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The ASUS XG Station 2 was an impressive external GPU enclosure that would connect via. the Thunderbolt 3 port of a Laptop to be able to run a Desktop GPU on that Laptop. ASUS has refreshed the XG Station 2 at this CES with a slimmer but, more powerful XG Station Pro. At least that’s what ASUS claims.

Though, the XG Station 2 was dedicatedly build for gaming, the XG Station Pro isn’t made only for that. This time it has been also targeted towards creative professionals who want that Extra Graphics Horsepower in their Thin & Light laptops.

The chassis occupies an area of just 4.3” x 14.8” which is noticeably less when compared to the XG Station 2 & the looks are also cleaner. So if it is on a desk, it should complement professional laptops pretty well. The XG Station Pro uses a 330W Power Adapter with is similar to what we saw on the RO GX800 so, the Power Supply isn’t sitting into the Case itself which allows the case to be this thin.

ASUS XG Station Pro Adds A New Feather To The Exturnal GPU Game At CES 2018

Talking about the Connectivity, the XG Station Pro uses a Single Thunderbolt 3 Cable to connect with a compatible laptop. There is a dedicated USB C Port for the Thunderbolt 3 connection, an extra USB Type-C USB 3.1 Port for connecting or charging peripheral devices with upto 15 Watts of Power.

ASUS XG Station Pro Adds A New Feather To The Exturnal GPU Game At CES 2018

Once you open that black hatch, there are two HDMI ports, two full size Display ports & one DVI-D Port. Lastly their is the DC-in port for connecting the 330W Power Supply. The Power Button lies above the DC-in Port.

The supported GPUs include, all the desktop versions of NVIDIA & AMD variants starting from GeForce GTX 900 and Radeon R9 series to newer GPUs including the NVIDIA 1080Ti & 1070Ti and AMD RX Vega 56 & Vega 64. However, using ROG GPUs with ASUS AURA integration will allow RGB Backlighting via. Aura Sync.

The XG Station 2 can also stay silent if it’s not being used heavily. ASUS does this by turning on the Dual 120 mm Fans only when the internal temperature exceeds a predetermined threshold. So what that means is that, the users can keep it connected all the time if they want & the Fans will only Start Spinning when doing GPU intensive Works.

The price for the XG Station Pro will be about $329 & it will be available starting this month (January 2018) in the United States. Availability in other countries still don’t have any announcement time but, hopefully it’ll come to most other countries somewhere in the First half of 2018.

ASUS unveiled the Zenfone Max Plus (M1) back in November as the Pegasus 4S in China & later in Russia but, there was no news on the Global availability. Finally further details have been revealed by the company at the CES 2018.

The Zenfone Max Plus (M1) will be rolling out in North America in February of 2018 with the Price tag of $229 for the 3GB, 32GB variant. However, ASUS is ditching the 720P variant here & bringing the 1080P variant so, that’s really nice.

ASUS Zenfone Max Plus (M1) Will Go On Sale In February 2018 For $229

Talking about the Specifications, the Zenfone Max Plus (M1) comes with a 5.7 inch 2160 x 1080 (18:9) Display, a MediaTek MT6750T Octacore SOC, the Mali-T860 GPU, 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB Internal Storage, a 16MP f-2.0 Camera + an 8MP 120 Degrees Wide Angle Shooter on the Back, an 8 Megapixel f-2.0 Selfie Shooter & a large 4130 mAh Battery.

Another feature is Face Unlock that is definitely going to be a huge trend of 2018. It’s not something I’ll personally use but, I know there are many people who want that feature in their phones so, it’s nice to see that companies like ASUS & Huawei are pushing this feature into their budget devices.

There is no confirmation for availability outside of North America right now but, hopefully other Countries will get the device really soon after it becomes available in North America in February. Talking of the countries that the device already has entered, the device is currently available in China (as the Pegasus 4S), Russia & probably in Malaysia as well.

Via: Gadgets 360

With the announcement of NVIDIA’s Big Format Gaming Displays, ASUS has announced a new 65″ Gaming Monitor that spots a 4K resolution Display with a freaking 120 Hz Refresh Rate.

ASUS Announced A 65" 4K 120 Hz HDR Gaming Monitor At CES 2018

These range of Gaming monitors are for really high-end gaming setups for Pro Gamers. This new Monitor from ASUS carries the name ROG PG65 & it has support for NVIDIA G-sync & Shield support built in.

Alongside 4K HDR support, the PG65 also covers the DCI-P3 color gamut so, the experience shall be super immersive  visually. It also supports Variable Refresh Rate that means, it detects if your Monitor is playing Lower Frame rate content or not & switches to a lower Frame Rate when that 120Hz Refresh Rate isn’t needed at all & saves the user some power. The Brightness is around 1000 nits so, It shouldn’t be a problem to game on the Monitor in Bright indoors.