Asus’s newest gaming laptop is unfathomably slim. It’s called the ROG Zephyrus (for the Greek god of the west wind), and it’s just as light as air. We first saw it at Nvidia’s press event at Computex in Taipei.
The Asus laptop is one of the first to use Nvidia’s Max-Q technology, which allows for efficient, quiet, super-slim laptops. Specifically, it measures 0.7-inches at its thickest point. Perhaps the coolest part is the bottom, which, when the laptop is open, lifts out to reveal an exhaust port. Asus calls it the ROG Active Aerodynaaic System It reverts back into the PC when closed for easy storage. It’s easily one of the most beautiful gaming machines I’ve ever seen.
Its keyboard is front loaded, and it has a trick we’ve seen on some MSI laptops of late: the touchpad also doubles as a touch-sensitive number pad. It’s a neat trick that saves some space. The keyboard is RGB backlit with the QWER and WASD keys in separate clusters.
Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang showed it running the first ever demo of Project Cars 2 on the laptop’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU. At Intel’s press conference, Asus chairman Jonney Shih announced that it has an Intel Core i7-H series processor. Otherwise, we don’t have any other specs, but we expect to see more at Asus’ own ROG-centric Computex press conference.
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