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Here’s what we saw at the Asus Computex 2024 launch

Here’s what we saw at the Asus Computex 2024 launch

Asus Computex 2024

If there's one thing you should take away from the Asus Computex 2024 launch, it's that the Taiwanese firm is — like everyone else — going big on AI. All its new laptops will feature processors with a built-in neural processing unit (NPU). Besides running Microsoft's Copilot+, they will also come with two of Asus' own AI-powered software, StorageCube and MuseTree.

The former is a photo organiser that uses AI to help track faces and scenes (similar to how it works in iOS), while the latter is an AI-powered image generator. These will be made available on Asus devices, particularly in its ProArt line of notebooks.

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Asus also showed off its first ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite laptop, the Asus Vivobook S 15, which comes with up to 18 hours of battery life, weighs just 1.42kg, and has up to 32GB RAM, and up to 1TB of storage. Its 3K 120Hz OLED screen is bright and vibrant. During my quick test, the laptop performance seems fluid and smooth, and no different from any Intel or AMD-powered notebook.

I also tried out the Microsoft Copilot+ features. Recall worked fine, and was ridiculously smooth, but Paint's Cocreator function didn't really work that well. I tried getting it to draw a banana based on my poorly done sketch, but it couldn't match what I was sketching. But this is a Microsoft problem, and not an Asus one.

The Vivobook S 15 also comes in AMD and Intel flavours, though only the AMD version with the new AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX 370 processor will have Copilot+ like the Qualcomm model. The Intel version will have Copilot, and you'll have to wait till the end of Q3 for a Copilot+ version when Intel releases a new chip that meets the requirement for the feature. The NPU is more power-efficient when running AI-powered software, so it will be interesting to see how they perform.

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I also tried out the new ROG Ally X handheld gaming PC, which sees its battery capacity double from the original Ally's 40 watt-hour to 80 watt-hour. Seeing as the processor and display are unchanged, users should get twice as much battery uptime as the previous version. The Ally X also has 1TB SSD storage using the M.2 2280 format, making it easier to upgrade the SSD yourself. It also comes with 24GB of LPDDR5 memory, and drops the XG mobile port for the more universal USB-C 4 and USB-C 3.2 ports.

Other announcements include the new ProArt series of laptops, the ProArt 16 and the ProArt PZ13. These feature trackpads with touch dials you can configure to do a variety of things, such as adjust your brush size, adjust the screen brightness or the volume. The PZ13 is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, and is more a tablet than a laptop, with a removable keyboard. It also supports a stylus. It will be available in the second half of 2024.

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Asus ProArt PZ13. Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Also new is the Asus Zenbook S16, which feature a new ceramic material called Ceraluminum. It gives the laptop a very premium stone-like finish while weighing at 1.6kg, and is just 11mm thick. For gamers, there's a new 14-inch TUF Gaming A14, which surprisingly doesn't look anything like a gaming laptop. The sleek design houses an AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX 370 chip as well as an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060. The ROG Zephyrus G16 also gets refreshed with the new AMD Ryzen AI hardware.

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TUF Gaming A14
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Last but not least are the ROG gaming accessories, such as the Azoth Extreme wireless keyboard. This keyboard features an aluminium alloy chassis, a tiny OLED display, and swappable magnetic feet. You can also set the hardness of the key switches by opening the baseplate below and changing the button position. This also changes the amount of clacking you hear from your keys.

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I also liked the new ROG Harpe Ace Extreme, which comes clad in carbon fibre. Due to how the material is processed, each mouse will look slightly different from each other. The mouse and keyboard will both be available sometime later in Q3.

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