Razer’s latest Razer Blade Studio Edition laptops are anodized with a striking Mercury White finish, equipped with 4K displays, upgraded to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of NVMe storage, and features NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs.
Brad Wildes, Senior Vice President of Razer’s Systems business unit said, “Razer Blades have become the laptop of choice for users desiring uncompromising performance in a premium design. Now, with the power of NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, the Razer Blade Studio Edition will exceed the demands of professional content creators.”
• The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition will be available with a 4K OLED touch display, an Intel® CoreTM i7-9750H processor, and an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 mobile GPU. The processing power of NVIDIA Quadro® and vivid colors of the OLED display makes the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition perfect for creators who are always on the go.
• The Razer Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition will feature a series of firsts, including a new 4K 120Hz display panel, an Intel® CoreTM i9-9880H processor, and the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 mobile GPU. These major upgrades to the Razer Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition allow it to rival even the most powerful of desktop workstations.
Creatives familiar with working on a traditional desktop PC can connect a Razer Blade Studio Edition laptop to the Razer Core X external graphics accessory to create a desktop-class experience on a mobile laptop. With support for desktop PCIe graphic cards like the NVIDIA Quadro RTX and GeForce RTX GPUs, Razer Core X can greatly accelerate the work flow and reduce lengthy rendering times. Applications allowing for dual-GPU rendering will enable users to put both the internal laptop and external desktop graphics to work to provide even better performance.
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announces a top-to-bottom update of its entire gaming family. The ROG redefined collection mixes all-new models with refreshed systems to balance the performance required by gamers, content creators, and power users with the convenience of creature comforts.
The lineup splits along chassis lines, with powerful desktop replacements, lithe ultra-portables, and evolved expressions of a more traditional laptop form factor. The ROG Mothership (GZ700) is a portable muscle powerhouse with an innovative standing design that enhances cooling to fulfill the needs of hardcore users, while the ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) ultra slim and light design provides the versatility to slice through both AAA games and professional work. The ROG STRIX Scar III (GL531) aimed for e-Sports excellence with the world’s fastest 240Hz/3ms laptop display allows you to play at the speed of pro gaming.Regardless of the chassis or target audience, ROG gaming laptops are guided by an Intelligent Cooling philosophy that combines the right thermal hardware with smart software to ensure optimal performance and acoustics for what is happening in the moment.
The Future of Desktop Replacements: ROG Mothership (GZ700)
ROG Mothership (GZ700) Gaming Laptop
The ROG Mothership (GZ700) has an upright chassis that draws more air into its advanced cooling system. Its keyboard detaches and folds to fit different scenarios, giving gamers the freedom to find the perfect position, and the innovative design leaves enough room to put all the speakers right below the screen.
The exquisitely machined aluminum chassis contains an ultrafast and ultra-detailed NVIDIA® G-SYNC® display powered by the latest NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 discrete graphics, and also houses an eight-core Intel® Core™ i9 processor coated with liquid metal thermal compound. Better cooling enables the processor and discrete graphic to be pushed beyond stock speeds and still sustain exceptional performance with demanding workloads. The factory-overclocked core is complemented by an insanely fast RAID 0 disk array with three NVMe™ SSDs, plus next-gen networking that enables greater than gigabit speeds for both wired and wireless connections.
Conventional clamshells limit cooling and lock into a fixed position in order to fit a form factor that can sit on a lap. That is a good compromise for many laptops, but desktop replacements are too heavy to sit comfortably, so ROG reimagined the form factor to improve the experience. Instead of lying flat on a desk, the ROG Mothership (GZ700) stands tall to give the cooling system unrestricted access to airflow at the back. The keyboard separates and folds for maximum flexibility, giving freedom to position it for the perfect stance, and connecting wired or wirelessly depending on the scenario. Detaching the keyboard reveals a row of four speakers that are aimed directly at the user, creating an effective sound bar right beneath the display.
The ROG Mothership (GZ700) has an amazing UHD panel with G-sync delivers smooth, crisp visuals up to 400 nits brightness and a 3 ms response time to satiate gamers who want to experience true triple-digit FPS for fast-paced play.
Versatility Reigns Supreme: ROG Zephyrus S (GX502)
ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) Gaming Laptop
The ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) adopts a more traditional layout that works better in cramped quarters and on a lap. It is the most versatile Zephyrus yet, tailored to satisfy both hardcore gamers and professional content creators. The palm rest hides honeycomb reinforcements that make the chassis stiffer where it is needed most. The process starts with molten magnesium alloy and uses a combination of die-casting and machining to create the sturdy piece, which resists the flexing that makes some other ultra-slim gaming laptops feel flimsy and cheap. Soft-touch paint adds a smooth finish that repels fingerprints and adds a subtle sparkle.
Augmented AAS cooling allows the top NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070-equipped model to scale up to 1540MHz at 115W with ROG Boost in Turbo Mode, a clock speed and wattage typically reserved for full-sized laptops. The ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) PANTONE® Validated display is calibrated at the factory to guarantee the colour accuracy, and features a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms grey-to-grey response time. The gaming grade PANTONE® Validated display makes fast-paced shooters silky-smooth and crystal-clear, while guaranteeing accurate colours for content creators. The ROG-exclusive discrete graphic switch gives you the freedom to improve your gaming experience with G-SYNC™, which reduces stuttering and eliminates tearing, or get better battery life with Optimus.
For on-the-go convenience, the ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) can be charged via its USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) port, using a small, lightweight USB-C charger that reduces the overall travel weight and bulk. For everyday tasks like web surfing and office productivity that consume lower amounts of power, the ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) can be used with a standard USB-C adapter rated at up to 65W. It can also be charged from USB power banks and can deliver up to 18W of fast-charge power to compatible devices such as smartphones.
Maintaining a strong Wi-Fi connection is not always easy. Distance from the router, the shape of the room, and even furniture placement can all contribute to dead spots and weak connections. To provide the best possible connection at all times, the ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) has four antennas in different orientations, and ROG RangeBoost then picks the best two antennas for that moment in time. This intelligent multi-antenna array can increase range by up to 30%. For activities like multiplayer gaming and serious streaming that are more sensitive to network performance, wired gigabit Ethernet provides a low-latency connection impervious to any wireless congestion.
Premium ESS SABRE™ audio elevates the experience for gamers and audiophiles with good headphones. This hi-fi DAC reduces noise and distortion, enabling clearer audio with wider dynamic range, and combined with virtual 7.1-channel surround-sound, provides deep spatial immersion in games and virtual reality. Hi-Res Audio (HRA) certification guarantees fidelity, so media can be enjoyed at full quality.
Pick Your E-Sports Champion: ROG STRIX SCAR III
ROG STRIX Scar III (GL531) Gaming Laptop
The ROGSTRIX SCAR III (GL531) is based on the forward-thinking design inspired by a collaboration between ROG and the BMW Designworks Group to imagine the future of gaming laptops. The sculpted surfaces echo a key element of the Face Off concept that resulted from the collaboration, with raised ridges that artfully accent the ventilated 3D Flow Zone at the back. The asymmetrical cut below the display also borrows a design cue explored during brainstorming workshops for the final concept.
Evoking a deeper physical connection with the machine was another key theme of the BMW Designworks Group collaboration. The ROGSTRIX SCAR III (GL531) channels this idea with the new ROG Keystone, which docks neatly with the chassis and offers a more personalised link to your laptop. These NFC-enabled devices act like physical keys: docking one can transform system lighting and other settings based on Armoury Crate profiles, and grant access to a secret Shadow Drive that hides and encrypts important files. In addition to offering new capabilities today, the ROG Keystone lay the groundwork for additional functionality in the future.
Delivering the frame rates needed for the fast pace of high-level e-Sports is a serious business. With the latest Intel® Core™ i9-9750H processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070, the ROGSTRIX SCAR III (GL531) has the firepower for all the favorite titles. With ROG Boost, the discrete graphic outperforms slower GeForce RTX™ 2070 configurations by clocking up to 1540MHz at 115W, offering incredibly smooth gameplay for action-packed encounters.
High frame rates need a display that can deliver them. ROG works closely with professional e-Sports teams and top tournaments that require a refresh rate of 240Hz, which is four times the speed of conventional screens. Displays this fast have traditionally been limited to high-end desktop monitors, but the ROGSTRIX SCAR III (GL531) can be configured with a 15.6-inch display that makes 240Hz gaming portable. The timely availability of this ultrafast option further cements ROG’s leadership at the forefront of gaming laptop displays. The ROGSTRIX SCAR III (GL531) is also available with a 144Hz refresh-rate display, both displays have 3ms grey-to-grey response times to provide the crisp, clear visuals needed to track targets in the heat of battle. Its ultra-slim bezels that offer a seamless view of the screen and enable a more compact body that fits into any bag.
Focus on the Fundamental: ROG STRIX G (G531/G731)
ROG STRIX G (G531) Gaming Laptop
The ROGSTRIX G (G531/G731) provides an affordable foundation that distills the essential elements of the core ROG experience. Its low-profile design blends into casual environments such as classrooms and coffee shops just as well as at a LAN party later in the evening.
The NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 16 series has the right price-performance ratio to fit the ROGSTRIX G (G531/G731)’s profile, complete with an upgraded video encoder that enables smooth, high-quality capture for streamers. The ROGSTRIX G (G531/G731) can be configured with an up to Intel® Core™ i7-9750H processor with six cores and 12 threads, up to NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1660Ti discrete graphic and 15-inch or 17-inch up to 144Hz display. It is available with four-zone Aura Sync lighting for the keyboard, and comes with the same great STRIX cooling and all the essentials, including RangeBoost for the Gigabit Wi-Fi, HDMI 2.0b output for 4K monitors and TVs, and support for G-SYNC monitors via DisplayPort over USB-C on models with GeForce RTX graphics. By concentrating on vital features and components that define the gaming experience, the ROGSTRIX G (G531/G731) offers excellent value in a versatile laptop that can handle work and school in between gaming sessions.
Smooth Gameplay Ahead: ROG STRIX GL10
ROG STRIX GL10 Gaming Desktop
The ROG STRIX GL10 fits full-size power into a compact 27-liter case that uses futuristic armor and the ROG obsession with speed as design inspirations. Customisable Aura Sync RGB lighting can be controlled from Armoury Crate, a single utility that provides all-access configuration and monitoring of the ROG STRIX GL10.
The ROG STRIX GL10 is equipped with up to a six-core 12-thread Intel® Core™ i7-9700K processor, capable of handling multiple concurrent workloads such as gaming, streaming and running voice communication for teammates. With up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, the ROG STRIX GL10 effortlessly switches from productivity tasks to the more demanding workloads generated by the multithreaded applications typically used by content creators. With up to an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 graphics card with 8GB of video memory, it offers amazing performance for today’s favorite games such as Fortnite and Overwatch, capable of pushing triple-digit framerates at Full HD resolution. The ROG STRIX GL10 can also be used with all major virtual-reality (VR) headsets, providing gamers with totally new environments and experiences.
The ROG STRIX GL10 comes equipped with gamer-friendly features and customisations. The unified Armoury Crate software provides quick and easy access to all parts of the ROG STRIX GL10. There are multiple profiles available that strike different balances between performance and noise, allowing users to easily cater to their environment and preferences. The diffused RGB glow that cuts across the front of it can also be customised in just a few clicks, choosing colours and effects with the capability to synchronise with other Aura-compatible peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and headsets.
The ROG team knows that gaming is social and sometimes computers have to travel. The ROG STRIX GL10 was designed and tested to survive drop and vibration tests that simulate the rough handling of trips to LAN parties and e-Sports tournaments, as well as to survive temperature and humidity extremes, and voltage and frequency fluctuations that may arise from unreliable power sources.
Ultimate Performance: ROG STRIX GL12
ROG STRIX GL12 Gaming Desktop
The ROG STRIX GL12 is a full-featured factory-overclocked and liquid-cooled gaming desktop featuring up to the latest eight-core 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-9900K processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080Ti graphics. The 9th Gen Intel® Core™ processor is fully unlocked for further fine-tuning via the ROG Armoury Crate software, which also lets users customise the Aura Sync lighting inside and out.
It built with the most powerful components available, starting with the best processor for gaming: the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor. With 8 cores and 16 threads, the new Intel processor is capable of delivering high-frame-rate gaming while simultaneously live-streaming, recording gameplay, and juggling chat and other applications. It is also ideal for creative professionals, delivering incredible performance in multithreaded workloads such as rendering, transcoding, and other tasks.
The ROG STRIX GL12 has sharp angles on the front and top of the case, evoking the gashes on a katana on armor. The included Armoury Crate software allows for the customisation of the RGB lighting that spills out of the intake and exhaust vents. ASUS Aura Sync technology also allows users to synchronise the system lighting with compatible peripherals such as mice, keyboards, and even monitors. The Aura Sync lighting can also reach to in-game events and environments in compatible games such as the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
The ROG STRIX GL12 has a hot-swap SSD bay — developed for e-Sports gaming — that is hidden behind the case’s magnetic front cover, allowing for quick swapping in of profiles and games without needing to shut down the system to install a new drive with the required tools. The hot-swap bay also greatly simplifies storage upgrades for all users. Finally, it includes the innovative ASUS DIMM.2 module that slots into the system’s new Z390 motherboard. This expansion card uses a memory-style slot to provide two M.2 connections for SSDs. Since heat can slow down the performance, the DIMM.2 module has integrated heatsinks for each SSD. These two additional connections allow for dual NVMe® drives and RAID configurations, or one can be used for expansion while the other can be used for Intel Optane™ memory to accelerate a large hard-disk drive (HDD).
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
The ROG Mothership (GZ700), ROG Zephyrus S (GX502), ROG STRIX SCAR III and ROG STRIX G (G731) will be available in June, while the ROG STRIX GL10 and ROG STRIX GL12 will be available in end-May, lastly the ROG STRIX G (G531) will be available in CEE show with prices as follow:
ROG Mothership (GZ700) at $9,999
ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) from $3,398
ROG STRIX SCAR III (GL531) from $2,698
ROG STRIX G (G531/G731) from $1,598
ROG STRIX GL10 from $1,298
ROG STRIX GL12 from $3,998
All models will be available at all ASUS Brand Stores and authorised retailers.
I started using Mopidy recently, and found it to be quite useful. Mopidy is a music server, that plays music from local disk, or streams music from the cloud like Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, and more.
From your phone, tablet, or computer, you can control the playlist from your phone, tablet, or computer with a web client.
It allows everyone at home an easy way to manage what’s playing, something like a Jukebox. It doesn’t need powerful hardware, I run it on an Orange Pi, my R2D2 which can run Alexa with Mopidy concurrently. Speakers are connected via USB. You can even extend it further with multi-room audio (like Sonos), by combining Mopidy with Snapcast but I’m satisfied with my R2 jukebox for now.
An ever-growing fascination with tech
Singaporeans love for the latest technology have taken to new heights, with two main insights:
Smartphones dominate the gadget market, with 8 / 10 of the top gadget search interests for phones
Apple takes 5 out of 10 spots with their 2018 product launches
With the exception of Apple Watch 4 (#7, Trending Gadgets) and iPad Pro (#10, Trending Gadgets), this year continues to see strong competition and interest in smartphones, with Apple’s iPhone XS (#1, Trending Gadgets), Samsung Note 9 (#2, Trending Gadgets) and the latest Google Pixel 3 (#6, Trending Gadgets), emerging among the top trending gadgets over the past year. A slew of revolutionary features combining Artificial Intelligence (AI) with software and hardware have been introduced this year, marking a new era of smartphone devices based on voice, motion and touch.
This year, the Singapore Comex 2018 (#1, Trending Events in Singapore) joined the list for the very first time, followed by the IT Show 2018 (#2, Trending Events in Singapore) which moved up a spot from 2017. Both events were the top two trending searched events in Singapore, revealing how Singaporeans are always on a lookout for a good electronics deal both online and offline.
iPhone XS Samsung Note 9 iPhone XR Huawei Mate 20 Pro Huawei Nova 3i Google Pixel 3 Apple Watch 4 Oneplus 6 iPhone 9 iPad Pro
Trending Events in Singapore
Comex 2018 IT Show 2018 i Light Marina Bay 2018 Rainforest Lumina Singapore Night Festival 2018 Prudential Marina Bay Carnival JJ Lin Concert F1 2018 Artbox Singapore 2018 Chingay Parade
Find out more at https://trends.google.com/trends/yis/2018/SG/
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG), announced a partnership with Activision, for the upcoming release of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 on PC. From September 10th to October 12th, ROG will be the first digital PC game bundling provider of Call of Duty®: Back Ops 4. Consumers can gain access to the game by purchasing an eligible ROG product during the promotion period. With a strong dedication to PC gamers, the Call of Duty team and ROG have worked closely on a unique collaboration with their AURA Sync technology across multiple product lines.
For Singapore.. https://promotion.asus.com/en/sg/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-dominate-with-the-best
“We are beyond thrilled to be partnering with ASUS Republic of Gamers in an unprecedented way for Black Ops 4,” said Ander Nickell, Director of Partnerships at Activision. “Our development teams are hard at work making this the best PC Call of Duty game yet. ASUS ROG shares that commitment to the community, so it was a natural fit to bring our brands together to deliver something special to fans.”
“ASUS Republic of Gamers and Activision have enjoyed great successes over many years, within their respective markets, and we are excited to bring the two together,” said Vivian Lien, Head of Global Marketing for Gaming at Republic of Gamers, and Chief Marketing Officer at ASUS North America. “ROG consistently delivers great gaming experiences by working closely with partners and publishers, both on the technology side and on the business side. We’ve collaborated with the eSports teams we sponsor to gain unique insight to provide leading performance and game-ruling innovation. And, similarly, we worked closely with Activision to integrate our RGB-lighting technology, AURA Sync, into this latest version of Call of Duty, to further enhance gameplay. Now, we’re pleased to deliver eligible ROG products bundled together with one of the most anticipated titles of the year, Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 on PC.”
Dominate the Battle with AURA Sync integration into Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for an enhanced gaming experience
ROG worked with Activision to incorporate customized AURA Sync capabilities and effects within Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for PC to AURA Sync capable devices. AURA Sync coordinates colours and effects with compatible RGB-lit products like desktops, headsets, keyboards, motherboards, notebooks, and mice, among others, making it easy for users to personalize their entire gaming set up to a consistent look and feel that reflects their gaming persona or the feel of the game being played. With the AURA Sync integration within Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, actions within the game trigger the RGB light effects to enhance gameplay, reflecting the intensity of the game through the user’s PCs and components, creating a more immersive experience.
ROG and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Bundle
Consumers who purchase an eligible product during the limited promotion period, beginning September 10th, will receive access to the Digital Standard Edition of the game. For up to date information, including the list of products eligible for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 bundle, where to buy links, and redemption information, please visit: www.ROGxBO4.com
Hearing the latest Google Duplex AI conversation is mindblowing. Debuted at Google I/O 2018, the latest feature from Google lets you make phone reservations from traditional businesses – like restaurants, salons. It’s not a roll out feature yet, and limited to North American accent, but the level of interaction on display blows away the current competition.
In the future, which might be years still, we will be able ask Assistant to book appointments and reservations, and the assistant itself will call up the business on its own, and have a conversation with them to make the booking. Beyond the hmmms and mmhmms, the conversation sounded amazingly natural, and that’s amazing compared to where we are at with other voice AIs like Siri, Assistant and Alexa. This is perfect for those with phobia of calling others.
We are shifting in 2018, and one of, if not the most anticipated phone coming our way soon would be the Samsung Galaxy S9. Images of the rendered handset has already been leaked, which has led to speculations on the specifications.
Externally, it looks identical to the Samsung Galaxy S8, except for the position of the fingerprint sensor. It has now been moved to a central position under the lens. Definitely an improvement over the S8. The new S9 will come with the Snapdragon 845, likely to include more RAM, and rumoured to contain a larger battery. The increase in battery capacity is a big plus, but overall if you are already holding to a Samsung Galaxy S8, there seems to be little features that would win you over.
Last year, the The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were officially unveiled on 29 March 2017, with pre-orders beginning 30 March and official Singapore release on 21 April 2017. I would expect similar a release cycle for the Samsung Galaxy S9.