This week should have been IT Show 2020, but that has been postponed, no thanks to the Covid-19 virus. While the coronavirus disrupted large-scale shows, events and gatherings, it is powerless to stop a good offer as many tech vendors took the online approach to bring good deals to everyone. Moreover, with split-team business operations and work-from-home arrangements, many employees are avidly looking to equip themselves with more appropriate gear to ensure office work gets sorted without delays.
ASUS is, without doubt, one of the strongest computing vendors with a wide assortment of tech gear and they've joined in the fray with other vendors to offer special deals with their e-store partners and in all authorized electronics retail channels.
Here's a snapshot of their March 2020 deal specials!
The VivoMini series from ASUS has been one of the earlier options from a big-name PC vendor offering small form factor systems that won't hog your precious desk space. That's important given how new homes are more compact and desk space can be a premium with our multi-device, multi-screen life these days with a notebook, tablet, phone and multi-screen monitor setup needs. At just 177.4 x 153 x 74.1mm and 1.5kg in weight, the VivoMini VC66 (VC66-CB7016ZN) packs an Intel Core i7-8700T processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD as its core specs and comes bundled with a wireless keyboard and mouse set. As a fully complete desktop system offering, it's also pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home ready to use out of the box.
Despite the diminutive size, it has four front-mounted USB ports, comprising one USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A port, two USB 2.0 ports, and one USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C connector. In addition, there are two further USB 3.1 (Gen 1) ports, an Intel Gigabit LAN port, a 4-in-1 card reader, and a Kensington Lock slot at the rear. You could even install an optical drive within the chassis if you would like to enjoy high-quality Blu-ray movies and such.
ASUS has pegged this system at S$1,509 at its usual price but is bringing back its tech show offer and you can now get it for S$1,469. This time, the VivoMini VC66 will be bundled with a free 256GB M.2 SSD + S$100 NTUC voucher. Take note that this offer is only applicable until 16th March on Lazada, though you can still get this offer in retail stores all through March.
Yet another mini PC, the VivoMini VC65 is quite similar to the VC66 featured above in many ways. Even the core specs of the offered model are identical - Intel Core i7-8700T processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD. The VC65 system, however, comes with an embedded power adaptor built into the system. That means, just one power cord out of the unit, direct to your power socket - no external power adaptors, so even less clutter! The trade-off is that the VC65 weighs 2.2kg and is a tad larger at 197.5 x 196.3 x 61.9mm. All other ports and capabilities are quite similar too and the unit is packed with an ASUS wireless keyboard and mouse combo and is pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home too.
The usual price and offer price for the month of March 2020 is S$1,499, but the offer period also nets you a free 256GB M.2 SSD + S$100 NTUC voucher.
More product info: ASUS
Launched recently as part of its mid-range gaming monitor series, the TUF Gaming VG279QM has FastIPS technology to boast of 1ms grey-to-grey response time, and super high overclocked refresh rates of up to 280Hz! The 27-inch Full HD resolution screen also offers 99% sRGB colour space support, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178-degree viewing angles (it's an IPS panel after all), and 400nits peak brightness for VESA DisplayHDR400 certification. It's also NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible and has ELMB tech to suppress ghosting and tearing concerns for sharper visuals at high frame rate.
Usually priced at S$589, the promotional price this month is just S$554. While still not anywhere affordable for a typical 27-inch screen, given all the technology and features it packs for serious gamers, this is one screen you should earmark if you're looking to pair it with your new gaming PC.
Singapore's first Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) router, the ASUS RT-AX88U is an AX6000-class dual-band router. Its 2.4GHz network supports a maximum data transfer rate of 1,148Mbps and its 5GHz network supports a maximum data transfer rate of 4,804Mbps. Add them up and you have 5,952Mbps - hence the AX6000 classification. Supporting AiMesh for more flexible deployments and boosting your range on the same SSID, it also boasts a total of eight Gigabit LAN ports and twin USB 3.0 ports.
Launched at a suggested retail price of S$599, and last offered at about S$490 at the last tech show, ASUS is now offering it for a mouth-watering price of just S$399 - a savings of over one-third of its launch price not so long back.
More product info: HWZ Review
Announced late in 2019, the ZenWiFi mesh networking system is latest to join the large wireless networking portfolio of ASUS. The ZenWiFi AX is a tri-band system supporting a maximum data transfer rates of up to 6,600Mbps. What's unique about the ZenWiFi mesh networking systems is that unlike most other mesh networking systems, ASUS will allow users to choose how they want to use and deploy the ZenWiFi's three networks. Users will be able to configure different SSIDs for the ZenWiFi's individual networks and choose to connect either to its 2.4GHz network for better range or its 5GHz network for better performance. Furthermore, users will be able to dedicate one of the ZenWiFi's 5GHz network solely for backhaul communications. This way, users will be able to keep one of the ZenWiFi's 5GHz network free.
The ZenWiFi system will come with free lifetime AiProtection Pro service by Trend Micro. This is a built-in security system that helps protect your network from attacks, malware, and viruses. It also features parental controls for parents to manage and monitor their children's online activities.
Priced at S$799, it's now on pre-order only at Challenger and Hachi.Tech. Pre-orders will end by 18th March and you can expect it to be widely available in retail from 19th March, along with order fulfillment for early adopters. What's more, all pre-order customers will receive a free ASUS FX 1TB external HDD worth S$129 with Aura Sync RGB LED lighting.
The ROG Strix Go 2.4 is a wireless gaming headset from ASUS that works over the 2.4GHz wireless band and interfaces with the host notebook or system over a USB Type-C dongle. Its star feature, however, is a noise-cancelling microphone that leverages AI to block unwanted background noise so that your in-game mates can hear you a lot clearer. This headset has two microphones, one of which is detachable, but there's a more discrete built-in one and that would make it easier to game over your mobile phone without a boom mic that's in your way.
Usually priced at S$319, this month, the promotional price is S$279.
For even more ASUS deals, we've featured them in our online tech show deals roundup feature.
Editor's note and disclaimer: The deals are not an endorsement or recommendation of the product from the editorial team. Instead, the listed items present themselves as a good deal based on the novelty factor and how much of a discount it is being offered from standard retail pricing at the time of publishing. Please note that we are not responsible in any way if you're unable to secure the listed offer due to errors on our part or should the offers expire by the time you've checked them.