It’s time for Asus to offer a facelift to its catalog a few days before CES 2023.
Like every year, it’s all battle on the side of the manufacturers before the launch of CES, the annual high mass of technology. It’s time for Asus to unveil the new face of its Republic Of Gamers gaming range. On the menu: latest generation hardware, a completely redesigned cooling solution and a generalization of the Nebula label.
The first new features concern Asus’ entire gaming catalog. The first information is about a new cooling technology, with a large heat sink and fan technology called “Tri-Fan”. This should provide a significant heat dissipation benefit, which would be anything but negligible given the hardware they’ll be carrying (see below).
The other significant development is the democratization of the Nebula standard. As a reminder, this is a proprietary label designating Mini-LED panels with a high refresh rate, with good color reproduction and comfortable brightness. All the ROG laptops featured here will now have it.
The company starts by announcing its Strix range, which sits at the very top of the food chain in terms of raw performance. The chassis has been redesigned to accommodate large screens of 16 and 18 inches in 16:10 format. The 16-inch model, in particular, will benefit from the new QHD Mini-LED 240 Hz screen.
As you might expect, the manufacturer doesn’t do things by halves on the hardware side. These new Strix will be worthy of the ultimate in current hardware; they can be equipped with Intel Core i9-13980 HX or the new Ryzen from AMD. On the GPU side, they can go up to the titanic RTX 4090. Unsurprisingly, there is therefore little concern to be had on the raw performance side.
There is also something new on the side of machines that are a little less energetic, but more mobile, with the update of the Zephyrus range. Asus is particularly insisting on the new Zephyrus M16, which seems to be “redesigned from the ground up”.
Again, we will find a new Nebula screen. In this case, it is a QHD 240 Hz panel capable of offering an incredible 1100 nits of brightness, all with 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut.
Like the Strix, this smaller caliber model will also be able to carry the i9-13980 HX – RTX 4090. More than the big machines in the Strix range, this will be a very interesting test for the new device. we can’t wait to see if Asus is able to take advantage of this powerful hardware without major performance bottlenecks.
Other members of the Zephyrus family also got a facelift. It starts with the new G16 that includes an i9-13900H and a portable RTX 4070 version. The hardware is a bit less of a monster than its big brothers, but still promises to test the cooling. This model will also be entitled to a new Nebula QHD 240 Hz screen.
The G14 has also been updated. The 2022 edition is a very good machine, and this new version looks attractive with the addition of the new Nebula screen. However, note that unlike the G16 model, this little thumb can carry an RTX 4090. A graphics card that seems disproportionate for a small 14-inch machine capable of running all the AAA at this moment. Again, the new cooling system had to respond.
Also note that Asus has updated its dual-screen laptop, the ROG Zephyrus Duo.
Finally, the Flow models also got an upgrade. The small ROG Flow X13, for example, is now equipped with an AMD Ryzen Zen 4 processor and a portable RTX 4070. This is a very significant upgrade at the graphics level.
And there again – you’ll understand that this is a recurring theme in this new generation of laptops – there’s reason to be a little skeptical; does it really make sense to include such a powerful and greedy card in a small machine of this type? The answer depends largely on temperature management and battery life.
The Flow Z13, by comparison, feels more balanced; its new RTX 4060 seems better suited to a 13-inch machine. And since it also gets the new Nebula QHD screen, it’s a model that looks pretty interesting.
The patriarch of this new Flow range is the X16, equipped with an i9-13900H and RTX 4070 Portable. Its Nebula HDR Mini LED touchscreen has been improved, with 1100 nits of maximum brightness and a refresh rate of 240Hz.
Note that these three devices are also equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass DXC coating, a special coating that increases hardness by 40% while greatly reducing surface reflections. Good news for those who tend to struggle with light.
Finally, this Flow 2023 family is also joined by a brand new ROG XG Mobile. As a reminder, this is an eGPU that can be connected to a relatively modest laptop to raise its graphics performance to the level of a very high-end desktop PC. This new version will be entitled to an RTX 4090; enough to transform any ROG laptop into a true racing machine.
Availability and pricing of these products have not yet been announced; we’ll have to wait at least until the official announcement at CES.