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Asus ROG Ally X Review: Gen 1.5 of Windows Gaming Handhelds

Asus ROG Ally X Review: Gen 1.5 of Windows Gaming Handhelds

7.8/ 10 SCORE Asus ROG Ally X Pros Supports a wider library of games than non-Windows devices Good performance for its components Paddles for macro combos and some basic Windows navigation Bumpers feel clicky and responsive Cons Expensive Display doesn’t support HDR and only has sRGB gamut Pressing the ABXY buttons only registers in the center No trigger stops The ROG Ally X is an updated version of the much less-expensive ROG Ally (it starts at $499), usually considered one of the best of an uneven lot of Windows-based handheld gaming consoles. Its rivals include high-profile models like the Lenovo Legion Go or MSI Claw as well as a host of options available mostly in other regions. The Ally X is relatively expensive at $800, though, which may justifiably give you pause, despite a host of design tweaks and better performance. In a category where the operating system more or less defines what games you can play, Windows is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it provides the infrastructure to let you play any game available for …

Asus Zenbook Duo (2024) Review: A Two-Screened Laptop That Nails It

Asus Zenbook Duo (2024) Review: A Two-Screened Laptop That Nails It

Conceptually, it’s very close to what Lenovo did last year with the Yoga Book 9i, complete with shorthand gestures that help you pull up a virtual keyboard or touchpad, expand the screen to fill both displays or “flick” content from one screen to the other. This is all fairly easy to get the hang of. For the most part, working with the Zenbook Duo is no different than working with two monitors on a standard PC. Many prior dual-screen laptops suffered on the performance front, and while the Duo didn’t set any records, it’s perfectly capable across a wide spectrum of benchmarks. Business apps load and run quickly, and graphical capabilities are acceptable despite the lack of a discrete graphics processor. Even AI-oriented performance was reasonably good (again, considering there’s no GPU to boost it). If there’s a downside, it’s battery life. I got just 6 hours and 48 minutes of YouTube run time with one screen active, and that fell to 5 hours and 13 minutes with both live. Neither score is all that …

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) Review: Good Performance for the Price

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) Review: Good Performance for the Price

The march of lower-cost laptops that offer some measure of artificial intelligence-focused tuning continues with the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED, the latest in a line of affordable, no-nonsense, ultralight laptops that has been kicking around for more than a decade. Like the Acer Swift Go 14, the Asus Zenbook 14 (model UM3406HA) hits the market at a price that’s comfortably less than $1,000. But unlike the Swift Go, the Zenbook is built around AMD’s latest Ryzen CPU. Among other questions, I was curious to see how the two directly compared. The Acer and Asus laptops have more than a little in common. Both feature 14-inch touchscreens at 1,920 x 1,200-pixel resolution, 16 GB of RAM, and integrated graphics. The Zenbook has a more basic 512-GB solid-state drive compared to the 1-terabyte model on the Acer, but the biggest difference is the CPU, an AMD Ryzen 7 8840HS on the Asus instead of Acer’s Intel Core Ultra 7. Photograph: Asus Walk around the laptop and you’ll see a considerably less well equipped port lineup too. Two …

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review: A Gaming Laptop Perfect for Both Work and Play

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review: A Gaming Laptop Perfect for Both Work and Play

A beefy graphics card paired with the lovely 14-inch screen size at an affordable price? That’s the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, and when you add extras like an OLED display and battery life impressive for a gaming laptop, it’s hard for me to not fall in love with this thing. The G14 is the smallest model in the Zephyrus line, so it’s extremely portable. You can outfit it with an Nvidia RTX 4060 or 4070 graphics card, depending on whether you want to save some cash or max it out. It feels as comfortable to use as the Macbook Air M1 (2020) that I use for work, but it comes with luxury features that make playing games—and even watching movies—a top-tier experience. Work-Life Balance The Zephyrus G14 isn’t built to be a powerhouse—consider a laptop like the Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 for that—but what power it does have is well allocated. The Zephyrus is powered by AMD’s Ryzen R9 8945HS, a powerful processor, paired with the RTX 4060 laptop graphics card—it tackles most games …

Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 (2024) Review: Portable Powerhouse Gaming

Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 (2024) Review: Portable Powerhouse Gaming

The Mini LED display is the primary differentiator between last year’s Strix Scar 18 model. Both can be upgraded to the RTX 4090, and both come with 32 GB of DDR5 RAM (though the 2024 model’s is a bit faster). The 2024 model has a slightly newer 14th-generation Intel Core i9-14900HX processor. Based on specs alone, I might be tempted to suggest looking for last year’s model on sale, but the Mini LED display with local dimming is such a great upgrade that it makes the newer machine stand out. A Powerhouse Engine It’s hard to find a more tricked-out gaming laptop, and the ROG Strix Scar 18 performs like the beast it is. The Intel Core i9-14900HX is one of the best laptop processors for gaming in raw power, and the Nvidia RTX 4090 laptop GPU is a powerhouse. In Starfield, I consistently hit 60 fps even in high-density, low-optimized areas like New Atlantis, and regularly hovered around 80 to 90 fps in less demanding areas. Cyberpunk 2077 hit an even more impressive 90 …

Asus ROG Azoth Review: Excellent Keyboard, Awful Software

Asus ROG Azoth Review: Excellent Keyboard, Awful Software

Key Takeaways Excellent build quality, compact design, and silent typing experience with multiple dampening layers. The OLED screen adds flair but can be frustrating to use, and the companion software requires improvement. Good battery life and connectivity options, with smooth, hot-swappable switches and durable keycaps. Asus’ ROG Azoth gaming keyboard does so many things right that it’s hard to find flaws. It comes with smooth and responsive pre-lubed ROG NX switches, three layers of dampening foam, tidy doubleshot PBT keycaps, and a useful if gimmicky OLED display. It looks great, too. The Azoth’s compact 75-key design and per-key RGB make it a mechanical keyboard that will fit onto any desk, gamer or not. Asus ROG Azoth $200 $250 Save $50 The Asus ROG Azoth mechanical gaming keyboard has plenty to offer with smooth switches, excellent dampening, and great battery life. The OLED screen is slightly overkill and the software could be easier, but it’s still a top-notch keyboard. Brand Asus Wireless Yes Backlight Per-key RGB Media Controls Yes Battery Up to 2,000 hours Switch Type …

ASUS RT-BE88U WiFi 7 dual-band wireless router

ASUS RT-BE88U WiFi 7 dual-band wireless router

ASUS has recently launched the RT-BE88U, a cutting-edge router that incorporates the latest WiFi 7 router technology, setting a new standard for home and professional networking. This advanced router is designed to meet the ever-increasing demands of digital activities, such as online gaming, media streaming, and handling large data files, providing users with an unparalleled connectivity experience. The RT-BE88U boasts exceptional speed, delivering networking speeds of up to 7200 Mbps, thanks to the integration of WiFi 7 technology. This ensures a seamless and responsive online experience, whether you’re streaming high-quality 4K content, engaging in competitive online gaming, or transferring large files. The router also incorporates 4K-QAM technology, which maximizes bandwidth efficiency, allowing for the transmission of more data over the existing frequency spectrum. High-Speed Wired Connectivity For users who prefer wired connections, the RT-BE88U WiFi 7 router offers a range of high-speed ports, including: A 10 Gbps LAN/WAN port A 10 Gbps LAN/WAN SFP+ port Four 2.5 Gbps ports These ports provide ample bandwidth for multiple devices, with a combined wired network capacity of up …

ASUS NUC 14 Pro 2024 mini PC now available

ASUS NUC 14 Pro 2024 mini PC now available

ASUS initially unveiled its new NUC 14 Pro Mini PC at CES 2024 earlier this year, offering a significant addition to the professional computing market. This week ASUS has announced its availability. Designed for modern workflows, this compact desktop integrates high-performance Intel processors, AI engines, and a suite of advanced features, making it an ideal solution for professionals seeking a powerful yet space-saving computing solution. The NUC 14 Pro Mini PC is powered by the latest Intel Core Ultra 7 and 5 processors, with a Core 3 variant available for cost-conscious users. These cutting-edge processors are bolstered by integrated AI engines, significantly enhancing the Mini PC’s ability to handle demanding tasks and complex computations. The inclusion of Intel vPro Enterprise technology provides enterprise-grade security and stability, ensuring that sensitive data remains protected and the system maintains optimal performance. ASUS NUC 14 Pro ASUS has placed a strong emphasis on sustainability with the NUC 14 Pro’s eco-friendly design. The Mini PC features a chassis made from recycled plastics, reducing its environmental impact without compromising on durability …