The past week has been a busy one for ASUS. The technology corporation, which is known for its diverse line of laptops released a couple of products in a period that also saw the staging of IFA in Berlin. The announcements appear to have catered for all kinds of users: those who need raw power for games and creative work, as well as ordinary users who need a functional laptop with modern features.
The manufacturer is replenishing its Strix and Zephyrus line of laptops with new colour options. The laptops are appealing to creators and gamers because ASUS has gone out of its way to popularize features that have traditionally been avoided by other laptop makers such as shifting the position of the trackpad and keyboard to aid cooling.
Those who visited the ASUS booth at IFA may have seen the devices on display. Anyway, the Zephyrus S GX502, Zephyrus M GU502 (each available with u to a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processors, RTX 2070 and 2060 respectively, and 32 GB RAM), as well as the Strix G G531 and G731 will be available in Glacier Blue – and will be available for purchase before Q3 ends in key markets. Local availability will be made before 2020.
PortArt StudioBook announcements
This is another line of laptops by ASUS and targets customers with a variety of needs thanks to its robust range of models and specs for every budget and workloads.
While the ROG series targets gamers and creators, PortArt Studio computers are primarily made for graphic professionals, animators, programmers, digital artists, and architects.
The flagship of the line is the PortArt Studio One. It is the world’s first portable computer with an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 graphics and an Intel Core i9 chip. The graphics card is made for pros, and further makes it better with 24 GB of graphics RAM.
There is 1TB SSD as standard.
Unlike ROG laptops, the PortArt Studio One does not have any flashy design features.
Interestingly, most of the processing parts of the computer have been moved on the back of the display. This will allow heat to be dissipated at the rear so it will not heat up your lap or desk during heavy work.
The model will cost $4000.
Other members of the series include the H700, H500, W730, and W500.
The laptops will be available in Kenya and Nigeria before 2020.
10th Gen Intel Core Processors
Intel keeps updating its chipsets for better performance, improved battery life, and great connectivity options. The latest chips that went live a month ago are based on a 10 nm fabrication process, meaning they are smaller and power-efficient. The processors support Thunderbolt 3 natively, Wi-Fi 6 that is the latest Wi-Fi standard and, wait for it, AI and deep learning features to run workloads efficiently.
The ZenBook line, specifically ZenBook Duo, ZenBook 13/14/15 and ZenBook Flip 14/15 will gain a performance bump with the new 10th Gen processors. ASUSPRO B9 has also been equipped with the chip too.
Similar to the models highlighted above, these machines will be available in Kenya before the end of 2019.