Asus is betting big on India and its growing obsession with gaming, especially since the launch of battle royale phenomenon PUBG. The Taiwanese tech giant today expands its ROG lineup with the launch of six new gaming laptops, sporting the latest 9th-gen Intel processor, RTX graphics cards and up to 240Hz screens.
The new ROG gaming laptops launched today include ROG Strix G531/G731, ROG Strix Scar III, ROG Zephyrus M GU502, ROG Zephyrus S GX531, ROG Zephyrus GX701, and ROG G703. So, let’s take a look at the specs and price tag of each of the following:
ROG Strix G531/G731
Starting off with the entry-level segment, the Asus ROG Strix G531 offers users up to a 120Hz display – with 3ms response time, smaller bezels, and an 81.5% screen-to-body ratio. It’s powered by up to 9th-Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processors, clocks as high as 4.5GHz, and coupled with up to 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, 1TB of HDD, and 1TB PCIe SSD.
The Strix lineup now has a new wraparound light bar illuminates the outer edge of the chassis, RangeBoost to evaluate Wi-FI signal strength and improve range by up to 30%, and N-key rollover, dedicated hotkeys, and intelligent cooling in tow as well.
ROG Strix Scar III
The popular ROG Strix Scar gaming laptop has gotten a major refresh this time around, which I believe was long due and you are going to appreciate it. The biggest upgrade is certainly the display onboard, which is now a 15.6-inch FullHD panel with 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.
This laptop is powered by up to 9th-gen Intel Core i9 processors, coupled with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB NVMe PCIe drive (it includes a 2.5-inch drive bay for storage expansion as well). You can also get either a backlit per-key RGB variant or 4-zone RGB variant for this laptop.
There’s a new addition in tow here called Keystone and it’s surely a cool feature. Asus offers a physical key with this laptop that can store your game settings, preferences & unlock access to a shadow drive where you can hide documents and more.
ROG Zephyrus M
The Zephyrus M can be called the productivity-cum-gaming beast because it does have some quirks of a typical gaming laptop but is not all out crazy. It’s the most lightweight gaming in the Asus ROG lineup, weighing just under 2 kilograms, and I believe it would surely be my favorite of the lot here.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M features a 15.6-inch Full-HD IPS display, with 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. The best thing about this display, however, is that it’s PANTONE calibrated and supports 100% sRGB. It would be great for light photo or video editing on the move.
It is powered by up to Intel 9th-Gen Core i7 processor, coupled with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti GPU, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD (one empty slot available). ROG Zephyrus M offers a backlit chiclet RGB keyboard that comes with N-key rollover and Aura Sync. There’s ESS Sabre HiFi audio support onboard, coupled with the company’s intelligent cooling system and the ability to charge the laptop via the USB-C port.
ROG Zephyrus S GX531
While the Zephyrus M is the lightest gaming laptop in this lineup, the Zephyrus S is the slimmest laptop among the lot. It measures just 15.35mm at its slimmest point, which certainly sounds impressive for a gaming laptop. Asus has gone all out with this laptop, packing a 15.6-inch Full-HD display with a 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. It’s also PANTONE calibrated and can be used for editing purposes as well.
This gaming laptop is powered by the Intel Core i7-9750H processor and packs MaxQ design-based NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU. This is coupled with up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM and 1TB of PCIe 3.0 storage. Asus has packed in this laptop their new “Active Aerodynamic” cooling system, which employs dual 12V anti-dust cooling fans, alongwith 5 heat pipes and 4 heat sinks.
ROG Zephyrus S GX701
This is merely a spec refresh of the Zephyrus gaming laptop that we recently reviewed. This is the biggest among the Zephyrus lineup but features a 17.3-inch Full-HD IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB support packed in the chassis of a standard 15-inch laptop.
It’s powered by a 9th-Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor, coupled with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Max-Q design) and up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and 1TB of NVMe PCIe SSD storage. There’s per-key RGB backlighting and RGB ROG logo, which add to the looks of this laptop. The Active Aerodynamic (AAS) cooling system has been carried over to this model as well.
Finally, let’s talk about this big boy. Asus plans to bring the Mothership (I hope you all remember this) later this year but if you’re looking for some raw gaming power in the market right now, well, ROG G703 should be your pick.
This laptop sports a massive 17.3-inch Full-HD IPS LED anti-glare backlit display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response rate. It’s powered by the 9th-Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK processor, paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and 32GB DDR4 memory. However, there’s an important change that Asus has made here to make this laptop even more powerful.
Both the CPU and GPU onboard are overclocked up to 4.8GHz and 1855MHz respectively, which should offer you an enhanced gaming experience.
The company has also added an RGB backlit chiclet keyboard with a full-size numpad. I, however, would point out that Asus HyperDrive Extreme storage technology in tow here sounds the most exciting to me. It combines up to 3 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, providing G703 with the world’s fastest RAID 0 storage configuration and helps avoid bottlenecks.
Pricing and Availability
I know you have all been waiting to know the pricing of each of the ROG gaming laptop listed above, especially the Scar III right? Well, you find the price list for each of these models right here:
|Asus ROG Laptop Model||Price|
|ROG Strix G531||starts at Rs 80,000|
|ROG Strix Scar III||starts at Rs 1,65,000|
|ROG Zephyrus M||Rs 1,50,000|
|ROG Zephyrus S||Rs 2,50,000|
|ROG Zephyrus||Rs 3,00,000|
|ROG G703||Rs 4,00,000|
The uber-bulky yet super powerful ROG G703 has been priced at Rs 4,00,000 and well, let’s hope it justifies the price. What are your thoughts on the same? Let us know in the comments section down below.