighting effects, and surface calibration. Paired with the Whetstone mouse pad, a durable, silicon-based mouse pad, players will experience smooth, precise and silent control. The rollable design is easily portable for gaming on-the-go.

Contenders taking part in the ASUS ROG Arena tournament at Microsoft Store will enjoy access to League Unlocked, a premium experience made available for official League of Legends partners and live events. Tournament participants will have access to over 100 unlocked skins for the duration of the event and players can earn an extra 20 percent IP and 50 percent XP for their personal accounts. In addition, winning individuals or teams will receive prizes for winning gameplay, like mystery icons, RP, character skins, and ASUS ROG swag.

Gamers can register as teams or sign up individually to battle against one another. Register online starting today. Tournament entry is first-come, first-serve with an eight team (5v5) maximum. Individuals and teams must check-in at the store to guarantee a spot. The tournaments are open to anyone, no matter their skill level. The only prerequisite necessary is an active League of Legends account.

On Saturday, August 26th, Microsoft Store at Westfield Century City and ASUS will be hosting a special launch event with celebrity gamers from 3 to 9 PM PDT. Twitch Streamer, Pokimane, and members of Echo Fox’s League of Legends team, Froggen and Brandini, will be in attendance to interact with tournament players and gaming enthusiasts. The event is open to the public and attendees will be treated to a photo experience, raffle prizes, and ROG giveaways.

Asus ZenWatch 3 Gets The Google AndroidWear 2.0 Update

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 14, 2017 by itnerd

I reviewed the Asus ZenWatch 3 a little while ago. Thus I was interested in fact that the Google AndroidWear 2.0 update is now available for the device.

Key update features include:

Direct access to the Google Play Store: With Android Wear 2.0, users need no longer install apps though their paired smartphones. Now, they can directly browse and download apps from the Google Play Store on ASUS ZenWatch 3 itself for installation on the smartwatch.

Google Assistant: Android Wear 2.0 brings the Google Assistant to ASUS ZenWatch 3, so users can simply ask questions or issue commands to the smartwatch. Google Assistant recognizes natural speech, allowing users to simply talk to their ZenWatch 3 to perform tasks like setting alarms, asking about the weather, updating shopping lists, or navigating to destinations.

Highly personalized watch faces: With Android Wear 2.0, ASUS ZenWatch 3 owners can now personalize their watch faces to show live information from their favorite apps like appointments, stock prices, and fitness data. Other uses of this new feature include the ability to interact with apps simply by touching the watch face — for example, to book a ride, start a workout or make a phone call. Profiles for different locations like work, home or outdoors, that show different sets of information can also be set.

Improved message response options: Android Wear 2.0 features improved ways to read and respond to messages using ASUS ZenWatch 3. Now, when messages are received, users can expand the notification and choose to respond by dictating; typing or handwriting a reply; or by drawing an emoji. There’s also a new Smart Reply function that instantly and intelligently suggests different pre-prepared responses based on the content of the received message. This feature works with the most popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Glide, Google Messenger, Hangouts, Telegram or Line.

ZenFit: With Android Wear 2.0, the ASUS ZenFit fitness app can now count repetitions when using gym exercise equipment like shoulder presses, butterfly machines, chest presses and lateral pull-down machines in addition to its existing ability to count push-ups and sit-ups. ZenFit can now be downloaded and set up on ASUS ZenWatch 3 independently without using the phone app.

Instant Google Translate: Google translate now allows users to speak in one language to ASUS ZenWatch 3, which will then show the translated phrase in the selected language. It even presents the translated text upside down so the wearer can conveniently show it to the person they are speaking to for reading.

Users can manually check for the update in the Settings menu of the watch under System Updates. 

Android N Now Available for ZenFone 3 Zoom

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 28, 2017 by itnerd

Asus today announced that the ZenFone 3 Zoom is getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS (AKA Android N).

Notable upgrades include:

  • Portrait mode as well as RAW image support – to better maximize the smartphone’s photography-related capabilities
  • Multi-Window View – Run two apps side by side
  • Quick App Switch – Switch between apps with a double tab
  • Notification Directly Reply – Reply to messages right inside the notification screen
  • 72 New Emojis – Select new emoji genders and skin tones
  • Data Saver – Limit how much data the device uses
  • Notification Controls – Choose app notification preferences
  • Display Size – Change the size of texts and icons

ZenFone 3 Zoom users can expect a notification for the software update on their phones, and also check for the update by navigating to ‘System Update’ on their ‘Settings’ screen. To learn more, including updated where to buy information, visit: https://www.asus.com/us/Phone/ZenFone-3-Zoom-ZE553KL/.

 

 

Asus And ROG Introduces The World`s Thinnest Gaming Laptop

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 27, 2017 by itnerd

The Republic of Gamers (ROG) Zephyrus is the world’s thinnest gaming laptop (17.9mm) offering an unparalleled PC gaming experience for today’s highly mobile gamers, and is now available in Canada.

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The ROG Zephyrus is the result of persistent dedication to gaming innovation from ASUS. It’s cooled by the exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) that runs cooler and quieter without sacrificing performance and is designed to increase air flow volume by 20 per cent. It is powered by 7th Gen Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, with 120Hz Full HD G-SYNC display.

Additional features include:

  • Greater Efficiency with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and Max-Q Design
  • ROG Exclusive Design and Cooling System
  • Perfected Gaming Keyboard with Aura Lighting Effects and Innovated Touch Pad with Ten Key Function
  • Ultra-Smooth Gaming Visuals and Versatile Connectivity

The laptop is also set up with Windows 10 Pro Creators Updates, which improves PC games performance via the all-new Windows Game Mode and easily performs on native game-streaming with Mixer, Microsoft’s streaming service.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501VI-XS74 is priced at MSRP $3499 and is available immediately from BestBuy.Ca, Canada Computers, Memory Express, NCIX, and Newegg.ca.

To learn more, including updated where to buy information, visit: https://www.asus.com/ca-en/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-ZEPHYRUS-GX501VI/.

Review: Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA

Posted in Products with tags on June 8, 2017 by itnerd

Not everyone needs a Windows tablet or laptop. For some would be best served with a Google Chromebook. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA is an example of such a Chromebook, and it has a fair amount going for it.

Now for a very long time, Chromebooks were largely used in education. Pardon the pun, but the Asus Chromebook Flip is going to flip the script on that. First of all, it’s quick by Chromebook standards. Nothing I did could bring it to its knees and you can thank an Intel processor and 4GB of RAM for that. In terms of storage, you get 64GB of storage which doesn’t sound like a lot. But it is by Chromebook standards.

Second, it’s all bundled up in a very classy and good looking package. For starters, all of this Chromebook goodness is in a thin aluminum body that feels solid and of high quality. In fact, it almost feels like something from 1 Infinite Loop. There’s a 12.5 inch screen with a max resolution of 2400 x 1350. My mid 40’s eyes found that to be too high a resolution, but you may not find it so bad. Regardless, the screen is sharp. Though I will note that it does get washed out when you’re outside in bright sunlight and sometimes in bright indoor lighting situations. You also get a full sized keyboard which is excellent to type on because it has long key travel. It’s also backlit and has a decent sized trackpad. Connectivity comes in the form of a pair of USB-C ports (which of course do double duty for charging purposes) and there’s a MicroSD card in the mix as well. A headphone jack is also included and you’ll need them as the speakers aren’t exactly the loudest. Battery life is good. Ten hours is what I managed to get out of this Chromebook which is what I look for in any portable device of this type.

The one thing that the Asus Chromebook Flip has going for it is that you can “flip” it and turn it into a tablet. To get to that mode, you just rotate the screen on its hinges. There’s also a magnet to make sure that it stays in tablet mode. It’s a cool and well designed feature that sets it apart from its competition.

Now in terms of pricing, the unit that I had goes for about $700 dollars Canadian. But Asus has models that start at under $600. If you’re in the market for a Chromebook, take a good look at the Asus Chromebook Flip.

 

 

Review: Asus Transformer Mini T102H

Posted in Products with tags on June 7, 2017 by itnerd

The Asus Transformer Mini is a entry level, 10.1″ Windows 10 tablet that has a bunch of things going for it. For example, it comes out of the box with a cover that doubles as a very nice keyboard (which is detachable). Typing on it was very good as the keys had a substantial amount of travel to them. Thus typing was easy for a touch typist like me. It also comes with a pressure sensitive stylus that you can draw lines with varied thicknesses in apps that support that functionality. There’s two buttons on the stylus as well that can be programmed. Both of these are extras or not available on many other tablets.

The tablet itself has a 10.1″ display that does 1280×800 resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio. It was a very bright display where the colors simply looked amazing. The speakers are pretty good too when I played videos from YouTube with stereo separation. They were, loud, clear, and distortion free. The back of the tablet has a flip out stand that swings out of the back panel. It can stop at a wide range of angles, from straight up to an almost horizontal. It also has a fingerprint reader for security reasons which works with Windows Hello. Connectivity is pretty strong as it comes with a microSD card reader on the top of the tablet, and on the left there are a headset jack, a micro HDMI port, a micro USB port for the charger, and a full-size USB 3.0 port for connecting memory sticks, hard drives, etc. It also comes with 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless connectivity. The whole package weights less than 2 pounds.

Under the hood, you get 4GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage on top of having Windows 10 on board with an Intel quad core processor. Integrated Intel HD Graphics are on board as well along with a 2 megapixel web cam. I was able to open lots of tabs in Microsoft Edge as well as not have it slow down when I tossed a copy of Microsoft Word on it to see what it can do. As long as you’re not playing Overwatch or something on it, you’ll have no complaints on the horsepower front. Speaking of power, I got ten hours of battery life which is in line with its competition.

The best part is the price. Expect to pay $549 Canadian which given what comes in the box is a pretty good price. If you’re in the market for a versatile tablet, take a good hard look at the Asus Transformer Mini. It’s got more than enough to warrant your immediate attention.