With gaming laptops getting competitive by the day, ASUS stays on top of the niche as it launches its premium ROG laptop lineup at the Grand Ballroom, City of Dreams, Manila. The updated gaming laptop collection packs faster display, 9th Generation Intel Core processors, best-in-class cooling system, NVIDIA Turing GTX 16-series graphics, and AMD Ryzen APU among others.
The impressive lineup consists of ROG Zephyrus S, ROG Zephyrus M, ROG Zephyrus G, ROG Strix Scar III & Hero III, ROG Strix G, and ROG Mothership. The new collection goes beyond traditional form and function to elevate the experiences of gaming connoisseurs. ASUS also retains its powerful cooling philosophy that combines top-of-the-line thermal hardware and intelligent software to deliver optimum gaming performance.
The first in the list is the Zephyrus S GX701—tagged as the most compact 17-inch gaming laptop that features GeForce RTX™ 2080 GPU. Users can toggle between NVIDIA G-SYNC™ mode or Optimus mode via the ROG-exclusive GPU switch to further the gaming experience and extend battery life.
A special version of the unit is available with an HDR panel boasting over a billion colors and full coverage of the BT.709 color space for a fully immersive portable gaming experience. Its 32GB RAM with RTX 2080 GPU variant currently retails for PHP 209, 995 while the 16GB RAM with RTX 2070 GPU costs PHP 169, 995.
Next in line is the Zephyrus S GX531, now incorporated with Intel 9th generation CPU and and 240Hz display. This high-end processor with 16.6-inch Full HD (1920 X 1080) display is suitable for even the most demanding games and applications. It currently retails for PHP 199, 995.
Meanwhile, the Zephyrus S GX502 is the most versatile Zephyrus unit in the collection as it adopts a more traditional keyboard layout that works well in cramped quarters. It’s also ergonomically-designed for use on a lap—a feature advantageous to hardcore gamers and content creators.
Sporting a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 GPU, the Zephyrus S GX502 scales up to 1540MHz at 115W via the ROG Boost in Turbo Mode—a feature typically found in full-sized laptops. The unit has three variants retailing at the following prices:
- Zephyrus S GX502 144hz Display with RTX 2060 GPU – PHP 124, 995
- Zephyrus S GX502 144hz Display with RTX 2070 GPU – PHP 154, 995
- Zephyrus S GX502 240hz Display with RTX 2070 GPU – PHP 159, 995
The components that make up the Zephyrus M GU502, on the other hand, makes it a high-end alternative without the penny-pinching issue. It has the latest GeForce GTX 16-series GPU—which is more than enough graphics power to elevate triple-digit frame rates in heavy-graphic games. Moreover, its USB-C charging support works with NVIDIA Optimus technology ensuring laptop power lasts even when the user is away from a power source; its 76W battery runs 8 hours on a single charge. The Zephyrus M GU502 retails for PHP 109, 995.
Next is the Zephyrus G GA502—this unit doesn’t compromise in terms of solid laptop performance and power-efficiency as its GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU gets paired with Ryzen 7 mobile APU. These two combined delivers a smooth 120Hz display and a battery life stretching up to 7 hours. The unit is currently priced at PHP 84, 995.
On a different note, a collaboration with BMW Designworks Group makes for an eye-catching, fully-functional Strix series of gaming laptops. The Strix SCAR III or Hero III clocks up to 240Hz of display; features an Intel® Core™ i9-9880H processor and a Shadow Drive setting capable of hiding and encrypting important files. Each variant of the unit
has an SRP of the following variants:
- Scar III – 15-inch 240hz Display, i9 CPU& RTX 2070 GPU – PHP 169, 995
- Scar III – 17-inch 144hz Display, i7 CPU & RTX 2070 GPU – PHP 154, 995
- Hero III – 15-inch 144hz Display, i7 CPU & RTX 2060 GPU – PHP 124, 995
For the versatile user, Strix G G531/G731 flexes the core ROG essentials that work well in casual environments, be it in a coffee shop, classroom, or a LAN party. It features an upgraded video encoder that gives smooth, high-quality performance for streamers. The Strix G features a 144hz display, i7 CPU, and GTX1660ti that is available in the following variants:
- 17-inch 144hz Display, i7 CPU, GTX 1660ti GPU – PHP 97, 995
- 15-inch 120hz Display, i7 CPU, GTX1660ti GPU – PHP 92, 995
- 15-inch 120hz Display, i7 CPU, GTX1650 GPU – PHP 79, 995
Last on the lineup is the ROG Mothership which is the future of desktop replacements. Its improved cooling system, ultrafast FHD panel, 144hz display, overclocked RTX 2080 GPU, and an eight-core i9 CPU makes it a lasting investment for content creators and hardcore gamers alike. The 4K display retails for PHP 399, 995 while the 1080p 144hz Display retails for PHP 379, 995.
All ROG units are currently available starting June at authorized ASUS stores and kiosks, except for the ROG Mothership which will come out this July 2019.