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The Asus Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard is the latest in Asus' flagship line of enthusiast-class motherboards for gamers. It’s a top-end premium solution with a dizzying array of tuning options to supercharge your next build and tweak overall performance in games, networking and more. Our previous motherboard eval featured the Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Ultra Durable, which was a budget-friendly Z170 motherboard that offered strong performance, without a ton of superfluous bells and whistles. Yet the Gigabyte board was quite the performer, holding its own in most tests and even coming out ahead... Read more...
Despite its rugged exterior designed to protect it from the unforgiving clumsiness of grade school kids, the ASUS Chromebook C202 is surprisingly easy to operate on and repair at home. That's the takeaway from iFixIt's latest teardown, which noted that "opening the C202 was easier than sticking a straw in a juice box." Presumably they're talking about an actual juice box and not a Capri Sun, the latter of which is the bane of any thirsty child looking for a quick hit.The Chromebook C202's friendly serviceability isn't by accident. ASUS intentionally designed the C202 to be both "classroom-rugged"... Read more...
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q has a lot going for it. ASUS filled the spec sheet with desirable technologies, including the use of an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel. It's also the first monitor to boast both a 165Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-Sync support. But for all that it has going for it, there have been numerous user complaints about an apparent backlight bleed issue. Some have even accused ASUS of shipping out used panels. What does ASUS have to say about the matter? In a lengthy blog post on the subject, ASUS reassures buyers that it uses the "industry's most stringent screening criteria" and... Read more...
We'd all love to wield dual Titan X graphics cards in our gaming systems, but pesky things like mortgages, college funds for the kids, and food bills tend to prevent us from such willy-nilly spending habits. Luckily manufacturers take these things into account and release more pedestrian level graphics cards, as ASUS has done with its new GeForce GTX 950 part.No, you're not going to game at 4K Ultra HD with all the eye candy cranked to the max with this thing, but for Full HD 1080p gaming, there's sufficient power here to push pixels around the screen. The card consists of 768 CUDA cores and 2GB... Read more...
ASUS crafts some of the highest-performing and best-looking wireless routers on the market, but as far as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is concerned, it's also crafted some of the most insecure. The FTC alleges that ASUS put "hundreds of thousands" of users at risk because they were oblivious to some serious security holes that plagued the most important piece of equipment on their network. Some of these issues were tied to cloud software bundled with the router, but that's not all. The FTC mentions that bugs in some router control panels would allow attackers to change settings without the... Read more...
At a glance, you may assume the phone we're testing here is one you've seen before -- a Nokia Lumia 1020 clone perhaps? Despite having a similar circular camera fixture on the handset's back side, suggesting a strong focus on photography, this is actually a newly released phone produced by ASUS. The ASUS ZenFone Zoom is an interesting beast. Though it was initially released for a more international audience, ASUS has since seen fit to bring the device to North American shores. It makes sense, though. Other than calling or texting, cameras have long been a key smartphone feature that gets used most... Read more...
Join us today for another episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks in which Dave, Marco and Paul chat about the just-released OCZ Trion 150 SSD, Dell's Precision 15  mobile workstation with carbon fiber and Infinity Edge display, the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser, an awesome mini-PC from Minix -- the NGC-1 -- and news of Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant, that won't tolerate sexual harassment! We also talk about an AMD 32-Core Zen-based processor that was recently outed at CERN and drop some hints about an upcoming gaming PC giveaway... Show Notes: 02:33 - OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review: Affordable,... Read more...
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...
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