Back in July 2020, we reported on the China release of two ASUS Gundam-themed routers, as well as a whole line of PC products released exclusively in Japan in October. Today, ASUS has finally launched the Gundam routers RT-AX82U and RT-AX82U in Singapore, but in limited quantities.
The successor to the best-selling RT-AC86U, the red-accented RT-AX86U (based off Char’s MS-06S Zaku II) sports Wi-Fi 6 technology that clocks a combined overall speed of up to 5,700Mbps, alongside several gaming-oriented features.
The RT-AX82U (based off Amuro’s RX-78-2 Mobile Suit Gundam), meanwhile, delivers Wi-Fi 6 speeds up to 5,400Mbps, and comes decked out with Aura RGB dynamic lighting effects for the gaming aesthetic. Because Wi-Fi 6 brings an increased signal range and a reduced number of Wi-Fi dead spots, there’s no need to worry about experiencing unreliable connection or interruptions during gameplay sessions on the PS5.
It’s worth noting that while both routers are more inclined towards mobile gaming, they are definitely more than well-equipped to support wired gaming devices. The NAT Open (network address translation) ecosystem, for instance, makes port forwarding on consoles a hassle-free process through a simple, user-friendly three-step configuration process, while the Adaptive QoS (Quality of Service) feature can be configured to prioritise traffic from different kind of apps, including – yes, you guessed it – games.
For users on wired connection, there’s also a dedicated Gaming Port (doubling up as a LAN port) on each of the routers that automatically prioritises the device connected to it. Just hook up the PS5, and enjoy a fast, stable connection for the entirety of your gaming session.
The RT-AX82U (RX-78-2 Mobile Suit Gundam) is priced at S$389 while the RT-AX86U (MS-06S Zaku II) is priced at S$469. Both routers are available online via Lazada and Shopee now while stocks last, as well as all ASUS authorised retailers islandwide.
Rate Your Gear and Redeem a Gunpla
While stocks last, any purchase of an ASUS Gundam-themed router between 16 January to 31 March 2021 allows for redemption of a gunpla (Gundam model kit). All one has to do is to rate and review the ASUS product purchased, via ASUS Singapore’s “Rate Your Gear” microsite.
Zaku router customers will get to redeem a Zaku II Type C / Type X-5 (HG) model kit while Gundam router customers will get to redeem a Gundam Universe GU-01 RX-78-2 Gundam toy. Redemption will be in a first come first serve basis, while stocks last.
There are more rewards to be had if you rate and review any ASUS eligible product (non-Gundam-themed ones) between 16 January to 31 March 2021. Customers will get to choose from a slew of rewards such as Grab Ride/Food Vouchers, Amazon eGift Cards, Steam Wallet Codes, Nintendo eShop Credits and PlayStation Network Cards.
To top it all off, there’s even a monthly lucky draw to win 2 units of the limited production 1/60 (PG) RX-78-2 Gundam Chrome Plate VER Gunpla worth over S$300.
Find out more via ASUS Singapore’s “Rate Your Gear” microsite.
But wait, there’s more to come!
As if Gundam-themed routers aren’t enough, the rest of the gang, from monitors to PC casings and motherboards, along with a matching mouse, mousepad, headset, and keyboard are expected to arrive sometime in February 2021. So get your wallets ready.
Yonk is a geek who is fortunate enough to have an equally geeky Star Wars fan for a wife, who owns a LEGO Millennium Falcon encased in a glass coffee table as their home’s centre-piece.