2018 Asus’ ROG gaming laptops

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Asus’ Republic of Gamers blows into Gamescom 2018 with two laptops sporting new 144Hz AHVA IPS shows that do not sacrifice response time for bezel dimension.

The shows on the 15-inch Asus Zephyearus S (GX531) and 17-inch Strix Scar II (GL704) characteristic a 3ms gray-to-gray response time, slightly than the 7ms of their thin-bezel rivals. The 17-inch Scar is the primary gaming system in its dimension class to get the skinny bezel remedy, which lets Asus pack it right into a footprint concerning the dimension of a typical 15-inch model. The Zephyearus S shaves a few millimeters off the profile and the width of earlier iterations — a noticeable 0.7 in (19 mm).

The ROG Strix Scar II GL704 can be out there by the tip of September, operating about $1,700 outfitted with 16 GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and 1.3 TB of storage (see particulars beneath). The Zephyearus comes in two fashions, one with a GTX 1070 Max-Q that can be unique to Amazon (GX531GS), and a GTX 1060 model that may promote in every single place else (GX531GM). You can preorder the Amazon model beginning Aug. 31 for mid-September supply, whereas the opposite model will change into out there in mid-October.

The ROG Zephyearus line is no stranger to skinny gaming laptops. The authentic Zephyearus was one of many first to include Nvidia’s Max-Q design, and the newer launch, the Zephyearus M, acquired a modest redesign to swimsuit extra general-purpose wants, with a extra conventional keyboard and touchpad structure, for instance. But for all their sleekness, these fashions are comparatively heavy, with thick bezels on the show and an inclination to run scorching (like many Max-Q laptops).

For the Zephyearus S, Asus prioritizes portability and dimension over efficiency. Weighing nearly a pound lower than the unique, the S manages to maintain the side-touchpad and front-forward keyboard. But it powers down from the unique’s hot-running GTX 1080. While it retains the distinctive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) design which lifts the rear so as to add extra air flow when in use, Asus has additionally streamlined the cooling methods in each the Zephyearus and the Scar with extra environment friendly followers and higher warmth sinks. The Zephyearus positive aspects a sensible if not terribly glossy front-forward hinge to enhance airflow.

Specifications

ROG Zephyearus S ROG Zephyearus S ROG Strix SCAR II
Model GX531GM GX531GS (Amazon solely) GL704GM
CPU Intel Core i7-8750H Intel Core i7-8750H Intel Core i7-8750H
GPU GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
RAM Up to 16 GB DDR4 2,666 MHz Up to 16 GB DDR4 2,666 MHz Up to 32 GB DDR4 2,666 MHz
Storage Up to 1 TB SSD Up to 1 TB SSD Up to 512 GB SSD, 1 TB hybrid or customary HDD
Display 15.6-inch 1,920×1080 144 Hz AHVA IPS, 3ms gray-to-gray, 100 % sRGB gamut 15.6-inch 1,920×1080 144 Hz AHVA IPS, 3ms gray-to-gray, 100 % sRGB gamut 17-inch 1,920×1080 144 Hz AHVA IPS, 3ms gray-to-gray, 100 % sRGB gamut
Ports 1xUSB3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 1xUSB3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 1xaudio combo jack 1xUSB3.1 Gen2 Type-A , 2xUSB 2.0 Type-A 1xHDMI 2.0 1xUSB3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 1xUSB3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 1xaudio combo jack 1xUSB3.1 Gen2 Type-A , 2xUSB 2.0 Type-A 1xHDMI 2.0 1xUSB3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 1xUSB3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 3xUSB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A 1xMini DisplayPort 1.4, 1xHDMI 2.0, 1xGigabit Ethernet 1xaudio combo jack, 1xSD card reader
Connectivity 802.11AC (2×2) + BT 5.0 802.11AC (2×2) + BT 5.0 Intel Wireless-AC 9560 802.11ac RangeBoost
Camera HD (720P) HD (720P) HD (720P)
Battery 50Wh 50Wh 66Whr
Keyboard 1.2-mm journey distance, w/ digital numpad, n-key rollover 4-zone RGB backlighting with Aura Sync help 1.2-mm journey distance, w/ digital numpad, n-key rollover 4-zone RGB backlighting with Aura Sync help 1.8-mm journey distance w/ n-key rollover 4-zone RGB backlighting with Aura Sync help
Dimensions 14×10.6×0.6 in /360x268x15-16 mm 14×10.6×0.6 in /360x268x15-16 mm 15.7×10.8×1.0 in/400x274x25-26 mm
Weight 4.6 lbs/2.1 kg 4.6 lbs/2.1 kg 6.4 lbs/2.9 kg
Price (US) $2,100 (with 1TB SSD) $2,200 $1,700 (with 16 GB RAM, 1 TB 5400 + 256 GB SSD)
Approximate value (by way of exchange-rate conversion) £1,650 and AU$2,900 £1,730 and AU$3,030 £1,340 and AU$2,340

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