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    Asus Vivo Tab RT has thoughtful design, but brings a mixed tablet experience

    Posted October 27, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Asus comes to the Windows tablet party with a strong tablet pedigree, which is just one of many reasons I looked forward to seeing the Vivo Tab RT. The company already has shown a talent for innovative design with its Transformer Pad series of Android tablets. The Vivo Tab RT ($599 for a 32GB unit bundled with a keyboard dock; $699 for a 64GB model, also with a dock) handles many tasks well. But as a tablet—one of the first running Windows RT to reach my desk—it falls short of its Apple iPad and Google Android competition.
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    Two new Asus laptops offer an Ubuntu Linux option

    Posted October 16, 2012 - 8:33 pm

    As the arrival of Windows 8 draws ever nearer, it's not surprising to see the debut of a flurry of devices featuring the new OS.
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    Asus RT-AC66U: The best 802.11ac router on the market--so far

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:13 am

    Asus currently builds the best consumer-oriented 802.11n router--the RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless N900, which I used as a reference device to compare new 802.11ac routers against. After testing the company's $200 RT-AC66U, I believe that Asus also markets the best 802.11ac router currently available, too, though the offerings from several other manufacturers come close.
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    Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A review: ultralight, pretty, and capable

    Posted August 18, 2012 - 7:25 am

    The new Asux Zenbook UX31A looks like the old UX31E, with a brushed, bronze-tinted, solid aluminum shell that looks slightly dangerous and angular. The weight remains the same, at 3 pounds and an ounce. But our test model arrived with a gorgeous, 1080p IPS (in-plane switching) display and an Ivy Bridge processor, boosting both performance and display quality. Price (as of 08/09/2012) is about $1449.
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    Asus ET2701 INKI review: A multipurpose media machine

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:25 am

    We get lots of functional, pretty all-in-one desktops through the PCWorld Labs, and the ET2701 INKI is Asus's latest entry. This high-definition, 27-inch system, priced at $1299 (as of 7/9/2012), is equipped with one of Intel's newest and fastest processors plus a discrete Nvidia graphics chip.
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    Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 review: stylish, high-performance Android tablet

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Once again, Asus delivers a complete package with its Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Android tablet. The long-awaited Infinity maintains the slim, stylish, multipurpose tradition of its predecessor, the Asus Transformer Prime, while bringing an improved Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and a 1920-by-1200-pixel display along for the ride. This tablet blasts ahead of the pack to establish itself as the best-performing Android tablet we've seen to date, on all of our metrics except battery life.
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    Dream screens: eye-catching 24-Inch monitors

    Posted May 26, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Laptops and tablets seem to get most of the attention these days--after all, they're great for working on the run. But once you settle down at your desk, it's nice to stretch out with the generous real estate that only a widescreen monitor can provide. And now is the perfect time to buy a monitor: They're cheaper, thinner, and less power-hungry than ever before.
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    Tablet face-off: budget models from Acer and Asus vs. Apple’s iPad 2

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:55 am

    It appears that $400 or less marks the new sweet spot for 10-inch class tablets. First Apple reduced its iPad 2 to that price, and now we have a pair of Android tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A200 and the Asus Transformer Pad 300, coming in at $350 and $380, respectively. If you have four bills and want a 10-inch tablet, which of these represents the better deal? The answer may surprise you.
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    Asus Essentio CM6870 review: Ivy Bridge performance, mediocre gaming

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Here comes Ivy Bridge. The Asus Essentio CM6870 is one of the first budget desktops hitting the PCWorld Labs to run one of Intel’s brand-new Ivy Bridge processors and receive testing under the brand-new WorldBench 7 benchmarking suite.
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    Review: ASUS EeeBox PC EB1501: Stylish, But Not Speedy

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:08 pm

    The EeeBox 1501 is a compact PC that could do well next to your TV, or in the dorm room--anywhere space is at a premium. And unlike most mini-PCs its size, it has an optical drive (a DVD writer/reader). That puts it in direct competition with Dell's Zino HD, so let's see how the two compare.
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    Asus Eee PC 1008HA Netbook

    Posted May 26, 2009 - 3:51 pm

    Asus seems to be spitting out new additions to its netbook line faster than I can count. Nevertheless, the company's designers continue to find ways to refine their machines.
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    Hands-On: Asus Eee PC 1008HA, UX50, and U80V

    Posted May 14, 2009 - 3:59 pm

    New laptops, netbooks...and hints of a competitor to iTunes? Asus has a lot up its sleeve these days, but let's start with the netbook that some folks in the press circles are comparing to a MacBook: the Eee PC 1008HA.
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