22 January 2019
Asus like every year has brought a plethora of new devices at this year’s CES event as well. It has not only launched new ZenBooks with the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processor but also a StudioBook S for creators and yes some gaming monitors as well. Along with these new products, Taiwan-based consumer electronics company has also brought more to the shelves of CES event.
Asus has also brought ROG Mothership (GZ700), a 17.3-inch gaming laptop with a vertical design. With the new gaming laptop, Asus has actually reimagined the design to make it a different offering. It has a Surface-style pop-up kickstand and detachable folding keyboard as well. It would seem to you a cross between an all-in-one desktop and gaming laptop that is placed vertically on a flat surface. According to the company, this helps with heat dissipation and negates the need for a liquid cooling system. The wireless keyboard is flipped down at an angle in front of the display, with the keys near the bottom of the panel.
It has a Core i9-8950HK chip and Nvidia’s brand new GeForce RTX 2080. It includes four SO-DIMM for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. It includes three M.2 slots, all running at Gen 3. x4 PCIe. It’s a heavy product that weighs 4.7Kg in a 29.9mm thick package.
Along with this, Asus also launched the ROG Zephyrus GX701 laptop with a 17.3-inch panel that has a tilt-up body that helps in keeping the machine cooler. It has a keyboard placed forward and a side-mounted trackpad as well. It’s powered by the 8th-gen Core i7 chip with six cores and has NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q.
It has the ability to run standard G-Sync for variable-rate frame rates. The Zephyrus GX701 comes with a feature that allows it to switch into power-saving Optimus mode. It doesn’t have an integrated webcam but includes a webcam module instead.
Together with them, Asus has also launched a new range of TUF laptops with AMD Ryzen processors. The 15.6-inch FX505DY and 17-inch FX705DY laptops are now powered by AMD's Ryzen 2 3550H APU and Radeon RX 560X discrete graphics, instead of Intel and Nvidia components that we saw in the last year. Externally, though nothing has changed much.
Both the laptops have new AMD chipsets and full-HD FreeSync displays. Asus TUF FX505DY refresh rates go up to 120Hz and the Asus TUF FX705DY display's refresh rates hit up to 60Hz. They have 7.1-channel virtual surround sound, a 512GB PCIe SSD or 1TB FireCuda SSHD, up to 32GB RAM and HDMI 2.0 output.
As the name implies – TUF (Tough), the laptops can be used under ‘extreme conditions’ and they can also survive harsh environmental situations, thanks to their MIL-STD-810G military-grade build.