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All posts tagged "Asus"

  • Asus Zenbook Pro has a ‘smartphone’ screen for a touchpad

    How can you possibly make laptops relevant to end users again? Simple. Replace the touch pad with a smartphone. Profit. That's exactly what Asus has done with its new Zenbook Pro. Although it's a laptop through and through, boasting a 15.6-inch 4K screen, up to 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti, it also features a 5.5-inch screen where the touch pad should be. Asus calls it the ScreenPad. It's a 1080p touch-responsive screen that allows users to open apps like the Calendar, play YouTube videos, and even run a mini version of the Zenbook's desktop. Users can also open apps...

  • ‘Expect’ a gaming phone from Asus in the future

    Mobile gaming is a giant portion of both Google and Apple's app revenue, but smartphone makers haven't really latched onto the idea of 'gaming phones' at all. Sure, the Razer Phone launched late last year, but it's one of few companies that have stretched the idea beyond marketing and into actual hardware. But it may not be alone in this space for much longer. And according to Asus's global CEO Jerry Shen, consumers can "expect" a gaming phone from the company at some point in the future. And it might arrive with ROG branding too. In an interview with Philippine publication Astig, Shen...

  • Asus ROG Zephyrus review: will it ROG your world?

    It's pretty much an established fact that gaming laptops are more expensive than the equivalent or better gaming desktops. But for R50 000, the Asus ROG Zephryus (GX501V) is pushing the definition of expensive. Is it all price tag and no brute force though? We review this premium-priced laptop. Design The ROG Zephyrus is probably the most unique notebook we've reviewed in quite some time -- at least when it comes to hardware design. Hoping for a full-sized keyboard? You get one, but everything is shifted to the bottom half of the base. The top half of the base is dedicated to a...

  • These locally available Chromebooks have Android apps

    Chromebooks has received plenty of love internationally, becoming a viable alternative in many ways to Macbooks and Windows laptops. In South Africa, our choices are far more limited though, as we discovered when we sniffed around for locally available Chromebooks. Nevertheless, you can definitely find a few models if you check out the likes of Takealot, Makro and WebAntics. Takealot offers the Mecer Expression V2 Chromebook, being the cheapest Chromebook in South Africa by the looks of it (available for R2999 at the time of writing but usually R3499). Meanwhile, WebAntics and Makro offer a host of Acer Chromebooks. These local devices offer...

  • CES 2018: Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo bring laptops, convertibles

    CES 2018 isn't just about smart speakers, cars and gigantic TVs. Those on the hunt for new laptops and convertibles also have a few options thanks to HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer. From gaming notebooks to super-slim laptops, we take a look at the new wares... What did HP bring? The US computer brand came blasting out of the gate with its Spectre x360 15 (seen above), claiming that it's the most powerful two-in-one device. The device will come in two flavours: an eighth generation Core i7 8705G CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, or a quad-core eighth gen Intel Core chip and GeForce MX150...

  • 5 mobile brands that could be doing a better job in SA

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, there's no doubting that we've got a pretty healthy variety of smartphone brands in the country. From budget-minded devices to pricey superphones, almost all the bases are covered. In saying so, there are a few brands in the country (via distributors or directly in South Africa) that could do a better job of hawking their wares. Be it in terms of price or just actually bringing devices to the country, we'd like to see them step up. Xiaomi Local distributor MIA Group has done a good job of bringing well-priced Xiaomi phones to the country. In...

  • Asus Zenfone 4 range now official, dual cameras all around

    The Asus Zenfone family is one of the more innovative smartphone lines out there, often packing a host of features and an attractive price. Now, the company has announced the Asus Zenfone 4 range, all packing dual cameras of some kind. Flagship lineup First up, we have the vanilla Zenfone 4, packing a choice of Snapdragon 630 or Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Other noteworthy specs include a 3300mAh battery, front fingerprint scanner and a 5.5-inch LCD screen (resolution not revealed). In the camera department, you're looking at a dual-camera setup on the back...

  • Chromebooks: who sells them in South Africa?

    Chromebooks may have had a slow start back in the day, but we've seen sales steadily increase and Google's support remain unwavering. But what if you want one of these laptops in South Africa? Of course, Google's own Chromebook range isn't in SA, but we asked some of the bigger tech brands about their devices. Acer Search for Chromebooks available in South Africa and you're very likely to find Acer laptops as an option. "We definitely do have Chromebooks in SA. They can be found at WebAntics.com and other online stores as well," a representative wrote in response to a Gearburn query. Aside from...

  • Asus Tinker Board: a 4K-capable rival to Raspberry Pi

    The Raspberry Pi's success has been rather phenomenal, but Asus thinks it can get in on the action too with the Tinker Board. Spotted by Hexus and Liliputing, the Asus Tinker Board offers a 32-bit quad-core A17 CPU (Rockchip RK3288), 2GB of RAM and a Mali T764 GPU for graphically demanding tasks. Otherwise, microSD expansion, WiFi, Bluetooth, a Gigabit LAN port, 3.5mm audio jack, four USB 2.0 ports and HDMI connectivity round out the package. The card-sized computer also touts support for 192Khz/24-bit audio and 4K video, making it ideal for multimedia on paper. As for operating systems, it doesn't have the...

  • Asus reveals iPhone 7 Plus with Android, first phone with 8GB RAM

    The CES news keeps coming this week, as Taiwanese tech brand Asus revealed several groundbreaking handsets in Las Vegas. The company revealed its first Project Tango handset and a dual-camera smartphone that takes an iPhone 7 Plus approach. First up is the Asus ZenFone AR, which features numerous sensors on the rear for Google's Project Tango augmented reality features. For the uninitiated, Project Tango is a deeper, more accurate take on augmented reality, allowing users to accurately measure real-world objects with AR tools, get accurate indoor directions and more. As a result, Asus has packed a 23MP main camera onto the ZenFone AR, along...