ASUS is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate this milestone than unveiling special devices during Computex 2019. For true ASUS fans out there, get ready to be excited about a limited edition smartphone, laptop, and motherboard.
ZenFone 6 Edition 30
The newly announced ZenFone 6 is already getting a new variant: the ZenFone 6 Edition 30. It’s essentially a ZenFone 6 with a few cosmetic changes to make it unique and a couple of internal upgrades to make the best ZenFone out there.
It features the now-iconic concentric-circle pattern we’ve seen with other premium ASUS devices in a special Matte Black color. To make the phone stand out, it has an embossed Edition 30 logo on its back.
Inside, the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 is the most powerful ZenFone to date with 12GB of memory and 512GB of storage. Of course, it’s still powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip and has an innovative Flip Camera system with 48- and 16-megapixel sensors. There will be 3,000 units available and it’ll come with a 30-month warranty.
ZenBook Edition 30
If ASUS’ smartphone gets a special edition, their laptop must also have one. The ZenBook Edition 30 is based on the new ZenBook lineup featuring the ScreenPad 2.0.
On the outside, the ZenBook Edition 30 is truly special thanks to its classic look with a futuristic twist. The laptop’s lid features a Pearl White genuine Italian leather that’s hand-crafted and hand-stitched. Complementing the lid’s white color is the Rose Gold diamond-cut edge and trim bar. To top everything off, this ZenBook has an 18-karat rose-gold-plated 30th-anniversary logo on the lid.
While the ZenBook Edition 30 has a luxurious exterior, it’s also a top-of-the-line notebook with a NanoEdge display, latest 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete graphics.
Additionally, it comes exclusively with a set of premium accessories, including a Pearl White mouse, a leather-like mouse pad, and a genuine-leather sleeve.
Prime X299 Edition 30
For ASUS fans that are PC builders, the company also has the Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard. The earliest product of ASUS is a motherboard, hence the Prime X299 Edition 30 honors the legacy of the company.
In celebration of ASUS’s 30th anniversary, they’re introducing the special edition ZenBook, Zenfone 6, and Prime X299. #WiserTogether #RepublicofGamers #Compitex2019 #GadgetMatchLive @gadgetmatch pic.twitter.com/FLKEfq4Ybn
— Kevin Bruce Francisco (@kevincofrancis) May 27, 2019
The special edition motherboard supports the latest Intel Core X-series desktop processors with a new flagship 16-stage power solution and enhanced cooling. It has two M.2 slots with passive heat sinks, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a DisplayPort. Connectivity-wise, it has built-in 5G Aquantia Ethernet, Intel Gigabit LAN, and Wi-Fi 6 support.
The motherboard also features a 2-inch LiveDash OLED display to show system stats with support for custom text and images for a personalized build. Furthermore, there’s a second LiveDash display in the new Smart Control Console which is an external module connected via USB.
Qualcomm is working on a 12-core ARM PC chip
Coming in 2024
Though the company still stands at the forefront of smartphone processors, Qualcomm has some ways to go before making a significant impact on desktop processors. Of course, the company has already started making PC chips for a while now. However, other giants, like Intel and AMD, continue to dominate. According to a new report, Qualcomm is taking another crack at the market with an upcoming 12-core chipset.
Codenamed Hamoa, the upcoming chipset will reportedly feature eight performance cores and four efficiency cores. Additionally, it will support discrete GPUs.
In other news: Qualcomm's working on a 2024 desktop chip codename "Hamoa" with up to 12 (8P+4E) in-house cores (based on the Nuvia Phoenix design), similar mem/cache config as M1, explicit support for dGPUs and performance that is "extremely promising", according to my sources.
— Kuba Wojciechowski⚡ (@Za_Raczke) November 6, 2022
In terms of architecture, the Hamoa will have a similar memory and cache configuration as Apple’s M1 chipset. That’s no coincidence, though. According to the report from developer Kuba Wojciechowski, the chip will be based on Nuvia’s Phoenix design. Nuvia is made up of Apple’s former engineers who worked on the existing lineup of ARM-based chips.
With a big name behind it, the Hamoa has the potential to make a big splash on the scene once it launches. While the PC market has its fair share of big names, Apple has similarly wowed users with the M1 and the M2 chipsets. Naturally, it’s a point of jealousy since Apple chipsets only work with Apple. With the Hamoa chip, Qualcomm could infuse the market with a similar chipset.
Wojciechowski expects the processor to launch in 2024.
macOS Ventura now available
More efficiency, security
The latest software update for Macs — macOS Ventura — is now available for free, bringing groundbreaking new capabilities to Apple’s computers.
The Continuity Camera will give users an entirely new webcam experience. When an iPhone is nearby, Mac can automatically recognize and use the camera on the iPhone. This gives users the option to work wirelessly easily.
Desk View, meanwhile, taps into the Ultra-Wide camera on iPhone to show the user’s face and a good view of what’s happening around, which will come in handy for presentations, instructional videos, and more.
Handoff also comes to FaceTime, which will enable users to transfer a call from one Apple device to another nearby seamlessly.
Also available in the latest iPadOS update, the Stage Manager is more than just a tool for easy switching in between tasks or apps.
It actually automatically organizes apps and windows together. So, users can focus on what they need to, while still seeing everything in one glance.
Enabling Stage manager from Control Center also leads to the current window being displayed in the center with others appearing on the left.
Safari: Passkeys, collab features
When it comes to Safari, safe browsing is taken to a whole new level with the introduction of passkeys.
This sign-in method is easy to use, and generally more secure, replacing passwords. A unique digital key is created when a user creates a passkey, and it stays on the device.
Users may be able to sign using Touch ID or Face ID for verification. Passkeys are also synced with end-to-end encryption using iCloud Keychain to be available across other Apple devices.
Meanwhile, Shared Tab Groups allow friends, family, and colleagues to collaborate and share websites with others live.
Speaking of viewing things in real-time, the iCloud Shared Photo Library lets up to six individuals collaborate on a photo library where they can add, delete, edit, or favorite shared photos.
More efficiency for Mail, Messages
Similar to the iPadOS update, users will now be able to schedule messages. It can also cancel the delivery of a message before it reaches the inbox, and add links for better content previews.
Mail can also detect if items are missing so users can be reminded – especially when attaching files.
As for Messages, users will be able to edit or undo a recently sent message, recover accidentally deleted messages, or even mark a message as unread.
Gaming on Mac
Thanks to Apple silicon, every new Mac is also capable of running AAA games with ease. The new macOS Ventura brings technologies like Metal 3 that take full advantage of the incredible hardware in Mac. This results in more responsive gameplay, high frame rates, and beautiful visuals.
New AAA game titles are coming to Mac later this year, including Capcom’s Resident Evil Village, which will launch on the Mac App Store on October 28, and will take full advantage of the power and performance of Apple silicon.
Razer Basilisk v3 Pro review: HyperSpeed, hyper responsive
Another great piece of colorful hardware
When it comes to high quality gaming peripherals, Razer is surely one of the brands a lot of people have on their minds — and rightfully so. Specifically, the black and green brand’s lineup of gaming mice continuously brings that same level of quality and responsiveness across their newer iterations.
One such newer iteration is the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro, the wireless version of their latest Basilisk line of gaming mice. It’s part of their midweight gaming mice lineup. The Basilisk v3 Pro comes with the level of ergonomic comfort and customization suited for any gamer’s preference. All while this mouse provides the highest quality in performance and experience, ideally.
The question is: does the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro stand out as a gaming mouse for every type of gamer?
A bit on the hefty side yet easy to handle
The Razer Basilisk v3 Pro clocks in at around 112g, which feels a bit heavy initially. It’s something you will notice if you’ve been using lighter mice on your day-to-day gaming/work grind. Also, visually, it looks just a bit wider and longer than most of Razer’s gaming mice out there.
Even with some heft, this mouse still feels quite fluid to move on most surfaces. From most table tops to smooth mouse pads, the Basilisk v3 Pro’s surface tracking is pretty great. Although, there were times that the mouse was a bit too slippery on some surfaces, or the cursor wouldn’t move even while swinging the mouse.
Quite responsive, and makes your cursor go zoom
While on the topic of responsiveness, on all other aspects, the Basilisk v3 Pro is quite responsive. First up are the Razer Optical Mouse Switches attached to the left and right-click modules. Overall, the mouse picked up on almost all the clicks. And the Optical Mouse Switches feel sturdy to handle a ton of them.
Also, this mouse comes with a polling rate of up to 8,000Hz, set to 1,000Hz as the default upon set-up. Higher polling rates allow the mouse to be as responsive as possible, which is quite crucial when playing competitive titles. To match the polling rate, you can also scale this mouse to up to 30,000 DPI — which is complete overkill to your system if you set it that high.
Finally, there’s the Razer HyperScroll Tilt Wheel which you can configure to be in Tactical or Free Spin mode. Depending on your usage for it, this is pretty standard across all their gaming mice, with just a slight adjustment to how fast you can scroll. When in Free Spin Mode, it literally feels like you’re zooming past walls of texts or rows of tweets with one motion. Do note that for all of these features, it’s better to download Razer Synapse to properly set up the Basilisk v3 Pro for optimal use.
Setting it up took some time
Speaking of setting things up, the set-up process for the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro took a while for a couple of reasons. See, the Basilisk v3 Pro comes with a HyperSpeed USB Dongle. It typically works the moment it’s plugged into any PC. However, we did experience slight hiccups trying to get this to work at the start.
Normally, when plugging the dongle in, the mouse would start working. It is recommended to download Razer Synapse after plugging it in. No matter what we did, after installing Razer Synapse, the PC didn’t pick up the mouse. We even tried connecting it via Bluetooth, which got the mouse working but it wasn’t picked up by Synapse.
The only other way we had was just to do a wired connection with the USB-C to USB-A braided cord that came with the mouse. Normally, you would use this when you need to charge the mouse back to full capacity. Of course, the other added benefit to this was that it allows you to access the 8,000Hz polling rate, but you will be dealing with a pesky wire during gameplay.
Best paired with something wireless
Although, there was another piece of hardware Razer has that also solves this little set-up hiccup: the Razer Mouse Dock Pro. In essence, the Mouse Dock Pro is an additional accessory that wirelessly connects to compatible Razer mice. Like the Basilisk v3 Pro, this is also compatible with Razer Synapse for optimal performance.
The Razer Mouse Dock Pro also comes with a Wireless Charging Puck, which magnetically connects compatible mice to the dock with ease. Not only that, as the name suggests, you can wirelessly charge your mice with this installed. If you’re not a total fan of wired charging, this is a must-have.
Also, both the Basilisk v3 Pro and Mouse Dock Pro come with Razer Chroma support. So, you can easily sync the lighting effects. Some of the lighting effects even give you an indication of the battery percentage of your mice while charging. It even comes in a form factor with an anti-slip base, so it doesn’t easily get knocked over when you decide to rage at it.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
At PhP 8,995, the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro is a solid gaming mouse fit for the competitive and casual gamer alike. It’s responsive and customizable enough to bring you the best experience possible when playing some of your favorite titles. Plus, it comes with all sets of hardware that make productive work feel like a breeze, literally.
Even with the initial set-up hiccups, this mouse still delivers as advertised. It is a bit on the heavy side of things. But you might not even feel it when you’re too engrossed in the game. Of course, for PhP 3,995, you can also get the Razer Mouse Dock Pro and truly have a full wireless experience with it.
Overall, the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro is one wireless mouse that meets the standard of intuitive and responsive gaming. Whether it’s for working hard or playing harder, it’s a great option to consider. That rings true if you’re looking for an upgrade or just a new gaming mouse to use.
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