Asus had a lot of devices to show off at CES 2018 including some new laptops, new Lyra networking devices with Alexa and the latest in their ROG lineup.
Asus Lyra devices
Asus has announced two networking devices in their Lyra lineup. First is the Lyra Trio which is a dual-band, multi-hub mesh Wi-Fi system. It has 3×3 MIMO technology, so you should get the best signal anywhere in your home.
You don’t need a PC to set up the Lyra Trio, thanks to the Asus Lyra app.
The other Lyra device is the Lyra Voice which as the name implies, is a 2-in-1 802.11ac mesh Wi-Fi system that also has voice capabilities via the speakers and microphone. The Lyra Voice comes with Alexa built-in, so you can ask Alexa, things like the weather, control your smart home devices and more.
In addition to the new Lyra devices, Asus also announced the RT-AX88U router which support the next-gen 802.11ax wireless standard, so you can get speeds up to 6000Mbps. The device has eight Gigabit LAN ports, MU-MIMO for both uplink and downlink communications, so you can use it for things like LAN parties.
The RT-AX88U also has AiProtection which is commercial-grade network security, so you’re network and devices are protected.
The Asus NovaGo was announced last month at Qualcomm’s summit, along with some other Always-Connected PCs. The device is the world’s first Gigabit LTE-capable laptop.
It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and has a Gigabit Snapdragon X16 LTE modem for speeds of up to 1Gbps. You can expect up to 22 hours of battery life with 30 days of standby time. There’s also a built-in eSIM and a Nano SIMslot.
The NovaGo runs Windows 10 S which allows users to run verified apps from the Microsoft Store, for a better overall experience.
Asus ZenBook & VivoBook for 2018
The Lyra Voice isn’t the only device that’ll be getting Alexa, Asus will also be adding support for Alexa in some of their 2018 ZenBook and VivoBook laptops.
Asus hasn’t said which ones will get Alexa or pricing for those models but they’ll arrive in the first half of the year.
Asus also announced the ZenBook 13 (UX331UAL) which is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16GB of RAM and up to a 1TB SSD. You can expect up to 15 hours of battery life and it weighs only 2.17lbs and has a metal body.
It will run Windows 10 and have support for Windows Hello. Asus also showed off the Asus Laptop X507 which has a 7th Gen Intel i7 processor with an Nvidia GeForce MX110 graphics card and dual storage options.
In addition, Asus announced the Vive AiO V272 which has a 27-inch touch display with a wide 100% sRGB colour gamut and a 178-degree wide-view technology. It also comes with Asus’ SonicMaster audio which should provide a “superb entertainment experience”.
There is also a smaller 22-inch Vivo AiO which has a Full HD display, same sound system.
The Asus ZenBook 13, Laptop X507, Vivo AiO V272 and Vivo AiO V222 will all be available in the first half of the year. Pricing has yet to be announced.
Asus also showed off some new devices under their ROG (Republic of Gamers) line at CES 2018 including the ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition.
The ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition is a limited edition laptop that is a collaboration between Asus and eSports team SK Telecom T1. You’ll get a SK Telecom T1 team jersey, mouse pad and posters.
It’s powered by the Intel Core i7 processor and has a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, along with a 120Hz IPS-level display with a 100% sRGB colour gamut. The laptop is designed for MOBA gaming and also comes with a RGB-backlit keyboard.
In addition, Asus also announced the ROG Strix GL12, which is their latest gaming desktop and has factory-overclocked 8th Gen Intel Core processor (up to 4.8GHz full Hexa-Core), an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 and an expansion bay and a e-Sports-ready easy-swap SSD tray for easy upgrades.
The desktop has aggressive, angular ‘slashes” all over and the transparent side panel shows off the Aura Sync lighting effects which can be customized. Aura Sync allows gamers to synchronize lighting effects with supported keyboards, mice, headphones and other accessories.
The ROG Strix GL12 will be available in April, with pricing to be announced at launch.
Asus also showed off the ROG G703 which has a 17.3-inch Full HD wide-view display with Nvidia G-Sync at a 144hz refresh rate. It’s powered by an factory-overclocked Intel Core i7-7820HK processor which reach 4.3GHz.
There is also a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. The ROG G703 also comes with built-in Xbox Wireless, so gamers can connect their favourite Xbox controllers or headsets with ease.
The ROG G703 is available now for $4499 CAD.
Some of the other ROG products include the ROG Strix Flare keyboard with Aura Sync, the ROG Aura Terminal which enables system lighting effects that are synchronized to in-game action and has Aura Sync. There’s also the ROG Spotlight which is a lighting accessory that can project the ROG logo on a wall or surface to create an enhanced gaming atmosphere and has Aura Sync.
Asus also introduced a Bezel-free kit, which is an accessory that allow gamers to visually eliminate the gaps where their displays are connected, so your monitor setup will look like one large wraparound monitor. Each kit comes with vertical lenses and easy-to-attach mounts.
In addition, Asus also announced the Aura SDK which can allow developers and hardware partners to integrate Asus’ Aura lighting control in their software and devices.
Some of the products that Asus is showing off at CES that used the new SDK include a concept demo by Tobii which changes lighting effects based on real-time visual feedback and in-game events such as different colours to identify allies and enemies.
All the ROG accessories announced will be available in the coming months.
Asus showed off their Big Format Gaming Display with the ROG Swift PG65. Like other BFGDs announced, Asus’ will also have Nvidia G-Sync. 4K UHD HDR, Nvidia Shield built-in and a 120Hz refresh rate.
You can expect highly responsive, tear-free, stutter free and immersive gaming experience from the BFGD.
Asus hasn’t announced pricing or availability for their ROG Swift PG65 but it should be available later this year.