CES 2020: ASUS unveils Zephyrus G14 and Ryzen-powered TUF Gaming laptops | Windows Experience Blog

ASUS is having a busy day at CES 2020. In the afternoon it announced the Zephyrus G14 from its ASUS ROG brand and new Ryzen-powered TUF Gaming laptops, in addition to the company’s morning announcements of new laptop and desktop computers.

Zephyrus G14

The Zephyrus G14 brings premium innovations to a wider audience with an ultra-slim form factor at just 17.9mm thin and 1.6kg, all without compromising performance. The Zephyrus G14 gaming notebook features RTX graphics for high frame rates when playing popular games, and also lets gamers choose between high refresh or high resolution for their display; the choice of 120Hz refresh rate or WQHD resolution panels allows users to optimize for gaming or creating content. And to deliver nonstop speed, this new laptop is equipped with a ROG-exclusive 4th generation AMD Ryzen processor that has eight cores and 16 threads in a more energy-efficient 35W power envelope.
Making the G14 extra portable are up to 10 hours of battery life, thanks to the ability to charge from compatible Type-C power packs. And the G14 is fine to look at, both aesthetically with subtle styling in Moonlight White or Eclipse Gray, and functionally, with the optional AniMe Matrix display that deepens personalization, enabling users to show custom graphics, animations and other effects across more than a thousand mini LEDs embedded in the lid.
The Zephyrus G14 will be available later in 2020.
ASUS TUF Gaming laptops are known for delivering high performance while standing up to the rigors of life on the go. At CES 2020, ASUS is introducing an all-new TUF Gaming family of laptops focused on further gains in performance, ruggedness and versatility.

TUF Gaming A17

The 15-inch TUF Gaming A15 and F15, along with their 17-inch A17 and F17 siblings, deliver an unprecedented experience for the price. Key to the experience is potent processing power, thanks to a choice between 4th Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs and upcoming 10th Gen Intel Core processors. NVIDIA Turing-based GPUs up to the GeForce RTX 2060 feed frames into fast displays that refresh at up to 144Hz and use AMD FreeSync technology to ensure smoother, tear-free gaming across a wide range of titles.
Gamers who plan to spend long hours away from an electrical outlet can choose from bigger battery options – despite the smaller size of the units – ranging up to 90Whr, while the compact chassis make the new laptops easy to carry, and rugged, too, with updated military-grade durability testing demonstrating their ability to survive in the field.
For more details on the Zephyrus G14 and the new TUF Gaming laptops, including availability, head over to ASUS Edge Up and the ASUS Newsroom.

CES 2020: Dell introduces sleek, affordable laptop for gamers | Windows Experience Blog

Dell delivered welcome news at CES for new and price-conscious gamers with the announcement of the newly redesigned Dell G5 15 SE (Special Edition). It is the first Dell G Series laptop to feature 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors (up to 8 cores and 16 threads) paired with the latest AMD Radeon RX 5000M Series graphics. The two chips work seamlessly together using AMD SmartShift technology to optimize performance by automatically shifting power as needed between the Ryzen processor and Radeon graphics, giving gamers precisely what they want at each moment of play.

Dell G5 15 Special Edition

New features worth calling out include the Game Shift macro key, which allows quick launch of game-ready settings for enhanced performance, reducing latency and sharpening images for fast, immersive gaming. Also, Dell’s Alienware Command Center offers a hub for controlling in-game and peripheral lighting settings, integrating nahimic 3D audio to provide a 360 degree sound experience with Audio Recon overlay, and providing a central game library for easy customization.
The G5 15 SE’s thin, sleek redesign features a modern “fighter plane” look wrapped in a premium iridescent silver finish with metallic accents. Along with a 15.6-inch FHD display panel, the new G5 15 SE has an optional 144Hz refresh rate, optional four-zone RGB keyboard with WASD and optional 68WHr battery for those who don’t want to stop when they game on the go.
Did we mention the price? Dell is making the new G5 15 SE truly affordable with a starting price of $799.99 beginning in mid-April.
Find out more about this and other announcements at the Dell CES 2020 press site.

CES 2020: Acer adds two new ultraslim notebooks to its Swift series | Windows Experience Blog

At CES, Acer unveiled two new Swift 3 models in its popular ultra-portable notebook series: a 13.5-inch model (SF313-52/G) powered by the latest 10th Generation Intel Core processors and a 14-inch model (SF314-42) powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors.

Acer Swift 3 (SF313-52/G)

The Acer Swift 3 (SF313-52/G) clocks in at 0.63 inches (15.95 mm) thin and 2.62 pounds (1.19 kg) and delivers a high 83.65% screen-to-body ratio. The screen’s 3:2 aspect ratio gives 18% more room, in the form of vertical height, to read on.
It includes the latest NVIDIA graphics and a long-lasting battery that offers users up to 16 hours of productivity [1]. It also supports fast-charging, providing up to four hours of use on just a 30-minute charge [2] and Windows Hello via a fingerprint reader for easier and more secure logins.
Once logged in, a full function USB Type-C port gives users fast data transfer speeds over Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2 or DisplayPort.

The Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42) is just 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg) light and 0.65 inches (16.55 mm) thin and comes in a lightweight metal chassis. The screen features a high screen-to-body ratio with ultra-narrow bezels.
It has up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and up to a 512 GB PCle SSD. It also supports more secure and faster logins via Windows Hello, and Wake on Voice, allowing users to interact with Cortana when the screen is off.
Find more details on Acer’s website.
[1] Listed battery life is based on MobileMark 2014 productivity mode testing with wireless on. Details of MobileMark 2014 testing are available at www.bapco.com. Battery life rating is for comparison purposes only. Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, application, power management settings, operating conditions and features used. A battery’s maximum capacity decreases with time and use.
[2] “Use” refers to video playback and “charge-time” is under the condition of the device being switched off during charging.

CES 2020: Lenovo unveils ‘world’s first 5G PC’ and special limited-edition Lenovo Ducati 5 laptop | Windows Experience Blog

Lenovo closed out its announcements at CES with some big reveals: what it claims as the “world’s first 5G PC” [1] and a special limited-edition laptop that incorporates designs inspired by the company’s partnership with Ducati.
The Lenovo Yoga 5G is the world’s first 5G PC, which means it supports both millimeter wave full-band and sub-6GHz 5G networks, so it’s capable of satisfying your need for speed with ultra-fast connectivity, reduced latency and wider bandwidth. Download large files nearly instantly or stream a high-resolution video with true Full HD clarity even in highly populated areas like airports with 5G [2]. First previewed at COMPUTEX, this ultra-portable 2-in-1 laptop is the first-ever PC powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform, bringing you high-speed 5G network connectivity that’s up to 10 times faster than 4G through a service provider [2] when on the move and reliable Wi-Fi access at home. Need to edit video footage in real-time on set and then upload the finished film? Or how about faster screen refreshes for smoother mobile gaming? It’s all possible with lightning-fast download speeds supported by nine built-in antennas for a stronger signal. It’s also super-light at 2.86lbs (1.3kg).

The new premium Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 laptop comes in two ultraslim sizes: 14-inch or 15-inch. Both options have Windows 10 and the convenience of the exclusive Lenovo Q-Control Intelligent Cooling feature that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize battery life by an average of up to 20% [3]. Even more AI-enabled features are offered via Lenovo Smart Assist on the Yoga Slim 7, including a boost to attention-sensing functionality from Glance by Mirametrix. It has up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 with Intel Iris Plus graphics. It also includes hands-free login and auto-logoff via IR camera and Windows Hello, plus an adjustable Smart Battery that transitions capability based on usage behavior, temperature and whether the device is plugged in.
Find out more about these Yogas.

Two years ago, Lenovo brought its smarter technology to the racetrack by becoming the key technology partner of Ducati. Lenovo’s branding can be seen on Ducati racing bikes and MotoGP riders’ uniforms, and now, for the first time, Ducati’s branding will be on the special edition thin and light laptop: The Lenovo Ducati 5.
It’s got wrap-around racing stripes, a colorful gift box and companion carrying sleeve with an emblazoned Ducati shield.
“These devices feel special, almost custom-built. And with only 12,000 machines in this limited-edition made, it’s tailored for the biggest Ducati fans,” says Brian Leonard, Lenovo Intelligent Devices Group’s vice president of Design. “As a team, we spent our time concerned with which aesthetics were going to resonate well with fans of Ducati and Lenovo – a design that fused the two brands. A look and feel that was understated but special to allow diehard Ducati fans to appreciate the quality of the finishes and unique details.”
Among those details: Notebook colors inspired by one of the Panigale street bikes, the special stitching pattern on the sleeve that matches the detailing on Ducati’s bike seats and typeface used to stamp individual serial numbers on the bottom laptop covers and on the commemorative cards is the same one Ducati uses to mark its collector edition bike parts.
Find out more at Lenovo.
[1] Based on research conducted by Lenovo in November 2019 of laptops sold by major PC manufacturers shipping > 1 million units worldwide annually.
[2] Requires 5G network service and separately purchased cellular data plan that may vary by location. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges apply. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions and other factors.
[3] AI-enabled middle setting extends battery life an average of up to 20% based on Intel verification testing. Actual performance will vary with use, system configurations and settings.

CES 2020: ASUS refreshes VivoBook and VivoBook S-series, introduces the dual-screen ZenBook Duo and esports-ready Strix desktops, and details on latest ExpertBook B9 | Windows Experience Blog

At CES 2020, ASUS unveiled its latest lineup of consumer devices, including refreshed VivoBook and VivoBook S-series notebooks, the 14-inch ZenBook Duo and esports-ready Strix gaming rigs. The company also released details on its latest ExpertBook B9 for business pros.The newest ASUS VivoBook S-series notebooks carry on ASUS’ tradition of balancing personality and performance. These laptops have 10th Generation Intel Core processors to handle multitasking and high-definition entertainment. They also come with up to next-gen WiFi 6 connectivity for significantly improved performance in congested environments, up to 16GB of RAM, a choice between Intel integrated graphics or NVIDIA GeForce graphics and an updated chassis across 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch sizes. They’re also celebrating the new decade with new colors, including Resolute Red and Gaia Green.

The latest VivoBook 14 and VivoBook 15 notebooks are ready-made for your connected, creative lifestyle – especially on the go. Their compact, lightweight chassis design, as well as ultra-slim NanoEdge display bezels, make for a surprisingly small footprint. They also have up to Core i7 Intel 10th Generation Processors, the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics for light gaming or photo/video editing, up to 16GB of RAM and optional WiFi 6 for top-notch connectivity. To speed up access to commonly used apps and files, there are also VivoBook models with Intel’s Optane memory. Enjoy a backlit keyboard, ports for HDMI and USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C, and a microphone array to interact with voice assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana from up to four meters away.

The latest ASUS ZenBook Duo is a 14-inch laptop featuring the new ASUS ScreenPad Plus — a 12.6-inch full-width auxiliary touchscreen that expands and enhances the interactive capabilities offered by the original ASUS ScreenPad. ScreenPad Plus changes the way users can interact with their laptop, encouraging productivity-enhancing workflows and easy multitasking. A 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, combined with up to 16GB RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU, provides extreme performance. Up to a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD delivers ultrafast storage.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) also debuted new models: Strix GA35 and GT35 gaming desktops to get players tournament-ready for competitive esports. They’re engineered to sustain smooth gameplay under serious pressure, and offer the flexibility to do everything from producing top-quality streams to developing games.
GPU power is crucial for maintaining an edge in multiplayer and rendering realistic visual effects that deepen immersion in AAA titles, so these Strix desktops feature up to an ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. For demanding workloads like content creation and heavy duty multitasking, the GA35 has up to a 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU, while the upcoming GT35 will feature 10th Generation Intel Core processors.
The graphics card’s massive triple-fan cooler stands tall in an optional vertical mount, while a 240-mm radiator chills the CPU with liquid cooling. They’re part of a comprehensive cooling system that includes a multi-zone chassis optimized for airflow. The all-new case is simple to open and upgrade, giving gamers the freedom to build upon their investment.

In addition to those new gaming devices, ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) also announced new Strix GA15 and GT15 gaming desktops that focus on gaming fundamentals for competitive esports players on a budget. Lean and lightweight, these leverage powerful, latest generation processors to capably handle hardcore gaming, streaming and multitasking. These use the latest 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen CPUs and upcoming 10th Generation Intel Core processors. The Strix GA15 is available with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X CPU that has 8 cores and 16 threads to easily handle demanding and varied workloads. Top configurations add up to 32GB of high-performance DDR4-3200MHz RAM, ensuring responsiveness even under heavy loads.
They fit it all in a compact, 10kg package with a built-in carrying handle for easy portability. The efficient cooling design helps quietly deliver a gaming experience that can hold its own at LAN parties, tournaments and more.
Gamers may also appreciate the extensive personalization options that come with these desktops. The case comes with an EMI-shielded glass panel that showcases a range of internal components illuminated by RGB lighting. Customizable lighting also cuts across the front of the chassis with an evenly diffused glow.

And for busy professionals who do business on the go, ASUS also announced the ExpertBook B9 laptop, weighing in at just 865 grams with a 14.9mm-thin profile. A frameless four-sided NanoEdge display means the B9450’s 14-inch panel fits into a standard 13-inch laptop chassis with a 94% screen-to-body ratio. Even with its small form factor, you can expect uninterrupted performance with long-lasting battery life to get through the work day.
Professionals will find top-tier performance thanks to up to a 10th Generation Intel Core processor, two ultrafast 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, up to 16GB of RAM, next-gen connectivity with WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. And in addition to being built to last with military-grade durability, the B9450 integrates a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM) security chip to keeps business-critical data safe, while a built-in IR camera allows for biometric logins.
Find out more about all these devices at ASUS Edge Up and the ASUS Newsroom.

CES 2020: iBUYPOWER shows off expansion of its Element case line and next generation of Revolt series | Windows Experience Blog

At CES, iBUYPOWER announced the expansion of its signature Element case line with the Element CL, which has been designed for easy integration of hardline custom cooling curated for pre-built systems, and the Element Dual, which will provide users with ample thermal support and a clean internal layout. The company also announced the next generation of its signature Revolt series.

For a different take on the traditional PC layout, the Element Dual features a binary chamber design. With the PSU mounted vertically on the bottom right side of the case and hidden behind the motherboard tray, users will be left with an open aesthetic on the left side and substantial space for maximum component compatibility. This could include E-ATX and ATX motherboards, up to 400mm GPUs and 155mm CPU air coolers.
Constructed with a black, full-steel frame and paneling and a tempered glass front and side panel, this case provides a clear view of the internal system components. Dust filters cover the four air intake zones to aid in thermal performance and reduce debris buildup. Users will have no shortage of connectivity with one USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and one audio jack on the I/O.

Turning to the Element CL, this case for pre-built systems is designed with an integrated front panel distribution plate for easier bends and less complicated routing. It brings the efficiency of hardline liquid cooling to customers looking to buy a pre-built iBUYPOWER PC. Systems housed in it will also come equipped with custom water blocks for the CPU and GPU, as well as custom fittings that will minimize the risk of tubes coming loose.

The Element CL will be available in a black finish as well as a white Snowblind version, which will have all the features of the Element CL, with the addition of the signature transparent 1,280 x 1,024 19-inch TN LCD side panel.
The Revolt GT3 will take on a new aesthetic compared to the asymmetrical design of its predecessors, housing small form factor systems and providing support for ITX motherboards and SFX power supplies up to 750W. Systems constructed in it will be mounted to and suspended inside an outer frame by flexible rubber supports designed to add both cushion from shock and vibration damping.
It comes as a rectangular shape with five tempered glass panels on the front, sides, top and bottom of the case. Each of the glass panels are framed by a mesh border and are reversible to increase part clearance and the overall dimension of the case.
Find out more at iBUYPOWER.