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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Rolls Out The ROG Strix G

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) introduces the ROG Strix G, which embodies streamlined design, and offers a formidable core experience for serious gaming at an affordable price point. Available in different sizes with refresh rates up to 144Hz, the 15.6” Strix G GL531 and 17.3” Strix G GL731 wrap key elements of a great gaming laptop in carefully designed chassis filled with the latest Intelligent Cooling technology. Featuring the latest 9th Gen Intel Core processors, up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ GPUs, it brings impactful gaming performance to a wide audience. It includes a comfortable keyboard tuned for gaming, stronger Wi-Fi via ROG RangeBoost, and easy personalization with Aura Sync RGB lighting.

While the Zephyrus family dominates the ultra-slim segment, and the ROG Mothership and G703 are designed as desktop replacements, the latest Strix series represents the evolution of traditional gaming laptops. The Strix SCAR III and Hero III target esports professionals and serious players with bigger budgets, while the new ROG Strix G laptops were created for affordability without compromise.

Taking a leaf out of the luxury playbook

Lots of people use the same computer for work and play, the ROG Strix G series was created to serve both worlds. Inspired by a collaboration with the BMW Designworks Group to imagine the future of gaming laptops, the Strix G mixes elements of the classic ROG aesthetic with a stealthy vibe that’s stylish enough for any setting. Its understated design melds form and function for a low-key, almost professional feel is still eye-catching.

Raised and carefully sculpted ridges on the laptop’s spine draw attention to the extra vents atop the rear exhausts. They rake across the back and down the right side, adding dramatic flair reminiscent of the gills on the “Face Off” concept produced by the collaborative project. Silky, scissor-door hinges are shifted forward to make more room for the extra ventilation at the back. They disappear into the laptop’s frame when closed, reducing exposure that can lead to cracking.

A brushed finish cuts diagonally across the lid with fine lines that flow toward the edges at contrasting angles. The unique pattern accentuates an asymmetrical cut-out between the hinges that allows unrestricted airflow around the additional vents. This offset element channels a design element explored during brainstorming workshops for the concept project.

Lifting the lid reveals similar styling echoed across the keyboard and palm rests. RGB lighting is implemented via an optional light bar that wraps around the front and side edges of the machine, casting a gentle glow onto the surrounding surface. More LEDs illuminate the keyboard to improve visibility for late-night play, and the all-important WASD keys have transparent caps to immediately distinguish them from the rest.

Winning graphics provided by RTX and high refresh

Beyond a striking design, ultimately it’s what’s on the inside that counts; especially when on a budget. The GPU is the most important component for gaming performance, so the Strix G is available with the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs. Based on the new Turing™ architecture, these discrete GPUs blend CUDA, RT, and Tensor cores that allow developers to combine programmable shading, ray tracing, and artificial intelligence in real time.

Select games are already leveraging GeForce RTX hardware for more realistic lighting, reflections, and shadows. Titles with conventional effects can also benefit from optimizations to Turing’s CUDA cores, which offer improved performance with more traditional rendering. The top Strix G configuration features GeForce RTX 2070 GPUs with ROG Boost up to 1440MHz at 115W, surpassing the spec and performance of many laptops based on the same GPU.

ROG Boost provides an extra kick that helps users play their favorite games at higher frame rates, but even if the GPU pumps out more than 60 FPS, users won’t see all of those frames unless the panel can keep up. The Strix G offers display options with refresh rates up to 144Hz, which is fast enough for frame rates into the triple digits. Whether users are playing casually or competitively, they can experience smoother gameplay that improves input response and makes it easier to track moving targets in the thickest action.

The display is surrounded by super-narrow bezels that melt into the background for deeper immersion. Shrinking the frame also reduces the footprint of the chassis as a whole. The 15.6” Strix G GL531 offers a more compact body for easier portability, while a 17.3” Strix G GL731 is available for those who prefer a larger panel.

Striking a balance between work and play

The Strix G’s gaming prowess is balanced by serious computing power with up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor. This new CPU can reach Turbo speeds up to an impressive 4GHz, ensuring excellent performance with most games and applications. It also boasts six cores with the ability to execute 12 parallel threads via Hyper-Threading, which expanding options for heavy duty work.

Not that long ago, users had to choose between gaming and streaming, or between rendering a 3D project and working on a paper, but Intel’s latest chips are primed for multitaskers with diverse and demanding workloads. Paired with up to 32GB of dual-channel memory, they make the Strix G well-equipped for power users who want to do more with their machines.

Dual drive bays allow users to enjoy the best of both worlds even on a tight budget. The M.2 slot can be configured with an NVMe SSD that loads games in a snap and ensures the system stays responsive even under heavy loads. There’s also a 2.5” bay with options for a standard 1TB hard drive or an SSHD with an integrated, flash-based cache that accelerates access to frequently used data.

ROG Intelligent Cooling for maintaining peak performance

Laptops can struggle to hold high clock speeds with sustained workloads. Their cooling systems can easily clog with dust over time, which compromises efficiency and makes faster frequencies even more difficult to maintain. The ROG Intelligent Cooling philosophy helps the Strix G avoid these issues by mixing the right hardware and software for the system configuration and scenario at hand.

The 3D Flow Zone at the rear increases airflow through 181 individual perforations in the 15” GL531 and 236 holes in the 17” GL731. Thermals are dissipated by up to three heatsinks with 189 fins; the exact numbers vary depending on the GPU configuration, though all the fins are only 0.1mm thick. Their ultra-thin profile allows for a higher fin density and total surface area of the heatsinks while also lowering the air resistance through them.

Dual 12V fans can reach higher speeds than conventional 5V units. With 83 blades each, they are the densest n-Blade fans yet. The liquid-crystal-polymer blades are 33% thinner than regular designs, which allows an increase in airflow by fitting more blades onto each fan without sacrificing the strength required to spin at high RPMs. The intakes are carefully shaped with curved edges and raised guides to pull in more air into the blades, and each fan housing incorporates an anti-dust tunnel that catches particles and channels them out the back. This self-cleaning design helps keep dust and other debris from clogging the heatsinks and fans, leading to higher cooling efficiency and more consistent performance over time.

Underneath the keyboard sits an extended heat spreader with up to five heat pipes depending on the GPU configuration. The most robust version absorbs and distributes heat from the CPU, GPU, and VRM supplying them with power. Carefully-placed vents in the CoolZone keyboard ensure enough airflow around the WASD keys to reduce surface temperatures by 2° Celsius compared to the previous generation.

The carefully configured cooling hardware is aided by smart software that optimizes settings for the scenario. Cooling and performance requirements vary based on what the user is doing, so multiple modes are offered, which are tuned for different needs. “Silent mode” minimizes acoustics for less demanding tasks like light work and entertainment, while “Performance mode” strikes a balance between system speed and fan noise that’s ideal for gaming. When optimal performance is required, “Turbo mode” opens the taps and turns up the fans to help maintain higher speeds.

Users can shift between operating modes on demand with a simple keyboard shortcut. ROG Armoury Crate software also includes Scenario Profiles that can be configured to automatically switch modes and adjust other system settings based on the active application, so the right mode is always activated for the right moment.

Ensuring every keystroke counts

The Strix G’s keyboard has a familiar desktop-style layout. Dedicated hotkeys provide convenient access to volume controls and microphone mute, while strategic spacing between the function keys makes common shortcuts faster to find. Highlighted WASD keys identify crucial controls, offset directional keys speed up navigation, and the extended space bar is easier to hit with thumb presses. The 17.3″ versions have a dedicated number pad to the right of the keyboard, while the 15.6″ models integrate one into the touchpad that lights up when Num Lock is tapped.

ROG Overstroke technology raises each key’s actuation point to halfway through its travel, which means presses register a little faster than on common keyboards that only trigger when they’re depressed three quarters of the way down. N-key rollover ensures simultaneous presses register accurately, and the keys are built to withstand over 20 million presses, so even regular gamers can count on the keyboard’s durability over time.

While the overall design provides a subtle style that doesn’t look out of place at work or school, the Strix G can still light up when needed. Aura Sync RGB lighting is available across up to four distinct zones in the keyboard, and it can be coordinated to match the optional light bar beneath the chassis as well as compatible peripherals for a consistent look across any gaming setup.

Powerful connectivity paired with a variety of I/O ports

Reliable connectivity is a must when on the go. Losing a connection in the middle of an important match or when there’s urgent work to deliver can mean the difference between winning and losing, or pass and fail. The Strix G uses ROG RangeBoost multi-antenna Wi-Fi to ensure connections remain strong; it evaluates the signal strength of four internal antennas and selects the best ones to use depending on the surrounding environment. This smart antenna switching can extend wireless range by up to 30% to keep users online longer. When not on the move, users can switch from the Intel® 802.11ac (2×2) Gigabit Wi-Fi to wired Gigabit Ethernet with lower latency for serious multiplayer gaming and other activities that are sensitive to network performance.

If hard-wired in at home, the ROG Strix provides the option to connect an external monitor. Gaming on a bigger screen is easy via the HDMI 2.0b output, which is good for resolutions up to 4K UHD at 60Hz. Models with GeForce RTX GPUs also offer DisplayPort over USB Type-C, including support for external monitors that vary their refresh rate to make gameplay smoother and more immersive.

There are three USB Type-A ports for connecting preferred peripherals like a gaming mouse, gamepad, and external storage. The audio combo jack and surround sound virtualization adds positional cues to give provide an edge when gaming.

In addition, the Strix G’s dual speakers pump out plenty of volume. Smart Amp tech monitors and adjusts audio output in real time to ensure the speakers stay within their thermal and excursion limits. This cuts down on distortion at higher volume and improves dynamic range and bass response.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ASUS ROG Strix G will be available starting in Q2. Pricing and configurations will be announced at launch. For more detailed information contact your local ROG representative.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers Showcases Latest Strix Laptops

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) introduced its latest lineup of Strix gaming laptops at RE:DEFINE 2019. The all new ROG Strix SCAR III and Hero III models are designed to deliver the speed, precision, and responsiveness required for high-level play. Users can catch every nuance of battle with the smooth, crystal clear graphics that pros demand on ultrafast displays up to 240Hz.

The high refresh rate and quick response time take full advantage of the triple-digit frame rates pushed out by powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ GPUs. Equipped with the latest 9th Generation Intel® Core™ processors and a comprehensive Intelligent Cooling system that tweaks settings for the current scenario, these machines power through graphically-intensive games and anything else that comes their way.

Dual personas driven by innovation

The distinctive Strix SCAR III and Hero III personas are each available in 15-inch (G531) and 17-inch (G731) sizes to suit the gamer’s preference. They combine a sturdy, portable chassis with an upgraded aluminum lid. The FPS-inspired SCAR III wears a Gunmetal Grey finish with subtle carbon-weave styling on the inner deck, while its futuristic Hero III counterpart is finished in midnight black with a stealthy cyber-text pattern on the interior.

Both styles are based on the same forward-thinking design inspired by a collaboration between ROG and the BMW Designworks Group to imagine the future of gaming laptops. The sculpted surfaces echo a key element of the Face Off concept that resulted from the collaboration, with raised ridges that artfully accent the ventilated 3D Flow Zone at the back. The asymmetrical cut below the display also borrows a design cue explored during brainstorming workshops for the final concept.

Evoking a deeper physical connection with the machine was another key theme of the BMW Designworks Group collaboration. Strix SCAR III and Hero III channel this idea with the new ROG Keystone, which docks neatly with the chassis and offers a more personalized link to your laptop. These NFC-enabled devices act like physical keys: docking one can transform system lighting and other settings based on Armoury Crate profiles, and grant access to a secret Shadow Drive that hides and encrypts important files. In addition to offering new capabilities today, Keystones lay the groundwork for additional functionality in the future.

Game-changing graphics

Delivering the frame rates needed for the fast pace of high-level esports is a serious business. With NVIDIA GPUs up to the GeForce RTX™ 2070, Strix SCAR III and Hero III have the firepower for all the favourite titles. With ROG Boost, the GPU outperforms slower GeForce RTX™ 2070 configurations by clocking up to 1540MHz at 115W, offering incredibly smooth gameplay for action-packed encounters.

High frame rates need a display that can deliver them. ROG works closely with professional esports teams and top tournaments that require a refresh rate of 240Hz, which is four times the speed of conventional screens. Displays this fast have traditionally been limited to high-end desktop monitors, but Strix SCAR III and Hero IIII can be configured with a 15.6-inch display that makes 240Hz gaming portable. The timely availability of this ultrafast option further cements ROG’s leadership at the forefront of gaming laptop displays.

Strix SCAR III and Hero III are also available with a 144Hz refresh-rate display, or with a more expansive 17.3-inch display that enhances visual immersion. All displays have 3ms grey-to-grey response times to provide the crisp, clear visuals needed to track targets in the heat of battle. They’re also framed by ultraslim bezels that offer a more seamless view of the screen and enable a more compact body that fits into any bag.

Power through anything

Games are just the beginning with up to the latest Intel Core i9-9880H CPU. This processor pushes frequencies as high as 4.1GHz with a single core, and its eight-core design can execute up to 16 parallel threads to power through demanding workloads like video editing and 3D rendering.

Heavy multitasking is fast and efficient, especially with up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory. Gamers can play, chat, and stream simultaneously, while content creators can run all the apps they need for maximum productivity. They can also get the best of both worlds for speed and capacity with a mix of superfast SSD and spacious SSHD storage. The M.2 NVMe SSD significantly speeds up load times and transfer speeds for the most critical programs and files.

Visible cooling

A comprehensive Intelligent Cooling system sustains the potent performance of Strix SCAR III and Hero III by melding the right mix of hardware for the chips and chassis, along with software that adapts to the current scenario.

The striking structural design is not just a treat for the eye; it’s designed to carve out multiple cooling advantages. Scissor-door hinges are shifted forward, opening up additional room for the 3D Flow Zone at the back. Inside, dual 12V n-Blade fans deliver maximum cooling. Made from a special liquid-crystal polymer, their blades are 33% thinner than conventional designs yet still strong enough to hold up at high RPMs.

Cooling and performance requirements vary based on the usage scenario, so there are multiple modes tuned for different needs. Silent mode minimizes acoustics for less demanding everyday tasks like web surfing and video streaming. Balanced mode is ideal for gaming, with the power to deliver high frame rates without stressing the fans. Turbo reaches even higher performance, offering maximum speed for more intense projects and tasks.

Gain an illuminated edge

Aura Sync accents add RGB shine to the distinctive structural design. A new wraparound light bar glows under the front and side edges of the chassis, extending illumination into the environment and complementing the backlit ROG logo on the lid. Plenty of USB ports provide connectivity for a collection of compatible Aura Sync devices that let gamers match RGB colours and effects across a mouse, headset, and other peripherals to make the gaming environment feel like home.

The lighting on the keyboard offers per-key control that can be used to highlight critical bindings and shortcuts for your favourite games and frequent workflows. Versions of Strix SCAR III and Hero III are also available with four-zone keyboard lighting that uses transparent caps on the WASD keys to provide a quick visual guide to standard in-game movement controls.

 The right connections for maximum versatility

Whether expanding a home battlestation at home or taking games on the road, Strix SCAR III and Hero III have connectivity covered. Maintaining a stable Wi-Fi connection stable enough for on-the-go gaming can be tricky, but RangeBoost eliminates makes it easy by using a smart, quad-antenna system that regularly evaluates the environment and chooses the right pair of antennas to maximize signal strength for the surroundings.

Multitasking can be made more efficient with multiple monitors. The USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) port has DisplayPort technology that supports a second external desktop monitor. To enjoy media and games at higher resolution, gamers can connect a 4K UHD monitor or big-screen TV via HDMI.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III and Hero III will be available in Q2 2019. Please check with your local ROG representative for details on pricing and configurations.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG Mothership

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced the availability of ROG Mothership (GZ700), a new desktop replacement laptop that redefines the form factor for portable gaming machines.

Instead of sitting flat like a normal laptop, ROG Mothership has an upright chassis that draws more air into its advanced cooling system. Its keyboard detaches and folds to fit different scenarios, giving gamers the freedom to find the perfect position, and the innovative design leaves enough room to put all the speakers right below the screen.

The exquisitely machined aluminum chassis contains an ultrafast and ultra-detailed NVIDIA® G-SYNC® display powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs, and also houses an eight-core Intel® Core i9 processor coated with liquid metal thermal compound. Better cooling enables the CPU and GPU to be pushed beyond stock speeds and still sustain exceptional performance with demanding workloads. The factory‑overclocked core is complemented by an insanely fast RAID 0 disk array with three NVMe SSDs, plus next-gen networking that enables greater than gigabit speeds for both wired and wireless connections.

A radical concept made real, ROG Mothership caters to connoisseurs who appreciate the engineering and craftsmanship that goes into premium PC hardware. This groundbreaking desktop replacement redefines what’s possible for portable gaming machines that take hardcore horsepower to go.

 Revolutionary design

ROG Mothership introduces a detachable keyboard with a folding design that dramatically reduces the system’s overall footprint. This grants the flexibility to not only position the keyboard to suit the user’s stance, but also replace it entirely without wasting desk space. Separating the keyboard and display makes it easier to situate the screen in multi-monitor arrays or on a shelf to achieve the optimal height for comfortable extended use.

When the bottom edge of the chassis touches a surface, a stepless kickstand pops out automatically to allow one-handed deployment. The hinge offers a range of angles for different setups, from standing straight and leaning back.

The unique design is so much better at cooling that the final thickness of the ROG Mothership chassis was reduced to only 29.9 mm — over 10 mm thinner than the first prototype.

The motherboard is meticulously shaped and painstakingly populated to make the most of the limited space on the circuit boards and maximize open space for the cooling, battery, and speakers. There are even cutouts to make room for the mechanism behind the kickstand hinge.

The main body pieces are machined from solid slabs of aluminum using a precise CNC milling process that ensures a perfect fit. The process steps through 114 individual tooling stages and takes nearly 20 hours to carve every little detail. Most of the keyboard housing is machined aluminum as well, wrapping ROG Mothership in a protective metal jacket that’s strong enough to survive everyday knocks and bumps. Each piece is brushed and anodized for a flawless finish that’s guaranteed to turn heads.

 Advanced cooling

Compared to a typical laptop, the standing design lowers CPU and GPU temperatures by 14°C and 10°C, respectively. Outlets flanking the top corners blow warm exhaust away from the user, while putting the components behind the screen keeps the keyboard cool even after hours of continuous gaming. A special shield prevents heat from the CPU and GPU from affecting the display.

Thermal Grizzly liquid metal is used to coat the CPU instead of standard thermal paste to reduce CPU temperatures by up to 13°C. The block that sits on the CPU also has a special internal fence that prevents liquid medal from leaking out over time.

A network of eight heat pipes linked to the CPU, GPU, graphics memory, and voltage-regulator module (VRM) transfer thermal energy to the heatsinks at the edges. They stretch across four heatsinks lined with 375 ultrathin copper fins. The fins are just 0.1 mm thin, allowing for more to be packed into each heatsink without impeding airflow. They combine for a surface area of nearly 200,000 mm2.

The standing orientation lifts the air intakes off the table, exposing them to less dust, and particles that do enter the cooling system are drawn into anti-dust tunnels that shoot them out of the chassis.

Fan speeds are governed by expertly tuned system profiles that can be adjusted via keyboard shortcuts. Turbo mode uses the highest frequencies and fan speeds to reach maximum performance, while Balanced mode optimizes performance and cooling to drop noise levels for gaming. Silent mode goes even further to reduce acoustics for lighter workloads and less demanding games. It’s also possible to create a custom profile with chosen fan speeds and frequencies.

ROG Armoury Crate software can also take charge of cooling duties. The system utility includes new Scenario Profiles that allows the association of applications with specific operating modes and other system settings, like lighting effects. Once configured, Scenario Profiles seamlessly switch between modes based on the task at hand. They’re the product of a larger Intelligent Cooling philosophy that uses tailored hardware and smart software to improve performance and optimize acoustics.

 Factory overclocked, with RAID

ROG Mothership pushes its CPU and GPU into overclocked territory right out of the box. The Intel Core i9-9980HK CPU usually runs at up to 4.2GHz with all eight cores and 16 threads engaged, but is boosted to 4.7GHz in Turbo mode. Having fast clocks and 33% more cores than the previous generation prepares the system for a wide range of heavy workloads, from rendering complex 3D scenes and effects-laden videos to pairing hardcore gaming with simultaneous streaming, recording, and voice chat.

The CPU features up to 64GB of power-efficient DDR4 memory for content creators working on big projects and power users with compulsive multitasking tendencies. It’s also linked directly to an industry-leading NVMe RAID 0 array. SSDs normally connect to the chipset, which is constrained by a DMI link to the CPU with only four lanes of PCI Express 3.0 bandwidth — the same as a single high-end M.2 drive. The three-drive HyperDrive Extreme array in ROG Mothership connects two SSDs directly to the CPU, bypassing the DMI bottleneck and enabling peak throughput up to a staggering 8700MB/s. All three drives are covered by a heat spreader that improves cooling for sustained storage loads.

 The next visual frontier

Graphics duties are handled by a GeForce RTX 2080 GPU that’s factory overclocked to 1880MHz at 200W. The GPU cooperates closely with the G-SYNC display, which matches its refresh rate with the frame rate in real time. And when the user’s not gaming, they can take advantage of the proprietary ASUS GPU switch technology to extend battery life. With a few clicks and a reboot, it’s possible to switch between the RTX 2080 driving the display for a better gaming experience and NVIDIA Optimus® technology for longer battery life.

ROG Mothership is available with a choice of two 17.3-inch displays. One focuses on speed by scaling up to 144Hz with a 3ms response time. The high refresh rate enables impeccably smooth gaming visuals in FHD. The picture looks incredibly crisp thanks to the quick pixel response, which helps to focus on fast-moving targets.

The other display option uses a 4K UHD panel that runs at up to 60Hz. It produces incredibly detailed images and lets video editors view full-size 4K UHD footage at native resolution. This display also draws from a larger palette thanks to full coverage of the Adobe RGB colour gamut.

Both panels are based on IPS-level AHVA technology with wide viewing angles that take full advantage of the detachable design, whether it’s to glance at a chat to the side while playing on an external monitor, or to prop up the system on a shelf to binge-watch with a bunch of friends.

 Soak in the soundscape

The standing form factor gives ROG Mothership impressive sound from four front-facing speakers directed right at the user. The speakers are powered by smart-amplifier technology that boosts the total output to an effective 16W while also monitoring temperatures and excursion to prevent distortion and damage to the cones. The speakers provide louder output, more bass, and greater dynamic range.

The audio is further enhanced by a premium ESS SABRE DAC and headphone amp with Hi-Res Audio certification up to 24 bits and 192kHz. The output has greater range, less distortion, and a more accurate frequency response than conventional alternatives. Sonic Studio III software adds surround sound virtualization for headphones and other devices like VR headsets and even external USB DACs.

Recording is handled through a microphone input or by the array mic that sits next to the webcam. The built-in solution filters out background noise like typing and game audio to capture voice more clearly, while the webcam captures 1080p / 30 fps footage fit for streaming and Windows Hello facial recognition.

Have the keyboard your way

The detachable keyboard flips down to sit at a comfortable angle for typing. In seconds, it pulls away from magnetic anchors and folds to reduce the footprint by half. Hiding the hinge inside the machined aluminum keyboard frame was one of the most difficult aspects of the project. When separated, the keyboard connects over low-latency 2.4 GHz wireless for maximum flexibility or via the included USB Type-C (USB-C) cable.

Each key has 2.5 mm of travel enhanced by fast-firing Overstroke technology. The underlying switches are built to last and rated to survive 20 million presses. Curved caps keep fingers centered, while a wider space bar provides a larger target for thumbs. The function keys are separated for easier recognition, and the touchpad on the right transforms into a backlit numeric keypad at the touch of a button.

Per‑key backlighting opens up a world of options for customizing colours and effects for different games and applications. A few clicks in the Armoury Crate software are all that’s required to highlight important keys and clusters. The same software controls the RGB lighting embedded below the display and behind the kickstand, and it can synchronize with compatible peripherals via Aura Sync.

 Connect to the next generation

ROG Mothership features a 2.5G Ethernet controller that more than doubles the speed of typical wired ports. It’s paired with a next-generation Intel Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) module that pushes peak throughput up to 2.4 Gbps under ideal conditions.  In addition to boosting flat-out speed, it borrows techniques from the cellular industry to improve traffic management and overall efficiency for busy networks.

Patented ROG RangeBoost tech augments the Wi-Fi by constantly scanning surroundings and shifting between two pairs of antennas to maximize signal strength. The antennas are arranged to cover each other’s dead spots to improve reception and extend range.

Users can connect up to three displays via HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt 3, and USB‑C. The latter comes directly from the GPU. With three USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and one Gen 1, there’s enough connectivity to power a complete desktop experience.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Mothership GX700GX will be available starting in Q2. Check with your local ROG representative for details about availability, configurations, and pricing in your region.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Zephyrus S GX502

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced Zephyrus S GX502, a device that breaks the boundaries of what ultraslim gaming laptops can do.

Inheriting the innovative spirit of its predecessors, this compact powerhouse isn’t content to just conquer the gaming arena with its new 9th Gen Intel® Core i7 processor, cutting-edge NVIDIA® GeForce RTX GPUs clocked up to 1540MHz at 115W with ROG boost in Turbo mode, and industry-leading 240Hz display. Its ambitions aim higher with a PANTONE® Validated display that guarantees colour accuracy for professional content creation, and a GPU switch that toggles between smoother gaming with NVIDIA G-SYNC or up to 8 hours battery lifewith the Optimus mode. The Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) increases cooling airflow to sustain higher clock speeds than can be sustained by traditionally‑designed thin and light gaming laptops. Zephyrus S GX502 offers unique versatility in a conveniently compact form, delivering dynamic performance that doesn’t compromise, whether it’s for work or for play.

 Game and work like a pro

Smooth gameplay demands high frame rates to fully take advantage of a high-refresh rate display. Zephyrus S GX502 comes with up to a GeForce RTX 2070 GPU that can deliver fluid frame rates for everything from cinematic adventures to high-intensity shooters. Games will not only look and feel smooth thanks to the industry-best 240Hz refresh rate but they’ll also look great thanks to each IPS-level panel receiving factory calibration using ASUS ProArt TruColour Technology. Each PANTONE Validated display also ensures true colours across the full sRGB range. Capable of more than just gaming, Zephyrus S GX502 ensures that artists, designers, and content creators can polish their portfolios and complete critical projects with the confidence that colours are accurate on a global scale.

Computationally intensive tasks in particular benefit from the new 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, providing six cores and 12 threads to power through demanding tasks. With up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, Zephyrus S GX502 can handle any multitasking scenario. Gamers can broadcast high-quality streams, chat with the channel, and play the latest titles smoothly, while power users can run everything they need for maximum productivity.

Dual NVM Express® (NVMe) SSDs running in a RAID 0 configuration add significantly to storage speed. Data access is blisteringly fast, which minimizes load times and makes the system feel incredibly responsive. With up to 1TB of capacity, there is ample space for games, apps and a professional portfolio, all on one machine that is easily taken on the go.

 Conveniently compact

Sleek styling means Zephyrus S GX502 makes a good impression anywhere, from important meetings with clients to strategy sessions with teammates. The stark, all-black body is finished with a subtle brushed texture that adds professional polish to the lid. Illuminated Aura Sync accents are completely customizable, accommodating everything from understated keyboard backlighting to brighter, more eye-catching configurations. No matter the user’s preference, function or environment, Zephyrus S GX502 both looks and plays the part.

At just 18.9 mm thin and weighing just 2 kg, Zephyrus S GX502 is light enough to carry all day and small enough to easily slip into almost any bag. Super-narrow bezels framing the display enable an impressively compact footprint, and result in an 81% screen-to-body ratio. The metal chassis pieces are made from a magnesium alloy that’s incredibly resilient and lightweight — perfect for surviving everyday life on the road. The palm rest is also reinforced by a rigid honeycomb structure that adds stiffness where it’s needed most. This piece is created using a combination of die-casting and machining that provides maximum strength with minimal additional material.

 Incredibly cool

Unleashing the peak performance of high-end components in such a slim design is impossible without thinking outside the chassis. The AAS employed on Zephyrus S GX502 elevates the body as the lid opens, exposing a hidden air intake that stretches across the back. This opening increases airflow by up to 22% over traditional designs, significantly improving not only cooling performance, but also real-world and sustained performance in games and professional applications.

Inside, six heat pipes are strategically placed to draw heat off the CPU, GPU, and surrounding power circuitry. All the components share dual heatsinks at the back, and each processor has its own dedicated heatsink in the flanks. The heatsinks use ultrathin fins that maximize the surface area for heat dissipation while decreasing air resistance. The n-blades fans have super-slim blades made of a special liquid-crystal polymer, capable of withstanding higher speeds than typical designs despite being 33% thinner, while the increase in the number of fan blades helps to increase airflow output by 17%. Each fan also has built-in dust tunnels that keep Zephyrus S GX502 running smoothly by preventing debris build-up over time. Performance and cooling requirements often change based on the task at hand, so Zephyrus S GX502 offers Silent, Balanced and Turbo modes tuned for different needs, adjustable with a convenient keyboard shortcut or with the ROG Armoury Crate software.

 Better charging, Wi‑Fi, and audio

For on-the-go convenience, Zephyrus S GX502 can be charged via its USB Type-C (USB-C) port, using a small, lightweight USB-C charger that reduces the overall travel weight and bulk. For everyday tasks like web surfing and office productivity that consume lower amounts of power, Zephyrus S GX502 can be used with a standard USB-C adapter rated at up to 65W. It can also be charged from USB power banks and can deliver up to 18W of fast-charge power to compatible devices such as smartphones.

Maintaining a strong Wi-Fi connection isn’t always easy. Distance from the router, the shape of the room, and even furniture placement can all contribute to dead spots and weak connections. To provide the best possible connection at all times, Zephyrus S GX502 has four antennas in different orientations, and ROG RangeBoost then picks the best two antennas for that moment in time. This intelligent multi-antenna array can increase range by up to 30%. For activities like multiplayer gaming and serious streaming that are more sensitive to network performance, wired gigabit Ethernet provides a low-latency connection impervious to any wireless congestion.

Premium ESS SABRE audio elevates the experience for gamers and audiophiles with good headphones. This hi-fi DAC reduces noise and distortion, enabling clearer audio with wider dynamic range, and combined with virtual 7.1-channel surround-sound, provides deep spatial immersion in games and virtual reality. Hi-Res Audio (HRA) certification guarantees fidelity, so media can be enjoyed at full quality.

 AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Zephyrus S GX502 will be available in Q2 2019. Please check with your local representative for details on pricing and configurations.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Zephyrus M GU502

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced Zephyrus M (GU502), a laptop that blends style, portability, performance and value to create a device that’s equal parts gaming laptop and work machine. The slim‑bezel PANTONE® Validated display is available with a 240Hz refresh rate that is fit for esports champions, and exceptional colour accuracy for creators. NVIDIA® Optimus technology dynamically switches between integrated and discrete graphics to balance speed and battery life, while Intelligent Cooling combines hardware and software to optimize performance and acoustics.

 Light and strong

At 1.9 kg, Zephyrus M is about 45% lighter than the average 15‑inch laptop, making it extremely portable. Its profile slims down to 18.9 mm, and ultraslim bezels around the display keep the footprint as compact as possible, so it slips easily into backpacks and bags.

The durable chassis incorporates magnesium alloy, which is lighter than aluminum but just as strong. A combination of die-casting and machining molds molten metal into the palm rests, which are reinforced by a honeycomb of hexagonal cells that increases strength and rigidity with minimal material. This hidden structure helps make the laptop feel more solid than its slim profile suggests.

Its black lid features a brushed finish, reflecting a distinctive Zephyrus design that combines perfectly with the understated exterior. A soft-touch coating on the palm rest adds comfort and is highly resistant to fingerprints and smudges, helping the laptop always look its best.

 Visual excellence

Zephyrus M features up to GeForce® RTX™ 2060 GPUs, and effective cooling allows the GPU to be clocked to up to 1435MHz at 90W with ROG Boost in Turbo Mode, ensuring fluid frame rates with detailed graphics across a wide range of genres. The GPU is based on the new NVIDIA Turing™ architecture, which combines upgraded CUDA cores for programmable shading with new RT cores for ray tracing and Tensor cores for AI acceleration. Together, they enable real-time reflections, shadows, and lighting effects that are more realistic than ever before. The powerful GPU can also speed up other tasks, like 3D modeling, video rendering, and other forms of content creation.

The display on Zephyrus M is calibrated at the factory to guarantee the PANTONE Validated colour accuracy required for serious creative work. The IPS-level display covers the full sRGB colour space over wide viewing angles that simplify sharing the screen with coworkers and friends. When it’s time to play, high refresh-rate options up to 240Hz enable insanely fast frame rates and silky-smooth gameplay, while a 3ms grey-to-grey response time keeps the picture crisp and devoid of unsightly motion blur.

The 15.6‑inch panel is neatly framed with slim 6.2 mm bezels on either side, and the narrow border works in tandem with the smooth visuals for a more immersive experience overall. Whether at home or the office, the HDMI 2.0b output and DisplayPort (via USB-C) offer easy connections to external 4K UHD displays.

 Pedal to the metal

Zephyrus M is powered by an Intel Core i7-9750H processor with six cores and 12 threads capable of running at clock speeds as high as 4GHz. With so many available parallel threads, it’s not a problem to game and simultaneously broadcast a high-quality stream, or run video rendering in the background while surfing the web or creating a presentation.

In addition, Zephyrus M comes with up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, and has dual NVMe SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration for superfast storage.

 Intricate cooling system

ROG adopted an Intelligent Cooling philosophy for Zephyrus M to keep clock speeds high and temperatures low whether in the middle of an epic gaming marathon or processor‑intensive rendering.

Inside the chassis, an intricate thermal module draws heat away from key components. The CPU and GPU each have their own dedicated heatsinks and pipes on either side of the machine, and dual heatsinks at the back that are shared by both chips and the circuitry feeding them power. The heatsink fins measure just 0.1 mm thick, so more of them can be stacked to increase the surface area available to dissipate heat. Even at higher densities, the fins are thin enough to lower resistance to airflow generated by dual n-blade fans. The n-Blade fans pack 83 razor-thin blades apiece. Each blade is 33% thinner than conventional designs, and in order to survive spinning at the required speed they are made from an exceptionally strong liquid-crystal polymer.

To prevent dust from building up in the heatsinks and fans, the housings have a self-cleaning design. Anti-dust tunnels use centrifugal force to collect and expel particles out the back, which helps to maintain consistent cooling that enables top performance and reliable stability over time.

Performance and cooling requirements often change based on the task at hand, so Zephyrus M offers Silent, Balanced and Turbo modes tuned for different needs, adjustable with a convenient keyboard shortcut or with the ROG Armoury Crate software.

 Charge into battle

Away from the gaming arena, Zephyrus M has the battery life to get users through the work day. One key is Optimus, a switching technology that reverts to the integrated Intel GPU when the need for graphics power is low, allowing the system to conserve power by shutting down the discrete GeForce GPU completely. Using the processor’s integrated graphics for lighter workloads lets Zephyrus M maximize its 76Wh battery.

Zephyrus M has a 230W power adapter, but when out and about and only engaged in lighter work like everyday productivity, mobility can be maximized by leaving the bigger adapter at home and carrying a standard USB-C charger up to 65W. USB-C chargers are lighter and more compact, and can be used to charge other USB-C devices like the ROG Phone.

Zephyrus M can also be charged from compatible USB power packs like the ZenPower Pro PD. USB Power Delivery also works for charging devices from the laptop, so users can quickly top up their phone without carrying a separate adapter.

In addition to USB-C, three USB Type-A ports offer ample connectivity for external storage or a gaming mouse.

 An unforgettable sound

Audio is a crucial element of the entertainment experience that’s so often overlooked by laptops. But backed by an ESS SABRE Hi‑Fi DAC, Zephyrus M delivers impressive sound, even via headphones. This setup lowers total harmonic distortion, so sound remains clear as the volume is turned up. The DAC’s signal-to-noise ratio and dynamic range far surpass those of common codecs, granting extra clarity even when explosions are booming and bullets are flying. Activating the 7.1-channel virtual surround-sound heightens immersion by putting the user right into the middle of the action.

Zephyrus M provides multiple options for getting online. Gigabit Ethernet delivers the low-latency wired connection needed for competitive play, while ROG RangeBoost technology bolsters the wireless link when roaming freely. It evaluates the signal strength of four internal antennas and uses the best pair based on the environment, an on-the-fly adjustment that can help extend range by up to 30%. The gigabit-class Intel 2×2 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) boasts a peak theoretical bandwidth of 1.7Gbps[i], allowing for easy large files transfers at speed.

 Key in on victory

The keyboard on Zephyrus M has RGB lighting compatible ASUS Aura Sync peripherals. Distinctive colours and effects can flag important bindings for games and shortcuts for workflows. If desired, the look can be incredibly subtle, while 10 preprogrammed effects quickly get a light show going.

The keyboard features a familiar desktop-style layout, grouping the F-keys in smaller sets and then spacing those out to make it easier to quickly find shortcuts. A distinct arrow key block speeds up navigation, while dedicated hotkeys make vital volume and microphone mute controls easy to reach. N-key rollover registers every key press, no matter how many keys are simultaneously mashed, so inputs are precise. Key presses even trigger slightly quicker thanks to ROG Overstroke technology that actuates early in the key travel.

 The definition of equilibrium

Lightweight and powerful, Zephyrus M GU502 teams the latest Core i7 CPU and GeForce graphics with amazingly fast and accurate displays to create an incredibly formidable crossover laptop. Slim and serious enough to stow away in a work bag, it still has the graphics prowess for high frame rates. Whether for work or play, Zephyrus M is more than ready for the challenge.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Zephyrus M GU502 will be available in Q2 2019. Please check with your local representative for details on pricing and configurations.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Zephyrus G (GA502)

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced the new Zephyrus G (GA502), the first laptop in the Zephyrus series to bring ultraslim gaming to a wider audience.

Building on the principles of its predecessors, Zephyrus G covers all the essential gaming needs in an enviably compact form at a surprisingly affordable price. Its new NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX® 1660 Ti GPU deftly handles the most popular games, while its energy efficient AMD® Ryzen 7 APU offers up to 8.8 hours of battery life and ample power for everyday productivity. Combined with cutting-edge Intelligent Cooling that optimizes system settings based on the scenario, Zephyrus G blurs the line between capable gaming machine and ultraportable laptop.

 Sleek and subtle

Like its siblings, Zephyrus G is a svelte stunner. At just 20 mm thin and 2.1 kg light, it’s eminently portable. Slim bezels on three sides squeeze the 15‑inch display into a 14‑inch chassis that’s small enough to fit into any backpack or carry-on luggage.

Its portability is accompanied by a clean design that blends in anywhere, with a professional outlook that distinguishes Zephyrus G from other gaming laptops in its class. Tasteful white backlighting illuminates the keyboard for easier typing in the dark. Subtle details, like the brushed-metal finish on the lid and diamond-cut chamfers around the exterior, exude a refinement that makes an impression without demanding attention.

Gaming prowess

The latest GeForce GTX GPU and punchy Ryzen APU deliver solid frame rates with reliable smoothness.

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti brings the new NVIDIA Turing™ architecture to the well-loved GTX series, providing a serious step up from its Pascal predecessors. An upgraded video encoder improves live-stream video quality by up to 15%, offering accelerated capture with less burden on the CPU. Tweaks to the CUDA cores, cache hierarchy, and memory subsystem also result in a significant per-core performance lift that benefits a broad range of modern games. Thanks to Intelligent Cooling, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti clocks up to 1335MHz at 60W in Turbo mode with ROG Boost.

The display has up to a 120Hz refresh rate that doubles the output of standard screens, Zephyrus G is fast enough to fully support the triple-digit frame rates that the GPU can deliver. It delivers smoother gameplay that’s especially noticeable and advantageous during fast-paced FPS games.

The slim bezels provide an 81% screen-to-body ratio for an immersive feel. Wide viewing angles keep the picture on the vIPS panel from washing out, so it’s perfect when watching movies or split-screen gaming with friends.

 Powerful multitasking

The AMD Ryzen 7 APU is quick and versatile, with four cores and eight threads capable of cutting through day-to-day work. Its energy-efficient architecture enables superior battery life, offering nearly 7 hours of video playback, and up to 7 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing. With up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, Zephyrus G ensures quick and efficient multitasking.

A fast NVMe SSD ensures quicker game and app load times. With up to 512GB of storage, there’s ample space to quickly save a work portfolio and favourite media. The combination of a potent APU and superfast storage means more time on actual play and work, and less time waiting.

 Intelligent cooling

The Intelligent Cooling philosophy allows Zephyrus G to get the most out of its components with a strategic blend of hardware and software that optimizes performance and acoustics, and improves stability over time.

The self-cleaning thermal module resists dust and debris that could otherwise build up and compromise heat dissipation over time. Anti-dust tunnels prevent accumulation on the heatsinks and fans; they catch particles sucked into the fan and propel them out the back.

Carefully placed heat pipes draw heat off the CPU and GPU, as well as the circuitry that powers them. The processors have multiple pipes connected to shared heatsinks, ensuring optimal cooling for any workload, including gaming that puts more stress on the GPU.

Updated fans maximize airflow through the heatsinks. They’re made of a special liquid-crystal polymer that allows the blades to be incredibly thin but still strong enough to withstand high rotation speeds. Because each blade is 33% thinner than conventional designs, each fan can pack 83 blades for the highest density yet — and up to a 17% improvement in airflow.

Different tasks require different levels of performance and cooling, so ROG Armoury Crate’s new Scenario Profiles step in to seamlessly switch between operating modes. Turbo mode sets clocks and fan speeds to the maximum for processor‑intensive tasks. Balanced mode makes adjustments to lower noise levels for gaming while maintaining high FPS. Silent mode lowers acoustics and is perfect for basic tasks like browsing the web and taking notes in class.

 Flexible and versatile

7.1-channel virtual surround-sound over headphones allows deeper immersion in games and movies, and smart-amplifier technology keeps the speakers’ voice coils within thermal and excursion limits, so the volume can be turned up without damaging the cones. Hi-Res Audio certification ensures that media and games are experienced at peak audio fidelity, for a richer acoustic experience.

The keyboard is designed for more precise and comfortable typing and gaming. Earlier key actuation enabled by ROG Overstroke technology means faster, more responsive inputs, while N-Key rollover ensures that every press is registered, even when multiple keys are pressed simultaneously. Even the shape and placement of the keys is geared toward accuracy and convenience. Users can initiate function commands quickly and intuitively with key spacing that mimics desktop layouts, and access essential commands like volume and mic mute instantly with dedicated hotkeys.

Three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports offer enough capacity for a gaming mouse, gamepad, and external storage if needed. The reversible USB Type-C (USB-C) port does more than charge devices and transfer data: its DisplayPort 1.4 compatibility provides video output to external monitors. There’s also an HDMI 2.0b port that can output a 60Hz signal for 4K UHD TVs and monitors.

Getting online is easy with both wireless and Ethernet. Integrated Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) offers fast and reliable access for everyday networking, while the wired gigabit Ethernet port provides the lowest latency for performance-sensitive activities like multiplayer gaming and streaming.

 AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Zephyrus G GA502 will be available in Q2 2019. Please check with your local ROG representative for details on pricing and configurations.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Teams Up With Designworks Of The BMW Group

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) introduces an exciting new concept design, ROG Face Off, created through a partnership with Designworks, A BMW Group Company. The purpose of the collaboration and concept was to imagine the future of gaming laptops. ROG Face Off strikes a balance between two worlds: elevated aesthetics with a premium appeal and a more dynamic and immersive gaming experience.

ROG Face Off incorporates these factors into the design; the fact that gamers have different personalities and often work as hard as they play. Its flowing lines and transformative traits chart a fresh path forward with themes that are possible to implement today, while a more forward-looking vision for projected UI elements explores what may be feasible tomorrow.

Although much of the ROG Face Off concept is technically feasible today, one aspect thinks further outside the box. Projection and tracking technology is advancing rapidly, and the collaboration and the concept imagines how it could be employed to augment reality with virtual elements that rise up from the laptop and respond to gesture-based commands.

Extending the interface into the user’s environment has tantalizing potential for monitoring system performance, enhancing gameplay, and more deeply immersing the user in another world. The possibilities for personalization are practically limitless, branching from the cosmetic customization enabled by RGB lighting to something far more powerful and interactive.

A taste of the future today

The ROG Face Off concept is far from a finished product, but the collaboration with BMW Group Designworks inspired ROG designers working on other projects. The new ROG Strix G gaming laptops channel some of the same ideas, including raised ridges that race across the chassis and provide additional ventilation to improve airflow at the back. The offset cut-out under their displays leaves more room for airflow while also applying an asymmetrical accent reminiscent of another concept design explored during the project.

The ROG Strix SCAR III and Hero III incorporate the ROG Keystone, a physical device that docks with the laptop to reinforce a physical connection with the user, and can trigger changes to lighting and system settings that match their personal preferences. Its development was driven by the same motivations that produced the concept’s spring-loaded switch and mode-specific lighting effects.

Plotting the path to the future

The project started almost a year ago with initial research at the ASUS Design Center located at ASUS headquarters in Taipei. After examining the work and background of different creative firms, the decision was made to move forward with Designworks, the design innovation studio for the BMW Group which has a 25-year history of helping companies to create cutting edge designs and experiences. During an initial workshop to align on objectives and provoke first ideas, the ROG teams learned about Designworks’ design methodology and creative approach that proved to be successful in the automotive industry and beyond. Focused on providing holistic visions for complex projects and designing systems which impact and improve the world that we live in, Designworks works together with its clients to create and realize ambitious visions for the future.

Brainstorming birthed multiple design directions based on the central theme that gamers have different motivations. Some seek victory above all else, while others want to be immersed in another world. Then there are those who play as part of a larger social desire to connect with friends and teammates. Gamers aren’t one dimensional, either; motivations can change based on the game, and many also use their machines for productivity, content creation, and 3D rendering.

A fresh design complimenting ROG hallmarks

ROG Face Off reflects the split personality and needs of gamers now, and in the future when more advanced capabilities become available. The design layers elements to draw the eye across three levels, each with a different focus, going from the streamlined silhouette to surface sculpture and then finer details.

The sleek exterior has a focused and aggressive profile framed by futuristic lines, but still retains familiar ROG hallmarks, like the offset slash and ROG logo emblazoned on the lid. The distinctive cut contrasts polished and matte surfaces that reinforce the ROG existing aesthetic in a bold new way.

While ROG laptops typically stick to darker tones, the concept wears a silver coat tinted jade green. Designworks chose the concept’s unique colour to align with future design trends, culled from their knowledge of picking trending colours for the automotive industry.

Thus, on the ROG Face Off concept, sets of progressive gills sweep across the back of the chassis and flank the sides of the keyboard. The gentle curves balance the laptop’s harder edges and instantly draw attention while also providing functional ventilation. LEDs below generate a customizable glow that illuminates the raised ridges from within.

Additional interior lighting proudly highlights the motherboard, fans, and other components visible through the smoked X-ray panel above the keyboard. Over the years, several ROG laptops have incorporated windows that provide a view of the powerful hardware inside. The ROG Face Off concept goes further with a panoramic view of what’s under the hood, and it illuminates the fans to make the internals look more dynamic when the system is in use.

Tactile attraction and personalization

Tactile surfaces play an important role in differentiating the keys to victory. The WASD cluster and left side of the space bar are covered by smooth metal skin that makes critical gaming controls immediately recognizable by touch alone. To satisfy gamers seeking more grip, rubberized cover was designed that fits over the WASD group

A desire for more physical interaction also influenced the design of the power switch, which trades traditional buttons for a spring-loaded setup inspired by bolt-action mechanisms. This subtle mechanical movement can evoke a deeper physical connection with the machine than yet another a simple press. The switch initially protruded from the chassis and was even more bolt-like, but practical considerations prompted the shift to a more streamlined implementation.

Pulling the trigger powers on the system and activates an accompanying lighting effect that amplifies the awakening. RGB lighting also helps to define the concept’s dual personalities. It glows pure white in work mode (work hard), initially illuminating the entire laptop but quickly fading to just the keyboard to help maintain a lower profile. But in gaming mode it glows defiantly red, reinforcing a more aggressive attitude that suits the mood (play hard). This duality of the aesthetics enables users to; elegantly blend into the daily work environment, and create an immersive gaming experience.

Making it more of a reality today

While the advanced and futuristic capabilities of ROG Face Off aren’t readily available now, ROG engineers and designers are working to make them a reality in the near future. Some of the design elements and features are available now, most specifically with the ROG Strix G, as well as the Scar III and Hero III. Despite focusing on giving a glimpse of the future of gaming laptops, the ROG Face Off concept and collaboration that created it have already inspired distinctive designs that are ready now.