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Under The Hood: This Week In PC, Component And Software News

Thinking of building a new gaming PC? Struggling with whatever random error your desktop is throwing up this week? Under The Hood gives you a quick and concise run-down of the most important things that happened to the PC master race in the last seven days.


The New ASUS N552 Wants To Replace Your Desktop PC

ASUS has just announced a new N Series N552 15.6-inch laptop, which it calls “the latest and most powerful in this entertainment-focused range”. The laptop features a 6th generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics.

This is what ASUS is hailing as “the perfect portable replacement for a high-end desktop PC” with a price tag of $1599 — so let’s take a look at what it’s made of.


Asus's Windows 10 VivoStick Is Out Now In Australia

For years, we’ve been tempted by the idea of tiny Intel Atom-powered PCs built into Chromecast-esque dongles, plugging into our TVs’ and monitors’ HDMI ports with proper Windows 10 onboard. Asus’s VivoStick might be the best version of that ideal yet, with a new Cherry Trail processor, a healthy serving of RAM and flash storage, and two USB ports.


Ask Gizmodo: What Cheap Gaming Monitor Should I Buy For My Console?

Hi Gizmodo, I need a new monitor that I can use to play console games — Xbox One and PlayStation 4. I want it to be around 26 to 32 inches, and I don’t want to pay more than about $300. Thanks, Mark.


Asus Zenfone Zoom Review: The First Smartphone With A Real Zoom Lens

Your phone has been lying to you. Every time you zoom in to catch that perfect shot of that expensive hamburger, you’re not actually zooming in. The software in your phone is really just cropping the image and blowing it up like Patricia Arquette in CSI: Cyber.

To actually zoom your phone would need an optical lens, but the theory is that optical lenses tend to be too big, too bulky, and too delicate for a phone. The Asus Zenfone Zoom puts that theory to the test by cramming a 3x optical zoom lens into a phone not much thicker than Asus’s budget-friendly Zenfone 2.


This Aussie Far Cry Primal Case Mod Is Just Insane

Case mods can be pretty cool even when they’re quite basic — you know, some nicely routed cables and a custom water-cooling reservoir. But when you go all out, you can make something amazing — and that’s exactly what this Aussie case mod, built to promote the new Far Cry game, is all about. On the outside it’s little more than a bit of spray paint and stenciling, but take off the side and it hardly resembles a PC at all.


Amazon Now Sells Its Very Own ARM Chips

If you thought Amazon’s own-branded products were a little strange – baby wipes, anyone? – then things just got a little more serious. The retailer announced this week that it’s starting to sell its own ARM-based silicon chips.


ASUS' Quad-Core, 14" EeeBook E402 Now Available In Australia

Another day, another portable computer for you to consider. Does ASUS’ latest release, the EeeBook E402, have what it takes to tempt your wallet? I guess we’ll need to take a look at the specifications to find out. And pictures, because you’ll be looking at the thing constantly.


The ASUS ZenWatch 2 Is Out In Australia Next Week

The Android Wear-powered ZenWatch 2 will be available in Australia from December 1, ASUS announced today — just in time for the Christmas rush.


Top 5: Best Windows 2 In 1 Laptops / Tablets Under $750 In Australia

Chart: Looking for a new 2 in 1 laptop / tablet running Windows? Get work done by day, and kick back with a touchscreen tablet by night. Here are the best entry-level options in Australia as of November 2015.


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