Asus is adding a new line of gaming PCs, motherboards and graphics cards to its Republic of Gamers line. That includes a new 15.6 inch gaming laptop that measures just 0.75 inches thick and weighs 4.85 pounds and a tiny gaming desktop that takes up about 2.5 liters of space.
ROG GX500 gaming laptop
It’s hard to make a notebook with a 15.6 inch display truly compact, but that hasn’t stopped Asus from trying. At less than 5 pounds, the ROG GX500 weighs even less than the new Asus Zenbook NX500, even though the gaming laptop has a similar high-resolution display and even more powerful discrete graphics than the Zenbook.
The ROG GX500 sports a 3840 x 2160 pixel display with 280 pixels per inch. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GTX 860M graphics.
ROG GR8 desktop
Asus calls this little desktop a “console gaming PC,” which is apparently what the company plans to call its upcoming Steam Machines systems.
The little desktop isn’t as powerful as the company’s new G20 gaming desktop, but it’s compatible with Valve’s SteamOS operating system and the Steam Controller.
Other features include an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti graphics and support for Gigabit Ethernet, Miracast wireless display, and 4K Ultra HD video output.
Pricing and launch dates for the new ROG gaming laptops and desktop haven’t been announced… but since Valve says the first Steam Machines aren’t expected to launch until 2015, it may be a while before the GR8 system hits the streets (unless Asus plans to launch it as a Windows gaming desktop first).