ASUS products won 11 prestigious iF Product Design Awards at a ceremony held today at the BMW Welt Event Forum in Munich. Spanning three product design categories, the awards are the most ever won by ASUS at a single iF Design Awards ceremony. In the Computer category, ASUS won design awards for VivoMouse, MeMO Pad HD 7, Transformer Book Trio, Zenbook NX500, Zenbook UX301, the ASUSPRO PU Series, the ASUS ProArt PA Series monitors, ASUS G10AC and Republic of Gamers (ROG) Maximus VI Formula motherboard. PadFone mini won an award in the Telecommunications category, and the ASUS S1 mobile LED projector won an award in the Audio/Video category.
iF Design Awards are recognized worldwide as seal of quality for products that excel in specific criteria including design quality, degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics and more. An independent jury of 50 experts from all over the world assesses products and selects winners.
VivoMouse is an innovative three-in-one input device that functions as a mouse, touchpad and wireless remote. Its versatility, coupled with an ambidextrous, hand-fitting design and full support for Windows 8.1/8 gestures, makes VivoMouse convenient and comfortable to use for right- and left-handed users alike. It works interchangeably as an optical mouse and desktop touchpad, so it is an ideal input device for Windows 8.1/8 PCs without multi-touch displays. With its wireless PC connection, VivoMouse also works great in the living room as a remote control for a home theater PC. Optimized for one-handed control of the cursor, VivoMouse makes it easy to navigate a movie or music library while relaxing on the sofa.
In addition to its comfortable feel and ease of use, VivoMouse has a striking and unique design that fits in equally well on a desk or coffee table. VivoMouse Metallic Edition Wt720 delivers the same innovative experience as VivoMouse in a premium package. Crafted from top-grade materials, it features an aluminum body and touchpad with an elegant, diamond-cut concentric circle pattern.
MeMO Pad HD 7
MeMO Pad HD 7 is a stylish and portable 7-inch value tablet. Featuring a glossy cover design available in five colors — White, Blue, Pink, Green, and Gray — it is an attractively sleek device that is sure to match anyone's sense of style.
Amazingly thin and weighing just 302g, MeMO Pad HD 7 is comfortable to hold in one hand and slides easily into a pocket, yet comes with a large, brilliant HD IPS display that provides plenty of room and lets apps look their best. Dual speakers and ASUS SonicMaster technology deliver rich, lively sound for captivating music, movie and game experiences.
MeMO Pad HD 7 also comes with a front 1.2-megapixel and rear 5-megapixel camera for capturing life's extraordinary moments.
Transformer Book Trio
Transformer Book Trio is the world's first three-in-one laptop, tablet, and desktop PC. With a gorgeous metallic industrial design and amazing versatility, Transformer Book Trio is a device like no other. Featuring an easily detachable 11.6-inch Full HD screen, it switches nearly instantaneously from being a high-performance Windows 8 and Android laptop to an Android tablet. Attach the PC Station dock to an external monitor, and Transformer Book Trio becomes a powerful desktop PC. This incredible versatility makes Transformer Book Trio ideal for mobile users by reducing the number of separate devices they need to carry, along with the need to transfer information among devices.
As a Windows 8 laptop and PC, Transformer Book Trio features a powerful 4th-generation Intel® Core™ processor for seamless multitasking and enhanced productivity. As an Android tablet and laptop, its large, Full HD multi-touch screen and fast performance makes it easy to enjoy millions of movies, music tracks and apps from Google Play™.
Zenbook NX500 is an ultraportable notebook that combines innovative engineering and design techniques with powerful hardware to create a no-compromise computing experience. With a sleek silver body and slim form factor, it makes a striking impression and is highly portable.
As the first ASUS notebook with a 4K Ultra High Definition (4K/UHD) display, Zenbook NX500 delivers stunningly crisp graphics and text, and comes ready to support the future of 4K video content. Combined with its titanium-film speakers and SonicMaster premium audio technology, incorporating ICEpower®, Bang & Olufsen technology, Zenbook NX500 ensures unparalleled video and sound quality for exceptional entertainment experiences.
Zenbook NX500 will be on display at Milan Design Week 2014, which runs from 8th to 13th April, 2014.
Zenbook UX301 is an Ultrabook™ that combines breathtaking style with incredible durability, performance and innovative design. Its crystalline glass and ceramic coating gives Zenbook UX301 a rich luster that is both elegant and beautiful. The lid is covered with a layer of Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance™ to make Zenbook UX301 incredibly scratch resistant and enhance its durability.
Inside the lid is a bright and colorful 13.3-inch high-resolution WQHD display that makes everything from web pages to work documents look great. The display on Zenbook UX301 also comes with multi-touch capability that provides an enhanced computing experience with Windows 8 touch support.
Zenbook UX301 has a unique hinge design that is inspired by book spines and provides ideal viewing angles and typing comfort when fully open.
ASUSPRO PU Series
The ASUSPRO PU Series is a range of ultraportable business notebooks with refined professional styling and a focus on reliability and enabling maximum productivity. The design of the ASUSPRO PU Series laptops is clean and sleek, with a brushed hairline finish on the top and bottom that enhances their elegance. With a solid, one-piece construction, the laptops are durable, making them trustworthy for day in, day out business use.
The ASUSPRO PU Series also features True-comfort keyboards to enable easier typing for increased productivity. With ergonomically-tuned key resistance and 2.3mm key travel, the keyboards are designed for outstanding comfort even during extended use.
ASUS ProArt PA Series monitors
The ProArt PA Series is a range of professional monitors ideal for photographers, videographers, gamers or anyone looking for impeccable display performance. All monitors in the ProArt Series are factory pre-calibrated to provide high color accuracy and color space reproduction. With up to 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB and 120% NTSC color space reproduction, plus 10-bit display color, photos are displayed with accurate and consistent colors.
Part of the ProArt PA Series, the PA279Q monitor provides 109 pixels per inch (PPI), resulting in high-quality 2560 x 1440 visuals that are four times the resolution of those from standard 720p monitors. This lets users view greater image detail while providing more onscreen space.
ProArt PA Series monitors exclusively feature an innovative QuickFit Virtual Scale function that easily lets users preview photos and documents on screen at actual size before printing. An intuitive five-way navigation key enables control of the QuickFit Virtual Scale function as well as the other monitor functions and settings.
ProArt PA Series monitors are VESA mount compatible for wall or stand mounting, and also come with a versatile stand with full tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustment capability for maximum comfort.
ASUS G10AC is an incredibly powerful and feature-filled desktop PC in a strikingly beautiful package. Cutting a unique profile, its design is composed of angular, chiseled lines finished with a sleek hairline brushed surface. Rounding out the design and providing useful functionality, attractive indicator lights that show the status of attached external USB storage devices grace the front panel.
Inside, ASUS G10AC is driven by the latest 4th-generation Intel® Core™ processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX graphics for the ultimate power and performance when running the latest games or other intensive tasks. It is also the first desktop PC to feature ASUS SonicMaster audio technology, which provides enhanced sound quality for music, games and videos.
To provide protection against power outages and surges, and ensure continuous performance, ASUS G10AC comes with ASUS Power Pack, a removable Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) that can also be used as a portable battery. ASUS G10AC also comes equipped with ASUS Universal Storage Module (USM), which makes expanding hard drive storage easy and offers data speeds that are twice that of USB 3.0.
ROG Maximus VI Formula
The ROG Maximus VI Formula is a high-performance Z87 gaming motherboard whose design packs multiple performance-enhancing features along with undeniable style. Its unique CrossChill hybrid thermal design allows the user to choose between an air- or water-cooled thermal solution. Unlike other hybrid designs, CrossChill does not require a fan, so there is no noise or dust build-up. Water cooling provides up to 23°C lower MOSFET temperatures for more stable overclocking.
ROG Maximus VI Formula also features ROG Armor, another unique design feature that provides numerous performance benefits and adds a stylish futuristic flourish to the motherboard. Composed of two parts, a strong ABS top cover that blocks heat from graphics cards, and an SECC steel support behind the PCB, ROG Armor reduces overall system temperature and prevents PCB bending.
In addition to the design styling of ROG Armor, the motherboard features the striking red and black ROG color theme. This color theme is uniform throughout the ROG experience and appears not only on the hardware, but also in the UEFI BIOS and all software user interfaces.
PadFone mini is a uniquely versatile device that combines the pocketability of a smartphone with the screen size of a tablet. Comprised of a 4-inch smartphone that docks seamlessly in a palm-sized 7-inch tablet, PadFone mini lets users expand their view and charge their phone at the same time. DynamicDisplay ensures a smooth transition from phone to tablet and from tablet to phone, so the content displayed on screen looks great on either device.
PadFone mini comes with an 8-megapixel PixelMaster camera. PixelMaster technology comprises a set of features that improve camera functionality and make it easier for users to capture great looking photos. One signature PixelMaster feature, Low-light Mode, significantly increases camera performance in poorly lit scenes. By merging adjacent pixels, the camera increases light sensitivity by up to 400% and contrast up to 200%, resulting in clear and bright low-light shots without the need for a flash.
PadFone mini also features ASUS ZenUI, the all-new user interface exclusive to ASUS mobile devices. With a new visual design made to be efficient and inviting, it contains modern 'flat' icons, vivid color themes, animations, new ringtones and notification sounds, and a clean layout to clearly present information. ASUS ZenUI also includes two features — What's Next and Do It Later — designed to free users from the actively having to manage the multitude of information they are confronted with daily and enable them to be more productive.
ASUS S1 mobile LED projector
ASUS S1 is an ultraportable LED projector that delivers powerful performance for mobile professionals. With a modern, unobtrusive design featuring an attractive concentric-circle finish, it fits in perfectly in the meeting room or anywhere a presentation is needed. Palm-sized and weighing just 342g, ASUS S1 is unbelievably small and light, making it easy to take anywhere.
Despite its small size, ASUS S1 is a fully capable projector that delivers best-in-class short-throw performance. It displays a bright, 41-inch diagonal image at a distance of 1 meter. In addition to outstanding video performance, ASUS S1 features a built-in speaker with SonicMaster audio technology that delivers high-quality audio to enhance the projected image. Its battery provides up to 3 hours of projection time and, along with the projector's USB port, provides useful functionality as a mobile device charger, even when the projector is turned off.
ASUS S1 comes with a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) with HDMI input port to ensure compatibility with a wide range of devices, including laptops, media players and game consoles.