Las Vegas – Asus
put the onus on design at its unofficial kickoff to the
International CES press conference schedule on Tuesday afternoon.
Chairman Jonney Shih introduced several
new product lines to the press, touting the efforts of the company’s design
teams in delivering feature-rich PCs with “forms and lines inspired by nature,
by art, by fashion.”
First up was the Asus UL series of
high-performance notebook PCs.
The flagship, the UX50, boasts many
of the advanced ergonomic design touches introduced at last year’s show in the
company’s concept Airo line, including a 5-degree angled and backlit keyboard.
It has Intel’s latest Core i7
processor and USB 3.0 outputs.
Next up was the Asus ROG G73Jh gaming notebook.
It also has an Intel Core i7 and
adds DirectX 11 capable ATI Radeon
HD5870 graphics, up to 8GB of DDR3
system memory, eight-channel HD audio with EAX 4.0 compatibility, on-the-fly
over-clocking, ambient lighting and 1TB of storage space, as well as the
ergonomic Airo features and a dual-fan cooling system.
Also new is the company’s Eee PC
Seashell netbook collection by noted designer Karim Rashid, whom Shih said “lives
and breathes the zeitgeist of design and fashion.”
The ultra-slim Seashell features a
wavy, tactile exterior resembling a leather business portfolio and
soft-to-touch materials on the keyboard. It will be available in hot pink and
Shih also showed the company’s new
U53 notebook; it has an exterior made of bamboo, which he called “the most
recyclable plant on the planet.”
Finally, Shih unveiled the new NX90
Bang & Olufsen ICEpower notebook, designed by award-winning B&O chief
designer David Lewis.
It features a polished anodized
aluminum exterior, matte-black keyboard with dual touch pads, and an integrated
B&O Sonic Focus surround-sound audio system highlighted by two sound bar
speakers flanking the perimeter of a widescreen 1080p display.
Shih then turned to the future,
unveiling Asus’ new Waveface technology concept, the company’s context-based
vision rooted in mobility, with cloud computing at its heart. “By embedding
multiple sensors in products, virtually every element in the user’s environment
– and, indeed, even the user’s own physiology and emotional state – can be
sources of rich data that can be leveraged to deliver the right information and
services, at the right time,” he said.
Three Waveface concept products will
be on display at CES: the Waveface Casa, a large widescreen display that acts
as a home’s entertainment center and Internet portal; the Waveface Light, a
soft, flexible interface to the cloud that can be used in a conventional
screen/keyboard configuration or as a flat, single-screen tablet; and the
Waveface Ultra, essentially a smartphone that can be strapped to one’s wrist
and provide anywhere, anytime access to information and services. Its display
can be snapped flat to enlarge the viewing area.