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ASUS shows off Qube Google TV set-top box, army of Windows 8 devices at CES

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ASUS shows off Qube Google TV set-top box, army of Windows 8 devices at CES
There will be quite a lot going on over at the ASUS booth during this year's CES. That's because the company will have a whole bunch of gadgets to show off, including its fresh lineup of Windows 8 tablets and Ultrabooks. However, while most of these are devices we're already familiar with, one of them is a brand new arrival. 

Remember that mysterious Google TV gizmo that appeared at the FCC in November? Yeah, it is now official and it is known as the ASUS Qube. What we have on our hands is a set-top box that allows you to enjoy content from the Google Play store, Netflix, and the Amazon Instant Video service right on your HDTV. Access to the web via the Chrome browser also comes standard, in addition to the built-in YouTube client. In addition, an advanced remote control with motion sensing is included in the set, but alternatively, users can control their ASUS Qube from an Android app designed for the purpose. Each Qube comes with 50GB of cloud storage, courtesy of ASUS.

But that's not all ASUS has to impress the CES crowd with. The ASUS VivoTab Smart Tablet will be on display as well – a 10.1-inch Windows 8 slate powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor, all the while boasting 9.5 hours of battery life. Further down its specs sheet we see an 8MP "high-quality" camera, 2MP front-facing cam, 1366 by 768 pixel IPS display, thickness of 9.7 millimeters and a respectable weight of 580 grams. What's interesting about the ASUS VivoTab Smart Tablet is that it can be used with the TranSleeve Keyboard, which is an accessory that combines cover and hardware keyboard into one.

The list of Windows 8 devices bound to appear at CES continues with the ASUS Taichi Ultrabook sporting a unique, dual-screen form factor. When closed, the device can be used as a highly-portable Windows tablet, but opening its lid up reveals both a hardware back-lit keyboard and a touchpad. No compromises have been made when it comes to the Taichi's performance as it comes with third-gen Intel Core processors, fast SSD storage, and 11.6- or 13.3-inch full HD screens.

Something that one might find a use for at their home is the ASUS Transformer AiO computer capable of running both Android and Windows 8. In fact, the device can switch seamlessly back and forth between the two, but that's not the only feature that makes it stand out. You see, it comes with an 18.4-inch touchscreen that can be detached for use either as a remote Windows 8 display, or as a stand-alone Android tablet. 

Last but not least we have the ASUS Transformer Book TX300CA, which is also to be shown off during CES. It is what ASUS calls "one of the world’s first convertible Ultrabooks", highlighting its ability to be used as a Windows 8 tablet or as an extremely portable notebook when it is attached to its hardware keyboard. In terms of specs we have a Core i7 processor with Intel HD4000 graphics, 1920 by 1080 display measuring 13 inches, 4GB of RAM and a choice between a high-performance SSD or a high-capacity HDD. 

So there you have it, folks! ASUS has brought its outstanding selection of Windows 8 devices at CES, along with the Qube set-top box powered by Google and sprinkled with Play store content. Which one of these gadgets is your favorite?

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posted on 07 Jan 2013, 11:21

1. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

How much is the Qtube going to cost?

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 14:10

5. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

except the Google Q thinggy, most of the googleTV/androidTV products have been around $100 give or take. It would probably fit into that.

However, at that price, its hard to justify since you can pick up an Xbox arcade unit for similar pricing, or a bluray/DVD player with the same apps for less than $100.

If it allows streaming from things like Google Music (which would allow me to stream my library through the stereo receiver) and other google apps then it could be worth it. If they lock it down to just netflix and other common apps, its a useless device.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 12:14 2

2. Aeires (unregistered)

I'd say Asus is the most innovative company doing mobile electronics right now, some of these devices are cool and useful.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 13:01

3. aco96 (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

ASUS Transformer AiO looks great. You can use Android and Windows 8, amazing :D

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 13:33

4. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

I like Transformer AiO, the possibility of using both Android and Windows on system is very fascinating, btw what's screen resolutin of Transformer AiO, I assume since it's 18" so it should be Full HD screen............ Apart from AiO, Transformer Book TX300CA also looks very nice product.............. Hope this time Asus price them competitively.......

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 15:24

6. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

The Transformer Book, AiO, and Qube are three things that I need to have. Lol
Great job, Asus. You're definitely one of my favorite, most innovative companies.

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