Multimedia has grown steadily in ubiquity in our daily lives, but the sheer number of formats, codecs and technologies developed in the process has made viewing, storing and sharing media—especially on different platforms—a monumental task.
ASUS recognizes this, and has developed its diverse range of multimedia products with the goal of making digital media consumption as readily accessible, user-friendly and pleasurable as possible. The latest and finest of these are now on show at Computex 2010.
ASUS EeeTop PC ET 24”: The Premier All-in-one Home Entertainment Center—Now with 3D
The ASUS EeeTop PC ET 24” packs the latest, cutting-edge entertainment technologies into a svelte all-in-one form factor, making it the perfect replacement for desktop PCs, TVs, and audio systems. It features ASUS SonicMaster technology that delivers a host of sonic improvements over regular all-in-one PC speakers, including a wider frequency range*, four times the volume limit and lower distortion. The EeeTop PC ET 24” is also equipped with exclusive technology that instantly boosts CPU performance with just one click, allowing it to handle the latest games and heavy multitasking with ease**. In addition, the EeeTop PC ET 24” now comes with 3D capabilities**—enabling users to experience hundreds of the latest PC games, movies and photos in full stereoscopic 3D—and ultra-high speed connectivity options such as USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) and Bluetooth 3.0.
ASUS BW-12B1LT Blu-ray 3D Optical Drive and VG236H 3D LCD Monitor: Immerse Yourself in Cinema-grade 3D
To satiate the growing consumer appetite for home 3D solutions, ASUS has now brought the exciting third dimension to the desktop with the BW-12B1LT Blu-ray internal optical drive and VG236H 3D LCD monitor. Any 720p movie can now be experienced in cinema-quality 3D, thanks to the BW-12B1LT’s instant one-click 2D-to-3D conversion capabilities and the VG236H’s 120Hz double-speed, 2ms refresh rate. The BW-12B1LT is also the world’s fastest 12X Blu-ray writer and delivers ultra-smooth stereoscopic 3D renditions of 2D movies on the VG236H or any other 3D-ready display***.
ASUS VT22 Multi-touch Monitor: Fun at Your Fingertips
The ASUS VT22’s multi-touch functionality is fully compliant with Windows 7® gestures and makes interacting with the computer intuitive and effortless. Clicking, scrolling, dragging and zooming in on images can now all be performed with fingers instead of a mouse. The VT22 also boasts an ergonomic tilt feature that makes it easy to adjust its angle to suit the user’s preferred position when performing gestures.
ASUS Xonar Xense: Perfectly Matched Audio Card and Headset for Serious Gamers
The new ASUS Xonar Xense and Sennheiser PC350 Xense Edition package is the result of close cooperation between ASUS and one of the world’s premier, most respected makers of personal audio gear, Sennheiser. Unlike random audio card/headphone combinations, Xonar Xense features a holistic design from the ground up, crafting a balance of the two components that ensures no quality is lost in transition. Every part of the high definition sound generated by the advanced hardware of the card is faithfully re-created by premium Sennheiser headphone technology and craftsmanship. Its first person shooter-optimized surround amplifies even minor ambient effects for the ultimate in sonic intelligence, and its excellent noise reduction, accurate positioning of audio, meticulous EMI shielding, heavy duty 6.5mm studio jacks and support for Dolby Headphone 5.1 as well as ASUS’ own Xonar GX2.5 audio engine are sure to be appreciated by hardcore gamers—especially those keen on first person shooters and competitive online play.
ASUS Cine5 PC Speaker: Experience Powerful Surround Immersion in Style
Developed through ASUS’ expertise in high-performance audio cards, the stylish Cine5 is the first PC speaker in the world to offer pinpoint surround sound with the new “Embracing Sound Theatre HD” technology. This patented technology leverages on the Cine5’s space-saving integration of an array of speaker drivers into a single bar, delivering discrete 5-channel output and enabling precise sound imaging. The Cine5 also revives 5-channel audio from any down-mixed 2-channel source for high-fidelity, multichannel audio during PC gaming or movie sessions. The Cine5 is truly plug-and-play—no software drivers and calibration are required.
ASUS NX90 and N Series Notebooks with SonicMaster: Establishing a New Standard in Notebook Audio
Tinny, unsatisfying sound quality on notebooks is a thing of the past with ASUS’ exclusive SonicMaster technology, a new standard in notebook audio. SonicMaster—the result of co-development with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®—delivers acoustic perfection by extending the speakers’ frequency range by an octave on each end, improving audio accuracy by up to three times, and working synergistically with optimized software to deliver true-to-life surround sound. SonicMaster debuts on new ASUS NX and N Series notebooks, and is available in three levels—SonicMaster Lite, SonicMaster and SonicMaster Premium—to suit different uses, ranging from personal entertainment and VoIP communication to high-end audiophile music playback.
ASUS O!Play HD2 Media Player: Connect to a Cosmos of Entertainment
The ASUS O!Play HD2 supports the playback of a wide array of multimedia formats and is the world’s first media player to support USB 3.0 for ten times faster data transfers compared to current USB 2.0-based players. It is equipped with a large capacity 3.5” hard disk drive and NAS support, allowing it to store and stream multimedia files without any hassle. The O!Play HD2 also comes preinstalled with Opera browser, delivering live online streaming of over 20,000 radio stations. Users can now perform Google searches, visit Facebook, news websites such as CNN.com and BBC.co.uk, and download photos from Picasa/Flicker—right from the comfort on their living room sofas. In addition, the O!Play HD2 boasts full HD audio bitstream support that delivers uncompressed 7.1-channel sound output for stunning surround sound.
ASUS Eee Media: The Easiest Way to Download and View Multimedia
The ASUS Eee Media is the easiest way to search for, download and view multimedia on the TV. It features full web browsing and peer-to-peer capabilities, and consumes very little power (below 10W with the hard disk drive plugged in), making it ideal for downloading large media files. This pocket-sized player supports most video, audio and photo file formats, and has a nifty widget mode which displays the time, weather information and news headlines.
* SonicMaster Premium speakers are capable of reproducing frequencies an octave higher and an octave lower than regular notebook and all-in-one PC speakers.
** Subject to system configuration and usage. Availability may vary by SKU and country.
*** Including 120Hz frame-sequential 3D LCD monitors, 3D Polarizer LCD monitors and 3D-ready DLP, Plasma and LCD HDTVs.