ASUS is releasing an $1700 SKT T1 laptop in 2018

ASUS is releasing an $1700 SKT T1 laptop in 2018

Today it introduced two new gaming laptops that will launch under the ROG branding.

Those surveying the market for new hardware to meet their esports needs may want to look into the Asus ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition gaming laptop. The laptop runs on an Intel Core i7 processor and has a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card to properly display all the decorations and colorful animations of each game. Storage includes options on up to a 512GB PCIe SSD, and up to a 2TB hard disk. Asus says the key switches in the backlit keyboard are rated for 20 million key presses.

SKT T1 is one of the best performing League teams out there, having wracked up three out of the seven world championships in history. Asus claims the G703 is the first gaming portable to include such a screen.

Asus expanded its Republic of Gamers (ROG) portfolio with a new gaming laptop, desktop and accessories at CES 2018. In addition to bright RGB switches, the Flare has made the tray bed white to increase the effectiveness of the lighting and has also included nine LEDs along the edges for extra glow, which can all be controlled independently.

Asus ROG Strix GL12 desktop, meanwhile, is designed specially for e-sports. The Flare has dedicated media controls, including a volume wheel. A USB passthrough lets you connect your mouse to the keyboard, to clean up some cabling, and it offers a detachable wrist rest as well.

ASUS is releasing an $1700 SKT T1 laptop in 2018
ASUS is releasing an $1700 SKT T1 laptop in 2018

The ASUS ROG Strix Flare, ROG Aura Terminal, ROG Spotlight and ROG Bezel-Free Kit will be available during the first half of 2018; pricing will be available closer to launch. The added ROG Halo technology can provide around the screen lighting of complementary colours to the on-screen action - said to boost gaming immersion. The Aura Terminal can also be placed inside a case for use with the usual Asus Aura components.

Dubbed the Bezel-free Kit, the surprisingly low-tech product relies not on complicated software or fancy gadgetry but rather a simply array of lenses connecting each monitor at an angle to create the illusion of a giant, seamless, curved display. Interested gerbils will have to stay tuned for future coverage. The Spotlight can be rotated 360° within its aluminum enclosure to ensure the logo is always displayed upright.

The ROG G703 is available now for $3499 United States dollars. The Strix GL12 gaming desktops are to hit the market in the second quarter of 2018.

ASUS has just announced the ROG Spotlight.

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