ASUS

Feb 14 2017

News - ASUS Announces DSL-AC88U

If you have DSL at home the new ASUS DSL-AC88U provides an integrated approach to providing internet connectivity from a single device. What makes this guy particularly interesting is that it also has a WAN port, so if you decide to drop the DSL when cable comes to down you won't have to eBay it. Also, while it's not mentioned in the PR, I'd be surprised if it didn't support dual WAN connections from the DSL & WAN ports. If it does, and you need that level of backup this could be just the thing.

Even more interesting is that this looks to be quite a bargin even if you don't need a DSL modem. Its SRP of £220 is less than the £250 DSL-modem-less RT-AC88U that it appears to clone.

Dec 12 2016

News - ASUS annouces VivoMini VM65N & VM65 SFF HTPC

They aren't quite NUC sized, but still quite small and sleek. These ASUS VivoMini SFF look like they should be quite suitable for HTPC use, and the higher end model with the Kaby Lake Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce 930M dGPU would do for some gaming as well. Unfortunately the PR (after the the click), doesn't note NIC OEM, but otherwise seems nicely spec'd. Prices start from £399, so they won't be crazy money either.

Dec 03 2016

News - ASUS Announces BRT-AC828 802.11AC AC2600 4x4 Wi-Fi router

I wasn't able to run down price or exact availabilty, but this is still quite an interesting looking device, even though it's not the latest wireless technology. As we can see from the photo above, the business oriented BRT-AC828 sports two WAN and eight LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports. Providing fail-over and enought connectivity that those of us who need a swtich next to the router should give this a once over. It's also the first router I'm aware of that offers M.2 storage capability on device.

Sep 08 2016

News - ASUS announces RT-AC58U 802.11AC 2x2 Wi-Fi router

Not everyone wants, needs, or is willing to pay for the top-of-the-line tri/quad stream 802.11AC Wi-Fi router. For those who fall into that category, but still want modern features like MU-MIMO the ASUS RT-AC58U might be just the thing. It is launching at the end of September, but price hasn't been disclosed yet so we'll have to wait and see it where this falls in the value-for-money spectrum.

Update: I was able to run down pricing (£89.99), but unfortunately is now delayed until December.

Jan 30 2016

News - ASUS PG348Q 34" QHD curved 21:9 monitor announced

Would it be OK to use an ASUS Republic of Gamers monitor for things besides gaming? I ask, because I think this QHD 34" curved PC monitor seems like it would be pretty awesome for quite a few applications - some fun (21:9 is perfect for movies), and others a bit less so (work).

There's a lot of details in the PR, most notably that it will be available in February. Pricing is distressingly absent however...

Jan 06 2016

News - ASUS CES 2016 announcements

I think ASUS forgot to mention HTPC as a key use case for its recently announced mini-PCs. Looking at the spec's and product photos, they would slot right into the A/V cabinet Smile.

Dec 04 2015

News - ASUS Announces B150 Pro Gaming/Aura

When I go motherboard shopping, there is one thing that makes it first on the list of must-haves - Intel NIC. So it was awesome to see that the ASUS B150 Pro Gaming/Aura for Intel Skylake CPUs includes the I219-V. The price is right @ $129 and there's lots of good stuff like M.2, USB Type-C and DDR4 support, but there are two potential drawbacks depending on use: no DisplayPort, and it lights up.

Dec 03 2015

News - ASUS goes deep on their new RT-AC88U Wave 2 802.11AC router

I notice ASUS's RT-AC88U a while ago, but back then the exact specifications (beyond AC3100 and eight, yes eight, Gigabit Ethernet ports) weren't really available on the [probably unintentionally published] product page. There have been a few more tidbits since, but nothing that goes as in-depth as this YouTube video, which not only discusses the router, but provides a useful overview of many of the features that any modern Wave 2 802.11AC router will have. It does clock in at around 30 minutes, so make sure you’ve grabbed a beverage and allocated the time.

Nov 23 2015

News - SmallNetBuilder Reviews ASUS OnHub

If you like seeing routers taken apart, you will love SNB's review of the ASUS OnHub. This is a typical performance focused review, but I would have like to see more details on the UX (e.g. screenshots) as, at least from my understanding, it's the main selling point versus standard OEM Wi-Fi routers.

Nov 23 2015

News - Ars Technica Reviews ASUS Chromebit

ASUS launched the Chromebit a few days ago, but this is the first review I've seen of the device.  No surprises as far as I can tell from the review. Have a look if this sort of portable computing piques your interest. If you do buy one, get the orange - everything looks better in orange Smile.

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