Today Asus unveiled the Republic of Gamers (ROG) G501 gaming laptop. The G501 is a 4.54 pound 15.6” laptop that packs high end hardware into a thin aluminum shell.
The ROG G501 features a dark gray 0.81” thick aluminum chassis with a brushed metal finish and red bezel accents. A 15.6” matte IPS display dominates the top half of the PC with a resolution of 3840×2160 (UHD). The lower half includes a red backlit keyboard (1.6mm key travel) with colored WASD keys and a number pad as well as a large trackpad.
External I/O on this gaming machine is extensive and includes:
- 1 x Thunderbolt
- 3 x USB 3.0
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x Audio combo jack
- 1 x SD
- 1 x 1.2MP webcam
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0
Asus is using the latest mobile technology with the G501 including a 47W Intel Haswell Core i7-4720HQ (4c/8t) processor, NVIDIA GTX 960M (4GB) graphics card, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, and an impressive 512GB PCI-E x4 solid state drive (rated at 1,400MB/s reads). The laptop also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Asus claims that its Hyper Cool technology will keep the system running cool by using copper heatpipes and giving the CPU and GPU their own heatsink and fan which can be independently controlled to maintain a balance of heat and noise. The laptop is powered by a 96Wh Lithium Polymer battery.
This beastly gaming laptop will be available next month with an MSRP of $1,999 (with the configuration listed above). More information can be found at gseries.asus.com
In addition to the ROG G501, Asus’ GL551 and G751 series are also being refreshed to include NVIDIA’s new GTX 900 series graphics. The GL551JW will get the GTX 960M while the G751JL will use the GTX 965M.
Seems a bit overkill on the
Seems a bit overkill on the resolution. Can’t really game, 15.6″ for movies doesn’t seem fun either. You could have really nice wallpapers though!
Agreed, when we finally get
Agreed, when we finally get the power need to run high quality on the mobile, they put this absurd resolutions that even high-end desktop cards can’t keep up the pace…
Looks too thin and light,
Looks too thin and light, with a higher probability of GPU thermal throttling, I do not completely trust Hyper Cool, but at least there is one thunderbolt port, though the “specifications” do not say what generation the Thunderbolt port is! PCI-E 4 lanes to the SSD, now you are talking, and those backups over thunderbolt will definitely be quicker, hopefully the Thunderbolt connectivity is TB 2, that would be very cherry. $1999 is not bad, it sure beats the hell out of any of Apple’s weak MacBook kit, and that resolution makes this good for graphics work also, Games can always be played at a lower resolution than this, but this would make a fine graphics laptop also. Things are thin and light enough, work on getting the most power into a little thicker case, I’m seriously looking at this when there are any display models at the retailers to try out.
Yeah, the specifications just
Yeah, the specifications just say Thunderbolt 10Gbps.