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The moment all Chromebook users have been waiting for has arrived! Well, at least those sporting ASUS Flip Chromebooks, as that seems to be the first destination for added support for apps found through Google's Play Store. If you're rocking an ASUS Flip, you'll need to enable the development channel in order to gain access, so it's not quite "public" yet. We first learned of Google's Chromebook Play Store plans way back in April, which came to us in the form of a rumor. A mere month later, Google confirmed the feature at its I/O developer conference. Fast forward less than a month, and the ASUS... Read more...
Multiple websites are claiming to have received graphics cards from ASUS and MSI with jacked up clockspeeds that are higher than the ones shipping to consumers by default. Known as review samples, it's not uncommon to see slight deviations from the final product when reviewers get their hands on parts before they've launched to retail, but the insinuation here is that ASUS and MSI are gaming the review process to give their cards an edge over the competition. This isn't a black and white situation. The folks at TechPowerUp noticed that something was amiss with MSI's GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X card,... Read more...
ASUS has teamed up with Verizon to announce a new 8-inch class slate, the ZenPad Z8 (ZT581KL) powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core System-on-Chip (SoC) with Adreno 510 graphics. Verizon is the only one taking pre-orders on the ZenPad Z8 and will carry the slate in stores next Thursday (June 23). "ASUS is excited to launch the ZenPad Z8 with Verizon. The ASUS ZenPad Z8 brings an incredible feature set and top-end specifications to Verizon customers at a very attractive price," says Benson Lin, corporate vice president and general manager for mobile communications, ASUS. "We’re thrilled... Read more...
A second wave of 802.11ac wireless routers have begun to appear, and the new must-have feature is MU-MIMO, short for Multiple User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output. We already reviewed the first two MU-MIMO routers we could get our hands on from Linksys and Netgear, and now Asus has entered the fray with a dual-band AC3100 router dubbed the RT-AC88U. This is a flagship router that has all the bells and whistles one would expect at a $300 price point, but it differentiates itself from the competition by offering Link Aggregation and eight LAN ports, which are uncommon features in a consumer-class... Read more...
Trade event shows such as Computex often feature future thinking designs from hardware players, some of which eventually make it to market while others become an obscure footnote in the history of technology. We hope it's the former category that ASUS ROG's Avalon concept falls into because it's one of the most interesting builds we've seen in a long time. The Avalon represents what ASUS ROG envisions as the future of cable-free PCs. It embraces the modular nature of building systems along with recent advances in technology, the latter of which has led to a rise in small form factor PCs, particularly... Read more...
Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House is almost a reality. Asus chairman Jonney Shih unveiled Zenbo, the first Asus robot, at Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. Zenbo is a friendly and capable home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship. Shih stated, “For decades, humans have dreamed of owning such a companion: one that is smart, dear to our hearts, and always at our disposal. Our ambition is to enable robotic computing for every household.” Zenbo is designed for everyone, but is particularly useful for senior citizens and children. The robot can provide spoken... Read more...
The 2-in-1 design for laptops is growing in popularity as demand for standalone tablets is in decline. For that you can thank Microsoft for providing its hardware partners with a blueprint in the form of its Surface line, which in turn has led to some compelling solutions in the convertible category. That includes new Transformer 3 designs from ASUS.Among the bevy of products ASUS unveiled at Computex are two Transformer 3 models, a regular version and a Pro model. The Transformer 3 boasts a slim profile that measures just 6.9mm and weighs a mere 695g. It's "precision crafted from aluminum" with... Read more...
Asus definitely impressed us with its ZenFone 2 family of products, which offered solid performance (via an Intel Atom SoC) and very attractive pricing off-contract and unlocked. Asus is back at it again with the new ZenFone 3 Android smartphone lineup, and the Taiwanese company is once again turning heads for all the right reasons. Starting off with the range-topping model, we have the ZenFone 3 Deluxe which sports an aluminum unibody design with absolutely no antenna lines. How Asus managed to beat competitors like HTC and Apple to the punch (which use unibody designs with plastic antenna lines)... Read more...
Apple hoped to revolutionize the thin and light category with its 12-inch MacBook in early 2015. Not everyone was convinced, however, given the notebook’s meager performance, single USB-C port that was used both for charging and expansion, and $1,299 entry point. The 2016 update didn’t move the bar much further, which is giving PC manufacturers the perfect opportunity to take shots at Apple’s premium notebook. That’s where Asus comes into play with its new ZenBook 3, which is a prime example of “Anything you can do I can better.” The ZenBook 3 measures in at just 11.9 millimeters thick, undercutting... Read more...
As if we needed more reasons to fall in lust with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, the GPU maker's hardware partners have begun releasing custom variants that up the ante with more aggressive aesthetics, superior cooling, and faster clockspeeds. We saw it yesterday with EVGA's GeForce GTX 1080 Superclocked ACX 3.0 Edition, and now ASUS and Zotac are following suit with custom designed Pascal parts of their own.We'll start with ASUS, which tapped its Republic of Gamers division to construct the ROG Strix GTX 1080. ASUS considers it "the new king of the hill," and though its competitors might... Read more...
ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) is working on a new laptop for gamers that's going to be big, both in size and performance. The company's R&D isn't quite ready to let the cat out of the bag, but it did share some tidbits that give you an idea of what to expect from what ASUS ROG considers "the future of ultimate gaming laptops." One of those tidbits sits inconspicuously in the tags section of ASUS ROG's blog post. We say it's inconspicuous because tags are generally intended for search engines like Google and Bing to index a website. But in this instance, one of the tags reveals that ASUS ROG... Read more...
ASUS is expanding its ROG Strix Series with a two new products, the most important of which is the first laptop to bare the Strix name: the GL502. Accompanying the new gaming laptop is the ROG Strix Wireless gaming headset, which is the perfect companion accessory for gamers. But let’s get the most exciting product out of the way first. The ROG Strix GL502 is a 15.4-inch class gaming notebook that is available with either Full HD (1920x1080) or 4K Ultra HD display (3840X2160) options — both feature IPS panels, 178-degree viewing angles and non-glare coatings. The displays can be powered by up to... Read more...
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...
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