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ASUS Breaks Record with 13 Wins at 2016 iF Design Awards

Taipei, Taiwan (26th February, 2016) — ASUS won 13 prestigious 2016 iF Product Design Awards, setting a new record number of wins for the company in a single iF Design Award competition. Spanning four product design categories — Computer, TV/Camera, Telecommunication, and Sports/Leisure — the award-winning products represent the ASUS commitment to design and engineering excellence.

In the Computer category, ASUS won design awards for the VivoMini VC65 Series of mini PCs; TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 motherboard; ROG GT51 gaming desktop; Transformer Book T100HA detachable laptop; VivoBook K401 and VivoBook K501 laptops; Chromebook Flip C100 Chrome OS device; Chromebook C201 Chrome OS notebook, VivoBook X456, VivoBook X556, and VivoBook X756 laptops; and Chromebit, the world’s smallest Chrome OS device. The ZenBeam E1 portable LED projector and ROG Swift PG Series of gaming monitors won awards in the TV/Camera category, ZenWatch 2 (WI502Q) won an award in the Telecommunication category, and ASUS VivoWatch won an award in the Sports/Leisure category. The award-winning products were selected from a competitive field of 5,295 entries from 53 countries.
iF Design Awards are recognized worldwide as seal of quality for products that excel in specific criteria including design quality, degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics and more. An independent jury of 58 experts from all over the world assesses products and selects winners.

2016 iF Design Award Winners
VivoMini VC Series
The ASUS VivoMini VC65 Series are the world's smallest mini PCs, with support for up to four 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs storage devices and RAID functionality[1] making them ideally suited as NAS devices or mini server systems. The modular design of these PCs accepts a total of three modules, so they can be configured with dual storage drives, dual storage drives and an optical disc drive, and quad storage drives. Powered by desktop-grade 6th generation Intel® Core™ processors, VC65 Series PCs can easily handle a wide range of computing tasks, such as professional media production. VC65 Series PCs have a space-saving design with an embedded power adapter and VESA support, so they can be placed horizontally, vertically, or even mounted to the back of a monitor for an easy and unobtrusive fit into any setup.

TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1
TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 is an enduringly-tough ATX Intel Z170 Express-based motherboard for 6th‑generation Intel Core processors that delivers 24/7 durability with military-grade TUF Components, upgraded TUF ESD Guards 2 to fend off electrostatic discharge, and a five-year warranty[2] for complete peace of mind.
TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 brings a completely new design language to the TUF line of motherboards. By harnessing the best technology and ASUS design expertise, Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 makes a powerful statement of high style and extreme strength with Thermal Armor that has been redesigned with a sleek and stealthy black and metal grey color theme. Thermal Armor employs dual fans to provide maximum airflow and rapid cooling board-wide, reducing temperatures in the area around the voltage-regulator module (VRM) by up to 20°C.
TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 also comes with TUF Fortifier, a reinforced backplate that ensures the motherboard doesn't buckle under the weight of heavy graphics cards and CPU coolers, and also reduces internal temperatures by up to 13°C. TUF Dust Defenders protect the rear input/output (I/O) ports, expansion and memory slots, preventing dust and other airborne particles from entering these critical connectors. Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 even has a detachable metal badge bearing the iconic TUF emblem.
TUF Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 combines the TUF ICe, TUF Thermal Radar 2 and TUF Detective 2 thermal-management technologies to ensure efficient cooling. TUF ICe is a dedicated onboard processor that monitors onboard temperature sensors and fan speeds for precise and accurate cooling. TUF Thermal Radar 2 lets users monitor graphics-card temperatures and other key components in real time, as well as manually or automatically adjust cooling automatically with one click. TUF Detective 2 is a companion app that enables users to control the fan and monitor system information wirelessly, monitor key parameters, and detect and diagnose errors using a cable connection.

ROG GT51
ROG GT51 is a gaming desktop boasting extreme performance, an aggressive design, and gamer-friendly features. Powered by a liquid-cooled 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700K processor with Turbo Gear for one-click 4-core CPU overclocking without rebooting, GT51 delivers incredibly powerful performance to satisfy hardcore gamers. GT51 supports the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ Titan X graphics with 2-way SLI for fluid 4K UHD gaming on multiple displays. Up to two 512GB M.2 PCIE Gen3 x 4 SSDs in RAID 0 Mode and 64GB of 2800 MHz DDR4 memory deliver fast boot up and game loading times.
ROG GT51 features an advanced thermal solution with 12-way airflow, comprised of a silent, liquid-cooling system for the CPU, isolated air flow for the power supply, and an internal air tunnel that draws cool air into the chassis to cool the graphics card, ensuring cool temperatures and system stability during marathon gaming sessions.
In addition to extreme performance, ROG GT51 has an aggressive design with dynamic lighting effects that gamers can customize using a palette of up to 8-million colors to create their own unique avatar. The ROG BAND wearable accessory lets gamers automatically access Shadow Drive — their own hidden hard drive space that lets them manage personal confidential data safely — or activate overclocking. The included AEGIS II application lets gamers monitor system performance, record and edit gameplay with Gamecaster, and easily share their gaming experiences on social media.

Transformer Book T100HA
ASUS Transformer Book T100HA is the ultra-thin and light version of the best-selling Transformer Book T100 2-in-1. With its metal-clad lid, comfortable detachable keyboard and four vivid color options — Silk White, Tin Grey, Aqua Blue and Rouge Pink — T100HA is the perfect mobile companion for users who need versatile and lightweight all-day computing power. Featuring up to 12 hours of battery life, Transformer Book T100HA combines the power of a stylish ultra-light 10.1-inch laptop with the convenience of a super-slim tablet. A wealth of improvements and performance upgrades make Transformer Book T100HA one of the most desirable 2-in-1 devices on the market. These enhancements include powerful quad-core Intel Atom™ x5 processors, the new Windows 10 operating system with Cortana, the voice-powered personal assistant, and support for Windows 10 Continuum adaptive interface technology.

ASUS VivoBook K401 and VivoBook K501
Part of the ASUS VivoBook K Series, the 14-inch VivoBook K401 and 15-inch VivoBook K501 are thin and light laptops that feature a minimalist aluminum design with crafted lines for a premium feel that is ideal for work or play. With a brushed-aluminum top cover finished in black and a sandblasted palm-rest, VivoBook K Series laptops have tactile surfaces that invite the user’s touch. There are also attractive little design touches like the spun-metal finish on the power button and precise diamond-cut touchpad edges.
ASUS VivoBook K Series laptops are powered by up to an Intel Core i7 processor for fast and responsive multi-tasking computing and can be configured with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 graphics with Microsoft DirectX® 11 for fast and fluid gaming visuals and movie playback.
ASUS VivoBook K Series laptops have ASUS IceCool technology that uses a unique internal component layout to address palm-rest heating issues. This keeps palm-rest surface temperatures between 28 and 35 degrees Celsius — significantly lower than body temperature — so users stay cool and comfortable.

Chromebook Flip C100
Chromebook Flip C100 is the world’s first 10.1-inch convertible Chrome OS-powered touchscreen device. Its innovative and unique design brings the versatility of a convertible to the ASUS Chromebook family for the first time, with a unique 360° flippable hinge that allows users to switch instantly from a Chromebook to a tablet — or anything in between. The smoothly-rotating yet strong hinge lets users instantly set the gorgeous 10.1-inch HD IPS multi-touch display to any angle they wish, including into Chromebook mode for full productivity, tablet mode for fun, tent mode for watching movies, or stand mode for sharing moments with friends or colleagues.
Measuring just 15.6mm thin and weighing an incredibly-light 890g, Chromebook Flip isn’t just amazingly practical, it’s stylish and durable too. The smart, durable all-aluminum seamless chassis with its tactile matte finish is carved from a single block of metal and enhanced with brilliant diamond-cut highlights. Built for the ultimate mobility, Chromebook Flip has a superb 9-hour battery life for all-day use, so users can carry it with them anywhere with no need to worry about power outlets.
Chromebook Flip C100 is based on the user-friendly and intuitive Chrome OS operating system, a secure gateway to Google web services and thousands of Chrome Web Store apps designed for home, business, and education.

Chromebook C201
Chromebook C201 is a compact 11.65-inch Chrome OS-powered portable computer that delivers maximum convenience for on-the-go computing. It features a slim, stylish, and lightweight design that weighs just 980g and is only 17.9mm thin, along with a clever hidden hinge that gives Chromebook C201 elegant, clean lines when closed. Chromebook C201 is available in a choice of three brilliant colors — Lotus Gold, Navy Blue, and Pearl White — with each design featuring a palm rest in a chic, contrasting color.
At the heart of Chromebook C201 is a quad-core Rockchip 3288-C processor, running at 1.8GHz and teamed with up to 4GB of low-power DDR3 RAM to ensure that Chromebook C201 can handle any everyday computing task with ease. With up to 13 hours of battery life, a large touchpad and a full-size chiclet keyboard, Chromebook C201 delivers a comfortable and ergonomic experience for users throughout their working day. The latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 4.0 ensures users can stay connected from anywhere. High-quality stereo speakers and extra-large resonant chambers generate up to 85dB of high-fidelity audio for immersive music and video streaming experiences.

ASUS VivoBook X456, VivoBook X556, and VivoBook X756
The latest ASUS VivoBook X Series laptops — the 14-inch VivoBook X456, 15.6-inch VivoBook X556, and 17.3-inch VivoBook X756 — feature an elegant glossy, spun-, or brushed-metal-effect finish chassis that is available in five expressive colors: Chocolate Brown, Navy Blue, Arctic Snow, Glamour Red, and Icicle Gold. VivoBook X Series laptops are powered by the up to latest 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16GB RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics for gaming-grade Full HD visuals. Ultra-fast USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C ports provide data transmission speeds of up to 5Gbps — 10 times (10X) that of USB 2.0 — and have an intuitive reversible design for added convenience.
VivoBook X Series laptops feature ASUS Eye Care technology, which effectively reduces blue light levels by up to 33% to protect users’ eyes, without compromising display contrast. It is designed to reduce instances of eye strain and other damaging effects on the eye for users who spend long hours in front of their computer.
Additional ASUS-exclusive technologies include ASUS Splendid for display color temperature correction and optimization, and ASUS SonicMaster for the best notebook audio experience.

ASUS Chromebit (CS10)
The candy-bar-sized ASUS Chromebit is the world’s smallest Chrome OS device and turns any HDMI-compatible TV or monitor into a Chrome OS desktop. It has a sleek, elegant design that is just 12cm long and is available in two stylish colors — Cacao Black or Tangerine Orange.[3]
When paired with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, Chromebit delivers the full Chrome OS experience on a Full HD TV or monitor, allowing users to browse the web, watch YouTube music videos and live football games, and access tens of thousands of features and apps on the Chrome Web Store. Chromebit has automatic updates built in, along with the latest virus protection, to give users a fast, smart, and secure computing experience.
Chromebit comes with an extension cable or an exclusive bendable Flex Connect HDMI[4] connector to accommodate the varying angles and positions of HDMI ports on different displays. Adhesive hook-and-loop fasteners are also included in the box for users who want to attach Chromebit CS10 to their display.

ASUS ZenBeam E1 projector
ASUS ZenBeam E1 is a palm-sized, pocket LED projector that works seamlessly with laptops, mobile phones and tablets, and has an HDMI/MHL port for compatibility with a wide range of video streaming and console gaming devices. ZenBeam E1 has an all-new design that features iconic ASUS Zen-inspired elements including the concentric circle detailing on the lens cap.
ASUS ZenBeam E1 features DLP™ technology and delivers bright and crisp 150-lumen WVGA (854 x 480) projections ranging from 22 to 80 inches (0.73 to 2.58m). Its built-in rechargeable battery lets users conduct presentations without having to plug in to a power source, and doubles as a 6000mAh power bank to charge mobile devices. With ZenBeam E1’s small size and easy portability, users can always have a TV-sized screen available whenever they need it.

ROG SWIFT PG Series monitors
ROG Swift PG Series gaming monitors represent a new generation of advanced displays designed to provide gamers with impressive levels of detail. The latest ROG Swift PG348Q is a 34-inch gaming monitor with a curved Ultra-Wide Quad HD (UWQHD) 3440 x 1440-resolution IPS panel for immersive gaming visuals. This 21:9 aspect ratio display provides an immersive panoramic gaming experience with its built-in NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology and a 100Hz rapid refresh rate for breathtaking, ultra-smooth gaming visuals with no screen tearing or lag. Users can select between 60Hz and 100Hz refresh rates on the fly with the help of the Turbo Key.
ASUS GamePlus gives users four different crosshair options, an in-game timer, and an FPS counter for an added advantage in first-person-shooter and real-time-strategy games, while ASUS GameVisual technology provides six preset display modes for optimized gaming visuals. Built-in stereo speakers deliver impactful sound for incredible gaming experiences.
Swift PG348Q takes gaming aesthetics to a new level. It has a frameless design, sports the new ROG Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme, and features ROG light effects built-into its stand add ambience to gaming set-ups. Its ergonomic design with tilt, swivel, and height adjustment controls makes it ideal for all gaming enthusiasts.

ASUS ZenWatch2 (WI501Q)
ASUS ZenWatch 2 is a smart assistant for Android and iOS smartphones that provides wearers with a convenient, at-a-glance view of important information, and is also a full-featured activity tracker. It is designed to be a truly personal device that wearers can customize even further to express their unique sense of style. Available in in three stainless-steel case colors, with 9 different strap material and color combinations, more than 50 instantly-changeable official ASUS watch faces, and the new FaceDesigner smartphone app that lets wearers create their own watch faces with customized style and functionality, there is truly a ZenWatch 2 for everyone. The timeless new design includes an elegant yet practical crown button that’s inspired by watchmaking traditions, adding convenient and intuitive functionality. ZenWatch 2 also introduces an effortless charging system and features an enhanced battery for up to two days of use.

ASUS VivoWatch
ASUS VivoWatch is the first ASUS wearable designed with a focus on fitness and wellness. With built-in heart-rate monitoring, and sleep tracking, ASUS VivoWatch is a constant companion that helps wearers lead healthier, happier lives. Designed to be worn all day, every day, it has an elegant, stainless-steel design, 10-day battery life, and an IP67 water-resistant watch case suitable for wearing in the shower. ASUS VivoWatch works together with the accompanying ASUS HiVivo smartphone app and ASUS Healthcare website to encourage wearers to accomplish their personal fitness goals.

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