Asus showed off a number of laptops at the recent CES 2018. Among their number was the ZenBook 13 (UX331UAL). However, it has now released a similar model with discrete graphics - a GeForce MX150 GPU. The new Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN has an attractive headlining claim of being the "world's thinnest discrete graphics laptop". To put some numbers to that claim it is 310mm x 215mm (slightly larger than a sheet of A4 paper) and 13.9mm thick. While we are getting physical, it is worth mentioning that the UX331UN weighs in at an impressive (for a 13.3-incher) 1.1Kg. Inside this laptop there is an Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.4GHz) quad-core processor and the aforementioned Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU with 2GB of GDDR5. The design is based around a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel wide-viewing-angle touchscreen display with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 256GB SSD as standard. That screen features Asus NanoEdge tech which equates to a 6.86mm bezel. Other hardware specs you might be interested in … [Read more...] about Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN hits retail availability in the US
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Although JB Hi-Fi has rolled out an IP telephony-capable Nortel phone system across 120 of its 135 stores, it said it was cheaper to continue to use the legacy Telstra voice service than power up the VoIP feature. JB Hi-Fi chief information officer Geoff Craig said that although Nortel's CS-1000 had been easy to implement and worked well in the capacity it was being used, VoIP wasn't a feature the retail chain had gone live with. "VoIP was never a big success because we've already got such a great spending relationship with Telstra that it was actually cheaper to not use VoIP than what it was to roll out an entire solution and support an entire VoIP solution," he told ZDNet.com.au recently. The New Zealand office does use a VoIP system, but he said it required more support than the phone service the stores ran on in Australia. "[Telstra] actually changed our contract around so that our data was at a highly supported rate and obviously an affordable rate, gave us a fantastic discount … [Read more...] about Cheaper not to do VoIP: JB Hi-Fi
Australian electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi has this morning announced plans for an online music streaming service for Australian customers by mid 2012, taking on Sony and beating big names like Amazon to the local punch. JB Hi-Fi's new concept store at Westfield Sydney. JB Hi-Fi's CEO Terry Smart dropped the streaming music bombshell this morning at the announcement of the retailer's $134.4 million net profit after tax for the year ending 30 June 2011. The service, called "JB Hi-Fi Now", will sport around 100,000 local and international artists at launch, with an offering of between six and eight million tracks. "We will continue to grow this number over time," Smart promised. "The service will allow for unlimited access and listening to music from your Mac, PC or mobile device," he added. The company's investor presentation reveals that Mac and PC users will get the streaming service first with mobile user support coming later. Smart told ZDNet Australia that the company intends to … [Read more...] about JB Hi-Fi to offer cloud music service
Asus' Zenbook UX21 and UX31 arrive October 12. Image by Gloria Sin After revealing the timepiece-inspired UX21 Ultrabook at Computex back in May, Asus has been keeping its entrant into the new category of laptops relatively unwraps until today. In a glitzy media event at Guastavino's in New York City yesterday afternoon, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih officially launched not one but two Ultrabooks: the Zenbook UX21 and UX31. Specs & Prices Not only does the UX21 and UX31 offer different screen sizes -- the UX21 has a 11.6-inch display while the UX31 has a 13.3-inch screen -- they also feature different ports and parts that make it possible to bring a Zenbook home for $999 as Intel promised. But the fact that the $999 UX21 offers similar specs as the $1199 MacBook Air makes it a legitimate MBA alternative. $999 Asus Zenbook UX21 (UX21E-?DH52) specs: Processor: Intel's second-generation Core i5 2467M (Ultra Low Voltage) Display: 11.6“ HD (1366X768) RAM: 4GB DDR3 … [Read more...] about Asus’ Zenbook UX21 and UX31 arrive October 12 (first look)
Facebook scammers are once again exploiting ignorant victims with claims of a free voucher giveaway on the social network. You cannot get a free voucher to the Australian electronics chain JB Hi-Fi; the story is false. This version says something along the lines of "Happy Christmas! Free $200 Jb Hi Fi Voucher!" followed by a link to a fraudulent website. It also has the description "In true holiday spirit, we have decided to give away 2000 vouchers to some of our loyal fans!", according to Sophos. As you can see in the screenshot above, the messages include a thumbnail image of the JB Hi-Fi logo. Instead of getting a voucher, you'll be told to share the link with all of your Facebook friends. The webpage will then tell you that you're one of the lucky people who has won the voucher. Finally, you'll be asked to complete an online survey, but you'll never see your supposed prize. The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. This is how the scammer earns his or … [Read more...] about Facebook scam: Happy Christmas! Free $200 Jb Hi Fi Voucher!
in brief JB Hi-Fi has opened up its cloud-based music service, Now, to beta users and revealed its three-, six- and 12-month pricing. JB Hi-Fi Now(Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia) The retailer will give all customers who sign up to the beta a free one-month subscription. A three-month subscription will cost $25, six months will cost $50 and 12 months will cost $80. Privacy settings within Now also allow users to browse the music streaming site without sharing their profile to other users. The retailer said recently that mobile apps for the Now platform are coming soon. You can take a photo tour of JB Hi-Fi's Now service here. … [Read more...] about JB Hi-Fi prices cloud music, opens beta
Terry Smart, CEO of JB Hi-Fi, has revealed that the first mobile application for its music-streaming service will be released next month. JB Hi-Fi's first look at the Now app for iOS.(Screenshot by Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia) Smart said in the company's half-yearly results announcement today that JB Hi-Fi Now represents the company's first step towards its long-awaited digital strategy. "The first stage of our digital strategy, our music-subscription streaming service, JB Hi-Fi Now, is gaining momentum, and will accelerate in growth once we launch our mobile application in the next four weeks," Smart said. The company previewed the iOS-based mobile app when the service was soft launched back in December 2011. Smart told ZDNet Australia at the announcement of the service that users of the Now platform would see apps released for all platforms over time, including Android and Windows Phone. JB Hi-Fi reported lower profit numbers in the first half of 2012, falling 9.4 per cent for … [Read more...] about JB Hi-Fi apps coming next month
It’s been a great year for ultra-portable laptops. With the MacBook Air sliding into obscurity, falling further and further behind the curve, other manufacturers have stepped up to fill that void with their own high-powered, razor-thin, super-premium laptops. Two in particular have been vying for the coveted crown as the best ultra-portable notebook on the market, the Asus Zenbook 3 and the Acer Swift 7.Both are impressively built, both are fast and reliable. But which one will come out on top when we pit them against one another head-to-head, matching spec-for-spec?PerformanceLooking at the specs side-by-side, you can see some trends emerge. The Zenbook is a little more expensive, so it’s got a little more power under the hood, but other than that the Zenbook and Swift are evenly-matched. The Swift has a comparable graphics engine, similar battery life, and it has more ports. In an age when manufacturers are paring down the profiles of their flagship notebooks, those extra … [Read more...] about Asus Zenbook 3 vs. Acer Swift 7: Two of the thinnest Windows laptops duke it out
Xbox is pushing digital purchasing back into the bricks and mortar world with the announcement that Australians can now buy digital redemption codes for games and content through JB Hi-Fi stores.According to Xbox Australia, JB Hi-Fi stores across the country have started stocking redeemable digital codes "for select game add-ons, season passes, consumables and full game downloads for the Xbox One console".From this week, consumers will be able to get access to codes for "the biggest current titles", including Minecraft, Forza Horizon 2's 'Car Pass', NBA 2K15's 'Virtual Currency', and Grand Theft Auto Online's 'Shark Cards'. Xbox is expecting to add more content as new titles are released, including titles from Microsoft as well as other publishers. There are also plans to add content from popular titles from the back catalogue of Xbox One and Xbox 360 … [Read more...] about JB Hi-Fi now selling digital codes for Xbox games
The Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW is a terrific value for workers with graphically intensive workloads. The 15-inch workhorse laptop offers all the perks of a MacBook Pro — including a premium metal design, powerful performance and a super-high-res display — for about $1,000 less than Apple's machine, at least if you won’t comparable specs. No, that's not a typo — starting at just $1,499, Asus' system really is that affordable. That makes it a nearly unbeatable deal for anyone whose job involves 3D software or photo/video editing. [For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.] The ZenBook Pro looks and feels every bit as premium as the MacBook Pro. I especially love the look of the aluminum lid, which sports a handsome brushed-metal effect. The all-metal system feels really sturdy, without a hint of flex in the lid or keyboard deck. But you'll make one big sacrifice by opting for the ZenBook Pro over rival laptops: … [Read more...] about Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW Review: Is It Good for Business?