ASUS Announces its ROG G501 Alternative, the Zenbook Pro UX501

Asus has released its new addition to the Zenbook series, the Pro UX501. Compared to the ROG G501 gaming ultrabook, the Zenbook alternative looks to differ only in colour scheme and lacks the red keyboard found on the ROG version.

The specs look pretty much the same as the ROG G501, having the Pro UX501 come with a 15.6-inch IPS 1080p or 4K display, Intel’s Core i7-4720HQ CPU, Nvidia’s GTX 960M, 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB SSD, as well as a 1TB 2.5″ HDD.

It is said that the Pro UX501 comes with two battery capacities, fitting either a 4 cell 60 Wh or a 6 cell 96 Wh battery with a life expectancy of up to 6 hours. The Zenbook is available for purchase at stores with a price tag of €1,824.

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15.6-inch Ultraforce P35W v2 Gaming Laptop Announced by GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE has announced its lightest version for the gaming laptop series, the Ultraforce P35W v2 Gaming Laptop, being only 20.9 mm thin and weighing in at only 2.16 kg. The gaming laptop is powered by Intel’s 4th gen Core i7 CPU and nVidia’s GeForce GTX 870M graphics card, having 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

The Ultraforce P35W v2 Gaming Laptop shows its ultimate gaming skill in 3DMark11, scoring P7109 and together with Intel’s Core i7 CPU, it also provides better battery life and improved power efficiency.

The P35W v2 does not come lightly equipped in terms of disk space availability as well given its massive quad-storage support for up to 4 SSDs and up to 4TB of disk space. Having an ODD/HDD hot-swappable bay also provides the Ultraforce P35W v2 Gaming laptop with flexibility for ultimate convenience and countless customisation possibilities.

When it comes to cooling, GIGABYTE saw fit to include its exclusive Supra-Cool technology, giving the P35W v2 its ability to house dual thermal pipes in addition to two dedicated fans for the processor and GPU, delivering the most optimal cooling environment for the most demanding games.

In terms of display, P35W v2’s 15.6-inch display features full HD anti-glare display technology, having over 170˚ wide viewing angle and providing clear and vivid images thanks to the 72% color gamut. It also provides a mini Display Port output, giving the P35W v2 the ability to connect to any display of up to 4K resolution.

GIGABYTE has also added an abundance of features to the P35W v2, ensuring the user will enjoy the best gaming experience possible. First of all, the backlit keyboard is essential is low-lit environments, therefore the auto-adjustable backlit technology is there to aid in such conditions.

In addition to the latter, the GIGABYTE Smart Manager is there to aid you in each condition, whether tweaking the fan speed with its 3 speed modes, or eliminating network latency and improving online gaming with the Lan Optimizer.

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Acer Announces Aspire V5, Expands “Touch and Type” feature

With the introduction of the new Aspire V5 Series, Acer continues to bring touch and type to the mainstream segment. Designed in line with the current trend towards thinner and lighter notebooks that allow users to enjoy both entertainment and content creation anytime, anywhere, the new V5-561P comes with a built-in optical drive as there is are still a lot of customers who prefer to view and store content using an optical drive.

The Aspire V5-561P features an M-DISCTM enabled optical media drive, designed to save valuable content for up to several decades. This means it’s capable of storing data into the M-DISC to provide permanent storage of up to 4.7GB. In addition, the M-DISC is not vulnerable to failure like traditional DVDs and CDs, as it’s made up of a special layer that undergoes any permanent physical change not fading or deteriorating.

In addition, the Aspire V5-561P is equipped with a 15.6-inch HD LED-backlit, 10-point multi-touch display with Direct Bonding technology, which increases the effective contrast ratio, including the viewing and touch experience. Combined with a cool and fluid design, enriched by a large multi-gesture track pad, this touch notebook is perfectly designed to enhance content consumption and to take advantage of the features offered by Windows 8.

This new thin and light notebook series suits users looking to boost performance with up to 16 GB RAM for their daily entertainment, productivity and communication in a cool design anywhere, anytime.

Intel’s powerful Core processors based on Haswell micro-architecture delivers excellent performance and power efficiency for impressive multitasking and content creation, while the renowned AMD Radeon R7 and R5 discrete graphics offer multimedia enjoyment.

What’s more, the Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater surround sound effect technology takes the personal multi-media enjoyment to a higher level.

Users can enjoy all-round connectivity with HDMI and VGA ports to easily connect to an external display and files can be shared via the integrated USB 3.0 ports or SD card slot.

Availability and Pricing
The Acer Aspire V5-561P is available now with a starting price of €599.

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