Friday, January 7, 2011

ASUS Wins Record Number of CES 2011 Innovations Awards

ASUS Wins Record Number of CES 2011 Innovations Awards

-- Eight products chosen as most innovative in four award categories --

Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, Nevada (January 6, 2011) — ASUS is proud to announce that eight of its products have been chosen for the CES 2011 Innovations, Design and Engineering Awards program. The selected highlights span four award categories and include computer, consumer electronics and PC components. All have been chosen for their exciting designs and innovative use of technology, and are testament to ASUS’ position as a global technology leader.

Recognizing the best-designed consumer technology products
Chosen by a pre-eminent panel of independent industry designers, engineers and journalists, the CES Innovations, Design and Engineering Awards program recognizes the most innovative consumer electronics products across a broad range of categories. The awards have become a hallmark for the best of consumer technology design, and ASUS is thrilled that its brand promise of “Inspiring Innovation, Persistent Perfection” has resulted in such across-the-board recognition for its products.
CES 2011 Innovations Awards selection of ASUS products covers four categories:

1. Personal Electronics Awards – Three Innovations Honorees
ASUS Eee Slate EP121
ASUS U43Jc Notebook
ASUS WiCast EW2000
Three ASUS products have been chosen to receive a CES Innovations Award under the Personal Electronics category, with the strikingly designed Eee Slate EP121 the first to attract judges’ attention. This portable slate computer combines a powerful Intel® Core™ i5 processor and the smooth responsiveness of Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium with a touch digitizer to afford flexible multi-gesture input and superior usability. It also features a 12” screen and an innovative Bluetooth keyboard dock to provide the best of both touchscreen tablets and traditional notebooks.

The sleek U43Jc notebook has been selected for its fusion of eco-friendly features and cutting edge technology. Clad in ecologically sustainable bamboo, the U43Jc has a naturally beautiful exterior, beneath which sits a specification that incorporates ASUS Super Hybrid Engine technology to perfectly balance energy consumption and performance for optimum battery life.
In addition to two portable computers, the ASUS WiCast EW2000 was selected as a CES Innovations honoree for its ability to stream HD video wirelessly from any device with HDMI at up to 1080p. The compact plug and play design has a bandwidth of 3Gb/s, so there’s no compromise of picture or sound quality, and streaming works equally well for HD movies and games.

2. Computer Hardware Awards – Three Innovations Honorees
ASUS ARES/2DIS/4GD5 Graphics Card
ASUS ROG Rampage III Extreme Motherboard
ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Extreme Motherboard
Three high-performance ASUS gaming components have been chosen for the Computer Hardware category, beginning with the ARES/2DIS/4GD5 graphics card. Based on dual ATI Radeon HD 5870 GPUs, the ARES is righty described as “the fastest graphics card in the world”, yet its oversized custom cooling system makes it much quieter than the reference card design.
Two ASUS motherboards have also garnered CES Innovations awards. First is the ROG Rampage III Extreme, chosen for its striking appearance and powerful remote overclocking features that allow performance to be tweaked using a notebook PC or even a smartphone. The ROG Crosshair IV Extreme was also selected, recognized as the first AMD-based motherboard to support a hybrid mix of up to four-way graphics cards as well as extreme performance tuning features, such as ROG iDirect which allows overclockers to tune their PC from iPhone and iPad.

3. Home Networking Awards – Innovations Honoree
ASUS RT-N66U Router
The Home Networking category sees the ASUS RT-N66U router picked as a CES Innovations Honoree. With a compact design that blends in discretely at the home, the RT-N66U is a full Gigabit router with dual-band Wi-Fi and a user-friendly setup that makes it easy to get the most out of its powerful performance.

4. Audio Accessories Awards - Innovations Honoree
ASUS Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set
The ASUS Xonar Xense premium gaming audio set completes the CES 2011 Innovations Awards line-up. Designed for first-person shooter enthusiasts, this expertly paired set of sound card and headphones gives a superlative audio experience for gamers who want to fully immerse themselves in the action. High quality audio electronics deliver pure, interference-free sound, while the Sennheiser PC350 headphones reproduce in-game audio with crystal clarity.