CES 2019: ASUS Unveils the ROG Mothership, HDR Monitors, and More


ASUS didn't waste any time at CES 2019. The company introduced a wide variety of products geared toward gamers, casual users, professionals, educational institutes, and more.

17.3" ROG Mothership 2-in-1 Gaming Laptop

ASUS has reimagined the gaming laptop and the "desktop replacement." Instead of being limited to the traditional clamshell design, the Republic of Gamers Mothership features a unique design that stands it up on a kickstand to allow more air into its advanced air-cooling system. The keyboard is detachable, as well as foldable, so you can find the ideal typing position. The keyboard has a touchpad on the right side, which can turn into a numeric keypad at the touch of a button. The 17.3" display features Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and 100% sRGB color gamut. The 3 ms response time and 144 Hz refresh rate will help reduce input lag and screen tearing for gamers, especially since the screen also supports G-SYNC. Powered with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR6 VAM, the ROG Mothership can play most of your favorite PC games on the highest settings, thanks to the Turing architecture, as well as AI processing and real-time ray tracing.

The ROG Mothership isn't just about aesthetics, though. It houses a factory-overclocked 8th Gen Coffee Lake Intel© Core™ i9-8950HK six-core processor with up to 64GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM and three 512GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSDs, which can be configured in RAID 0. ASUS also fitted the ROG Mothership with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) for future-proofing. Bluetooth 5.0 is also available for when you want to connect peripherals wirelessly. If you prefer a wired connection, there is a plethora of ports to choose from, such as Thunderbolt™ 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm headphone and mic jacks, an Ethernet port, and a SD card reader. Got other ROG peripherals and accessories with Aura Sync support? You can synchronize them all with the ROG Mothership.

ROG Zephyrus S Gaming Laptops

While the ROG Mothership is a unique take on the gaming laptop and the desktop replacement, ASUS didn't forget about gamers who want a traditional gaming laptop. The ROG Zephyrus S GX701 squeezes a 17.3" display into a smaller body with narrow bezels for better portability, while the ROG Zephyrus S GX531 does the same with a 15.6" display. The Pantone-validated panel is calibrated at the factory to provide color accuracy for professionals who want a more versatile gaming laptop. The ASUS proprietary Active Aerodynamic cooling system provides more airflow to the Intel© Core™ i7 six-core processor and up to a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card on the ROG Zephyrus S GX701. ASUS stated that all its new ROG gaming laptops will be available with displays that have a 3 ms response time and a 144 Hz refresh rate.

43" ROG Strix XG438Q Gaming Monitor

Is it a monitor or a TV? The ROG Strix XG438Q blurs the line, thanks to its large 43" screen with UHD 4K resolution. It has a 120 Hz refresh rate, augmented by FreeSync 2 HDR technology. The VA panel also meets VESA DisplayHDR 600 requirements and supports 10-bit image processing.

49" ROG Strix XG49VQ Curved 32:9 Ultrawide Monitor

While the X6438Q utilizes a more conventional aspect ratio, the curved ROG Strix X649VQ stretches the double Full HD resolution into a 32:9 aspect ratio. This ultrawide monitor provides an immersive gaming experience, and with FreeSync 2 HDR technology, it can also keep the refresh rate synced with compatible AMD and now select NVIDIA graphics cards, up to 144 Hz.


ASUS introduced the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card, which features a self-contained liquid cooler. ASUS managed to squeezed the fans, radiator, pump, and tubing into just a 3-slot design, which means the Matrix doesn't require an external radiator or custom loops.

Following the unveiling of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, ASUS will have a full lineup of its own RTX 2060 models, which are the Strix GeForce RTX 2060, Dual GeForce RTX 2060, and the Turbo GeForce RTX 2060.

ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha and Rampage VI Extreme Omega Motherboards

While nearly identical, the ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha features an AMD Socket TR4 for the AMD X399 platform, while the ROG Rampage VI Extreme Omega has an Intel© LGA 2066 socket for the Intel© X299 platform. Both motherboards are built with an E-ATX form factor and are loaded with PCIe slots for multi-GPU configurations and M.2 slots for NVMe SSD RAID arrays. In addition to eight RAM slots, plenty of USB ports, and built-in 10 Gigabit Ethernet, each board also has premium features, such as a LiveDash OLED display, aluminum armor, Aura Sync RGB lighting, and the new Node connector for external devices.

ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 Router

With an increasing need to stay connected, your router is the silent workhorse that enables you to enjoy access to the Internet. While routers usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to design, ASUS decided to give it some love with the ROG Rapture GT-AC2900. Outfitted with RGB lights and compatible with Aura Sync, now your router can join your keyboard, mouse, and even your backpack (like the ASUS ROG Ranger BP3703) in synchronized illumination. The Rapture isn't just a nightlight, though. It has three external antennas and one internal antenna dedicated to 5 GHz for Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) support.

RT-AX58U Router

Looking to futureproof your home network? The ASUS RT-AX58U router utilizes Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). This next-gen standard is more efficient in managing traffic on busy networks. Thanks to 1024-QAM modulation and 160 Hz channel support, the maximum throughput is higher. The RT-AX58U joins ASUS's family of Wi-Fi 6 routers, such as the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, RT-AX92U AiMesh two-pack, and the RT-AX88U.

17.3" StudioBook S W700

Whether you're a content creator, a designer, an architect, a programmer, or an engineer, the StudioBook S W700 is a mobile workstation that can handle your workload. With up to an Intel© Xeon™ E-2176M six-core processor, an NVIDIA Quadro P3200 graphics card with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, two 4TB PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0, and 64GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM with ECC support, the StudioBook S W700 provides you with the power and performance you need while on the go. ASUS squeezed a 17" screen into a 15" body and has 1920 x 1200 resolution. The 16:10 aspect ratio provides extra space for toolbars. The display also supports up to 97% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. The StudioBook S W700 also offers Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, Thunderbolt™ 3, HDMI 2.0, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A connectivity.

32" ProArt PA32UCX Monitor

Offering UHD 4K resolution with advanced HDR implementation, the ProArt PA32UCX is powered by mini LEDs. The backlight can max out at 1200 nits of brightness, surpassing the DisplayHDR 1000-nit requirement. It supports local dimming across 1000 individual zones, preventing bright objects from bleeding into their surroundings. HDMI, DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt™ outputs are available.

ProArt PA90 Compact Desktop Computer

Pair the ProArt PA32UCX monitor with the ProArt PA90 compact desktop computer. The PA90 houses a liquid-cooled 9th Gen Intel© Core™ i9 processor with an NVIDIA Quadro graphics card. The stylish design of the PA90 features an adaptive cooling system that opens a vent at the top for when extra cooling is needed.

9.7" Chromebook Tablet CT100

Designed for kids, the Chromebook Tablet CT100 features a rubberized design so it's easier to hold. It also has stylus support and is rated for 3' drops. The tablet has stylus support so students can practice writing letters and numbers, as well as drawing pictures. With 32GB of internal storage, students will have plenty of space to save their work.

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