• Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i9-8950HK
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4
  • Storage: 2x 256GB PCIe NVMe, 1x 2TB 5,400RPM HDD
  • Input/Output: 1x Gigabit LAN, 1x HDMI, 1x mini Displayport, 1x SD reader, 1x audio/mic combo jack, 3x USB 3.1 Type A, 1x USB 3.1 Type C, 1x USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 425 x 319 x 51mm
  • Weight: 4.7kg
  • Pros:
  • Raw performance
  • 144Hz IPS display
  • Great for VR gaming
  • Cons:
  • Needs 2x 280W power bricks

A Mythical Breed

With graphics card and processor technology coming a long way from before, portable gaming is no longer a dream. You can easily find laptops that are as powerful as desktops, and it’s not surprising because hardware for laptops have reached the level of desktop systems. Before, we had underclocked processors and GPU’s all for saving battery, but now we have gaming beasts that are overclocked for the best performance possible.

The ASUS ROG G703 Chimera is definitely the latter if you’re describing what breed of laptop it is. It doesn’t care for anything else but pure performance. It has so much performance under its hood that it requires two large power adapters to run, just think about that for a second… Yes, there’s a lot of horsepower under the hood, and that’s more than apparent when we played the latest games on Ultra settings smoothly.

Per-light RGB lighting

Per-light RGB lighting

We also tested the VR performance of the G703 with the HTC Vive Pro and it performance excellently. The G703 is capable of pushing out the consistent yet high amount of frames needed to have an enjoyable VR experience. Gaming is in the G703’s blood and every part of it was built for gaming, such as a 144Hz IPS display, the NVIDIA GTX 1080, an Intel Core i9-8950HK, and 32GB of RAM. If that’s not enough for you, it also has three NVMe PCI Express SSDs configured in RAID 0 for the fastest game loads you’ll probably experience.

ther than gaming hardware, ROG also put some effort into their peripherals and it translates through their keyboard. On the keyboard, there’s AURA RGB Lighting with per-key lighting capable of syncing with all your AURA Sync compatible products. The key travel is only 2.5mm and supports N-key rollover and anti-ghosting. When the games really get going the fans do get noisy, but honestly it’s not too bad if you wear headphones.

Strong air flow keeps the laptop cool while outputting high performance

Strong air flow keeps the laptop cool while outputting high performance

But it’s not just the fans that get noisy, the speakers do as well – in a good way. The powerful quad-speaker system provides ample volume and impact for gaming. When it comes to watching movies you get nice bass, decent dialogue and volume to hear every detail.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you’re going to move from a PC to a laptop, then the ASUS ROG G703 Chimera is the machine for you, it does anything a powerful gaming PC does, but isn’t something that can be carried around.

(to be published in issue December 2018)