Friday, January 15, 2021

5 Things to Remember as We Begin Again

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As we welcome the new year—2021, it might do well for us to look back, to take stock of the positive lessons that we can extract from what was an unprecedented year. For sure, numerous take-aways can be gained as we move forward and anticipate a more “mobile” next normal—especially since vaccine trials by leading pharmaceutical companies have been yielding encouraging results.

With that, here are 5 lessons we should remember as we begin again:

Always wash your hands

Perhaps the most frequent reminder worth noting is how the power of proper handwashing has been in full display. It has been proven effective in killing 99.9% of germs and should always be considered a first line of defense against sicknesses and diseases.

Do not take sicknesses lightly

The previous year that was also demonstrated how a virus can easily and quickly transmit from one person to another. With this, one should learn to treat regular coughs, colds, and flu like a very harmful and contagious virus. That means that even if the pandemic eventually ends, it would be wise to isolate one’s self when they feel flu-like symptoms or anything of the sort.

Take care of yourself

But more than the physical and physiological, we also learned to focus on ourselves and safeguard our mental health, a practice which we should continue doing even as we start physically interacting with others—carefully—and as we slowly get back into our fast-paced lives.

Cherish each moment

At some point during the lockdown, there must have been a point where we all realized that we had taken some activities, events, and physical hangouts for granted. So, in heading out again with care, cherish and make the most out of every outdoor moment and create memories that can last lifetimes.

Always be prepared

But in our excitement to resume our normal lifestyle, hang out, and even hook up, it’s important to remember that health safety should always be a priority for us to continue to enjoy the best things life can offer, for a long time.

So always be prepared and bring quality PPEs like alcohol, hand sanitizers, wipes, and even condoms—such as Durex—especially for those who have been craving for intimacy.

To learn more about the best PPEs to use in the next normal and how to stay safe and protected both up there and down there, Durex has launched a series of insightful videos with Boys Night Out which you can catch on Facebook and YouTube.

Mikey Bustos on Navigating the Challenges of Being an Online Celebrity

Mikey Bustos

“I don’t think anyone is prepared for the life that comes with going viral in the internet.”

It’s been 14 years since Mikey Bustos first posted a video on YouTube. It was a video of him performing as a front act for a Pussycat Dolls concert in Manila. And while initially renowned for his career as a singer and performer, it was really the relatable content he has been masterfully crafting and posting online that has captured the hearts and laughs of many.

“It’s been such a learning curve,” said Mikey about his career, despite years of creating countless viral videos such as “Adobo” - a parody of the song Let It Go from Frozen - and “Balikbayan Box” - a parody of the Miley Cyrus Hit “Wrecking Ball”. “You just have to navigate through,” he added.

Mikey Bustos Running

While having to constantly think of new ideas is already a challenge in itself, having an audience that can directly interact with you via a comments section is another. “Having to deal with bashers is something you never get used to,” he remarked.

Other challenges Mikey mentioned that he has encountered in his career was having to fight through insecurities, second guessing himself, and managing his schedule.

There was even a time when Mikey was juggling multiple YouTube channels all while traveling, performing, and managing his ant business. And while it was a challenge for him to do all these simultaneously, all these “trades” brought about plenty of opportunities.

PPE

With these opportunities, however, come crucial choices he needed to make.

On taking risks

“For me, to be successful, you need to take calculated risks,” said Bustos who mentioned that one of the biggest risks he made in his life was moving to the Philippines from Canada.

But this was just one among many risks Mikey had to take in order for his career to flourish further.

“Signing contracts, teaming up with brands, expanding a team, collaborating with other content creators—these are all risks and choices you have to calculate and think about. You can’t just throw all your chips in and wish for the best” he stressed.

On the art of de-stressing

With all these decisions and challenges, not to mention having to sustain his career and business, there is no doubt that stress and risk of burnout frequent Mikey’s life.

To combat these, he turns to exercise and meditation.

“I always try to incorporate exercise into my routine. I go to the gym a few times a week, and now I’ve taken a love for running—making sure I go 10km every day. In terms of mentally staying in shape, I do a lot of meditation and prayer.”

To lessen the risk of burnout, Mikey also makes sure to explore his hobbies, which is sometimes a blurred line for him as his work involves making the most of his interests and sharing it online. He solves this dilemma by exploring his hobbies without feeling the need to bring a camera with him.

On the importance of trust

Another way Mikey reduces the stress brought about by his career and ventures is working with people that he trusts, which for him, is crucial to success.

In the time of the pandemic, Mikey also shared that bringing “trusty” items with him wherever he goes is key to having an extra “peace of mind”.

“Lately, I always bring all sorts of protective gear—masks, alcohol, face shields, and the like. I also make sure to bring a lipbalm because ‘you never know when you’ll be on camera,’” he remarked.

“I also make sure that I bring Diatabs with me wherever I go, especially when I’m running. It helps because I’ve been having ‘banyo-phobia’—When I’m far from the house and I really have to go, it’s hard for me to go use the public toilet because of the fear of acquiring the coronavirus. That’s why it’s always good to have Diatabs around,” he shared.

Diatabs is a product of Unilab, a trusted anti-diarrheal brand in the country, that can easily take care of your upset stomach and give you the peace of mind you need when it comes to bowel trouble. It is available in leading drugstores and pharmacies nationwide. To learn more, visit https://www.unilab.com.ph/products/diatabs

BREAK FREE FROM “GAS-TOS” THIS 2021 W/ SEAOIL

SEAOIL

Fast-track your recovery this year with SEAOIL’s Lifetime Free Gas (LFG) Promo.

You still have a chance to be one of the three lucky winners of a lifetime supply of free gas until February 8, 2021.

Instant prizes worth P2M, P3,000 worth of fuels, and a one-year supply of free fuel are also up for grabs.

Previous winners of SEAOIL’s unique promotion shared how LFG has helped them break free from gas-tos over the years.

“My earnings dwindled when transport network vehicle services stopped operations during the lockdown. Not having to spend much on gas has been very helpful to a TNVS driver like me. I’m able to allocate the savings to my family’s needs, especially supporting the online classes of my child,” Ernie Linarez, an LFG 2018 grand winner, said.

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Ron James Ditching, a banker and one of the grand winners of LFG 2019, says their gas savings have been helping them prepare for life after work. “We thought we no longer could proceed with our retirement fund when my wife lost her job during the pandemic. We had been allocating a percentage of our salaries to the fund. Luckily, we’re still able to provide for the daily needs of our family while saving for the future since we have no fuel expenses.”

SEAOIL customers will get coupons with promo codes when they buy at least Php 500 worth of SEAOIL Fuels and/or Lubricants (single or accumulated receipts) at any SEAOIL station nationwide. Customers will then register and enter the promo codes at www.lifetimefreegas.com, or text them to 225-66-99.

They will also receive e-promo codes when they redeem 12 liters of gasoline or 15 liters of diesel (single or accumulated transactions) through the PriceLOCQ app at participating stations.

The Grand Raffle Draw will be held on February 11, 2021. Winners will be announced on SEAOIL’s Facebook page and notified through registered mail, email, and text message.

For more details, visit www.lifetimefreegas.com.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

5 Commuting Hacks in the New Normal

AXA Philippines

With the holidays over, thousands of Filipinos are coming back from their hometowns or simply traveling to get to work.

If you are one of these commuters, please remember that the pandemic is not yet over, and strict health protocols are still in place. However, there are ways for you to be able to get to your destination safely. AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, is here to give you some tips on just that.

Prepare for cashless payments. Many transport services have implemented cashless paying schemes as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 virus. For example, ride-hailing apps only accept bookings if you will pay through your e-wallet or credit or debit cards. Also, trains and some buses only allow passengers to ride if they have a reloadable contactless smart card. To avoid any hassle, make sure that you have the necessary apps and cards. But if you have to pay with cash, it’s best to prepare the exact amount to lessen physical contact.

Always bring your essentials. When you take public transportation, you may be at risk and be exposed to many strangers. Remember to always protect yourself by properly wearing your face mask and face shield. It’s also best to bring a spray bottle of alcohol and a pack of sanitary wipes to not only clean your hands, but to also sanitize handrails, windows, and other surfaces in a public vehicle.

Check required travel documents. Since regions in the country are under different levels of quarantine, some places may have stricter policies and health measures than others. This means that some cities may require you to present certain documents prior to entry. These may include a travel pass issued by municipal offices or city chief of police, medical certificate, company ID, and a negative RT-PCR result. Because of this, make sure to do your research before traveling and prepare whatever is necessary.

Keep yourself entertained. If you’re going to ride the train, a bus, or a van service, expect the lines to be long. Since these modes of transportation can’t operate at full capacity, you probably have to wait in line for a long time. So, fight the boredom and frustration by keeping yourself entertained. Before you leave the house, you can download movies or a television series that you can binge-watch on your phone as you wait in line. You can also create a music playlist, listen to podcasts, install new games, or bring a pocketbook to help you pass the time.

Avoid talking and eating. When in public transportation, refrain from talking or eating as this will require you to open your mouth or take off your mask. Conversations can wait until you are indoors and no longer around strangers. Likewise, make sure that you eat before you leave the house so that you won’t get hungry while travelling.

Have an emergency contact. When you’re on the road, regardless if you are commuting or riding a private car, it’s best to have someone to reach out to in case of emergencies. To help with this, AXA Philippines has Rescue Line, a special service accessible through the Emma by AXA app that provides 24/7 free access to emergency response such as roadside assistance, police, and ambulance anytime, anywhere. With just a few taps, professional help may be requested, and your loved ones will be simultaneously notified of your emergency situation and current location. What's more, AXA has also enhanced its emergency response services with Rescue Line’s geotag feature which can help pinpoint your location faster and more accurately. You may download Emma by AXA via App Store and Google Play and register or create your account, even if you are not yet an AXA insurance policyholder.

For more information about AXA Rescue Line, visit https://axa.com.ph/rescue-line.

ASUS Unveils New Series of Innovative Laptops at CES 2021

ASUS Unveils New Series of Innovative Laptops at CES 2021

TAIPEI, TAIWAN (January 14, 2021) — ASUS today announced the latest laptops in the premium ZenBook series featuring The Laptop of Tomorrow, headed up by the 15.6-inch ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582) and the 14-inch ASUS ZenBook Duo 14(UX482), which are both recipients of prestigious 2021 CES® Innovation Awards. These new two-screen models introduce the tilting ASUS ScreenPad™ Plus, a full-width secondary touchscreen with a new auto-tilt mechanism that improves readability, aids cooling, and works seamlessly with the main display for effortless multitasking and creativity.

 

In addition to the new dual screen models, ASUS also introduced the latest from the ZenBook and VivoBook series featuring the 4K OLED Screen and the latest from the AMD® Ryzen™ 5000 U-Series Mobile Processors.

 

Flagship performance: ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED

ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is powered by up to a high-performance Intel Core i9 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU and up to 32 GB RAM to make light work of demanding cross-screen workflows using the 14-inch 4K UHD ScreenPad Plus — which now has an improved brightness of 400 nits — and the main display. Ultrafast storage with up to a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD helps accelerate any creative workflow and optimize productivity. ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is one of the first NVIDIA Studio laptops with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series laptop GPUs — NVIDIA's second-generation RTX architecture that offers GPU acceleration for ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and video encoding that allows artists to create in record time.

 

Ultimate mobile productivity: ASUS ZenBook Duo 14

ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 is an Intel Evo™-verified laptop powered by up to an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 4.7 GHz for incredible performance with multiple cores and paired with up to 16 GB RAM to make light work of cross-screen workflows using the 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus and the main display. Ultrafast storage with up to a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD helps accelerate any workflow and optimize productivity. ZenBook Duo 14 also features ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology, which works with the 11th Gen Intel processors to intelligently boost performance. Using Performance mode, users can enjoy a performance boost of up to 40% compared to a similar standard laptop. ZenBook Duo 14 also incorporates the AAS Plus thermal system that optimizes cooling performance and allows a 3 mm-slimmer chassis due to the reduced need for empty internal cooling space.

With integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics and a choice of discrete NVIDIA GeForce® MX450 graphics, ZenBook Duo 14 delivers silky-smooth visuals for multitasking users, supercharging photo- and video-editing tasks. Casual content creators will love the effortless on-the-go visual power that ZenBook Duo 14 provides.

 


 

Tilting ScreenPad Plus

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED and ZenBook Duo 14 introduce a new tilting ScreenPad Plus design that adds a new dimension to on-the-go computing. This full-width secondary touchscreen — which has a resolution of 3840 x 1100 and a higher brightness of 400 nits — automatically tilts upwards by up to 9.5° (7° in ZenBook Duo 14), reducing glare and reflections for improved readability. It makes working with the main four-sided frameless NanoEdge display even more seamless, with endless ways to optimize and personalize workflows. When the laptops are placed on the supplied Duo Stand, the tilted display sits at a stylus-friendly angle, and both displays support the latest 4096-pressure-level devices including the bundled ASUS Pen.

 

ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED/14 (UX325 OLED/UX425)

ZenBook 13 OLED has an amazing FHD OLED HDR NanoEdge display that renders true-to-life colors at any brightness level, with deep blacks for enhanced realism. It's PANTONE® Validated for superb color accuracy and has a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. The ultrafast response time ensures blur-free movies and games, and its low blue-light levels are TÜV Rheinland-certified for better eye care. The four-sided NanoEdge design features slim bezels that create an 88% screen-to-body ratio for a more immersive viewing experience. ZenBook 13 OLED is designed for effortless portability, weighing just 1.14 kg with a compact and elegant all-metal chassis that's a mere 13.9 mm thin. It's also incredibly power efficient, with up to an amazing 13 hours of battery life on a single charge, making ZenBook 13 OLED a perfect match for today's on-the-go lifestyles.

 

The ZenBook 14 on the other hand is one of the world’s thinnest 14-inch laptops that feature QHD Display, with an ultra-slim 14.3 mm profile and up to 16-hour battery life that make it the ideal traveling companion. ZenBook 14 delivers ultrafast responsiveness even for demanding tasks, combined with an ergonomic design that includes the durable ErgoLift hinge and an edge-to-edge keyboard for typing comfort. It also offers versatile features including ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Audio technology and hands-free face login.

 

ASUS AMD LAPTOPS POWERED BY THE LATEST AMD RYZEN 5000 U-SERIES

ASUS Philippines are set to announce the arrival of its AMD laptops to its various segment. The premium and elegant ASUS ZenBook Series and the Mainstream yet stylish ASUS VivoBook Series. These laptops are powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 U-Series Mobile Processors for superb performance. Designed to enable effortless creativity with its up to AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® MX450 graphics.

 

ASUS ExpertBook series: Brand-new features for elevated conferencing, connectivity and security

 

ASUS ExpertBook laptops are designed to offer unrivaled mobility for business users – the lightest in their class, US military-grade durability and all-day long battery. They also offer ergonomic designs and robust security features, helping professionals work comfortably and securely, anytime and anywhere. The full array of innovations available in ExpertBook laptops and being revealed CES 2021 include:

 

ASUS ExpertBook B9: The world’s lightest 14” business laptop1, now powered by Intel® vPro

 

ASUS ExpertBook B9 aims to lead the commercial PC industry. Now, we’re introducing brand-new ExpertBook B9 with Intel® vPro platform to help business users build a reassured infrastructure and advanced ASUS two-way AI noise-canceling technology to receive more clarity on video conferencing. For working anywhere, remotely, the Intel vPro platform delivers business-class performance, hardware-enhanced security features with Intel Hardware Shield, as well as Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) for remote management.

 

 

ASUS ExpertBook B1: Primed to perform. Configured for business.

 

ASUS ExpertBook B1 is designed to offer a wide range of configuration and heavy-duty performance, making it a powerful and tailored choice for ambitious startups, established education organizations and growing firms of all sizes. To drive productivity for businesses, ExpertBook not only employs an 11th Gen Intel Core™ processor with Intel Iris® Xe graphics, but also implements ASUS Intelligent Performance technology, driven by ASUS-exclusive algorithms and an ultra-efficient thermal design to allow users to smartly switch between Performance Mode to boost power for heavy workloads, Balanced Mode for everyday tasks, and Whisper Mode for quiet and power-saving operation.

 

ASUS Chromebook CX9: Secure, tough and powerful

 

To empower remote workers with cloud-first operating systems and collaborative tools, ASUS is proud to unveil our brand-new premium Chromebook – ASUS Chromebook CX9, which is ultra-durable, yet lightweight with magnesium-alloy chassis processed with high-precision CNC-milling, so it is only 16 mm thin and weighs around 1 kg to easily take it to anywhere. It also meets next-level and industry-leading MIL-STD 810H US military tests to ensure it’s tough enough to withstand business rigors on the road. Additionally, the four-sided frameless 14-inch NanoEdge display provides an immersive, near edge-to-edge viewing experience with an impressive 91% screen-to-body ratio.

 

These all-new roster of ASUS Newest Innovations will be expected to come in the Philippine market very soon. Watch out for future announcement and more details about these awesome laptops through ASUS Philippines Official Facebook Page.

 



ABOUT ASUS

ASUS is a multinational company known for the world’s best motherboards, PCs, monitors, graphics cards and routers, and driven to become the most-admired innovative leading technology enterprise. With a global workforce that includes more than 5,000 R&D professionals, ASUS leads the industry through cutting-edge design and innovations made to create the most ubiquitous, intelligent, heartfelt and joyful smart life for everyone. Inspired by the In Search of Incredible brand spirit, ASUS won more than 11 prestigious awards every day in 2018 and ranked as one of Forbes’ Global 2000 Top Regarded Companies, Thomson Reuters’ Top 100 Global Tech Leaders and Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies.

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces an Astounding Array of Gaming Weaponry at CES 2021

ASUS ROG

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan 13, 2021
 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced its first interactive experience and an exciting lineup of gaming weaponry and technologies at the CES 2021 ROG For Those Who Dare virtual launch event. The event marked the debut of the ROG Flow X13 gaming laptop with the XG Mobile external GPU, the dual-screen ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE gaming laptop, Strix SCAR 17 gaming laptop, the 32-inch ROG Swift PG32UQ 4K 144 Hz gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1 for console and PC gaming, as well as the ROG Claymore II gaming keyboard and the ROG Gladius III Wireless gaming mouse. These latest products and more are available to explore in ROG Citadel XV, a boundary-breaking interactive experience introduced during the ROG For Those Who Dare virtual event livestream and available to download for free on Steam.

ROG Citadel XV extends ROG's reach from hardware and software to gaming content to enrich the gaming ecosystem and overall gaming experience. The experience takes gamers through the ROG Citadel underground fortress, where they'll experience the latest cutting-edge ROG products and technologies being developed. They will be taken to several futuristic Cyberpunk-inspired laboratories to view the new ROG offerings. The lab designs reflect the ROG design language based around the themes of Vanguard, Fusion and Rebel. Once through the fortress, an arcade-inspired first-person shooter mini-game is then unlocked, where participants can test their aim and reflexes by taking down 3D targets moving across the screen.

 

ROG Flow X13

ROG Flow X13 is a 13-inch ultraportable gaming laptop powered by up to an AMD Ryzen™ 9 5980HS mobile processor CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. The energy efficient CPU helps prolong battery life, giving Flow X13 up to 10 hours of gaming on a full charge. It also comes with a lightweight, 100-watt USB-C® PD charger that can charge an empty battery to 60% in just 39 minutes.

Flow X13 features a flip design that allows the screen to be flipped 360° for use in various scenarios. The laptop is available with a 120 Hz FHD panel or a high-res 4K panel that’s protected by tough Corning® Gorilla® glass and features a narrow-frame design and support for touch and stylus input. Both choices of display have a 16:10 aspect ratio, support Adaptive-Sync and are Pantone® Validated for superb color accuracy.

Two down-firing speakers and Dolby Atmos technology deliver pristine, immersive audio. In addition, Two-Way AI Noise‑Cancelation ensures clear in-game communication and is powered by the CPU to have minimal impact on gaming performance.

Flow X13 can be paired with XG Mobile, an external GPU with NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3080 graphics. When connected, XG Mobile gives Flow X13 a graphical prowess that’s equivalent to full-sized gaming rigs. A proprietary eGPU connector dedicates 63 Gbps of bandwidth exclusively to graphics, resulting in significantly higher performance than Thunderbolt™ eGPUs. The graphical performance boost from XG Mobile gives Flow X13 the versatility to handle content creation, AAA gaming and work on the go, as well as hardcore gaming at home.

XG Mobile also includes a dedicated USB 3.2 Gen 2 link, which feeds an I/O hub with extra connectivity, and an integrated 280W AC adapter, which powers both XG Mobile and Flow X13 so that users don’t need to carry an additional power brick.

The cooling system of Flow X13 is fine-tuned for high performance in a small chassis. ROG is the first to apply AMD CPUs with liquid metal in mass-produced laptops. Flow X13 has three heatsinks and fan outlets, and new Arc Flow fans that improve airflow by up to 15% without increasing noise. A self-cleaning thermal module also ensures reliable performance over time. ROG offers multiple operating modes so users can tune the cooling system for different requirements.

 

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE

Zephyrus Duo 15 SE features the innovative ROG ScreenPad Plus to give gamers the advantage of a secondary screen for more usable onscreen space for gaming and productive tasks. ScreenPad Plus raises a few degrees when the laptop display is opened to give the user a comfortable viewing angle.

The ultraslim Zephyrus Duo 15 SE is powered by up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile processor CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics. It comes with either a 120 Hz 4K display with 100% Adobe RGB color space coverage or a 300 Hz FHD display with a 3 ms response time and 100% sRGB color space coverage. Both panels are PANTONE Validated and feature thin-bezel designs and Adaptive-Sync technology.

Gamers can use the ScreenPad Plus secondary panel to browse the web, read emails, chat over instant messaging apps, or to stream or record gameplay. ROG worked with developers for additional interactive content on the secondary display, as well as partnered with XSplit Gamecaster to allow gamers to monitor their streams while gaming on the main display. In addition, ROG worked with Adobe for additional content creation tools for some of its creative software.

The built-in Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation feature offers clear communication, while the upgraded speakers provide crisp and rich audio. The inclusion of Dolby Atmos brings entertainment to life, giving users exceptional audio quality when listening to music, as well as providing three-dimensional precision audio to allow users to pinpoint the source of in-game sounds

The upgraded Active Aerodynamic System Plus (AAS+) cooling system allows more power to be fed to the CPU and GPU without increasing noise levels. The design provides an air intake underneath the secondary display to aid cooling. It features new Arc Flow fans that increase airflow by 13% over the previous generation, transfers heat from the AMD CPU with a liquid‑metal thermal compound, and uses five heat pipes and four heatsinks with increased surface area.

 

ROG Strix SCAR 17

ROG Strix SCAR 17 is a gaming powerhouse that can be specified with up to GeForce RTX 3080 graphics and up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile processor CPU. It has up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR-3200 MHz memory and features new fans and liquid-metal cooling.

Designed as the ultimate portable esports machine, SCAR 17 offers superfast visuals on the world’s fastest laptop display, a 360 Hz FHD panel with a 3 ms response time. An optional 165 Hz WQHD panel combines fluidity with higher detail and a DCI-P3 color gamut. Both options have Adaptive-Sync technology, and ROG engineers worked on reducing the bezel size to offer a larger screen-to-body ratio for more immersive gaming.

SCAR 17 has a quad-speaker design and Dolby Atmos sound enhancement to give gamers a competitive edge, allowing them to accurately pinpoint the source of in-game noises like footsteps or gunfire. The built-in Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation feature filters out ambient noises for crystal-clear in-game communication, even when gaming in noisy environments.

The larger 90 Wh battery now provides up to 12 hours of video playback on a single charge, with support for fast charging and compatibility with 100‑watt USB Type-C power adapters.

The optical mechanical keyboard of SCAR 17 features per-key RGB lighting, 1.9 mm key travel and zero debounce delay for near-instantaneous inputs. The trackpad is also 85% larger than the one found on the previous model, making it easier to use while on the go.

SCAR 17 is more compact than its predecessor, and this new design also includes a higher-density RGB light bar around the front edge of the chassis, an additional light strip under the display, a set of three user-swappable hinge caps and a bold new aesthetic inspired by athletic gear.

A refined cooling system extracts peak performance from SCAR 17 while lowering noise levels by 3 dB compared to the last generation. Refinements include the use of a liquid-metal thermal compound on the AMD CPU, new Arc Flow fans with special blade tips that reduce turbulence with an aerodynamic wave pattern and a more efficient self-cleaning cooling system.

 

ROG Swift PG32UQ

ROG Swift PG32UQ is the world’s first 32 -inch HDMI 2.1 gaming monitor and features a 144 Hz IPS panel with a 1ms moving picture response time (MPRT). It has two HDMI 2.1 ports to support up to 4K visuals at up to 120 Hz on the latest gaming consoles. It also has Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology, a compression standard for transporting ultra-high definition video streams across a single interface at high speed with no perceptible loss of visual quality. It allows PG32UQ to support up to 4K 144 Hz visuals via a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection.

PG32UQ is G-SYNC Compatible[1] ready and features ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync (ELMB Sync) technology and ASUS Variable Overdrive technology for consistently smooth visuals at variable frame rates. For color performance, PG32UQ is DisplayHDR™ 600 compliant, has 160% sRGB and 98% DCI-P3 color gamut support, and is factory pre-calibrated to ensure Delta E < 2 color accuracy.  ROG Swift PG32UQ will be available at the end of the first quarter of 2021.

 

ROG Claymore II

ROG Claymore II is the first mechanical RGB gaming keyboard to feature ROG RX Blue Optical Mechanical Switches, which employ a hollow-square stem design and embedded RGB LEDs for all-around per-key lighting. The unique switch design provides near-zero debounce delay so keys are immediately triggered the moment they are pressed. The hollow-square stem, four keycap corner latches, and X-stabilizer mechanism ensure consistent wobble-free keystrokes, while the 100-million-keypress lifespan ensures extreme durability. Claymore II is also available with ROG RX Red Switches.

Claymore II has a magnetic wrist rest and a detachable numpad that can be attached to either side of the 80% keyboard to suit various play styles and gaming setups. The numpad includes four media control keys that can be customized for productivity shortcuts or macro commands, it also has a volume scroll wheel for adjustments.

The wired USB-C® and 2.4 GHz RF wireless connections ensure lag-free connectivity. The 4000 mAh battery provides up to 40 hours of use on a single charge, the USB-C connection also supports fast charging or USB passthrough for other devices. In addition, Claymore II also has wireless Aura Sync lighting and the Armoury Crate software utility for a multitude of customization options.

 

ROG Gladius III Wireless

ROG Gladius III Wireless is an ergonomic 19,000 dpi gaming mouse with advanced tri-mode connectivity with wired, wireless 2.4 GHz RF and Bluetooth modes. The new and exclusive Push-Fit Switch Socket II supports both traditional 3-pin mechanical and 5-pin Omron optical micro switches, allowing the user to tailor button click and feel to suit their preferences. Users can also replace worn-out switches to prolong the lifespan of the mouse. Revolutionary zero-click latency delivers real-time reaction, while the flexible, low-drag ROG Paracord cable and round-edged 100% TPFE ROG Omni mouse feet ensure a smooth glide. A wired version of ROG Gladius III is also available.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ROG Claymore II and Gladius III Wireless will be available starting March 2021. The ROG Swift PG32UQ will be available May 2021. ASUS PH will provide the MSRPs as local launch date nears.

By the end of January 2021, ASUS ROG Philippines will be announcing its first sets of Cezanne laptop products to hit the market. Stay tuned to the ASUS and ROG pages for more news and updates about the local arrival and availability of these new and exciting products.

 

About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.