CES 2021: ASUS Announces New Gaming Laptop Lineup, External GPU Dock

ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) has unveiled its new roster of gaming laptops for the year at CES 2021. Along with several refreshed models, such as the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE and ROG Strix Scar 15 and 17, the new lineup also includes the ROG Flow X13, a brand-new laptop with an interesting design as well as its own external GPU dock called the ROG XG Mobile.

ROG Flow X13

As previously mentioned, the ROG Flow X13 is the company’s latest addition to its growing roster of gaming laptops. It features a slim body coupled with a 13.4-inch WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) 16:10 IPS touch display and a 360-degree hinge, letting users set it up in different modes like other convertibles. The body of the Flow X13 measures only 15.8mm thin and weighs only 1.3kg, making its convertible design easier to manage. The display of the Flow X13 also features a 60Hz refresh rate, Pantone validation, a 116% sRGB color gamut, and adaptive-sync support.

While the Flow X13 itself is powered by up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS processor coupled with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, users can boost the device’s graphical performance with the aforementioned ROG XG Mobile external GPU dock, which can be equipped with one of NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX GPUs.

The XG Mobile utilizes a proprietary connecter that utilizes a PCIe 3.0 X8 interface that ASUS says enables data transfers faster than Thunderbolt 4 and can output to several monitors via the built-in HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 connectors. The dock is also equipped with a dedicated USB 3.2 Gen 2 connection that feed into its own I/O hub, allowing for additional connectivity options including an SD car reader, four USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

The XG Mobile is powered by an integrated 280W AC power supply that’s capable of providing power to both the XG Mobile and the Flow X13, removing the need to bring an additional power brick aside from the included lightweight 100W USB Type-C charger of the Flow X13 for when the XG Mobile isn’t in use.

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE

The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE is the latest version of the company’s dual-screen laptop targeted at gamers, content creators, and other creative professionals. The new model has been updated to be equipped with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU.

The new Zephyrus Duo 15 SE will also be available in two variants for its 15.6-inch main display, one with a 4K (3840 x 2160) 120Hz panel with a 100% Adobe RGB color gamut and another with a 300HZ Full HD 100% sRGB screen. The 14.1-inch ScreenPad Plus secondary touch display will also feature a resolution of 3840 x 1100 pixels.

ROG Strix Scar 15/17 & ROG Strix G15/G17

ASUS has refreshed the ROG Strix Scar 15 and Scar 17 as well as the ROG Strix G15 and G17 this year to be powered by AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 series mobile CPUs as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX GPUs. The new ROG Strix Scar 15 and Scar 17 models will also be available with an optical-mechanical keyboard.

The new ROG Strix Scar 15 and Scar 17 models still feature the series’ customizable Armor Caps, allowing users to personalize their laptops, and will include Rubber Grey, Translucent Black, and Spangle Silver hinge caps. ASUS will also make the 3D printer source file for the caps freely available for users to create customized caps.

The new ROG Strix G15 and G17 will be available in with different display options, including one with a 300Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time and another with a WQHD resolution screen with a refresh rate of 165Hz. The ROG Strix G15 and G17 will also be available in three different color variants, including Original Black, Eclipse Grey, and Electro Punk.

 TUF Dash 15

The other new gaming laptop that ASUS announced at CES 2021 is the TUF Dash 15, a new thin and light model under its TUF Gaming product line. The new laptop features a chassis measuring only 1.99cm thin and weighs only 2 kilograms. It’s powered by an Intel 11th generation Tiger Lake CPU coupled with one of NVIDIA’s latest GeForce RTX GPUs. The new TUF Dash 15 also features a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz display, a Thunderbolt 4 port with power delivery support, and more.

ASUS also announced refreshed models for its affordable TUF Gaming A15 and A17 gaming laptops that will be powered by AMD’s new CPUs and NVIDIA’s latest GPUs as well as a updated version of its popular ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop.

More information on the ASUS’s latest roster of gaming laptops should be announced in the coming weeks.