Asus has unveiled a comprehensive lineup of lifestyle, business and gaming innovations at the CES 2020. The lineup includes notebooks, motherboards, desktops, displays, routers and devices for AIoT applications. The new notebooks include Chromebook Flip C436, the VivoBook S (S333/S433/S533) series and ExpertBook B9450.
Asus also showcased the prime TRX40-Pro motherboard for content creators, designers and professionals. Other products on display are ProArt StudioBook notebooks and ProArt Station mini PCs; the TUF Gaming A15 and A17 gaming laptops; ZenScreen MB16ACE portable monitor; ProArtDisplay PA248QV and PA278QV monitors; TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A gaming monitor;ZenWiFi Voice, ZenWiFi AX (XT8), ZenWiFiAC (CT8), RT-AX89X and RT-AX86U routers; and devices for AIoT applications, including the Tinker Edge T and Tinker Edge R single-board computers and Mini PC PN61T.
Chromebook Flip C436 is the company’s ultrathin offering that integrates up to 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, a fast NVMeSSD and WiFi 6 networking capability. It has a fingerprint sensor integrated in the power button, an omnidirectional quad-speaker design and USI stylus support for open pen input. Available in iridescent Aerogel White and the classic Transparent Silver, Chromebook Flip C436 has a high-grade metal chassis.
The VivoBook S (S333/S433/S533) family of notebooks are equipped with up to 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, WiFi 6 technology, NVIDIA discrete graphics and an updated chassis available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch form factors. The notebooks in this series are available in several colour options and an Enter key with colour-blocking edges.
Asus claims that the ExpertBook B9450 is the world's lightest 14-inch business notebook with a 870 grams weight and 14.8 mm thickness. ExpertBook B9450 is touted to deliver up to 24 hours of use on a single charge, and it passes MIL-STD 810G US military standard for quality. The ExpertBook comes equipped with 10th Generation Intel Core i7 or i5 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, a pair of M.2 slots, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and WiFi 6 connectivity.
Last but not the least, the ProArtStudioBook notebooks and ProArt Station mini PCs are equipped with NVIDIA Quadro and GeForce RTX GPU capabilities. RTX Studio laptops and desktops are crafted to deliver improvements in productivity and performance across everyday creative apps. The flagship ProArtStudioBook One — the first laptop to feature NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 graphics — and ProArtStudioBook Pro X with the ASUS ScreenPad 2.0 are on display at the show. ProArtStudioBook Pro 17/15, ProArtStudioBook 17/15, and ProArt Station D940MX with both NVIDIA Quadro and GeForce GPU options are also among the lineup.
Asus unveiled the 15-inch TUF Gaming A15 and 17-inch TUF Gaming A17 that are powered by 4th Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs and come with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics. These Turing-based GPUs feed frames into fast displays that refresh at up to 144Hz and use AMD FreeSync technology for tear-free gaming. Available with battery options ranging up to 90Wh, TUF Gaming A15 and A17 have compact chassis with military-grade durability.
Asus launched Prime TRX40-Pro ATX high-end desktop (HEDT) motherboard that is unleashes the full potential of AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors for content creators. It has a 16-stage power design, comprehensive thermal management and cooling, three PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.2 Gen 2, and tuning options.
Asus says that the Hyper M.2 X16 Gen4 Card pairs perfectly with all Asus and ROG TRX40 motherboards, and users can add up to four NVMe SSDs to their system. The PCIe 4.0 bandwidth of up to 16GT/s and AMD Ryzen Threadripper support for bootable hardware RAID arrays using CPU PCIe lanes, enables Hyper M.2 X16 Gen4 Card deliver fast storage performance.
Asus lineup of monitors include the ZenScreen MB16ACE, a15.6-inch Full HD portable display with ultraslim bezels. It is 8mm thick and weighs 0.7 kg. ZenScreen MB16ACE also has an improved Smart Case Lite, which is 35 per cent lighter than the original case. Another monitor is the TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A which features a stand that is wider than those on competing gaming monitors. The 1440p IPS display has VESA DisplayHDR 400 compliance and up to 165Hz refresh rates with a low 1-millisecond response time (MPRT). It also features ELMB SYNC for enabling ELMB (low-motion-blur technology) that eliminates ghosting and tearing for sharp visuals.
Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) has also announced the ROG Swift 360Hz, which is the world’s first 360Hz 24.5-inch gaming monitor. It comes with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. It also announced 32-inch ROG Swift PG32UQX, which is claimed to deliver the best 4K HDR gaming experience using advanced G-SYNC mini-LED technology.
The Taiwanese giant also launched ProArtDisplay PA248QV and PA278QV monitors for photographers, video editors and graphic designers. The displays come factory calibrated colour accuracy with an average Delta E < 2 rating and 100 per cent sRGB/ 100 per cent Rec. 709 colour space coverage. The 27-inchProArtDisplay PA278QV offers 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution and a wide aspect ratio, while the 24.1-inch ProArt Display PA248QV has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and a 16:10 aspect ratio. Both displays feature a USB 3.0 hub. ProArt Display PA278QV comes with DisplayPort 1.2, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4 and Dual-link DVI-D ports, and ProArt Display PA248QV has DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, and legacy D-Sub ports.
ZenWiFi Voice: It is a dual-band AC1300 mesh network router that integrates Amazon Alexa. The AiMesh technology support makes it possible to use the device as a standalone router or as part of a larger mesh network with other AiMesh devices. It can also be used in Repeater mode to boost the signal of any wireless router.
ZenWiFiAX (XT8) includes two WiFi 6 routers in a ready-to-deploy mesh configuration for maximum coverage and performance. It has WiFi 6 support for both clients and internode communications with throughput up to 6,600Mbps across one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz bands. The two ZenWiFi nodes shuttle data over a dedicated 4x4 WiFi 6 backhaul at speeds of up to 4,804Mbps.
The ZenWiFiAC (CT8) mesh WiFi system features a pair of AC3000 routers that deliver a data rate of up to 3000 Mbps. Each router has an enclosure that fits four vertically positioned and two diagonally positioned internal antennas. The ZenWiFi AC offers a three-step setup process and automatic syncing of configured settings across all nodes.
RT-AX89X is an 8x8 dual-band WiFi router that provides 1024-QAM for top-speed wireless connections. With a total networking speed of about 6000Mbps — 1148Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 4804Mbps on the 5GHz band — RT-AX89X is up to 2.8Xfaster than 802.11ac 4x4 dual-band routers. For ultrafast wired connections, the router also includes two 10G Ethernet ports. RT-AX89X comes with lifetime free AiProtection Pro, which is powered by Trend Micro.
RT-AX86U router supports WiFi 6 technology, and enables networking speeds up to 5700 Mbps. It is also a new face to the ASUS Gaming series and comes with mobile game boost. The RT-AX86U can also deliver boosted gaming over wired connections with speeds of up to 2 gigabit via WAN/LAN aggregation and a 2.5G Base-T port that can be configured as a WAN or LAN port through the router’s web interface.
Tinker Edge T and Tinker Edge R are small and powerful single-board computers (SBCs) with neural processing units (NPUs) that run machine learning (ML) inference in a power-efficient manner. NPUs are optimised for handling neural networks, and bring artificial intelligence AI from a Cloud to a local device. Tinker Edge T and Tinker Edge R are ready for AI, scalable for expansion, and maker-friendly.
Asus also unveiled Mini PC PN61T that features a built-in Google Edge TPU for enhanced local inferencing performance. It supports Power Delivery (PD) power input through a USB Type-C port. The Mini PC PN61T also has a consumer infrared sensor for remote control applications. Additionally, it features a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, and a microSD card reader.