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Good Design – Asus ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse

We first caught a glimpse of the ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse when we attended at Computex last year (along with a killer keyboard we’re still hunting for) and it made for quite the impressive setup, at the time we didn’t realise this was going to be wireless!

RogSpathaDesignThe effort that Asus have put into the design of this large, sturdy, wireless mouse is quite remarkable – It packs a total of 12 programmable buttons, but the 6 side buttons are arranged in a way that forms the ROG EYE, this is quite a awesome feat with form meeting function in an excellent way.  

The mouse is extremely responsive with specs much like the Logitech Chaos Spectrum wireless experience, giving a 1000hz refresh rate wirelessly and a staggering 2000hz (0.5ms) refresh rate for the ultimate performance over a wired connection.

Spatha is quite heavy in comparison but when you hold it you can tell it’s all because no expense was spared making this quality mouse, it uses the renowned Japanese made Omron switches and should you want to change them, ASUS have made things easier by making them interchangeable within sockets and have even included an extra pair 🙂  The angles of the buttons seems to put everything in reach and my mid sized hand fits comfortably over the large frame.

With such impressive attention to detail in the Spatha, Asus have undoubtedly created a premium gaming mouse.  Fun times ahead as we thrash this beast through a range of games, we’ll update our computers blog and GGPC Instagram with more glorious pics soon!

Just Landed in NZ – ROG GX700 Liquid Cooled Laptops

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UPDATE: Well then, this was totally blown out of the water by the new GTX 10 series gaming laptops wasn’t it!

The Republic of Gamers GX700 is one of the most highly-anticipated laptops this year, and rightly so with a radical design that enables a whole new level of cooling and potential for the highest possible performance – it’s a genuine portable desktop replacement.

This gaming beast of the machine sets itself apart from the rest with the a fantastic liquid-cooling dock system for the laptop and this enables some rather extreme gaming performance along with overclockability while fully utilizing the intel HK-Series Skylake processor, and the mighty desktop GeForce GTX 980 in a notebook form factor – that’s the Nvidia GTX 980! (not GTX 980M).

That’s one crazy graphics card for a laptop!  The ROG GX700 is one of the several enthusiast grade laptops packing this extreme hardware, and it’s not a toned down version either.  This GTX 980 has more CUDA cores and texture mapping units than the GTX 980M and performance aligns with the desktop version of the graphics card.  It’s also worth noting that the GX700 GTX 980 has 8GB of memory vs the 4GB available on a desktop card like the Asus Strix GTX 980.

ROGGX700OnePlugWith its beautiful design, powerful specs + that oh so cool cooling system the GX700 has blown us away 🙂

Full credit to Asus design team for how easy it is to dock the cooler onto the back of the laptop and also for little touches like the single power cable to help reduce clutter.

Even without the cooler having a laptop with so much power to take with you is great but when you add in the liquid cooling system as well this new ROG creation becomes a excellent option for the travelling gamer or video editor on-the-go.  Asus even include a great custom case for both items so you can travel safely with your awesome laptop 🙂

Just a few of these marvelous machines have landed in New Zealand, so if you’re after one don’t delay – grab yourself a GX700 ROG Gaming Laptop today!

 

Good Gaming Monitor – Asus 1ms VE248HR available now!

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Ohhhh we love a good value gaming monitor and Asus have a great one releasing right now in NZ called the VE248HR!

Living up to the epic reviews set by the previous generation VE248H (no R) is going to be tough but Asus have kitted this new monitor with a faster refresh rate now hitting that coveted 1ms response time for the smoothest visuals even in your most action packed moments 🙂

While this might not be the slimmest 1920×1080 gaming monitor that Asus makes it stands solid on a desk and can take a decent knock, the buttons along the lower left protrude so you can easily hit the right ones without having to turn the monitor to see them and the matt panel does a good job defusing reflections while producing some great colours 🙂 It’s also sporting 100×100 VESA mounts for those of us that enjoy multi monitor madness and even has a pair of small built in 1-watt speakers. Inputs and outputs wise you’ll find a HDMI (no MHL sorry), a DVI and even a VGA – I can understand why they kept a VGA with this one as the monitor is really well priced and would make a fine choice in an office, even if it’s just a little overkill for most!

We loved the previous model and we’re pretty sure this new one will be equally enjoyable – keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for the latest updates, gameplay tests and more!

Update: The Asus VE248HR Gaming Monitor is available now!

Good Gaming Monitor – ROG 34″ Curved G-Sync available now in New Zealand

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First it was a concept at Computex in June last year, now the gaming display of your dreams has come true. In case you haven’t heard, the new ROG Swift PG348Q is the new flagship gaming display. For those of you in search of the ultimate gaming display, you’d be hard-pressed to find one better. Before looking the specs, let’s not overlook the award-winning design with the Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme and ROG logo light projection.

The gaming performance is equally matched with the aggressive design.

PG348Q is exceptional in all the essential factors for what makes a great gaming display; a large display, high resolution, vibrant colors and color accuracy, high refresh rate, fast response time and exclusive gaming technologies (such as ASUS GamePlus & GameVisual, and NVIDIA G-SYNC). Besides all of these, you also get an ultra-wide curved screen which has you more immersed because it curves around you for a panoramic view. The ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio will make use of your peripheral vision while gaming as you will see more content horizontally which you normally won’t see, and every inch of your display will be utilized when watching a movie in 2.40:1 (the majority of existing movies are already available in 2.35:1 or greater).

Having a 34-inch display so close to your face is simply massive, initially it would take a little time to get used to it if you’re upgrading from a smaller display.

After spending some time with it – you simply can’t go back…  This monitor is epic!

UPDATE: There’s a massive range of Gaming Monitors available in NZ now, but this one’s still the best!

Good Gaming Gear – Asus Cerberus Gaming Keyboard, Mouse and Mousepad

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CerberusSwitchAsus have just released a new gaming gear combo named the Cerberus and it’s a pretty impressive setup for those looking to kit themselves out on a budget.  The bundle consists of a gaming keyboard, mouse and mousepad which all come in separate boxes so I expect we’ll be seeing all the items available separately soon.

Taking a closer look at the combo the comparison must be made with the Cooler Master Devastator gaming bundle as the keyboards are very similar in design, this is not a bad thing at all for Asus with CM version being an extremely well reviewed budget gaming combo!  There are a few differences though and the Asus version can display the keys backlight in red or blue depending on your preference – it’s important to note that the red bars on the side will  still glow red though even if the keys themselves are set to blue.

The tactile feedback of the keyboard is nice with good resistance and spring, the spacebar responds to being pressed even of the very edges and removing the keycaps reveals the splash resisting switch – an integrated drain hole prevents liquids from being trapped inside the keyboard and ensures easy cleanup should you accidentally give your keyboard a bit of your drink while gaming 🙂

CerberusMouseThe Cerberus mouse at first glance appears ambidextrous but with the thumb buttons being placed on the left side it’s certainly a preferred right hander.  It’s a four button design well suited for 1080p gaming, the sides have non-slip rubberized grips and the cable is a solid 1.8 meters.    The cable is braided (same with the keyboard) although the USB connection for the mouse is anti corrosive gold which is nice 🙂  Unlike the keyboard the LED on the Cerberus Mouse changes depending on your DPI settings – Red is 500, Green is 1000, Blue is 1500 and the LED turns pink at 2500 (max).

Finishing the combo off is a pretty sweet Cerberus mouse pad featuring the three headed dog logo in all its glory, the texture gives good control for your mouse and the stitching on the sides is excellent.

Overall, it looks like Asus might just have created the perfect starting set for a new gaming pc gamer and we’ll get some more pictures up on the GGPC Instagram so you can take a closer look at this awesome new kit!

 

 

Get your BONUS Game: Rise of the Tomb Raider with Nvidia!

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Update: This promotion has now ended

For a limited time, those fine folks at Asus, EVGA and Gigabyte are hooking you up with a BONUS copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider when you get selected Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980 & GTX 970 graphics car­ds.

This game sure is something special as well – Rise of the Tomb Raider has made it amongst four nominees for the Writers Guild of America’s award for 2015’s best-written video game!

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara embarks on her first great Tomb Raiding expedition. Experience high-octane action moments, conquer beautifully hostile environments, engage in brutal guerilla combat, and explore awe-inspiring deadly tombs in the evolution of survival action.

In her first adventure, Lara Croft was forged into a true survivor, but she glimpsed a deeper, secret world. Now, after uncovering an ancient mystery, Lara must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity. Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider.

Once you’ve got your excellent new graphics card simple visit the redemption pages for the flavour you choose, here are the links for ASUS, EVGA and Gigabyte.

This promotion is running until the 16th of Feb 2016, so get in on this great offer quick!