The ASUS Media Lounge at 2016 International CES in Las Vegas has almost everything you need for computer gaming, internet connectivity, entertainment, storage and more.
Featured products include MB169C+, the first 15.6-inch portable companion monitor that uses a single USB Type-C connection for both power and video transmission; Designo MX Series, a 34-inch, ultra-wide QHD monitor with a 2000R curvature; Designo MX27UQ, a 27-inch 4K UHD IPS monitor; and the ZenBeam Series of palm-sized, portable LED projectors designed for mobile devices.
Additional products on display include the VivoMini VC65 Series, VivoMini UN65H and VivoMini VM65N mini PCs, VivoStick PC TS10 stick PC, Chromebit CS10 Chrome OS device, TUF Sabertooth Z170 S motherboard, ASUS Router mobile app, CM-32_AC2600 all-in-one cable modem router, USB AC68 Wi-Fi adapter, XG-D2008 10-Gigabit network switch, and RP-AC68U Wi-Fi repeater.
Let's see some more info about each of these devices.
MB169C+ portable USB monitor
ASUS MB169C+ is the first 15.6-inch portable companion monitor that uses a single USB Type-C connection for both power and video transmission from the host device. It weighs just 800g and features an ultra-slim 8.5mm profile. MB169C+ has a Full HD IPS panel that delivers 1920 x 1080 resolution visuals as well as wide viewing angles for minimal color shift even when viewed from extreme positions.
Designo MX Series 34-inch curved monitor
The newest generation ASUS Designo MX Series includes a 34-inch, ultra-wide QHD (3440 x 1440) IPS monitor with a 2000R curvature and a 21:9 aspect ratio . It has a frameless design and also features ASUS SonicMaster audio incorporating ICEpower, Bang and Olufsen technology, and dual 8-watt speakers. The base of the monitor serves as a wireless charging pad for Qi-enabled mobile devices.
Designo MX27UQ 4K UHD monitor
ASUS Designo MX27UQ is a 27-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS monitor with 100% sRGB wide color gamut. Built with attention to detail, Designo MX27UQ features metal craftsmanship, a sturdy stand, and an Icicle Gold finish.
ASUS SonicMaster audio incorporating ICEpower, Bang and Olufsen technology, refines every acoustic detail, and 3-watt stereo speakers with Bluetooth wireless technology lets users enjoy high-quality music streams.
ASUS ZenBeam palm-sized USB projector for Android mobile devices
ZenBeam E1Z and ZenBeam E1 are palm-sized, portable LED projectors designed for mobile devices.
ZenBeam E1Z is a palm-sized Android and Windows-compatible USB projector, and is designed to work with ASUS ZenFone and ASUS ZenPad. ZenBeam E1 has HDMI/MHL output for compatibility with a wide range of devices.
ZenBeam Series projectors feature bright, 150-lumen output, DLP technology, and WVGA (854 x 480) 22 to 80-inch (0.73–2.58m) projections. Each ZenBeam Series projector has a built-in rechargeable battery that lets users conduct presentations without having to plug in to a power source, and doubles as a 6000mAh power bank to charge mobile devices.
VivoMini PC Series
With the expansion of ASUS desktop product lines, VivoMini is the new name for ASUS sub-2-liter compact consumer PCs.
VivoMini VC65 Series
The ASUS VivoMini VC65 Series are very smallmini PCs, with support for up to four storage devices and RAID functionality making them suited as NAS devices or mini server systems. The modular design of these PCs accepts a total of four modules, so they can be configured with two additional storage drives, an additional optical disc drive, or a combination of both.
Powered by desktop-grade 6th generation Intel Core processors, VC65 Series PCs can easily handle a wide range of computing tasks. VC65 Series PCs have a space-saving design with an embedded power adapter, and can be placed horizontally or vertically.
ASUS VivoMini UN65H is a mini PC designed to deliver fully functional computing for the home or office in an ultra-compact form factor that weighs less than 700g.
Powered by the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors, VivoMini UN65H gives users a combination of performance and energy efficiency.
VivoMini UN65H features rounded edges and the spun-metal-effect finish with its Zen-inspired concentric circles.
VivoMini UN65H features a dual-storage-bay design, which users can configure with up to a 1TB 2.5-inch hard disk, up to a 256GB M.2 solid state drive (SSD), or a combination of both. Native M.2 support with PCI Express SSD enables fast data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps. VivoMini UN65H also comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, an extensive array of connectivity options, and USB Battery Charging Specification 1.2 (BC 1.2) on its side USB ports for 2X-faster device charging.
ASUS VivoMini VM65N is a mini PC powered by the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors. It features Vivo DualBay, a dual-storage design that can accommodate up to two 2.5-inch hard disk drives or a single 3.5 inch HDD for added storage flexibility. Discrete NVIDIA graphics deliver 4K or 2K visuals, and DDR4 memory provides better performance with lower power consumption. U
SB 3.1 ports provide fast data transfers of up to 10Gbps and Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi delivers fast networking speeds.
VivoMini VM65N also has built-in speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology.
VivoStick PC TS10
ASUS VivoStick PC TS10 is a slim fountain-pen-inspired stick PC that turns any HDMI-enabled TV or monitor into a fully-functional computer.
It is powered by the latest-generation Intel Cherry Trail Atom processors and features Windows 10. Networking and connectivity options, including fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB ports, an audio output jack, provide added flexibility, and built-in Miracast support lets users turn their TV into a home entertainment PC where they can share and play content from anywhere.
A Remote Control app is also available, letting users sit back and control video and music playback from the comfort of their sofa.
The candy-bar-sized ASUS Chromebit CS10 is the world’s smallest Chrome device, which turns any HDMI-compatible TV or monitor into a Chrome OS desktop. It has a sleek design that is just 12cm long and is available in Cacao Black and vibrant Tangerine Orange colors. The Chromebit CS10 also works as a cost-effective and highly-scalable solution for signage, kiosks, and other business applications.
TUF Sabertooth Z170 S
TUF Sabertooth Z170 S is an ATX motherboard that delivers durability for sustained 24/7 usage. It features a unique design with a digital arctic camouflage color theme, comprised of a white PCB with military-inspired digital pattern stenciling and bright-white LED indicators.
TUF Sabertooth Z170 S combines the TUF ICe, TUF Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2 thermal-management technologies to ensure efficient cooling. TUF ICe is a dedicated onboard processor that monitors onboard temperature sensors and fan speeds for precise cooling. TUF Thermal Radar 2 lets users monitor graphics-card temperatures and other key components in real time, as well as manually or automatically adjust cooling automatically with one click. TUF Detective 2 is a companion app that enables users to control the fan and monitor system information wirelessly, monitor key parameters, and detect and diagnose errors using a cable connection.
TUF Sabertooth Z170 S is engineered with military-grade TUF Components. TUF ESD Guards 2 fend off electrostatic discharge and TUF LANGuard provides networking protection.
TUF Sabertooth Z170 S even comes with a five-year warranty.
CM-32_AC2600 cable modem router
ASUS CM-32_AC2600 is an all-in-one cable modem router that provides users an easy-to-install upgrade to their existing cable-based home network, while providing savings on monthly cable modem rental fees from their internet service provider (ISP). CM-32_AC2600 features a four-transmit, four-receive (4x4) antenna configuration to provide concurrent speeds of up to 2534Mbps. With 32 downstream and 8 upstream channels, ASUS CM-32_AC2600 delivers future-proof performance as ISPs roll out faster network speeds.
USB-AC68 Wi-Fi adapter
ASUS USB-AC68 is a pocket-sized Wi-Fi USB adapter that provides notebooks or desktops an instant upgrade to fast dual-band 802.11ac speeds of up to 1900Mbps. It features a three-transmit, four-receive (3x4) MIMO design with two external movable antennas and ASUS AiRadar beamforming technology for greater signal coverage. Additionally, the adapter's USB 3.0 interface delivers up to 10X-faster data transfer speeds, eliminating potential performance bottlenecks. ASUS USB-AC68 includes a desktop cradle with an extension cord for flexible positioning of the adapter to achieve the very best performance, even in areas with troublesome Wi-Fi reception.
XG-D2008 10-Gigabit switch
ASUS XG-D2008 is the first 10-Gigabit (10G) network switch with enterprise-level performance and consumer-friendly pricing designed for gaming, home office, and small business use. XG-D2008 features plug-and-play installation, 10G RJ-45 ports for full compatibility with new and existing network devices, and enhanced bandwidth suitable for LAN gaming.
RP-AC68U Wi-Fi repeater
ASUS RP-AC68U is an 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi repeater that delivers networking speeds of up to 1900Mbps. RP-AC68U is incredibly easy to use with features such as the one-press WPS button for quick and secure setup, and a smart LED signal indicator that helps users find the best location for optimum Wi-Fi performance. A built-in USB 3.0 port provides fast data transfers to connected storage devices, which can even be accessed over the internet with ASUS AiCloud.
Chromebook C202: The classroom-rugged Chromebook
ASUS Education delivers a broad range of products and the ASUS Chromebook C202 is the latest addition to its portfolio.
Chromebook C202 is a lightweight, ruggedized Chrome OS computer that is designed from the ground up for educational use. It features a tough wraparound rubber bumper with reinforced corners, a spill-resistant keyboard, a scratch-resistant finish and shock-proof solid-state storage.
The Chromebook C202 features a modular design that allows easy removal or repair of key components such as the keyboard, power socket and battery. Full dismantling of the device is possible in a few easy steps using only simple tools.
Ergonomics are ensured by the use of an anti-glare display that reduces distracting reflections, and a robust spill-resistant keyboard designed for easy student use. A long 10-hour battery life allows full-school-day operation on a single charge.
Gaming motherboards, displays, desktops, laptops, and peripherals
Making their debut at CES are three brand-new Asus gaming motherboards with Aura RGB lighting for more flexible color and customization options - ROG Maximus VIII Formula, ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura, and B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura. ROG Maximus VIII Formula is a Z170 Express chipset-based ATX gaming motherboard with exclusive CrossChill EK cooling. ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura is the world’s first AMD 970+SB950 chipset-based ATX gaming motherboard with official NVIDIA SLI certification. ASUS B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura is an Intel-based mini-ITX motherboard that features Aura lighting with ASUS exclusive gaming-grade audio and networking.
Also displayed for the first time are the MG 4K Series gaming monitors, the ROG GT51 gaming desktop, and the ROG XG Station 2. The 28- and 24-inch MG 4K gaming monitors feature 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution visuals, a 1ms response time to eliminate motion blur (MG28UQ), an IPS panel to deliver vibrant colors (MG24UQ), and VESA Adaptive-Sync support for smooth gameplay.
ROG GT51 is powered by the 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700K processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X (2-way SLI) for 4K-resolution gaming on three displays.
ROG XG2 external graphics docking station has a proprietary circuit design that lets notebooks harness the power of desktop graphics cards for a boost in visual performance, and it is compatible with ASUS GeForce and Radeon graphics cards.
Other products on display in the ASUS Media Lounge are the ROG Swift PG348Q display, ROG G752 and GX700 gaming laptops, ROG Claymore mechanical gaming keyboard, and the soon-to-be-released ROG Spatha wireless/wired gaming mouse.
ROG Maximus VIII Formula motherboard
ROG Maximus VIII Formula is a Z170 Express chipset-based ATX gaming motherboard with a cooling design that features the exclusive CrossChill EK. ROG teamed up with EK Water Blocks to develop this extreme-performance cooling block that has a high-conductivity copper channel for very quiet and cool air or liquid-cooled custom builds. During internal product tests with a liquid cooling system, CrossChill EK reduced MOSFET temperatures by up to 23°C.
Maximus VIII Formula features the new Aura LED illumination and laser-engraved durable ROG Armor. The customizable Aura LED effects and built-in RGB-header let users create PC builds with their own feel via the external LED strips and preset breathing, color-strobe, or color-cycling modes. They even have the option of using colors to indicate CPU temperature or pulsate in time to the beat of their favorite music.
Maximus VIII Formula has the very latest Intel Gigabit Ethernet, along with LANGuard to optimize network traffic. 5-Way Optimization lets users maximize CPU performance for gaming, entertainment, or productivity with a single click. SupremeFX 2015 brings together the best gaming-audio inputs and outputs, special shielded designs, and a collection of hardware to ensure clear in-game audio.
ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard
The AMD 970+SB950 chipset-based ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard is the first AMD 970 motherboard that has been officially certified by NVIDIA to offer SLI support, and features Aura RGB LEDs. It features gaming-grade SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II audio, as well as Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies. ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura also features a dedicated onboard water-pump header, and is future-proof with NVM Express (NVMe) M.2 and two USB 3.1 ports.
ASUS B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura motherboard
ASUS B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura is a mini ITX motherboard that features Aura LED illumination. With five additional controllers and special firmware, ASUS B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi-/Aura lets gamers customize the frequency and direction of the lighting effects via the Aura utility. This allows more advanced lighting options in addition to the existing standard static, breathing, strobing, color-cycle, music, and CPU temperature effects.
ASUS B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura also has SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II audio, along with Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.
A built-in M.2 socket provides access to the latest high-speed solid-state drives (SSDs). Multi-user MIMO and 802.11ac Wi-Fi with an external 2x2 dual-band 2.5/5GHz antenna give gamers the fastest wireless connections for online gaming. In addition, a dedicated onboard water-pump header ensures water-cooling efficiency.
ASUS MG 4K Series monitors
The ASUS MG Series now features a 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution panel in both its 28- and 24-inch models.
The 28-inch MG28UQ has a rapid 1ms response time, while the 24-inch MG24UQ has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and color accuracy.
MG Series features VESA Adaptive-Sync support for smooth gameplay with no tearing.
Both monitors feature ASUS GamePlus in-game enhancements, ASUS GameVisual technology and ASUS Ultra-Low Blue Light filter technology for comfortable viewing.
ROG GT51 gaming desktop
ROG GT51 is powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700K processor and supports up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X (2-way SLI) for the performance to run games across three 4K monitors. ROG Turbo Gear lets users maximize GT51’s full overclocking potential with just one click, while the ASUS-exclusive Aegis II application helps monitor system parameters.
In addition, a USB 3.1 Type-C port on its front panel provides data transmission speeds of up to 10Gbps and is able to quick-charge mobile devices. GT51 features the exclusive ROG Band to let users activate Shadow Drive — a hidden hard drive space — or overclock GT51 as well.
GT51 has an internal cooling system with a dedicated air tunnel that takes advantage of natural convection to ensure efficient heat management during marathon gaming sessions.
It has an aggressively designed ATX chassis with an Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper finish, a transparent side window, and customizable lighting effects that showcase up to 8 million colors.
ROG XG2 external graphics docking station
ROG XG2 is an external graphics card docking station specially designed for ASUS laptops and is compatible with ASUS GeForce and Radeon graphics cards. It has a proprietary circuit design that lets notebooks harness the power of desktop graphics cards for a significant boost in visual performance. This docking station also helps charge the laptop.
ROG GX700 gaming laptop
ROG GX700 is the first liquid-cooled gaming laptop with the detachable ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System cooling module.
GX700 is powered by the 6th-generation Intel Mobile K-SKU (Skylake) processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. GX700 is also the world’s first 17-inch real 4K UHD gaming laptop to feature NVIDIA G-SYNC.