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ASUS ROG Announces New Lineup of Esports-Ready Strix Gaming Desktops

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 6, 2020 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced a new lineup of Strix gaming desktops, the GA35, GT35, GA15 and GT15, that offer tournament-ready performance for competitive esports and beyond. Debuting at CES 2020, the ROG Strix GA35 and GT35 as well as the GA15 and GT15 are gaming desktops engineered to sustain smooth gameplay under serious pressure, and offer the flexibility to do everything from producing top-quality streams to developing games.

 

The Strix GA35 and GT35: Boosted by RTX Graphics

Armed with up to a ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card, the GA35 and GT35 delivers reliably high frame rates for the latest games. The GPU in this top-of-the-line card is based on the NVIDIA Turing™ architecture, which mixes CUDA cores for traditional rasterization with RT cores for ray tracing, and Tensor cores for accelerated AI, including noise removal. When paired with compatible games, this combination enables faster antialiasing and higher-quality lighting, shadows, and reflections.

ROG Strix elevates the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti’s graphics prowess with a huge 2.7-slot heatsink capped by three Axial-tech fans that help the card maintain high clocks in the heat of battle. In internal tests, the Strix GA35 pushed Overwatch up to 188 FPS at 4K with Epic details, while Shadow of the Tomb Raider rendered at a smooth 73 FPS in rich 4K Ultra detail.

 

Serious 16-core power with the Strix GA35

The Strix GA35 offers powerful 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen processors up to the Ryzen 9 3950X CPU, with its cutting-edge 7nm technology doubling the number of cores of the previous generation. With 16 cores and 32 threads, the additional cores make the system more responsive under strenuous loads, and accelerate heavily multithreaded work like video encoding and 3D rendering. The Strix GT35 will feature the latest 10th generation of Intel Core processors for users looking for multitasking mastery when it comes to gaming and streaming.

The CPU sits in a ROG Strix X570-F Gaming motherboard with a fine-tuned VRM that delivers clean and reliable current. Substantial heatsinks keep the VRM cool, while closed-loop liquid cooling channels heat from the CPU to a dual-fan radiator that exhausts out the top of the chassis. The processor is unlocked for overclocking, so gamers can push for even higher performance.

With up to 64GB of high-performance DDR4-3200 memory, the GA35 can simultaneously handle smooth gameplay while live-streaming, recording, and multitasking. A NVMe SSD with up to 1TB of capacity offers plenty of space, and the Strix GA35 further accelerate throughput using the latest PCI Express® 4.0 interface.

For additional upgrades, GA35’s two PCIe x16 slots are connected directly to the CPU and support multi-GPU configurations. External hot-swap bays simplifies storage upgrades and allows for easy SSD removal in tournament settings, while one of the motherboard’s dual M.2 slots is available for a second SSD for more space. The chassis also has room for two 3.5-inch HDDs that can increase total storage capacity.

 

Superb gaming and streaming on the Strix GA15 and GT15

To run the latest titles at high resolutions or faster refresh rates, the Strix GA15 and GT15 are available with powerful graphics cards up to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 2070 SUPER. In internal tests at ROG, these machines pushed 240 FPS with Full HD Epic details in Overwatch, and hit triple-digit frame rates with Ultra details at Full HD resolution in the richly detailed sandbox of Far Cry 5.

This performance is due in part to the NVIDIA Turing™ architecture behind the GeForce RTX series. Its new video encoder also improves the GA15 and GT15’s ability to stream and game simultaneously, delivering higher quality video with minimal performance impact.

The GA15 and GT15 use the latest 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs and upcoming 10th Gen Intel Core processors. The Strix GA15 is available with up to an AMD® Ryzen™ 7 3800X CPU that has 8 cores and 16 threads to easily handle demanding and varied workloads. Top configurations add up to 32GB of high-performance DDR4-3200MHz RAM, ensuring responsiveness even under heavy loads.

Storage options include a superfast M.2-based NVMe SSD up to 1TB, offering ample room for apps. For larger game libraries, the system is available with 2TB of mechanical storage. Users can download AMD StoreMI Technology to accelerate dual-drive configurations. StoreMI caches the frequently accessed data on the SSD, melding the responsiveness of solid-state storage with the massive capacity of mechanical drives to speed up load times.

 

Next-level cooling carries performance

The newest lineup of ROG Strix gaming desktops combine robust component cooling with a chassis optimized for superior airflow. The Wind Shear design on the GA35 and GT35 features widened air vents that help draw more air through the internal cooling system. Three internal chambers divide the CPU, graphics card, and power supply into separate zones to minimize thermal interference.

The internal storage also has dedicated cooling to facilitate reliable performance. The motherboard’s dual M.2 SSD slots feature heatsinks that can improve sustained throughput and long-term reliability. For even more strenuous storage loads, the Strix X570-F Gaming motherboard has a header for an M.2 fan that enables direct airflow through active cooling.

The GA15 and GT15 chassis is a more compact variation with a dual-chamber design of the airflow-enhancing Wind Shear design featured in the high-end Strix GA35 and GT35. The cooling is efficient enough that the Strix GA35 and Strix GA15 generated noise levels under 35 dB in an internal gaming test with Metro Exodus.

The full lineup of ROG Strix gaming desktops elegantly integrates a carrying handle into the top of the chassis that’s strong enough to bear sustained force of up to 30kgf, making them easier to carry. The slick hidden headphone hook helps keep tournament setups and battlestations clean; it’s tested to hold headsets up to 3kg, and can survive momentary force up to 10kgf.

 

Personalize to perfection

The Strix GA35 is the first ROG system to feature new Keystone II technology. Introduced with the ROG Strix III and Hero III gaming laptops introduced in Spring 2019, the Keystone is an NFC-enabled key can be docked in compatible devices to quickly access customized settings linked to a user’s ROG ID. Keystone II can also be configured to switch the system to a specific operating mode, launch an individual game or application, or unlock a hidden Shadow Drive for private files.

In terms of personalized lighting, the full lineup of new Strix gaming desktops feature customizable RGB lighting inside and out. Aura Sync lets users coordinate colors and effects across all compatible components, including ROG peripherals and components. The internal lighting showcases the components through the transparent EMI-shielded glass side panel.

ROG Armoury Crate software offers tons of tuning options for lighting, Keystones and other system settings. Users can create Scenario Profiles that automatically load personal preferences when they launch specific games and applications. Scenario Profiles detect the active application and adjust system performance, cooling, lighting, and other settings to ensure an ideal configuration for the task at hand. And for a more personalized audio experience, Sonic Studio III supports manual customization and offers five specially tuned modes for different kinds of games in addition to more immersive audio.

 

Gear up and go

While most peripherals connect around the back, front-panel ports provide convenient access for select devices. The GA35 and GT35’s dual USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports provide fast access to speedy external storage, while dual USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports are ready for more conventional devices. Around back, there are 6 additional ports, including one more USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C.

Dual HDMI 2.0b ports on the graphics card allows gamers to run a VR headset alongside a 4K monitor or TV for immersive virtual experiences. On GA35 and GT35 configurations with GeForce graphics cards, DisplayPort 1.4 outputs offer connectivity for NVIDIA G-SYNC™ gaming monitors that make gameplay even smoother. Intel® I211-AT Gigabit Ethernet offers a lower latency connections for multiplayer gaming, while Wi-Fi 5 provides fast wireless access for everyday streaming and web browsing. The Wi-Fi card also integrates Bluetooth 5 for compatible devices.

The GA15 and GT15 also offer fast charging and data transfer via one reversible Type-C™ (USB-C™) port with peak interface bandwidth of 10Gbps via USB 3.2 Gen 2. Five Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports make space for preferred peripherals and any other devices that benefit from fast data transfers. There’s an HDMI 2.0b port for gaming or streaming 4K video on the big screen at up to 60Hz. DisplayPort 1.4 outputs are also available to drive high-refresh gaming monitors, including those compatible with NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology.

Gigabit-class networking manifests in two ways on the GA15 and GT15. Gigabit Ethernet offers a lower latency connection for multiplayer gaming, while Wi-Fi 5 provides fast wireless access for everyday streaming and web browsing. The Wi-Fi card also integrates Bluetooth 5 to cut the cord for compatible devices.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ROG Strix GA35 and GA15will be available starting from Q1 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

The ROG Strix GT35 and GT15 launch timing will be announced later in 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

ASUS ROG Announces the Zephyrus G14 and the Zephyrus G15

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 6, 2020 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the new Zephyrus G14 and Zephyrus G15 gaming notebooks, bringing unprecedented power to an ultra-slim form factor for portable gaming and content creation.

Ultra-slim gaming laptops usually come with a premium price due to how difficult it is to get good performance and cooling in a sub-20mm chassis. ROG has worked hard to make the category more accessible, especially to students, freelancers, and creators who need powerful laptops they can carry everywhere. The latest examples debut at CES 2020 in the new Zephyrus G14 and G15, which wrap powerful processors in a compact chassis portable enough to go anywhere at a price that brings gaming and creation capabilities to an even wider audience.

Despite a chassis only 17.9mm thin, the Zephyrus G14 has carefully customized cooling that brings out the best of its new AMD Ryzen™ 4000 Series Mobile Processors built on the groundbreaking “Zen 2” core architecture combined with industry leading 7nm process technology and up to an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 GPU with more than 10 hours of battery life charged by compatible Type-C power packs. Users can optimize for gaming or creative pursuits with a choice between high refresh and high resolution displays, both with Pantone® Validated colors and adaptive sync technology. Subtle styling in Moonlight White or Eclipse Gray is clean and professional, while the all-new, optional AniMe Matrix™ LED display deepens personalization, enabling users to show custom graphics, animations, and other effects across over a thousand mini LEDs embedded in the lid.

The powerfully versatile new Zephyrus G15 introduced at CES 2020 refreshes the best features of the previous generation Zephyrus GA502 and make them even better, putting premium features like an ultra-slim form factor at 19.9mm thin and weighing just 2.1kg, a 240Hz IPS-level gaming panel with Pantone Validation and compatibility with adaptive sync technology, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and the latest powerful processors in a package more affordable to a wide variety of gamers.

 

Small size with big impact in the Zephyrus G14 and G15

Packed into a much smaller footprint than other gaming laptop alternatives, the Zephyrus G14 is only 17.9mm thin and 1.6kg in models without the custom LED AniMe Matrix. The magnesium-aluminum alloy deck is precisely machined and finished for a professional polish that’s fingerprint-resistant, and its high durability and low weight make aluminum an ideal material for the lid, with a distinctive dot matrix design.

The ROG splash across the lid comes to life with the AniMe Matrix display available on select models. This display uses 1,215 mini LEDs that emit a white glow with 256 levels of brightness control to give gamers a new medium to express their individuality. Users can import animated GIFs and other graphics, build custom animations frame by frame, and type text messages with different fonts. Visualizations react to music and other audio, creating a unique platform for DJs and other artists. ROG engineers were also careful to balance the number of mini LEDs to minimize heat, controller hardware, and power requirements.

With the G14’s support for USB Power Delivery, it can handle lighter work powered by up to a 65W Type-C adapter that’s much smaller than the 180W unit required to unleash the discrete GPU. If the battery runs low, Type-C charging allows users to extend their life to keep users gaming. USB power flows in the reverse direction as well, with fast-charging support capable of supplying up to 3A to compatible smartphones and other devices.

The Zephyrus G15 also maintains its portability at only 19.9mm thin and 2.1kg, and its super-narrow bezels frame the 15-inch display on three sides, squeezing it into a 14-inch footprint. To keep it looking professional, the G15 forgoes RGB lighting for tasteful white backlighting.

Type-C charging extends the G15’s working time on the go. Support for USB Power Delivery and USB power packs like the ASUS ZenPower Pro PD give users more time to finish up work anywhere. For lighter tasks that don’t engage the discrete GPU, the laptop can also be run off smaller Type-C adapters up to 65W.

Both the G14 and G15 have superfast Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) connectivity. When paired with a compatible router, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) boosts peak interface bandwidth up to 2.4Gbps and improves efficiency for busy networks. Lower latency leads to less lag for sensitive activities like online gaming, and expanded upstream capacity provides more bandwidth for live-streaming.

 

Immersive gaming visuals with top-notch GeForce RTX graphics

The Zephyrus G14 and G15 comes with up to a GeForce RTX 2060 augmented by ROG Boost up to 1298MHz at 65W. The discrete GPU is based on the latest NVIDIA Turing architecture, which melds dedicated cores for programmable shading, real-time ray tracing, and artificial intelligence. This combination enables improved lighting, shadows, and other in-game effects, and it also offers a diverse array of compute resources for accelerating demanding workloads like content creation, 3D modeling, and deep learning.

Turing’s dedicated video encoder is largely responsible for the G14’s ability to game and stream simultaneously. The specialized hardware allows higher stream quality with minimal performance impact, and it’s compatible with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), a popular capture tool among burgeoning creators and aspiring Twitch streamers.

 

Nonstop speed with the latest AMD processors

For the Zephyrus G14, ROG and AMD teamed up again to create an exclusive series tuned specifically for the smaller chassis. The Zephyrus G14 uses a special CPU that generates less heat, enabling an unprecedented level of performance for such a compact chassis. The chips retain up to 8 cores and 16 threads to blast through demanding workloads, but are tuned to make thermals more manageable. There’s still ample power for demanding applications like video editing and 3D rendering, and for heavy multitasking like mixing gaming with streaming, recording and chats.

On the Zephyrus G15, an all-new AMD® Ryzen™ 7 4800HS mobile APU doubles the core count of the previous generation. With 8 cores and 16 threads based on the latest Zen 2 architecture alongside 7nm fabrication technology, it muscles through heavy multitasking, content creation, and other demanding work.

Both the G14 and G15 CPUs pair with up to 32GB of fast DDR4-3200 RAM divided between dual channels, enabling gamers to easily switch between tasks with enough headroom for bigger projects. Up to 1TB of superfast NVMe SSD storage offers ample space for a game library, personal portfolio, and media collection.

 

Stunning displays for high refresh, high resolution

The Zephyrus G14 offers a choice between two premium panels tailored for different needs. Users can select a faster Full HD display that goes up to 120Hz (doubling the speed of typical laptop displays for smoother, high-intensity action) or opt for a higher WQHD resolution.

Adaptive sync technology adds another level of smoothness by coordinating frame delivery between the GPU and display to eliminate visual tearing that can ruin immersion, and also minimize stuttering and input lag. Although adaptive sync technology has existed for years, it gains greater functionality with new AMD Ryzen™ 4000 Series Mobile Processors. Their integrated Radeon™ graphics allow adaptive sync variable refresh-rate technology to work with adaptive sync technology-enabled monitors and adaptive sync enabled devices.

Adaptive sync technology support extends to the WQHD display, and it can be even more effective at the lower FPS associated with the higher resolution. Thanks to smaller dimensions, the WQHD panel has a higher pixel density than typical 4K desktop monitors. Even the Full HD panel matches the PPI of a 28-inch Ultra HD display.

The Zephyrus G15 is available with refresh rates up to 240Hz—four times the output of standard screens. The panel’s 3ms gray-to-gray response time makes the picture especially sharp at speed, for lining up targets in a fast-paced shooter or scrolling through web pages, and adaptive sync technology makes the experience even smoother

The displays on the Zephyrus G14 and G15 are both factory calibrated and Pantone Validated for superb color accuracy. The IPS-level panels have wide viewing angles and cover 100% of the sRGB range and are framed by super-narrow bezels that create an expansive 85% screen-to-body ratio on the G14 and 81% screen-to-body ratio on the G15 respectively.

 

One-of-a-kind cooling design

The Zephyrus G14 is the first ROG laptop to feature an ErgoLift hinge that tilts the keyboard at a more comfortable angle – the bottom of the display lifts the back of the machine when the lid is opened, giving the vents in the base more room to breathe.

Self-cleaning cooling on the G14 helps to avoid accumulation of dust and other particles that can compromise performance and stability over time by using anti-dust tunnels to catch particles and direct them out the back of the chassis. Even the n-Blade fans are tweaked to optimize acoustics in the super small chassis.

On the Zephyrus G15, ROG’s Intelligent Cooling philosophy allows the G15 to get more from its silicon with a strategic blend of hardware and software that optimizes and maintains performance and acoustics with a self-cleaning thermal module and anti-dust tunnels. The G15 has the highest-density fan in our arsenal, and it improves airflow by up to 17% over previous generations.

Fan speeds on the Zephyrus G14 and G15 are controlled by an intelligent algorithm that responds automatically to temperature changes. Different tasks require varying levels of performance and cooling, so the G14 and G15 also use operating modes to adapt to those needs. Users can switch between modes on demand with a convenient keyboard shortcut, or let ROG Armoury Crate software change automatically with Scenario Profiles that can be customized to associate games and applications with specific modes and other system settings.

 

Flexible options on the go

For both the Zephyrus G14 and G15, a Type-C port with USB Power Delivery is also capable of driving an external monitor via DisplayPort 1.4. The HDMI 2.0b port makes it easy to game or watch movies on 4K monitors and TVs. There’s plenty of connectivity for external devices through a Type-C port focused on USB functionality, plus two Type-A ports for the G14 and three Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports for the G15 allow anyone to create the perfect gaming battlestation – no dongles needed.

Key switches with ROG Overstroke technology on the G14 and G15 actuate earlier in the stroke for quicker, more responsive input, while N-key rollover ensures that every press registers, even when entering multiple keys at once. Spaced keys mimic desktop layouts to let users fire off function commands more intuitively, and access essentials like volume and mic mute instantly with dedicated hotkeys.

The Zephyrus G14 is also the first ROG laptop to integrate fingerprint login into the power button.

 

Experience Dolby Atmos Immersive Audio

A leap forward from surround sound, Dolby Atmos brings moving audio that flows above and around you with crisper voice and greater depth to a wide range of audio experiences, and it can even provide a competitive advantage for gamers. In the Zephyrus G14, Dolby Atmos enhances spatial immersion by delivering a breakthrough audio experience with sound that moves all around you in three-dimensional space whether listening via headphones or built-in speakers.

Dolby Atmos also creates breathtaking realism with optimized sound for greater detail and maximized loudness without distortion from the G14’s integrated speakers. A quad-speaker setup delivers perfectly balanced audio across the spectrum. With these technologies, users can pump up the volume on movies, music, and games without losing clarity or detail.

The Zephyrus G15 pumps sound through two front-firing speakers powered by Smart Amp technology that keeps them within thermal and excursion limits, so users can turn the volume up higher without distorting the output or damaging the cones. Hi-Res Audio certification ensures a richer acoustic experience for audiences that appreciate higher fidelity. Headphone experiences are made more immersive with 7.1-channel virtual surround sound powered by Sonic Studio III software.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The Zephyrus G14 will be available starting from Q1/Q2 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

The Zephyrus G15 will be available from Q1/Q2 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

ASUS ROG Showcases Latest Lineup of Cutting-Edge Gaming Peripherals at CES 2020

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 6, 2020 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today showcased its latest lineup of ROG gaming peripherals at CES 2020, including the ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe mechanical keyboard, the ROG Strix Impact II Wireless mouse, and the ROG Chakram wireless mouse with a built-in joystick. Joining the ROG gaming gear lineup at CES 2020 is also the ROG Strix Go 2.4 wireless headset with AI-powered noise-cancellation built into the microphone, and the highly configurable ROG Pugio II ambidextrous wireless mouse.

 

The ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe: A premium keyboard made for FPS gaming

The ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe is a mechanical keyboard that is optimal for FPS gaming, with a tenkeyless design providing all the keys needed while opening up extra space for mouse movement and higher comfort while gaming. This keyboard melds high performance and premium materials in a design that lets users make it their own, with a portable form factor tuned for both stability and portability, and a USB Type-C detachable braided cable that’s perfect for taking the keyboard on the road.

The Scope TKL Deluxe puts the mouse and typing hands closer together while users game thanks to its tenkeyless (aka number pad-less) design, enabling a more ergonomic position that’s better for both long gaming sessions and regular typing. To keep gaming marathons comfortable, a padded wrist rest is included that snaps onto the keyboard via magnets.

Customization is built into every inch of the ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe’s design. To begin with, it’s available with a range of German-made Cherry MX RGB Red, Blue, Brown, and Speed Silver flavors to match user preference for actuation force, actuation distance, and tactile feedback. The ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe naturally supports n-key rollover, accurately registering as many simultaneous key presses as human hands can make, along with a 1000Hz polling rate for instantaneous input response.

Although the keyboard itself is compact, the Strix Scope TKL Deluxe uses a much larger Ctrl key than average on its left side for comfortable gaming, with a snappy Costar stabilizer under the extra-large Ctrl cap and all other larger keys to ensure low resistance and a consistent feel, especially if users hit the edges of the key during the heat of battle. Conversely, a quick-toggle switch turns the F5 through F12 keys into media controls, circumventing the need for combos in order to adjust the volume or skip tracks on a playlist. In media control mode, hitting the F12 key drops the PC into stealth mode, hiding all open apps and muting the audio.

Lighting is a big part of what makes the Scope TKL Deluxe so distinctive. Each key and the lock indicators have their own RGB LED and the ROG logo is backlit by its own set of LEDs. There’s also a light bar packed with 26 RGB LEDs under the keyboard’s front edge to cast an impressive yet tasteful underglow. Up to 11 different effects (10 default, one customizable effect) and an entire spectrum of color choices allow unique configuration to suit user aesthetics, and users can use ROG Aura Sync to synchronize the Scope TKL Deluxe with other Aura Sync-capable components. There’s enough onboard memory for one default and five custom profiles that can link to specific programs or games, which can be switched between using the Fn key or Armoury II software utility. Macros can be recorded on the fly, and almost every key is programmable.

 

The ROG Strix Impact II returns with wireless connectivity

The combination of high performance, optimized comfort, and attractive aesthetics with Aura Sync RGB make the ROG Strix Impact II Wireless a significant step up for anyone looking to get more competitive in their gaming endeavors while freeing themselves from the constraints of a cord.

The ROG Strix Impact II Wireless only adds to that winning formula of the wired ROG Strix Impact II mouse, with a next-level 16,000 DPI sensor paving the way with 400 inch-per-second accuracy at up to 40g of acceleration. Added wireless connectivity is the other obvious addition, with a 2.4GHz radio frequency link for ultra-low latency, excellent range, and long battery life. To use the mouse while charging, there’s always the option to connect its USB-C cable to an available port.

The Impact II Wireless maintains the same dimensions as its predecessor, and is still equally comfortable for left- and right-handed gamers. Two buttons on the left side can be mapped to common hotkeys, and a dedicated button lets users cycle through four sensitivity settings, each corresponding to a different color that indicates the current configuration.

Up top, the left and right keys are separated for reliable operation, and each main button on the Impact II Wireless features a pivot mechanism with a spring that gently removes any slack between button and switch. The Impact II Wireless’ exclusive push-fit switch socket design also supports Omron D2F and D2FC series replacements for further switch customization.

The Strix Impact II Wireless features two zones of RGB lighting — one under the logo, the other under the scroll wheel — that allow for independent control of colors and effects. Moreover, adding this mouse to a PC with other Aura Sync-compatible components can make it part of a grander lighting scheme using Armoury Crate software. There’s also settings in Armoury Crate for adjusting the performance of the Impact II Wireless, configuring its surface calibration settings, changing button mappings, and creating profiles. This wide array of customization options means no shortage of ways for the Impact II Wireless to boost gaming capabilities.

 

Introducing the ROG Chakram, a 16,000-dpi gaming mouse with a built-in joystick

At a glance, the ROG Chakram’s most obvious innovation is the built-in joystick on its left side. It can operate in an analog mode that’s great for flight simulators, racing games, and open-world titles, while digital mode turns the stick into a four-way controller that offers quick access to powerful commands in first-person shooters and real-time strategy games. Because this stick is meant to be manipulated with a thumb, included are caps in two lengths to accommodate a variety of thumb sizes and a socket cover in the bundle for those who want to game without the joystick installed.

When it comes to style, the ROG Chakram is stunning, with a translucent plastic top shell with a matte finish that feels premium and offers plenty of grip. The main buttons and palm rest are held on by magnets for convenient access to the Chakram’s internals, and each main button uses a spring-loaded pivot mechanism to remove any slack between button and switch for the fastest possible response. Both sides of the mouse are textured, providing an ergonomic surface to grip that’s still smooth enough for easy cleaning. And even with the joystick, the five customizable buttons, and the scroll wheel, the Chakram will keep users comfortable for hours of gameplay with a sleek yet ergonomic shape and added Teflon feet for minimal friction.

A light pipe around the front edge, RGB LEDs in the scroll wheel, and a back-lit logo in the body are configurable through ROG Armoury II software, which also gives users full control over ever changeable parameter on the mouse. The Chakram supports seven different lighting effects and an entire spectrum of color. With the ROG Aura Sync utility, coordinate the Chakram with other Aura Sync capable components in a gaming PC set-up.

All the Chakram’s features are brought to life by a competition-class optical sensor. Its 16,000 DPI maximum sensitivity is easily adjusted with a DPI button on the bottom that toggles between four different settings. For finer control over DPI settings in cases where users are without access to the Armoury II software, the Chakram’s DPI On-The-Scroll feature also lets users use its scroll wheel to fine-tune sensitivity in 100 DPI increments all the way from 100 to 16,000.

The ROG Chakram’s exclusive push-fit sockets are populated by Omron switches rated for 50 million clicks, with a second set of switches in the bundled case for users who want to try a different switch resistance. Gamers who already have a preference in Omron switches can go out and purchase their favorite compatible clickers, as the Chakram works with D2F and D2FC-series models.

Underneath the magnetic palm rest is the ROG Chakram’s USB dongle and customizable badge, which can be set to the ROG logo or users’ own designs using a blank badge in its accessory kit. The USB dongle plugs into any USB port and enables wireless connectivity over a 2.4GHz RF link. Its 1000Hz polling rate is fast enough to take full advantage of the Chakram’s high-end optical sensor, making it the ideal mode for competitive gaming.

Expect up to 48 hours of battery life with the RGB LEDs active or 79 hours if LEDs are off over the 2.4GHz connectivity mode. And when the battery runs out, users can continue using the Chakram with its USB cable or any Qi-compatible wireless charging pad. It’ll charge back up in about 80 minutes when it’s plugged into a USB 3.0 port, or users can take advantage of quick charge for 15 minutes for up to 12 hours of gameplay. When the ability to connect is more important than low latency, the Chakram can use Bluetooth to pair with most any compatible device. With RGB lighting turned on, the Bluetooth radio delivers 53 hours of battery life, or more than 100 hours when lighting is switched off.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe mechanical keyboard will be available starting in 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ROG Strix II Impact Wireless gaming mouse will be available starting in 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ROG Chakram wireless gaming mouse will be available starting in 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS ROG Showcases ROG Strix Go 2.4 Gaming Headset and ROG Pugio II Gaming Mouse

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 6, 2020 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today showcased the ROG Strix Go 2.4 wireless gaming headset and ROG Pugio II ambidextrous wireless gaming mouse, designed to elevate on-the-go gaming experiences, at CES 2020.

Stay competitive for hours at a time with the ROG Strix Go 2.4 wireless headset, engineered with AI-powered noise cancelling technology and super-low latency over a 2.4GHz connection for the fastest possible auditory feedback in games. And for users’ PC gaming needs, the highly customizable ROG Pugio II ambidextrous wireless mouse lets users game how they want with configurable side buttons, a customizable badge, RGB lighting and main button switches.

 

Perfect wireless audio for gaming anywhere with the ROG Strix Go 2.4

The ROG Strix Go 2.4 wireless headset was built to keep gamers competitive for hours at a time, with up to 25 hours of battery life on a full charge via USB-C. Engineered for super-low latency over a 2.4GHz connection for the quickest possible auditory feedback in games, the Strix Go 2.4 comes with an L-shaped USB-C-compatible dongle that extends compatibility to any USB-C-equipped PCs, laptops, gaming consoles, and phones, while the bundled USB 2.0 and 3.5mm adapters allows users to plug the Strix Go 2.4 into just about any other gaming device. For extra portability, users can fold the ROG Strix Go 2.4 up and slip it into the bundled travel pouch.

Crisp, high-resolution sound travels through the ROG Strix Go 2.4 by way of 40mm ASUS Essence drivers in airtight chambers for maximum immersion and clean, distortion-free audio. Each headset cup is designed for comfort as well as proper sound isolation with an airtight seal. When plugging in the Strix Go 2.4 into a 3.5mm audio jack, the headset can even reproduce Hi-Res audio, stretching frequency response from 10Hz all the way up to 40kHz.

The Strix Go 2.4 includes a detachable, bi-directional boom mic bolstered by AI-powered noise-canceling technology that’s trained on a massive database containing a wide range of environmental noise samples so that the Strix Go 2.4 can identify and counteract environmental noise. A second mic in one of the ear cups also benefits from this AI-powered noise cancellation technology.

Users can access all of the Strix Go 2.4’s hardware controls from the left side of the headset. Integrate the Strix Go 2.4 with Armoury II software for even more functionality, including preset profiles, equalizer, environmental effects, a bass boost feature, and microphone filters.

 

The ROG Pugio II: The go anywhere, do anything wireless mouse

The new ROG Pugio II ambidextrous wireless mouse is a jack-of-all-trades, built around a modern 16,000 DPI sensor that can be fine-tuned thanks to the unique DPI On-The-Scroll feature for on-the-fly customization. Tapping into the sensor’s potential is effortless thanks to a host of customizable features – choose between wireless technologies, configurable side buttons, personalized badges, socketed switches, and RGB light zones.

The Pugio II offers both wireless and wired connection options to fit different playstyles. Plug in an included 2.4GHz RF dongle for the ROG Pugio II’s built-in radio with a 1000Hz polling rate for competition-grade responsiveness, or switch on Bluetooth mode. The Pugio II’s built-in Smart Hop wireless technology identifies and avoids the congestion and interference that surrounds the 2.4GHz band in real time, ensuring strong, stable connections. The Pugio II also comes with a light and flexible two-meter cable if users want to go the wired route or recharge the mouse’s internal batteries – plugging in via USB fully charges the Pugio II in under two hours. The Pugio II offers excellent battery life in wireless mode, with up to 69 hours* of play when connected via 2.4 GHz or a stupendous 100 hours over Bluetooth LE. (*battery-life estimates are based on using Pugio II without RGB lighting).

The Pugio II comes with an ROG badge installed in the palm rest, backlit by RGB lighting. Users can customize their Pugio II with the included blank badge, which can be designed with any icon or logo and be easily applied by removing the outer shell. Explore further customization by firing up Armoury II software to configure the Pugio II’s surface calibration settings, personalize the three available lighting zones, map its buttons, and switch between the three built-in profiles, and launch the Aura Sync utility to integrate the Pugio II’s RGB LEDs with other Aura Sync-capable components.

The ROG Pugio II is truly ambidextrous, with a shape that’s comfortable to hold. The Pugio II sports a pair of magnetic buttons on both the left and right sides, and bundled covers allow users to hide the pair they don’t plan to use, preventing accidental clicks. With ROG’s exclusive push-fit switch socket design, users can also customize the feel of the mouse buttons. By default, the Pugio II includes Omron D2FC-F-K switches rated for 50 million clicks, with an extra pair of Japanese-made Omron D2F-01Fs included in the accessory case. For additional customization, the push-fit switch socket design can fit any Omron D2F- or D2FC-series switch to change the Pugio II’s operating force and feedback.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Strix Go 2.4 wireless headset will be available starting in 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ROG Pugio II wireless mouse will be available starting in 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS Showcases Latest AIoT Solutions for AI Edge-Computing Application

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 6, 2020 by itnerd

ASUS today showcased the latest AIoT solutions for AI edge-computing applications at CES 2020, including the new Mini PC PN61T with built-in Google Edge TPU and Tinker Edge series of single board computers with an onboard neutral network accelerator processor (NPU). This latest line-up of AIoT-ready products are designed for real-life AI edge-computing applications, from AI-enabled consumer robotics and smart vending machines to AI-enabled video conferencing and camera set-ups.

 

Ultra-compact and Mini PC for AIoT

The ASUS Mini PC PN61T is engineered with AIoT in mind, with tested 24/7 reliability in a wide range of conditions, an up to Intel® Core i7 processor and built-in Google Edge TPU, a machine learning (ML) accelerator that speeds up processing efficiency, lowers power demands and makes it easier to build connected devices and intelligent applications. A dual-array of front microphones offers audio input support, while a consumer infrared sensor enables remote control application with the PN61T. The Mini PC PN61T is perfect for a variety of AI edge-computing use cases without worrying about excessive noise, thanks to a quiet cooling fan.

The Mini PC PN61T provides comprehensive and high-speed connectivity with multiple ports, including front-mounted, easy-access USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C ports, Micro SD card reader, additional USB ports including a USB Type-C input for quick charging and an HDMI input in the back, and a configurable port option (including COM, VGA, DisplayPort, Intel LAN and Thunderbolt 3) for legacy devices, additional displays or multiple network connections. With a convenient sliding chassis design, dual-storage capabilities, and a compact and stackable form factor, the PN61T is designed for modularity and flexibility.

 

Tinker Edge series designed for AI computing

The Tinker Edge series is comprised of the AI-ready Tinker Edge T and Tinker Edge R devices, which are powerful Single Board Computer (SBC) in a small form factor that offers class-leading performance, durability and stability as well as overall improved user experiences for developers. The Tinker Edge series offers a fully-embedded design with multi-core ARM® Cortex® processor, GPU and multimedia processor (up to 4K on the Tinker Edge R), and robust extensibility with GbE Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPIO pins, all in a compact size, making it an ideal IoT edge device. Each device is AI-ready, with an NXP i.MX 8M SoC on the Tinker Edge T and a Rockchip RK3399 PRO on the Tinker Edge R, as well as Edge TPU for high performance and low power consumption that is optimal for AI inference.

Because the NPU is optimized for handling neutral networks, the Tinker Edge series is ideal for bringing artificial intelligence capabilities from the cloud to a local device while keeping user data local and secure. Each device is made to meet low power demands that allow embedded applications to run online as well as offline in a field where connectivity is limited. A rich I/O interface means a multitude of expansion options, including HDMI, MIPI-DSI, Dual MIPI-CSI, USB 3, Type-C and 40-pin GPIOs. And each Tinker Edge computer comes with maker-friendly support, with a fully open-source Kernel that supports multiple APIs, including OpenGL, Vulkan, OpenCL, OpenVX, TensorFlow Lite, AndroidNN and Caffe.

 

Ready for AI edge-computing innovations

ASUS will showcase AI edge-computing applications using the Mini PC PN61T, Tinker Edge T and Tinker Edge R at the ASUS CES 2020 showrooms in Las Vegas, NV from January 6-9, 2020. Learn more about various AI-edge computing use cases based on ASUS AIoT solutions, including an AI-enabled consumer robot, video conferencing, vending machine and a smart camera.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS Mini PC PN61T will be available starting in 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS Tinker Edge T will be available starting in 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS Tinker Edge R will be available starting in 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS Showcases New Lineup of Professional and Gaming Displays at CES 2020

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 6, 2020 by itnerd

ASUS today showcased a new lineup of professional and gaming displays at CES 2020, including the ultra-portable ZenScreen MB16ACE and all-around solid TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A. The full lineup of displays unveil new innovations designed to provide premium visual experiences suitable for business travelers with the ZenScreen series, and hardcore gamers and entertainment fans with the TUF Gaming series. Joining the ASUS and ROG display lineup at CES 2020 is also the ROG Swift 360Hz G-SYNC monitor with an unparalleled 360Hz refresh rate, and the 4K HDR ROG Swift PG32UQX monitor powered by mini-LED technology.

 

ZenScreen is the perfect on-the-go companion for business travelers, with a 35% lighter smart case

The new ZenScreen MB16ACE is an incredibly portable 15.6-inch Full HD display that effectively doubles available workspace when using the monitor in conjunction with a typical 1080p laptop – perfect for business travelers looking to boost their productivity on the road. Thanks to its ultra-slim bezels, the entire monitor has a slim profile, and it weighs just 0.7kg (1.56 lbs) and comes in at just 8mm thick. In addition to being incredibly lightweight, the ZenScreen MB16ACE also comes with a new and improved Smart Case Lite, a new case that’s 35% lighter than the original, while still acting as both a protective cover for the screen and an adjustable stand. The Smart Case Lite can hold the ZenScreen in either portrait or landscape mode, or a smart pen hole built into the MB16ACE can prop the display up using any ordinary writing instrument.

The ZenScreen MB16ACE features an anti-glare IPS panel that is TUV Rheinland-certified for flicker-free operation at any brightness level. The MB16ACE’s low blue light technology also reduces eye strain for longer work sessions, and the screen itself is wrapped in a precision-crafted solid-aluminum unibody for a sleek and stylish look.

A single USB-C port supports DisplayPort alternate mode as well as USB 3.0 input sources. The included DisplayWidget software lets users tweak the properties of the ZenScreen from a companion laptop and can be configured to adjust display settings automatically, based on the application in use, as well as auto-rotate the display based on how it’s sitting.

 

Take advantage of unique ELMB Sync with TUF Gaming

The TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A caters to demanding gamers with an all-around combo of fresh styling, a high 165Hz refresh rate and incredibly low response time (1ms MPRT), IPS display for vivid colors and wide viewing angles, a GPU-friendly 2560×1440 resolution, and the unique ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) Sync technology from ASUS. The TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A also brings a fresh new look with a wider stand to keep the monitor stable and razor-thin bezels for immersive visuals while gaming.

With the TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A, the 1440p panel helps gamers strike the right balance between high-fidelity visuals and a high 165Hz refresh rate over a wide range of companion gaming PCs. Take full advantage of G-SYNC and ASUS ELMB Sync technology work together to provide a smooth, crisp, and tear-free gaming experience even when a game dips below 165FPS – ELMB Sync allows TUF Gaming displays to use our Extreme Low Motion Blur strobing backlight and variable-refresh-rate technologies like G-SYNC all at once for the smoothest gaming experience.

A host of exclusive features in the VG27AQL1A aim to give users full control over the display: GameVisual has six display presets to optimize visuals based on the game or application currently in use, while GamePlus adds persistent visual elements to the screen, like a crosshair or FPS counter, with just a few clicks of the display’s 5-way OSD joystick. The VG27AQL1A also features ASUS Eye Care technology, featuring a flicker-free backlight and low blue light technology to help prevent eye strain during longer gaming sessions.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ZenScreen MB16ACE will be available starting from Q1 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

The TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A will be available starting in 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS Introduces ExpertBook B9450 Laptop

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 6, 2020 by itnerd

ASUS today announced the ExpertBook B9450 laptop, the latest ASUS ExpertBook for business professionals that provides unmatched performance, durability and design within an incredibly thin and light form factor weighing in at just 1.91 lbs with a 14.9mm-thin profile. The new ExpertBook-series laptops maintains the professional and reliable personality of ASUSPRO products, but adds more innovation and flexibility to the DNA to meet the requirements of modern businesses.

Designed for business professionals on-the-go, the ExpertBook B9450 delivers top-tier performance thanks to up to a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, dual-storage design with two ultrafast 1TB PCIe® 3.0 x4 SSDs, and up to 16GB of RAM and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity. Expect uninterrupted performance on the B9450 with long-lasting battery life delivering up to an impressive 24 hours of use on a single charge, with extra comfort features like the ErgoLift hinge, built-in voice assistant support, and a Harman Kardon-optimized audio system. In addition to being built to last with military-grade durability, the B9450 takes security seriously with an integrated Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM) security chip to keep business-critical data safe with a built-in IR camera allowing biometric logins for personal privacy. Stay prepared for any business scenario with full range of input/output options including two Thunderbolt™ 3 and HDMI ports and the exclusive ASUS NumberPad 2.0, an LED-illuminated numeric keypad built into the touchpad for fast data entry.

Verified by Intel’s Project Athena as engineered for mobile performance, the ASUS ExpertBook B9450 offers exceptional performance, fast connectivity, unmatched reliability, and rock-solid security.

 

Built for on-the-go business professionals

With its unique Star Black finish, the new ASUS ExpertBook B9450 has an understated but sleek aesthetic. Housed in a chassis milled from magnesium-lithium alloy, the B9450 is tougher yet more lightweight than previous magnesium-alloy models, with a 14.9mm thin profile and weighing in at a mere 1.91 lbs.

Other thoughtful design touches include the ErgoLift hinge for more comfortable typing sessions, a quad-microphone array for videoconferencing, IR camera covers, and a light bar on the front of the laptop that activates when using built-in support for Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa. The B9450’s sound system is also optimized by Harman Kardon, with optimally-positioned speakers that benefit from signal processing to make adaptive adjustments over time, improving clarity and filtering out noise.

 

Top-tier performance

The ASUS ExpertBook B9450 gets its powerful performance from an up to 10th Gen Core i7 Processor, up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory, as many as two 2TB M.2 SSDs in PCIe 3.0 x4 slots, and Wi-Fi 6 networking. The B9450 is also certified by Intel’s Project Athena, an innovation program that establishes standards for consistent responsiveness away from wall power, a demanding baseline for battery life, the availability of comprehensive connectivity, and a drive for sleek form factors.

When at a desk, the B9450 makes it easy to increase productivity via support for an external monitor through the full-sized HDMI port on the laptop’s left side. Two adjacent Thunderbolt 3 ports support display connectivity as well, along with fast-charging and external storage. There’s also an Ethernet interface on the same edge, accessible through a physical micro-HDMI port, that’s ideal for workplaces that require a wired connection for IT management. Over on the right side, users get one USB 3.2 Gen 2 port and a 3.5mm jack for audio.

Be prepared to use the ExpertBook B9450 for a full day’s work. The two-cell, 33Wh battery is rated for up to 12 hours of productivity, while an available 66Wh power source can last as long as 24 hours under the same workload. Fast-charging support brings either battery option up to 60% of maximum capacity in just 39 minutes.

 

Professional-grade security and durability

The ASUS ExpertBook B9450 is equipped with robust military-grade durability, surviving numerous MIL-STD-810G laboratory procedures including drop tests, shock tests, vibration tests, high temperatures, low temperatures, days of 95% humidity, and hours of sand and dust exposure. Pairing a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM) security chip, a webcam shield and a built-in IR camera for safe biometric logins, the B9450 offers rock solid security to help users safeguard business data and maintain personal privacy.

 

Seamlessly integrate mobile with MyASUS software

The latest ExpertBook B9 includes the latest version of the MyASUS software. The software now allows seamless integration with mobile devices, using the Link to MyASUS mobile app that’s scheduled for release in early 2020. New features include fast and easy wireless file and URL transfers for users who need to share files or web links seamlessly between their PC and mobile devices; Remote File Access for accessing data on mobile devices from a laptop, anytime and anywhere; and smooth multitasking using the screen mirroring and screen extender functions that give users an auxiliary display for cross-referencing and other uses.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ExpertBook B9450 will be available starting in Q1 2020. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.