ASUS ROG Intros New Laptops and Gaming Gear at its Virtual Launch Event Called “For Those Who Dare: Transcendence

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) showcased a wide range of new and exclusive performance-centric products at its virtual launch event, “For Those Who Dare: Transcendence,” for CES 2024. This latest suite of gaming solutions, designed for both home and mobile gaming, features incredibly fast and visually impressive displays, along with laptops boasting remarkable speed and top-tier graphics.

The ROG Strix line has been updated, with both the SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 now equipped with Nebula HDR panels with Mini LED backlights and over 2,000 dimming zones. This is the first time a Nebula HDR display has been offered in an 18-inch form factor. This innovative new Strix SCAR 18 is now accessible in the UAE, inviting adventurous individuals to transform their gaming and creative experiences.

Audiences can embark on an immersive exploration into the advanced realm of gaming with ROG’s unparalleled array of top-notch products. With the new Advanced Back to the Future (BTF) ecosystem, ROG is assisting in minimizing visible cable clutter in DIY builds. From the performance-oriented ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF motherboard, which features hidden connectors for ultimate cable management, to the revolutionary ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 BTF Edition graphics card, every detail is meticulously crafted for an exceptional gaming experience.

The ROG Zephyrus G14 and G16 laptops redefine portable gaming with powerful internals and stunning displays. Gamers can dive into the unmatched performance of the ROG Strix SCAR 18 laptop, engineered for esports enthusiasts seeking peak performance. These new gaming laptops offer unparalleled power with up to the Intel Core Ultra 9 processor and the flagship NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU.

In the wake of the recent agreement between ASUS and Intel to acquire Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) business, ROG has launched the first-ever ROG NUC — the compact yet powerful PC codenamed Scorpion Canyon. This ultra-small gaming marvel, powered by Intel Core Ultra processors and NVIDIA RTX graphics, provides a versatile gaming solution.

The event also featured the ROG Hyperion GR701 BTF Edition chassis, the ROG Swift OLED PG39WCDM monitor, the ROG Aura Monitor Light Bar and ROG Ergo Monitor Arm for setup enhancements, the ROG Carnyx microphone for capturing sound with precision, the ROG Keris II Ace mouse with the ROG Polling Rate Booster, the ROG Cetra True Wireless SpeedNova headphones, the ROG Falchion RX Low Profile keyboard, and many more.

The newly introduced ROG Zephyrus G14 and G16 gaming laptops are revolutionizing the gaming sector with a plethora of remarkable features. The redesigned premium aluminium chassis, available in Eclipse Gray and Platinum White, is not only lightweight but also sturdy – the G14 is just 1.59 cm thin and weighs 1.5 kg, while the G16, being only 1.49 cm thin, weighs a mere 1.85 kg. A unique Slash Lighting LED bar on the chassis continues and enhances the popular customisation options of the previous generation.

These are also the first laptops to feature ROG Nebula Display OLED panels. The Zephyrus G14 showcases a 3K 120 Hz panel, and the Zephyrus G16 comes with a 2.5K 240 Hz display, both with a 16:10 aspect ratio, VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification, and an impressive 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Hi-Res Audio and Dolby Atmos technology enhance audio quality, complemented by built-in HD cameras for uninterrupted communication.

Designed with gamers, creators, and designers in mind, the Zephyrus Series includes the G14 with an AMD Ryzen 9 8940H processor and the G16 with up to an Intel Core Ultra 9 processor 185H. Both laptops are equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs and feature a variety of powerful ROG Intelligent Cooling solutions for peak performance.

With the upgraded Zephyrus Series, ROG takes portable gaming to a new height, seamlessly integrating technology, performance, and aesthetics for an unrivalled gaming experience. Whether you’re a gamer, creative professional, or design enthusiast, the Zephyrus series empowers you to elevate your gaming experience.

ROG, the pioneer of cutting-edge gaming technology, introduces the revolutionary SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 laptops, setting new standards in gaming excellence. Fueled by the Intel Core i9 processor 14900HX and featuring an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 laptop GPU, these laptops redefine performance. The thermal design, incorporating Conductonaut Extreme liquid metal, Tri-Fan technology, and full-surround vents, ensures optimal cooling.

The Mini LED 2.5K (2560×1600) 240Hz ROG Nebula HDR displays, including the first-ever 18-inch Mini LED display, achieve up to a 90% screen-to-body ratio. Coupled with quad-speaker Dolby Atmos audio, these laptops deliver an immersive gaming experience. Additional features include a gamer-friendly keyboard, Thunderbolt 4, 2.5 Gbps LAN, WiFi 6E, and a 90 Wh battery with 100 W USB-C charging. The meticulously designed metal chassis proudly showcases the iconic RGB ROG logo and introduces a striking new ROG slash design.

The ROG Strix G16 and G18 laptops provide a robust gaming experience, featuring the Intel Core i9 processor 14900HX and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 laptop GPU. With Conductonaut Extreme liquid metal, Tri-Fan technology, and full-surround vents for efficient cooling, these laptops deliver exceptional performance.

Boasting 16-inch and 18-inch 2.5K (2560×1600) 240Hz ROG Nebula displays with Dolby Vision HDR, these laptops offer immersive visuals. Paired with Dolby Atmos audio technology, they ensure a superior audiovisual experience. Gamer-friendly features include a wide touchpad, large arrow keys, Thunderbolt 4 support, a per-key RGB keyboard, 1Gbps LAN, WiFi 6E, and a 720p HD camera for seamless connectivity. The high-capacity 90 Wh battery and 100 W USB-C charging ensure uninterrupted gaming on the go. The Volt Green and Eclipse Gray versions showcase meticulously designed metal chassis with distinct RGB ROG logos and new ROG slash patterns.

In the realm of small form factor PCs, ASUS introduces the groundbreaking ROG NUC, codenamed Scorpion Canyon, a compact gaming powerhouse that redefines gaming on the go. Featuring Intel Core Ultra 7 or Core Ultra 9 processors, the Performance Hybrid Architecture ensures seamless multitasking, while NVIDIA RTX 4060 or RTX 4070 Discrete Graphics promise stunning visuals.

The tool-less chassis design allows for easy integration in under 10 minutes, with dimensions of 270 x 180 x 50 mm for uncompromised gaming in a minimalistic form factor. The ROG NUC pairs seamlessly with the ROG Raikiri PRO controller, offering a redefined gaming interaction. ARGB lighting and the ROG Armory Crate app enable users to create stunning light shows.

Connectivity features include HDMI 2.1a, DisplayPort 1.4, Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 Type-C, USB 3.2 Gen 2, USB 2.0, and Intel Killer WiFi 6E AX1690i. Compatible with both Microsoft Windows 11 and Linux distros, the ROG NUC exemplifies ASUS’ commitment to innovation and gaming excellence, ushering in a new era in NUC gaming. The ROG NUC empowers gamers to choose how, where, and in what style they want to game, setting the stage for a robust series of gaming NUCs and heralding a new epoch of gaming excellence.

The ROG Swift OLED PG39WCDM is a significant leap forward in immersive gaming technology. This 39-inch ultrawide (3440 x 1440) 240 Hz 800R curved OLED gaming monitor reflects our unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of gaming display technology. Complementing this, the ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDP stands out as the world’s first dual-mode gaming monitor, equipped with a Frame Rate Boost feature allowing users to seamlessly switch between 4K 240 Hz and FHD 480 Hz at will. Completing the remarkable lineup is the ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDP, the world’s fastest 480Hz OLED gaming monitor.

Featuring third-gen ROG OLED technology, META technology, and ELMB technology, these new Swift displays offer a 30% increase in peak brightness and a 20% improvement in viewing angle compared to their predecessors. The custom heatsink not only reduces operating temperatures but also guards against burn-in, ensuring the OLED display’s longevity. With a peak brightness of 1300 nits and DisplayHDR True Black 400 compliance, the ROG Swift OLED provides stunning visuals for an unparalleled gaming experience. A remarkable 0.03 ms response time, coupled with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance, guarantees smooth, tear-free visuals with minimal latency. Exclusive Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) technology further enhances motion clarity in fast-paced games.

The ROG Swift OLED PG39WCDM, featuring a built-in Smart KVM, allows users to effortlessly control two devices with a keyboard and mouse. With USB 3.2 connectivity for rapid file transfers and versatile options such as DisplayPort, HDMI (v2.1), and USB-C with 90 W Power Delivery, the ROG Swift OLED becomes a central hub for gaming setups. The monitor also includes the ROG VESA wall-mount kit for convenient wall or partition mounting. Boasting an 800R panel curvature, the ROG Swift OLED stands out as the most curved monitor available, providing an exceptionally immersive gaming experience.

All three models come equipped with ROG Gaming Artificial Intelligence technology, featuring Dynamic shadow boost, Dynamic cross-hair, Variable Overdrive 2.0, and Dynamic GameVisual to enhance the gaming experience. As part of the gaming revolution, ROG introduces two groundbreaking monitor accessories. The ROG Aura Monitor Light Bar ALB01, a CES 2024 Innovation Award winner, offers three modes for eye care, Aura Sync setup, and immersive viewing. Accommodating both curved and flat monitors, it supports personalized adjustments in colour temperature and brightness, seamlessly integrating into gaming setups with AURA Sync and ASUS DisplayWidget Center software.

The ROG Ergo Monitor Arm AAS01 supports monitors up to 39 inches and beyond, with a maximum recommended weight of 11.5 kg. Featuring double-sided cable management and a cyberpunk-inspired design with VESA support, the Ergo Monitor Arm provides a clutter-free, customizable setup. The mechanical spring arm mechanism allows smooth, effortless adjustments through a wide range of movements: 75° up and 15° down and a full 360° pivot. Stringent durability tests, including a 10,000-cycle range-of-motion test, ensure reliability. Together, these accessories elevate the latest ROG OLED monitors, seamlessly blending aesthetics and functionality for the ultimate gaming space upgrade.

ASUS has also launched the revolutionary BTF (Behind-The-Frame) hidden-connector solution, ushering in a new era for DIY PC builders focused on aesthetics and cleanliness. This innovative approach transcends conventional PC assembly methods by minimizing the number and visibility of internal cables at the front, delivering an exceptionally clean DIY experience. The success of BTF has paved the way for the development of the ROG Advanced BTF ecosystem, featuring the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF motherboard, the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 BTF Edition graphics card, and the ROG Hyperion GR701 BTF Edition chassis.

At the forefront of the Advanced BTF ecosystem is the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF motherboard, a design pioneer with its hidden-connector layout. Concealing all connectors on the underside, this motherboard provides an unparalleled level of cable management for PC DIY enthusiasts. Innovative features include the Q-LED diagnostic display in the top right corner, offering real-time feedback on power delivery and memory module installation before boot. The PCIe Slot Q-Release Slim simplifies graphics card removal, allowing users to tilt and pull the card effortlessly for upgrades and maintenance without the need for button presses. The graphics card high-power slot caters to compatibility with the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 BTF Edition, utilizing the PCIe high-power connector.

The ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 BTF Edition graphics card retains the powerful features of the standard model while introducing a PCIe high-power connector, eliminating the need for visible 8-pin or 16-pin power cables. This innovative design streamlines cable routing and reduces exposed wires, with added support in the Advanced BTF structure preventing sag and ensuring both aesthetic appeal and structural integrity. Completing the Advanced BTF ecosystem is the ROG Hyperion GR701 BTF Edition chassis, designed for seamless cable management that complements the hidden-connector solution.

The ROG BTF ecosystem not only enhances ROG aesthetics but also integrates engineering innovations for a smoother, faster, and cleaner PC DIY experience. The ROG Advanced BTF ecosystem is set to unlock new possibilities for PC DIY building, combining innovation, aesthetics, and functionality into a cohesive package. With groundbreaking features in each component, ASUS continues to push the boundaries of DIY PC building, providing users with an elevated and gratifying experience.

ROG has also unveiled a comprehensive array of cutting-edge gaming accessories, empowering gamers to elevate their gaming experiences. The revolutionary ROG Carnyx microphone, meticulously crafted for studio-quality recording, boasts a sizable 25 mm condenser capsule and a 192 kHz / 24-bit sampling rate, delivering detailed, vibrant sound. Featuring a cardioid polar pattern for solo recording, the Carnyx incorporates a high-pass filter, built-in pop filter, and a premium metal shock mount to ensure clarity and smoothness even in intense gaming sessions with background noises. The intuitive multi-functional control knob, one-touch mute button, and Aura Sync RGB lighting make the Carnyx an ideal companion for streaming.

Adding to the lineup is the ROG Keris II Ace, the latest addition to the Ace Esports Lineup. Weighing a mere 54 grams and designed with an ergonomic shape for prolonged gripping, this mouse is a dream for FPS enthusiasts. Equipped with ROG SpeedNova wireless technology, it guarantees the lowest latency even in crowded wireless environments. The ROG AimPoint Pro optical sensor and the durable 100M ROG Optical Micro Switch excel in both precision and durability. The ROG Polling Rate Booster, a stand-alone device, supports wireless polling rates up to 4000 Hz and wired rates up to 8000 Hz, minimizing cursor delay to ensure precise execution of in-game actions.

The ROG Falchion RX Low Profile keyboard, recognized with a CES 2023 Innovation Award, is an evolution of the groundbreaking Falchion, introducing the ROG RX Low-Profile Switches. The RX Red Low-Profile provides a silky-smooth linear feel, while the RX Blue Low-Profile delivers a satisfying clicky sensation. With a compact design, minimalist aesthetics, and unique features like a multi-functional touch panel, ROG SpeedNova wireless technology, and the ROG Omni Receiver, this keyboard redefines on-the-go gaming for both gamers and everyday users.

Experience synchronized sound with the ROG Cetra True Wireless SpeedNova headphones, featuring dual-mode 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for unparalleled adaptability. Powered by ROG SpeedNova wireless technology, they offer ultra-low latency, robust wireless connection, and optimized power usage. Boasting high-resolution 24-bit 96 kHz audio and lifelike details enhanced by Dirac Opteo, the headphones ensure clear communication with bone-conduction AI microphones. Adaptive ANC with Auto mode optimizes noise cancellation, and the headphones offer up to 46 hours of battery life, wireless charging, quick in-case charging, and customizable ASUS Aura RGB lighting for a stylish touch.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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