“A rundown of all the tech ASUS showcased at Computex 2019”
Every year, dozens of laptop manufacturers fly to Taiwan to showcase their latest products at Computex, one of the biggest tech events in the world. Since the exhibition takes place in ASUS‘ backyard, the company puts its best foot forward and rarely ever ceases to amaze. This year is no different and at the company’s pre-Computex briefing, I got to check out all the goodies the company will be bringing to the market in 2019. So, without any further ado, here are the best laptops and accessories from ASUS that are being unveiled at Computex this year.
ZenBook Duo and ZenBook Pro Duo
ASUS calls its latest ZenBook flagships “the laptops of tomorrow“, and I agree. Both, the ZenBook Duo and Pro Duo (first impressions) ship with two displays each, which opens a plethora of multitasking opportunities. The machines look great, feel luxurious and can easily hold a candle to mid-tier gaming laptops with their powerful innards.
The 15.6-inch variant can be outfitted with up to Intel’s Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA’s RTX 2060 graphics card, whereas the 14-inch model can be specced with team blue’s latest Core i7 chip and an NVIDIA MX250 GPU. Suffice it to say, the ZenBook Duo and the ZenBook Pro Duo offer beastly performance in a unique, handsome package.
ASUS ZenBook 13, 14 and 15
The company also showcased the ZenBook 13, 14 and 15, which look identical to last year’s laptops albeit ship with newer internals and a fancy touchpad which ASUS calls ScreenPad. As its moniker suggests, the ScreenPad doubles up as a touch screen and incorporates customized applications and utilities to better the overall user experience.
Spec-wise, all the three laptops can be configured with either an Intel Core i5-8265U or a Core i7-8565U processor. That said, the 15-inch model can be specced with the GTX 1650 Max-Q card, whereas the other two models only offer NVIDIA’s MX250 chips.
ASUS VivoBook S14 and S15
I’ve always been a fan of ASUS’ VivoBook series. In fact, the company’s S406U was one of the best laptop’s I reviewed last year. To that extent, the latest VivoBooks don’t disappoint either. The laptops come in two sizes and for the most part, look identical and feature the exact same innards. Both the machines can be configured with Intel’s Core i7-8565U or Core i5-8265U processors, an Intel or NVIDIA GPU, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. What’s more, the devices offer the same wireless connectivity solutions too, and ship with the support for WiFi 6 as well as Bluetooth 5.0.
Moreover, the VivoBook S15 features the company’s ScreenPad 2.0 technology, akin to the newer ZenBooks whereas the VivoBook S14 ships with a traditional touchpad. Lastly, both the laptops ship in peppy hues of Moss Green, Punk Pink or Transparent Silver.
ROG Strix III and Hero III
ASUS’ ROG gaming division had some products on display too. To kick things off, the company unveiled the ROG Strix III and Hero III laptops which come with updated specs and slightly newer design. For one, the laptops can now be outfitted with Intel’s Core i9 Processors. Secondly, the display on the newer Hero and Scar models offers a refresh rate of 240Hz, which is ideal for buyers who play a lot of competitive, e-sports titles like Fortnite.
As far as features are concerned, the ASUS ROG Scar III and Hero III also come with support for keystones, which allows buyers to attach physical, NFC-enabled keys into the laptop’s chassis. Once the key is docked in place, it automatically loads a user’s custom game profile and also opens access to private storage.
The company also took the wraps off a slew of Zephyrus notebooks with updated internals. For the uninitiated, the company’s Zephyrus line of gaming laptops ship with sleek chassis and powerful core components for maximum portability and performance. While the design of the company’s new range of Zephyrus laptops remains the same, the company did showcase a brand new glacier blue colourway for its upcoming notebooks, which looks slick.
I’d also like to mention that buyers looking for the most bang for their buck can pick up the new Zephyrus laptops with AMD’s processor and graphics too. I’ll have more details to share on the laptop’s specifics once they go official, so watch this space.
Last but certainly not the least, the company unveiled two new gaming headsets in the form of the ROG Theta and the ROG Theta Electret. Both the headphones offer a total of eight virtual essence dynamic drivers and ship with an AI-powered noise cancelling microphones, which as per the company, reduces static by means of a software algorithm.
And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Computex, folks. Make sure to stay tuned to our website if you don’t want to miss out on exciting new launches.
Disclosure: this writer is in Taiwan for attending Computex on ASUS India’s invitation