TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 30, 2017 — ASUS today announced that its products won eight Best Choice and 12 d&i (design and innovation) awards at ceremonies held during Computex 2017. Zenbo won the Best Choice of the Year Award, the Best Choice Golden Award and the Computex d&i Award. The ROG Swift PG27UQ 4K 144Hz HDR gaming monitor and Blue Cave wireless AC2600 dual-band gigabit router each won a Best Choice Golden Award.
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) collaborates with the International Forum Design (iF), a leading industrial design authority from Germany, to present the Computex d&i awards at the annual Computex tradeshow in Taipei. The awards recognize new products that exhibit outstanding design and innovative features. A jury consisting of the world’s top industrial designers evaluates the product submissions based on nine criteria, including aesthetics, innovation, usability, practicality and environmental impact.
The Best Choice Awards, established in 2002, are organized by Computex Taiwan and honor products that display excellence in innovation, functionality, and market potential.
ASUS Zenbo won three awards at Computex 2017: Best Choice of the Year Award, Best Choice Golden Award, and Computex d&i Award. Zenbo is the first commercially available home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families. Zenbo is a fun and educational playmate for kids, entertaining them with interactive storytelling and learning games that foster their creativity and logical thinking skills. As a hands-free household keeper, Zenbo enriches the home with a broad range of skills that make life easier and more enjoyable. He can control many smart home devices, assist in the kitchen by reading recipes out loud and function as a voice-controlled timer, serve as a family photographer with his built-in camera, and operate as a home security camera to give homeowners peace of mind when they are away.
Additionally, Zenbo helps senior family members safeguard their health and well-being by monitoring the home for emergency situations – such as falls – and immediately respond to them by notifying family members. During emergencies, Zenbo can assist through a feature, developed in collaboration with the National Police Agency in Taiwan, which enables families to contact their local police department and to speak with an officer using Zenbo’s built-in video calling. He also helps seniors enjoy a connected digital life by making it easy to accomplish online tasks, such as making video calls, using social media and shopping.
Best Choice Award and Computex d&i Award winners
ROG Horus GK2000 RGB
ROG Horus GK2000 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard has a premium, high-quality feel and features CNC-processed aluminum accents with a special topcoat finish. Intricately-engineered titanium ‘wings’ and an anodized keyboard plate with a brushed finish give Horus GK2000 RGB an aggressive look. The durable Cherry® MX Red mechanical switches used in Horus GK2000 RGB provide tactile, responsive keystrokes while 100 percent anti-ghosting with N-Key rollover (NKRO) technology ensures each keystroke is detected no matter how many keys are pressed simultaneously. Horus GK2000 RGB has a built-in 32-bit microcontroller unit and 8MB of onboard memory that processes and stores one-touch macro functions, as well as RGB lighting effects and profile settings for up to 10 games or apps. Horus GK2000 RGB is customizable to the smallest detail — the intuitive ROG user interface allows users to program three-layer macro keys for 12 additional functions; there are also 10 preset lighting modes, with two additional modes for user-customized settings. A key-light delay lets users select a pre-set time for keys to light up after being pressed.
Best Choice Golden Award Winners
ROG Swift PG27UQ
ROG Swift PG27UQ is the very first High Dynamic Resolution (HDR) gaming monitor to run 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) content at a 144Hz refresh rate to provide gamers with detailed ultra-high definition visuals at extremely super-smooth frame rates and is designed to take gaming visuals to a whole new level. Swift PG27UQ features NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ High Dynamic Range technology to offer a higher range of luminance than traditional monitors for an experience that is closer to what the human eye can see. The LED backlight is dynamically controlled across 384 zones, enabling very high contrast for richer, more natural dark scenes. Quantum-dot technology supports the cinema-standard DCI-P3 color gamut — which has a 25 percent-wider color range than sRGB — resulting in more realistic colors. In-plane switching (IPS) technology also gives Swift PG27UQ wide viewing angles so there is no color shift, even when viewing the monitor from extreme positions.
ASUS Blue Cave
ASUS Blue Cave is an elegantly designed AC2600-class dual-band smart Wi-Fi router that is the perfect match for modern multi-device homes. Blue Cave combines superb performance, commercial-grade security and family-friendly features with stylish good looks. Featuring Intel® technology, including Intel’s latest Wi-Fi chipset, it delivers ultra-fast AC2600-class concurrent dual-band Wi-Fi speeds throughout the home, ensuring smooth 4K UHD video streaming, lag-free gaming and fast file downloads. The use of powerful, specially designed internal antennas in Blue Cave is the key to its stylish and elegant antenna-less design, which features a unique and attractive central aperture that is bathed in gentle blue light.
Blue Cave incorporates ASUS AiProtection, the first commercial-grade security for home networks. ASUS AiProtection is a free-for-life security solution powered by Trend Micro™ Smart Home Network, which protects every connected smart device on the network, including IoT devices. Blue Cave also has a security insight protection that provides weekly protection activity reports for added peace of mind. If a security-related problem does occur, AiProtection helpfully indicates a possible solution.
Best Choice Award winners
ASUS ZenFone AR
ASUS ZenFone AR is a next-generation smartphone that represents a significant advance in mobile virtual-reality (VR) and augmented-reality (AR) technologies. It is the first smartphone that will be Tango-enabled and Daydream-ready. ZenFone AR is the thinnest and lightest Tango-enabled device. This breakthrough in size and weight is made possible by the innovative ASUS TriCam™ system, a three-camera system consisting of a 23MP main camera, a motion-tracking camera, and a depth-sensing camera. ZenFone AR features a powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 processor that is optimized for Tango, and is the world's first smartphone with 8GB of RAM. The powerful performance and innovative camera work of ZenFone AR in conjunction with Tango enable smooth and compelling smartphone AR experiences.
ASUS ZenBook Pro (UX550)
ASUS ZenBook Pro is designed to entice with pure, unadulterated power. This redesigned model is the thinnest, lightest and most powerful ZenBook Pro ever, offering discerning professional users a winning combination of serious performance and supremely elegant design. Using the latest 7th Generation Intel Core™ i7-7700HQ quad-core processor, gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce® GTX1050 Ti graphics, a 1TB PCIe x4 SSD and 16GB DDR4 RAM, it delivers unrivaled style and the ultimate computing performance. ZenBook Pro features a stunning 15.6-inch 4K UHD NanoEdge display for an expanded view and quad-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound audio, creating an incredible visual and audio experience. ZenBook Pro is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor for quick and secure one-touch login with Windows Hello.
At just 18.9mm thin, with a travel-friendly weight of only 1.8 kg, ZenBook Pro is a gorgeous powerhouse that can be taken anywhere, offering up to 14 hours of battery life to meet the demands of today’s on-the-go professionals. The NanoEdge display has a slim 7.3mm bezel that enhances the beauty of ZenBook Pro while minimizing its overall dimensions. The elegant, precision-crafted solid-aluminum unibody of ZenBook Pro features brilliant diamond-cut edges, an illuminated logo and the iconic Zen-inspired spun-metal finish on the lid.
ASUS S4096Z Storage server
ASUS S4096Z storage server offers the largest storage capacity available with up to 114 bays possible. The server can be configured with up to 96 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD) for maximized storage, and is intelligently designed for easy maintenance. The innovative modular design in the S4096Z features pull-out modules on each tray, making it easier and safer to swap out or replace the hard drives. The S4096Z includes LED indicators positioned at the front of each 4-in-1 HDD tray, which allows engineers to quickly check the status of each individual hard disk without accessing the trays.
Computex d&i Award winners
ASUS ZenBook Flip S (UX370)
ASUS ZenBook Flip S is the world’s thinnest convertible laptop, and as well as one of the lightest. This ultra-thin convertible is only 10.9mm thin and weighs just 1.1 kg, combining elegant sophistication with the convenience and versatility of a 360°-flippable display. The innovative 360° ErgoLift hinge has a dual-action mechanism that lifts and tilts the keyboard into the perfect typing position when the display is opened beyond 135 degrees.
ZenBook Flip S features a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor and an ultrafast 1TB PCIe SSD to allow users to sail through everyday computing tasks with ease. To keep ZenBook Flip S comfortably cool, ASUS engineers invented a brand-new cooling system using state-of-the-art components, including a liquid-crystal-polymer fan impeller that is just 0.3mm thin.
The 4K UHD multi-touch NanoEdge display on ZenBook Flip S supports an active stylus, combining an amazing visual experience with the convenience of effortless and intuitive interactivity. ZenBook Flip S also includes one of the smallest-ever laptop fingerprint sensors — measuring just 16 x 3.6mm — for instant one-touch login via Windows Hello in either laptop or tablet mode.
ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe (UX490)
The stunning all-aluminum ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe is only 12.9mm thick and 1.1 kg light, with a 13-inch-class chassis that features a gorgeous 14-inch NanoEdge display with an ultra-narrow bezel. ZenBook 3 Deluxe is the world’s thinnest 14-inch laptop, providing users with the perfect balance between portability and productivity.
The ZenBook 3 Series is designed to deliver unprecedented performance, and ZenBook 3 Deluxe takes this to the next level with the latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor, up to 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, and blazingly-fast 1TB PCI Express® (PCIe®) SSD — one of the largest-capacity SSDs available. Unrivaled expansion capabilities are provided by two USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) ports that are Thunderbolt™ 3-enabled with support for 40Gbps data transfers, dual 4K UHD external displays and power delivery. ZenBook 3 Deluxe is also compatible with the innovative ROG XG Station 2 external graphics dock that delivers full desktop graphics power for VR and gaming. The laptop is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor for easy one-touch login with Windows Hello.
ASUSPRO B9440 is the world’s lightest 14-inch business notebook, designed for discerning on-the-go professionals. Weighing just 1 kg, B9440 has an ultra-compact design with a footprint no larger than a 13-inch notebook, making it the ultimate take-anywhere notebook for business productivity. The sleek B9440 is designed to be both stylish and practical, using an all-metal chassis crafted from magnesium alloy – a premium material that is lighter but more rigid than standard aluminum alloy. The ergonomic keyboard has an innovative tilting design that positions it perfectly for comfortably typing.
ASUS Designo MZ27AQ
ASUS Designo MZ27AQ represents the new generation of ASUS Designo MZ Series monitors, which are ultra-slim and frameless, delivering a wider field of view for immersive and comfortable audio and video experiences. ASUS Designo MZ27AQ features a 27-inch 2560 x 1440 WQHD IPS panel with 100 percent sRGB color coverage. This ultra-slim display measures just 7mm at its thinnest point, and features a frameless panel design. It also features integrated ASUS SonicMaster technology, with 12W stereo speakers and an external 5W subwoofer co-developed with Harman Kardon for 2.1-channel audio. It offers a DisplayPort and two HDMI ports.
ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC
ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC is the world’s lightest and slimmest Full HD portable monitor, weighing just 800g and only 8mm thin with a 15.6-inch screen. At 6.5mm, the bezel is 60 percent thinner compared to previous models, bringing a more expansive view without compromising the styling. It features a USB-C port that supports power delivery and display output, and is compatible with any laptop equipped with a USB-C or USB Type-A port. ZenScreen MB16AC has an ultra-thin foldable smart case, which not only provides protection but also can be turned into a horizontal or vertical stand. Users who forget to bring the case can simply insert a pen into the hole located at the right bottom corner of the screen to prop it up. The monitor comes with ASUS Eye Care technology, with TÜV Rheinland-certified Flicker-Free and Ultra Low Blue Light technologies to minimize eyestrain and protect users from harmful blue light.
ASUS VivoMini (VC68V)
ASUS VivoMini VC68V is a high-performance mini-PC designed to handle intensive tasks. It is powered by a choice of desktop-grade 7th Generation Intel Core i7 or i5 processors, and features Intel vPro™ technology for greater security and easy remote management. A built-in amplifier and compatible Skype function buttons allow for easy web calls and conferences, making it perfect for conference rooms and call centers.
VivoMini VC68V has a versatile modular design with three configuration options. It can be specified with up to four 2.5-inch HDD/SSD for large storage capacities, making it perfect for use as a file server or media-editing platform. Dual-storage models with an optical disc drive are ideal for daily multitasking or multimedia. The third configuration features a dual-storage design and is ideal for those looking for a capable mini-PC for work.
VivoMini VC68V can also be hard-bundled with the latest Intel Optane™ memory technology for a combination of large storage capacities and high-speed data access.
ASUS Vivo AiO V241
ASUS Vivo AiO V241 is a stunningly beautiful 23.8-inch all-in-one PC with Windows 10 designed for effortless everyday computing and immersive home entertainment. The stylish Vivo AiO features a Full HD NanoEdge multi-touch display with wide-view technology and a near invisible physical bezel design that give an incredible 88 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display is enhanced with exclusive ASUS Splendid and ASUS Tru2Life video technologies to deliver vibrant and vivid visuals with superb detail. Vivo AiO V241 has a powerful ASUS SonicMaster stereo audio system that incorporates two advanced bass-reflex speakers for incredibly rich, full and immersive sound. Designed for smooth, responsive performance, Vivo AiO V241 is powered by the latest 7th Generation Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce 930MX discrete graphics.
ROG Zephyrus is the world’s slimmest gaming laptop, powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics processing unit (GPU). Zephyrus is the result of persistent dedication to gaming innovation from ROG. We aim to create laptops that are slimmer, cooler, quieter and more powerful than ever before, to address the needs of today's highly mobile gamers. Zephyrus has a blade-inspired design, resulting in an ultra-thin and sleek profile that tapers from 17.9mm down to 16.9mm at its thinnest point. Its incredible power allows Zephyrus to compete successfully with larger devices and desktops. The 15.6-inch Zephyrus incorporates an exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) — a specially designed cooling system — and customizable Aura RGB lighting effects. It features a super-fast 120Hz panel with a wide 100 percent sRGB color gamut and NVIDIA G-SYNC for breathtaking gaming visuals.
ROG Maximus IX Extreme
ROG Maximus IX Extreme is a seriously powerful Z270 gaming motherboard that’s expertly tooled to be totally cooled, with an integrated monoblock for water-cooled performance right out of the box, tailored for water-cooling enthusiasts and gamers who demand cutting-edge technologies. Designed from the ground up, Maximus IX Extreme’s monoblock has flow-rate, water-leak and temperature sensors all seamlessly integrated to keep wiring and tubing complexity to a minimum. The latest ROG gaming powerhouse also has Aura Sync illumination, support for ultra-fast DDR4 4133MHz memory, and exclusive SupremeFX S1220 codec for 113dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) on the line-in for exceptional audio experiences. Also loaded are the latest connectivity features including dual M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4, a USB 3.1 front-panel connector, 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 support, plus comprehensive safeguards including pre-mounted I/O shield and strengthened SafeSlot PCI Express slots, Maximus IX Extreme is built to power through even the most frenetic gaming sessions.
ROG GR8 II
ROG GR8 II mini-gaming PC delivers full desktop gaming power, and is the smallest four-liter gaming PC built for VR. This compact PC is equipped with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and will soon be updated with a ASUS GeForce® GTX 1060 (6GB VRAM) graphics card to bring smoother game visuals and faster performance for intense games with high-quality texture modes or HD texture pack, including Full HD 1080P gaming. GR8 II has a cleverly designed cooling system with dedicated cooling chambers for both the CPU and graphics card, giving it super-stable performance during intense gaming marathons. GR8 II comes with awesome SupremeFX audio technology that delivers the best recording quality and immersive audio. And with 12 ASUS Aura Sync modes to choose from, it takes RGB lighting to the next level.
 Based on an internal ASUS market analysis of 2-in-1 convertible laptops with the following key criteria: Windows or OS X operating system; thickness measured at Z-height; Intel® Core™ processor; and non-detachable keyboard. (As of May 1, 2017).
 Skype software is not included.