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IFA 2016: ASUS set to dominate the gaming and lifestyle markets

By Bryan Chan & Ian Chee - 1 Sep 2016

ZenWatch 3, DSL-AC87VG and Designo MX27UC

ASUS is prepared to take the gaming and lifestyle markets by storm with a number of new products unveiled at IFA 2016. Among them are the ZenWatch 3, DSL-AC87VG, Designo MX27UC, ROG G20, ROG Claymore, and ROG Spatha.

ZenWatch 3

The ZenWatch 3 is the latest wearable from the company that's powered by Android Wear. It is 9.95mm thin and makes use of jewelry-grade 316L stainless steel that is 82 percent stronger than conventional steel. There are three colors to choose from: Gunmetal, Silver and Rose Gold.

As you can see, the ZenWatch 3 has three crown buttons, each providing access to frequently used functions, the top of which is customizable. As with most Android Wear-powered devices, this wearable's watchface can be customized – there are more than 50 to choose from.

For fitness enthusiasts, this wearable features the new ZenFit activity tracking app that can track the wearer's steps with 95 percent accuracy. It works in tandem with a companion smartphone app to provide a better overall picture of your stats.

In terms of battery life, the ZenWatch 3 has two days worth of stamina, and features HyperCharge technology, which allows it to be charged to 60 percent in just 15 minutes. If you need more juice, there's an optional battery pack that gives about 40 percent more battery life.


For those who need a powerful networking solution, you'll want to take a look at the DSL-AC87VG. This device is a broadband gateway, which is essentially a router with an integrated DSL modem, that is designed to support “busy home networks”. It supports the latest ADSL and VDSL standards, so it's very likely that UniFi is supported as well.

You can expect speeds up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1,734Mbps on the 5GHz band. It also has advanced VoIP capabilities to ensure a complete internet-telephony system. In terms of processing power, the DSL-AC87VG is powered by two dual-core CPUs.

Designo MX27UC

A 27-inch 4K UHD monitor designed for content creators, this monitor features an IPS monitor with 100 percent sRGB color gamut. Apart from that, it has two built-in 3 Watt speakers make use of ASUS' SonicMaster and ICEpower, as well as Bang and Olufsen technology. Connectivity options include a USB Type-C port that supports data and video transmission, as well as power delivery.