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ASUS ZenBook Pro with 4K Ultra HD Touchscreen

Plus, Samsung Electronics' first portable solid-state drive and Pelican iPhone cases.

by / October/November 2018

Pro Laptop

ASUS announced the ZenBook Pro 15, a 15.6-inch laptop with a 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) touchscreen, an Intel Core i9 hexa-core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics. The body is all-aluminum and is equipped with both Thunderbolt 3 ports and an integrated fingerprint sensor. The laptop also has up to 16 GB of high-performance 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM and up to 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 solid state drive. With speeds of up to 1734 Mbps — up to 12X faster than 802.11n — the dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi in the ZenBook Pro 15 has greater range and establishes more stable network connections for smooth streaming of 4K UHD online videos and more.

Solid Drive

Samsung Electronics unveiled its first NVMe-based portable solid state drive (SSD) — the Samsung Portable SSD X5 — designed for multimedia uses like editing 4K videos, creating real-time 3-D rendering images or compiling high-resolution photos. Thunderbolt 3 provides 40 Gb/s bandwidth, up to four times faster than USB 3.1. The X5 offers a read speed of up to 2,800 MB/s, which is up to 5.2 times faster than SATA interface portable SSDs and up to 25.5 times faster than external hard disk drives. The drive also has a maximum write speed of 2,300 MB/s, enabling users to transfer a 20 GB-sized 4K UHD video in 12 seconds. Designed for Macs and PCs with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the X5 gives users a lightweight and portable design, with capacity options of up to 2 TB. 

iPhone Protection

Pelican announced its complete line of cases for the new iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR. The latest phone case line includes the Ambassador case, Adventurer case and Protector case, as well as the Interceptor glass screen protector. The cases are designed with dual-layer protection to absorb impact during a fall. They have been drop-tested to Military 810G Specifications and feature a non-slip grip for easy holding and staying put on various surfaces. The Interceptor screen protector is made of thin, high-definition glass for great clarity and low scratches.

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Miriam Jones is chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines. She joined e.Republic in 2000 as an editor of Converge magazine.

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