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Dell and Alienware Expand Their PC Gaming Portfolio

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At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Dell and Alienware are bringing innovation front and centre to satisfy the growing PC gaming market by making the gaming experience more competitive, personalised and accessible. “We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly ground-breaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager, Alienware, G Series and XPS. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Driven by the ethos of purposeful innovation, Alienware marks CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a totally new design identity, Alienware Legend, which sets a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware evaluated multiple concepts and choose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look and the sea of sameness in the industry.

Alienware Legend stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal and cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, ultra-thin screen borders, and a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield the ultimate gaming experience.  Legend also introduces two optional finishes, Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon, more ways for gamers to stand out from the competition.

Alienware Area-51m, the world’s most powerful gaming laptop, is the first product to reflect the new Legend brand identity. Almost twenty years after Alienware launched the first gaming laptop with upgradeable graphics, garnered praise for its performance and went on to garner multiple awards, the company is proud to launch its second flagship notebook with upgradeable graphics and processors.

The reimagined Area-51m is the most powerful, upgradeable gaming laptop ever conceived. It marks the first and only laptop with a 9th Gen 8-core desktop processors, 64GB2 of memory, 2.5Gbps ethernet technology, upgradeable graphics and desktop processors, and 17” Alienware laptop with a narrow-bezel display with 144Hz. The Area-51m also has cutting-edge thermal and cooling technology, 50% more performance and 32% less volume than its predecessor.

Alienware’s latest flagship mobile gaming experience, the new Area-51m is stuffed with an array of gaming must-haves, including the Tobii eye-tracking technology and the latest Alienware Command Center.

Alienware recently introduced its thinnest and lightest 17” gaming notebook, the new Alienware m17, adding to the recently announced Alienware m15, for gamers on-the-go who prioritise weight and thinness for mobility. Powerful enough to handle high-graphic games, yet portable enough to take from destination to destination, the m15 starts at 4.76 lbs, while the m17 starts at just 5.79 lbs.

Performance is delivered with the 8th-gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors featuring dynamic CPU overclocking, thanks to elevated thermal headroom from Cryo-Tech Cooling technology.  These industry-best processors are paired with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series GPUs that deliver advanced gaming features including real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence and programmable shading.

For those looking for an affordable yet powerful gaming system or purchasing their first gaming system, look no further than the new G Series. The G5 15 is redesigned to deliver enhanced performance with upscale features in a sleek chassis.

The thinnest G Series to date with beautiful narrow borders, the G5 incorporates 8th gen Intel CFL-H quad- and hex core processors and the latest NVIDIA graphics to optimise demanding AAA game titles and versatility for everyday use. In addition to the option of a blazing 144Hz refresh rate and G-SYNC display panels, the G5 is offering Alienware Command Center and 4-zone RGB keyboard with customisable backlighting for the first time. The Dell G5 15 Special Edition is also available in “Alpine White”, with a clear panel on the bottom of the system to show off the blue fans of the cooling system.

Alienware is distinguished by a fierce commitment to innovation and those who appreciate it. Having listened to feedback from its community, Alienware made more than 30 updates to its proprietary Alienware Command Center, the central hub that allows gamers to customise all aspects of their experience including system and peripheral lighting, power management, thermal control, overclocking, audio, and content organisation.

An Alienware first, the Alienware Command Center now offers GPU overclocking (and underclocking), allowing changes to take effect at the system level and work in conjunction with CPU and RAM overclocking as well as thermals. These user interface improvements to make Alienware Command Center easier to use.

CES highlights for the Alienware Arena App in the U.S. include availability for download on iOS & Android with exclusive game codes for full PC games. With this feature, gamers will receive push notification alerts for access to limited quantity full game codes, beta codes and DLC from anywhere instantly. In addition, daily instant games to win up to $1,000 in DA Rewards or Arena Reward points from 8th to 11th January.

Last year at CES, Alienware and Team Liquid announced their collaboration on the first Alienware Training Facility. Located in Los Angeles, the 10,000+ sq.ft. facility and studio space serves as the US headquarters for the storied esports organisation. Besides the world-class technology, amenities, and support staff most would expect from an organisation of this calibre, the professional atmosphere and work-life balance truly helped to propel Team Liquid athletes even further.

Since the facility’s opening in March 2018, Team Liquid’s League of Legends roster have won back-to-back domestic LCS Championships, their Counter-Strike squad has competed and appeared in more than 10 grand finals and Team Liquid continues to be one of the most dominant, top-earning esports organisations in the world. The partnership between Alienware and Team Liquid has made a significant difference in how these professionals develop and stay successful throughout the season.

In 2019, Alienware and Team Liquid continue to raise the bar with the beginning of the second Alienware Training Facility in Utrecht, Netherlands, a state-of-the-art space that will become the future European headquarters and additional training hub for Team Liquid athletes competing across the world.

In addition, Alienware and Team Liquid will kick-off the most extensive and comprehensive hardware partnership in esports to date. Liquid’s athletes will now train, compete, live-stream and even help in the development across the full portfolio of Alienware desktops, laptops, premium displays, gaming headsets, and peripherals. This end-to-end hardware collaboration between Alienware and Team Liquid gives both organisations a perfect union focused toward designing and refining new iterations of elite gaming hardware and peripherals.

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ASUS Launches New Monitors at CES 2021

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ASUS announced its new monitor lineup today at CES 2021, with a range of offerings across the Gaming, ProArt, and ZenScreen series to meet the needs of gamers, content creators, and business professionals. According to studies conducted by marketing research firm TrendForce, ASUS is projected to achieve a 40% year-on-year increase in monitor shipments, giving it the highest growth rate among the top 10 monitor brands for 2020.

For Gamers
ASUS is introducing 28-, 32- and 43-inch 144 Hz HDMI 2.1 gaming monitors for PC and console gamers. Ideal for PC gamers, these displays support the newest graphics cards for stable 4K gaming with refresh rates beyond 100 Hz. DisplayPort 1.4 Display Stream Compression (DSC) enables 4K visuals via a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection by compressing and decompressing each frame on the fly, with no discernable loss in image quality.
Console gamers can connect to the latest-generation consoles via HDMI 2.1 for 4K gaming at 120 Hz. These displays also feature Variable Refresh Rate technology and Auto-Low-Latency mode.

ROG Swift PG32UQ is a three-sided frameless monitor with a 32-inch 4K UHD IPS panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms moving picture response time (MPRT). It features G-SYNC technology with Reflex Latency Analyzer, a revolutionary system latency measurement tool that detects clicks coming from the mouse and then measures the time it takes for the resulting pixels (i.e. a gun muzzle flash) to change on screen. In addition, it features 98% DCI-P3 color space as well as VESA DisplayHDR 600 compliance, ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) Sync, and ASUS Variable Overdrive technologies.

ROG Swift PG32UQ is a three-sided frameless monitor with a 32-inch 4K UHD IPS panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms moving picture response time (MPRT). It features G-SYNC technology with Reflex Latency Analyzer, a revolutionary system latency measurement tool that detects clicks coming from the mouse and then measures the time it takes for the resulting pixels (i.e. a gun muzzle flash) to change on screen. In addition, it features 98% DCI-P3 color space as well as VESA DisplayHDR 600 compliance, ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) Sync, and ASUS Variable Overdrive technologies.

ROG Strix XG43UQ is a 43-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) gaming monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate for super-smooth gaming visuals. It offers a host of features, including DSC, ASUS ELMB SYNC, and High Dynamic Range (HDR). ASUS ELMB SYNC eliminates smearing and motion blur, resulting in sharper moving visuals so gameplay is more fluid and responsive. Lastly, this monitor has DisplayHDR 1000 compliance and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut for exceptional contrast and color performance.

The smallest of the three, TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A is a 28-inch 4K UHD monitor with a three-sided frameless design and a Fast IPS panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time. It features variable refresh rate technology for supersmooth gaming, along with 125% sRGB and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, VESA DisplayHDR 400 compliance, ELMB SYNC and Variable Overdrive technologies.

Designed for competitive gamers, ROG Swift PG279QM is a 27-inch WQHD monitor with a 240 Hz Fast IPS panel with 1 ms (GTG). It features a G-SYNC processor with Reflex Latency Analyzer (RLA), DisplayHDR 400 compliance and DCI-P3 95%. It also includes ASUS-exclusive GamePlus and GameVisual software to provide gamers with an in-game advantage. PG279QM has Aura Sync lighting and can be paired with other Aura Sync-compatible products to create a gaming setup with a unified look. In addition, the monitor is compatible with the ROG Desk Mount Kit.

The compact and lightweight ROG Strix XG16AHP-W is a portable 15.6-inch FHD IPS gaming monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate and adaptive-sync technology for smooth tear-free gameplay. It has a built-in high-capacity 7800 mAh battery that provides up to three hours of gaming at 144 Hz, and also has a quick-charge function that provides up to two hours of use after a one-hour recharge. This monitor features USB-C and micro HDMI ports for compatibility with mobile devices, laptops, game consoles, cameras and more. A fold-out kickstand and bundled ROG Tripod provide ideal viewing positions for work or play.

ASUS ProArt Display PA148CTV is a 14-inch FHD IPS portable monitor with an anti-glare panel and capacitive 10-point multitouch. Designed for creators, it features the ASUS Dial and Virtual Control Panel to provide productivity-enhancing shortcuts and programmable hotkeys that work seamlessly with supported Adobe software including Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. PA148CTV is the world’s first Calman Verified portable monitor and it has a 100% sRGB and 100% Rec.709 color gamut. It is factory pre-calibrated with a Delta E < 2 color accuracy. The Virtual Control Panel offers an adjustment dial, sliders, buttons, wheels, as well as programmable hotkeys for more detailed and precise adjustments.

ASUS Dial is a physical dial at the rear of the display that allows users to control compatible Adobe software and Microsoft Surface Dial controls, enabling adjustments while staying focused on a task. The integrated on-screen display (OSD) controller enables quick and easy monitor adjustments. Users can leverage the pre-installed ProArt Preset software to adjust color gamut or use ProArt Palette to access other display settings.

PA148CTV has two USB-C ports that deliver audio-visual signals and power input over a single cable, while the micro HDMI port provides a connection to a wide variety of input sources. A tripod socket allows it to be mounted on a tripod, or the adjustable kickstand can be used to prop the monitor up to get an ideal viewing angle and working position, even while on the go. PA148CTV includes a leather sleeve for elegant portability.

ASUS ProArt Display PA329CV is a 32-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) monitor featuring an IPS panel with 100% sRGB color gamut. It is Calman Verified and factory pre-calibrated to provide Delta E < 2 color accuracy, and it is also VESA DisplayHDR 400 compliant. In addition, ProArt Preset and ProArt Palette software are pre-loaded for swift and easy color adjustments. PA329CV has an array of connectivity options, including two HDMI, one DisplayPort, and one USB-C port DisplayPort Alt Mode, 90-watt power delivery and superfast data transfers. Its ergonomic design includes a four-way adjustable stand, function buttons on the front fascia and a C-clamp table-mount stand.

ASUS ZenScreen MB16ACV is a 15.6-inch FHD portable display with an anti-glare panel and super-narrow bezel design. The monitor has been coated with a long-lasting proprietary antibacterial ionic silver treatment that inhibits growth of bacteria and fungi by preventing adhesion by up to 99.9%, meeting JIS Z 2801 and ISO 22196 Antimicrobial Activity and Efficacy Testing standards. This keeps key areas of the monitor clean and hygienic to reduce the potential spread of harmful bacterial. The monitor is compatible with all laptops with a USB Type-C or Type-A 3.0 port, and it uses a hybrid signal solution that handles both audio-visual signals and power delivery. An ergonomic kickstand props the monitor up on any flat surface, allowing for tilt adjustments for a comfortable viewing angle. For added convenience, ZenScreen MB16ACV is compatible with the standard 1/4ʺ thread mount, allowing it to be used with conventional tripods or attached to a tabletop mount with ease.

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ASUS Launches Latest ZenBook Duo UX482 Series and Tilting ScreenPad Plus in the UAE

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ASUS Middle East has announced the latest laptop in the premium ZenBook series, the 14-inch ZenBook Duo 14(UX482), a recipient of the prestigious 2021 CES Innovation Awards is now available at all major UAE electronics retailers/e-tailers. This new two-screen model introduces 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.

ZenBook Duo 14 offers many of the benefits and features of its larger but with a 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus and a more compact form factor that’s designed to enable the ultimate mobile productivity. The lightweight ZenBook Duo 14 is a mere 16.9 mm thin, is powered by 11th Generation Intel Core processors, and offers up to 17 hours of battery life for all-day autonomy.

“We were very proud to be the first laptop vendor to introduce dual-screen laptops to the world in 2019 – ZenBook Duo. Keeping the leadership in the dual-screen segment and applying new advancements to the second generation ZenBook Duo Series was our priority. Our engineers improved the thermal capacity and battery life yet added the latest Intel 11th gen CPU together with even more powerful GPUs for smart performance. New laptops can change the CPU power output to save battery life or provide extra performance depending on the user’s needs. We call this feature – ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology (AIPT),” said Benjamin Yeh, ASUS East EMEA General Manager PC & Gaming.

Tilting ScreenPad Plus
ZenBook Duo 14 introduces 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 1920×1080 and a higher brightness of 400 nits — automatically tilts upwards by up to 7°, 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.

The upgraded Screen Xpert 2 software that powers ScreenPad Plus includes a collection of new and updated built-in apps to help boost productivity, such as the new Window Flick feature that allows users to simply flick windows between displays. The popular Task Group app has an updated design, so users can see their Task Groups at a glance, and lock into work modes instantly by launching multiple apps with a single tap.

ScreenXpert 2 also premieres the exciting new Control Panel, a fully-customizable app that will revolutionize creative workflows. Control Panels gives the user precise and intuitive control in creative apps, with intuitive controls for adjusting brush size, saturation, layer opacity, and much more. Four types of control — Dial, Button, Slider, and Scroll — each work in a different way to give precise and smooth control over parameters. Control Panel currently works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere, and After Effects, and more compatible apps will be announced in the near future.

Ultimate mobile productivity: ZenBook Duo 14
ZenBook Duo 14 is powered by a 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, with multiple cores and paired with 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 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 also allows a 3 mm-slimmer chassis due to the reduced need for empty internal cooling space. With a 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. For easy connections to peripherals, ZenBook Duo 14 has comprehensive high-performance I/O capabilities including a pair of the latest Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. These support Power Delivery and DisplayPort and the 40 Gbps bandwidth lets users connect an external 8K display or two 4K UHD displays. ZenBook Duo 14 also includes WiFi 6 enhanced with ASUS WiFi Master Premium technology.

The 2021 ASUS ZenBook Duo will be available in the UAE at Jumbo, Sharaf DG, Emax, E-City, Virgin Megastores, Computronic, and e-tailers Amazon, Gulf Micro, and Al Ershad, starting today (January 14, 2021), for AED 5999.

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Kingston Digital Introduces Workflow Product Series at CES 2021

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Kingston Digital Europe Co LLP., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, has announced the Workflow Station and accompanying Readers. Aptly named, the dock enhances content creators’ post-production workflow. Kingston’s Workflow Station and Readers give users the freedom to create and customise a file offload setup that fits their needs allowing them to transfer video, photos, and audio from multiple sources at once. Whether on a 4K/8K multi-cam shoot with portable audio recorders or filming B-Roll with drones and GoPros, with the customisable Workflow Station Dock you can simultaneously connect the USB miniHub, SD or microSD readers that the shoot requires to transfer footage quickly.

Workflow Readers can also be used standalone by connecting to a laptop via the included USB-C cable giving users the flexibility to have their workflow on-the-go. “It’s not just the flexibility of the Workflow Station and its Readers that is sure to aid content creators, but also the speed,” said Tiago Gomes, Flash product manager, Kingston EMEA. “Workflow Station products support incredible USB 3.2 speeds, which together with Kingston’s high-performance memory cards and USB flash drives get users through the post-production process faster than ever.”

Workflow Station and Readers are backed by a two-year warranty with free technical support.

Workflow Station and Readers Features and Specifications:

  • Offload Files Quicker: Transfer video, photos, and audio from multiple sources at once.
  • Flexible Workflow System: Use only the hub and readers that fit your setup.
  • Portable Versatility: Use the card readers on-the-go via their included USB-C.
  • Incredible Performance: Workflow Station products support USB 3.2 speeds which get you to editing quicker.

Workflow Station (Dock and USB miniHub):

  • Interface: Dock: USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • USB miniHub: USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • Connector: Dock: USB-C and USB miniHub: USB-C
  • Supported USB Inputs: USB miniHub: USB-A, USB-C
  • Package Includes: [Workflow] Dock, USB miniHub, USB-C to USB-C cable, power adapter, 4 power adapter country converters, and quick start guide
  • Warranty/support: 2-year warranty with free technical support
  • Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Mac OS (v.10.10.x +) 

[Workflow] SD Reader

  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • Connector: USB-C
  • Supported Cards: Supports UHS-II SD cards. Backwards-compatible with UHS-I SD cards
  • Package Includes: Dual slot SD reader, USB-C to USB-C cable, and quick start guide
  • Dimensions: 62.87mm x 16.87mm x 50mm
  • Weight: 31g
  • Warranty/support: 2-year warranty with free technical support
  • Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Mac OS (v.10.10.x +)

[Workflow] microSD Reader

  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • Connector: USB-C
  • Supported Cards: Supports UHS-II microSD cards. Backwards-compatible with UHS-I microSD cards
  • Package Includes: Dual slot microSD reader, USB-C to USB-C cable, and quick start guide
  • Weight: 29g
  • Warranty/support: 2-year warranty with free technical support
  • Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Mac OS (v.10.10.x +)
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