Gadgets – TechCrunch Catherine Shu

The ASUS event today at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan had three main hooks: health, ergonomics and, most importantly, second screens. The headliner was the premium ZenBook Pro 14 and 15 (pictured above), the latest versions of ASUS’ premium notebook that feature a touchscreen where the touchpad would usually be

Meant to increase the laptops’ multitasking possibilities, the 5.5-inch ScreenPad functions as a second screen for things like messaging or apps including a calculator, a video and music player or calendar. It can also be used as a launchpad for apps on the ZenBook Pro’s main display or serve as a function command screen for Microsoft Office programs.

During his presentation, ASUS global PC and phone marketing senior director Marcel Campos said the ZenBook Pro 15 was designed with three kinds of professionals in mind: video makers, photographers and 3D designers. It has a 15.6-inch 4K UHD NanoEdge display with Delta E<2 Color Accuracy (ASUS says the Pro 15’s display has been validated by Pantone) and runs on an Intel Core i9 processor, 16GB of memory, a 1TB PCIe SSD and a GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. The Pro 15 is 18.9mm thick and weighs 1.88 kg. It will go on sale in mid-July starting at $2,299.

The 14-inch ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 also has a 5.5-inch ScreenPad and boosts an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, a 1TB PCIe SSD and GTX 1050 MAX-Q GPU. It is 17.9 mm thick and weights in at 1.6kg.

Both of the latest Zenbook Pro models are built with a new hinge design ASUS calls ErgoLift, which props the laptop’s keyboards up at 5.5 degree angle when it is opened. ErgoLift is also built into the latest models of ASUS’ Zenbook and VivoBook series.

ASUS ZenBook S

The ZenBook S is 12.9-mm thick and weighs 1 kg and runs on an Intel Core i7 processor, with 16GB of memory, a 1TB PCIe SSD and up to 13.5 hours of battery life. It has a 4K UHD, 331ppi NanoEdge display and 2 USB-C drives. ASUS claims up to 13.5 hours of battery, which will be released on June 11 for $1,199.

ASUS VivoBook S15

The latest iterations of the VivoBook series, the 14-inch screen S14 and 15.6-inch S15, will come in 5 colors and also feature ErgoLift hinges. The S14 weights 1.4 kg and is 18-mm thick, while the S15 is 1.8 kg, 18-mm. Both have Intel Core i7-8550U or Intel Core i3-8130U processors, a NVIDIA GeForce MX150 or MX130 GPU and up to 16 GB of memory. The S15 will launch in the United States for $699 later this year.

ASUS VivoWatch

Other notable launches by ASUS include a blood pressure monitor that the company says is not a smartwatch or fitness tracker, even though it looks a lot like one. Called the ASUS VivoWatch, the wearable delivers real-time blood pressure data in 15 seconds, has a Gorilla Glass screen and ECG sensor on front of device and claims non-stop 28 day battery life.

Like last year, ASUS didn’t debut new ZenFones, though it did show off a collaboration with Intel and Microsoft called Project Precog, the main fruit of which will be a dual-screen laptop with AI-powered features that is supposed to launch next year. ASUS also held an event on Monday before the official start of Computex today, focusing on its Republic of Gamers line of PCs and peripherals. There it debuted the ROG phone, a rival to the Razer Phone for gamers, that also has a 90Hz display, meant for smoother display of animations, and a 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip. This was in addition to new gaming laptops, the Strix Scar II, which starts at $1,999, and the Strik Hero II, which will start at $1,699. Both have six-core Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H or Core i5-8300H processors, 15.6-inch 144Hz 1080p “IPS-level” displays, up to 32GB of RAM, with a standard GPU of GTX 1060.

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HP ZBook 14u G5

Designed for executives who are on-the-go, this new mobile workstation ‘ZBook 14u G5’ from HP boasts a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS display, a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U dual-core processor, an AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 4GB graphics card, an 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD.

Other highlights include a built-in webcam, an SDXC UHS-II card reader, 1x Thunderbolt 3 port, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 1x Docking Connector, a 3-cell lithium-ion battery and built-in stereo speakers w/ Bang & Olufsen HD Audio.

Running on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS, the ZBook 14u G5 provides dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC for connectivity. The HP ZBook 14u G5 is currently available for pre-order for $1,279. [Product Page]

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HP ZBook 14u G5

Designed for executives who are on-the-go, this new mobile workstation ‘ZBook 14u G5’ from HP boasts a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS display, a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U dual-core processor, an AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 4GB graphics card, an 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD.

Other highlights include a built-in webcam, an SDXC UHS-II card reader, 1x Thunderbolt 3 port, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 1x Docking Connector, a 3-cell lithium-ion battery and built-in stereo speakers w/ Bang & Olufsen HD Audio.

Running on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS, the ZBook 14u G5 provides dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC for connectivity. The HP ZBook 14u G5 is currently available for pre-order for $1,279. [Product Page]

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MSI GS65 Stealth

Here’s the newest addition to MSI’s thin notebook line-up, the GS65 Stealth. This gaming-focused notebook boasts a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD 144Hz display, a 3.9GHz Intel Core i7-8750H Six-Core processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 graphics card, a 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 256GB NMVe SSD.

Furthermore, it has a 720p HD webcam, an RGB Backlit Keyboard, 1x Thunderbolt 3 port, 3x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports, 1x HDMI port, a 4-cell lithium-ion battery and built-in stereo speakers.

Running on Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS, the GS65 Stealth provides WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity. The MSI GS65 Stealth is currently available for pre-order for $1,799. [Product Page]

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MSI GS65 Stealth

Here’s the newest addition to MSI’s thin notebook line-up, the GS65 Stealth. This gaming-focused notebook boasts a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD 144Hz display, a 3.9GHz Intel Core i7-8750H Six-Core processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 graphics card, a 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 256GB NMVe SSD.

Furthermore, it has a 720p HD webcam, an RGB Backlit Keyboard, 1x Thunderbolt 3 port, 3x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports, 1x HDMI port, a 4-cell lithium-ion battery and built-in stereo speakers.

Running on Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS, the GS65 Stealth provides WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity. The MSI GS65 Stealth is currently available for pre-order for $1,799. [Product Page]

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Gigabyte Aero 15X v8-BK4

Built for gaming and created with a Max-Q design, the new Aero 15X v8-BK4 from Gigabyte boasts a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS display (144Hz), a 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics card, a 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD.

Not just that, the system also has a 720p HD webcam, an UHS-II SD card reader, 1x Thunderbolt 3 port, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 1x HDMI port and built-in dual 2W speakers w/ Dolby Atmos Audio.

Running on Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS, the Aero 15X v8-BK4 provides WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 for connectivity. The Gigabyte Aero 15X v8-BK4 is available now for $2,299. [Product Page]

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HP 14 32GB Chromebook 14 G5

Designed to handle everyday tasks, the new 14” 32GB Chromebook 14 G5 from HP boasts a 14” 1366 x 768 SVA LED-backlight display, a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N33500 dual-core processor, an integrated Intel HD Graphics 500, an 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 32GB eMMC storage.

Other integrated features include a 720p HD webcam, a microSD card reader, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port and a 2-cell lithium-ion battery.

Running on Chrome OS, the 14” 32GB Chromebook 14 G5 provides dual-band WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 for connectivity. The HP 14” 32GB Chromebook 14 G5 is currently available for pre-order for $289. [Product Page]

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ASUS FX504GE

Check out this newly launched 15.6-inch Full HD notebook ‘FX504GE’ from ASUS. This gaming focused notebook sports a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS display, a 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H Six-Core processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB graphics card, an 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 128GB M.2 NVMe SSD and a 1TB hard drive.

Furthermore, the system has a built-in 720p HD webcam, a backlit chiclet keyboard, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x HDMI 1.4 port and a 4-cell lithium-ion battery. Running on Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS, the FX504GE provides WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth for connectivity.

The ASUS FX504GE is currently available for pre-order for $999. [Product Page]

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iiyama SENSE-17FG101-i7-VNRX

Here comes another 17.3-inch Full HD notebook ‘SENSE-17FG101-i7-VNRX’ from iiyama. This high-end notebook boasts a 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, an Intel Core i7-8700 processor, an Intel Z370 Express Chipset, a 32GB DDR4 RAM and a 500GB M.2 SSD.

Furthermore, the system has a 2MP webcam, an SD/SDHC/SDXC/UHS-II/MMC card slot, 1x USB 3.1/Thunderbolt 3 port, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C port, 4x USB 3.0 ports, 1x HDMI port and built-in stereo speakers (w/ High Definition Audio).

Running on Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS, the SENSE-17FG101-i7-VNRX provides dual-band WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 for connectivity. The iiyama SENSE-17FG101-i7-VNRX is available now for 319,980 Yen (about $2,975). [Product Page]

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Mouse Computer m-Book-J320SN-S2-LTE

Mouse Computer is offering you their latest 13.3-inch LTE-enabled HD notebook, the m-Book J320SN-S2-LTE. As part of the m-Book J series, this travel-friendly notebook is packed with a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 LED-backlight display, a 1.80GHz Intel Celeron 3865U processor, an Intel HD Graphics 610, a 4GB DDR4 RAM and a 240GB SSD.

Coming with a standard SIM card slot, the m-Book J320SN-S2-LTE provides LTE, WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 + LE for connectivity, and runs on Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS. The Mouse Computer m-Book J320SN-S2-LTE is available now for 69,800 Yen (about $649). [Product Page]

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