Posts Tagged ‘Asus’

tech4xmas Review: Xiaomi Mi Max entry-level Android phablet

Friday, November 18th, 2016

There’s been much excitement surrounding the launch of the entry-level Xiaomi Mi Max phablet some six months ago. Oliver Ong Chor Yew bought one online to review it below.

Editor’s note

Xiaomi’s reputation for selling well-spec’ed phones at super low prices manifests itself in the Mi Max, offering huge value to the consumer.

I tried out the phablet too and found it was indeed slightly unwieldy to use one-handed.

But its huge and bright screen is great for reading ebooks, watching videos and surfing the Web.

And the battery life is the longest I’ve encountered – only the ASUS Zenfone Max is comparable.

You won’t get the same quality and feature set of the Samsung’s unfortunate flagship Galaxy Note7 – but at only a fraction of the price, Xiaomi’s Mi Max presents itself as an extremely value-for-money alternative to grab part of the market share vacated by the Note7.

Hence, I’ve included the Xiaomi Mi Max in the tech4xmas gift list.

Read Oliver Ong Chor Yew’s review below.

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

My Mi Max is a 6.44inch large-screen phablet with android 6.0 and MIUI 8.0 interface.

Overall verdict

With the $259 price tag and the huge screen size, the Mi Max is a good budget phone for every use.

The camera image quality is quite good.

Fingerprint sensor is extremely responsive and the device build quality makes this phone worth buying.

It is powered by a 4850mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery which is a standard for mid-range to high end phone nowadays.

The Mi Max has a Qualcomm snapdragon 650 chipset with Hexa-core processor (4 x 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 & 2 x 1.8GHz Cortex-A72) and 3GB RAM.

This model I am reviewing is the 32GB variant which costed me S$259 on Qoo10 at the time of this review was written.

There is a 64GB variant with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core processor.

First impressions

The device is quite huge and it is quite difficult to use with one hand.

The build quality is quite sturdy and it feels like I am holding a premium device.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

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New arrival: ASUS ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 Pro, ZenWatch 3 & ZenPad 3

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

ASUS unveiled its 3rd Generation mobile computing products at its Zenvolution launch event in Singapore. Prices & availability below.

Clockwise from upper left: ASUS Transformer 3 Pro, ZenWatch 3, ZenBook 3, ZenPad 3. Not shown to scale.

Clockwise from upper left: ASUS Transformer 3 Pro, ZenWatch 3, ZenBook 3, ZenPad 3. Not shown to scale.

The ZenBook 3 is an ultra light 910g Ultrabook with an ultra-thin 11.9mm profile made from premium aerospace-grade all-aluminum unibody construction with the latest high-performance 7th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors, 16GB RAM, up to 512GB PCIE SSD and an innovative cooling system.

ASUS claims that the Transformer 3 Pro is the world’s first and only 2-in-1 detachable notebook with 7th generation Intel® Core™i5/i7 processors that can function as a competent tablet, laptop, music station or even a high performance gaming PC with an optional ROG XG Station 2 that acts as an external discrete graphics card.

The ZenWatch 3 is a stylish and customisable wearable device powered by Android Wear with HyperCharge technology.

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Head on down to the ASUS Zenvolution Roadshow from 14 to 16 October 2016 to experience the “3” series products at the different experiential zones and stand to win attractive prizes worth up to $5,000. In addition, cash vouchers will be given away for the purchase of Transformer 3 Pro and ZenBook 3 products during the roadshow.

The ZenPad 3 has a thickness of only 7.57mm and goes for a classy look with its luxurious leather rear panel with 2K high-resolution touchscreen and Qualcomm® hexa-core processor.

More details (including technical specifications) from the press release below.

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Review: ASUS Transformer Book T100HA 2-in-1 detachable laptop

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Transformer Book T100HA is an ideal laptop-cum-tablet hybrid companion for the mobile warrior looking for good performance, portability, connectivity and long battery life – all at an affordable price of S$499.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA 2-in-1 hybrid features the latest quad-core Intel® Atom™ x5 ‘Cherry Trail’ processors, Windows 10 (64-bit) operating system with Cortana, the voice-powered personal assistant, and support for Windows 10 Continuum adaptive interface technology.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA 2-in-1 hybrid features the latest quad-core Intel® Atom™ x5 ‘Cherry Trail’ processors, Windows 10 (64-bit) operating system with Cortana, the voice-powered personal assistant, and support for Windows 10 Continuum adaptive interface technology.

I used the Transformer Book T100HA from ASUS for two weeks as I went about between meetings and events on the road, to see how usable the hybrid 2-in-1 laptop-cum-tablet would be for someone constantly on the move.

Lighter & thinner than predecessors, the tablet measures 265 x 175 x 8.45mm physically and weighs 580g, while the keyboard dock measures 265 x 175 x 10mm and weighs 470g.

Lighter & thinner than predecessors, the tablet measures 265 x 175 x 8.45mm physically and weighs 580g, while the keyboard dock measures 265 x 175 x 10mm and weighs 470g.

I found the device ideally suited as a workhorse for the typical mobile warrior – it’s compact and therefore highly portable, and its battery easily lasts an entire workday before you put it to charge when you retire for the night back at home or at the hotel.

For leisure, you can simply pull the screen off the keyboard dock and use it as a tablet.

Typically, a compact machine like this – and even those super-thin but larger Ultrabooks – suffer from a dearth of connectivity ports.

But the tablet/screen portion of the T100HA comes with 1 x Micro USB port, 1 x Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, 1 x Micro HDMI, 1 x Micro SD card slot and 1 x headphone/mic combo jack.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA sports a durable aluminium-clad lid available in four colours: Rouge Pink, Aqua Blue, Silk White and Tin Grey.

The ASUS Transformer Book T100HA sports a durable aluminium-clad lid available in four colours: Rouge Pink, Aqua Blue, Silk White and Tin Grey.

The keyboard dock has an additional full-sized USB 2.0 port.

This means you can connect a mouse, an external hard disk drive and a mobile device all at the same time if you need/want to.

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New arrival: ASUS ROG GT51CA gaming desktop with Titan X graphics

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

ASUS boasts that the new ROG GT51CA is the world’s first gaming desktop to feature the latest 2-way SLI NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card and the latest generation of Intel Core i7 processor with full-core Turbo Gear overclocking to 4.6GHz. Prices and specs below.

The new ASUS ROG GT51CA gaming desktop (S$7,498) comes with 2-way SLi NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X card. Pre-order promotion: Free 4K ROG G-SYNC monitor (worth S$1,459).

The new ASUS ROG GT51CA gaming desktop (S$7,498) comes with 2-way SLi NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X card. Pre-order promotion: Free 4K ROG G-SYNC monitor (worth S$1,459).

In conjunction with the premiere of the latest X-Men instalment, ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today unveiled the ROG GT51CA, a powerful gaming desktop with liquid-cooled features at The Cathay.

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The inerts of an Asus ROG GT51CA gaming desktop, viewed through the side-window in its casing.

Powered by the latest Intel Core K-SKU processor with Turbo Gear for one-click full-core processor overclocking, ASUS claims that the ROG GT51 is the world’s first gaming desktop to feature the latest 2-way SLI NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card and also capable of gaming at 4K display resolution.

Below are the prices and pre-order promotions for the ASUS ROG CT51CA in Singapore:

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New arrival: ASUS ZenFone Zoom and ZenFone Max smartphones

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

ASUS has launched in Singapore its two latest Android smartphones. Both the ZenFone Zoom (S$659, sold exclusively with StarHub) and the ZenFone Max (S$249) will be available in Singapore from 10 March. Specs & StarHub price plans below.

“Our customers are discovering creative ways to express themselves with their smartphone cameras and photography apps, from capturing candid moments to sharing selfies and images with family and friends. We are happy to partner ASUS to exclusively bring in the ZenFone Zoom which will be welcome by many photography enthusiasts,” said Wang Li-Na, Head of Product & Marketing, StarHub. On the right is Benson Lin, Corporate VP, ASUS.

“Our customers are discovering creative ways to express themselves with their smartphone cameras and photography apps, from capturing candid moments to sharing selfies and images with family and friends. We are happy to partner ASUS to exclusively bring in the ZenFone Zoom which will be welcome by many photography enthusiasts,” said Wang Li-Na, Head of Product & Marketing, StarHub. On the right is Benson Lin, Corporate VP, ASUS.

The two new smartphones from ASUS are targeted at different types of consumers looking for different strengths in their handsets.

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I tried out the ASUS ZenFone Zoom a few weeks prior to its launch in Singapore and the 3x optical zoom in the camera certainly gives it the advantage over regular smartphones relying on digital zoom.

ASUS ZenFone Zoom for the photography enthusiast

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New arrivals: ASUS ROG GX700 gaming notebook in Singapore

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

ASUS ROG kicks off its 10th Anniversary with launch of ROG GX700 in Singapore, the first country in APAC region to launch the world’s first liquid-cooled gaming notebook with desktop grade performance. RRP: S$6,198.

The ROG GX700 will be available in Singapore at $6,198 from ASUS brand stores and selected ASUS authorised retailers.

The ROG GX700 will be available in Singapore at $6,198 from ASUS brand stores and selected ASUS authorised retailers.

The ROG GX700 features an all-aluminium bio-armour design with titanium and plasma copper.

The ROG GX700 is equipped with a detachable ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System cooling module.

The ROG GX700 is equipped with a detachable ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System cooling module.

The ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System gives the gaming notebook superior overclocking capabilities, exceptional cooling, and excellent high performance stability.

The ROG GX700 is powered by the latest overclockable Intel® Core™ K-SKU processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 980 graphics for outstanding performance at home and on-the-go.

The main technical specifications for the ASUS ROG GX700 is listed below.

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CES 2016: ASUS showcases new monitors, portable projectors, PCs & networking devices

Friday, January 8th, 2016

ASUS showcased its latest lineup of lifestyle devices including the MB169C+ portable monitor, Designo MX Series and MX27UQ monitors, and ZenBeam portable LED projectors. Price and availability TBA.

The new 15.6” ASUS MB169C+ portable USB monitor (left) and the 34-inch Designo MX Series ultra-wide QHD monitor (right) with 2000R curvature.

The new 15.6” ASUS MB169C+ portable USB monitor (left) and the 34-inch Designo MX Series ultra-wide QHD monitor (right) with 2000R curvature.

The MB169C+ is the world’s first 15.6-inch portable companion monitor that uses a single USB Type-C connection for both power and video transmission.

ASUS ZenBeam portable LED projector.

ASUS ZenBeam portable LED projector.

The Designo MX Series is a 34inch, ultra-wide QHD monitor with a 2000R curvature while the Designo MX27UQ is a 27-inch 4K UHD IPS monitor.

The ZenBeam Series of palm-sized, portable LED projectors are designed for mobile devices.

Additional products on display included the VivoMini VC65 Series, VivoMini UN65H and VivoMini VM65N mini PCs, VivoStick PC TS10 stick PC, Chromebit CS10 Chrome OS device, TUF Sabertooth Z170 S motherboard, ASUS Router mobile app, CM-32_AC2600 all-in-one cable modem router, USBAC68 Wi-Fi adapter, XG-D2008 10-Gigabit network switch, and RP-AC68U Wi-Fi repeater.

Below are more details from the press release.

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New arrivals: ASUS Vivo AiO Series & Zen AiO Pro in Singapore

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Available from today are the 21.5-inch Zen AiO Pro (Z220IC) and the 23-inch Vivo AiO, with the latest sixth Gen Intel Core processor and 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD display resolution with LED-backlit display and wide viewing angles. Prices below.

The new ASUS Zen AiO Pro (left) and Vivo AiO that’s available now in Singapore.

The new ASUS Zen AiO Pro (left) and Vivo AiO that’s available now in Singapore.

ASUS claims that the Zen AiO Pro are the world’s first all-in-one PCs to use the next-generation USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C connector, offering high speeds of data transfers of up to 10Gbit/s.

USB 3.1 transfers data between devices up to 2 times faster than USB 3.0.

Below are the prices and more details from the press release.

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New arrivals: Transformer Book T100HA & Transformer Book Flip TP200

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Both the Transformer Book T100HA and Transformer Book Flip TP200 will be available at S$499 from today onwards at all ASUS authorised retailers and ASUS brand stores.

Both the Transformer Book T100HA (left) and Transformer Book Flip TP200 (right) will come pre-installed with the latest Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

Both the Transformer Book T100HA (left) and Transformer Book Flip TP200 (right) will come pre-installed with the latest Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

The Transformer Book T100HA sports an aluminium-clad lid and is available in four new colours – red, blue, white and grey.

It ships with the latest quad-core Intel® Atom™ x5 ‘Cherry Trail’ processors, hardware support for Windows 10 Cortana and Continuum, plus USB Type-C ports.

Transformer Book Flip TP200 is the world’s first 11.6-inch Windows 10 convertible laptop with USB Type-C port.

It is slim and light – only 18.45mm thin and weighs 1.2kg – with up to 8 hours battery life.

Its robust 360-degree hinge with multi-gear alloy steel construction enables the screen to flip and to be used securely at any angle.

More details in the press release below.

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New arrivals: ASUS ZenWatch 2 in Singapore TODAY (S$229)

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

The ASUS ZenWatch 2 is now available in Singapore. Priced at S$229, it comes in 2 sizes with more than 50 customisable watch faces. Stores listed below.

The ZenWatch 2 works with both Android and iOS devices and its battery life is rated at more than 2 days for each charge.

The ZenWatch 2 works with both Android and iOS devices and its battery life is rated at more than 2 days for each charge.

The ZenWatch 2 is ASUS’ first smartwatch to be introduced in Singapore.

ZenWatch 2 is available in two sizes:

  1. Sparrow, the larger 1.63-inch gunmetal housing and navy blue leather strap.
  2. Wren, the 1.43-inch silver housing and khaki leather strap.

A variety of interchangeable straps (S$39) for the smartwatch will be available by end November.

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