Gadgets Weekly: Asus ExpertCenter D500SD desktops and more

Tech companies such as Asus, Lexar, ViewSonic, Lava and Portronics this week (December 19-25) launched a new line of smartphones, smartwatches, speakers and more, among others.

DHs Weekly Gadgets edition includes the latest personal technology products to keep you up to date with everything that’s happening in the world of consumer electronics.

Asus ExpertCenter D500SD and S500SD desktops
ExpertCenter D500SD comes with multiple configurations up to Intel Core i5-12400 Processor 2.5GHz (18M cache, up to 4.4GHz, 6 cores), Intel B660 chipset, supports hybrid storage (SSD PCIe x4 + HDD), Intel WGI219V 10/100/1000 GbE, non-vPro (LAN), High Definition 7.1 channel audio system, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax, dual band) 2*2, Bluetooth 5.2 and 300W power (80+ Platinum, peak 390 W).

Asus ExpertCenter D500SD processor. Credit: Asus India

It should be noted that the D5 series comes with military-grade MIL-STD-810H standard certification, which means it can operate under extreme temperatures.

Asus ExpertCenter S500SD desktop supports up to Intel Core i5-12400 processor 2.5GHz (18M cache, up to 4.4GHz, 6 cores), Intel B660 chipset, up to 64GB (2xDIMM slot), hybrid storage (SSD PCIe x4 + HDD), Intel WGI219V 10/100/1000 GbE, non-vPro (LAN), High Definition 7.1 channel audio, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax, dual band) 2*2, Bluetooth 5.2 and 180W power (80+ Bronze, peak 228W).

Asus ExpertCenter S500SD Desktop. Credit: Asus

Both devices come with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 security, one headphone out, one line-in port, one microphone in, one RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port, one HDMI 1.4 port, one VGA port, two PS2 ports and four USB 2.0 Type-A ports on the back.

On the front, Asus has built in another headphone output, a 3.5mm combo audio jack, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports. It also supports four SATA 6.0Gb/s ports, one PCIe 4.0 x 16, two PCIe 3.0 x 1, one M.2 connector for Wi-Fi, two M.2 connector for storage, and two DDR4 U-DIMM slots.

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The company offers a wired keyboard and a wired optical mouse.

Both Asus desktops come with Windows 11 Home and MS Office Home and Student pre-installed. They will be available at Asus-exclusive stores with prices starting at Rs 34,790.

Lava X3 series
Lava unveiled the new X3 budget smartphone earlier this week. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ (1600×720p) display and comes with a rear fingerprint sensor, a hybrid dual-SIM tray (one nano-SIM + nano-SIM or microSD card) and supports a 3.5mm audio jack.

Lava X3 series. Credit: lava

It is powered by a 12nm class 2GHz MediaTek Helio A22 quad-core CPU with IMG PowerVR GE class GPU, Android 12 Go Edition OS, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (up to 512GB), dual-camera module– 8MP + VGA – with LED flash on the back, a 5MP front camera and a 4,000mAh battery with 10W charger.

It comes in two colors – arctic blue, charcoal black and glossy blue – for Rs 6,999.

Lexar THOR DDR4 UDIMM Desktop Gaming Memory
The new desktop gaming memory supports high-speed performance and comes with a space gray aluminum heat spreader that not only gives the product a premium look, but also enables highly efficient heat dissipation to keep your system cool.

Lexar Thor DDR4 memory. Credit: Lexar

It supports XMP 2.0 with a peak speed of 3200 Mbps, and it allows users to optimize and enhance their gaming experience without worrying about system slowdowns. It comes in 8 GB single modules up to 16 GB dual channel kit capacity for now.

The company is offering it in 8GB capacity for Rs 4,600 and 32GB kit for Rs 17,900.

ViewSonic X2000B-4K and X2000L-4K Series Projectors
They come with an ultra-short throw of 0.22, delivering a 100-inch screen just 23cm from the wall while maintaining the openness of a home.

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The projectors have an adjustable setting for all angles to seamlessly deliver high quality images from any angle. The 60-point adjustment capability ensures that the projected image is accurately proportioned, even when the surface is curved or convex.

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ViewSonic X2000L-4K white (top) and X2000B-4K black color (bottom). Credit: ViewSonic

They natively support 4K Ultra HD resolution, up to 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, ViewSonic’s patented Cinema SuperColor technology, and feature 50W Harman Kardon speakers (2 x 10W tweeter and 15W woofer) with Dolby and DTS support. soundtracks. They support 8.3 million pixels and promise to deliver accurate, sharp images and high quality videos. It has simple audio integration with HDMI ARC support.

They come in black and white colors. The price starts at Rs 3,99,000.

Portronics Talk Two 360-degree Voice Pickup Conference Speaker
As the name suggests, the new conference speaker features three 360-degree omnidirectional microphones with a range of up to two meters. These microphones aid in noise reduction and echo cancellation for crisp and clear audio chats, helping to seal out unwanted ambient sounds for an uninterrupted and enjoyable group chat.

In addition, Talk Two comes with a powerful 3W full-range speaker so that the participants can hear each other with superior sound, clearly and without distortion.

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Portronics Talk Two 360-degree Voice Pickup Conference Speaker. Credit: Portronics

It also features an all-in-one touch control panel that makes it easy to operate, and the built-in RGB revolving light that enhances the visual appeal of the device.

The Portronics Talk Two comes with its own wrap-around USB cable so you can plug it directly into your desktop or laptop – no drivers required. It supports Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Zoom or any other audio/video conferencing platform.

Blaupunkt SBA15 and SBA15GM series
The SB15Gm has dual 2.5″ speaker drivers and the SBA15 has dual 2″ speakers. The sound power is 14 and 15 watts respectively. Both come with a 2000 mAh battery and support TurboVolt Fast charging technology.

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The top class SB15GM is also equipped with LED lighting. As soon as it turns on, the soft ambient light enhances the atmosphere.

Blaupunkt SBA15. Credit: Blaupunkt

Both speakers support MICRO TF card, AUX IN, USB IN, BT, FM and TWS functions. The range of the Bluetooth connection is 10 meters or 30 feet.

Fit Shot Flair 2
The new Flair 2 series smartwatch is made for female consumers. It has a sleek, elegant design made of high-quality materials. It has a bright IPS LCD based CosmicDisplay with a brightness of 450 nits and comes with IP68 rating, which means it can withstand water pressure to a depth of 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) for almost 30 minutes.

It supports over 60 different watch faces and comes with advanced UV (detection) sensors that detect UV exposure and advise the user to take appropriate precautions. The smartwatch provides advice by using the sun’s measured UV index to advise the user to wear a hat, sunglasses or sunscreen.

It can track walking, dancing, badminton, strength training and more than 10 sports modes. The smartwatch has several health features such as SpO2, heart rate monitoring, body temperature monitoring, a period tracker and more.

Fitshot Flair 2. Credit: Fitshot

Furthermore, it provides sedentary alerts, call reminders, schedule reminders, application push notifications, option to set alarms. Users are also notified when they receive a text or phone call and can respond using the ‘quick messages’ feature.

With a battery of 300 mAh, it lasts almost 10 days. It will be available from December 25 for Rs 1,999 on Flipkart.

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