ASUS Announces Strix Scope Gaming Keyboard And ZenBook S13 Ultraportable Laptop Availability

ASUS has a product for you, whether you are heading into the office for an important meeting or taking down an opponent in Apex Legends. ASUS just released its ZenBook S13 (UX392) and the ASUS Republic of Gamers Strix Scope mechanical keyboard. ASUS boasts that the ZenBook S13 is the “world’s thinnest laptop with discrete graphics”, while the Strix Scope has been “engineered for FPS success”.

The ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392) incorporates an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce MX150, up to 16GB of RAM, and 512GB PCIe x4 SSD. Although the device is small, it still features a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, and a microSD card reader. The device includes 50Wh lithium-polymer battery and can last up to 15 hours on a single charge.
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ASUS worked closely with audio specialists Harman Kardon to create two stereo speakers and surround-sound effects. The company claims that its special smart amplifier minimizes distortion and provides “cinema-quality audio”. Users will also be to call upon Amazon Alexa to help perform everyday tasks like reading the news or controlling smart home devices. The Zenbook 13 will also includes Windows 10 Pro.

ASUS boasts that the device features a 13.9 inch (roughly 353.06 mm) LED-backlit IPS FHD screen and features a 97% screen-to-body ratio. All of its components have been squeezed into a 5.07 inch (12.9 mm) thin CNC-milled chassis. The device weighs 2.4 pounds and is touted as “seriously portable”.

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ASUS ROG has also released the Strix Scope mechanical keyboard. The device features an enlarged Xccurate Ctrl key, Quick-Toggles switches, and a “One-Touch Stealth key” that quickly hides all of a user’s apps and mutes their audio. It also includes N-Key rollover with anti-ghosting, 1000HZ polling, and support for Windows 7 and Windows 10. The mechanical keyboard measures roughly 17.32 X 5.39 X 1.54 inches (440 x 137 x 39mm) and weighs 2.36 pounds (1,070 grams).

The Strix Scope incorporates Cherry MX RGB switches that “deliver the precise mechanical feel preferred by gamers and enthusiasts”. Users can configure their keyboard with Cherry MX Red, Brown, Blue, Black, Silent Red, and Speed Silver switches. The switches vary slightly in size and actuation force. Users can also switch out the black WASD keys for silver-colored caps.

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No modern ASUS ROG device would be complete without lighting options. The device includes per-key ASUS Aura RGB LEDs, Aura Sync compatibility, and an illuminated logo. Users can also create up to six different illumination profiles.

The ASUS ZenBook S13 is priced similarly to comparable devices. The version with 8GB memory is available for $1,399 USD at major retailers, while the 16GB version is available for $1,499. There is currently no pricing for Strix Scope mechanical keyboard and it has not yet been listed by major retailers. It is unclear when it will be available.

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ASUS has announced several products over the last few weeks. It recently debuted the ProArt PA32UCX And PQ22UC 4K HDR monitors with Dolby Vision support, which are meant to provide “ultravivid picture quality.” There is currently no pricing information or release date for these products either.