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Asus ROG Introduces Strix SCAR II and Hero II Esports Gaming Laptops 

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In a development that will ring music to the ears of passionate gamers, ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced Strix SCAR II and Hero II. The power-packed esports gaming laptops follow-ups to the successful e-sports gaming laptops built exclusively for FPS and MOBA titles. The ultimate gaming experience awaits with 144Hz Refresh Rate accompanied with RangeBoost technology and HyperStrike Pro keyboard enhancing durability, stability and awe-inspiring designs.

Commenting on the launch, Arnold Su, ROG & PC Head, ASUS India said, “We are extremely excited to introduce the two new and formidable e-sports gaming laptops to our growing gamers tribe. SCAR II and HERO II are crafted to perfection, keeping in mind the unique preferences of gamers, providing a robust performance and awe-inspiring aesthetics. We are certain that the power-packed laptops will be a hit amongst the gamers and look forward to an affirmative response.”

Super-narrow-bezel display with 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms GTG time

Enjoy fast-paced and action-packed gaming, as both ROG Strix SCAR II and Hero II flaunt the world’s first-ever 144Hz super-narrow-bezel display with an ultrafast 3ms GTG response time. Thus, visuals are super-smooth and clear, taking the gaming experience to the next level.

Gaming keyboard with HyperStrike Pro technology

Both Strix SCAR II and Hero II feature a gaming keyboard with HyperStrike Pro technology for decisive command and control. The keyboard has a desktop-inspired layout, including four hotkeys, customizable Aura Sync-compatible RGB backlighting across four zones, and ergonomically-designed keys with 0.25mm-deep keycap curves.

Exclusive ROG Overstroke technology enables earlier key actuation, and has a longer overstroke distance for fast, accurate and effortless keystrokes. The keyboard has specially-highlighted WASD (for SCAR II) or QWER (for Hero II) key groups with transparent key caps, and N-key rollover technology. The keyboard is durable, too, with a 20-million-key-press lifespan.

No blind spots with World’s pioneer ROG RangeBoost technology

ROG Strix Scar II and Hero II come with the latest RangeBoost zero blind spot technology. Via the proprietary 4 antenna configuration, which is 2×2 + 2×2 connection mode, the laptop can switch between different main and aux antenna, after gauging the strength of the signal. Thus, while the radiation pattern is optimized for the laptops, the blind spots are reduced, providing gamers a seamless experience.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX1070 Series Discrete Graphics Card

Players interested in FPS and MOBA games can now flaunt their gaming skills as both, ROG Strix Scar II and Hero II laptops exude impressive gaming performance required for esports. ROG has wielded the power of GTX 1060 from NVIDIA with 6GB VRAM and GTX1070 with 8GB VRAM to ensure the same.

Extreme cooling with HyperCool Pro

The HyperCool Pro thermal system provides the cooling performance to get the most out of the laptop’s high-performance CPU and GPU. An extended cooling plate soaks up heat and spreads it evenly to avoid thermal throttling and keep chipset power components below 90°C, while two high-performance 12V fans deliver stronger airflow and increased air pressure to cool the CPU and GPU and drive hot air out of the chassis.

HyperCool Pro also incorporates the patented Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system, which uses centrifugal force to expel dust particles and dirt out of the chassis. This prevents build-up on the heatsink fins and ensures a stable gaming experience. There’s less noise too, since the fans aren’t overworked. The special copper cooling fins are just 0.1mm thin — half the thickness of regular fins. This increases the surface area for heat dissipation by up to 10%, and reduces air resistance by 7%.

Dual Storage System (SSD+SSHD Storage)

The NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD offers a potential bandwidth of up to 32Gbps so everything feels fast and smooth. When used as primary storage or as a secondary drive to support the SSD, the 5400rpm FireCuda SSHD loads games in less than half the time taken by the 1TB 7200rpm HDDs — and it’s quieter, too

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Model Name SPEC SRP Availability
GL504GS-ES113T

Scar II- GTX 1070

15.6″ FHD IPS 144Hz 3ms/i7-8750H/16 GB DDR4/1TB FireCuda SSHD + 512GB PCIE SSD/GTX1070/8GB DDR5/SCAR GUNMETAL/RGB Backlit KeyBoard/802.11ac(2*2) ₹ 1,79,990 Sep 30th
GL504GM-ES152T

Hero II – GTX 1060

15.6″ FHD IPS 144Hz 3ms/i7-8750H/16 GB DDR4/1TB FireCuda SSHD + 256GB PCIE SSD/GTX1060/6GB DDR5/HERO BLACK/RGB Backlit KeyBoard/802.11ac(2*2) ₹ 1,39,990 Aug 30th
GL504GM-ES155T

Scar II – GTX 1060

15.6″ FHD 300nits IPS 144Hz 3ms/i7-8750H/16 GB DDR4/1TB FireCuda SSHD+ 256GB PCIE SSD/GTX1060/6GB DDR5/SCAR GUNMETAL/RGB Backlit KeyBoard/802.11ac(2*2) ₹ 1,39,990 Aug 30th

 

SPECIFICATIONS  
  ROG Strix SCAR II (GL504GS) ROG Strix Hero II (GL504GM)
Processor 8th Gen Intel® Core i7-8750H 8th Gen Intel® Core i7-8750H
Operating system Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home
Display 15.6-inch Non-glare IPS FHD 144 Hz Full HD (1920×1080) IPS panel, 3ms, 100% sRGB 15.6-inch Non-glare IPS FHD (144 Hz) Full HD (1920×1080) IPS panel, 3ms, 100% sRGB
Graphics Up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM
Memory 16GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM; upto 32GB RAM support (Dual-channel) 16GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM; upto 32GB RAM support (Dual-channel)
Storage Up to M.2 NVMe PCIe® 512GB

2.5” 1TB SSHD

M.2 NVMe PCIe® 256GB

2.5” 1TB SSHD

Wireless 802.11ac 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi

Bluetooth® 5.0

802.11ac 2×2 Wave 2 W-Fi

Bluetooth® 5.0

Connectivity 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (USB-C)

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2

1 x mini DisplayPort 1.2

1 x HDMI 2.0

1 x RJ-45 jack

1 x SD card reader

1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack

1 x Kensington lock

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ (USB-C™)

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2

1 x mini DisplayPort 1.2

1 x HDMI 2.0

1 x RJ-45 jack

1 x SD card reader

1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack

1 x Kensington lock

Keyboard Backlit chiclet keyboard

RGB across four zones, with Aura Sync support

Marked WASD keys

Hot keys: Volume up / Volume down / Mute /  ROG Gaming Center

1.8mm travel distance

0.25mm keycap curve

Backlit chiclet keyboard

RGB across four zones, with Aura Sync support

Marked QWER keys

Hot keys: Volume up / Volume down / Mute /  ROG Gaming Center

1.8mm travel distance

0.25mm keycap curve

Audio 2x 1W speakers with smart-amplifier technology

Array microphone

2 x 1W speakers with smart-amplifier technology

Array microphone

Software ROG Gaming Center 2.5

ROG GameFirst V

ASUS Splendid

ASUS Sonic Studio & Sonic Radar III

ASUS Aura Core 2.5

XSplit Gamecaster (free)

Android™ / iOS app

ROG Gaming Center 2.5

ROG GameFirst V

ASUS Splendid

ASUS Sonic Studio & Sonic Radar III

ASUS Aura Core 2.5

XSplit Gamecaster (free)

Android™ / iOS app

VR Ready Yes Yes
Windows Mixed Reality Basic (minimum 8GB RAM required) Basic (minimum 8GB RAM required)
Power 180W power adapter 180W power adapter
Size 36.1 x 26.2 x 2.61cm 36.1 x 26.2 x 2.61cm
Weight 2.4kg 2.4kg

 

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boAt ‘Immortal 1000D’ Gaming Headphone Launched with Dolby Atmos

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boAt is all set to launch their line of gaming headphones, “Immortal”. Their flagship model, called boAt Immortal 1000D, includes Dolby Atmos for a premium gaming and entertainment experience. The headphones also come with 50mm drivers for high fidelity audio, regardless of the content played.


In a recent report released by KPMG, the online gaming segment in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of 21 per cent over FY21-FY25 to reach a size of INR 29,000 crore. Of the total size, online casual gaming accounts for 44 per cent of the total online gaming revenues. Overall growth in digital consumption sophistication has helped online gaming become a mainstream entertainment option.

Asia-Pacific has emerged as one the largest demand drivers for gaming accessories including PCs, consoles, audio and smartphones.

On Foraying into the gaming category, Sameer Mehta, Co-Founder, boAt said “We are very excited to launch our very first gaming headphone – the Immortal 1000D in India. The Indian gaming industry has grown to become one of the world’s largest e-gaming markets due to the fast and affordable connectivity of the internet and smartphones, and we want to provide specialized audio accessories and peripherals to professional as well as casual gamers and enthusiasts. The pandemic further elevated online gaming as an alternative entertainment option for many people, including a large part of our boAthead community. “

Commenting on this collaboration, Pankaj Kedia, Managing Director, Emerging Markets, Dolby Laboratories said, “We are delighted to partner with boAt for their first gaming headphone, Immortal 1000D. Consumers are now seeking higher quality and higher precision sound in gaming. Dolby Atmos will add depth and dimension to headphone audio, making it easier for gamers to detect easy-to-miss sounds and improve the accuracy of their gameplay. It will provide impressive clarity and detail to create a more realistic and thrilling experience. “

Excited about the launch of Immortal 1000D, Akshay Ahuja, Category Leader – Consumer Electronics, Amazon India said “boAt is very special to Amazon as we partnered to grow this business manifold and learnt things together in this really rewarding journey of working together. boAt is a leader today as its passion, quest for perfection and speed of execution have always been top-notch, helping us provide the latest trends in Consumer electronics to our customers. We strive to learn from the 4 years of our association and look forward to the next decade of partnership together”.

With Dolby Atmos available on the boAt Immortal 1000D, players will be able to unlock incredible immersive audio when playing their favourite PC games. Dolby Atmos works by placing the sounds of the game all around a listener with three-dimensional precision so that gamers can react faster and more accurately. It enables the ability to pinpoint the position and movement of teammates and enemies — even from overhead or behind. Gamers will be immersed in a more intense gaming experience that brings crystal clear, hair-raising realism to even the busiest of battlefields, so they can catch the subtle, potentially game-changing sounds they’ve been missing. These headphones also feature a 7.1 Channel Surround Audio created by the brands very own boAt Plugin Labz which processes high-fidelity sound and is optimized by experts in gaming audio immersion. Users can switch between 7.1 Channel Surround Audio or Dolby Atmos while gaming.

boAt Immortal 1000D comes with Dual mics for crystal clear and distortion-free communication between friends and foes. These also sport a remote to control audio, mic and LEDs for seamless voice and video conversations across YouTube, Discord, Twitch, and other streaming platforms. A long sturdy secure braided cable ensures durability and a USB connector ensures easy connectivity across all laptop and desktop gaming setups.   The headphones shut out external noise using special closed earcups that fully cover your ears, aided by plush cushions that form a perfect seal for greater sound isolation. A new breathable weave minimizes sweat and heat build-up generated by skin contact, while the ultra-soft foam’s improved density greatly reduces the headset’s clamping force for unparalleled comfort. The earcups have a built-in automatic breathing RGB LED light effect to complete one’s gaming setup.

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Here Are The Best Sustainable Commercial PCs

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In line with Dell Technologies’ Progress Made Real social impact plan, Dell has incorporated sustainable solutions, materials and packaging in the industry’s most sustainable commercial PC portfolio.

The new Latitude 7320 detachable isasleek, lightweight and ready to support the “do-from-anywhere” work style. Itfeatures ComfortView Plus low blue light solution that eases eye strain and fatigue delivering the most comfortable viewing experience. The Latitude 7320 detachable comes with a 13-inch display and an advanced 5 MP front-facing camera, with Temporal Noise Reduction (TNR) to bring brighter, sharper visuals to video calls. With all ports and security features in the tablet head, users can enjoy the flexibility of this device and detach without worry. This device also contributes to our 2030 sustainability goals with EPEAT Gold registration; waterborne paint on 100 percent of painted parts; and packaging trays that feature ocean-bound plastic (25%) and HDPE recycled plastic (75%). The Dell Latitude 7320 starts at INR 85,000 and is available on DellTechnologies.com.

Designed for professionals across manufacturing, engineering, education and financial industries, the Precision 3560 Mobile Workstation features 100% sRGB, 400nit display with ComfortView Plus and Dell’s exclusive PremierColor software. This lightweight workstation provides an incredible mobile platform for 2D and entry 3D CAD, as well as reporting and data analysis. The Precision 3560 is the first PC among Dell’s commercial portfolio to use bioplastic from tree waste in their design. Produced using a by-product of the paper making process called ‘tall oil,’ these devices feature lids containing 21% bioplastic content. The Precision 3560 starts at INR 74,500 and is available on DellTechnologies.com.

The Latitude 5320 comes with 11th Generation Intel® CoreTM with Intel® Rapid Storage Technology and offers upto Core i7 Iris® Xe Graphics. A great example of a renewable material, our bioplastics are blended with recycled carbon fiber and other plastics for a total of 71% recycled or renewable materials in the lid of the Latitude 5000 series. By focusing on the second heaviest part of the device – the lid – Dell can make a larger sustainability impact, reducing the product’s carbon, water and energy footprint, while maintaining Dell’s high reliability, durability and performance standards. The Dell Latitude 5320 starts at INR 77,500 and is available on DellTechnologies.com.

Upgraded with the Intel® Evo series, the XPS 13 9310 brings the perfect combination of performance, responsiveness, battery life and stunning visuals. Co-engineered with Intel, the Dell XPS 13 is verified to provide a seamless experience for entertainment or work, anywhere. With up to i7 11th Gen Intel® Core processors coupled with the Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, the XPS 13 is now even faster, smoother and more immersive. On a planet with almost 8 billion people, every action we take makes an impact. We have eliminated foam and single-use plastic bags with the new XPS family. Consumers can toss the entire XPS box in the recycling bin without thinking twice as it contains recycled ocean-bound plastics, locally recycled plastic, sustainable materials and recycled corrugate. The XPS 13 9310 starts at INR Rs. 150,990 including GST and is available for purchase at select Dell Exclusive Stores and on Amazon.

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pTron Unveils Tangent Plus v2 BT Neckband at INR 999/-

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pTron announces the launch of advanced and upgraded Tangent Plus v2. Jam-packed with extended playtime, high-quality audio, and design Tangent Plus v2 is available at a consumer-friendly price of INR 999 only.

The convenience factor coupled with the trendy design makes it a perfect choice for students and working professionals. 

Mr. Ameen Khwaja, Founder & CEO, pTron commented on the launch, “Wireless is clearly the growing craze among the occupied youth. Every detail of pTron Tangent Plus is refined as per consumer feedback to include improvements in battery life, connectivity, seamless fast charging, and ergonomic design to produce the best possible music experience for music enthusiasts.” 

The new Tangent Plus is an affordable, feature-rich, and efficient wireless neckband that fits easily within the everyday life of new-age India. It is an ideal choice for consumers looking to get more out of their listening experience with high-quality audio and convenient controls. The Bluetooth neckband boasts a perfectly secure fit, a built-in HD mic for crystal clear calls, Bluetooth 5.0 Connectivity for the most stable connection, and optimum battery life. On top of the class-leading sound, pTron Tangent Plus is equipped with voice assistant and 10 mm dynamic drivers for an immersive stereo sound, accurate high frequencies, and mega bass. 

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