What folds shut like a laptop but looks like an all-in-one PC when the clamshell is open? Behold ASUS’ new monstrous gaming machine: the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700.
Crafted from solid aluminum slabs, this 4.7kg behemoth is sturdy enough to survive everyday knocks and bumps. According to ASUS, it takes almost 20 hours to carve the blocks of aluminum. Even most of the keyboard housing is machined aluminum as well. The brushed anodized finish gives the ROG Mothership a head-turning design. Prop up the ROG Mothership on a surface and a kickstand pops out automatically from the bottom.
The idea for the Mothership was born three years ago, and it came out of discussions over how to increase airflow. Because heat is the biggest enemy of gaming PCs, ASUS designers and engineers thought of flipping a gaming laptop on its side with the display upright. This will allow for additional air to flow instead of trapping heat between a keyboard and a desk.
Focus on fast-moving targets and see all your enemies in crisp detail on the huge 17.3-inch 1080p display. This NVIDIA G-Sync display features a 144Hz refresh rate and an ultrafast 3ms response time for blur- and tear-free visuals.
Powering this Windows 10 beast is the newly announced mobile version of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and Intel’s top-of-the-line 8th-gen Core i9 processor. Both of these are overclocked beyond stock speed thanks to the better cooling that the form factor offers.
Thanks to the redesigned form factor, ASUS was able to place four 4W speakers along the front edge, right below the screen. These front-facing speakers are powered by smart amplifier technology that boosts total output to an effective 16W while monitoring temperatures and driver excursion to reduce distortion and improve output, bass, and greater dynamic range. There’s also a built-in ESS Sabre DAC and headphone amplifier that supports Hi-Res Audio files up to 24 bits and 192kHz.
The keyboard has a few tricks. One, you can flip it down so that it sits at a comfortable angle for typing. Two, you can detach it from its magnetic anchors and connect it either over low-latency 2.4GHz wireless or via the included Type-C USB cable. Three, you can fold the keyboard in half so that it takes up less desk space. This detachable keyboard features 2.5mm of travel and per-key backlighting.
As expected of an ROG machine, the Mothership comes with beastly specs: up to 64GB of RAM and three NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration. ASUS didn’t skimp on ports either. You get a standard USB-C port, a USB-C Thunderbolt 3, four USB Type-A ports, HDMI, an SD card slot, an Ethernet port, and dual 280W charging ports.
This story was originally published in Speed Magazine’s February 2019 issue. Words Katrina Rivere-Diga.