ASUS ZenPad 7.0: World’s 1st Tablet with Interchangeable Functional Cover

Models pose with ASUS ZenPad
Models pose with ASUS ZenPad
Models pose with ASUS ZenPad

ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) and ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170CG), ASUS brand new tablet series, were officially launched during ASUS Zensastion Roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall at the end of August 2015. The new 7-inch Android tablet has a new outlook design and customizable functionality with interchangeable covers (ZenPad 7.0).

ASUS ZenPad launch event at Mid Valley Megamall
ASUS ZenPad launch event at Mid Valley Megamall

The beauty of new design is the embossed-leather patterning back cover, which is influenced by fashion accessories such as clutch bags and wallets, giving the tablet a luxury feel.

The front is a 7-inch display with thick top and bottom bezel, surrounded by a metallic frame. ZenPad C 7.0 has a similar design, except that the back cover is not interchangeable.

All aspects of the tablet’s display — including contrast, sharpness, colour, clarity, and brightness — are optimized by
ASUS VisualMaster, a suite of visual enhancement technologies that combine hardware and software, including ASUS Tru2Life and ASUS TruVivid.

ASUS ZenPad is also the world’s first tablet to integrate DTS-HD Premium Sound. It provides high-fidelity sound from multimedia content with DTS-HD encoding and transforms stereo audio into virtual surround sound. You will also get full 360-degree surround sound when listening with headphones. ASUS SonicMaster will enhance other non-DTS-HD encoded audios.

ZenPad 7.0

ASUS ZenPad 7.0
ASUS ZenPad 7.0

ZenPad 7.0 is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage (supports microSD memory card up to 128GB). It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and ASUS ZenUI.

The display is 7-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS panel with Corning Gorilla Glass1. Its 8MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing cameras are powered by ASUS’s PixelMAster technology to capture better-looking photos, videos and selfies.

ASUS ZenPad 7.0
ASUS ZenPad 7.0

It supports mobile network (no 4G) with a micro SIM. The 13Wh Li-polymer battery provides up to 8 hours battery life. The dimension is 189 x 110.9 x 8.7mm, Weight is 272 gram.

The interchangeable cover design allows you to easily customise the tablet with functional back covers for additional features and colour options. (Read ZenPad 7.0 accessories later)

ZenPad 7.0 specs and price
ZenPad 7.0 specs and price

ZenPad 7.0 C Dual SIM

ASUS ZenPad C 7 (Red)
ASUS ZenPad C 7 (Red)

On the other hand, ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 is the junior using the same Intel Atom 64-bit Quad-Core CPU, but 1GB RAM and 8GB storage (support microSD card up to 64GB). Its 7-inch IPS panel display’s screen resolution is 1024×600 pixels. The front and rear cameras are 0.3MP and 5MP respectively. ZenPad 7.0 C is dual-SIM phablet supporting 2G/3G networks.

ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 dual SIM and microSD slots
ASUS ZenPad C 7.0 dual SIM and microSD slots

ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) price in Malaysia is RM 749 (free one extra Zen Case). ZenPad C 7.0 price is RM 529. Both are now available for sale at ASUS Store Online.

The following table compares ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) and ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170CG): (click to enlarge)

Compare ZenPad 7 vs ZenPad C 7.0
Compare ZenPad 7 vs ZenPad C 7.0

ZenPad 7.0 accessories

ASUS ZenPad is the world’s first tablet to feature an interchangeable cover design that lets you easily customize the tablet with functional back covers.

Audio Cover (RM 249)

ZenPad Audio Cover
ZenPad Audio Cover

Audio Covers brings 5.1-channel surround sound to ZenPad. It includes four satellite speakers, one center channel speaker, and one subwoofer to provides surround-sound experience when watching videos or listening to music. Audio Cover sound output is 6x louder volume than the tablet alone.

ZenPad Audio Cover
ZenPad Audio Cover

It last up to 6 hours of continuous usage on a single charge. Audio Cover also double as a stand for conveniently watching videos or getting some work done.

Power Case (RM 109)

Power Case
Power Case

Power Case extends ZenPad’s battery life up to 15 hours of usage, long enough for your whole day usage or longest international flights.

Power Case
Power Case

It is compact and seamlessly attaches to ZenPad, giving you power on the go without the need to carry portable batteries and extra cables.

Zen Clutch (RM 119)

Zen Clutch
Zen Clutch

Zen Clutch is a fashionable protection case features a leather finish and is available in black and white colours. Its folding design also serves as a stand for typing or watching videos.

Zen Clutch
Zen Clutch

Zen Case

Zen Case
Zen Case

Zen Case is another stylish accessory featuring fine leather texture that allows you to outfit ZenPad in 5 colours: Obsidian Black, Pearl White, Aqua Blue, Vibrant Orange, and Aurora Metallic.

For more information, please visit www.asus.com/my

All prices mentioned are inclusive 6% GST.

Acer XR341CK 34-inch Ultra-wide Curved Monitor Now Available in Malaysia

Acer XR341CK curved monitor
Acer XR341CK curved monitor
Acer XR341CK curved monitor

Acer XR341CK 34-inch curved monitor, despite the difficult-to-type model name, is a beautiful and powerful computer monitor that I would like to own.

Beautiful Design

Acer XR341CK curved monitor
Acer XR341CK curved monitor

The first thing I noticed (and love) about the monitor is its futuristic aluminum metallic base that looks like a robot’s 3 claws foot.

Thanks to the genius design, the thin metal base has no problem to firmly holding the big and wide monitor. The monitor stand is height adjustable of up to 130mm, and tilt from -5 to 35 degrees.

Acer XR341CK curved monitor
Acer XR341CK curved monitor

The shining glossy back panel has two built-in 7w speakers with DTS sound facing up and down, instead of placing at left and right.

Its thin bezels or “zero frame” according to Acer, allowing maximum viewing area and perfect for multi-monitor setup and daisy chaining for a broader view.

Acer XR341CK curved monitor
Acer XR341CK curved monitor

The ambient lighting at the bottom of the monitor is surprisingly entertaining. You can change the LED color and the lighting style (solid, ripple, flash, breathing, etc), as well as its brightness.

The practical use of it that came to my mind would be light up your no backlit keyboard in a dark room. Yes, you can turn off the ambient lighting.

Powerful Features

Acer XR341CK curved monitor
Acer XR341CK curved monitor

As for the monitor specifications, Acer XR341CK is 34-inch curved monitor with QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution in ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. The IPS panel provides 178-degree viewing angle and supports 100% sRGB and 6-axis colour adjustment.

Acer XR341CK accepts a wide range of input signals via HDMI 2.0, MHL, DisplayPort and mini DisplayPort. It has a DisplayPort out for daisy chain and built-in 4 ports USB 3.0 hub (USB cable not provided).

Acer XR341CK supports Adaptive-Sync Technology that GPU controls the display’s refresh rate to eliminate tearing and stuttering, and reduce mouse dormancy.

Acer EyeProtect technology in Acer XR341CK includes flicker-less technology and blue-light exposure filter to reduce your eye strain.

The ultra-wide big monitor means multitasking friendly. It supports Picture-By-Picture (PBP) and Picture-In-Picture (PIP).

PBP allows two inputs to Acer XR341CK and views side-by-side on one screen; PIP displays an input in full screen and the second input in a smaller size at a corner on the same monitor.

The sexy Acer XR341CK monitor offers great viewing experience for everyone, especially designers, photographers and gamers.

Price in Malaysia

Acer XR341CK curved monitor price in Malaysia is RM3,699.

For more information, please visit Acer Malaysia Facebook.

Yes 4G Offers Intel-Powered Acer Iconia One 7 Tablet for FREE

Intel powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet and Yes Huddle XS
Intel powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet and Yes Huddle XS
Intel powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet and Yes Huddle XS

Acer Iconia One 7 tablet is first available in Malaysia through Yes 4G. The Intel-powered tablet is FREE with Yes 4G postpaid plan for early bird promotion starting on 28 August 2014.

Yes 4G is the first and only Internet service provider in Malaysia to offer Intel-powered Acer Iconia One 7 tablet.

Acer Iconia One 7 tablet

Acer Iconia One 7 is a 7-inch tablet with WiFi only. Do not mistake it as Acer Iconia Tab 7 with 3G connectivity and phone functionality.

Iconia One 7 is powered by Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB storage (support microSD up to 64GB). It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

The 7-inch IPS display gives you 800 x 1280 pixels HD resolution. The tablet has 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera.

Iconia One 7 is available in 4 colours — black, blue, red and white — with textured panel back.

Acer Iconia One 7 Super Postpaid Bundle Plan

Wing K. Lee (CEO, YTL Communications), Prakash Mallya (Managing Director Sales and Marketing Intel South East Asia) and Ricky Tan (General Manager of Acer Sales & Services Sdn Bhd) at the launch of the bundle promo
Wing K. Lee (CEO, YTL Communications), Prakash Mallya (Managing Director Sales and Marketing Intel South East Asia) and Ricky Tan (General Manager of Acer Sales & Services Sdn Bhd) at the launch of the bundle promo

New subscribers of Acer Iconia One 7 Super Postpaid Bundle Plan with 24 months contract will receive FREE Huddle XS modem (worth RM480) and FREE Acer Iconia One 7 tablet (worth RM399). The Super Postpaid Bundle Plan is applicable to any Yes 4G postpaid plan, starting from RM48 per month.

Please note that this is a limited time promotion with an undisclosed end date.

Huddle XS is Yes 4G portable modem. It allows you to share Yes 4G connection with up to 5 devices through WiFi hotspot. Its battery life last up to 6 hours per charge.

The 7-inch Acer tablet from Yes 4G has pre-installed Yes wallpaper and Yes Life app. The app allows you to make free calls and SMS to other Yes users. Calls and SMS to other networks will cost 9 cents per minute/SMS.

The Acer Iconia One 7 Super Postpaid Bundle Plan will be available starting on the 28th August 2014.

For more information, please visit Yes Stores and Yes Exclusive Retail Partners nationwide, or visit Yes 4G website.