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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 arrives in the Philippines

Powered by the latest AMD chip, in a sleek, personalized package

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ASUS Philippines is set to unveil the arrival of one of the most sought-after gaming laptops. Announced back in CES 2020, this version now comes with the latest AMD processors and gaming hardware suited for everybody. Also, it will come with one of ASUS’ most creative technologies in any gaming device out in the market.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is arriving in the Philippines, and looks to be the most powerful gaming laptop in the market. It sports the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 Series processors inside, with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU. It also comes with up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage, and with a 14″ 120Hz FHD display for a smooth gaming experience. All of this packed together in a Moonlight White colorway for a more professional look.

The star of the show is the AniMe Matrix on the lid of the device. It is customizable to the point that you can put text, GIFs, and even your own logo on it. In essence, not only will you own a solid gaming device, but you can be creative with it, as well. The device also comes with WiFi 6 Connectivity with access to faster and longer internet connectivity, and USB-C Power Delivery.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 will be available on May 29, 2020 in two configurations. First is the configuration priced at PhP 99,995, which features the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 processor and an NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti inside. The second configuration follows the same processor except that it’s the one that comes with an NVIDIA RTX 2060, and is priced at PhP 109,995. If you purchase any of these models, you will also be given Sole Academy gift certificates worth PHP 5,000.

Here are the rest of the bundles available:

Series

MODEL

LCD

LCD TYPE

CPU

RAM

HDD

VGA

COLOR

REMARKS

BUNDLE

SRP

ARRIVAL DATE

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401IV-HE247T

14″ FHD

IPS 120HZ

R9-4900HS

8Gx2

1TB PCIE2

RTX2060 6GD6

Moonlight White

AniME Matrix LED

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Eye Web Camera

PHP 5,000 Sole Academy Voucher (May 29-June 7, 2020 promo)

PHP 109,995

May 29, 2020

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401IU-HE137T

14″ FHD

IPS 120HZ

R9-4900HS

8G

1TB PCIE2

GTX1660ti 6GD6

Moonlight White

AniME Matrix LED

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Eye Web Camera

PHP 5,000 Sole Academy Voucher (May 29-June 7, 2020 promo)

PHP 99,995

May 29, 2020

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401IU-HE045T

14” FHD

IPS 120HZ

R9-4900HS

8G

1TB PCIE2

GTX1660ti 6GD6

Eclipse Gray

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse

PHP 89,995

June 2020

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401II-HE058T

14” FHD

IPS 120HZ

R7-4800HS

8G

512G PCIE2

GTX 1650Ti 4GD6

Eclipse Gray

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse

PHP 74,995

June 2020

E3 2021

Razer unveils its new Raptor 27 gaming monitor

Higher refresh rate, and more RGB to boot

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During Day 3 of E3 2021, Razer kept their announcements simple and straight to the point. Apart from the new laptop and portable charger, the company also unveiled a new iteration of their gaming monitor. If you’re a big fan of RGB setups, the new Razer Raptor 27 might just be the monitor for you.

The new Razer Raptor 27 comes in a similar form factor as its predecessor, with an RGB base at the bottom. Unlike its predecessor, it now comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response rate. For competitive gamers, this is a huge plus to capture higher frame rates without missing a beat. Also, with a 95 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, you can expect more vibrant colors suited for creatives, as well.

Another feature that creatives will also appreciate is that the Razer Raptor 27 is now THX-certified. This means that the 27-inch IPS display will project stunning picture quality according to how creators intended them to. Along with Razer’s Synapse 3 software, you will also be able to control its settings for your preferred viewing experience.

The Razer Raptor 27 will be available early Q3 2021 at US$ 799.99.

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E3 2021

Nintendo announces the arrival of Metroid Dread

After sixteen years of lingering, Samus Aran is back

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Metroid Dread

Nintendo kicked off the final day of E3 2021 with a ton of game releases on deck. Apart from a couple of games getting ports for the Nintendo Switch, there were a handful of new releases to watch out for. One of these is a return to the old days of 2D-style movement and the return of Samus herself in Metroid Dread.

The game serves as the mainline series’ fifth installment, following Metroid Fusion. Although, it suffered through sixteen years of “development hell” since its inception in 2005. Originally, Nintendo planned Metroid Dread for a Nintendo DS release but the technology had its limitations at the time. Now, under both Nintendo and MercurySteam, it will return for the Nintendo Switch nineteen years after Fusion‘s release.

In this game, Samus sets on a mission to uncover a mystery behind the supposedly surviving X Parasites from the events of Fusion. Initally, the Galactic Federation dispatched a unit of E.M.M.I. robots to investigate, but disappeared upon arrival. Samus’ adventure rages on as Metroid Dread will be available on October 8, 2021.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer breakdown

The trailer has fans guessing

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Remember Breath of the Wild? I don’t know. Just the single most amazing open-world game Nintendo published? Yeah, well, we’re all collectively getting a sequel come 2022 with Nintendo tickling us with their The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Not the official title yet, by the way) trailer.

Nothing screams new and improved like a new hair-do. The trailer features Link’s sweet new hairdo, abilities, enemies, and corrupted arm. 

Familiar place, new arms

After a shot of ominous red and black goop and a foreboding shot of Zelda falling, Link sky-dives between clouds into floating islands that look just like the last game’s Skyward Sword Skyloft. The scene cuts to him gliding into the Slyloft-like structure at night and him running on a floating islet at sunset.

A sneak peek into Link’s right arm appears from this falling and gliding sequence. Whereby, the arm is reminiscent of the classic Fullmetal Alchemist mechanical arm but with Sheikah technology.

New skills for familiar targets

Link’s new abilities are closely tied to his corrupted arm. And, Nintendo shows these new abilities off by first showing new targets. In the next scene, Link glides by Bokoblins hanging out in a fort built on top of a Stone Talus. Which, effectively combines two enemies in the previous game, into a hellish moving enemy target.

Nintendo then decides to tease us with a quick look-see of Link’s green-glowing corrupted arm. The scene skips to Link mid-climb with a group of enemies sending a spiky ball his way. He quickly reaches out with his corrupted hand; freezes the ball; and rewinds it back up the hill. All while taking out some Bokoblins along the way.

Sheikah Slate, who’s she?

Link’s new abilities build upon his Breath of the Wild skills. From freezing objects (instead of time) to a quick shot of a flamethrower arm, to swimming through obstacles.

We get an allusion to his new abilities with a drop of water ripple back into a droplet. Whereby the shot is of Link swimming through a stone structure and out the other end. We’ll have to wait to see if the arm augments other powers like Magnet, Remote Bomb, and Cryonis. But, so far, Link looks to be bending objects if not through them.

Nintendo is looking to release the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild some time in 2022. 

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