In-Stock Now: ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe for $1699

If you appreciate lightweight SSD-only yet powerful enough Ultrabooks, hide your wallet because the new ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe laptop, with the more boring name of UX490UA-XS74-BL, and the wallet-crying price of $1699 is now in-stock and ready to ship at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit one) and at Adorama.

You get 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 14″ 1080p Corning Glass 5 screen, Kaby lake Intel Core i7-7500U Processor 2.7 GHz (Turbo to 3.5 GHz), Windows 10 PRO, fingerprint sensor, 2.4 lbs, two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports (supports dual 4K displays), LiPo battery, etc.

Or you can buy ten Chromebooks and use them in parallel, just make sure the Cylons don’t break into your Ten-Chromebook Network! 🙂

ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML for $180

For a limited time, B&H Photo is offering the new condition factory-unlocked black color scheme of the ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML for $180 with free expedited shipping and a free 10050 mAh ASUS portable power bank. This has a 3x optical zoom (4-11mm f/2.7-4.8), GSM compatibility, 32GB on-board storage, 5.5″ 1080p LCD, etc… For more action, check their Featured Sales

ASUS ZenFone 3X Optical Zoom Smartphone with FREE Garmin Forerunner 25 GPS Running Watch for $200

Smartphones are embracing dual lenses but single-lens optical zoom remains a rarity. If you are interested in single-lens optical zoom smartphones,the ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML, 32GB, Android, Unlocked, Black) comes with a 4-11mm f/2.7-4.8 optical zoom lens with Hoya OIS (28-84mm eq) is bundled with a FREE Garmin Forerunner 25 GPS Running Watch (Large, Black/Blue), all together going for $200 with free shipping at B&H Photo. This is a limited time offer (I do not know when it expires).

No coupon, no rebate. The free item will be included automatically while this offer is running. When the offer expires, you will not see the free Garmin mentioned on the page (see screenshot below). This is factory unlocked and works with compatible GSM carriers (check bands and forums and such). This is one of a few Intel Atom powered smartphones.

ASUS ZenFone Zoom (64GB, Unlocked) for $199

Zoom-zoom for smartphones! The new condition ASUS ZenFone Zoom (3X optical zoom with Hoya’s blessings; Unlocked, No Contract, 64GB on-boar storage, Black, U.S. Warranty) is currently on sale for $199 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon herself with a limit of up to three units per customer. This is not a lightning deal. This has a 5.5-inch IPS Gorilla Glass 4 touchscreen, 1080p, 4GB RAM, 64GB on-board, etc. Check bands if you plan to use it with a cellular carrier.

(ENDED) ASUS Zenfone Zoom (3x optical; 64GB, Unlocked) for $199 (limit 3)

This sold out… The new condition ASUS ZenFone Zoom, one of the few out there with a 3X optical zoom lens, 64GB on-board storage, unlocked and without contractual obligations, and USA warranty, is on sale for $199 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three units per customer. This is not a lightning deal.

(ENDED) Thursday: ASUS Zenfone Zoom (3X Optical) + ZenWatch 2 Android Wear Watch for $300

The day is over and so is this bundle… If you are a fan of real optical zoom lenses on smartphones, the ASUS Zenfone Zoom (3X optical zoom lens; 5.5″, 4GB RAM, unlocked, USA warranty, 64GB storage, microSD, Android 5.0) is bundled with the ASUS ZenWatch 2 Android Wear Smartwatch at NewEgg for $300 with free shipping as one of their Thursday daily deals…

The Zoom ZenFone on its own goes for $250 at Amazon which itself appears to be a sale of sorts since Amazon has a limit of three per customer.

ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551M (64GB, 3X optical) and Zenwatch 2 and $50 Gift Card and Battery for $364 with coupon

There are hundreds of smartphones but still very few of them have a zoom lens, despite various attempts by manufacturers to differentiate their products. One of the zoom-lens models is the 64GB ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML (3x optical zoom, Black) and it has a special bundle for it at B&H Photo. Using coupon code ZOOMWACH drops the price of the bundle to $364 with free expedited shipping. The bundle is this:

+ 64GB ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML (Black; No Contract; Unlocked; Android)
+ ZenWatch 2 Smartwatch (rose gold, unlocked)
+ $50 B&H Photo Gift Card
+ one 10050 mah portable battery (choice of four colors)
+ limited time offer but expiration date unknown

11.6″ ASUS C201PA-DS02 Chromebook (4GB RAM, 16GB SSD) [supports Android Apps] for $159

UPDATE Thur 10:53pm ET: ships in 1-3 months, but still available for $159. Updated link below…

If you want to try your Android photo apps on a Chromebook (even Lightroom is on Google Play these days), AND you don’t want to wait for the IFA 2016 new ChromeOS announcements [see Trade Show Calendar], one of the devices that supports this new feature [running Google Play Android apps on ChromeOs devices] is on sale, the 11.6″ ASUS C201PA-DS02 (4GB RAM, 16GB SSD) for $159 with free shipping with a limit of three per customer. Other specs: 1366×768, no touchscreen, Rockchip 1.8 GHz Processor, TPM, promised long battery life, 2-years of 100GB Google Drive free, HDMI, USB, SD card reader (up to 128GB).

PS: with the web getting more bloated every day, and HTML5 replacing Flash (HTML5 can’t be blocked by blocking/turning-off Flash], 4GB RAM is minimum RAM even for a relatively minimalist OS like ChromeOS.

B&H Tech Specials: MacBook Airs, 28″ ASUS 4K UHD for $450, 12-Core Apple Mac Pro Cylinder, LG Chromebase

We take yet another break from the Pre-Orders Madness with actual real tangible products with some of the latest non-camera specials from B&H Photo as follows (with free shipping):

+ Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Twelve-Core, Late 2013) for $8880

+ Apple 13.3″ MacBook Air Notebook Computer specials (four options, $1450 to $2200; also a 11.6″ for $1230)

+ ASUS PB287Q 28″ Widescreen WLED Backlit LCD 4K UHD Monitor for $449 (3840 x 2160, 157ppi, 10-bit CLUT, two HDMI 1.4, one DisplayPort 1.2, etc)

+ LG Chromebase 21.5″ All-in-One Desktop Computer for $259 (idea: a general purpose computer for clients and customers and visitors to keep them busy while waiting?)

+ this is just the tip of the iceberg, you can find many more, tech and camera and photo related at their Weekly Specials page

In-stock nao: ASUS ZenFone Zoom (3x optical) for $400

Late start today, a double fifteen yard penalty! We start smartphone-zooming, the new ASUS Zenfone with its 3x near-flat optical zoom lens is now in-stock and ready to ship, unlocked without contract requirements, for $400 with free shipping at B&H Photo. This has 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSDXC, Atom Z3580, 5.5″ 1080p Gorilla 4 touchscreen, 4-11mm f/2.7-4.8 lens (28-84mm eq), manual control, Android 5.x, etc.

Pre-order ASUS ZenFone Zoom (3x optical) for $400

Optical zoom lenses have had a hard time breaking out in non-superzoom camera-phones, but ASUS is trying their hand at it with the new ASUS ZenFone, and this creature, unlocked with 64GB on-board storage and a 3x flat-ish optical zoom lens (4-11mm f/2.7-4.8) is now available for pre-order for $400 at B&H Photo. This is model ZX551ML-23-4G64G-BK, with Android 5.x, a generous 4GB RAM, Intel Atom Ant Z3580 processor, 5.5-inch iPS Gorilla Glass 4 1920 x 1080 screen, microSD slot, and things like that. This looks like an actual phone, unlike the various Samsung superzoom Android phones that look more like travel-zoom digital cameras than phones.

In-stock now: ASUS Desktop (i5 Skylake, 8GB, 1TB, Win10) for $430

If you are looking for a bang for the buck Windows 10 desktop computer, the ASUS M32CD is now in-stock and ready to ship for $430 with free shipping at Amazon by Amaozn itself, with a limit of five per customer. This has the all new Skylake Intel Core i5-6400 Quad-Core, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD burner, HDMI and VGA, USB 3.1, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, card reader, keyboard, mouse, etc.

NOTE: some of the reviews are from earlier models, and maybe from an i3 Skylake model ($355, pre-order).

(SOLD OUT) Pre-order Skylake Win10 ASUS Desktop for $430: i5-6400, 8GB, 1TB, DVD-RW, HD 530 Integrated, etc

UPDATE 9/18/15: the Skylake i5 ASUS M32CD Desktop is no longer orderable and the Amazon Product page has no estimate on if/when this will come back…

Meanwhile, the other one mentioned in this post, the i3-4170 model remains available for pre-order for $355.

Continue reading “(SOLD OUT) Pre-order Skylake Win10 ASUS Desktop for $430: i5-6400, 8GB, 1TB, DVD-RW, HD 530 Integrated, etc”

27-inch ASUS PB278Q IPS Monitor (2560×1440, many inputs) for $400

Monitor action now, of the ASUS variety, and thankfully no mail-in rebate needed. It is the 27-inch ASUS PB278Q IPS computer monitor, with a 2560×1440 resolution, many inputs (HDMI, DVI-D, DisplayPort, VGA), 100% (sRGB), various adjustments (image and physical), and a boatload of cables included in the package. The connections are on the left side, not behind the monitor (you can see them in all their glory in picture #6 in the main gallery over there). It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 875 customer reviews and has nearly 400 questions answered over there. Limit four per customer.

Oops, I forgot the price and link. It goes for $400 at Amazon by Amazon itself 🙂

In-stock Nao: 5.5″ flagship ASUS ZenFone 2 for $300 (unlocked, 4G RAM)

If you are the early adopter type and are looking for a new budget-flagship unlocked Android smartphone without a contract and no commitments to a carrier, the 5.5 inch ASUS Zenfone 2 is now available as a North American product from ASUS, and it is in-stock and ready to ship for $300 at Amazon in either the silver color scheme or red color scheme. It has a 13mp f2 camera, 4GB of RAM (I think the first, or one of the first), 64-bit Intel Atom processor, 64GB storage, microSD (up to 64GB), 1920×1080 Gorilla Glass 3 IPS display, Android 5.0, dual SIM (of interest to traveling photographers), compatible with GSM networks (4G LTE), 60% charge in 39 minutes, etc.

UPDATE: it is also shipping from Groupon Goods which is celebrating this launch with an ASUS Technology Sale Event (over 50 items included).

NOTE: if you are searching at Amazon, there are a lot of international/imported models listed there as well.

If you are curious about it, B&H Photo will have a live-streaming panel talking about it on Tuesday 5/19/15 at 1pm eastern. In the meantime, there is a technical preview at Anandtech (with benchmarks and such) and a review with camera samples at Tom’s Guide.