Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
ASUS have just announced their first smartwatch: the ZenWatch, running Google’s Android Wear OS.
The ZenWatch has a square face with a 320×320 pixel AMOLED display, set in a curved stainless steel frame with IP55 water resistance. The display isn’t curved, but the Gorilla Glass 3 above it is. The steel colour is complemented by a rose-gold-coloured trim around the perimeter of the watch and a genuine leather band with fine stitching. You can also replace the strap with your own 22mm strap.
Internally, the ZenWatch is equipped similarly to other Android Wear smartwatches like the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. That includes a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU, 512MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, Bluetooth and connectivity options.
Where the ZenWatch sets itself apart is in its feature set and style. Elements of ASUS’ ZenUI have made an appearance on the watch, with over a hundred new watch faces included.
The ZenWatch also includes Watch Unlock (unlock your phone by tapping your watch), Tap Tap (toggle functions by double-tapping the watch) and Cover To Mute (cover your watch to mute your phone). Additional apps like Remote Camera, Find My Phone, Presentation Control and Wellness Manager are also included on-board, making for a more comprehensive loadout than other Android Wear smartwatches on the market.
The ZenWatch will be available by late Autumn this year for around €199. To see more information or to place your pre-order, please visit the product page linked below:
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Thursday, February 20th, 2014
The ASUS Miracast Dongle is the easiest way to mirror what’s happening on your smartphone or tablet onto your HDTV, in real time. You can use it to watch movies, play games and listen to music quickly and easily, without needing a Smart TV or even to connect up wires from your device to your TV.
Setting up the Miracast Dongle is simple. Just plug the dongle’s USB adapter into a power source (either a powered USB port or an AC adapter), then plug the dongle into your TV’s HDMI port. Then, all you need to do is log onto your wireless network with your device, and follow the instructions that will appear on-screen.
Once you’ve set up the Dongle, you just need to turn on mirroring, and anything you see on your smartphone or tablet’s screen will be shown on your connected HDTV. So you can queue up a video on Netflix, play your favourite mobile game or surf the web. Everything will be transmitted to your TV in gorgeous 1080p Full HD, with minimal input lag thanks to the 802.11 N wireless link.
If you’re sick of straining your eyes or holding a tiny screen up to your face, then this will be absolute heaven. Videos look noticeably better and games are much more immersive as well.
The Dongle is portable too. It weighs just 35 grams, and can easily be slipped into a pocket or bag. That means you can use it with the projector at the office, the TV in your hotel suite or just the monitor at your desk. Wherever you are, it’s easy to kick back and relax with your favourite content on the biggest screen in the room.
The ASUS Miracast Dongle works with a wide range of smartphones and tablets, too. It’s compatible with Android devices running version 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and up, Windows devices running Windows 8.1 (a free upgrade to Windows 8) and BlackBerry devices running system software 10.2 and above.
The Dongle is in stock now, and you can see more details via the product page below:
ASUS Miracast Dongle
Friday, August 9th, 2013
The new Nexus 7 is coming. Whether you call it (awkwardly) the Nexus 7 2, the Nexus 7 (2013) or just the second generation Nexus 7, it’s set to arrive in the UK later this month – August 28th. In order to prepare for its arrival, I’ve prepared a top 5 list of the coolest and most useful chargers for the device. As well as getting power into your Nexus 7, a lot of these accessories also have some tricks up their sleeves. Check ‘em out!
5. Mu Foldable USB Mains Charger Adapter
The original Nexus 7 came with a rather large Asus-made AC adapter in the UK, and the same is true of the new model. If you want something a little more portable, then check out the Mu Foldable Adapter – it somehow collapses the massive UK plug into something pocketable, a feat that’s well worth the price of admission.
4. Scosche Solbat II Solar Powered Battery Pack
If you need to charge your Nexus 7 (2013) when you’re out in the wilds, then there’s only one option: solar power. This Scosche charger is just that, offering a small amount of free energy as long as the sun is up. While you won’t be able to necessarily capture enough energy quickly enough to charge the tablet faster than it’s used, if you keep it in the sun for a few hours you’ll at least have some battery left for the night. A small investment that makes a big difference. Of course, the charger also works with phones and other USB devices.
3. Gear4 PG794 Dual USB Car Charger
Changing gears now (haha), let’s have a look at the best solution for charging your new Nexus 7 in your car. The Gear4 Dual USB Charger is a good shout, offering two USB ports and a total of 3.1 Amps of charge. That means you can charge a tablet or recent smartphone at full speed in the 2.1A socket, and another phone or smaller accessory at 1A in the other. A great pick that’s perfect for road trips or regular commutes.
2. Kit: High Power 10,400 mAh Dual USB Charger
Sometimes it’s good to have some battery power in reserve. This Kit: High Power external battery pack is a bit large to carry in your pocket, but contains a fantastic amount of energy: 10,400 mAh to be precise. That’s enough to charge your Nexus 7 fully twice before a recharge, and there’s even two USB ports so you could be charging a phone at the same time. A must-have emergency item for keeping in your car, in your suitcase or at a festival.
1. Analogix SlimPort HDMI Adapter
OK, this one is a bit of a cheat, but hear me out. The Analogix SlimPort lets you connect your new Nexus 7 to an HDTV, projector or monitor. It’ll completely mirror your screen, allowing you to watch videos, surf the web or play games on the biggest screen you have. As well as doing mirroring (in Full HD, 3D and surround sound), the adapter can also plug into a charger to provide power during the whole process. A great Nexus 7 2 accessory that really adds a whole new dimension to the tablet.
So there we have it. I hope you found the article interesting! Thanks for the read and be sure to let me know if I’ve missed anything in the comments below.
Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Better late than never right? The Google Nexus Charging Orb is finally available in the UK. The Charging Orb is probably the nicest wireless charger that’s been released so far, but it’s taken some time between the initial announcement with the debut of the Nexus 4, and its actual availability in the UK this month.
This elegant wireless charger supports the Qi standard, making it ideal for the Nexus 4 and new Nexus 7. It can also be used with a wide range of devices that either come with Qi wireless charging built in (like Lumia 820 and 920 Windows Phones) or have wireless charging accessories available (like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4).
The wireless charger provides 1A of power just by touching your Qi-compatible smartphone to the sloped stand, ensuring rapid charging. There are no wires between the phone and the charger, so you’re able to easily pick up the phone whenever you need to take a phone call, use an app or leave the room. Without the hassle of plugging and unplugging, you’ll be free to use your phone or tablet whenever you need it, without the risk of forgetting to plug it back in when you’re done. Of course, the Charging Orb also has some great safety features – it’ll automatically stop charging when your phone is fully charged.
The Nexus Charging Orb is a great first-party accessory for the Nexus 4 and now for the new Nexus 7, so if you’re still on the hunt for a quality wireless charger then it should be at the top of your list. We wish it was here earlier, but just think of it as just in time for the Nexus 7 2!
Are you still interested in the Nexus Charging Orb – maybe as the perfect charger for the new Nexus 7 2? Let us know what you think in the comments below! Thanks for reading the article and have a great afternoon!
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Earlier today we took a look at the Travel Cover for the new Nexus 7, and now it’s time to look at our second official accessory. It’s the Asus Screen Protector for Nexus 7 2, and it’s quite something.
This Nexus 7 2 screen protector is different than most others on the market, by virtue of its five layer construction. This provides increased protection against damage from sand, dirt, keys, coins and other typical hard objects that might rub against your Nexus 7. It also provides a number of other advantages – namely, preventing fingerprints from building up, ensuring bubbles don’t form, and even protecting against UV damage.
This screen protector pack includes two screen protectors – one clear, one anti-glare. The clear version provides protection without impacting the brightness of the screen, while the anti-glare version makes the screen easier to read in direct sunlight at the small cost of screen brightness.
Thanks to the high quality of this screen protector, you’ll notice no difference in the quality of the visuals provided by the new Nexus 7′s beautifully sharp 1920 x 1200 display. Whether you’re using the clear or anti-glare version, text remains sharp, game graphics vivid and even high definition movies remain top-notch.
One constant bugbear for screen protectors are bubbles. Despite your best efforts, sometimes a few bubbles just seem to squeeze in. This screen protector pack comes with a “Bubble free” tool, which will easily eliminate any bubbles that appear during the application process, leaving a perfect application every time.
So if you’re looking for some screen protection for the 2013 model Nexus 7, be sure to have a look at our Asus Screen Protector. For more information, including the latest pricing and availability information, check out the link below.
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