ASUS, as usual, is heating up Computex 2017 with a whole bunch of new ROG laptops and tech. They’re bringing some interesting stuff to the table, some of which could be a real game changer. Here’s hoping that 2017 is the year of the 1080 laptop that’s actually practical.
Looks like we’re getting closer.
You'll be able to pick these ROG laptops up soon here.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus
One of the more exciting products we’ve seen announced so far at Computex is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501, an absurdly thin and quiet laptop with a GTX 1080 inside, a i7-7700HQ CPU, and an unconventional cooling solution. At just under five pounds and less than an inch thick, this beast certainly qualifies as portable.
The issue with gaming laptops is almost always cooling, so ASUS did something a little out there. Using what they call an Active Aerodynamic System (AAS.) When you open the Zephyrus, the bottom panel opens up and creates an opening for increased airflow.
In conjunction with well placed liquid polymer fans and a unique chassis, ASUS is claiming the included 1080 runs cool, and equally impressive, quietly. They claim it will run around 40 decibels, even at full load.
Looks like this is what Nvidia is going for with it’s Max-Q design; smaller, quieter, and more powerful laptops. You can read more about Max-Q in our write up here.
The Zephyrus also got a G-Sync enabled 120Hz Full HD display, an oddly placed (for cooling purposes) RGB keyboard, and a pretty slick trackpad that turns into an illuminated number pad when you activate it.
As far as ports go, the Zephyrus has a Thunderbolt 3 enabled USB 3.1 Type-C (yay!), an HDMI port, and four USB 3.1 ports.
Price looks like the 1080 version will cost around $2,700 at release toward the end of June.
Pretty fancy stuff, we can’t wait to get our hands on one of these. We’ll certainly be talking more about the Zephyrus as soon as we learn more.
If you’re looking for a more conventional (read: larger) laptop but still want that sweet, sweet 1080 action, the GL702Vl might hit the spot. It’s certainly more affordable than the crazy fancy Zephyrus, and it’s larger too, at 17 inches compared to 15. It's also significantly thicker.
You can get an i7 with up to 32 gigs of memory, and a 120Hz display if you’re so inclined. As is to be expected most of these laptops are customizable component wise, depending on how much you want to spend.
ROG Strix GL503 and GL703
These two Strix laptops are being marketed as primarily for E-sports, which usually just means different keys are highlighted. Still though, there’s no question both of these laptops are packing, they’re available with an i5 or i7, and a 10 series nvidia GPU.
The “Hero” edition is being marketed toward MOBA players, with the “Scar” geared toward FPS players. They’re just cosmetic differences, but it’s still a neat idea, and it’s also cool that this Strix laptop is also available without the genre specific designs.
We thought we pretty much knew what to expect from the ROG line at this point...a little thinner, a bit faster. But the Zephyrus GX501 really caught us off guard, in the best possible way.
Send it over ASUS! Make our 1080 lovin’ dreams come true.
You can pick up these sweet machines when they are released here.