Now Playing: Watch this: The skinny on two new slim Asus gaming laptops 1:19 Asus’ Republic of Gamers blows into Gamescom 2018 with two laptops sporting new 144Hz AHVA IPS displays that don’t sacrifice response time for bezel size. The displays on the 15-inch Asus Zephyrus S (GX531) and 17-inch Strix Scar II (GL704) feature a 3ms gray-to-gray response time, rather than the 7ms of their thin-bezel competitors. The 17-inch Scar is the first gaming system in its size class to get the thin bezel treatment, which lets Asus pack it into a footprint about the size of a standard 15-inch model. The Zephyrus S shaves a couple of millimeters off the profile and the width of earlier iterations — a noticeable 0.7 in (19 mm). The ROG Strix Scar II GL704 will be available by the end of September, running about $1,700 equipped with 16 GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and 1.3 TB of storage (see details below). The Zephyrus comes in two models, one with a GTX 1070 Max-Q that will be exclusive to Amazon (GX531GS), and a GTX 1060 version that will sell everywhere else (GX531GM). You can preorder the Amazon model starting Aug. 31 for mid-September delivery, while the other model will become available in mid-October. The ROG Zephyrus line is no stranger to skinny gaming laptops. The original Zephyrus was one of the first to incorporate Nvidia’s Max-Q design, and the more recent release, the Zephyrus M, got a modest redesign to suit more… [Read full story]
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