ASUS Transformer Book T100, a 10-inch Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrid

Update: ASUS Transformer Book T100 Multi-Color now available. ASUS last night launched the ASUS Transformer Book T100, a 2-in-1 ultraportable laptop with a detachable 10.1-inch tablet HD display. Powered by an Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3470 quad-core processor, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 offers 2x the performance over last year’s Clover Trail Windows 8 tablets. It has a 10.1 inch detachable screen that can be used as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet. At 10.5mm thin, its tablet display offers a 1366 x 768 resolution and features an IPS technology for a crisper and sharper display with wide viewing angles. The ASUS Transformer Book T100 weighs 1.07kg in laptop mode and 550g in tablet mode making it one of the lightest laptop/10-inch tablets around. The ASUS Transformer Book T100 features an ASUS SonicMaster audio technology for audio enhancement and a ‘Reading Mode’ technology which adjusts the display automatically to make the screen easier to read for long periods. Other features include a Multi-touch touchpad with full windows 8.1 gesture support, USB 3.0, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Micro SD slot (Up to 64GB) for connectivity with other devices. The ASUS Transformer Book T100 is bundled with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) worth Php 4,000 and a one year unlimited ASUS Webstorage worth Php5,000, a total of Php 9,000 pesos value FREE. The ASUS Transformer Book T100 (with 64GB Internal Storage) is now available for Php 23,995 in selected ASUS authorized sellers. ASUS Transformer Book T100 Specs: Operating system Windows 8.1 (32-bit) Processor Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core (1.33GHz) Graphics Intel HD graphics (Gen7) Display 10.1-inch (1366 x 768) IPS with capacitive multi-touch Memory & storage 2GB RAM 32GB/64GB eMMC Cameras Front 1.2MP Connectivity Tablet: 802.11a/b/g/n (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB port, Micro-HDMI port, MicroSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone/mic Dock: USB 3.0 port Audio Stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster technology Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light, e-compass, gyroscope Battery 31Wh lithium polymer Size & weight Tablet: 263 x 171 x 10.5m, 550g Dock: ...

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ASUS G10 gaming rig can give you uninterrupted gaming with its built-in UPS

ASUS PH recently announced their G10 gaming desktop which has an interesting feature, it comes with a removable UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). Granted that sudden brown-outs are rare in the metro these days, it still happens and there’s also the sudden power spikes which can really put frustration while you’re in the heat of a battle. The ASUS G10 packs Intel’s 4th Gen (Haswell) Core i7 desktop processors and starts with 8GB RAM but can support up to 32GB. It also comes equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 GPU which has 3D Vision Surround and supports up to four monitors. File storage is at 1TB with 128GB SSD just for system purposes for speedy performance, and a 32GB web storage from ASUS. Some ASUS technology goes into the G10 as well. There’s the ASUS SonicMaster technology along with the MaxxAudio Master by waves professional audio software to enhance the audio whether you’re gaming or watching a film on it. There’s the ASUS Smart Cooling System which controls fan speed automatically based for an optimum balance of cooling and noise reduction. It also has an ASUS EPU or Energy Processing Unit which optimizes overall system efficiency by monitoring the system load in real-time and adjusting power requirements accordingly. The machine itself looks solidly-built oozing with sleek machismo thanks to its brushed metal finish and clean, chiseled lines. Slide down the front cover and you’ll find a host of USB ports including two USB 3.0 ones, the headphone and mic jack, card readers of all shapes and sizes, and the DVD-RW drive. Below the optical drive is a bay for the ASUS Power Pack UPS which you can equip the G10 with. A cool thing with this UPS is that it can easily be removed so you can bring it with you and treat it as portable charger for your mobile devices. The ASUS G10 is already available for Php67,990. There’s also an option if you don’t want the UPS which will bring down the...

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ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, 7-inch quad-core Android tablet for the budget-conscious

Looking for a budget WiFi-only Android tablet for your kids? Check out the new ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 that was recently launched. This Android tablet has a price starting at just Php6,995. With the ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, you’ll get a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS HD display with a wide 170-degree viewing angle, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM along with 8GB or 16GB internal storage with a slot for a microSD card. At the back is a 5-megapixel camera while there’s a 1.2-megapixel camera at the front for video chats. Battery is rated at 3,950mAh. Decent specs right? This tablet runs on Android Jelly Bean but also has some added features such as their floating apps where you can have select apps like the calculator, mail, calender, video players, float on the screen so you don’t have to move away from whatever you’re doing. There’s also the App Locker that lets your password protect specific apps which is useful if you have kids who also use the tablet. The MeMO Pad HD7 comes in blue, white, pink, green and gray at Php6,995 for 8GB and Php8,995 for the 16GB configuration. They gra and blue are of matte finish while the rest have a plastic glossy back. ASUS will also be selling the protective TransCover with microfiber interior which also converts into a stand for Php1,295. ASUS MeMO Pad HD7 Specs: 7-inch IPS HD Display, 1280 x 800 resolution, 216ppi 1.2GHz quad-core MTK 8125 chip Android 4.2 Jelly Bean 1GB RAM, 8/16GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB 5-megapixel rear camera (no flash) 1.2 megapixel front camera Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.0 3950 mAh Lithium Polymer battery 196.8 x 120.6 x 10.8 mm 302 g Colors: Blue, Gray, White, Pink, Green SRP: Php6,995 (8GB) | Php8,995 (16GB) Related posts: ASUS Memo Pad, the P6,995 7-inch Android Jelly Bean...

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Asus Fonepad now available, price starts at Php11,999

Alright for those who’ve been eyeing the Asus Fonepad since its launch last month, it’s finally here. ASUS is holding a consumer launch for their Fonepad at the SM Mall of Asia Activity Center starting today until Sunday, June 23, where early buyers will get some chances on some cool prizes. The ASUS Fonepad is a tablet that has full telephony functions. It uses a 1280 x 800 HD display on its 7-inch IPS panel. It runs on a single-core 1GHz Intel Atom processor along with 1GB RAM. To keep the price down, it only has a 3-megapixel flash-less rear camera but it also does have a 1.2-megapixel front-facing one. The first 100 purchase of the ASUS Fonepad will get a 32GB microSD while the rest will be given ASUS goodies. Come visit and enjoy the ASUS Fonepad Consumer Launch at the SM Mall of Asia Activity Center on June 21-23, from 10 AM – 10 PM. The ASUS Fonepad is now available at Php 14,995 for 32GB configuration and PhP 11,995 for the 8 GB configuration. ASUS Fonepad Specs: 7-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS 10-finger multitouch display, 216 ppi 1.2GHz single-core Intel Atom Z2420 processor PowerVR SGX540 GPU 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 3-megapixel rear camera, no flash 720p HD video recording @ 30 fps 1.2-megapixel front camera HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP No FM Radio GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS 4270mAh battery 196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm 340 g SRP: Php11,999 (8GB) | Php14,999 (32GB) Related posts: ASUS unveils the FonePad, Intel-powered 7-inch Android phablet ASUS FonePad, 7-inch phone/tablet set to arrive this...

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The ASUS Transformer Book Trio is not your ordinary laptop/tablet hybrid

Recently over at Computex 2013 in Taiwan, ASUS unveiled a different kind of laptop/tablet hybrid system. The ASUS Transformer Book Trio at first glance looks like your typical laptop with a detachable display for tablet use. Well it’s more than that. This device is a hybrid that runs on dual OS and a dual system. The tablet portion of the Transformer Book Trio has a Full HD 11.6-inch display that runs on Android Jelly Bean OS with a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 powering it along with a 64GB internal storage. That’s an impressive Android tablet by itself. However, once docked to the keyboard it transforms itself to a Windows 8 system with another processor of its own. In laptop mode, the Transformer Book Trio is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4500U processor to go with 1TB of disk space, while the tablet’s own storage will show up as a separate drive inside Windows. You can still switch to Android even in this mode by toggling a hotkey. Now if the screen size is too small for your needs, you can definitely hook up the keyboard to an external monitor to get some decent work done. No price has been disclosed yet for the Transformer Book Trio but the ASUS is planning to launch it this Q3. So what do you think of such hybrid system/laptop? Related posts: No related...

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A sneak peek at the new ASUS Z87 motherboards

Last month in Singapore, Asus unveiled their latest Z87 motherboards for the TUF, ROG and Workstation series, featuring updated design as well as interface adjustments. We’ll give you a rundown of the notable ones. The Z87 Series The Z87 series motherboards have eight variations, led by the Deluxe, and now sport gold heat sinks instead of blue for the past models. The new boards feature Asus’s dual-intelligent processors (with 4-way optimization) that allow users to control settings that optimize the performance of their boards and CPUs, for improved gaming, entertainment and productivity. It will support Intel’s 4th generation processors and will not be backwards compatible with other processors. WiFi features has been expanded for the board and they also updated the UEFI BIOS with a new look and additional functionalities. You can easily adjust time and fan settings, as well as save notes, a My Favorites panel, create shortcuts with the press of the F4 button and a log for all the modifications you made to the BIOS. The Deluxe also received design tweaks such as more voltage regulators, an extra fan header, support for up to six SATA 6Gb/s ports, an upright WiFi module that supports the new 802.11ac, a new slot design and more clearance for the processor to accommodate cooling solutions. The Sabertooth Z87 and Gryphon features TUF components that fortify your motherboard and its components against damage or warping. The Gryphon has an optional TUF armor that you can purchase separately. ROG Motherboards The Republic of Gamers line of motherboards features several enhancements to give gamers an edge over their rivals. It now has Sonic Radar, which is an application that overlays itself on your game that maps the direction of the sounds that you hear in the game. You can tune it to detect gunfire or footsteps; they demoed it using Counter Strike and it seemed to work as described (the player demoing it wasn’t as good though, hehehe). Details are scant at the moment, but we’ll give you...

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ASUS FonePad, 7-inch phone/tablet set to arrive this month

From the makers of the first ultra-affordable quality Android tablet comes the FonePad, a 7-inch tablet that you can also use as a phone. ASUS Philippines is planning to launch the FonePad exactly one week from now and will become available by the 3rd week of this month. Price and configuration will be revealed during the launch but to give you an idea, it has a $249 street price in the US for the 16GB version. The ASUS FonePad uses a 1280 x 800 HD display on its 7-inch IPS panel. It runs on a single-core 1GHz Intel Atom processor along with 1GB RAM. To keep the price down, it only has a 3-megapixel flash-less rear camera but it also does have a 1.2-megapixel front-facing one. Aside from a microSD slot, it also supports USB OTG for more storage options. We did a hands-on with the ASUS FonePad a couple of months ago which you might want to check out. I know you’re itching to know the price but they won’t reveal it just yet. We’ll surely keep you posted though by next week. In the meantime, let’s just play a guessing game as to how much the FonePad will cost when it’s out. ASUS FonePad Specs: 7-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS 10-finger multitouch display, 216 ppi 1.2GHz single-core Intel Atom Z2420 processor PowerVR SGX540 GPU 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 3-megapixel rear camera, no flash 720p HD video recording @ 30 fps 1.2-megapixel front camera HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP No FM Radio GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS 4270mAh battery 196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm 340 g SRP: TBA (available 3rd week of May) Related posts: ASUS unveils the Padfone, a smartphone and tablet combo Asus finally reveals the PadFone, docking station optional ASUS unveils the FonePad, Intel-powered 7-inch Android phablet Hands-on with the ASUS...

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ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini coming soon for your mini gaming rig

If you’re building a compact gaming rig that you can easily bring with you to LAN parties, you might want to consider the recently announced ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. This mini graphics card is designed primarily for small form factor PCs with mini ITX motherboards. This dual slot card measures just 17cm and features the NVIDIA GTX 670 GPU for DirectX 11.1-compatible gaming. For comparison, the regular GTX 670 measures 24.13cm so that’s more than half of its size shaved off. ASUS has re-engineered the DirectCU cooler to fit small form factor cases. While shorter, it introduces a  copper vapor chamber placed directly on top of the GPU for faster heat spreading and dispersal with 20%  (or 7.5∘C) lower temperatures than reference GTX 670. Also new is the CoolTech Fan, a blower/axial crossover. Its inclusion translates into wide-angle and powerful airflow that keeps vital card components cool, with heat vented through the back and top of the card. It also provides three times quieter operation, all within a limited space. Taking advantage of its smaller form factor, the ASUS GeForce® GTX 670 DirectCU Mini uses Direct Power technology, which bridges power delivery components and the GPU for clean and efficient power supply, delivering 56% lower impedance and a 15% cooler PCB. Super Alloy Power capacitors, chokes, and MOSFETs are hardened against heat and stress, averaging 2.5 times the lifespan of generic parts. The ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini will be made available by mid-May with an SRP of Php22,590. ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Specs: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 graphics engine PCI Express 3.0 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit interface, 6008MHz (1502MHz GDDR5) 928MHz base, 1006MHz boost 1344 CUDA cores dual-link DVI-I dual-link DVI-D DisplayPort HDMI 17cm x 12cm x 4cm (6.7” x 4.8” x 1.6”) SRP: Php22,590 Related posts: ASUS outs two GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II GFX card variants ASUS releases custom designed GeForce GTX670 DirectCU II TOP graphics card ASUS brings us best gaming notebook yet NVIDIA celebrates GeForce...

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ASUS Zen Drive, more than just your ordinary external DVD writer

Notebooks without optical drives are getting more popular these days now that the Ultrabook form factor is also being used on mainstream notebooks. People simply opt to go with an external DVD drive especially if they don’t need it often. The ASUS SDRW-08D3S-U Zen Drive is an external DVD writer that is figuring out to be a cut from the rest. From the stylish design alone, it’s not your typical plain-looking slim external writer. It has that metallic-spun (although polycarbonate) body inspired from their premium Zenbook line of notebook. It’s only 20mm thin and weighs just 365g. It is also USB-powered so you don’t have to lug along a power brick just to use it. Now that’s portable. What’s cool with the ASUS Zen Drive is that it comes with an AV function. What this does it that it allows multimedia files stored in your CD/DVD to be read by TVs and tablets that can read files off USB devices. Like an external hard drive connected to your TVs USB but with files burned on CDs or DVDs instead. This external DVD drive also has a built-in 256-bit encryption if you want to keep your burned CDs/DVDs secured. It supports password-controlled access and hidden-folder masking for complete privacy of information.  No news on local pricing and availability yet for this device but we’ll keep you posted once we have it. Related posts: No related...

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ASUS VivoBook S550, 15-inch Core-i5 Windows 8 touchscreen notebook for P36,995

ASUS just launched the availability of the latest addition to their VivoBook range, the S550, which sports a 15.6-inch screen on an Ultrabook frame. The VivoBook series is ASUS’ answer to the mainstream market looking for a touchscreen Windows 8 notebook. The S550 is the biggest one they have so far and can also be a desktop replacement for casual users and gamers. It’s also one of the nicest-looking 15-inchers around with its all-glass panel covering the screen, hairline-spun textured metal surface and slim design. This notebook is quite similar to our recently-reviewed VivoBook S400 with the same Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 500GB hard drive plus 24GB SSD for faster resume from sleep and caching applications. The only difference would be the bigger 15.6-inch display, an optical drive, and the inclusion of a dedicated graphics card to give it more power and perform better on games. Also loved the keyboard on the VivoBook and also the responsive touchpad that supports multi-finger gestures including Windows 8 commands. What’s probably missing here is a Full HD resolution on its display. It only has a 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Since it’s a VivoBook, it uses ASUS’ SonicMaster audio technology to deliver impressive sound quality from its large speakers and resonance chambers. I was impressed with the sound coming from the S400 and it’s safe to assume that it will be the same or better with the S550. You’ll get deeper and richer bass, a wider audio range, true-to-life surround, powerful output, distinct vocals, and pristine clarity. The ASUS VivoBook S550 is already available for just Php36,995 which is just a thousand pesos more than the S400. ASUS VivoBook S550CM Specs: 1.7GHz 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3317U, TurboBoost up to 2.6GHz 15.6-inch 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight Glare multitouch display 4GB DDR3 RAM NVIDIA GeForce GT635M DDR3 2GB Windows 8 OS 24GB SSD, 500GB SATA HDD Super-Multi DVD drive 802.11b/g/n Bluetooth 4.0 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, SD card reader, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI HD webcam 2.6 kg. SRP: Php36,995 Related posts: ASUS VivoBook...

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