Asus has unveiled its new lineup of ROG Zephyrus gaming laptops at CES 2024, featuring OLED displays, a light strip, and improved performance. The Zephyrus G14 and G16 models get a makeover with a new design and color scheme, while the ROG Strix and Strix Scar models get upgraded with the latest hardware.
Zephyrus G14 and G16: A touch of elegance
The Zephyrus G14 and G16 are the flagship models of the ROG Zephyrus series, offering a balance of portability and power. The G14 has a 14-inch display, while the G16 has a 16-inch display, both with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a refresh rate of 165 Hz. The displays are also OLED, which means they have deeper blacks, richer colors, and higher contrast than LCD screens.
The most noticeable feature of the G14 and G16 is the light strip that runs along the front edge of the laptop. The light strip can be customized with different colors and effects, creating a unique and stylish look. The light strip also syncs with the AniMe Matrix LED panel on the lid of the G14, which can display animations, notifications, and other information.
The G14 and G16 are powered by the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS processor and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, which can handle any game or task with ease. The laptops also have up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of SSD storage. The battery life is rated at up to 10 hours for the G14 and up to 8 hours for the G16, which is impressive for gaming laptops.
They also have a range of ports and connectivity options, including HDMI 2.0, USB-C, USB-A, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1. The laptops also have a fingerprint scanner, a webcam, and a backlit keyboard. The G14 weighs 1.7 kg and the G16 weighs 2.0 kg, making them relatively light and thin for gaming laptops.
ROG Strix and Strix Scar: A boost of performance
The ROG Strix and Strix Scar models are the more conventional gaming laptops from Asus, focusing on raw performance and cooling. The Strix models have a 15.6-inch display, while the Strix Scar models have a 17.3-inch display, both with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a refresh rate of 300 Hz. The displays are also compatible with Nvidia G-Sync, which eliminates screen tearing and stuttering.
These models are equipped with the Intel Core i9-11900H processor and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, which are the top-of-the-line components for gaming laptops. The laptops also have up to 64 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of SSD storage. The battery life is rated at up to 5 hours for the Strix and up to 4 hours for the Strix Scar, which is decent for gaming laptops.
They have a robust cooling system, featuring liquid metal thermal compound, dual fans, and multiple heat pipes. The laptops also have a dedicated turbo mode, which boosts the fan speed and performance at the cost of noise and battery life. The laptops also have a range of ports and connectivity options, including HDMI 2.1, USB-C, USB-A, Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1. The laptops also have a webcam, a backlit keyboard, and a customizable RGB lighting system.
The Strix models weigh 2.3 kg and the Strix Scar models weigh 2.7 kg, making them heavier and thicker than the Zephyrus models. However, they also offer more power and durability for hardcore gamers.
Asus’ new ROG Zephyrus laptops are a great choice for gamers who want a sleek and elegant design, an OLED display, and a light strip. The Zephyrus G14 and G16 models are ideal for gamers who value portability and battery life, while the ROG Strix and Strix Scar models are ideal for gamers who value performance and cooling. The laptops are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2024, with prices ranging from $1,499 to $2,999.