Gift guide: Celebrate the 2021 dads and grads in your life with ASUS

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There’s so much to celebrate at this time of year. High school students are earning their diplomas, college students are receiving their hard-earned degrees, and dads of all ages are feeling the energy and possibilities of summer and eyeing up their next big projects. Whether you’re shopping for the special dad or recent grad in your family, tech makes a perfect gift. Mark the occasion with gear that’s tailor-made for gamers, creators, digital nomads, PC DIYers, and more. This 2021 ASUS Dads and Grads gift guide makes it easy to find the perfect gift for any recipient.

We’re eager to celebrate all of our dads and grads, too. Throughout the month of June, we’ll be giving away great tech to the dads and grads that you nominate. To enter, head over to Twitter and highlight a special dad or grad in your life and why you think they deserve to win. Make sure to include the hashtag #ASUSDADGRAD. Each Wednesday, we will select a winner. Terms and conditions apply, so check out the full information here.

For the gamer

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) empowers gamers and streamers with the tools they need to win. We constantly hone ROG laptops, desktops, components, and peripherals to give every gamer cutting-edge performance paired with unmistakable style. For those who dare to be the best, ROG gear is the ultimate sidekick.

ROG Strix G17 gaming laptop

Many dads and grads love to hang out with their friends in online games. The new ROG Strix G17 will give them a capable all-around laptop that’s ready for fast-paced multiplayer and immersive single-player games alike.

For exceptionally clear and fluid visuals, the G17 boasts a 300Hz panel with a 3ms response time that clocks higher than most desktop monitors. In the heat of battle, your dad or grad will be able to track every millisecond of the fast-paced action. A next-gen Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and a GeForce RTX 3060 GPU feed this immersive 17” display with high FPS. Our new cooling technology and VRM design allow for top performance from these chips.

ROG Strix XG16AHPE portable gaming monitor

Today’s gamers and PC enthusiasts use all the screen space they can get their hands on. A portable monitor lets them bundle up the multitasking prowess of a second screen into their laptop bags and travel with it anywhere. The ROG Strix XG16AHPE takes this portable convenience and supercharges it with the key specs that gamers crave.

This 15.6” 1080p display is thin and lightweight, yet it offers a 144Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility so that your dad or grad can enjoy smooth-tear-free gameplay anywhere. The XG16AHPE uses a USB Type-C connection, making it compatible with a broad range of devices. Its built-in 7800mAh battery is good for up to three hours of use at 144H, and with its quick-charge feature it can provide another two hours of use after a one-hour charge.

ROG Strix GA15 gaming desktop

Shopping for a dad or grad who prefers to game on a desktop? The ROG Strix GA15 is fully loaded for gaming excellence. WIth its AMD Ryzen 7 5700X CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, it’s primed to provide fluid gaming experiences in lavish AAA spectacles and fast-paced esports titles alike. These next-gen components empower pursuits in streaming and creativity, too, making the GA15 an ideal gift for the dad or grad with a wide range of interests.

The ROG Strix GA15 is VR-ready and pre-loaded with Xbox Game Pass, so the lucky recipient of this machine can dive into great gaming experiences right from day one. The included wired optical mouse and keyboard get them set up and ready for action.

ASUS RT-AX82U Gundam Edition wireless router

Our special series of Gundam Edition gaming components gives you a unique opportunity to gratify your dad or grad’s love of classic anime and their desire for uncompromised gaming experiences. The RT-AX82U Gundam Edition is a next-gen WiFi 6 router that offers ultrafast speeds up to 5400Mbps. It minimizes lag and latency for mobile gaming, and offers true 2Gbps wired and wireless speeds.

Your dad or grad won’t want to hide this router in a corner. Bold red and blue lines complement its sleekly styled white frame. Paired with our family of Gundam Edition components, the RT-AX82U turns any into a showcase for this beloved anime.

ROG Delta S gaming headset

Give the gift of immersive audio with the ROG Delta S. Nothing will put your dad or grad right into the action like the detailed audio produced by this headset’s Hi-Res ESS Quad-DAC. With its comfortable, angled ear cups, the Delta S is ready for lengthy gaming sessions, and its customizable Aura Sync RGB LEDs give it an unmistakable look.

USB Type-C connectivity makes it easy to connect the Delta S to a PC, a Nintendo Switch, a PlayStation 5, or a wide range of mobile devices. For crystal clear communications with squad mates, the detachable microphone uses AI Noise-Canceling tech to intelligently minimize background noise.

ROG Strix Scope TKL

Many gamers love the compact layout of keyboards that drop the numpad, or tenkey. Unless your dad or grad has an urgent need to enter lots of data, the tenkey-less ROG Strix Scope TKL will open up more desk space for sweeping mouse movements and let them enjoy the ergonomic benefits of moving their keyboard and mousing hands closer together.

The Strix Scope TKL features Cherry MX mechanical key switches with per-key Aura Sync RGB LED illumination. Available with smooth and linear Cherry MX Reds, clicky and tactile Cherry MX Blues, fast and quiet Cherry MX Speed Silvers, and more, these switches provide precise input that’s built for reliable, long-term use. The keyboard deck is bolstered with an aluminum top plate that resists flex under use, ensures lasting durability, and gives the keyboard undeniable style.

For the DIYer

PC DIYers carefully choose every component and peripheral in their system to create a computing experience that’s uniquely theirs. Help them upgrade their setup with an ASUS motherboard, graphics card, or peripheral.

ROG Strix B550-F Gaming WiFi motherboard

Gamers everywhere are eyeing up a build with one of AMD’s latest Ryzen 5000-series CPUs. The ROG Strix B550-F Gaming WiFi provides a stable, fully featured platform for a high-performance PC.

The 12+2 teamed-power-stage VRM is fed by ProCool solid-core auxiliary power connectors for extra stability under high CPU loads, and large heatsinks ensure consistent performance over time. The main PCIe 4.0 SafeSlot is reinforced with metal for added peace of mind, and both M.2 slots are covered by aluminum heatsinks to prevent SSD thermal throttling.

The preinstalled I/O shield serves up a healthy helping of USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, an Intel-powered 2.5Gb Ethernet port, and connectors for the Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 antennas. The audio ports are wired to a SupremeFX S1220A codec that offers crystal-clear input and output along with DTS Sound Unbound support for pinpoint-accurate 3D positional audio.

TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 OC edition graphics card

It goes without saying that a great gaming PC needs a great graphics card. The TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 OC Edition is ready to serve up years of gaming excellence. With the latest-gen Ampere architecture from NVIDIA, it provides access to cutting-edge tech like ray tracing, and in compatible games it can use AI-powered DLSS 2.0 upsampling tech to greatly increase FPS.

The TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 is resilient to its core. Top-shelf electrical components, including chokes, MOSFETs, and military-grade capacitors, are carefully selected to ensure reliable and long-lasting service. Battle-proven fans with our Axial-tech design keep the GPU and VRAM cool without making a racket, and their dual ball fan bearings ensure a long lifespan.

ROG Delta GUNDAM Edition

Bold colors and white panels from the classic animation define the look of the ROG Delta GUNDAM Edition. Alongside the GUNDAM-themed peripherals and components from ROG, this headset will equip your dad or grad for noble conquest.

Exclusive ASUS Essence drivers provide clear, immersive audio, while the D-shaped ear cushions make this headset comfortable to wear for long hours of gaming. For multiplayer games, the ROG Delta GUNDAM Edition has a detachable boom mic that provides clear communication when it’s needed and pops off for convenient storage when it isn’t.

For the creator

From engineering to architecture, animation to virtual reality, creators need the power to make their visions reality. Expertly crafted and industry certified, ASUS PCs and components deliver the rock-solid performance that creators demand.

ASUS ProArt StudioBook Pro X laptop

Shopping for a creative professional who can’t stay tied down to a desk? The ProArt StudioBook Pro X will give them a mobile workstation that can travel anywhere that work and inspiration take them while still providing the top-tier performance that their creative ambitions demand.

Creators working with professional photographs, video, and animations need accuracy above all. The ProArt StudioBook Pro X gives them a 17” FHD canvas to fine-tune their work. It covers 97% of the wide DCI-P3 color gamut, and it’s factory calibrated and PANTONE validated to achieve a Delta E of less than 1.5.

Powerful components ensure that your dad or grad has the resources on tap for the computational demands of creative work. A six-core, 12-thread Intel Xeon E-2276M CPU gives them agile performance with proven multithreaded throughput. It’s paired with 64GB of professional-grade ECC DDR4. The RTX Studio-ready NVIDIA Quatro RTX 5000 GPU will let them harness computational prowess for their workflow, and with its large 16GB pool of GDDR6 VRAM they’ll be ready for large projects.

ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV

Does your dad or grad have a passion for photography, video editing, or 3D rendering? The ProArt Display PA278CV will give them a wide canvas with the color accuracy they need to produce professional-quality finished products.

This 27” WQHD display has a detailed 2560×1440 resolution that will let them see their projects in full detail. Thanks to its 100% coverage of the sRGB and Rec.709 color gamuts, they’ll have vivid colors in front of them. Best yet, this unit is factory calibrated and Calman Verified to achieve an average Delta E value of less than 2. Right of the box, they’ll be able to count on the PA278CV to paint each hue accurately, no colorimeter required.

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED

For a dad or grad who wants to get creative work done in style, the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is primed and ready. It has a secondary display in the base of the laptop that rises at angle when you open the lid, but this model gives creators an amazing 4K OLED HDR canvas for their projects. It’s PANTONE Validated for color accuracy and it covers 100% of the wide DCI-P3 color gamut, so your creative friend or family member can pull it right out of the box and start fine-tuning their professional-grade projects.

3D rendering and video editing apps can both require significant horsepower. The ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED features an eight-core Intel Core i9 CPU that’s more than up to the challenge that working on large projects can present. It’s paired with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 so that your dad or grad’s apps can draw on powerful GPU resources. That same graphics card makes after-hours triple-A gaming a real possibility, too.

For the traveler

Today’s digital nomads need powerful hardware that doesn’t weigh them down or tie them to an outlet. Free your traveler to work and play wherever life takes them with a lightweight and long-lasting ASUS laptop, handy portable monitor, or easy-to-carry projector.

ASUS ExpertBook B9 laptop

Here’s a laptop with buttoned-up good looks and rock-solid reliability. The ExpertBook B9’s subdued hues, sensible lines, and sophisticated materials communicate professionalism and no-nonsense practicality, so it’s just the thing for a dad or a new college graduate to take to work. Its bespoke style isn’t the only reason that it’s a natural choice to carry to a client meeting or a job interview. At just 2.2lbs and 14.9mm thin, it’s exceptionally easy to carry, period.

The Intel Core i7-10510U processor in this slim notebook will capably handle the demands of the modern professional. Its robust 66Whr battery ensures exceptional battery life—up to 24 hours on a single charge, and it recharges up to 60% capacity in just 45 minutes. And your recipient will appreciate its convenient extras like a webcam shield and our exclusive NumberPad 2.0.

ZenScreen MB16AC

A second screen is a convenient tool for adding multitasking capability to any laptop or desktop. With the ZenScreen MB16AC, you can give your dad or grad that convenience in a slim, easy-to-carry package that they can slip inside their laptop bag.

The MB16AC is a 15.6” display with a 1920×1080 resolution. It’s ultraportable at just 1.7lbs and 0.3”, so it travels anywhere that your dad or grad’s laptop can. Thanks to its hybrid signal solution that can work with either USB Type-C or Type-A ports, this display is compatible with a wide range of laptops. ASUS Eye Care technology rounds out the experience. Its TȔV Rheinland-certified flicker-free backlight and blue light filter minimize eye fatigue so that your dad or grad can work comfortably.

ZenBeam Latte

Sometimes you need a big screen, but a big screen isn’t always handy. The ZenBeam Latte is a bright, fully-featured projector that goes anywhere. At just the size of a standard cup of coffee, it’s easy to pack up and even easier to set up for great entertainment experiences.

With up to 300 lumens of brightness and a 720p native resolution, the ZenBeam Latte packs immersive entertainment into a small package. Its built-in 6000mAh battery provides up to three hours of video projection or 12 hours of audio playback. Your dad or grad can connect it to just about any device they need to thanks to its HDMI and USB Type-A ports, wireless mirroring with mobile devices, and Aptoide TV integration for a smart-TV-like experience.

For the everyday do-it-all-er

Help your dad or grad seamlessly connect to their digital lives with a reliable and powerful desktop PC, eye-friendly new monitor, or rock-solid wireless router.

ASUS Zen AiO 24

Here’s an easy solution to give your dad or grad everything they need for their everyday computing. The Zen AiO 24 is a complete PC in a convenient all-in-one design.

The Zen AiO’s 23.8 inch Full HD IPS-level anti-glare display is the perfect solution to tackle everyday tasks. This PC is powered by an AMD Ryzen™ 5 5500U CPU with six cores and 12 threads, and with integrated AMD Radeon graphics, it’s ready for great entertainment experiences. Its Windows Hello-enabled IR webcam with a privacy shield makes it easy to log in, and its full selection of ports including two HDMI ports and a USB Type-C port give you the flexibility to connect multiple displays and all your favorite peripherals.

ASUS VA24DQ monitor

The gift of a monitor can do a lot for a budding professional or a work-at-home dad. The VA24DQ monitor has all the essentials for everyday work and entertainment, and its Eye Care features make it comfortable to use for lengthy stretches.

The VA24DQ is a 23.8” display with a 1920×1080 native resolution. It uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, and it gives users setup options thanks to its VESA mount compatibility. ASUS Eye Care technology with TŰV Rheinland-certified flicker-free backlighting and a blue light filter minimizes eye fatigue. Its connectivity selection includes HDMI, DisplayPort, and D-SUB ports, so it’s compatible with desktops and laptops new and old.

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ZenWiFi XT8

Reliable WiFi is a must-have for online gaming, working from a home office, and connecting with friends and family. The ZenWiFi XT8 is a mesh wireless system that’s ready to banish WiFi dead zones and give your dad or grad access to the latest WiFi 6 technologies.

This is an AiMesh wireless networking system with two separate units. To give Mom’s new PC the best connection, place one of these units in the same room, and strategically position the other to provide optimal coverage for the rest of the house. The ASUS Router app makes it easy to set up and manage the network from there. As a WiFi 6 system, the ZenWiFi XT8 has the key technologies to handle a busy household of WiFi 6 devices, and its tri-band system can provide up to 6600 Mbps of total bandwidth.

The perfect gifts for dads and grads

Father’s Day provides a perfect opportunity to show how much you appreciate the fathers in your life, and graduations give you a can’t-miss opportunity to celebrate a loved one’s hard work and accomplishments. With the right gift, you can show them how much you care with a gift that will let them pursue their hobbies to the fullest, expand their professional life, and connect with you and other friends and family members. So get them one of these great gifts from ASUS and ROG, and don’t forget to nominate them on social media for our big giveaway.

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