Asus Launches new Gaming, Productivity and Lifestyle Laptops in the Philippines

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Last April 7, 2015, consumer electronics company giant, Asus, announced the availability of their new line of laptops positioned for gamers, bloggers and businessmen: the ROG G Series G551, the Transformer Book T300FA and the Transformer Book T300 Chi.

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The successful event held at the heart of BGC was attended by the press, blogging community, business partners from Intel and Microsoft, Asus officers and distributors.

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ROG G Series G551

Positioned specifically for gamers, the new ROG G551 by Asus features the latest generation of Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M. This is definitely perfect for gamers and even for video creators as its specs are high enough to accommodate graphics demanding games and applications.

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The laptop also has 15.6 AG Full HD IPS LED backlight display, which we find perfect and enough to enjoy playing and seeing your favorite Dead or Alive characters.

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You can even connect this up to three other external displays: HDMI 1.4 or Mini Display Port. Streamers who needs several displays to monitor community activity while playing games would definitely love this laptop.

You can play H1Z1 and even DayZ all day as the G551 has an advance cooling system, which assures you that your laptop isn’t going to bug down while playing.

Sound isn’t going to be an issue on the G551. ROG has SonicMaster Premium, which is responsible in producing rich and crystal clear audio via its speakers. And if you’re using a gaming headset, the ROG has a pre-installed headphone amplifier to make sure that the quality of your audio is not compromised.

Comfortable playing experience is also one the things that matter to Asus. This is the reason why the ROG has hardware features – from ergonomic design and matte-black finish to its backlit chiclet keyboard with specially-marked WSAD keys.

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But perhaps the most thrilling part of the announcement was the price of the G551. You can actually buy one for only PhP69,995. The ROG G551 is now available in all ASUS Authorized Re-Sellers.

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Full Specs:

ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7-4710HQ
Operating SystemWIN8.1
MemoryDDR3L 1600 MHz 16GB
Display15.6” AG FHD IPS LED backlight (1920 x 1080)
Graphics CardNVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
StorageSATA 1TB 7200RPM 2.5′ HDD
Optical DriveDVD Super-Multi / Blu-ray read
CameraBuilt-in HD camera and array mic
Dimension and Weight38.2(W) x 25.5(D) x 3.2(H) cm, 2.7 Kg (for 6-cell Battery)

 

Asus Transformer Book T300FA

Asus set the trend in introducing hybrid devices such as the Transformer Book T300FA. The 3rd iteration of the wildly successful T100 was also launched last Tuesday. This time, the T300 is infused with better specs and is a tad better than its previous iterations.

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T300_blue_18The new hybrid laptop sports a 12.5-inch display, and built with Intel Core M (5Y10) processor and a 4gb of RAM. The new processor in the T300FA is built especially to hybrid and fanless devices; it can deliver impressive performance without too much sacrifice in power.

Perhaps, the most revealing and best news about the T300FA is its pre-installed 64GB iSSD storage with Windows 8.1, and a 500GB HDD in its keyboard dock. The screen may be detached safely anytime, and will automatically switch to Bluetooth connection for seamless productivity. Clever, indeed!

Just like the ROG G551, the Transformer Book T300FA is equipped with SonicMaster stereo speakers, which assures a clear yet loud sound.

The T300FA is now available for only PhP32,995 at Asus Authorized re-sellers nationwide.

Full Specs:

Display12.5-inch IPS HD Display 1366×768
ProcessorIntel® Core™ M 5Y10 Processor
RAMLPDDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 4GB
Storage64GB ISSD (Tablet), 500GB, up to 1TB (Dock)
OSWindows 8.1
Battery30WHrs, 2S1P, 2-cell Li-ion Polymer Battery Pack
Weight1.50 kg
Dimensions30.8(W) x 20.7(D) x 0.99 ~ 1.03 (H) cm

 

Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi

The highlight of the launch was the Transformer Book T300 Chi. According to Asus, this variant of the T300 is the slimmest Windows 8.1 device. I got the chance to test the said device, and I couldn’t help but marvel everything about it. From performance and screen quality to its build, the T300 Chi is integrally beautiful.

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Asus claims that the T300 Chi is far better than its direct competitors in many respects such as:

  • Build: it’s thinner
  • Design: it has luxurious and sophisticated feel – products of precision craftsmanship and engineering expertise.
  • Material: made with a powerful magnetic material – neodymium.
  • Screen: Its IPS display in enhanced via Asus TruVivid technology with resolution up to Full HD. It also has an impressive sRGP color gamut, which basically shows the true color and vividness of videos and photos, thereby making it almost lifelike. If you’re a photographer, and you wish to the true colors of your photos, this laptop is for you.
  • The T300Chi also has SonicMaster audio technology.

The T300Chi has 2 variants: the first one is powered by an Intel Core 5Y71 Processor, and the other one runs with an Intel Core 5Y10. The former runs marginally better than the latter; details of such may be seen below. Credit goes to CPUBoss.com:

5Y71vs5Y10
Significantly
higher turbo clock speed
2.9 GHzvs2 GHzAround 45% higher
turbo clock speed
Higher clock
speed
1.2 GHzvs0.8 GHzAround 50% higher
clock speed
Significantly
higher GPU clock speed
300 MHzvs100 MHz3x higher GPU clock
speed
Supports
trusted computing
YesvsNoSomewhat common;
Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Better turbo
clock speed
900 MHzvs800 MHzAround 15% better
turbo clock speed
Better
performance per watt
87.39 pt/Wvs69.34 pt/WMore than 25% better
performance per watt
Better
3DMark06 CPU score
2,819.50vs2,147More than 30% better
3DMark06 CPU score
Better
overclocked clock speed (Air)
1.2 GHzvs0.8 GHzAround 50% better
overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better
overclocked clock speed (Water)
1.2 GHzvs0.8 GHzAround 50% better
overclocked clock speed (Water)
NewerOct, 2014vsJul, 2014Release date 3 months
later

In terms of price, the 5Y71 version of T300 Chi retails for PhP46,995, while the 5Y10 variant costs PhP39,995.

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Full Specs:

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DisplayIPS Full HD Display 1920×1080
ProcessorIntel® Core™ M 5Y10/5Y71 Processor
RAMLPDDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 4GB, up to 8GB
Display12.5-inch 1920×1080 FHD IPS Display
Storage128SSD
OSWindows 8.1
Battery32Whrs – Tablet2Whrs – Dock
Weight1.43 kg
Dimensions317.8 x 191.6 x 7.6 ~ 16.5 mm (WxDxH)

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What do you think about these new laptops, which Asus launched? We think that the prices of the laptops are competitive enough. As a matter of fact, we’re eyeing the ROG G551 as it’s perfect for gaming. As you’re all probably aware, we have been actively streaming over our Twitch.tv channel; and have been posting gaming videos on our Youtube channel as well.

Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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