ASUS Transformer Book V

I’ve never ever owned a laptop that wasn’t a pure laptop, and so I’m so excited to see that Asus is planning to come out with ASUS Transformer Book V (pronouncing as five).  This ASUS laptop comes with a smartphone.  This is the coolest thing I have ever seen for a laptop.  Luckily, the smartphone doesn’t look too bad on the back of the tablet too.  Oh yeah, I think the whole laptop monitor is a tablet, and the keyboard is a keyboard with storage capability.  Nonetheless, when everything combines together, the whole package is a laptop.  The smartphone runs Android, and yet the tablet runs Windows 8.1.  ASUS somehow got an app on Windows 8.1 to behave as if it’s Android app, allowing the users to be able to interact with the Android smartphone through the tablet whenever the smartphone is dock into the tablet’s back.

The question is, will ASUS be able to sustain the support for the essential software of a smartphone and the tablet – that meant to work together –  altogether as these devices get older.  Obviously, operating systems for these devices are not the problems since these devices can totally be updated to newer Windows and Android versions.  Usually, I hate to see as time progresses, older devices become non-functional, because the developers are moving on to better and bigger things.  Perhaps, I just overthink thing.  Anyhow, check out how cool the ASUS Transformer Book V will be when it officially comes out for the market in the video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

Afterthought:  Perhaps, this is a modular behavior kind of thing, and so theoretically ASUS might be able to release newer tablets and newer smartphones that can combine together as a laptop.  This will make the original transformer laptop package up-to-date in term of hardware.  Hopefully though, software will also be able to update themselves for the original transformer laptop package.  Anyhow, this is wishful thinking on my part, because I have no idea how this sort of modular laptop ecosystem would behave.  I just hope that users who are buying into this modular laptop thinking will not be left out to dry when their devices get older.  I don’t like the idea of buying newer hardware all the time, because that will be too expensive.  Furthermore, the idea of getting newer hardware all the time is bad for the environment as more electronic wastes get dump into the environment as the older hardware get abandoned.  Come to think of it all, it’s an oxymoron for thinking on saving environment when there is a modular hardware ecosystem, right?  This sort of hardware ecosystem might encourage users to buy newer hardware and abandon the older ones.  After all it’s modular!

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Easily Upgrade ASUS Desktop’s BIOS With ASUS Software Manager

Have you purchased an ASUS desktop lately?  In case an ASUS desktop’s model you have does work with ASUS manager software, then you’re in luck.  I’ve found out that it’s very easy for you to upgrade your ASUS’s desktop BIOS with ASUS manager software.  Basically, you can visit ASUS’s official website, download the latest BIOS, use ASUS manager software to locate the BIOS you had downloaded, and just let the ASUS manager upgrades the BIOS.  Of course, just make sure you don’t turn off your ASUS desktop or play with it during the BIOS upgrade, because your system can become very unstable if you do such things.

Just a caution, you should not upgrade your ASUS desktop’s BIOS or any computer BIOS unless you have a very good reason to.  It’s not wise to mess with a BIOS, because you are doing some major change to your computer system and you’re taking a great risk of breaking your system big time.  Nonetheless, it’s a given when your computer system isn’t functioning as it supposes to be, maybe the latest BIOS is the antidote to your system’s sickness.  Also, make sure you does download the original BIOS and make a backup of it on an external hard drive or a thumb drive just in case that the new/latest BIOS might be a worser problem than the original BIOS.  Some computer manufacturers may not allow you to download the original BIOS but only the latest or near latest BIOS, then you are taking a great risk in upgrading your BIOS, hence you might not be able to make a rollback to the original BIOS.

Since Windows 8.1 came out, some ASUS models might experience driver problems.  For an example, 8821AE (802.11ac) wireless network card is the wireless NIC for my ASUS desktop/PC, but it got a really bad attitude for Windows 8.1.  Instead of working correctly, it would cause Blue Screen of Death on Windows 8.1 and slow down the flow of network traffic that got streamed.  Even right after I had upgraded the 8821AE wireless NIC to its latest driver, the problem persisted.  Only right after I used ASUS manager software to easily upgrade the BIOS to the latest BIOS that the latest driver for 8821AE wireless NIC would function correctly.  Now, I could stream movies and transfer data at 802.11ac, real world, data rate (i.e., not at a marketing or lab measure rate) without a problem.  So, in case you got an ASUS desktop/PC and experiencing Windows 8.1 driver problems, you might want to consider of upgrading the drivers to the latest drivers first before thinking of an even more drastic action such as upgrading the BIOS.