At this year’s CES, ASUS showcased a plethora of products on the show floor and here’s a brief summary of what they premiered this time.
ASUS StudioBook S (W700)
As the name suggests, it is a beefy laptop that is made for content creators that prefer to work outside. The StudioBook S features a 17-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio that is PANTONE validated with 97% of DCI-P3 colour space. The laptop can fit an Intel Xeon or Intel Core i7 processor along with NVIDIA Quadro P3200 graphics. According to ASUS, the device can also fit up to 64GB of RAM. All of these power packed into an 18.4mm frame and weighing at just 2.39kgs.
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434
Another addition towards the Chromebook family, the Chromebook Flip C434 can be fitted with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and based on these specs alone, it seems like a pretty beefed up Chromebook. It also features a 14-inch display with an 87% screen-to-body ratio. With the 360-degree hinge, you can turn the laptop into a tablet or set it to Movie Mode to enjoy your favourite show.
ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100
There are a few more other Chromebook products, but this one caught our eye. The CT100 is ASUS’ first foray into a Chrome OS Tablet and it features a 9.7-inch display and it runs on a hexa-core OP1 processor with 4GB of RAM and can have up to 32GB of internal storage. The tablet is built rugged and even comes with a stylus for drawing, tracing or even browsing and can be easily slipped into the groove for safekeeping when not in use.
ASUS ZenBook 14 UX431FA/FN
The ZenBook series is a line that gets refreshed almost every year with better specs and better designs. This year is no different as they introduced the ZenBook 14 that sports a few configurations of up to an Intel Core i7-8565U processor with up to 16GB of RAM, and a myriad of storage options and powered with a NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU. It does feature a 14-inch Full HD NanoEdge display, along with a quad-speaker setup that is Harmon Kardon certified.
ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392)
The ZenBook S13 is indeed yet another ZenBook, but with a unique caveat. It features a 13.9-inch display with a 2.5mm bezel and 97% screen-to-body ratio and only 12.9mm thick. According to ASUS, it features the world’s first slimmest display bezel on a laptop and the world’s thinnest laptop that is equipped with discrete graphics. For the specs, it can be equipped with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150. The laptop is also MIL-STD-810G rated for durability and has plenty of ports to fit all your other external devices.
ASUS VivoBook 14
Aside from the VivoBook 14, the VivoBook 15 and 17 were also announced at CES2019. The VivoBook X412 features a 14-inch Full HD display with up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of HDD with a 256GB SSD. The VivoBook 14 also sports a four-sided NanoEdge display that is just 5.6mm thin and has an 87% screen-to-body ratio. For GPU options, the VivoBook 14 can be fitted with a NVIDIA GeForce MX130.
ASUS ROG MOTHERSHIP
The ROG MOTHERSHIP looks to be a device to replace laptops that are replacing desktops. Even though it is a mouthful, it is basically a laptop with modular components that can be removed. Most people have mentioned that it is similar to the Microsoft Surface, but made for gamers. It features a detachable keyboard that can be used wired or wirelessly. The keyboard is also Aura Sync capable but only when it is wired. As for the specs, this beast is equipped with an Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, up to 64GB of RAM and a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080. Yes, you heard it right, it has a RTX GPU built into the device. As for the display, you have a 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display with 144Hz of refresh rate and 3ms of response time. When using the device, it will prop up, allowing the device to draw more air and to keep it cool when you are gaming on it.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701
The ROG Zephyrus tends to be a device that is fitted with top of the line specs and is easy on the eyes. This year is no different as it is configured with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor with up to 24GB of RAM, 1TB of M.2 NVMe SSD, and you can even have an additional 512GB or 1TB SSD, and lastly, a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q design GPU. As for the display, you have a 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display with 144Hz of refresh rate, 3ms of response time, G-SYNC capable and PANTONE Validated. All of these and more packed into a laptop that weighs only 2.7 kgs.
There are also a few more other devices that were launched, but we’ll have to wait to see and try it out when it lands locally. As for the devices that were mentioned, no price or release dates were given.
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 O6G GAMING
The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 cards were shown off at CES as well, with ASUS leading the charge with a boatload of RTX 2060 cards. One of the cards announced is the ROG Strix RTX2060 O6G GAMING, and it features a 6GB GDDR6 Memory with a 192-bit memory interface. It does require an 8-pin+6-pin to power up, and on the board you have two HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4 outputs. The card sports ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting on a triple-fan setup, and with the ASUS patented Wing-blade fans that offer increased static pressure along with a higher dust resistance.
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL504GW)
Yet another laptop but from the ROG division, the popular SCAR series is getting a new member with the ROG Strix SCAR II. It comes packaged with either a Intel Core i7-8750H or an Intel Core i5-8300H, with up to 32GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD + 1TB of HDD and topped up with a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070. The display is no slouch as well, as it features a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display with 144Hz of refresh rate and 3ms of response time, perfect for the gamers that play their games on the go. The chiclet keyboard is backlit as well and ASUS Aura Sync compatible.