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ASUS launches Windows 8 product range

Microsoft’s new touch-enabled OS powers motley collection of desktop and mobile devices

ASUS launches Windows 8 product range
The ASUS TAICHI is designed to be a convertible Ultrabook, slipping from tablet to laptop.

ASUS today unveiled an extensive billing of Windows 8 products. Notebooks, tablets, all-in-one PCs, and a dual-screen mobile device were treated to a communal unveiling at the Grand Hyatt Dubai in preparation for the November 19 availability of Microsoft's new touch OS in the UAE.

See our gallery of the range here.

ASUS made clear it was targeting the entire user spectrum, from home to office, including family and business collaboration, gaming, multimedia and professional workstations.

"With Windows 8, Asus has taken mobile device families one step closer toward amalgamation," said Leon Yu, regional director, ASUS.

"The distinction between keyboard-based devices and touch-based devices is heading towards extinction. Windows 8 is the bridge that has allowed Asus to blur former device categorisations and spawn a new generation of products that bring touch, the next phase in human-computer interactivity, to a wide range of traditionally keyboard-based enterprise, creativity and entertainment applications.

"The arrival of Windows 8 with touch, Asus' push towards cloud computing and our use of innovative product design, all combine in our new line up to bring technology to users that is exciting and intuitive. Users can now access their content anywhere, in a much more personalised way. These products are the result of our endless search for the incredible and persistence at bringing the richest digital experience to users."


ASUS TAICHI

ASUS claims a unique design concept with the TAICHI, a fusion of notebook and tablet. It is an ultra-slim, ultra-stylish notebook that features a dual-screen design with 1080p IPS displays. In standard mode, the TAICHI is designed to be a convertible Ultrabook, bringing all the expected productivity of that category. In tablet mode, ASUS claims the device is "a lightweight powerhouse featuring intuitive multi-touch capabilities optimised for Windows 8".

In dual screen mode, both screens (one on what would normally be thought of as the laptop's "lid", which appears to be a shiny black until the screen comes to life) can also be used simultaneously or independently.

See our gallery of the range here.



ASUS Transformer Book

The ASUS Transformer Book is, ASUS claims, "the world's first detachable notebook to combine the best features of a notebook and tablet". For enterprise use, the Transformer Book is designed for power with high-capacity storage and connectivity options. For casual users or those on the go, the high-definition display detaches from the keyboard dock and the Transformer Book, according to ASUS, "instantly becomes the thinnest and most powerful Intel Core i7 based multi-touch Windows 8 tablet available today".

Smart Battery technology is designed for maximum battery life in both modes.

See our gallery of the range here.


ASUS ZENBOOK series

The company is moving its ZENBOOK to the Windows 8 platform and expanding the line with the lightweight series ranging in sizes from 11.6-inch to 15.6-inch powered by Intel's i3, i5 and i7 series processors. The ZENBOOK series covers the Ultrabook category, featuring a wide range of specifications and screen sizes a number of mobile needs. The range features a thin profile, high-definition displays, quad-core processors and solid-state storage options. The ZENBOOK Touch includes multi-touch capabilities for the Windows 8 user experience.


ASUS VivoBook series

ASUS VivoBook S200 and S400 ultra-portables are designed to combine portability, durability and affordability to capture mainstream users. With specifications that include third-generation Intel Core processors for multi-tasking performance, VivoBooks are available with an 11.6-inch or 14-inch high-definition screen and feature a large multi-touch touchpad, SonicMaster audio, and a choice of hard drive and hybrid storage.


ASUS VivoTab series

Featuring slim and lightweight designs with optional docking stations, ASUS VivoTab offers a balance of portability and productivity. The VivoTab has an 11.6-inch, Super IPS+ screen designed for brilliant images indoors or out. Geared heavily towards the professional user market, it includes a Wacom stylus for high-precision input for business, graphics and productivity applications.


ASUS All-in-One PC ET2300

Designed for productivity and home entertainment when using Microsoft Windows 8, the ASUS All-in-One PC ET2300 is an all-in-one desktop PC with a multi-touch 23-inch high-definition IPS display. The ET2300 has a double-hinge design that allows it to be used both as a traditional desktop with an upright display and as a digital canvas that folds flat.

According to ASUS, the ET2300 is the first All-in-One PC with a built-in array speaker and subwoofer design which are designed for acoustic fidelity for music, movies and games.

In addition, Intel Thunderbolt, Intel Wireless Display (WiDi), and USB 3.0 are said to provide flexible and future-proof connectivity. HDMI input turns the ET2300 into an HD display for game consoles, notebooks, tablets and Blu-ray players.

See our gallery of the range here.

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