Asus’ latest gaming laptops are finally arriving in Singapore! First unveiled during CES 2019, the Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) are some of the first laptops in the market to make full use of Nvidia’s latest line of graphics cards, the RTX series. These cards come with revolutionary support for ray-tracing technology, which promises to drastically improve visual quality in the latest games, in addition to much better performance.
ROG Zephyrus S (GX701)
At the top of the lineup is Asus’ flagship for the ROG family: the Zephyrus S (GX701). Featuring a 144Hz 1080p 17.3-inch screen, the GX701’s display is an upgrade over last year’s flagship, the GX501. While the GX501 was positioned as a compact and powerful laptop, the GX701 aims to be a desktop replacement without the bulkiness of one. It maintains the GX501’s flagship slimness at just 18.7mm in thickness, supporting Asus’ claim that it is the thinnest 17-inch gaming notebook around.
Equipped with the RTX2080 Max-Q with Nvidia G-Sync and Optimus technology, the GX701 should have no problems pushing buttery-smooth pixels to the 144Hz display. It is supported by Intel’s 8th generation Core i7-8750H CPU, 24GB of RAM, a 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi module, and 1TB of NVME storage to ensure that you have enough space and power for all the latest titles. The GX701 also has a HDMI 2.0 port and a Displayport 1.4, supporting up to 2 external 4K displays running at 60Hz.
On the power side of things, the GX701 supports USB Power Delivery. Besides its dedicated AC adaptor, the GX701 can also be charged with a 65W USB Type-C adaptor that is common with most laptops nowadays. This greatly enhances its portability, as gamers can just carry around small charger to power the laptop for productivity work while leaving the larger power brick for heavy duty gaming at home.
The Zephyrus S (GX701) retails at SGD4,998 and ships starting mid-February.
ROG Zephyrus S (GX531)
The spiritual successor to last year’s flagship GX501, the GX531 retains the 15.6-inch Full HD display in a 14-inch laptop chassis. The display is now 144Hz and powered by the latest RTX 2070 Max-Q, offering performance improvements over last year’s model. It is backed by an i7-8750H, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi module, as well as a 512GB NVME SSD. Like the GX701, it supports USB-PD, allowing you to charge the laptop with a 65W USB Type-C charger while reserving the original 230W for more power-heavy scenarios.
The Zephyrus S (GX531) retails at SGD3,698 and ships in mid-February.
ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704/GL504)
Built for e-Sports FPS gaming, the ROG Strix SCAR II comes in 2 flavours: the GL704 with a 17.3-inch screen and the GL504 with a 15.6-inch screen. Both screens support up to 144Hz and 3ms response time, and are powered by Nvidia’s latest RTX 2070 graphics card. Like the Zephyrus S series, both laptops contain Intel’s i7-8750H processor, up to 16GB of RAM, as well as a 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi module. Where it differs from the flagship lineup is in the storage options. Both laptops feature 2 drives each: a 256GB NVME SSD and a 1TB Hybrid HDD. Unlike the Zephyrus S series, both laptops are over 25mm thick and do not support USB-PD, meaning gamers will have to lug around the 230W power brick, even when using the laptop for just light productivity work.
The GL704 retails at SGD3,598, while the GL504 retails at SGD3,498. Both laptops are available from today onwards at the Asus Brand Shop and authorised retailers.