New Asus laptops bring some creative changes

We attended an Asus event yesterday to see all the new laptop products that they are releasing. I was pleasantly surprised to see some cool changes in these laptops and will most likely have a great effect in the industry.

Ons of the most notable changes is that of the ScreenPad, this pad replaces the trace/touch pad on the laptop. The ScreenPad is a colour touch screen that acts as your normal touch padand can then be customized to run Apps. For instance, you can at a touch change the screen to a calculator to quickly use and then switch back to the mouse control or while playing your favourite game, have the ScreenPad run your favorite playlist or even watch videos. This is a great innovation and should appeal to a mass market in my opinion.

More details can be seen below with the different laptop and which ones has some great new stuff to offer.

ASUS fashionably debuts new elegant, ultra-thin and light laptops in South Africa

The world’s third-largest laptop manufacturer, ASUS, debuted its new range of consumer laptops for the South African market at a glittering fashion show at Sandton City today.

ASUS South Africa unveiled its new premium ZenBook series – the ZenBook 13, ZenBook 14 and ZenBook 15, ZenBook Pro 14, ZenBook Flip 13 and ZenBook Flip 15 – and two new additions to its VivoBook family: the 14-inch VivoBook 14 and the 15.6-inch VivoBook 15 at a local launch, to follow their debut at global trade show CES in Las Vegas, US, earlier this month.

Top South African designers Neo Serati, inaugural Project Runway SA winner Kentse Masilo and Balini Naidoo showcased designs – inspired by ASUS – at the launch.

“South Africa is an important market for us which is why we wanted to launch our new models at a glittering event, similar to the global launch at CES, “ says Jasmine Lin, Product Manager & Marketing Head at ASUS South Africa.  “And we plumped for a fashion show because ASUS laptops are not just tools, they are lifestyle products that complement and enhance users’ lives.”

Lin adds that the new laptops demonstrated significant development in a field that had not seen a lot of innovation in the past few years.

“Our new models all feature four-sided frameless ultraslim bezels which mean that screen size has increased significantly while the actual devices themselves haven’t. And they feature ASUS’ innovative numeric keypads build into the touchpads which allow for  easy and familiar data entry. We also have innovative fingerprint and face recognition options to make logging in easier and more secure,” she says.

The ZenBook 13, 14 and 15 are part of a fully redesigned series of premium thin and light laptops with stunning new frameless NanoEdge display, which features ultraslim bezels on all four sides and an unrivaled up to 95% screen-to-body ratio[ for a near-borderless viewing experience. The NanoEdge display also allows a much more compact design, with the result that each of the new ZenBook models has the smallest footprint in its class.

The 13-inch and 14-inch models also optionally include the exclusive new NumPad, an innovative productivity enhancement that provides a full-size LED-illuminated numeric keypad built into the touchpad.

All models feature a special 3D IR camera that allows fast face login using Windows Hello, even in low-light environments.

The new models feature a full complement of high-performance components including the latest 8th Generation Intel® Core i7 quad-core CPU, up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics, 16GB RAM, ultrafast PCIe® SSDs and gigabit-class Wi-Fi.

Designed to be versatile, powerful and supremely portable, the 13.3-inch ZenBook Flip 13 and 15.6-inch ZenBook Flip 15 are 10% smaller than the previous models[ and feature frameless NanoEdge displays with ultra-narrow bezels on all four sides and a 90% screen-to-body ratio that enables a much more compact chassis design.

Both models incorporate a world-facing camera, designed specifically for use with mixed-reality applications that allow users to interact with 3D virtual objects in the physical world.

ZenBook Flip 13 also introduces the amazing new NumPad.

ZenBook Flip 15 and 13 are powered by the latest Intel® Core processors, and their touchscreen displays support an active stylus for easy and intuitive creative input. For the ultimate creative power, ZenBook Flip 15 adds high-performance discrete NVIDIA® graphics and a PANTONE® Validated display for accurate color rendering.

ZenBook Pro 14 features the futuristic new ScreenPad — an ASUS innovation that reinvents the way users work and interact with their laptop — and is designed for highly mobile artists, designers, programmers, or any kind of creator who’s excited by new technology

ScreenPad cleverly combines a touchpad with a high-resolution, full-color touchscreen to offer novel ways of interacting intelligently with both Windows apps and dedicated programs called ScreenPad Apps. Adaptive functions with context-sensitive tools enhance workflow and productivity, and ScreenPad is fully customizable to allow users to personalize their experience.

All models are torture-tested to military-grade (MIL-STD-810G) reliability standards, with demanding tests that include environmental extremes of altitude, temperature and humidity, in addition to extensive drop, shock and vibration testing.

They also feature the unique ErgoLift hinge design, which has a silky-smooth, stepless action that holds the display securely at any angle, allowing the laptops to be used in laptop, tablet, stand or tent modes — or anything in between — for the ultimate versatility.

When working on the go, it’s vital to be able to connect with anything and everything. The new ZenBook series features the revolutionary USB Type-C (USB-C) port for any-way-up connections and superfast USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps[) data transfers, and there’s also a range of other USB ports, including USB Type-A (up to 5Gbps or 10Gbps) and/or USB 2.0. All models also include an HDMI port and a microSD or SD card reader, so it’s easy to connect to all your current and future peripherals.

Meanwhile, the VivoBook 14-inch X412 and 15-inch X512 feature frameless NanoEdge displays with at least an 87% screen-to-body ratio for immersive viewing.

The incredibly slim bezel allows a large display to fit into a smaller chassis, effectively reducing the laptop footprint for a more compact and portable machine.

These laptops are powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor with up to NVIDIA® GeForce® MX130 discrete graphics, and include the ErgoLift hinge that tilts the keyboard to replicate the feel of a desktop keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience.

VivoBook 14 and 15 are available in four gorgeous colors so users can select one that best express themselves. There are classics such as Transparent Silver and Slate Grey, as well as iridescent Peacock Blue, which changes color tone depending on how light strikes the laptop surface. There’s also the eye-catching Coral Crush, which is slated to be a big hit in 2019. The ZenBook 14 and 15 and Flip 15 are available In February while the ZenBook 13, Pro 14, Flip 13, and VivoBook 14 and 15 are available at selected retailers from March.

ASUS Republic of Gamers launches range of NVIDIA GeForce RTX laptops in South Africa

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) debuted its latest line-up of laptops, which will take gaming to the next level at a glittering fashion show at Sandton City today.

The ROG Zephyrus S GX701, ROG Zephyrus S GX531, ROG Strix Scar II 17, ROG Strix Scar II 15,

TUF Gaming FX705 and the TUF Gaming FX505 are filled with updates that elevate portable PC gaming experience across a diverse family of form factors.

Top South African designers Neo Serati, inaugural Project Runway SA winner Kentse Masilo and Balini Naidoo showcased designs – “Inspired by ASUS” – at the launch. The laptops were first debuted at the global trade show, CES, in Las Vegas three weeks ago.

“South Africa is an important market for us which is why we wanted to launch our new models at a glittering event, similar to the global launch at CES“ – says Jasmine Lin, Product Manager & Marketing Head at ASUS South Africa. 

Lin says the new laptops will bring gaming to the next level: “ROG’s mission has always been producing the most innovative gaming solutions that enable the ultimate experience for gamers.  We’ve noticed that quite a few of gamers need their machines for both gaming and working. The ROG Zephyrus are designed for both scenarios”.

Zephyrus S GX701

Ultraslim gaming laptop that takes hardcore gaming to the next level with the new NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 20-Series GPUs with Max-Q design and 8th Generation Intel® Core i7 processor. Zephyrus S GX701 features a 17-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate, and frames it with super-narrow bezels. It also adds NVIDIA G-SYNC and Optimus technology into the mix. The PANTONE® Validated panel is ideal for immersive gaming or serious content creation. ProArt TruColor Technology guarantees color accuracy that is better than most desktop monitors.

Even with these upgrades and a much larger screen, Zephyrus S GX701 maintains an impressively slender profile and surprisingly compact footprint. It fits most conventional laptop bags and backpacks thanks to its slim 6.9mm bezels that allow the massive 17.3-inch screen to squeeze into a body just 15.7 inches wide. It’s the most compact 17-inch gaming notebook around, and at only 18.7mm, it’s also the thinnest.

A potent processor allows Zephyrus S GX701 to tackle any task with confidence. The 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU boasts six cores and 12 threads with a peak Turbo clock of 4.1GHz.

There’s up to 24GB of fast DDR4-2666 system memory and up to 8GB of separate GDDR6 VRAM. Superfast storage is supplied by an NVMe SSD with up to 1TB of capacity and four lanes of PCI Express® 3.0 bandwidth.

To avoid compromising performance, the innovative Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) exposes a large intake when the lid is lifted to increase airflow compared to traditional designs. It draws additional air through vents above the keyboard, and dual fans propel it all through four heatsinks and exhaust vents flanking the rear corners to ensure Zephyrus S GX701 runs cool in all conditions.

Fan speeds are controlled by an intelligent algorithm that responds automatically to temperature changes. Users can choose between three expertly tuned profiles via a convenient keyboard shortcut to quickly adapt to different usage scenarios.

Zephyrus S GX701 is a first gaming laptop capable of being powered by DC or USB Type-C (USB-C) input. With support for USB Power Delivery, it can handle everyday work powered by a 65W Type-C adapter that’s much smaller than the required AC adapter for maximum gaming performance.

And thanks to Aura RGB technology – each key is illuminated by an independent RGB LED capable of producing a brilliant glow at peak brightness. Users can easily customize the intensity and configure colors and effects to suit different scenarios, like identifying important keys for specific games and choosing a subtler look for serious work.

Zephyrus S GX531

Putting high-end gaming components into an ultra-slim laptop is exceedingly difficult, especially when targeting a thinner chassis than ever before, but the Zephyrus S GX531 delivers with a remarkably compact body that’s a testament to ROG’s engineering prowess. The slender exterior measures nearly 15mm thin and leverages a 15.6” display with super-narrow bezels to squeeze into a smaller footprint, so you can easily stuff the system into bags made for laptops with much less power.

The ROG Zephyrus S GX531 lowers its profile without scaling back on specifications. You get cutting-edge parts like the latest Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, a premium 144Hz refresh rate display plus all the ROG essentials. They are just squeezed into a slimmer package that lacks some of the extras available in the new compact 17” ROG Zephyrus S GX701. That makes the smaller Zephyrus S a more focused alternative for people who prioritize portability above everything else.

ROG Strix SCAR II GL504/GL704

ROG Strix occupies a more mainstream middle ground between beast-like desktop replacements and premium ultra-slim gaming laptops.

Built for the FPS side of the esports arena, the ROG Strix SCAR II comes in 15.6” and 17.3” flavors available with the same 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. Both versions are draped in a shooter-inspired motif that uses splashes of camouflage to create a unique aesthetic fit for the battlefield. Highlighted WASD keys further reinforce the SCAR’s roots and ensure that you can easily find the home row for FPS gaming.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU gives the 15” SCAR II GL504GV and 17” SCAR II GL704GV enough horsepower to drive triple-digit frame rates in popular shooters. Serious gamers should upgrade to the GeForce RTX 2070, though; the SCAR II GL504GW and GL704GW offer this more powerful graphics with both screen sizes, providing additional performance headroom for competitive gaming, demanding AAA titles, and cutting-edge VR experiences. Choose between a larger 17” display that is more immersive and a compact 15” display that is more portable.

TUG Gaming FX505/FX705

Announced TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705, are durability-enhanced 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch gaming laptops that have been carefully engineered to deliver all the essentials needed for high-end gaming experiences at affordable prices.

Both feature FHD IPS-level NanoEdge displays with refresh rates up to 144Hz, delivering ultra-smooth and clear gameplay that avoids blurring. The matte non-reflective displays cover the entire sRGB color gamut and produce vivid colors even at wide viewing angles.

Powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, a next-gen workhorse with six cores and 12 threads, not only capable of providing best-in-class gaming experiences, but also able to process multithreaded workloads much faster than the previous generation. Both models feature up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, supremely capable of high-framerate gaming at FHD resolution. Up to 32GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM, a 512GB PCIe® SSD, and a 1TB FireCuda solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) ensure snappy Windows performance and fast game-load times.

As with all TUF Gaming products, FX505 and FX705 are built to withstand everyday abuse. They are put through rigorous quality and durability tests that exceed industry standards, and they have also passed the demanding military-grade MIL-STD-810G test for sudden jolts.

AVAILABILITY & PRICINGROG Strix SCAR II models are already available while the ROG Zephyrus S and TUF Gaming are available at selected retailers from next month.

ProductAvailabilityWhere to buyMSRP (ZAR)
ZenBook Pro 14MarchDionwiredFrom R29,999
ZenBook 13MarchDionwiredFrom R22,999
ZenBook 14FebtakealotFrom R17,999
ZenBook 15FebtakealotFrom R25,999
ZenBook Flip 15FebtakealotFrom R29,999
ZenBook Flip 13MarchtakealotFrom R21,999
VivoBook 14MarchtakealotFrom R8,999
VivoBook 15MarchtakealotFrom R12,999
ROG Zephyrus S 17FebEvetechFrom R65,999
ROG Zephyrus S 15FebEvetechFrom R49,999
ROG Strix Scar II 17AvailableEvetechFrom R42,999
ROG Strix Scar II 15AvailableEvetechFrom R44,999
TUF GAMING 17MarchEvetech, takealotFrom R18,999
TUF GAMING 15AvailableIncredible ConnectionFrom R18,999

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