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ASUS Republic of Gamers recently announced a complete overhaul of their gaming laptops, fitting them with the new 10th Generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs. ASUS ROG was kind enough to invite us to the launch and hands-on demo at Discovery Suites in Ortigas.
In the briefing, ASUS ROG sets out what they intend for the next generation of gamers. In a recent survey, they found out that there are more and more gamers who are also becoming content creators. This pushed ROG to create laptops with versatility beyond gaming, whether it’d be streaming content, creating content, developing and/or working ROG made sure that it has a laptop suitable for your needs.
They also highlighted past technologies and improved upon them with the latest to deliver nothing but the best. From 120Hz panels of yesteryear, ROG is able to outfit 300Hz panels since October of 2019. Factory calibrated colors for maximum accuracy, important for content creators. And new and advanced ways to keep your laptops cool and performing optimally.
All laptops in these series have shared features which gives users the expandability/upgradeability even if they choose base models. All laptops have up to 3x m.2 SSD storage for blazing-fast loading times, 2 of which you can configure in RAID 0. And if you travel a lot, you don’t have to bring different chargers for different devices as all 2020 ROG Zephyrus laptops features power delivery via USB Type-C.
Headlining the new ROG Spring 2020 collection is the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15. It’s the lovechild of an ROG Zephyrus and a ZenBook Duo. It features a secondary 14.1″ ROG ScreenPad Plus touchscreen that’s tilted towards you when the laptop is open. It’s like the MacBook Pro’s touchbar, on steroids. The tilted display also acts as an intake vent for cooler operations. The secondary display can act as your control panel for streaming. ASUS also mentioned that they’re working with game developers to integrate the second display in upcoming games, and even with existing games. Possible uses for it would be maps for FPS/RTS and open-world games, inventory for RPGs, production status/unit groupings in RTS games and cockpit for racing or flying simulators.
The ROG Zephyrus Duo has a propriety switch to toggle between G-Sync and Optimus operations, depending if you’re knee deep in your gaming session or you need to conserve battery when you’re out and about. ASUS also built this with content creators in mind as you can choose between a 300Hz refresh rate FHD screen or a 4K Adobe RGB screen.
The ROG Zephyrus Duo comes equipped with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i9 8-core CPU that can run 5.3 GHz on a single core. The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER will surely bring any AAA title, released or otherwise, to its knees. Yes, it can run Crysis. This replaces the ROG Zephyrus as ROG’s flagship laptop.
The new Zephyrus S17 boasts a 17.3-inch display in a sexy profile measuring only 18.7mm. It also runs ultrafast with a 300Hz refresh rate panel paired with up to an RTX 2080 SUPER GPU and up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU.
The S17 gives you the familiarity of a full-sized keyboard with RGB led backlighting, a touchpad that turns into a numpad with the touch of a button and an integrated volume roller that can also control backlight brightness. It has all the bells and whistles of a desktop replacement minus the weight.
If the Zephyrus S17 doesn’t cut it out for you and you really want the same power in a smaller package, the S15 does the job well. It has all the configurations available to the S17 in a smaller chassis.
At the bottom of the Zephyrus line is the Zephyrus M15 which gives the budget-conscious gamers an option to experience the Zephyrus line-up of gaming laptops and get their feet wet with what it has to offer. The M15 comes in a variety of configurations from the midranged GeForce GTX 1660 Ti up to an RTX 2070 GPU paired with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor.
Despite being an entry-level to the Zephyrus line-up, the Zephyrus M15 comes in a slim, structurally reinforced magnesium alloy with a classy, soft-touch skin. You can also choose between a 240Hz panel or a 4K Adobe RGB one.
The powerhouse ROG Strix SCAR comes in 2 sizes, 15″ and 17″. Both delivers performance like no other with configurations up to a 10th Gen Core Intel i9 processor, 32GB of 3200MHz DDR4 RAM and up to an RTX 2080 SUPER GPU, this is truly a machine crafted for performance.
It has customizable RGB LED lighting effects all around, including a wraparound light bar, keyboard lighting and an illuminated ROG logo on the lid. Setting the Strix SCAR apart is the ROG Keystone II, an NFC-enabled device that docks into the side of the chassis. The Keystone II can be customized to do a set of actions when inserted/removed.
For the truly tight budgeted, the ROG Strix is enough to run the latest AAA games as these notebooks are configured up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 and has GPU options up to the RTX 2060. Base models come in a standard 144Hz panel but there is an option for a 240Hz panel if you need a faster screen.
But being at the bottom of the pyramid doesn’t mean the Strix G15/17 doesn’t have anything up its sleeves. Aside from the 2 standard color options, Original Black and Glacier Blue, you can get the ROG Strix in Electro Punk. Get ready to live your neon dreams as the sizzling pink highlights on its dark brushed metal gives off cyberpunk vibes.
When you choose to buy the Electro Punk model, you can get a 35×17-inch Electro Punk mouse pad for free. ROG will also feature peripherals with the same color scheme like the ROG Strix Go Core Electro Punk Headset, a ROG Impact II gaming mouse and a ROG Ranger backpack for a complete look.
If you’re looking to maximize your budget and get the best performance per peso, ASUS offers its TUF Gaming line. It’s also equipped with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 with GPU options up to a GTX 1660Ti. It also sports a 144Hz panel and is built to military-grade standards.
No information on local pricing and availability yet, but stay tuned as we get more updates from ASUS Republic of Gamers.