CES 2019 is underway, and we have all the top brands showcasing the latest and greatest they have to offer. ASUS has also stepped up and taken the wraps off quite a few gaming and professional products. To kick things off, ASUS has unveiled the ROG Mothership gaming laptop. Then we have TUF series gaming laptops that are powered by AMD CPUs and GPUs. There is the new Zenbook S13 with possibly the thinnest display bezels seen yet. A few new Chrome OS-enabled devices have also been unveiled. Last but not least, we have new gaming monitors under the ROG Strix branding. Let’s take what ASUS has in store for us with each of its new offerings.
ASUS ROG Mothership Gaming Laptop
At first sight, the ROG Mothership looks a lot like a jacked-up Microsoft Surface Pro. Even though ASUS wants to call this a laptop, at about 4.7kg it is really hard to imagine anyone actually carrying this beast around. All the primary internals are loaded up behind the display, and a kickstand pops out the back when you want to set it upright. This is meant to ensure optimal airflow to unlock the full capabilities of the Intel Core i9-8950HK processor and Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU that has been fitted inside, both of which are said to have been overclocked.
The laptop comes with a 17.3-inch, Full HD resolution display that offers 144 Hz refresh rate, 3ms of response time, and support for Nvidia G-Sync. The keyboard can detach and folded in half to make it easier to position. Both wired and wireless usage of this keyboard is possible, with the latter using a USB Type C cable.
The pricing for the ROG Mothership hasn’t been announced, but ASUS has said it will be available for purchase in Q1 of 2019.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S, Strix Scar II, Strix Hero II
A more conventional gaming laptop from ASUS comes in the form of the ROG Zephyrus S. You will be able to choose from either a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch display model, both of which support 144Hz refresh rates. The ASUS ROG Strix Scar II and the ROG Strix Hero II have also been updated with RTX GPU options. All of these shall be available for purchase in Q1 of 2019.
AMD-Based ASUS TUF Gaming Laptops
ASUS has also revealed 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch models of the TUF series of budget gaming laptops. The 15.6-inch variant will even support up to 120Hz refresh rate, while the larger is only rated to go as high as 60Hz. Both Intel and AMD versions shall be offered, with the latter models likely to be more affordable. These models will come loaded with AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processors and Radeon RX 560X GPUs.
ASUS Zenbook S13
At an incredible 97 percent screen to body ratio, the Zenbook S13 with its NanoEdge bezels is a sight to behold. To stretch the display out to such an extent, ASUS implemented a sort of reversed notch where a protrusion above the display houses the webcam. The Zenbook S13 will offer a Full HD LED IPS panel and will be powered by 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and 7 processors paired with 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Graphics will be handled by GeForce MX150 GPUs, and storage can be configured as high as 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.
ASUS Chromebook Education Series
Asus has also introduced its Chromebook Education series with three new laptops and one new tablet. The Chromebook tablet CT100 will offer a 9.7-inch QXGA display with a stylus, Hexa-core OP1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD card and USB Type-C charging. The Chromebook C204 is an 11.6-inch laptop that comes with a dual-core Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD card slot, two USB Type-A and Type-C ports, and an all-day battery. The Chromebook C403 is pretty much the same as the C204 but comes with a larger 14-inch screen. Finally, we have the Chromebook Flip C214 that offers an 11.6-inch display with a 360-degree hinge. A variant of this Chromebook will also come with a built-in stylus and brighter display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
ASUS ROG Strix HDR Gaming Monitors
There are also three new, incredibly large ROG Strix gaming monitors. The XG49VQ is a 49-inch, 32:9, 3840 x 1080 monitor that offers a 144Hz refresh rate and supports DisplayHDR 400. Then there is the XG438Q which offers a 43-inch 4K display with 120Hz refresh rate, DisplayHDR 600 and two built-in 10-watt stereo speakers. Finally, ASUS is offering the XG32VQR with a 1440p 144Hz curved screen measuring 31.5-inches. This one has a 16:9 aspect ratio, and also supports DisplayHDR 400. All three of these monitors are FreeSync HDR 2 compatible.