Today, we’re going to be looking at Asus product releases. Asus hosted two virtual live streams for their ROG, TUF, and Consumer/Business product lines. There is a lot to cover, so let’s get started with ROG product announcements ranging from Monitors, Keyboards, Mice, and much more.
Peripheral Partnership with Aim labs
This year, ROG is teaming up with Aim Labs to create new peripherals that promote e-sports gaming. This starts with the ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition gaming mouse and ROG Hone Ace Aim Lab edition gaming mouse pad. The mice weigh only 54 grams and include integration with Aim Labs Settings Optimiser to find the optimal DPI, angle tuning, and lift-off distance. The mice feature the AimPoint optical sensor, going up to 36,000 DPI.
In addition, ROG has announced the ROG Azoth. This wireless 75% gaming keyboard features an OLED Panel on the top right of the keyboard that shows various statistics ranging from keyboard status, connection mode, and custom animations. It features ROG NX mechanical switches that are hot-swappable. The keyboard includes a lubing starter kit for DIY enthusiasts in addition to PBT keycaps.
ROG has also announced the ROG Raikiri Pro PC controller and the Destrier Ergo gaming chair.
540Hz display and OLED Monitors
Regarding monitor launches, ROG has announced the world’s first 540hz gaming display with the ROG Swift Pro PG248QP. Asus has integrated an entirely new AU Optronics TN panel technology on this 24-inch monitor to achieve these refresh rates. The monitor features G-Sync and Nvidia Reflex Analyser.
In addition, ROG has launched the ROG Swift OLED PG27AQD(PG27 and PG24). This 27 inch 1440p monitor features a high refresh rate of 240Hz, HDR technology up to 1000 nits, and 99% DCI-P3 coverage. Both of these monitors will be available in Q1 and Q2 2023 respectively.
Networking and Wifi 7(802.11be)
Now let’s look at Networking. With the introduction of Wifi-7(802.11be), ROG debuts the Quad Band ROG Rapture GTBE98 gaming router. Wifi 7 supports up to 320Mhz channels in the 6Ghz bands, doubling the throughput of Wifi 6 and increasing peak data rates by up to 20%
Desktops and Laptops
Moving on to gaming desktops, ROG announced their most compact desktop yet, ROG G22. The G22 is nearly 40% smaller than the G21 at only 10L in volume. It features up to an i9-13900Kf and an undisclosed Nvidia 40 series graphics card in a screwless design that’s easy to maintain.
ROG has been known for making a huge quantity of gaming laptops, and this year is no exception. These laptops feature 40 series laptop GPUs based on the Ada Lovelace architecture and up to 13th gen Intel Core i9 processors or Zen 4 processors from AMD. These laptop series include the Flow, Zephyrus, Strix, and Scar series. Unfortunately, covering these individual products in more depth would be highly time-consuming. As a result, the link will be provided to Asus’s stream and Techpowerup’s coverage of this. Here are some images from Asus’ stream :
Now, let’s focus on the Asus consumer and workstation product releases.
First to be brought to the presentation is the new 2023 Expertbook B9 for business users. The presentation was rather heavy on the considerations of the environment. It touts a refreshed cooler design, chassis, and even lower weight.
Asus decided to also expand its Chromebook lineup with the new Vibe CX34. This laptop is optimized for cloud gaming and productivity with a 144Hz screen and RGB keyboard.
This year, ASUS partnered with PANTONE for the ProArt Creator Hub, allowing users to access the libraries with their laptops alone. This is paired with new lenticular lens displays on upcoming laptops for a 3D-like display with Spatial Vision.
The ProArt Studiobook 16 and Vivobook Pro 16X were also revealed here with options for both Intel 13th gen mobile CPUs and Ryzen 7000 mobile CPUs.
The Studiobook 16 has a top-end configuration with the i9-13980HX and RTX 4070 mobile. It can also be configured to have 8 TB of storage and 64 GB of RAM, making it more of a true workstation than a laptop. All laptops will now begin to use liquid metal as thermal transfer material rather than normal thermal paste. We hope to be able to test the performance of the LM compared to thermal paste, considering what has happened with other ASUS laptops utilizing LM.
The PD5 Workstation was also revealed today with support for i9 desktop CPUs, RTX 4000 GPUs, or the RTX A4000.
Some ProArt displays were also revealed today.
In the same presentation, ASUS mentions that they will now be selling a ProArt backpack, with little more context
The Vivobook Pro 16X was also released today, as a less workstation-heavy alternative to the ProArt series. It has very similar specifications to the highest end Studiobook
Three variants of Zenbook were launched today. The Pro 14, 14X, and Pro 16X. All are OLED variants. The 16X has a top specification of an i9-13905H and RTX 4080 mobile.
The Pro 14 is a smaller version of the Pro 16X with a lower top specification and associated TDPs.
Finally, the 14X was revealed as having a top specification of an i9-13900H and an RTX 3050 mobile.
Asus Mini PCs are up to 80% smaller than conventional desktops. Asus is releasing the ExpertCenter PN and PB series for small/medium sized institutions and the education sector. Little was announced specification wise. It will support Windows, Linux and ChromeOS.
In addition, the Chromebox 5 was announced, in edition to two models : ExpertCenter PN42 and PN64-E1. It supports up to 15W Qi wireless charging.
TUF series Gaming Laptops + All AMD Gaming Laptop(A16)
Asus has refined the TUF gaming family. The TUF gaming F15 and F17 feature up to a i9-13900H processor(ironically) while the A15/A17 feature up to a Zen 4 Ryzen 9 processor from AMD. Both will feature up to a Nvidia RTX 4070 Laptop GPU.
In addition, Asus has revealed an all AMD gaming laptop, the A16. Featuring up to a Zen 4 Ryzen 9 processor and RDNA3 Mobile Graphics(Up to RX7700S) AMD SAM will be integrated. This 1440p 240hz panel will integrate Freesync Premium and shrunken bezels to achieve a 90% screen-to-body ratio.
The link to the original ASUS live stream for consumers and businesses is here.
So far, Asus has not revealed pricing for any of its products.