Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) has unveiled its diversified, eclectic, and really cool-looking lineup of recent gaming laptops for 2021. The spotlight, and the product I’m each very excited and really confused about, is the ROG Flow X13. It’s the corporate’s first 2-in-1 convertible gaming laptop computer.
That’s proper — a 2-in-1 gaming laptop computer. You don’t see that on daily basis. What’s extra, as you’ll have deduced from the identify, the X13 is a 13-inch convertible gaming laptop computer.
As you’ll be able to most likely see from the above image, the X13 doesn’t seem like your typical gaming rig. It’s the kind of factor I wouldn’t be shocked to see somebody whip out in a category or a gathering. Portability is a theme right here: Asus says you’ll stand up to 10 hours of video playback on a cost and that the 100-watt USB-C charger delivers 50 p.c in half-hour. You can select between a 120Hz FHD contact show or a 3840 x 2400 contact show. Either means, you get a 16: 10 side ratio with additional vertical house for multitasking.
All of that sounds good sufficient, however the insides are the place issues get complicated. The Flow X13 consists of as much as AMD’s Ryzen 9 5980HS, one of many flagships in its new Ryzen 5000 cell collection. That is sensible for a gaming laptop computer. You’d assume that must be paired with a fairly highly effective GPU — however as an alternative, Asus went with the entry-level GeForce GTX 1650, which simply looks like a waste of the 5980HS’s energy. Similar combos have been tried earlier than: check out Verge author Cameron Faulkner’s evaluate of Lenovo’s IdeaPad Gaming 3, which additionally tried to pair the GTX 1650 with an H-series processor to disappointing outcomes.
Now, for an everyday work laptop computer that may sometimes be used to edit some images, that mixture makes loads of sense. But in the event you’re buying the X13 anticipating unimaginable body charges, you could find yourself disenchanted. (Of course, I’ll must run video games on the factor myself earlier than making a suggestion both means.)
The means Asus is attempting to get round that is it’s bundling the Flow X13 with an exterior GPU known as the ROG XG Mobile. This can embrace as much as Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics, and Asus says it’ll ship desktop gaming efficiency to the X13. It acts as an influence adapter as properly. Fair sufficient. But with the bundle of the X13 and the XG Mobile, you’re taking a look at a value of $2,999.99. Yeesh.
You can preorder the Flow X13 and XG Mobile now on the Asus retailer.
Another headliner (which is probably a bit extra sensible) is the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE. This is a refresh to the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, which has two screens — the common one (a 15.6-inch, 4K, 120Hz panel or a 300Hz FHD panel) and the ScreenPad Plus (a 14.1-inch contact show that’s constructed into the highest half of the keyboard deck — select 3840 x 1100 or 1920 x 550 decision).
The type issue implies that, in principle, you possibly can run a sport on the highest display with a Spotify playlist or Discord chat on the underside display, although my expertise with the earlier Zephyrus Duo 15 is that your mileage on that varies by sport. Perhaps extra promising is that Asus says it’s working with sport builders and firms like Adobe to customise content material for the dual-screen setup.
The important replace is that the brand new Duo 15 comes with as much as an eight-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. There’s a brand new “Arc Flow” fan design, which Asus says can assist dissipate “as much as 165W of mixed processor energy.” You’ll additionally stand up to 2TB of storage and as much as 32GB of mixed onboard and SO-DIMM reminiscence.
You can preorder the Zephyrus Duo 15 SE now on the Asus retailer for $2,899.99. (Yes, it’s cheaper than the Flow X13 bundle.)
Finally, there are two huge additions to the esports aspect: the Strix Scar 15 and Strix Scar 17. Both fashions have an optical-mechanical keyboard, the primary one ever to look on a Scar mannequin. They’ve additionally gotten the next screen-to-body ratio (as much as 85 p.c), an even bigger battery, an up to date cooling system, help for Type-C charging, and quad audio system with Dolby Atmos expertise. The Scar 17 now presents a 360Hz panel possibility, the quickest show you may get on a laptop computer. And each fashions embrace the brand new Ryzen and Nvidia chips, as much as a Ryzen 9 5900HX and a GeForce RTX 3080.
The Strix Scar 15 and Strix Scar 17 are coming to North America in Q1 2021.
Asus additionally introduced the Strix G15 and Strix 17, lower-key Strix fashions for players who aren’t critical esports gamers. These may also include a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor however max out at a GeForce RTX 3070 and a 300Hz display. The G15 is coming to North America in Q1 2021; the G17 is up for preorder now for $1,799.99.
These fashions be part of a giant wave of gaming laptops which have been introduced at this time, following AMD’s launch of its Ryzen 5000 processors and Nvidia’s launch of its RTX 3000 GPUs. Razer, Gigabyte, Acer, and extra have unveiled new fashions.