ASUS ROG gaming laptops go big with high-end hardware, eSports tie-ins
Jan 10 2018 by Desiree Burns
The name of the laptop should be instantly familiar for anyone who follow the League of Legends professional scene, as it references the team SK Telecom T1.
The Hero Edition laptop is definitely merchandise meant for SKT T1 fans, because it also comes with an SKT jersey, mousepad, and posters of all the team members. The light show runs in concert with Asus' Aura Sync illumination control utility so buyers can coordinate the blinkenlights on the GL12 with the diodes in their Asus ROG gaming headsets and monitors. The Flare will also be available in one of the latest additions to the Cherry MX line up announced previous year, the Cherry MX silver design which features a shorter actuation point of only 1.2mm and a maximum travel distance of 3.4mm; for reference the Cherry MX red switch has a 2mm actuation point and a 4mm total travel distance.
The ROG Strix GL12 is a powerful desktop created to provide the best performance for gamers.
The ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition will cost $1,700 and will be available sometime this quarter, as first spotted by Engadget. It also includes an expansion bay and an easy-swap SSD tray to make system upgrades effortless. The laptop is powered by a factory-overclocked Intel Core i7-7820HK processor that boasts speeds of up to 4.3 GHz out of the box and features NVIDIAGeForce GTX 1080 graphics.
The ROG Strix Flare is an RGB mechanical gaming keyboard constructed with world-renowned Cherry MX RGB switches. It also has a bank of media keys - including a dedicated volume wheel - and a detachable wrist rest. Are you interested in the ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition? The backlit keys are individually programmable and there is a swappable, illuminated acrylic insert emblazoned with the ROG badge. Featuring innovative ROG Halo technology, ROG Aura Terminal enables stunning system lighting effects synchronized to in-game action. The ROG Aura Terminal is a compact black box that can be hooked up to LED strips mounted behind a monitor.
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The other, Spectre, is harder to fix, but also harder to exploit, making it less of an immediate threat to consumer devices. Researchers say one of the bugs, called Meltdown, affects almost every processor Intel has made since the mid-1990s.
Rounding out Asus' new stuff is the ROG Spotlight, an accessory that looks like a webcam but instead projects Asus' ROG logo onto a wall or other surface.
Finally, Asus has produced a "Bezel-free Kit", a neat bit of technology which can be used to eliminate the visible bezels in multi-monitor setups. The device features a magnetic base and can provide 360 degrees of adjustment.
Since the kit uses no power or special tools beyond the magic of light refraction, it is compatible with a wide variety of monitors of different brands and sizes.
The Asus ROG Strix GL12 will go on sale in April, although pricing has yet to be confirmed.