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ASUS ROG Launches New Lineup of Gaming Notebooks

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has launched a new lineup of gaming notebook products at the Be Unstoppable 2019 the Middle East regional launch event. Highlighted by the world’s first true desktop replacement notebook the ROG Mothership, the company also announced the compact yet powerful ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) and will be the first to bring a 240-hertz refresh rate panel monitor to the region with the arrival of the Scar III (G731). The latest ROG gaming laptops offer serious utility to both competitive gamers and creative professionals.

“The Middle East is one of our most important markets for gaming as we strive to continue to be the number one gaming brand globally. Gaming hardware enthusiasts in the region have shown a desire to continue having the latest and greatest hardware and we aim at providing them with it. We appreciate the support they have shown for the ROG products,” said Jeff Lo, Regional Head for the Middle East. 

Smooth gameplay demands high frame rates to fully take advantage of a high refresh rate display. Zephyrus S GX502 comes with up to GeForce RTX 2070 graphics that can deliver fluid frame rates for everything from cinematic adventures to high-intensity shooters. Games will not only look and feel smoother thanks to the industry-best 240Hz refresh rate but they’ll also look great thanks to each IPS-level panel receiving factory calibration using ASUS ProArt TruColor Technology. Each PANTONE Validated display also ensures true colors across the full sRGB range. Capable of more than just gaming, Zephyrus S GX502 ensures that artists, designers, and content creators can polish their portfolios and complete critical projects with the confidence that colors are accurate on a global scale.

Computationally intensive tasks in particular benefit from the new 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, providing six cores and 12 threads to power through demanding tasks. With up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, Zephyrus S GX502 can handle any multitasking scenario. Gamers can broadcast high-quality streams, chat with the channel, and play the latest titles smoothly, while power users can run everything they need for maximum productivity.

ROG is dedicated to staying at the forefront of gaming laptop display technology, breaking its own high-refresh records to push the boundaries of speed. Now, Strix SCAR III (G731) and Strix G (G531) are the first to bring 240Hz/3ms displays screens. With up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics that can push into factory overclocked territory thanks to ROG Boost, they have enough horsepower to generate triple-digit frame rates for sublimely smooth gameplay in fast-paced titles and competitive esports. Heavy multitasking is fast and efficient, with the latest Intel Core i9-9880H CPU & the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics. Gamers can play, chat, and stream simultaneously, while content creators can run all the apps they need for maximum productivity. 

ROG helped define the dark aesthetic that has become synonymous with PC gaming hardware. While Original Black will never go out of style, this season’s focus on ROG Intelligent Cooling inspired our designers to find a cool color to complement it. The result is a frosty shade that looks and feels brighter and lighter, bringing new energy to gaming laptops. Glacier Blue is coming with cooler weather later this year in the Zephyrus S GX502 and Strix G G531 and G731.

A radical internal concept made real, the ROG Mothership caters to connoisseurs who appreciate the engineering and craftsmanship that goes into premium PC hardware. This desktop replacement redefines what’s possible for portable gaming machines that take hardcore horsepower to go.  Instead of sitting flat, the ROG Mothership stands tall to draw more air into its advanced cooling system.

Its keyboard detaches and folds to fit different scenarios, giving you the freedom to find the perfect position, and the innovative design leaves enough room to put all the speakers right below the screen. The main body pieces are machined from solid slabs of aluminum using a precise CNC milling process that ensures a perfect fit. The process steps through 114 individual tooling stages and takes nearly 20 hours to carve every little detail. Each piece is brushed and anodized for a flawless finish that’s guaranteed to turn heads. 

The exquisitely machined aluminum chassis frames a 17.3” Full HD IPS-level display with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms GTG response time display featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC technology is powered by the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 2080 GPU and Intel Core i9-8950HK processor. Better cooling allows the ROG Mothership to push the CPU and GPU beyond stock speeds and still sustain exceptional performance with demanding workloads.

The factory overclocked core is complemented by a RAID 0 array with three NVMe SSDs, plus next-generation networking that enables greater than gigabit speeds for both wired and wireless connections. Thermals have also been significantly upgraded as the ROG ‘Mothership’ consist of a Thermal Grizzly liquid metal safely ensconced within a thermal fence on the heatblock instead of regular thermal paste. This reduces the CPU temperature but up to 14 degrees Celsius for better performance and product life.    

CNC machines carve blocks of solid aluminum to create the main pieces for the chassis and keyboard. The painstaking process takes 114 tooling stages and nearly 20 hours to shape every little detail, then each piece is brushed and anodized to add a premium finish. This produces an exquisite body that’s stylish enough to turn heads and strong enough to withstand the knocks and bumps of life on the road. 

New Products and Availability: 

  • ROG Strix Scar III (G731) – Starting from AED 7,999 available now
  • ROG Strix G (G531) – Starting from AED 4,999 available now
  • ROG Zephyrus S (GX502) – AED 9,999 available mid-August
  • ROG Mothership (GZ700) – AED 24,999 available July 
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Review: Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse

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As part of its Champion Series, Corsair announced its latest Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse on the market today. The company sent the new mouse to us in advance for a review. And after using the mouse for a couple of days, we are glad to report that it exceeded our expectations.

The new mouse joins the league of the Sabre RGB Pro, which was launched earlier in 2021. The new Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is very lightweight and packs in an ergonomic design, that offers a competitive advantage to gamers. The mouse itself offers wired and wireless connectivity to laptops and PCS.

In terms of wireless, you get two options – either through Bluetooth or through Slipstream Wireless. The advantage of using Slipstream Wireless is that the technology transmits inputs at sub-1ms speeds, delivering mouse movements and clicks up to two times faster than a conventional gaming mouse, while also ensuring exceptional wireless signal quality throughout your gameplay.

You also get up to 90 hours of battery life that lets you play wire-free for days between charges. In terms of design, the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless features a similar design seen on the wired version. The Wireless variant though has a bit of heft to it when compared with the wired variant.

You get standard left and right-click buttons, with a slight groove in them for comfortably holding two fingers. You also get a bit of texture to the material on both the left and right-click that keeps your fingers from slipping. Forward and back buttons flank the left side of the mouse, and there is a DPI quick-select button just below the scroll wheel.

Inside the box, you get the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse, along with the Slipstream Wireless receiver, a USB Type-C charging cable, the quick start guide, the warranty info and the safety instructions. Getting started with the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is effortless. Connect the Slipstream Wireless connector to your PC or laptop and switch on the mouse in Slipstream mode, and you are good to go.

The mouse weighs just 79-gms – so rapid movements and lightning-quick reflexes are not a problem. The mouse also comes packed with professional-grade gaming mouse elements, such as the first-ever Corsair Marksman optical sensor. The mouse also comes with the highest dpi in any Corsair mouse to date at 26,000-dpi. This makes sure you get very precise movement.

The mouse is also compatible for use with Corsair’s very own iCUE software. With this app, you can customise dynamic RGB backlighting, remap buttons, create macros, and adjust DPI settings. All of these can be stored onto three onboard profiles. On the bottom of the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless, you will find a switch to move between Slipstream (RF), charging/wired, or Bluetooth modes and a button above that to initiate pairing for the latter.

Both types of wireless connections worked without issue during our review. However, while gaming, it’s better to use the dongle and Slipstream, as it delivers lower latency at sub-1ms. The mouse was comfortable overall to hold and use.

During our review, we put the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless to test with a couple of games including Watch Dogs Legion, GTA V, and Doom Eternal. The mouse was very comfortable, quick to respond, and reliable. The buttons were very comfortable as well to use and the sensor on the mouse was very responsive.

The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse comes with an impressive sensor, a very aesthetic and comfortable design, Slipstream Wireless technology, good overall performance, and a 26,000-DPI.

The pricing of AED 429, is a bit steep. However, if you are looking at top-notch performance, with very good connectivity options, the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse comes across as highly recommended. It thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 429

Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse
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Inside the box, you get the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse, along with the Slipstream Wireless receiver, a USB Type-C charging cable, the quick start guide, the warranty info, and the safety instructions. Getting started with the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is effortless. Connect the Slipstream Wireless connector to your PC or laptop and switch on the mouse in Slipstream mode, and you are good to go.

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New DEATHLOOP and Ghostwire: Tokyo Hannya Trailer Revealed at the PlayStation Showcase

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At the PlayStation Showcase event this weekend, Bethesda Softworks revealed a new trailer that dives deeper into the story for DEATHLOOP, the highly anticipated first-person shooter from Arkane Lyon. DEATHLOOP launches on September 14, 2021, exclusively for console on PlayStation 5 (PS5) and PC. Watch the trailer now featuring the new custom track – “Down the Rabbit Hole” – from Sencit featuring Samantha Howard and Haqq:

Colt, our amnesiac protagonist, is searching for a way out of the Aeon Program’s clutches and off the island of Blackreef. It’s up to the player to unravel the mysteries of Colt’s predicament and ensure his rival, Julianna, doesn’t put a few bullets in him before then. Tango Gameworks also revealed a thrilling glimpse of Ghostwire: Tokyo through an exciting, brand-new trailer that stars the menacing Hannya.

Hannya has unleashed a catastrophic fog upon Tokyo that wipes out most of its population. In the aftermath, he leads the Faceless, a menacing group of loyal zealots who bend to his will. Where smiling citizens once walked now stands an army of one-of-a-kind creatures only Tango Gameworks can create: The Visitors.

Inspired by Japanese legends, folklore, and tales, The Visitors are striking, imaginative enemies that lurk throughout Tokyo. Many characters are from famed dark stories like “Kuchisake-onna,” characters that stay true to Tango’s desire to honor Tokyo through an authentic, never-before-seen game world.

Awakening in the famed Shibuya Crossing, Akito finds himself partially possessed by a strange spirit and surrounded by the dangerous creatures invading Tokyo. Desperate to ensure the safety of his sister, Akito must ally with the spirit and master powerful abilities to battle his way through Tokyo’s dangerous streets.

With the power and speed of the PlayStation 5 console, Tokyo is vividly brought to life thanks to the console’s stunning ray-tracing technology. As players walk its streets, reflections of gorgeous neon lights drip onto puddles that become glassy mirrors of the world’s vibrancy and beauty. Ghostwire: Tokyo also delivers faster loading times to keep players immersed, and haptic controls that allow players to tangibly feel their actions while traversing Tokyo’s streets and rooftops.

Ghostwire: Tokyo will be available worldwide for PlayStation 5 and PC.

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Acer Middle East Releases Latest 11th Gen Notebooks for Gamers in KSA

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Acer Middle East has released the Predator Helios 300 and Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptops, both with the latest 11th Gen processor, in Saudi Arabia. The Predator Helios 300 features a blisteringly fast QHD IPS display at 165Hz with a 3ms response time. Plus, it has narrow bezels allowing for a fully seamless gaming experience with minimal ghosting. The stunning display, partnered with a 6GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, and the custom-engineered 5th Gen AeroBlade 3D Fan Technology, makes the Predator Helios 300 a reliable, fast, cool, and powerful laptop for keen gamers.

The Predator Helios 300 enables players to dominate their game with everything needed to beat the opposition with a large power boost. With a 1 TB SSD, there’s plenty of high-speed PCIe storage for the most challenging and demand-heavy games. The notebook has 24 GB RAM, and Tap Turbo for instant overclocking as well as PredatorSense, which gives you control over your gaming rig, and the app is accessible from either desktop or mobile. The keyboard is mesmerising, equipped with 4 RGB zones and see-through concave-shaped caps on the WASD keys.

There are ports aplenty to plug all peripherals into the full range of USB 3.2 ports including the lightning-fast Thunderbolt 4 USB-C which supports DisplayPort functionality and Power Delivery. The latest HDMI 2.1 specification also allows users to easily plug into an external display such as 8K 60 Hz, or 4K 120Hz. For optimum connectivity, The Killer DoubleShot Pro (Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX 1650i and Ethernet E2600) ensures a quick and safe connection.

The Acer Nitro 5 notebook allows users to reign over the game world with the combined power of an 11th Gen Intel Core Processor and up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. Maximum speed and massive storage can be utilised with two slots for M.2 PCIe and SATA SSDs and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Gamers can get the maximum output from their laptop with an added boost of twin fans, Acer CoolBoost technology, and quad exhaust port design, plus CoolBoost increases fan speed by 10%.

The 4-zone RGB keyboard provides the keys to victory to take command of their game via the dedicated NitroSense Key. WASD and arrow keys are also highlighted for quick location while the key response is immediate with a 1.6mm travel distance. Users can step into an immersive experience through dual 2W speakers, with DTS:X Ultra, to deliver clear sounds in a 3D spatial soundscape, allowing gamers to hear where opponents are coming from with pinpoint precision.

Nitro and Predator notebook users can access Planet9, an eSports platform unlike any other, which brings together a community of like-minded gamers and provides them with the opportunity to learn from experienced coaches, meet and match up with gamers of similar skill level, and play in tournaments. Predator Helios 300 (PH315-54) is available now in Saudi Arabia at Jarir, priced at SAR 8,499. Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-57) is available in Saudi Arabia from September 20th onwards at Jarir, starting from SAR 6,499.

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