ASUS was very, very busy at CES 2019


ASUS was very busy showing off a huge range of brand-new monitors, motherboards, routers and laptops, including its first-ever Studio Book. On top of that its Republic of Gamers (ROG) and new gaming brand TUF were very much in the game.

It is hard to know where to start. Its ProArt PA32UCX 32” 4K HDR Mini-LED backlight monitor was pretty slick – mini-ED means really small, densely packed RGB LEDs.

Or the fact that it has almost eliminated bezels (it calls that Frameless) from its new StudioBook S, ZenBook S13, ZenBook 14, VivoBook 14/15 and Chromebook Flip.

Overall, a range that GadgetGuy will be ready to review when it’s available.

ProArt PA32UCX 32” 4K HDR Mini LED backlight monitor

GadgetGuy decided to upgrade to 4K or Retina monitors in 2018. Staff appreciate the extra definition and colours that 4K offers (10-bit, 1 billion colours, and huge colour gamut). ASUS ProArt encompasses all that and more.

  • 1000+ zones of local dimming
  • multiple HDR formats (HLG and HDR10)
  • true 10-bit colour
  • 97% DCI-P3 colour space coverage
  • I/O ports including dual Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort and 3 x HDMI 2.0 ports

ASUS Mini PC ProArt PA90

Based on the Intel Z390 chipset, PA90 features up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA Quadro graphics and support for Intel Optane Technology for high-performance storage.


E900 G4 worktation

The first workstation supporting quad graphics to deliver ultimate performance and scalability. Powered by Intel Xeon Scalable family processors with up to 28 cores per processor for a total of 56 cores in dual-processor configurations, 12 ECC memory modules and up to four of the latest NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs.

It is best for applications that process huge amounts of data on the fly, including computer animation, architecture modelling, science simulation and machine learning.


Frameless laptops

ZenBook S13 (UX392) is a 13.9-inch Intel Core aluminium unibody, MIL-STD-810G, ultrabook weighing 1.1kg. It features the world’s largest 97% S-T-B-R in a four-sided NanoEdge display with 2.5mm bezels. It also is the world’s slimmest laptop available with discrete NVIDIAMX150 graphics.


ZenBook 14 (UX431) has an 86% S-T-B-R with 8thh Gen Intel Core™ i7 quad-core CPU, up to NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics, 16GB RAM, an ultrafast PCIe SSD and gigabit-class Wi-Fi. It has the optional new NumberPad, an innovative LED-illuminated numeric keypad built into the touchpad.

VivoBook X412 and X512, feature compact designs available in trendy, eye-catching colours such as Peacock Blue and Coral Crush. The 88% S-T-B-R has 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, discrete NVIDIA graphics, and dual-storage as well as an ErgoLift design for better ergonomics and more comfortable typing.


StudioBook S (W700) is a thin 15-inch mobile workstation with Intel Core i7 or Xeon processors with an even larger display powered by NVIDIA Quadro graphics. For creative professionals, such as designers, animators, architects and programmers who need outstanding performance to handle professional applications ranging from complex renderings to 3D blueprints.



C204 and C403 with 11.6-inch touch panels and 14-inch anti-glare displays

Flip C214 with an 11.6-inch 360°-flippable display and stylus

Tablet CT100, 9.7-inch QXGA (2048 x 1536) wide-angle touch-display tablet with a stylus


All feature military-grade durability, spill-resistant keyboards and all-around rubber bumpers to withstand the rigours that electronics often face in schools.

TUF Gaming

In addition to ASUS Republic of Gaming is TUF gaming with things like waterproof keyboards, military-style backpacks and mouse pads.


TUF Gaming focuses on delivering durable gear that can survive the rigours of punishing play and still deliver reliable performance. Although it started with motherboards, the Gaming series has expanded to a wide range of products including the Gaming M5 mouse, Gaming P3 mouse pad, Gaming K5 keyboard, Gaming H5 headset, Gaming GT501 case and Gaming FX10CP desktop.

To continue supporting the DIY community, ASUS has also expanded the TUF Gaming Alliance program, a collaboration with major PC-component manufacturers to ensure compatibility, stability and durability.

TUF Gaming has revealed its next-generation keyboard, TUF Gaming K7. The first ASUS optical-mech gaming keyboard it features optical switches that eliminate the debounce issues found in traditional mechanical keyboards. It has a frameless design with a top plate made from aircraft-grade 5052 aluminium for exceptional durability. It has IP56 water-resistance and floating keycaps with individual RGB lighting, which can be synchronised using the ASUS-exclusive Armoury II software.

TUF Gaming BP2700 Backpack. Uses high-quality, durable material that repels water and prevents scratching. The military-inspired design of the backpack comes with 12 different pockets to ensure proper storage for gaming gear and features convenient zippers for easy access. 

TUF Gaming P3 durable mouse pad with a smooth, gaming-optimised cloth surface for accurate and responsive tracking. Anti-fray stitching adds resilience a non-slip rubber base provides the best performance for any gaming scenario. 

TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops now come equipped with up to an AMD Ryzen 5 processor and AMD Radeon RX 560X graphics card for even better performance.


Here are some key highlights on the latest ROG devices:


MOTHERSHIP: redefines gaming laptops with a revolutionary cooling system that allows the CPU and GPU to go beyond stock speeds and maintain exceptional performance with demanding workloads. Powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics and Intel Core i9 processor


ZEPHYRUS S GX701 (from $3,999): The world’s slimmest gaming laptop that features the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX with Max-Q design graphics and 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and PANTONE Validated panel

G703 (from $5,999): offers easy portability with amazing performance with an 8th Generation Intel Core processor, NVIDIA G-SYNC and optimal cooling system

ZEPHYRUS S GX531 (from $3,099): delivers cutting edge performance with a remarkably compact body

STRIX SCAR II (from $2,799): Built for the FPS side of the esports arena, the Strix SCAR II offers lightning speed with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU

STRIX HERO II (from $1,999): optimised for multiplayer online battle arena (MOBAs)