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When ASUS released the ZenFone 2 Laser, the company’s goal was to offer a premium smartphone experience with strong camera performance at an affordable price. On the surface the ZenFone 2 Laser has many of the key features of a premium phone, including an octa-core SoC with Adreno graphics, dual active SIM capabilities, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera, and a removable battery. Given that many flagship Android phones sell for $599 and up for an unlocked version, ASUS’s price of $249 for the high-end 32GB model of the ZenFone 2 Laser is very reasonable. If you want to save some cash,... Read more...
Join us for another episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast where Marco, Paul and Dave discuss cool stuff in tech like Netgear's Nighthawk X8 AC WiFi router, Intel's new Compute Sticks with Windows 10, a gaggle of great mechanical keyboards, the Core m-based ASUS ZenBook UX305CA and some interesting new smartphones coming down the pipe – the Huawei Mate 8 and the Asus ZenFone Zoom... Show Notes: 01:19 - Intel Compute Stick Cherry Trail Review: Pocket-Sized Windows 10 PC 12:09 - Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 AC5300 WiFi Router Review: Amplified AC 23:10 - Keys To Success: Four Mechanical... Read more...
We had good things to say about Asus’ super-slim ZenBook UX305 when we evaluated it early last year. Attractive, sturdy, and downright tiny, the UX305 was a good value for the price, and it had good looks too. A year later, the ZenBook is back with the updated UX305CA, so we got one in to see if the newer version is as balanced a machine as last year’s model. The Zenbook UX305CA we will be showing you here has Windows 10 and an updated Core M processor, along with improved graphics, but many things haven’t changed: it’s still tiny, it has the same wedge design and the lid still props the keyboard... Read more...
In a broad sense, there are two types of keyboards in this world—those that use mechanical key switches and those that don't. If that sounds like something a keyboard snob would say, so be it, this editor stands guilty as charged, and happily so. We can accept that not everyone will find just cause to spend a premium on a mechanical plank, but one thing we'll never concede is that even the best membrane keyboards are on equal footing as those with mechanical key switches. Stick bamboo under our fingernails (not really) or subject us to a marathon of Matthew McConaughey movies (dear God no!), such... Read more...
Though it still hasn't grabbed consumers like some manufacturers had hoped, the smartwatch market is growing rather quickly, and a number of good options are currently available. For some users, price may be one of the key factors holding them back from buying a smartwatch. While many watches cost at least $250, and some can run hundreds of dollars more, ASUS’s latest ZenWatch 2 we'll be showing you here is available for as little as $129. Of course, any time we see a budget-friendly smartphone, laptop, tablet, or smartwatch we assume sacrifices were made to keep the price low. In the case of the... Read more...
Two weeks ago, we learned that ASUS is finally bringing its ZenFone Zoom to the U.S., one year after it was first announced. At the time, ASUS said that the smartphone would be available in February, but gave no further details. Today, we’re learning that the ZenFone Zoom will be available exclusively from B&H Photo Video. B&H Photo Video, which was founded in 1973 in New York City, will carry the phone beginning February 1st and it will carry a price tag of $399 unlocked. You can pre-order the smartphone right now and receive free expedited shipping. The ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) is... Read more...
If you’re a road warrior that likes to carry a lightweight notebook along with you, but would like some extra screen real estate when the need arises, USB-based portable monitors have been around to fill that void. In the past, users have relied on products like the ASUS MB168B+, which weighs just 1.76 pounds, is just 8mm thick, connects via a USB 3.0 port and has a screen resolution of 1920x1080. ASUS has decided to upgrade the MB168B+ and has given it a new name in the process: MB169C+. ASUS says that this is the world’s first 15.6-inch portable monitor to exclusive use a USB-C connector.... Read more...
ASUS designed its new Chromebook C202 to be a particularly tough computer, and with good reason: the Chromebooks are headed to classrooms across the U.S. Rough treatment is to be expected and the occasional drop to a tile floor is a given. After performing what it describes as “military-grade” testing, ASUS thinks it has a laptop rugged enough for school. The Chromebook C202 features an 11.6-inch anti-glare display at 1366 x 768. That’s not much screen real estate, but not unexpected for a student laptop. The system is powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 and integrated Intel HD... Read more...
It’s déjà vu all over again. Almost exactly one year ago, we first brought you news of the ASUS ZenFone Zoom. At the time, we were unaware whether the smartphone would ever make it to the United States. Today, we finally received our answer: the ZenFone Zoom will be available stateside next month for $399 off contract. If you need a refresher, the ZenFone Zoom features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3590 processor with 4GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB cards. And if that wasn’t enough, 5GB of... Read more...
Isn't it great when a bit of extra performance can be snared from a piece of PC hardware for free? It's the reason overclocking is so popular, whether it's to boost a CPU to cut down on render/encode times, or a GPU to give us a few extra frames-per-second. What's even better, though, is when a little trickery can be used to turn one product completely into another. On the GPU side of things, this has been possible a few times in the past, and according to a proud ASUS STRIX owner, it's also apparently possible with one of the current top-end models from AMD. In a rather subtle post made to XtremeSystems,... Read more...
New processor architectures inevitably lead to a flurry of refreshed product lines from PC makers. That's how things have been playing out with Skylake, a "tock" in Intel's tick-tock design cadence and its 6th generation Core processor family. As usual, ASUS is on the bleeding edge with new Skylake systems ready to go, one of which is the ROG G752VT. The specific model ASUS sent us is the ROG G752VT-DH72, a slightly toned down update to the ROG G751JY-DB72 we reviewed back in September. Like that laptop, the G752VT falls into the desktop replacement category and takes aim at gamers with high-end... Read more...
It’s been quite some time since we last looked at an all-in-one PC. Although there is clearly a niche market for AiOs, the product segment has always kept a consistent rythm in all facets of computing - consumer, enterprise and SMB. These types of systems appeal to style-conscious users and businesses that need computing utility with good looks, that blends in and stays out of the way. And though many are not powerhouses, a few do catch our enthusiast eye, and one of those few is the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IC, which Asus is billing as “The pinnacle of Windows all-in-one PCs.”That may be a stretch... Read more...
We first brought you news of ASUS’ Chromebit on April Fool’s Day, but now Taiwanese OEM and Google are ready for the official retail debut of the Chrome OS-powered computing stick. The Chromebit CS10 is a dainty little device, fitting into the palm of your hand and measuring just 12cm long. And since it’s running the lightweight Chrome OS, you won’t exactly need a lot of firepower to meet your productivity and streaming needs. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that it is powered by a Rockchip RK3288-C SoC with 2GB of RAM, Mali T764 graphics that support up to 1080p resolutions, 16GB of... Read more...
If you're a believer that "Gold is best!," you're going to love the Midas touch ASUS employed to its newest all-in-one system, the Zen AiO Pro. It's a well designed 23.8-inch AIO sporting an anodized all-aluminum body that will draw inevitable comparisons to Apple's iMac series, but with an "Icicle Gold" color scheme. "The Zen AiO Pro is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and design, with a slim unibody shell and integral stand forged from aluminum," ASUS explains. "The sophisticated appearance is enhanced by a layer of edge-to-edge glass covering the display, while the rear cover has a brushed-metal... Read more...
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