ASUS, the third-biggest laptop manufacturer in the world, has kicked off 2019 with the local debut of their new series of notebooks and gaming laptops.
Though making their global debut at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, the new collection was unveiled to the South African market yesterday at an event in Sandton City. The introduced range includes the premium line of ASUS Zenbooks, two new versions of the Vivobook, as well as a selection of their gaming laptops with four versions of the ROG and two versions of the TUF line.
Available starting from February, prices for the new Zenbook start at R17,999 on Takealot. The range includes 13-inch, 14-inch, 15-inch size variants, as well as flip versions for the Zenbook 13 and 15. The laptop has been completely redesigned sporting a new frameless NanoEdge that results in a ultraslim bezel. Another innovation on the 13 and 14 is the new NumPad, an LED-illuminated numeric keypad that is built right into the touchpad. Some Zenbooks versions will operate on an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU, as well as a Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 Max-Q GPU, 16GB RAM, and ultrafast PCle solid state drives.
Meanwhile, the Zenbook Flip 13 and 15 models run on the latest Intel Core processor combined with a touchscreen interface designed to be easily used with a stylus or one’s fingertips. The Flip 15 will also feature high-performance Nvidia graphics and a Pantone Validated display, which results in a richer, more accurate color display. Also available starting February, the Zenbook Flip 15 is priced at R29,999, while the Flip 13 will be R21,999 when it releases in March.
The two new additions to the Vivobook include the 14-inch X412 and 15-inch X512 models. Like the Zenbook, they offer an ultraslim bezel design, as well as are powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, and a Nvidia GeForce MX130 graphics cards. The new Vivobooks feature the Ergolift hinge design, which is meant to replicate the feel of a computer keyboard and improve typing comfort.
Available in four different colours starting March, prices for the Vivobook 14 and 15 will start at R8,999.
On the gaming side, the ROG gaming line is expanded with two Zephyrus variants, the S GX701 and S GX531, and 15 and 17-inch size variants of the Strix Scar II.
Boasting the thinnest design of any laptop, the new Zephyrus rigs feature an Intel Core i7 processor with the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-Series graphics cards, displayed via 15 or 17-inch 144hz refresh rate monitor. This also benefits from Nvidia G-SYNC and Pantone validation. Processing speed is handled by 24 gigs of DDR4-2666 RAM and up to 8 gigs of separate GDDR6 VRAM. Storage is covered by a 1TB NVMe solid state drive. In terms of cooling, dual fans built into the laptop frame are controlled by a dedicated algorithm designed to regulate temperature, which can also be controlled through a series of keyboard commands.
You will have to fork out quite a bit for the new Zephyrus rig, as prices start at R49,999 for the 15 inch variant, and a whopping R65,999 for the 17 inch. Both are scheduled for a February release.
What is available now and starting at R42,999 are the two new Strix Scar II rigs. Using a Nvidia 2060 GPU with specs similar to that of the Zephyrus, the Strix Scar 15 and 17-inch laptops are aimed at the esports arena with a focus on FPS-style gameplay. The design of the laptop reflects this with a camouflage motif and highlighted WASD keys.
Further down the line are the TUF FX505 and FX705 models, which make use of a Nvidia 1060 GPU and 32GB of DDR4-2666 RAM. Asus bills the TUFs as being able to withstand everyday abuse, serving as the more durable of their gaming laptops.
The TUG Gaming 15 is now available from Incredible Connection at a price of R18,999, while the 17-inch model will be made available in March.
For a full breakdown of the new ASUS laptops, when and where you can get them, and how much they will cost, check out the table below:
|Product||Availability||Where to buy||MSRP (ZAR)|
|ZenBook Pro 14||March||Dionwired||From R29,999|
|ZenBook 13||March||Dionwired||From R22,999|
|ZenBook 14||Feb||takealot||From R17,999|
|ZenBook 15||Feb||takealot||From R25,999|
|ZenBook Flip 15||Feb||takealot||From R29,999|
|ZenBook Flip 13||March||takealot||From R21,999|
|VivoBook 14||March||takealot||From R8,999|
|VivoBook 15||March||takealot||From R12,999|
|ROG Zephyrus S 17||Feb||Evetech||From R65,999|
|ROG Zephyrus S 15||Feb||Evetech||From R49,999|
|ROG Strix Scar II 17||Available||Evetech||From R42,999|
|ROG Strix Scar II 15||Available||Evetech||From R44,999|
|TUF GAMING 17||March||Evetech, takealot||From R18,999|
|TUF GAMING 15||Available||Incredible Connection||From R18,999|
Last Updated: January 30, 2019