Tuesday, June 30, 2020



Premium Audio Powered by Meridian Technology Combines with Unique Design and Lighting Features to Deliver a Powerful and Portable Listening Experience

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., June 30, 2020 — LG Electronics USA announced arrival of the latest addition to its XBOOM Go portable Bluetooth speaker lineup with the debut of the LG XBOOM Go PL Series with Meridian technology (models PL7, PL5 and PL2), now available at LG.com and through LG-authorized dealers nationwide.

The LG XBOOM Go PL teams up with Meridian -- the world’s leading high-resolution audio brand -- to deliver enhanced bass, clearer vocals
and an exceptional listening experience. With enhanced usability, a stylish new design, compact size and long battery life (up to 24 hours*) LG XBOOM Go PL is the perfect solution for premium audio on-the-go enjoyment.

Meridian’s advanced audio technology delivers premium quality sound with deep bass, rich treble and clear vocals. The exceptional bass is driven by the inclusion of Dual Action Bass (PL7 and PL5) which uses passive radiators to pump out dynamic bass and bold beats that users can both feel and hear. For a wide sound stage with excellent detail across the higher frequencies, the PL7 speaker also employs dual tweeters.

The XBOOM Go lineup also pairs impressive audio quality with party-optimized features including Dual Play (PL7, PL5 and PL2) to allow two LG speakers to be connected together and create an even more immersive sound experience. The water resistant (IPX5 rated) PL series also provides peace of mind in various settings from casual dinner parties to outdoor adventures.

To complement the XBOOM Go PL’s excellent audio quality and add an element of visual excitement to the experience, the LG XBOOM Go PL speakers include a Multi-Color Lighting feature (PL7 and PL5) employing a three-step process to detect tempo based on soundwaves, and producing pulses of LED lighting in sync with the speed and beat of the song.

The lineup also supports hands-free functionality, voice commands and multi-phone pairing. Users can also control the speaker from a mobile device. When you download the LG XBOOM Bluetooth app (available on Android and iOS), you can manage the audio connection, lighting effects, playlists, equalizer and more with just a few clicks.

For more information on the 2020 LG XBOOM Go PL visit https://www.lg.com/us/wireless-bluetooth-speakers.

2020 LG XBOOM Go PL Series
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Zephyrus Duo 15

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Zephyrus Duo 15

Ultraslim gaming laptop features integrated secondary 14.1" full-width touchscreen for accelerated multitasking, gaming, content creation, and more
Fremont, CA, (June 22, 2020) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today launched the groundbreaking ROG Zephyrus Duo 15. The laptop has two integrated displays that fits in an ultraslim form factor, bringing a new dimension of versatility to premium gaming laptops without having to sacrifice any of the high-powered performance that defines ROG. It’s powerfully equipped with an innovative cooling system to optimize performance and has the portability to create, play, and stay productive anywhere you go.

ROG ScreenPad Plus unlocks endless possibilities
The 14.1-inch panel in ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is the largest second display ever put in a production gaming laptop. As the laptop opens, the ROG ScreenPad Plus tilts up at a 13° angle for comfortable viewing and touchscreen interaction. The custom hinge staggers the rise of the display to prevent damage and incorporates curved sliders that delay the deployment of the secondary screen. The IPS panel stretches wide viewing angles across the full width of the body, and its 3840 x 1100 resolution boasts a high pixel density that delivers rich details, crisp text, and flowing lines at a smooth 60 Hz refresh rate.

ScreenPad Plus can be used to turn the primary display into a more immersive medium for gaming, streaming, and content creation. Users can get a more expansive view of their game, movie, or other media, while using the secondary screen to keep an eye on emails, social media, and more. The touchscreen also supports the ASUS Pen active stylus that makes scribbling and sketching seamless.

ROG is working with game developers like Techland to optimize AAA games like Dying Light 2, which artfully moves co-op chats to ScreenPad Plus for easy viewing, and adds touchscreen controls for easy switching between inventory items and quests. Gamer's can see real-time stats, build recommendations, and more — all to amplify the advantages that the multi-screen design offers.

The Task Group feature lets users take snapshots of app arrangements across both screens, and then open those apps instantly with a tap of its associated icon. ROG Armoury Crate has a built-in resource monitor that allows users to track vital stats like CPU and GPU frequencies at a glance. And streamers can run their broadcasts more easily with an interface optimized for the secondary screen thanks to Xsplit Gamecaster.

AAS Plus amplifies airflow
With AAS Plus, tilting the touchscreen at an angle opens a larger 28.5 mm air intake, and allows the fans to draw in cooler air from above the laptop instead of warmer air from beneath it. This massive air intake increases airflow by up to 30% over previous AAS implementations, improving performance and putting less strain on the internal cooling system. Decreased need for heat dissipation means that noise levels can be kept below 46 dB(A) in Turbo mode, and 43 dB(A) in Performance mode.

Go hi-res or hi-speed
Users can choose between an ultrafast 300 Hz / 3 ms gaming panel or a high-resolution 4K UHD display.
The 4K UHD display offers incredible visuals at the highest fidelity detail. Both of these displays are factory calibrated and PANTONE® Validated to guarantee color accuracy, but this particular panel also covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color space. The wide gamut and accurate colors let gamers who are also creators produce work at a professional level.

Both primary display options use NVIDIA® G-SYNC® technology to enable a uniquely engaging experience. G-SYNC synchronizes the refresh rate with the frame rate to eliminate tearing, minimize stuttering, and reduce input lag. A GPU switch exclusive to ROG lets users toggle between G-SYNC and Optimus modes depending on whether they want smoother gaming or longer battery life, reinforcing this laptop’s innate duality.

Super-powered speed
Up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER makes everything fast and fluid. The GPU can hit peak clock speeds as high as 1330 MHz in Turbo mode.
The revolutionary Turing architecture behind the GeForce RTX series enables incredible visual realism and accelerate workloads like image processing, 3D modeling, and deep learning.

Boosted productivity
Up to an 8-core 10th Generation Intel® Core i9 CPU hits speeds as high as 5.3 GHz on a single core, and can engage up to 16 parallel threads with Hyper-Threading technology to power through heavy duty tasks.

With up to 48 GB of combined onboard and SO-DIMM memory, Zephyrus Duo 15 is ready for multitasking mastery across multiple displays. Its DDR4-3200 RAM outpaces the old 2666 MHz standard, improving system speed and responsiveness.

Two nimble NVM Express® PCIe® x4 SSDs run in RAID 0 to provide plenty of high-speed storage. With up to 2 TB of capacity, gamers and creators can take their entire game library and professional portfolio wherever they go.

USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) with Thunderbolt 3 offers versatile connectivity for a wide range of powerful accompaniments. With peak theoretical interface bandwidth of up to 40 Gbps – 4X the speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard – Thunderbolt 3 can balance multiple performance-hungry devices and drive external displays up to 8K resolution.

Revolutionary cooling
The CPU of Zephyrus Duo 15 is coated with Thermal Grizzly’s liquid metal compound instead of standard thermal paste. The cooling module strategically snakes five heat pipes to draw degrees from the CPU, GPU, and surrounding power circuitry. Dual n-Blade fans circulate air with superslim blades made of a special liquid-crystal polymer that’s strong enough to withstand high spin speeds. A mesh cover guards the fans against anything that pokes into the AAS vent.

Zephyrus Duo 15 has multiple modes tuned for different needs. Silent mode sacrifices a touch of speed to keep acoustics low. Performance mode offers the horsepower needed for high gaming frame rates without too much noise. Turbo mode dials the CPU up to full power and reaches higher speeds with a louder fan profile.

Available through the ROG Armoury Crate utility, Scenario Profiles lets users link individual games and programs to specific operating modes, lighting effects, and other settings.

Accuracy, comfort, and durability are key
To keep hands away from the warmest parts of the machine and create more space for ScreenPad Plus, the keyboard is shifted forward. The design lets wrists sit on the table, like with a desktop keyboard, and there's a detachable palm rest to improve user comfort.

A handful of keyboard enhancements upgrade the input area below the touchscreen. The separated groups of function keys are easier to intuitively identify. Dedicated hotkeys put volume and microphone mute within easy reach. ROG Overstroke technology lifts the actuation point of the underlying switches for a more responsive experience and multi-key inputs are more accurate. The touchpad tucked neatly to the right of the keys lights up a digital numeric keypad with the press of a button.

Per-key RGB is great for highlighting critical commands and time-saving shortcuts. It can be used to streamline workflows or just coordinate RGB lighting across an ecosystem of Aura Sync peripheral devices.

Stay active anywhere with portable power
Stay productive with Zephyrus Duo’s high-capacity 90 Wh battery. The laptop can also charge via USB Power Delivery, so users can take care of lighter work with a 65 W USB-C adapter that’s much smaller than the standard unit required for full performance. If the battery runs low and there's no free socket available, users can buy time by charging from a compatible USB power pack.

The ins and outs of on-the-go gaming
The USB 3.2 Gen 2 port with Thunderbolt 3 supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4, and can be used to connect a G-SYNC desktop monitor. There’s also an HDMI 2.0b output capable of driving a 60 Hz signal for 4K UHD monitors and TVs. Three Type-A USB ports accommodate additional peripherals, including a mouse, gamepad, and VR tracking.

Zephyrus Duo 15 features superfast WiFi 6 (802.11ax). It also reduces latency and expands upstream capacity, which provides more bandwidth for livestreaming.

Two audio jacks make it easier to connect a standalone microphone and headset for streaming or voice chat, and a premium ESS Sabre DAC elevates the experience for gamers with high-end headphones. The hi-fi DAC reduces noise and distortion, enabling clearer audio with wider dynamic range. Combined with virtual 7.1-channel surround sound, spatial immersion in games and virtual reality is deeper. Hi-Res Audio certification guarantees full-quality audio and other media, providing rich and detailed sound.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is now available.
GX550LWS-XS79 at MSRP $2999.99 from Amazon & Newegg.
GX550LXS-XS96 at MSRP $3499.99 from ExcaliberPCHID Evolution, & Xoticpc.
GX550LXS-XS99 at MSRP $3699.99 from AmazonASUS Store & Newegg.

Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
Processor Intel® 10th Gen Comet Lake i9-10980HK
Intel® 10th Gen Comet Lake i7-10875H
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Display Main Screen: 15.6” PANTONE® Validated, supports Microsoft Hybrid Graphics / G-SYNC switching
- 4K UHD IPS 60 Hz Adobe 100%, non-touchscreen
- FHD IPS 300 Hz sRGB 100% 3 ms, non-touchscreen
Memory 16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz onboard, plus 1 x SODIMM slot up to 32 GB (supports up to 48 GB total)
 Storage 2 x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe® PCIe®), PCIe® 3.0 x4 1 TB / 2 TB, supports RAID 0
 Keyboard Backlit chiclet keyboard, supports n-key, per-key with 1.4 mm key travel
 Audio 2 x speakers, ESS + Hi-Res Audio (HRA) certification, supports smart amplifier, Nahimic Sonic Studio + ISST
Microsoft Cortana (far-field mic array)
Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth 2x2 multi-atenna WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth® 5.0
I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C™, DisplayPort 1.4, TBT, PD input 20 V/3A;output 5 V/3A
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (right)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (Bottom)
1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0b support)
2 x audio jack: mic-in & headphone, plus mic-in
1 x RJ45 LAN
Battery 90 Wh
Power Supply 240 W power adaptor
Supports USB-C™ Power Delivery 3.0 up to 65 W
Size 36 x 26.8 x 2.1 cm
Weight 5.29 lb

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Maximus XII Apex Hits 7.7 GHz on 10 Cores and Overclocks Memory to 6666 MHz

ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Maximus XII Apex Hits 7.7 GHz on 10 Cores and Overclocks Memory to 6666 MHz
ROG reaches highest Intel Core speed, and overclockers break six world records
Fremont, CA (June 12, 2020) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that overclockers have used the latest ROG Maximus XII Apex powerhouse motherboard to break a slew of world records and secure a raft of global first place scores.

Marking a new performance milestone, overclockers took the Intel® Core i9-10900K all the way up to 7.7 GHz frequencies on all 10 of its cores. Because of the ongoing global situation, ASUS was unable to host its traditional overclocking gathering this year, so instead a smaller session took place at the ASUS headquarters in Taiwan — with local overclockers Jon ‘Elmore’ Sandström and Pieter ‘Massman’ Plaisier working alongside internal ASUS experts. Using a liquid-helium setup, the group managed to shatter the Intel Core architecture frequency record, the single-core Geekbench 4 record, and took global first-place positions in 10-core categories for Geekbench 3, Cinebench R15, and wPrime 32M.

Throughout the testing period, ASUS also worked with pros both near and far who flexed their prowess in a variety of benchmarks. Overclocker ‘bianbao’ leveraged the combined power of G.Skill and Intel to hit a new DDR4-memory-overclocking-frequency record of 6666 MHz. Intel’s edge in gaming and graphical performance were shown off by both ‘rsannino’ and ‘Rauf’ who broke 3DMark records: ‘rsannino’ took the 3DMark06 overall world record, and ‘Rauf’ smashed the single-GPU score for version 11. Showing the breadth of the platform, ‘keeph8n’ raked in a few records including Geekbench 4, Cinebench 2003 and GPUPI 3.2 100M. By far, the most accolades went to ‘safedisk’: four world records and seven global first place scores, including Cinebench R15, both HWBot x265 benchmarks, both wPrime scores, and both Super Pi records.
All of the records are recorded for reference below.
Overclocker Category* Score**
elmor Intel Core CPU frequency 7707 MHz
bianbao Memory frequency 3332.7 MHz
safedisk Geekbench3 - Multi Core 69936 pts
safedisk Geekbench4 - Single Core 10257 pts
safedisk Cinebench R15 3892 pts
safedisk HWBot x265 Benchmark - 1080p 131.513 fps
safedisk HWBot x265 Benchmark - 4K 31.594 fps
safedisk wPrime - 32m 1.171 sec
safedisk wPrime - 1024m 35.625 sec
safedisk PiFast 8.370 sec
safedisk SuperPi - 1M 4.734 sec
safedisk SuperPi - 32M 4 min 1.766 sec
safedisk GPUPI for CPU - 1B 1m 25.089 sec
rsannino 3DMark06 77469 pts ***
Rauf 3DMark11 57807 pts
keeph8n Geekbench4 - Multi Core 61364 pts ***
keeph8n Cinebench - 2003 12051 pts
keeph8n GPUPI for CPU - 100M 4.316 sec ***
* Unless otherwise noted, all records are in the 10-core class of their category.
** Scores were tracked at 2020-05-20 15:00 GMT.
*** Score submitted internally at time of writing, but not yet published to HWBot.

About ROG Maximus XII Apex
ROG Maximus XII Apex stands out even among the ROG family as a motherboard made to give overclockers and enthusiasts unrestrained power over Intel 10th Generation processors. To learn more, read here for a detailed product introduction:

ASUS ROG Maximus XII Apex is available now. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Master & Dynamic and Leica Camera AG continue their partnership with their latest release: MW07 PLUS and MW65

Master & Dynamic and Leica Camera AG continue their partnership with their latest release: MW07 PLUS and MW65

Three years into their partnership, two sleek additions to the “Master & Dynamic for 0.95” collection include Active Noise - Cancelling Wireless Headphones and True Wireless Earphones in matte black.

[New York, NY] June 30, 2020: New York City-based premium audio company  Master & Dynamic has added two new sound tools to the “Master & Dynamic for 0.95” collection, originally launched in 2017. Created in partnership with the legendary camera company Leica Camera AG and their high-end accessories brand 0.95, the new headphones and earphones are inspired by the iconic design and unrivalled craftsmanship of the world’s fastest aspherical lens, the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH.

The collection includes the brand’s most sophisticated sound tools: MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones in matte black metal with black leather ($499) and MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones in black acetate with a matte black stainless steel charging case ($299).

“It has been an honor to call Leica our partner since April of 2017 when we collaborated on our first collection of analog products. The response was phenomenal, exceeding our expectations. People saw the connection right away: the detail, the materials, craftsmanship and precision engineering. It makes complete sense to forge ahead with our most sophisticated digital products now. We are combining the best parts of heritage and technology.”

Each product borrows iconic design elements from the Noctilux lens and the Leica brand including anodized aluminum with matte black finish, gloss detailing, and Leica’s signature red dot marker. A combination of durable cowhide and supple lambskin reminiscent of the leather used on Leica camera bodies and straps comprise the headband and ear pads of the MW65 Wireless Headphones, while Leica’s iconic red marker and signature knurling are apparent throughout. Outfitted with high performance 40mm Beryllium drivers, two modes of Active Noise-Cancellation, and a lightweight anodized aluminum body, the MW65 Wireless Headphones embody the uncompromising commitment to quality both brands are known for. Likewise, the MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones with 40 hours total playtime also feature elevated materials: beautiful handcrafted acetate, a sleek new matte black stainless steel charging case, and custom 10mm Beryllium drivers. A red multifunction button is a nod to Leica’s iconic red marker.  

The “Master & Dynamic for 0.95” collection is available at MasterDynamic.com, MasterDynamic.co.uk, and MasterDynamic.eu from June 9th.

About Master & Dynamic With an unrelenting attention to design and detail, Master & Dynamic has a deep passion for building beautifully crafted and technically sophisticated sound tools to help focus, inspire and transport your mind. Since its launch in 2014, New York City-based premium audio brand Master & Dynamic has released a variety of award-winning audio products ranging from wired and wireless headphones to a wireless speaker; most recently, its first true wireless earphones, the MW07, were recognized for world class design as the winner of The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019.

Designed to be modern yet timeless, Master & Dynamic products utilize only the finest materials and are engineered to last, creating the perfect balance of aesthetics, strength, comfort and exceptional sound. Master & Dynamic believes mastery is a never-ending exploration requiring a dynamic approach and has collaborated with leading luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton as well as world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye. Our sound tools can be found in over 500 partner stores around the world. View the entire collection at www.masterdynamic.com and join the conversation at @masterdynamic. About Leica Camera AG Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary reputation of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellent quality, German craftsmanship and German industrial design, together with a long standing tradition of innovative technologies. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal and operates its own worldwide network of regional organisations, Leica Retail Stores, Leica Galleries and Leica Akademies.

About 0.95 Under its brand ‘0.95’, Leica Camera AG presents a collection of premium accessories that unite extraordinary quality and iconic product design. 0.95 is an homage to the world’s fastest aspherical lens - the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH – and stands for the commitment to exceeding what is technically possible. All products of this brand therefore also have a unique character and the ability to surprise and delight their owners. They embody Leica’s passion for transforming innovative technologies and materials into tangible experiences that fulfil the highest expectations – within and beyond the world of photographic tools.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020


LG’s Latest 27-inch Monitor is Available Exclusively on LG.com Thru June 30


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., June 3, 2020 LG Electronics USA announced that the 27-inch QHD “Ergo” IPS monitor (model 27QN880-B) is now available as an online exclusive with an SRP of $449.99 through the end of June, and then at LG-authorized retailers nationwide beginning July 1.


The new 27-inch QHD monitor joins LG’s industry-leading lineup of IPS displays that are designed to deliver precise detail and color at a wide viewing angle that is ideal for creative designers, photographers and videographers working from home or those about to return to an office setting.


The unique Ergo concept harmonizes three key elements— image fidelity, ergonomic design and a USB-C One Cable solution—to bring users high performance, comfort and a cleaner desk setup for a more clutter-free work environment. The Ergo also elevates productivity with a flexible ergonomic stand complete with C-Clamp for full movement of display, allowing users to raise, lower, swivel, tilt and pivot to adapt to their environment.


At 2560x1440 resolution, the LG 27-inch QHD IPS Display embodies the stunning picture quality that the QHD series is known for, featuring realistic, accurate color and enhanced contrast, clarity and detail. For the gaming enthusiast, the new “Ergo” delivers great refresh rates and response times for fast action, with AMD FreeSync™ technology to avoid tearing and reducing stuttering. LG’s latest monitor also comes with HDR10 support and is capable of delivering 99 percent of the sRGB color accuracy and a wider viewing angle ideal for editing and viewing hi-res photos.


For more information on LG’s latest 27-inch monitor, please visit https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27qn880-led-monitor.


Spec Sheet for 27QN880-B.AUS
Picture Quality
Screen Size 27"
Panel Type IPS
Color Gamut (Typ.) sRGB 99% (CIE1931)
Color Depth(Number of Colors) 16.7M
Pixel Pitch(mm) 0.2331x 0.2331mm
Response Time (GTG) 5ms (GtG at Faster)
Refresh Rate 75Hz
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution 2560 x 1440
Brightness 350 cd/m² (Typ.)
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Viewing Angle 178º(R/L), 178º(U/D)
Input / Output
HDMI Yes x 2
DisplayPort Yes x 1
USB Type-C Yes (60W PD)
Headphone Out Yes
Speaker Yes
Speaker Output 5W
Maxx Audio Yes
Speaker Channel 2 ch
Cabinet / Accessories
Wall Mount Size (mm) 100 x 100 mm
USB Type-C Yes
Others (Accessory) DC Extension cable
Type Adapter
Input 100-240Vac, 50/60Hz
Power Save/Sleep Mode (Max) Less than 0.3W
DC Off (Max) Less than 0.5W
Power Consumption (Typ.) 38W
Power Consumption (Max.) 140W
Special Features
Ergo Stand (Extend/Retract 180mm, Swivel -280~280°, Height 130mm, Pivot, Tilt -25~25°
Adjustable Stand)
Color Weakness Mode Yes
Adaptive Sync AMD FreeSync™
Black Stabilizer Yes
Dynamic Action Sync Yes
Flicker Safe Yes
Smart Energy Saving Yes
Reader Mode Yes
Super Resolution + Yes
Color Calibrated Yes
Dual controller Yes
On Screen Control (OSC) Yes
HDR (High Dynamic Range) HDR10
HDR Effect Yes
Dimensions / Weights
With Stand (WxHxD) 24.2" x 23.8" x 15.9"
Without Stand (WxHxD) 24.2" x 14.3" x 1.8"
Shipping Dimensions (WxHxD) 28.2" x 18.8" x 9.7"
With Stand Weight 19.1 lbs
Without Stand Weight 10.5 lbs
Shipping Weight 25.4 lbs

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