IFA is underway and going full throttle right now but as you already know (or now you know), we sneak-peeked into the Asus HQ in Taipei to preview the next-gen ROG and ZenBook laptops before they debut at Gamescom 2018 and IFA 2018.
Asus showcased its next-gen ZenBooks for the normies and its ROG gaming laptops for the daring gamers, one of them which included the world's slimmest gaming laptop - The ROG Zephyrus S.
So, instead of Googling and getting all confused amongst what is what, we’ve rounded a list with everything you need to know what Asus has in store this year. Trust us, it’s worth the scroll.
For the gamers
1) For those who dare
Attention gamers! There are new gaming rigs you can splurge your hard-earned cash on.
First off, there’s a new fitness champ in town that claims to be the slimmest gaming laptop in the world with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q tech - The ROG Zephyrus S. It’s not only super-slim and light but also shaves off annoying bezels to a minimum. The laptop remains stress-free thanks to its Active Aerodynamic System.
No word on better battery life, but we’re hoping it runs unplugged for over two hours with casual usage. Not forgetting those super heavy power bricks we’ve got to carry along with it.
2) Fortnite anyone?
Next up in the ROG line-up is the Strix Scar II. This one’s built to please FPS gamers who spend their nights playing Fortnite or PUBG. It cruises on a 144Hz refresh rate and a 3ms response time so you don’t miss those perfect headshots. It also fits in Asus’ RangeBoost tech for 30% wider Wi-Fi coverage so you don’t curse at the laptop when you decide to play in the attic.
Speaking of dark attics, you can turn on its signature Aura lighting on the ROG logo and lightening bar to set the mood.
3) Gamer on a budget
Your pocket has gone sore after a long gadget shopping spree but you’re falling short to buy an able gaming laptop? Worry not. Asus has kept people like you in mind. Meet the Asus TUF FX505 and FX705, made for rookie gamers on a budget wanting to roughen up their gaming skills by a notch.
It’s military grade certified so there’s no reason for you call it flimsy or weak because of its not-so-expensive price tag.
It’s not only cheaper than the rest in this line-up but it’s packed with beastly innards to give you the ultimate gaming experience. Like what? You ask? It’s got an 8th Intel i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD and a slick 144Hz refresh rate with super thin bezels. Hpmh. And you thought it’s cheap-looking.
For the normies
4) Feel at Zen
Asus always prioritized its compact modernist design without compromising on performance and feel. The new-gen ZenBook (13, 14 and 15in) arrive with an Ultra HD Nanoedge display in a smaller footprint, making it an ideal machine to travel and work with. Scan your mug using its 3D IR camera and tap a button to turn on the LED NumberPad to calculate some quick math.
Fact: The ZenBook 13 is smaller than an A4 sheet of paper and weighs just about a kilogram.
5) Happy Flippers
Asus’ newest ZenBook 13 and 15in flippers (UX362) arrive with slimmer bezels and have a smaller footprint to lighten backpacks. The 360 degree ErgoLife hinge lifts up to ease typing emails, turn it around into tablet mode and explore your creativity using its stylus. It’s also got an UHD display for crisper Netflixing during your commutes, a touchable LED NumberPad to ease data calculations on Excel and a facial scanning camera for quicker unlocking and mixed reality sessions.
What else should I know?
If you didn’t already know, Asus has already launched a couple of drool-worthy laptops some time last week. Out of which, one is the multi-screened ZenBook Pro that’s packed with beastly specs and flaunts a multifunctional ScreenPad on its traditional trackpad to boost productivity. It might just be a perfect MacBook Pro alternative.
Asus also launched a not-that-expensive ZenBook 13 and a super-portable ZenBook S that shows off its ErgoLift hinge for maximum cooling, better audio and typing comfort.