Forget cosmetics and marketing blindness: the 2021 Asus ROG gaming laptops offer much more than any of their predecessors. But how much will it cost us?
Not much has been expected In parallel with the announcements by Asus, Intel, AMD and Nvidia, it has already slammed down on all new mobile chips and lined up its new gamernotebooks, which are much, much stronger than their predecessors. However, the engineers did not forget about the unique extras, they added a lot of improvements to the new CPU-GPU pairs.
This is what a gamernotebook in 2021 looks like
The Asus ROG brand doesn’t need to be introduced to anyone, especially those looking for a gamernotebook for themselves (and for Asus, they don’t stop at the price / value advantageous TUF).
With the new ROG Strix models, you’ll come across quite a few extras that weren’t anywhere anywhere in 2020.
Let’s start with the ROG Strix SCAR 17, which is a very popular model in Hungary. Well, an IPS panel with up to 360 Hz image refresh is now available here. You may rightly ask that –
“Why a panel in a laptop?”
– since there is no mobile GPU that drives this. This is where Nvidia’s latest family of GeForce, the RTX 30 mobile series, comes into play, so you can even get a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU into your gaming laptop from now on. This brings a huge leap in 3D performance, but needs to be fed with data that AMD, not Intel, is providing the solution for, namely the Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU.
And to renew the laptop series on more than just a CPU-GPU display line, it’s important to highlight that it all fits into a 7% smaller enclosure, while allowing the battery to also use 90W and 100W Type-C quick charges.
Also new are the opto-mechanical keyboard, the new design of the Strix G-line, and the 15-inch and 17-inch WQHD panels, which are updated to 165 Hz and provide visibly better picture quality while also ideal for work.
Flow X13: Hybrid AND gamer
Asus also liked the market for miniature gamer laptops, and since there was no such model yet, he threw in one. This became the Flow X13, with a 360-degree hinge for tablet-mode folding. It has an average thickness of 15.8 mm and a weight of 1.3 kg. Compared to a 2020 hybrid laptop, these sizes are just average with a good temper, and even a little weaker, but once you know what is packed together in this size, you’ll look at it differently.
This small machine has a full-fledged (not low-power!) AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS processor with 8 physical cores and a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. Another premium is the display, which is not OLED, but you can choose to have the 16:10 aspect ratio panel be FHD and 120 Hz, or rather UHD.
Based on the dimensions, the Flow X13 is quite a respectable machine even with the dewy GTX 1650, but we would not recommend it for carefree play. This was quickly realized at Asus as well, so a very compact ROG XG Mobile module was added.
It’s actually an external GPU connected to Thunderbolt 4 that houses a GeForce RTX 3080 VGA card, as well as a few extra USB ports and an integrated power supply. It is definitely noteworthy that this box is not as big as the solutions of its competitors, only 155x208x29 mm and 1 kg. According to our information, the Flow X13 will also be available for purchase at home, but we have not been able to obtain a price from the domestic representative. All we can say is that if you want one, start collecting today…
Doubling to gamer mode
The Zephyrus line couldn’t avoid the dual display solution either, and the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE will do anything to make you believe you need it most. To do this, it uses an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, and a 4K @ 120 Hz or FHD @ 300 Hz panel as the primary display.
The secondary panel is 14.1 inches and is of course touch sensitive and fits the main display in resolution. And if it’s a luxury, you’ll get two from the SSD right away, so when you switch to RAID, you can enjoy twice as much sequential performance,
just so PS5 owners can’t fight back with that either.
We absolutely acknowledge the engineering feat – the new Zephyrus Duo looks really cool, but we’re still waiting to be convinced we’ll really get a better gaming experience by watching another display. Asus is said to be already in talks with several game developers, and Dying Light 2 will also take advantage of the secondary display.
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