ASUS Be Ahead Launch Event #CES2021

ASUS launched an array of new computers at CES from the ZenBook, VivoBook, ExpertBook, Chromebook and TUF Gaming lineup alongside a new projector and portable monitor at CES 2021.

ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582)

This is the highest end laptop released today which features a primary 15.6 inch 4K OLED HDR frameless display with a 93% screen to body ratio. Alongside this primary display you also get the ASUS ScreenPad Plus which is a full width 4K OLED HDR secondary touchscreen that works in combination with the primary display. This boasts a VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification thanks to its 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio in combination with having PANTONE validation to ensure colour accuracy for graphics professionals. The ScreenPad Plus has a built in 9.5° tilt which is automatically activated to reduce glare and improved readability.

The other key specs that make up this beast of a machine include an Intel Core i9-10980HK processor, an NVIDIA RTX 3070 mobile GPU with 8GB of GDDR6 video memory, an M.2 1TB PCIe 3.0 SSD, 92Wh battery, US MIL-STD 810G military-grade standard and Wifi 6 (802.11ax). The ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED has a decent array of I/O including 2 Thunderbolt 3 USB C ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A) port, HDMI 2.1 and a 3.5mm headphone combo jack. The laptop weighs 2.34 kg which is still decent considering its overall footprint. It has also been certified as a NVIDIA studio laptop validating that is ideal for content creators.

ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482)

The UX482 features a 14 inch, 60Hz, touchscreen 1080p Nano Edge display as its primary display. The NanoEdge display features an immersive viewing experience with ultra-slim bezels for a 93% screen-to-body ratio with a 400 nits brightness. The display also has PANTONE validation for professional grade colour accuracy alongside its 100% sRGB colour gamut and TÜV Rheinland-certified for low blue light so it is comfortable for long productivity sessions.

ASUS has also equipped the ZenBook Duo 14 with a 1080P full width ScreenPad Plus with a 7° tilt which means it will take advantage of the same benefits as the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED. Intel Evo certification is also present which ensues that you are getting a notebook with at least 11th Gen Intel processors, 8+ GB of RAM, 256+ of SSD storage, instant wake and 9+ hours of battery life as a few of the standout features.

You can spec the laptop with either a Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 processor with the Intel Iris Xe graphics as standard with the ability to step up to an NVIDIA MX450 discrete graphics card with 2GB GDDR6 graphics memory. Performance mode (using 11th Gen Intel processors) on the laptop allows for a boost of up to 40% compared to a similarly specced laptop. You have dual Thunderbolt 4 USB C ports with support for PD and DisplayPort and the 40Gbps bandwidth allows you to connect a single 8K display or two 4K UHD displays. WiFi 6 (802.11ax) is also on board with ASUS WiFi Master Premium technology enhancements.

The laptop has a 17 hour battery which means you can be productive all day and you can charge the 70Wh battery up using the USB C port from the included 65W USB C charger or any other USB C PD or USB C charger. The ZenBook Duo 14 weighs in at 1.60KG which makes it perfect for portability but with performance.

VivoBook S14 (S435)

The VivoBook S14 which is the lightest in the 14-inch VivoBook lineup carries the Intel Evo verification and is designed to be a powerful companion for discovering, exploring and creating. It houses a frameless court sided NanoEdge display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio and TÜV Rheinland for low blue-light certification.

ASUS offers the S14 with both a Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1165G7 processor, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8/16GB of 4266 MHz LPDDR4x RAM, 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB PCIe SSD with the ability to have a 32GB Intel Optane H1 drive on the 512GB model also available. The super-fast storage allows for fast boot times and near-instant data access. The VivoBook S14 also incorporates the new ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology, which delivers up to a 40% performance boost while conserving battery life, enhancing cooling efficiency and ensuring quiet operations.

In terms of I/O you have dual Thunderbolt 4 USB C ports, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, USB A 2.0 port, HDMI, 3.5mm Combo Jack and lastly a MicroSD card. The Thunderbolt 4 ports support fast charging, data transfers of 40Gbps and connections with a single 8K or dual 4K UHD monitors. WiFi 6 support is also present.

You are able to achieve a 60% charge on the laptop’s 67 Wh battery in just 49 minutes with the included 65W USB C power adapter. The laptop is fairly sleek at only 15.9mm at its thickest and 1.3KG weight alongside its diamond-cut edges and Deep green all-metal chassis.

ExpertBook B9 B9450CEA (vPro)

The B9 is touted as the worlds lightest 14-inch business laptop alongside having Intel Evo Support. Integrated vPro support enables seamless data security and easy remote management by IT administrators and this is powered by the 11th Gen i7-1165G7 processor with integrated Intel Xe graphics.

The laptop comes with 2 battery variants, a smaller 33Wh battery weighs just 880 grams with the larger 66Wh coming in at 1.005 KG. This ultra low weight ensures that you are able to be productive all day regardless of where you are. It also has MIL-STD 810H U.S. military standard to ensure the laptop can withstand the strains of the daily grind and on-the-go use.

You can have up to dual 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD’s for up to 4TB of overall storage with support for both RAID 0 and RAID 1 for improved data reliability and faster speeds. WiFi 6 and ASUS WiFi Master Premium technology are also present alongside Bluetooth 5.0. For commercial situations the Kensington NanoSaver lock is present for physical laptop security with the option of an additional Trusted Platform Model (TPM) 2.0 chip which stores passwords and encryption keys for added security. An infrared camera and smart proximity sensor enables Windows Hello on device for biometric facial authentication.

All of the 2021 ZenBook, VivoBook and ExpertBooks are equipped with ASUS Two-Way AI Noise Cancelling technology which utilises machine warning to isolate unwanted noise from human speech for crystal clear voice communication. The ExpertBook B9450CEA features quick keys that enable fast, convenient sound and noise cancellation control plus Harman Kardon-certified speakers for exceptional sound.

ASUS Chromebook CX9 (CX9400)

The ASUS Chromebook CX9 is designed for empowering professionals with cloud first operating systems and collaborative tools. It is available with a choice of 3 Intel processors, the Core i5-1135G7, Core i5-1145G7 and Core i7-1185G7. Ultrafast WiFi 6, Harman Kardon-certified dual-speaker audio and an anti-glare near edge-to-edge FHD display offers an enhanced user experience.

The CX9 meets industry-leading MIL-STD 810H U.S. military test standards with a ultralight magnesium alloy chassis at just 16mm thin and weighs  0.88 kg/1.05 kg depending on whether you go for the 50Wh or 66Wh battery.

I/O on the laptop is made up of 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2 Thunderbolt 4 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C, 1 USB 3.1 Type C, HDMI 2.0b, a 3.5mm combo audio jack and lastly a micro SD card reader. Titan C security is also present so you can store sensitive information such as passwords and encryption keys securely. Software updates are also automatically downloaded every six weeks to ensure your data is safeguarded with the latest protections thanks to Chrome OS alongside the fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication and integrated webcam shield.

ASUS BR1100: Made for Education

This education exclusive BR1100 is marketed as the ultimate learning companion with an ultra-tough chassis, intelligent features and an easy to manage design for distance learning. The BR1100 is built for everyday knocks and drops with an ultra-tough design that features a rubber bumper surrounding all four exterior edges, military-grade durability and a spill-resistant keyboard. The BR1100 is available in both convertible and traditional clamshell models with the former allowing for enhanced note-taking and drawing. Additional designs to accommodate young learners include an antimicrobial keyboard frame and a TÜV Rheinland-certified display for eye protection.

The BR1100 leverages the Intel Celeron N4500 or all-new Intel Pentium Silver processor to deliver a smooth experience with apps and learning tools ideal for distance learning. It also features ASUS ASUS Two-Way AI Noise-Canceling Microphone and a noise-reducing camera for enhanced remote lesson experiences. WiFi 6 is as standard with the opportunity for 4G LTE for mobile internet connections in this portable package. A webcam shield and microphone mute key is also present for enhanced privacy.

A full array of I/O ports are packed into the BR1100 for comprehensive connectivity, including USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an HDMI slot and a microSD card reader. ASUS offers up to 16 GB of RAM and the storage option of up to a 128 GB eMMC and a 1 TB M.2 SSD — perfect for large or growing collections of videos, music and school documents.

For easy on-site servicing, ASUS BR1100 has a modular design that enables quick access to key components for enhancing the efficiency of IT maintenance and minimizing downtime.

Chromebook Flip CX5/C536 (CX5500)

The ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5/C536 is flouted as a groundbreaking new laptop that expands the capabilities of Chromebook for cloud entertainment. It is the first 15.6 inch Chromebook Flip that is powered by up to a 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics. WiFi 6 alongside ASUS WiFi stabiliser technology is also present. Both Google Stadia and NVIDIA GeForce NOW are present on the Chromebook Flip CX5/C536 allowing users to have a wide range of gaming opportunities.

The laptop features dual Harman Kardon certified speakers in a minimalist metallic package for both personal and work use. It has an Obsidian Velvet silky smooth texture on the palm rest area to provide added comfort during extended use. The 57 Wh battery in Chromebook Flip CX5/C536 provides battery life of up to 11 hours, and the laptop also delivers up to 16 GB of memory, storage of up to a 512 GB SSD and a microSD card slot for expandability.

ProArt Display PA148CTV

The ASUS ProArt Display PA148CTV is a 14-inch FHD IPS portable monitor designed to efficiently enhance the workflows of content creators. The display features ASUS Dial and Virtual Control Panel for streamlining creative processes with shortcuts and programmable hotkeys for applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. The ProArt Display has 100% sRGB and 100% Rec. 709 colour spaces, has Calman verification and is factory pre-calibrated to provide Delta E < 2 colour accuracy. It also has a 10 point multi touch panel integrated with an anti-glare film pre-applied.

The virtual control panel provides adjustment dials, sliders, buttons and wheels that deliver programmable hotkeys that enhance the level of precision you have. The rear facing ASUS Dial allows you to control compatible Adobe software and Microsoft Surface Dial feature allowing for adjustments whilst staying focused at the task at hand. The integrated on-screen display (OSD) controller allows for performing further monitor adjustments quickly and easily.

The PA148CTV offers two USB C ports which allow for the delivery of audio, video and power over a single cable, whilst the micro HDMI port provides connectivity to a wide variety of input sources. A tripod socket allows you to mount the display onto a tripod and an adjustable metal kickstand props the display up to deliver ideal viewing and working positions.

ZenBeam Latte projector

The ZenBeam Latte projector allows you to take your favourite movies or music on the go with a cylindrical mug shape design that enhances sound transmission whilst providing a compact footprint. It is the first projector with a fabric exterior compared to the plastic shells of the rest of the market, this helps enhance audio with increased sound penetration and offers a much more aesthetically pleasing visual experience. The Latte has been recognised as a CES 2021 Innovation Award Honoree, a Good Design Award 2020 and a Taiwan Excellence Award 2021.

It features a user-friendly remote control with a built-in battery offering up to 3 hours of battery life on a single charge for on the go use. The projector casts imagery with 300 lumens of LED Light with a range of between 40 to 120 inches so is suitable for rooms with limited wall space. Aptoide TV is also integrated so users can enjoy their favourite streaming site apps on the expanded screen of a projector with the ability to wirelessly mirror your smartphone display for a wider range of viewing options.

A 10 watt Harman Kardon speaker is included which connects over Bluetooth to ensure that you have visual and audio clarity for a better viewing experience. The speaker can also serve as a standalone portable speaker for up to 12 hours of Bluetooth audio. You can set the projector into 3 audio modes; Movie, Gaming and Music for the best audio tuning for your usage.

ASUS TUF Dash F15

The all-new TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop is engineered to expand every gamer’s repertoire. Its portable design is lightweight and easy to carry so makes it ideal for both on the go and around the house use. The gaming notebook can be specced up to include up to an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia RTX 3070 laptop GPU which means it blitz through plenty of games with power to spare for serious work.

A 240Hz refresh rate on the Dash F15 offers a 3ms response rate alongside low motion blur to make fast-paced target tracking more precise. A versatile Thunderbolt 4 port is included so you can connect up to external docks and GPU’s for more flexibility. The large battery also offers up to 16.6 hours of video playback so gamers can unplug and unwind anywhere with convenient USB C charging available when you do need to top back up.

The Dash F15 is fitting with advanced cooling which enables it to fit higher-end processors in a smaller form factor. This is made up of a substantial heat spreader and five copper heat pipes that distribute thermal energy while dual fans channel air through 4 outlets to expel heat faster with less noise than a typical ultraslow design. The ASUS N-Blade fans are specially sculpted to move more air and these are made up of a special liquid crystal polymer which allowed ASUS to fit 83 blades per fan but still ensuring that each blade is strong enough to hold up at high RPM’s. The self-cleaning cooling module maintains long term stability and performance by preventing build up on critical components. Updated anti-dust tunnels are shorter to create more space for airflow around the fan while still redirecting particles away from crucial hardware.

Two-Way AI NC technology ensured any voice chats are crystal clear for the removal of unwanted background noise from both input and output audio so both the user’s voice and incoming communications are fuzz-free. The TUF Dash F15 is also able to take everyday knocks and bumps to extreme temperatures thanks to its military-grade durability so you can work and play wherever you want worry-free.

All of these devices are slated to launch in North America in Q1 2021 but we do not have exact UK release dates at the moment and the specs could change with the change of region.

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