ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. Announces Availability of Xonar U5 USB Sound Card and Headphone Amplifier
Jul 18 14
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. has announced the availability of Xonar U5, a compact USB-powered sound card and headphone amplifier featuring true 5.1-channel surround sound, 192kHz/24-bit high-definition audio, microphone and output volume controls. Xonar U5 comes with Sonic Studio, powerful configuration software that allows complete, fine-tuned control of the audio experience via an elegant and intuitive user interface. With its easy plug-and-play setup, Xonar U5 is an ideal solution for laptop gamers looking to experience true 5.1-channel surround sound, and for PC gamers who want an incredible audio performance without the hassle of having to open their PC's case to install a sound card. Sonic Studio is the next-generation sound utility from ASUS that works with Xonar U5 to provide complete control over the PC audio experience. It features a beautiful, intuitive interface that groups a wide range of audio adjustment functions together logically, making Sonic Studio both powerful and easy to use. Unlike typical audio utilities with multi-screen interfaces that make configuration complicated and time-consuming, Sonic Studio has an elegant all-in-one view that puts all the necessary controls on a single screen to make adjustments fast and easy for users. The Sonic Studio interface groups key audio controls together based on function, making features easy to find and configuration error-free. The main audio setting group includes basic settings such as volume and channel selection, as well as audio presets for instant one-click control of the overall sound style. The I/O selection group provides a quick and easy way to select different input and output devices, such as microphones, speakers and headphones. The audio enhancement group features tools for fine-grained audio control, including an equalizer for adjusting the gain of specific frequencies, Bass Boost for deeper, more pronounced bass, Voice Clarity for making speech stand out more prominently in movies and music, and Compressor to adjust audio dynamic range. The tuning group lets headphone listeners enable virtual surround sound and configure the spaciousness of the effect by virtually adjusting speaker placement and reverb. Finally, the mic tuning group contains microphone configuration tools and features the Perfect Voice technology control, which ensures gamers have clear, in-game voice communication by reducing background noise in speech signals by up to 20dB. Xonar U5 has a small footprint for flexible placement, yet packs serious performance into its compact USB-powered design. Unlike most small USB-powered audio devices whose performance is compromised by space and power restrictions, Xonar U5 was carefully engineered to overcome these limitations, and delivers simultaneous true 5.1-channel surround sound and 192kHz/24-bit high-definition audio with a 104dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Xonar U5 includes an integrated high-quality headphone amplifier to provide clear, dynamic and highly-detailed sound for rich and immersive audio experiences. When gaming, effects like the rumble of explosions and sound of footsteps are incredibly realistic and precisely-positioned in the game's environment. In addition to its incredible performance, Xonar U5 features a variety of design details to enhance the gaming experience and add to the user's enjoyment. A dedicated microphone volume control makes it easy to perform instant adjustments in the middle of intense gaming action. The main volume control knob conveniently doubles as an output selector for quickly switching between speakers and headphones with a simple click.
ASUS Announces Availability of PadFone S Featuring 4G LTE Connectivity
Jul 11 14
ASUS announced the availability of PadFone S featuring 4G LTE connectivity, Qi wireless charging, near field communication, or NFC, support and a 13-megapixel PixelMaster camera. PadFone S features a unique two-in-one design comprised of a 5-inch full HD Android 4.4 (KitKat) smartphone that docks into the included PadFone S Station to transform into a 9-inch tablet, giving users the flexibility to choose the optimal screen size for any scenario, such as making phone or video calls, composing email, watching videos or playing games. When docked, apps running on the phone are seamlessly resized to fit the tablet's larger display. Dual front speakers provide rich and immersive sound, and complement the large display to deliver incredible entertainment experiences. PadFone S has a thin and light design with a stunning In-Plane Switching (IPS) 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) display covered with durable, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass with an anti-fingerprint coating, so it is able to stand up to the rigors of daily use. PadFone S meets stringent international operator requirements with its ability to pass numerous drop and water resistance tests. This tough design helps protect PadFone S against falls and dings, accidental spills, and getting caught in the occasional rain shower. PadFone S features support for LTE-Advanced technology, including Carrier Aggregation, to deliver blazingly fast mobile data speeds for an optimal internet experience and stutter-free streaming music and video. The phone shares its data connection with the tablet, so users can enjoy fast internet access in any usage scenario without the need for a separate data plan. PadFone S is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.3GHz processor to provide incredible performance so even the latest, most demanding apps and games run smoothly. Its large battery charges the phone when it is docked, providing up to two-times (2X) longer battery life so users can do the things they love for longer. Qi wireless charging support enables PadFone S to be charged without having to plug in a power cable, making charging easy and convenient, while also reducing desktop clutter by eliminating cords and adapters. PadFone S features a13-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture PixelMaster camera for capturing stunning photographs that rival or surpass those taken by dedicated digital cameras. It has an external image signal processor to provide enhanced noise reduction for smoother, better-looking photos. The camera's Low-light Mode significantly increases camera performance during nighttime and in poorly-lit scenes. By merging adjacent pixels, the camera increases light-sensitivity by up to 400% and contrast up to 200%, resulting in clear and bright low-light shots without the need for a flash. PadFone S comes with ZenUI, the all-new, mobile user interface exclusive to ASUS mobile devices that was developed around the concepts of freedom, expression and connection. Featuring a new visual design made to be efficient and inviting, it contains modern 'flat' icons, vivid color themes, animations, new ringtones and notification sounds, and a clean layout to present information clearly. ASUS ZenUI also includes two features - What's Next and Do It Later - designed to free users from actively having to manage the multitude of information they are confronted with daily, and enable them to be more productive. What's Next puts the information currently most important and useful to the user - such as upcoming appointments, new messages and missed calls from VIP contacts, weather at the next destination, and more - front and center on the lock screen, the home screen and in the notification drawer. Do It Later frees the user to focus on the task at hand, without forgetting about other important things that they need to do later. If a user is in the middle of writing an email and receives a phone call, a simple button tap automatically creates a reminder to call that person back. Users can also save interesting items, like articles, YouTube videos, or any web page, to read later. Each reminder and saved item is collected in the separate Do It Later app and includes a shortcut to perform the related action, such as call a contact or view a web page.
Asustek Computer, Inc. Announces Cash Dividend
Jun 27 14
ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. announced cash dividend of TWD 84,731,053. The ex-dividend is July 10, 2014.