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June 3, 2013

ASUS intros the Desktop PC G10, packing a built-in UPS and portable battery

For those of you who expected ASUS to only announce Ultrabooks here at Computex, the following news might seem a little out of left field. The company just unveiled the G10, a desktop with a portable battery that doubles as a built-in UPS (uninterrupted power source) -- a product for those who refuse to take any chances on data safety.

According to ASUS, the battery is designed to last at least 20 seconds, which is a fairly typical recovery period for power outages. When setting up the demo machine today here at Computex, though, the company managed about two minutes, which is quite impressive indeed.

On the inside, you've got your choice of Haswell processors, along with NVIDIA GeForce GTX650 graphics, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB HDD paired with a 128GB SSD. Taking a quick tour of the hardware, you'll find a 16-in-1 memory card reader, a DVD burner, six USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 connections, HDMI-out, DVI-D and VGA. It's slated for a Q3 or Q4 launch, we're told, but we still don't have a price or precise on-sale date.