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Last week at Asus’s Republic of Gamers event, the consumer electronic manufacturer announced a HomeTown Buffet’s worth of gaming hardware equipment, with the crowning chocolate fountain of the affair being the ROG GX752 line of gaming laptops. And the strange-looking ham that no one knows what to think of is a gaming router.
The company also had a load of other more traditional equipment that will be of interest to hardcore professional gamers, or those aspiring to be one. Let’s take a look at what’s coming down the pipe.
ROG GX700 and G752 gaming laptops
Let’s get these big boys out of the way first. The ROG G752 and GX700 are laptops, technically, although I wouldn’t recommend putting the G752 anywhere near your crotch. Although the machine is fitted with a custom cooling system, which the Asus representative described as a “3D vapor chamber,” the heat blasting out of the back of the demo units was significant. This is a good thing, seeing as Asus is reporting central processing unit and graphical processing unit performance gains in the 40-plus percent range just from this cooling system. (But for the sake of my legs, I think I am going to keep these computers on a table.)
Between the two, the GX700 is the “just add it to the cart and click purchase” product. Underneath the frame, the laptop is running an Intel Core i7 6820HK 2.7Ghz CPU, a GeForce GTX 980 for the GPU, and 64GBs of DDR4 memory. The screen is a nice, wide, 17.3 inch display capable of 1920-by-1080 resolution.
The G752 is the custom version of the GX700. It contains similar frame and monitor options, but users can customize their GPU, choosing between a Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M, GTX 970M, or GTX 980M. The Intel i7 family of processors rounds out the CPU options, with customers being able to choose between an i7 6700HQ 2.6Ghz, or an i7 6820HK 2.7Ghz. Memory options include 16 gigabytes, 32 gigabytes, or 64 gigabytes of DDR4.
The keyboards on both units are backlit and feature anti-ghosting tech, with the intent to eliminate strange behavior keyboards can exhibit when too many keys are sending inputs at one time. I quickly tried out the keyboard on the G752, and the key input didn’t feel laggy. The switches and actuation length seem on point for a laptop, which typically contain incredibly short travel, but I’m not sure about gaming. I want short actuation and travel for gaming keys, but I see a risk of accidentally tossing in an input that isn’t desirable with this super short style of pad/switch. I need more testing time to give my thumbs up on that.
The overall design of these machines gives me the impression that they are less about being a gaming laptop, at least in the sense of the image I see in my head when those two words are sitting next to each other. I don’t see someone sitting on BART playing a hardcore match of Counter Strike: Global Offensive on any laptop, let alone on these (although it is possible). The GX700 and G752 seem more like 2-in-1 options. They are portable gaming machines that happen to have laptop functionality.
This is all based off of a presentation and about 10 minutes of fiddling around with a demo unit. So hopefully, I’ll get an opportunity to put a unit through some legit testing. As for how long I’ll have to wait to test a unit out, the GX700 is due out later this year, with a mysterious price point yet to be announced. The G752 SKUs are available for preorder now, starting at $1,500.
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q and PG27AQ gaming monitors
In 2008, Asus accidentally found itself the leader of the market for the fighting game community with its legendary Asus VH236, also known as the “EVO monitor.” It earned this rep by being the monitor of choice for the Evolution Championship Series world fighting game competition when the fighting game community needed a low input lag solution during the transition from CRT to flatscreen displays.
Asus has obviously taken advantage of that legacy and seems to be putting more emphasis on gaming monitors. During the Republic of Gamers event, the company announced two new displays: The ROG Swift PG279Q and the ROG Swift PG27AQ.
Asus didn’t say much, if anything, about these two products. We do know their specs. Both SKUs feature 27-inch panels and take advantage of Nvidia’s G-Sync tech, which is the cool name given to technology that tries to eliminate screen tearing.
To keep a complicated explanation as short and sweet as possible, screen-tearing is a situation where the image pipeline has the monitor trying to display two frames at once and the image appears to have pieces that don’t line up properly on the screen.