It looks like a run-of-the-mill ultraportable. And you can use it like one if you prefer. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus, however, is a full-fledged gaming laptop that you can use to play the latest AAA games without having to be chained to a desk at home.
Measuring 16.9 mm thick, the laptop is barely bulkier than the MacBook Pro’s 15.5 mm enclosure, giving you a proper gaming PC that won’t burden you with neither heft nor bulk. No, ASUS didn’t pull off any magic tricks here to achieve the slim frame. Instead, it comes courtesy of Nvidia’s new Max-Q version of the GTX 1080 GPU, whose 50 percent better efficiency allows it to require minimal cooling (basically, fewer heatsinks and fans) compared to a standard graphics card.
Aside from the redesigned GPU, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus houses an Intel Core i7 CPU, up to 24GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of SSD storage. It comes with a 15.6-inch 1080p display that boasts a 120Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB coverage, along with an RGB-backlit keyboard that sports a 30-key rollover and 1.4mm of travel. ASUS, by the way, has moved the keyboard way out front in the laptop while the track pad gets moved to the right hand side – a setup that better mimics the way we play games on a desktop rig, all while allowing them to put the cooling units on the upper half of the panel.
Back in the day, gamers chose wired mouse peripherals over wireless counterparts due to latency concerns. While most latency problems are now adequately handled by high-end gaming mice, the issue of battery life is the only remaining concern. Simply put, no one wants to find their mouse bereft of battery charge in the middle of a heated contest. The Logitech Powerplay wants to end that for good.
A mouse pad with an integrated wireless charging hardware, the setup is designed to keep charging your mouse the entire time you’re playing. That way, there’s zero chance of ever finding your mouse battery drained, ensuring you will never be left defenseless in the middle of battle.
The Logitech Powerplay mouse pad measures 10.8 x 12.6 inches, which should be spacious enough for most people’s gaming needs. It uses a custom electromagnetic resonance system that’s built into the mouse pad, which keeps sending power any time a compatible Logitech Powercore receiver is detected. With a compatible mouse, charging becomes a largely seamless affair – one that you won’t need to consciously think about, as the mouse stays charged through everyday use.
The mouse pad, by the way, comes with both soft and hard surfaces that you can swap at will, depending on your gaming preferences. As of now, only two mouse products will support the proprietary wireless charging tech, namely the Logitech G903 and the Logitech G703, although more will likely to come if the mouse pad finds a decent adoption rate.