This brand you’ve never heard of has brought back a former crowd pleaser.
It seems the billion-dollar battle over the mobile market has claimed another victim today, as Asus announced that longtime CEO Jerry Shen will be stepping down in advance of an upcoming corporate restructuring.Effective 1 January 2019, Shen will be replaced by Asus’ current PC business head S.Y.Hsu and global customer service leader Samsung Hu, who will serve as the company’s new co-CEOs.During his time at Asus (including 11 years spent as CEO), Shen was responsible for a number of big-time hits such as the original Eee PC, which launched an entire generation of low-power, low-cost netbooks in the mid 2000's, along with Asus staples like its ZenBook and Transformer series machines.Shen also oversaw the creation of some innovative (though ultimately flawed) devices like the Asus PhonePad which featured a regular-sized handset that could be docked with a tablet-sized shell.But the real issue for Asus it seems was its struggling phone business, because of which the company wrote off a 6 billion NT (about £155 million) loss recently related to “loss of inventory.” In certain markets like India, the ZenFone series was largely a success, while in other markets like the US, the ZenFone is essentially an unknown brand with previous devices like the ZenFone 2 serving as collateral damage as the result of Intel’s failed pushed to get into the mobile chip market.
ASUS may not be as a big a name in the smartphone market but it has achieved one thing few off its competitors have not.Its name has not been dragged in any major scandal or problems in the past years the likes of Samsung, HTC, and even LG have been subjected to.So it is both surprising and yet expected that Jerry Shen, ASUS’ CEO for the past 11 years, is finally stepping down.But with his departure comes questions about the fate of the company’s phones.Under Shen’s guidance, the company brought out odd yet innovative devices that sadly didn’t stand the test of time, like the PadFone phone-tablet-laptop in one line.Others, however, have left their imprint in the market in some way.
Lenovo has a new trio of Chromebooks, all of which are designed to be used and abused in schools.Featuring reinforced hinges, ports, and keyboards, and capable of withstanding 30-inch drops, they’re the very essence of ruggedized technology.And to my sentimental eyes, they look like a throwback to the good old days of Asus Eee PC netbooks from a decade ago.Starting off with the most basic 100e Chromebook, which costs $219, Lenovo gives you an awesome little keyboard with plenty of key travel and zero typing fatigue.That’s tied to an 11.6-inch screen that has a resolution of 1336 x 768 and frankly atrocious viewing angles.I’d highly recommend stepping up to the $279 300e Chromebook, which adds touch, a much improved display, and a Yoga-style 360-degree hinge.
Forget Halloween, Christmas and Kwanzaa, there's only one annual extravangza worth celebrating this time of year: the Stuff Gagdet Awards.Yep, our yearly tribute to techy brilliance is back for Stuff's November issue, with 115 nominees across 23 categories.From Phone of the Year to Drone of the Year and all manner of accolades inbetween, the Stuff Gadget Awards is your essential guide to the best tech that 2017 has had to offer.But what will win out as our Gadget of the Year and will it prove a more revolutionary pick than 2008's Asus Eee PC 901?Of course, that's not all we've crammed into the latest edition of the world's best-selling gadget mag.We've also picked out the best go-karts money can buy, given Apple's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus the full review treatment and taken a look at the finest turntables you can get on a budget.
From its modest beginnings as a minimal ”köksdator” grew everything in a computer is fast emerging as a complete and powerful alternative to awkward, datorlåda and tangled wires on your desktop.Or actually, there are two concepts that have been merged into one: the old colorful Imac in the original version with thick screen, and small köksdatorer as the Asus Eee PC.Now they look like professional desktopskärmar or sometimes as small televisions, and contains everything most people might need in the datorväg.Here, has there been any in recent years and the supply has become both better and more varied than ever.Yes, it is, and with a slowly expanding range of gaming computers with a computer and screen in one.In this test, we take a look at some of the best and most maxed all in one computers for home use.
With a recent distribution on a fairly recent laptop, connecting your Linux laptop to an available Wi-Fi network is often as easy as it is with your phone.I went through this when I first installed Ubuntu 8.04 on my Asus Eee PC.Getting Wi-Fi working is less of an issue today (though it still can be difficult on occasion).(If you have any virtual private networks (VPNs) set up, you can see those details in the VPN heading that follows the Wi-Fi heading.)The thing is, it’s hard to remember to connect to your VPN every time you sit down in a coffee shop or airport.Luckily, NetworkManager makes it easy to “set it and forget it.”
Chinese vendor Chuwi follows that trend with the LapBook, a notebook that sharply differs from the competition in physical terms.Firstly, it adopts a white finish throughout except for the screen bezel and the keyboard , then there s the fact that it uses a 15.6-inch display, and finally, it is one of the very few devices to use a 5V adaptor, the same as your smartphone or tablet.Indeed we ve successfully managed to power it using a standard charger, although sadly, Chuwi engineers opted for a proprietary connector rather than the ubiquitous microUSB port.The better value of the two is the model based on Intel s Z8300 CPU which retails for £149 around $185, AU$250 at the time of writing.It does look like a larger version of the Asus EEE PC Seashell, a netbook launched in 2009 that had similar but softer lines.Oddly enough it comes with a tiny power supply unit, a 15W 5V3A model which can also be used to charge your smartphone should you feel the need to.
If there's one thing that separates Asus from its competitors, it's the company's willingness to experiment with new designs.Asus has had a few big hits that the rest of the industry followed, like the Eee PC in 2008, which sparked the craze for netbooks.Other products have fared less well, like the PadFone, a hybrid device that includes a smartphone that docks into a tablet.But year after year, in a hardware industry that shies away from risk, Asus usually has a surprise or two up its sleeve.Last week it was a home help robot called Zenbo, whose cute antics and affordable price-tag stole the show at Computex.We sat down with Asus Chairman Jonney Shih in Taipei last week and asked him how he approaches product design, and also got his take on AI.