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ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Strix SCAR 17 and Electro Punk Gaming Laptops and Peripherals

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced a special Strix SCAR 17 gaming laptop with an ultrafast 300 Hz / 3 ms display and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU that represents the pinnacle of professional esports performance. The Strix SCAR 17 is packed with power to pump out enough frames to saturate an expansive 17.3-inch display with the smooth graphics required for competitive play.

The Strix SCAR 17 features the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER and its upgraded cooling lets ROG Boost take the top-of-the-line GPU’s clock speeds up to 1560 MHz at a full 150 watts in Turbo mode, outpacing standard GeForce RTX 2080 configurations. The latest series of GeForce RTX GPUs is built on the revolutionary Turing architecture.

A quick 3 ms grey-to-grey response time minimizes motion blur for precise target tracking. With up to the latest 10th Generation Intel Core i9-10980-HK CPU, ROG Strix SCAR 17 takes down tasks with speed. Its potent 8-core processor pushes frequencies as high as 5.3 GHz with a single core and spins up to 16 parallel threads to blaze through heavy work.

Combining the processor with up to 32GB of dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory means serious multitasking capacity. Strix SCAR 17 is equipped with high-performance RAM that’s faster than the stock 2933 Hz memory speed for 10th Generation CPUs, making it even more responsive. Gamers can jump into multiplayer, stream, chat and more, simultaneously. Creators can fire up their favorite media editing software and shift swiftly between programs as needed.

Two NVM Express (NVMe) SSDs running in RAID 0 minimize load times. ROG Strix SCAR 17 simplifies adding memory and storage with an easy-upgrade design that puts the SO-DIMM and M.2 slots behind the bottom panel. It’s held in place with standard Philips screws, and a special pop-open screw pushes the bottom corner away from the chassis for easy removal.

The special ROG Strix SCAR 17 features unique cooling features that enable peak power from its high-end GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU. The rest of Strix SCAR 17’s cooling enhancements are shared with the standard Strix models, and in some cases across the entire ROG laptop range. Exotic liquid metal thermal compound is painted onto the CPU of every ROG gaming laptop with a 10th Generation Intel Core processor.

Liquid metal excels at transferring thermal energy from the CPU to heatsink, but it’s electrically conductive and more fluid than standard thermal paste. Applying it is delicate work typically done by hand to keep the compound from touching other components. That’s not feasible for mass production, so ROG commissioned custom equipment to automate the process with mechanical precision.

Inspired by a collaboration with BMW Designworks Group, Strix SCAR 17 has unique features that are both visually pleasing and advantageous to airflow. A trapezoidal cut below the display ensures unrestricted airflow when the laptop is open. The scissor-door hinges holding the lid are shifted forward, opening up additional space at the back for a heavily ventilated 3D Flow Zone, where hundreds of precise perforations let Strix SCAR 17 breathe more easily.

ROG Strix SCAR 17 channels this concept in the new ROG Keystone II, which updates Keystone technology introduced in last year’s ROG Strix SCAR III. Keystone II allows users to link quick commands and other functions to a physical, NFC-enabled key that docks into the side of the chassis.

Inserting a Keystone can launch a specific operating mode, the Armoury Crate game library, or an app or game of choice. Removing one can instantly activate a stealth mode that minimizes apps and mutes audio or logs out of Windows. The Cloud Profile function restores personalized preferences associated with a user’s ROG ID to make compatible devices feel more familiar. Keystone II can even be used to reveal a secret Shadow Drive for covert storage, complete with added security via encryption on systems with Windows 10 Pro.

The company has also announced a new series of Electro Punk special-edition gaming devices decked out in a bold black-and-pink color combination. The Electro Punk color combination is available across a full set of matching ROG devices that includes the ROG Strix G15 gaming laptop, ROG Strix Go 2.4 headset, ROG Strix Scope TKL keyboard, ROG Strix Impact II mouse, ROG Sheath mouse pad, and ROG Ranger BP1503 backpack. This collection of gaming gear has everything a player needs to compete and win in style, anywhere.

The 15-inch ROG Strix G15 focuses on gaming fundamentals to make gaming accessible to a wider audience. The Electro Punk edition puts a coral crown on a streamlined gaming machine. A sleek stripe around the chassis mirrors the outlined edge of the touchpad, while cybertext patterning adorns the deck. Brighter touches include highlighted WASD keys and an unmissable pink ROG logo across the lid.

Inside, up to the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU has 8 cores and 16 threads to speed through everyday work and play. Thanks to an exotic liquid metal thermal compound painted across the entire ROG 2020 lineup of laptops featuring 10th Gen Intel CPUs, these processors perform better with less noise.

For solid frame rates in a variety of titles, Strix G is configurable with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GPU. It’s combined with up to a 240 Hz gaming display that enables silky smooth graphics. The panel’s 3 ms grey-to-grey response time makes fast-paced movements crisp.

Strix G15’s versatility is rounded out with ultrafast WiFi 6 networking for lower latency and less lag on compatible networks, up to two NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs running in RAID 0 for warp-speed load times, and a third upgradable SSD slot that lets users add terabytes of space. Strix gaming laptops all feature an easy-upgrade design that hugely simplifies memory and storage modifications.

ROG Strix Go 2.4 Electro Punk is a USB-C 2.4 GHz wireless headset, enabling ultra-stable cordless connections for multi-platform on-the-go gaming, lag-free audio on PC, PlayStation, Xbox or smart devices, and roaming anywhere with a Nintendo Switch in handheld mode.

The lightweight Strix Go 2.4 charges fast, has a long-lasting battery for nonstop gaming sessions, and comes with a USB-C to USB 2.0 adapter plus a 3.5 mm connector, making it easy to connect to different devices. Piping hot-pink details in and around the headband, ear pads, and ROG logo give it that special touch, while the rest stays bold black to prevent stains.

Eye-catching keys accent the edges of the new ROG Strix Scope TKL Electro Punk keyboard. Aura Sync lighting shines under every key, through the ROG logo, and even casts an RGB underglow from below. This mechanical keyboard was created specifically for fast-paced multiplayer gaming, forgoing a full number pad to make more desk space for rapid mouse movements.

Its enlarged left CTRL key is also easier to find in the FPS frenzy. Decked out with Cherry MX switches, gamers can punch in complex commands with confidence. With its durable, aluminum-topped construction and compact size, Strix Scope TKL Electro Punk is easy to fit into backpacks for travel to LANs, tournaments, and other esports events.

Programmable buttons above the thumb-rest pop against the body of the new ROG Strix Impact II Electro Punk gaming mouse. With Aura Sync-enabled RGB lighting integrated into the logo, scroll wheel, and front, this stunner shines from top to tail.

A new look doesn’t change Strix Impact II’s enduring appeal. Designed with pro gamers in mind, it delivers smooth action for serious play and ergonomics optimized for comfort. Its lightweight, 79g frame features a pivoted button mechanism for precision speed and a tactile feel. Even the mouse’s soft-rubber coated cord minimizes snags and drag.

Every Electro Punk edition Strix G15 laptop comes with a special ROG Sheath desk mat that dials up pinpoint precision for gaming mice. At a whopping 35 inches across and 17 inches deep, the pad provides unrivaled comfort and cushion for ROG peripherals. Tightly woven fabric tops a nonslip back that doesn’t budge. Reinforced stitches along its bright edge limit fraying, while predominantly black fabric across the right-hand side helps minimize scuff marks in the most-trafficked areas.

The Electro Punk collection is made more portable with the bundled ROG Ranger BP1503 backpack. Customized with pink piping, patches, and a saucy slash across the front, this 15-inch laptop backpack is made with a durable, lightweight water-repellent exterior to protect gear from drizzle and everyday splashes. Mesh netting inside lets users organize their cords in tangle-free fashion, while a cushioned compartment keeps a Strix G15 or other gaming laptop cozy.

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Sony Launches FE 24-50mm F2.8 G, a Compact, Large Aperture F2.8 G Lens with High-Performance Optics

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Sony Middle East and Africa has announced the release of its new compact 35mm full-frame compatible α (Alpha) E-mount lens, FE 24-50mm F2.8 G (product name SEL2450G) standard zoom with F2.8 maximum aperture over the entire zoom range. Despite its small and lightweight body, it achieves the high-resolution performance and beautiful bokeh that can be expected from a large aperture G Lens with F2.8. It covers a focal length of 24 mm to 50 mm, allowing you to capture everything from still images such as everyday snapshots, and portraits to video shooting, all in high quality but with a design that will easily fit in the smallest of kit bags.

With the latest optical and mechanical design, the dimensions have been kept compact with a filter diameter of φ67 mm, maximum diameter of 74.8 mm, length of 92.3 mm, and weight of approximately 440 g. Sharp and detailed images at all focal lengths are achieved thanks to the arrangement of four aspherical lenses and two pieces of ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass, so that aberrations such as chromatic aberration, are reduced, achieving high-resolution performance from the centre to the corner. FE 24-50mm F2.8 G uses an 11-blade circular aperture which together with the optimisation of spherical aberration provides the beautiful, soft and smooth bokeh that is characteristic of the G Lens series. It has a minimum shooting distance of 0.19 m (AF) at the wide end and a maximum magnification of 0.30 x (AF) offering high-quality close-up shooting.

The quality is evident through the AF (auto focus) whereby, equipped with two linear motors, it achieves high speed, high precision, high tracking, and quiet focusing. It also supports high-speed continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking of up to 120 frames per second for the full-frame mirrorless camera Alpha 9 III. For those wanting a solid video performance, AF tracking is available for high frame rate 4K 120p or FHD 240p movie recording where critical focus control is required, plus it supports in-body Active Mode image stabilisation for steady shooting while walking. It is also compatible with the focus breathing compensation on camera bodies, allowing for high-quality video expression.

Intuitive manual focus is achieved thanks to the adoption of linear response MF which allows smooth and superior image expression. FE 24-50mm F2.8 G is equipped with user-friendly functions such as a customisable focus hold button, aperture ring, aperture click ON/OFF switch, and focus mode switch, offering high operability and comprehensive control. Plus, for further ease of use, they are designed to be dust and moisture-proof with a fluorine coating which prevents dirt from sticking to the front surface of the lens.

 The new FE 24-50mm F2.8 G will be available in the region from Q2 2024.

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CORSAIR Intros New 75% Keyboard for Enthusiast Gamers

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CORSAIR has launched a standout addition to its lineup of award-winning gaming keyboards: the K65 PLUS WIRELESS. Beautifully built, and loaded with the essentials needed to win, this 75%-layout keyboard maxes out both performance and personality. When you deploy the K65 PLUS WIRELESS, your gaming persona and your keyboard enthusiast side come out to play.

Powerful performance now resides in a cleverly compact 75% profile. The space-saving K65 PLUS WIRELESS optimizes the important desk space needed for your mouse, while including the essential arrow and utility keys that put game controls right where you want them. Pre-lubricated CORSAIR MLX Red linear switches are buttery smooth and register every input with crisp responsiveness. The switches are also hot-swappable, so you can customize the keyboard by subbing in your switches easily – how you play is completely up to you.

The K65 PLUS WIRELESS offers ultra-satisfying typing, with no modding required. Each keystroke is tempered by two layers of integrated sound dampening that hushes internal pings and clacks. The result is precisely tuned acoustics that you – and everyone nearby – will appreciate. The PBT dye-sublimated keycaps’ midnight grey and silver accents complement any desktop; you will want to make K65 PLUS WIRELESS your primary board for daily use.

Connect and play, more adeptly than ever. Make ultra-fast moves over a reliable, low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connection for gaming, or Bluetooth for tablets, mobile, and more, all with secure AES encryption and up to 266 hours on a single charge with RGB off. Toggle from PC to Mac layout by simply flipping a switch, and connect to multiple devices seamlessly with a single keystroke.

For RGB fanatics, the K65 PLUS WIRELESS comes alive with a shiny array of per-key RGB, endlessly customizable with CORSAIR iCUE software. Use the power of iCUE to record macros, remap keys, and sync your keyboard to the rest of your setup’s RGB and iCUE Murals profiles, for a lighting ambience that makes your space a haven for gaming and working.
Equip the infinitely intriguing K65 PLUS WIRELESS keyboard, and match your superior skill with stunning style.

To celebrate the launch of K65 PLUS WIRELESS, CORSAIR is excited to offer an exclusive deal on DROP Holy Panda X tactile switches. For a limited time, when you buy a K65 PLUS WIRELESS keyboard on the CORSAIR webstore, you can get a set of Holy Panda X switches for 50% off from DROP.com. When brought together, this keyboard and key switch combo makes tactile gaming and typing a delightful experience. (Offer only available in North America)

The CORSAIR K65 PLUS WIRELESS gaming keyboard is available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized online retailers and distributors. The K65 PLUS WIRELESS is backed by a two-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

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HONOR Says its Eye-Tracking Features Can Move a Car

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HONOR has introduced an AI-powered eye-tracking feature that can move a car without a driver inside. This experiment, demonstrated by an automotive engineer, uses the eye-tracking feature of the HONOR Magic6 Pro to control a car based on the user’s eye movement.

A video by Autocar, available on YouTube, showcases this innovative technology. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is equipped with four commands that can be activated by eye gaze, allowing the car to start the engine, turn it off, and move forward or backwards. After focusing on a specific button for 2-3 seconds, the corresponding command is activated, and the car responds accordingly.

HONOR says that this demonstration is a testament to the company’s belief that AI can transform the way humans interact with devices in the future. HONOR has announced that its MWC Launch Event will be on February 25th. HONOR will also host an AI Panel with industry partners such as Qualcomm to unveil more discoveries about the future of AI. This event will take place on February 26th at 17:00 (CET) at MWC 2024. Find out more at this link: https://www.hihonor.com/ae-en/events/honor-mwc/

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