ASUS ZenBook Flip to Utilize Intel Core M CPUs

Portable 2-in-1 hybrid ultrabooks provide exceptional flexibility for consumers wanting a thin form factor to easily complete rudimentary tasks while travelling. Even though they’re lacking in the power department, hybrid devices allow you to use touch screen functionality in tablet mode or adopt a normal seating position when typing. I honestly see this as a major development in consumer laptops and believe they might bridge the gap between the mobile and PC market. According to a leak from BenchLife, ASUS will unveil their next line up of ultrabooks sporting various hardware configurations very soon.

The ZenBook Flip features a 13.3-inch display and will be available with either a 1920×1080 panel or whopping 3200×1800 resolution. Furthermore, the range is rumoured to launch on April 7th and despite its name, use Intel’s M series of CPUs. The basic setup includes a Core M3-6Y30 dual core processor with a 900MHz base and Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz. The mid-range Core M5-6Y54 dual core processor utilizes a base speed of 1.1GHz, and Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz. Finally, the high-end Core M7-6Y75 processor has a base speed of 1.2 GHz, and Turbo Boost reaching a maximum of 3.1GHz.

Other specifications include the choice between 4GB or 8GB of DDR4 memory and a wide range of SSD capacities. You can select a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB capacity which opts for the M.2 interface. The device will weigh a very respectable 1.3KG, contain two USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, MicroHDMI and an SD card reader. Unfortunately, there’s no current wording regarding the price but at least there’s only a few days until the official launch. Given the upcoming launch of AMD’s Zen architecture and new Intel CPUs on the horizon, I might have expected a staggered release. Nevertheless, I’m interested to see the performance numbers and how well the product line copes with daily tasks.

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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Apple’s Latest Macbook Is Being Downplayed by PC Makers on Twitter

Apple’s competitors really like to mock its products (a lot). Dell, Asus and Lenovo are one of them, and through some tweets, the PC manufacturers attempt to prove that Apple’s products are not the only ‘thin’ products with high-res display available on the market.

According to Lenovo, its Yoga 3 Pro is not only slimmer, but also has more ports and a higher resolution touch display. However, the only small inconvenience is that the Yoga 3 Pro weighs in 0.62 lbs more than Apple’s own MacBook.

Dell took a similar approach by tweeting that its XPS 13 features a display with 2 million pixels more than MacBook’s counterpart. Dell also did not forget to mention that the XPS 13 features a lot of USB ports, mini-DisplayPort and SD card reader.

Lastly, we have Asus’ ultra-slim ZenBook. The laptop has a thickness of just 12.3 mm compared to the MacBook’s 13.1 mm and also comes with the usual connectivity such as USB, mini HDMI and even costs half of what Apple’s asking for the MacBook.

Given the fact that pre-orders for the new MacBook begin on the 10th of April, there is still time for competitors to downplay Apple’s product even more.

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Zenbook NX500 Ultrabook Announced by ASUS, Featuring 4K UHD Touchscreen

ASUS announced its latest addition to the multiple-award-winning Zenbook Ultrabook series, the NX500, stated to come in a new sleek and elegant all-aluminium chassis and with state-of-the-art components. In addition to the latter, the NX500 is said to pack the new ASUS VisualMaster display technology and the world’s first 15.6-inch 4K UHD touchscreen, using 3M QDEF technology in order to deliver vivid and natural colour.

In terms of performance, the Zenbook NX500 boasts Intel’s Core i7 Quad-Core CPU and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 850M graphics, featuring 2 GB of GDDR5 video memory. ASUS also provides customers with the ability to choose between one 512 GB PCI Express x4 SSD or up to two SATA 3 SSDs, configurable as a RAID 0 array, when it comes to the NX500’s disk space capabilities. Other aspects of the NX500 include three USB 3.0 ports, next-generation Broadcom dual-band three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi and integrated Bluetooth 4.0.

The NX500 also comes with the SonicMaster Premium audio solution, featuring the ICEpower and Bang & Olufsen technology. The sound solution is said to deliver a deep bass, rich and crystal-clear vocals, having a wide frequency range and high volume levels. Together with the MaxxAudio Master by Waves, recipient of a Technical GRAMMY award, it brings professional-level sound processing and an enhanced listening experience to the NX500.

The VisualMaster display technology is said to provide the NX500 with incredible clarity, accuracy and vibrant lifelike colour, delivering stunning detailed images to the 4K UHD 15.6-inch IPS touchscreen display. The 3M QDEF technology is also said to use quantum dots in order to provide an ultra-wide colour gamut of 100% NTSC, 108% Adobe RGB and 146% sRGB, while having a wide viewing angle of 178-degrees.

ASUS’ Zenbook NX500 is said to boast a new refined slim shape, having it carved from a single block of aluminium and featuring tapered slim edges. The keyboard is also said to be a work of art, having it as a one-piece frameless construction, featuring chicklet design and backlighting controlled by an ambient-light sensor.

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Asus Release External Slim Optical Drive For Ultrabooks

For a number of users, when buying a new notebook or ultrabook, one factor that they take into consideration is the inclusion of an optical bay. On the notebook front this is generally not a problem but when things are scaled down to the ultrabook size, potential buyers not the drop of the optical bay which for some people leaves them in a decision conundrum.

We do acknowledge that the use of optical media is generally not as profound as it used to be due to the presence of digital downloads, streaming services and overall faster internet speeds, but there is still a market for optical media and also a need for it as well.

As an addition to their product lines and targeted directly at their Zenbook range, Asus have released a line of three external DVD writers that come in three colours; Lively Mellow Metallic, Bright Berry and Dusty Rose and all feature a “concentric-circle hairline texture” in their 13mm thick, brushed aluminium frames.

The SDRW-08U5S-U comes with a built in stand that allows the drive to be left laying flat or stood up to take up a smaller space depending on the users preference. On top of this the drives support Asus’ Disc Encryption II which, as the name suggests, encrypts data with passwords and encoded file names to secure valuable data.

Whilst the drives have been announced, there is currently no word about pricing nor availability, but we will keep an eye out for this ideally suited add on to the Zenbook range.