Asus has launched its new line of Republic of Gamers (ROG) products CES 2022, which revealed some fascinating new ideas as well as updated components for some of the existing gaming legs.
The star of the show could be the all-new ROG Flow Z13, an entirely new product in the company’s 2-in-1 portable gaming lineup. Unlike its Flow X13 sibling (which has also seen a new iteration with updated specs) the Z13 is completely detachable from its keyboard, making it much closer to stylistically Microsoft’s Surface Pro Palette.
The tablet itself is ultra-thin, measuring just 12mm, and manages to fit in some pretty absurd specs for its size – configurations are available with a 14-core Intel Core i9-12900H CPU and RTX 3050 Ti graphics card.
The 16:10 touchscreen is available in two variants, with the faster 120 Hz refresh rate option offering Full HD resolution, while the 4K option offers a slower 60 Hz rate. Both promise 500 nits of peak brightness.
Like the Flow X13, the Z13 can be paired with Asus’ external GPU product, the XG Mobile, which can now accommodate up to an RTX 3080 or the newly announced AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT.
No availability or pricing information has been disclosed for the latest Asus products, but we dare to say that the Flow Z13 will be incredibly expensive, especially when equipped and / or paired with the XG Mobile.
Two screens, one mortgage
The top of the ROG gaming laptop range from Asus can be found in the Zephyrus devices, the features of which usually surpass desktop machines and accommodate everything in a slim ultrabook design.
The Zephyrus Duo range with two screens has got a new member with the Duo 16, which is really an exercise in excess. It houses an AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX processor, up to 64 GB RAM, 4 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD storage and (of course) the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card.
The ROG ScreenPad Plus is a touchscreen that, according to Asus, offers “additional productivity space, streaming gameplay or even control of supported games”. It sits under the primary 16-inch display, tilts when the laptop lid is opened, and sits flush when it is closed.
Compared to its 15-inch predecessor, the Duo 16 is actually a bit smaller, although its larger display is less noticeable due to reduced bezels. This main display is available in two options – either the new QHD, 165 Hz ROG Nebula HDR panel with impressive contrast requirements or the “Dual Spec” panel that can switch between 4K 120 Hz or FHD 240 Hz as desired.
Many of Asus’ other announcements come in the form of updates to its existing ROG Strix and Zephyrus products, with configurations now using AMD’s 12th Radeon RX 6000S series Intel Core processors.
Some of the 2022 models feature the new Liquid Metal Conductonaut Extreme technology in conjunction with ROG Intelligent Cooling, which, according to Asus, can lower CPU temperatures by 15 ° C compared to previous thermal paste technology. Undoubtedly, this helps a lot when you are trying to pack these ultra-powerful components into lean machines.
There is no doubt that these fresh products and updated models from Asus will come at a high price, but we will have to wait for the official prices to be announced in the coming weeks to find out exactly what the damage is.