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ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Zephyrus Duo 15

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, which integrates two displays in an ultraslim form factor to bring a new dimension of versatility to premium gaming laptops, without sacrificing any of the high-powered performance that defines ROG. Empowering gamers who also create with flexible designs that streamline their work is a passion at ROG.

Multi-monitor arrangements enable gamers, creators, and power users to work more effectively on their desktops. Laptop users are also commonly seen using their phones as a second screen. To make that level of productivity portable, the Zephyrus Duo 15 doubles down on displays with an elegant Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) Plus design that makes the full-width ROG ScreenPad Plus touchscreen an integral part of the cooling system. As the AAS Plus system tilts the laptop up, the second display also rises for comfortable viewing, while revealing a large air intake for deep airflow. The sophisticated cooling design gives Zephyrus Duo 15 ample thermal headroom to fit powerful flagship processors in a groundbreaking multi-screen gaming laptop.

Adding another display is no simple endeavor for ultraslim gaming laptops, where every millimeter matters. The screen must be large enough to show useful information yet close enough to be within easy reach. As the laptop is opened, ROG ScreenPad Plus tilts up at a 13° angle for comfortable viewing and touchscreen interaction. This fluid motion is carefully choreographed by a custom hinge that staggers the rise of the displays to prevent damage. To prevent the screens making contact as the lid opens, the hinge incorporates curved sliders that delay the deployment of the secondary display.

The 14.1-inch panel in ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is the largest second display ever put in a production gaming laptop. The IPS panel stretches wide viewing angles across the full width of the body, and its 3840 x 1100 resolution boasts a high pixel density that delivers rich details, crisp text, and flowing lines at a smooth 60 Hz refresh rate. Having more screen space enhances a wide range of scenarios. ScreenPad Plus can be used to turn the primary display into a more immersive medium for gaming, streaming, and content creation. Users can get a more expansive view of their game, movie, or other media, while using the secondary screen to keep an eye on emails, social media, and more.

ROG is working with game developers such as Techland to optimize AAA games like Dying Light 2, which artfully moves co-op chats to ScreenPad Plus for easy viewing, and adds touchscreen controls for easy switching between inventory items and quests. A collaboration with Overwolf also allows gamers to download apps for games like League of Legends, Fortnite, and CS:GO to see real-time stats, build recommendations, and more — all to amplify the advantages that the multi-screen design offers.

Avid creators can use ScreenPad Plus to keep toolbars, timelines, and reference materials in sight with a more clutter-free workspace on the main screen. The touchscreen also supports the ASUS Pen active stylus that makes scribbling and sketching seamless. Companion functions optimized for ScreenPad Plus also speed up day-to-day work and play. The Task Group feature lets users take snapshots of app arrangements across both screens, and then open those apps instantly with a tap of its associated icon. ROG Armoury Crate has a built-in resource monitor that allows users to track vital stats like CPU and GPU frequencies at a glance. And streamers can run their broadcasts more easily with an interface optimized for the secondary screen thanks to Xsplit Gamecaster.

For maximum efficiency in a compact form factor, the ROG ScreenPad Plus secondary display also doubles as a crucial component of the overall cooling system. Modern processors only achieve their full potential under optimal thermal conditions allow, which is particularly challenging in slender systems. The original ROG Zephyrus revolutionized ultraslim laptop cooling with an innovative Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) that opens a large intake vent as the lid is lifted. Different implementations of this design improve airflow by opening 7~10 mm vents that extend across the bottom of the laptop, but the Zephyrus Duo provides an opportunity to take things in another direction.

With AAS Plus, tilting the touchscreen at an angle opens a larger 28.5 mm air intake, and allows the fans to draw in cooler air from above the laptop instead of warmer air from beneath it. This massive air intake increases airflow by up to 30% over previous AAS implementations, improving performance and putting less strain on the internal cooling system. Decreased need for heat dissipation means that noise levels can be kept below 46 dB(A) in Turbo mode, and 43 dB(A) in Performance mode.

Displays determine how virtual worlds are experienced. There is no substitute for a good one, which is why ROG works closely with panel partners to ensure that each device can be configured in ways that fit every need. For Zephyrus Duo 15, users can choose between an ultrafast 300 Hz / 3 ms gaming panel or a high-resolution 4K UHD display. Esports enthusiasts can gain a serious competitive advantage at 300 Hz. The ultra-high refresh rate surpasses the standard for tournaments and makes fast-paced encounters feel incredibly smooth. The 3 ms response time keeps the picture crisp and blur-free for precise target tracking.

For those who prefer high-resolution experiences, the 4K UHD display offers incredible visuals at the highest fidelity detail. Both of these displays are factory calibrated and PANTONE Validated to guarantee colour accuracy, but this particular panel also covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color space. The wide gamut and accurate colors let gamers who are also creators produce work at a professional level. Both primary display options also use NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to enable a uniquely engaging experience. Game performance tends to vary with the intensity of the scene, but traditional displays refresh the on-screen image at a constant clip.

This disparity can cause visual tearing artifacts that disrupt immersion. G-SYNC synchronizes the refresh rate with the frame rate to eliminate tearing, minimize stuttering, and reduce input lag. A GPU switch exclusive to ROG lets users toggle between G-SYNC and Optimus modes depending on whether they want smoother gaming or longer battery life, reinforcing this laptop’s innate duality.

A top-tier display requires a top-tier GPU to keep up. The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER makes everything fast and fluid. Thanks to advanced cooling and ROG Boost, the GPU can hit peak clock speeds as high as 1330 MHz in Turbo mode. The revolutionary Turing architecture behind the GeForce RTX series enables incredible visual realism. Lifelike lighting, shadows, and reflections render with speed across upgraded CUDA cores for programmable shading, RT cores for real-time ray tracing, and Tensor cores for AI processing. These versatile cores can also accelerate workloads like image processing, 3D modeling, and deep learning.

Up to an 8-core 10th Generation Intel Core i9 CPU hits speeds as high as 5.3 GHz on a single core, and can engage up to 16 parallel threads with Hyper-Threading technology to power through heavy duty tasks. With up to 48 GB of combined onboard and SO-DIMM memory, Zephyrus Duo 15 is ready for multitasking mastery across multiple displays. Its DDR4-3200 RAM outpaces the old 2666 MHz standard, improving system speed and responsiveness.
Two nimble NVM Express PCIe x4 SSDs run in RAID 0 to provide plenty of high-speed storage.

The dual-drive array makes the whole system feel more responsive, with lightning load times and quick access to data. With up to 2 TB of capacity, gamers and creators can take their entire game library and professional portfolio wherever they go. Beyond the hardware inside, USB Type-C (USB-C) with Thunderbolt 3 offers versatile connectivity for a wide range of powerful accompaniments. Gamers can hook up to high-speed storage for ultrafast multimedia editing and transfers, speed up gaming and rendering by plugging into external graphics, daisy-chain multiple monitors to augment the integrated displays, or connect to a fully equipped desktop dock with the simplicity of a single cable.

With peak theoretical interface bandwidth of up to 40 Gbps – 4X the speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard – Thunderbolt 3 can balance multiple performance-hungry devices and drive external displays up to 8K resolution. To carve out even greater cooling headroom, the CPU of Zephyrus Duo 15 is coated with Thermal Grizzly’s liquid metal compound instead of standard thermal paste. Applying the exotic material is delicate work typically done by hand. That’s not viable for mass production, so ROG commissioned custom equipment to automate the process with mechanical precision, and also designed a special internal fence to prevent the liquid from leaking, over time.

After honing the approach with the ROG Mothership, it is being rolled out across the entire lineup of laptops with 10th Generation Intel Core processors. Improving heat transfer between the CPU and cooling module provides thermal margin that can be used to lower temperatures, reduce noise, or increase performance. The cooling module strategically snakes five heat pipes to draw degrees from the CPU, GPU, and surrounding power circuitry.

Each of the four heatsinks is filled with ultrathin fins that maximize surface area for heat dissipation while decreasing resistance to airflow. Dual n-Blade fans circulate air with superslim blades made of a special liquid-crystal polymer that’s strong enough to withstand high spin speeds. Thinner blades leave room to fit 83 per fan, increasing airflow by up to 17% compared to traditional designs. A mesh cover guards the fans against anything that pokes into the AAS vent.

Cooling requirements change based on the task, so Zephyrus Duo 15 has multiple modes tuned for different needs. Silent mode sacrifices a touch of speed to keep acoustics low, which is ideal for everyday tasks. Performance mode offers the horsepower needed for high gaming frame rates without too much noise. Turbo mode dials the CPU up to full power and reaches higher speeds with a louder fan profile.

Users can switch between operating modes on demand with a handy keyboard shortcut or automatically with Scenario Profiles. Available through the ROG Armoury Crate utility, Scenario Profiles lets users link individual games and programs to specific operating modes, lighting effects, and other settings. They’re triggered by the foreground application and allow seamless switching that adapts to the active task.

The heat from powerful internal components can sometimes make laptop keyboards uncomfortable to use, particularly during marathon gaming sessions and with sustained heavy workloads. To keep hands away from the warmest parts of the machine and create more space for ScreenPad Plus, the keyboard is shifted forward. The design lets wrists sit on the table, like with a desktop keyboard, and there’s a detachable palm rest to improve user comfort.

A handful of keyboard enhancements upgrade the input area below the touchscreen. The separated groups of function keys are easier to intuitively identify. Dedicated hotkeys put volume and microphone mute within easy reach. ROG Overstroke technology lifts the actuation point of the underlying switches for a more responsive experience. And multi-key inputs are more accurate thanks to n-key rollover that registers every press precisely.

The touchpad tucked neatly to the right of the keys lights up a digital numeric keypad with the press of a button. Per-key RGB is great for highlighting critical commands and time-saving shortcuts. It can be used to streamline workflows or just coordinate RGB lighting across an ecosystem of Aura Sync peripheral devices.


The Zephyrus Duo 15 squeezes power and premium features into an impressively slim body that’s just 20.9 mm thin and weighs only 2.4 kg. The sleek magnesium-aluminide chassis is resilient, with clean lines, all-metal construction, and an anodized finish that imparts a professional feel. It’s easier to stay productive anywhere with Zephyrus Duo’s high-capacity 90 Wh battery. The laptop can also charge via USB Power Delivery, so users can take care of lighter work with a 65 W USB-C adapter that’s much smaller than the standard unit required for full performance. If the battery runs low and there’s no free socket available, users can buy time by charging from a compatible USB power pack.

Comprehensive connectivity lets this gaming laptop power a full battlestation or workstation. The USB 3.2 Gen 2 port with Thunderbolt 3 supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4, and can be used to connect a G-SYNC desktop monitor. There’s also an HDMI 2.0b output capable of driving a 60 Hz signal for 4K UHD monitors and TVs. Three Type-A USB ports accommodate additional peripherals, including a mouse, gamepad, and VR tracking.

Wireless networking is essential for everyday productivity, so Zephyrus Duo 15 features superfast WiFi 6 (802.11ax). When paired with a compatible router, WiFi 6 boosts peak interface bandwidth up to 2.4 Gbps, and improves efficiency for busy networks. It also reduces latency, meaning less lag for sensitive activities like online gaming, and expands upstream capacity, which provides more bandwidth for livestreaming. The Gigabit Ethernet jack at the back offers the lowest possible latency for serious multiplayer matches.

Two audio jacks make it easier to connect a standalone microphone and headset for streaming or voice chat, and a premium ESS Sabre DAC elevates the experience for gamers with high-end headphones. The hi-fi DAC reduces noise and distortion, enabling clearer audio with wider dynamic range. Combined with virtual 7.1-channel surround sound, spatial immersion in games and virtual reality is deeper. Hi-Res Audio certification guarantees fidelity for full-quality audio and other media, providing rich and detailed sound. Onboard speakers deliver reliable and engaging audio with minimal distortion. Smart amplifier technology keeps the speakers within thermal and excursion limits, so the volume can be turned up higher without damaging the cones.

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HONOR Pad 8 is Now Available in the UAE

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HONOR has announced the official availability of the all-new HONOR Pad 8 in the UAE market following record-breaking preorders. The all-new HONOR Pad 8 delivers unrivalled entertainment experience in a sleek and compact design. Boasting an impressive 12-inch 2K HONOR FullView display, 8 Speakers with DTS: X ULTRA, and Multi-Screen Collaboration, the HONOR Pad 8 pushes industry benchmarks to help users stay entertained to the maximum.

“HONOR innovates and provides state-of-the-art products based on an in-depth understanding of local customer needs and consumer behavior, ensuring that each market receives the best-fit model,” said Zac Li, GCC Country Manager of HONOR Device Co, Ltd “We’re thrilled that HONOR Pad 8 has been getting lots of attention in the last few days and the preorder sales hit a new record in the UAE market. We will continue to bring more exciting products to the UAE market to ensure users benefit from industry-leading devices that deliver a premium experience.”

HONOR products are positioned differently to suit different customers. HONOR Pad 8 is designed to deliver a truly immersive entertainment experience with a big display, alongside powerful speakers, perfect for those who need to fulfill their entertainment needs. Additionally, the HONOR Pad 8 comes with the latest HONOR Magic UI 6.1 based on Android 12, offering a range of enhanced, customized features to provide a smart experience to users like Multi-Screen Collaboration, HONOR Share, APP Extender and Multi-Window Viewing.

Inspired by the sky at dawn, the HONOR Pad 8 is available now in classic Blue Hour in UAE markets via HONOR Online Store and Sharaf DG at an affordable price of AED 1199 with free gifts worth AED 248 including HONOR Flip Cover and HONOR CHOICE X2.

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Logitech Launches its Aurora Collection in the Gulf Region

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Logitech G introduced the Aurora Collection in the Gulf region, a new collection featuring the G735 Wireless Gaming HeadsetG715 Wireless Gaming KeyboardG713 Gaming KeyboardG705 Wireless Gaming Mouse. The new collection was designed while addressing the needs and wants of women gamers and appealing to all gamers who are looking for a  playful design and curated experience.

The Aurora Collection has a distinctive aesthetic and design language. It also includes Logitech G’s advanced gaming-grade technologies like LIGHTSPEED high-performance wireless technology and Blue VO!CE microphone technology. The result is a collection of gear that invites all gamers to come as they are while delivering the advanced feature set all gamers expect.

The Aurora Collection was conceptualized based on the feedback from women gamers across the community and brought to life by a team of predominantly women innovation, design, engineering, and marketing leaders at Logitech. The collection was created to meet the gaming desires and needs of an underrepresented segment of gamers and reimagine the future of gaming where representation is firmly present.

The Aurora Collection consists of:

  • G735 Wireless Gaming Headset – Featuring a White Mist finish, ethereal RGB lighting, and on-ear dual-audio mixing, the G735 is a versatile option for any player. G735 is the first Logitech G headset with the feature to modulate a player’s voice.  Players can enjoy long gaming sessions with 56+ hr battery life (without lighting), and experience wireless freedom through Logitech G’s award-winning LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, and Bluetooth.
  • G715 and G713 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards – The G715 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and G713 Gaming Keyboard deliver low-key vibes with high-key performance so players can express themselves and play their way. A compact, tenkeyless layout, and adjustable height ensure comfort all day long. Pack it up and place it anywhere with a rechargeable battery that delivers 25 hours of non-stop gaming, and LIGHTSPEED wireless or Bluetooth connectivity. Both keyboards come with an included Cloud-Soft palm rest for all-day comfort.
  • G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse –G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse is purpose-built for smaller hands with compact contoured fit, and advanced gaming technology. At just 85 grams, G705 is designed for long-lasting, lightweight comfort and performance. With a gaming-grade sensor, ultra-responsive LIGHTSPEED wireless, Bluetooth connectivity, and an easy-reach DPI-cycling button, gamers can play their best.
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What Makes the TCL C735 Better Than TCL’s 2021 Gaming TV?

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TCL makes some of the most beautiful 4K TVs you can buy right now in the market. In recent years, its line of QLED TVs offer a wide range of features that focus on gaming-related technologies such as better contrast ratio, brighter backlighting, and higher refresh rates. Here then is a quick breakdown of the differences between the TCL’s 2021 model C728 and the company’s latest C735 QLED 4K Google TV.

Design and Build Quality
The design of the TCL C735 has been refined when compared with its predecessor, the TCL C728. The 2022 edition now comes with a brand new stand design that is very easy to install and the overall setup looks neat and clean to adapt to any decor. The material used to construct both the televisions is metal, highlighting an almost bezel-less design and a 94.68% screen-to-body ratio, compared to the 94.21% screen-to-body ratio on the 2021 TCL C728.

Display Size and Specs
The TCL C735 is available in various display sizes such as 98-inches, 75-inches, 65-inches, and 55-inches. The 2021 model – the TCL C728 – is available in 75-inches, 65-inches, and 55-inches variants. With the 2022 lineup, you now have an option to go as large as 98-inches, and as they say, bigger is always better, when it comes to displays!

Both TVs offer a resolution of 3840-by-2160, an aspect ratio of 16:9, and a pixel density of 80-PPI. What has changed is the refresh rate. The 2022 model, TCL C735 offers a Variable Refresh Rate of 144HZ, which is usually associated with gaming displays.

Compare this to a mere 120Hz on the 2021 model, the TCL C728. With a higher and variable refresh rate, you get the benefit of going from 48Hz to as high as 144Hz when the on-screen content is demanding. This, in turn, offers faster responsiveness, sharper imagery, and smoother gameplay.

In terms of HDR and related tech, both the 2022 TCL C735 and the 2021 TCL C728 offer HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), and Dolby Vision IQ. With Dolby Vision IQ, C735 enhances the demonstration of Dolby’s exclusive content by displaying a greater number of colours, increasing contrast, and boosting brightness levels.

The availability of HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision IQ, makes the C735 one of the fewest models in the market right now, that take advantage of both technologies to deliver an immersive viewing experience.

Adding to the cinema experience, the C735 also supports Dolby Atmos, which places sounds within multi-dimensional space and puts you in the middle of your f sport, TV, movie, or video game. The immersive audio experience can be found in the form of two 10W speakers in the lower right corner of the bezels.

User Interface
One of the enhancements implemented in the 2022 TCL C735 is the inclusion of Google TV which powers the overall on-screen experience in a fluid and intuitive manner. Compare this to the Android TV UI + TCL TV UI on the 2021 TCL C728. With Google TV, you get to use the Google ecosystem of apps through its Play Store, thus allowing you to install all your favourite apps onto the TV.

Apps include streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney+, OSN, Zee5,… you name it. The TCL C735 also comes with TCL Game Master, which takes your gaming experience to a whole new level by unlocking advanced display and audio technology and smoother streaming capability.

In addition, the TCL Game Bar on the TCL C735 offers real-time display statistics, aiming aid, toolbox functions, and the quick setting dashboard for an ultimate gaming experience. This means, you can see the gaming parameters such as frame rate, HDR, and so on during the game, and quickly set the related parameters.

Price
The TCL C735 QLED 4K Google TV is a great television if you are on the market for a QLED TV for both entertainment and gaming. The 75’’ variant is now available at a price point of AED 6299 and the 98’’ variant from the XL collection at a price of AED 19999.

It offers stunning visual performance and good integration of electronics to offer more value for your money. The TCL C735 QLED 4K Google TV thus comes across as highly recommended.

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