Words and photos by Kit Elton Pilla
To the tech-savvy among us, prepare, because 3 new offerings from ASUS Philippines are hitting the market right this moment. Through its launch last April 7, 2015, ASUS formally unveiled the ASUS G551, Transformer Book T300FA and T300Chi.
ASUS G551 – High-performance gaming laptop
The newest model under the G Series, Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand, ASUS G551 features a 15.6- inch wide Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) IPS display. Already, the company has been offering different G551 versions and so far it’s making good reviews for hardcore gamers around the world. What’s new about this one is that it is with Intel® Core™ i7 processor and enthusiast-grade NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ graphics with Trinity Display output for multi-monitor gaming or multitasking.
Most of what gamers require in buying a laptop is almost all here. Aside from the look, G551 has a black and red only element, hood of matte-black brushed-aluminum finish with a illuminated ROG logo. Gamers will surely like the keyboards because it is designed for gamers because of its easy navigation, gameplay and promises to be more comfortable to use. It has backlit and the red illumination on black keys which is nice to view when in a dark room.
Intel core i7 quad core processor is a must for the performance requirement by the latest games available now. Graphics is one of the most important things in a gaming laptop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics with Microsoft DirectX 11 provide sharper visuals and smoother in-game animations. It also has 4GB GDDR5 VRAM in order for GPUS to function to its maximum properly.
Memory is also important for the game settings of the CPU, with DDR3L 1600 MHz 16GB of G551 intensive gaming is not a problem.
Gamers always want a big hard drive because Games today require 5-10GB of storage and SATA 1TB 7200RPM 2.5′ HDD is almost enough to store your games.
ASUS G551 Specifications: Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4710HQ Operating System: WIN8.1 Memory: DDR3L 1600 MHz 16GB Display: 15.6” AG FHD IPS LED backlight (1920 x 1080) Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM Storage: SATA 1TB 7200RPM 2.5′ HDD Optical Drive: DVD Super-Multi / Blu-ray read Camera: Built-in HD camera and array mic Dimension and Weight: 38.2(W) x 25.5(D) x 3.2(H) cm, 2.7 Kg (for 6-cell Battery)
The presence of advance cooling system that can handle heat placed towards the top-left side that efficiently removes hot air and push it through an exhaust grill and runs quite which is very useful for a long gaming use.
ASUS ROG G551 is now available for only P69,995 at all ASUS authorized re-sellers nationwide.
Transformer Book T300FA and T300Chi
Along with the ASUS ROG G551 are 2 of the ASUS 2-in-1 transformer books (laptop and tablet in one). These are the Transformer Book T300FA and the T300Chi, world’s thinnest 12.5-inch hybrid device as of this writing.
The Transformer Book T300FA is Windows-based, 12.5 inch IPS HD Display 1366×768 detachable tablet and laptop in one, powered with Intel’s new Core M (5Y10) processor. It has up to 4GB of RAM with 64GB ISSD storage on the tablet and the dock that carries a 500GB HDD. It also has a front-facing HD web camera.
ASUS Transformer Book T300FA Specifications: Display 12.5-inch IPS HD Display 1366×768 Processor Intel® Core™ M 5Y10 Processor RAM LPDDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 4GB Storage 64GB ISSD (Tablet), 500GB, up to 1TB (Dock) OS Windows 8.1 Battery 30WHrs, 2S1P, 2-cell Li-ion Polymer Battery Pack Weight 1.50 kg Dimensions 30.8(W) x 20.7(D) x 0.99 ~ 1.03 (H) cm
ASUS Transformer Book T300FA is now available for only P32,995 at all Asus Authorized Re-Sellers nationwide.
On the other hand, the Transformer Book T300Chi is a detachable tablet and laptop in one device. It is also a Windows-based device and powered by all-new Intel Core M processor known for outstanding performance and power efficiency. For me this is the most impressive among the three, It has an eye catching FHD 1920×1080 resolution IPS display. Images are expected to be sharp and clear with great contrast. T300 Chi is black in color and made of all aluminum, thus, it has that look and feel of the premium, luxurious and sophisticated laptop.
The T300FA has 30W hrs , 2S1P, 2-cell Li-ion and Polymer battery pack inside the tablet and no battery in the dock. It also has 5-6 hours of usage with the dock and 6-8 hours of use when using a tablet alone.
In addition, T300 Chi is only 1.65cm, which is slightly thinner that of 1.7cm MacbookAir. Unlike the T300FA, however, the T300Chi has a solid base keyboard that has its own battery and through Bluetooth it can still be used as even when un attached.
It also has a 128GB SSD and a LPDDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 4GB/ 8GB RAM with micro USB 3.0, mini HDMI, microSD card reader, headphone/mic combo jack ports, and a 2MP 720P webcam a great combination of smart design, new components, and a very reasonable prices.
ASUS Transformer Book T300Chi (5Y71) is priced at Php46,995 and the ASUS Transformer Book T300Chi (5Y10) is at Php 39,995.
ASUS Transformer Book T300Chi Specifications: Display IPS Full HD Display 1920×1080 Processor Intel® Core™ M 5Y10/5Y71 Processor RAM LPDDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 4GB, up to 8GB Storage 128SSD OS Windows 8.1 Battery 32Whrs – Tablet; 2Whrs – Dock Weight 1.43 kg Dimensions 317.8 x 191.6 x 7.6 ~ 16.5 mm (WxDxH)
Now that creations such as that of ASUS has featured multiple functions out of a single gadget, the next question now would be on how you can leverage on the use of these gadgets. Find out what can serve you best in many ways, including value for money, durability and brand. The Choice is yours.