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SPOTLIGHT: December - ROG Phone II, MSi Alpha, Macbook 16 & MORE!

Posted in Articles on 02/12/2019

Pictures of hot new technology products at PB Tech NZ

We're shining our spotlight on five of the coolest tech products available at PB Tech, with the latest Apple Macbook 16 featuring the new AMD Radeon graphics, powerful new Alpha 15 AMD Ryzen/Radeon laptops from MSi, super fun and colourful Nintendo Switch Neon V2 bundles with MarioKart, the just-released Nvidia GTX 1650 SUPER series graphics from Gigabyte and the flagship phone from Asus has arrived, yep that’s right folks - ROG Phone II!

Best of all they’re available this December at PB Tech!

Picture of ASUS ROG Phone II at PB Tech

We’re excited to announce that the Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) Phone II has landed and is available for purchase now at PB Tech.

For those that aren't embedded in the PC industry, ASUS is a winner of over 100 Red Dot design awards, the #1 rated motherboard maker for more years than I can remember, creators of everything from display technology to robots - and Asus ROG is their premium gaming brand - and they’ve made a new phone!  

Being a new ROG product, the specs are, as you’d expect, top tier, and the ROG Phone II is a technical marvel in terms of cooling performance, custom software & aesthetic design.

I mention the cooling first as it’s really important when you start to play with something this slim and this fast - those who already own a flagship phone will know how hot they get if you pop on a game like X-Com or Call of Duty for an hour or so... The team at Asus have gone above and beyond with the refined 3D vapour chamber and it is extremely effective at removing heat from the phone during full-speed operation. 

This second-generation cooling system is only a part of what makes the ROG Phone II experience so good though, with it you can enjoy using the world’s fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus and this, in turn, gives you the power to enjoy an ultrafast 120Hz/1ms AMOLED 10-bit HDR screen with its world-beating Delta-E < 1 colour accuracy and unrivalled touch latency. A monster 6000mAh battery combined with a smart software system ensures you’ll be able to enjoy having all this power for longer. 

The component design and custom software suite for ROG Phone II are intertwined together, making actually using the features such as Air Trigger II (just like on a controller, except you can’t see them) or 3D Force Feedback a breeze. When jumping into an APP you can also do handy things quickly, like disable interruptions from text messages or phones while you play, with just a quick swipe from the right to bring up the overlay. This type of “while you’re using it” software menu system is a really excellent idea, and because it appears for just that moment when you run an application, you won’t have to go digging to find the relevant features, and it won’t delay the app running because it just runs underneath the overlay - 10/10 to Asus.

Photo and video wise it’s more of the same, but this time it’s largely thanks to the use of the flagship Sony IMX586  - a sensor that’s at the pinnacle of mobile photography. The 48MP main camera delivers a crisp, vibrant, high-resolution image so you can capture the beautiful photos, during day or night, with an ultrawide secondary camera that puts more of the scene into your shots. On the front, you’ll find there’s also a great 24MP front camera for clear video calling.

The audio experience is unique with dual front-facing speakers and quad mics with noise-cancellation. After using this you’ll wonder why other smartphones don’t have forward-facing speakers - it just makes sense.

This sound system is also outstanding for watching movies and music, but in combination with the 3D vibration features and a great game it really shines, enhancing the whole experience. ROG Phone II also features that glorious ASUS Aura RGB lighting, and this isn’t just about pretty colours, with it you can trigger lighting effects with phone events such as incoming calls, notifications and more!

For those who love streaming, be it video chat, movies or SteamLink, the ROG Phone II can achieve Wi-Fi speeds of up to 4.6Gbps with WiGig. It’s the first phone of its kind to use a multi-antenna system that minimizes lag and ensures rock-solid connectivity. The four antennas are optimally located to deliver maximum Wi-Fi throughput when you’re gaming in landscape mode, minimizing lag for the best experience.

Other crazy cool features include squeezes - give your ROG Phone II a gentle squeeze and it will launch google assistant - squeeze a little more and it'll activate X mode, when you do this the wallpaper on the phone actually changes too, it's pretty spectacular stuff!  

All in all, it’s a fantastic phone, with an excellent camera, unbeatable gaming performance, enhanced connectivity with dual USB Type C (yes it has a 3.5mm jack too) and so much more, get yourself the ROG Phone II at PB Tech today!

Asus ROG Phone II - Available NOW at PB Tech!

Picture of Apple Macbook Pro 16 at PB Tech

Asus isn’t the only ones with something new and shiny, next up we have the latest Macbook Pro 16 from Apple!

Comparing apples to apples, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro base model is over twice as fast as the previous-generation base model, and much like Asus above, Apple knows a more advanced thermal architecture enables faster processing. The thermal architecture in MacBook Pro has been completely redesigned, featuring larger impellers with improved fan blades for optimal airflow and more heat-dispersing fins for more effective cooling. The resulting gain in cooling capacity allows this MacBook Pro 16 to deliver up to 12 watts more maximum sustained power - and that’s good news because with a beautiful Retina display, ultrafast Intel processors, the latest AMD Radeon RX 5000 series graphics, a new Magic Keyboard, massive storage and the largest battery capacity ever in a MacBook Pro,  - you’ll undoubtedly be using it all the time.

A six-speaker sound system produces room-filling wide stereo sound like you've never heard from a notebook before. Dual force-cancelling woofers dramatically reduce system vibration for a clearer, more natural sound and a half-octave lower range to the bass. And the studio-quality three-mic array rivals professional third-party microphones, for creating clean podcasts or music recordings on the go!

This new MacBook Pro 16 series lends its name to the stunning 16-inch Retina display - the largest Retina display ever in a Mac notebook. It produces 500 nits of brightness for spectacular highlights and bright whites while delivering deep blacks thanks to the precise photoalignment of liquid crystal molecules.

The narrow-band LED-powered backlight allows MacBook Pro to represent the P3 wide colour gamut for brilliant, true-to-life colour in photos and videos. An Apple-patented metal layer in the TFT maximises the transmittance of the pixels, enhancing brightness and colour uniformity while reducing pixel cross-talk. A mirrorlike enhanced reflector sheet in the backlight reflects over 98 per cent of incident light allowing this MacBook Pro 16 to achieve that 500 nits of brightness efficiently.

So you'll see your work in the best possible light, for longer.

It’s beautiful, powerful and super new - get your Apple Macbook Pro 16 at PB Tech today!

Apple Macbook Pro 16 - Just Landed at PB Tech!

Picture of MSi Alpha 15 RX 5500M Gaming Laptop at PB Tech

This new MSi Alpha 15 Laptop breaks new ground as the first we’ve seen using the popular AMD Ryzen 7 CPU combined with the just-released AMD RX 5500M graphics - and it's due in NZ late December!

Wrapped in a gorgeous GE65 style chassis design from MSi, the sleek black frame houses an ultra-fast display meant for gaming, but if you using your Alpha 15 for day to day task, it will Intelligently allocate power and cooling between the processor and graphics, allowing higher performance when you use it, and battery life efficiencies when you don’t.

The new AMD Radeon RX 5500M graphics inside are really something special too, powerful enough to experience the latest AAA titles and smash though popular esports games. To help keep things super smooth the display on the Alpha 15 is 120Hz with AMD Freesync, keeping the action fast and tear-free. 

This is particularly important in very fast games like CS:GO, as the FPS range can swing from 90-160FPS+, having FreeSync on will help to keep it all at a smooth 120FPS whenever possible to match the display. The technology can also help with modern games like Call of Duty, keeping the frames in check with the heavier graphics and wobbly dips below the 60FPS target.

Although the MSI Alpha 15 price makes it an affordable gaming laptop, it still has a lot of the extras seen in the more expensive models. MSi has yet again used their excellent dedicated thermal solution for both the CPU and GPU with a total of 7 heat pipes ensure maximum performance under extreme gaming loads, and they’ve included the NAHIMIC 3 sound system and upgraded speakers with exclusive module design and independent sound chamber for top-notch auditory sensation.

It’s great to see an all AMD option in gaming laptops, and especially good at a price this good! Get yourself the new MSi Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop at PB Tech this December!

MSi Alpha 15 Laptop - The new ALL AMD config for Gamers!

Picture of Nintendo Switch NEON V2 Mario Kart Bundle

The popular Nintendo Switch Neon V2 is back with a new bundle, so in addition to the super fun console, you can now get it with extras you need to get started!

The Nintendo Switch is a popular console, In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the system can be taken on the go so players can enjoy a full home console experience anytime, anywhere. At home, the system rests in the Nintendo Switch dock, which lets you play with family and friends on a TV in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock at any time, the system instantly transitions to handheld mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. 

The Nintendo Switch V2 features a  6.2-inch screen, which displays bright, high-definition gameplay when out and about, with two Joy-Con controllers that can also become a standalone controller, with a full complement of sticks, face and shoulder buttons, built-in motion-sensing technology and HD rumble. This controller can then split into two controllers for even more fun, to be shared between two players for instant multiplayer gaming in front of the TV.

This is great because the bundle includes a game code for Mario Kart 8, and multiplayer racing is simply the best!

Get your game on with the new Nintendo Switch Neon V2 Mario Kart 8 Bundle - available today at PB Tech.

Nintendo Switch NEON V2 + Mario Kart 8 Bundles!

Picture of GTX 1650 SUPER Graphics Card at PB Tech NZ

Next up we have the latest addition to the Nvidia SUPER series of desktop graphics cards, stocks for the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Graphics Cards have just landed at PB Tech!

Gigabyte has been happily enjoying rave reviews worldwide for their latest cooling designs and this new graphics card continues the trend. While most graphics cards use adjacent fans which rotate in the same direction, this turbulent airflow reduces heat dissipation efficiency. This Gigabyte GTX 1650 SUPER cooler design turns the adjacent fans in the opposite direction, so that the airflow between the two fans is the same, reducing the turbulence and enhancing the airflow pressure. The sleek back plate not only adds to the clean look by hiding the usually visible circuit board but also enhances the structure of the graphics card to provide complete protection.

Performance-wise the new GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is up to twice that of the previous-generation GTX 1050. Powered by the award-winning Turing and ultra-fast GDDR6 memory, it’s a little gaming beast.

Being part of the Nvidia GeForce series you’ll have access to all the key features that make them so great, Shadowplay will let you capture, steam and share you favourite gaming moment on YouTube or Twitch, and because it captures in the background while you play - you can even turn on ShadowPlay highlights in games like Fortnite - and have it capture your most exciting moments for you, while you focus on the game!

The new Gigabyte GTX 1650 Super Graphics Card is a hot pick for any PC gamer, see this and more of the new SUPER Series in Nvidia Graphics Cards at PB Tech today!

Latest GTX 1650 SUPER Graphics Cards - Available now!

And that's just a some of the awesome new range available this December at PB Tech!

You can check out all the new arrivals here and be sure to keep your eyes on PB Tech Tips & News for more awesome technology spotlights, unboxings, reviews, competitions and MORE!

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