ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) introduced its latest lineup of gaming laptops at CES 2019, including the ROG Mothership, ROG Zephyrus S GX701, ROG Zephyrus S GX531, ROG Strix SCAR II, and ROG Strix Hero II. All have graphics powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX engines.
Meet the Republic of Gamers GeForce RTX gaming laptop family
After raising the bar for desktop gaming performance and visual quality, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX series is poised to do the same for laptops. The new Turing architecture is going mobile, and Republic of Gamers has a diverse lineup to meet any gamer’s needs.
The GZ700 desktop replacement emphasizes performance over portability with a traditional clamshell in the ROG G703. It is joined by the ultra-slim ROG Zephyrus S GX531 that’s augmented to go beyond gaming. The ROG Strix SCAR II and Hero II reprise their roles in the eSports arena with portable form factors filled with competition-grade hardware.
The ROG Zephyrus S GX531 – Setting the standard for slimness
Putting high-end gaming components into an ultra-slim laptop is exceedingly difficult, especially when targeting a thinner chassis than ever before, but the Zephyrus S GX531 delivers with a remarkably compact body that’s a testament to ROG’s engineering prowess. The slender exterior measures nearly 15mm thin and leverages a 15.6-inch display with super-narrow bezels to squeeze into a smaller footprint, so you can easily stuff the system into bags made for laptops with much less power.
The ROG Zephyrus S GX531 lowers its profile without scaling back on specifications. You get cutting-edge parts like the latest Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, a premium 144Hz refresh rate display plus all the ROG essentials. They are just squeezed into a slimmer package that lacks some of the extras available in the new compact 17-inch ROG Zephyrus S GX701. That makes the smaller Zephyrus S a more focused alternative for people who prioritize portability above everything else.
ROG Strix - Split the difference with ROG Strix laptops for different genres
ROG Strix occupies a more mainstream middle ground between beast-like desktop replacements and premium ultra-slim gaming laptops. The Strix form factor melds performance and portability with distinctive designs that stand out from the masses. At the same time, its super-narrow bezels blend in seamlessly, making it easier to get involved in the action on screen.
Your hands will feel right at home on the desktop-style keyboard, which is augmented by dedicated shortcut keys for volume, mute, and Armoury Crate. Enhanced lighting spreads an illuminated glow beyond the deck and onto not only the ROG logo on the lid, but also a diffused strip that runs across the front edge of the laptop. Addressable as two separate zones, this light bar casts an Aura Sync glow into your environment and offers a multitude of customization options.
Designed to hit the sweet spot, the latest ROG Strix gaming laptops are available with six-core Intel Core i7-8750H processors backed by up to 32GB of RAM. They combine speedy solid-state system drives with a terabyte of additional mechanical capacity that provides loads of space for larger game libraries. The auxiliary hard drive can also be swapped for a faster SSHD that caches frequently accessed data to accelerate load times.
ROG Strix SCAR II - Set up for shooters
Built for the FPS side of the esports arena, the ROG Strix SCAR II comes in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch flavors available with the same 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. Both versions are draped in a shooter-inspired motif that uses splashes of camouflage to create a unique aesthetic fit for the battlefield. Highlighted WASD keys further reinforce the SCAR’s roots and ensure that you can easily find the home row for FPS gaming.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics gives the 15-inch SCAR II GL504GV and 17-inch SCAR II GL704GV enough horsepower to drive triple-digit frame rates in popular shooters. Serious gamers should upgrade to the GeForce RTX 2070, though; the SCAR II GL504GW and GL704GW offer this more powerful graphics with both screen sizes, providing additional performance headroom for competitive gaming, demanding AAA titles, and cutting-edge VR experiences. Choose between a larger 17-inch display that is more immersive and a compact 15-inch display that is more portable.
ROG Strix Hero II - Made for MOBAs
The ROG Strix Hero II is optimized for MOBAs and ideal for gamers who want subtler styling. Its contrasting textures and cyber-text patterns are more restrained than the aggressive aesthetic of the SCAR II, making the Hero II more approachable for wider audiences.
Instead of highlighting the WASD cluster, translucent key caps impart an extra glow to the QWER row. The Hero is available exclusively with GeForce RTX 2060 graphics that are more than up to the task of pushing high frame rates in MOBAs and other popular games. Like with the SCAR II, NVIDIA Optimus technology conserves power by only activating the discrete GPU when needed, so you get longer battery life day to day and better gaming performance on demand.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX-based gaming notebooks by ASUS's Republic of Gamers will become available in Q1. Local pricing, configurations, and availability to follow.