ROG lays down their entire gaming laptop roster for 2021 during this year’s CES!
ROG starts the year with a bang at CES 2021 with their “For Those Who Dare” digital event. The event revealed the company’s entire 2021 gaming laptop line-up. We have updated models as well as a new addition to the ROG family.
Let’s take a look at that new member we mentioned, the ROG Flow X13. The laptop takes portability and flexibility to another level as it offers a 360-degree hinge in a 13″ form factor. Under the hood we’re getting up to an AMD Ryzen 9 processor paired with an Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU. Making it one powerful thin and light convertible. Speaking of size and weight, the Flow X13 is only 15.8mm thin and 1.3kg light, allowing for easy packing and carriage. Display-wise we have an option for a touch-enabled 120Hz FHD panel or a 4K UHD one. The notebook moves away from the traditional power output in exchange for the more advanced USB Type-C charging.
However, the Flow X13’s biggest feature is not its convertible form factor but rather its accompanying external GPU dock, the ROG XG Mobile. The dock is a fraction of the size of its other competitors. Connection is handled by a custom interface that’s faster than Thunderbolt 4. A dedicated USB 3.2 Gen 2 handles the connection to an I/O hub. Lastly an integrated 280W AC adapter powers both the dock and the Flow X13, eliminating the need of an additional power brick.
Next up we have the updated ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, the leader of the Zephyrus line. It carries over the best aspects of last year’s Zephyrus Duo but with the latest AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and Nvidia RTX GPU. The Duo 15 SE now features the AAS (Active Aerodynamic System) Plus cooling system. For display we have the option of a 15.6″ 4K 120Hz or a 300Hz FHD panel. The 14.1″ ROG ScreenPad Plus makes a return here still offering that built-in secondary display.
Following the footsteps of the Duo 15 SE is the updated Zephyrus G14. The notebook that took the world by a storm last year with its innovative lid comes back with a few tweaks. Of course, the famous AniMe Matrix display makes a comeback here but with more features and customization. First of these is a virtual pet, OMNI, which you can feature on the display lid or in the main display itself. The laptop comes equipped with up to a Ryzen 9 5900HS and Nvidia’s RTX 3060 GPU. Speaking of display, it now has the option for a 14″ 1440p 120Hz panel.
The Zephyrus G15 receives an update for 2021 as well. The laptop was redesigned and is now 5% smaller and 200g lighter that its previous iteration. The lid now comes with 8279 CNC perforated matrix holes, mimicking the looks of its brethren the G14. Not only that but these matrix holes have a shimmery nano imprint litography film underneath them to catch and reflect light for added appeal. The updated G15 now comes with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS processor and up to an Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU. The touchpad receives a makeover too and is now 20% bigger. Lastly, we got upgrades in the audio department with a 3D mic array, 6-speaker output, and dual force-cancelling woofers.
Next we have the updated ROG Strix Scar 15 and 17. Featuring up to AMD’s latest Ryzen 9 5900HX processor paired with up to an Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU. Both now feature Optical Mechanical Keyboards with 1.9mm key travel. As for display options, the Strix Scar 15 comes with either a 15.6″ 300Hz FHD or 1440p 165Hz panel. The Scar 17, on the other hand, offers a 17.3″ FHD 360Hz or a 1440p 165Hz panel. The two also feature a translucent keyboard panel showcasing part of their hardware.
Storage-wise we have support for up to a 1TB of SSD and 32GB of RAM. Then of course, we have ROG Keystone support. To further up the ante in customization, the laptops offer customizable armor caps, with three options out-of-the-box and support for DIY ones. The Strix Scar 15 and 17 will come in three different colors: Original Black, Eclipse Gray, and Electro Punk.
For 2021, the TUF Gaming line receives a new uniquely looking member, the TUF Dash F15. Featuring a slim 15-inch form factor with a different aesthetic approach. Yet the Dash F15 is still a TUF Gaming laptop through and through as its chassis carries over that signature military-grade durability. Spec-wise we have up to an Intel Core i7-11375H processor and an Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU. For the display we have options of a 15.6″ 144Hz or 240Hz FHD panel. Storage can support up to a 1TB SSD and RAM goes up to 16GB. The laptop will also feature Thunderbolt 4 support along with WiFi 6.
The TUF Gaming A15 and A17 also received refreshes in the form of the latest CPUs and GPUs available to the market. Pricing and availability are yet to be announced for these newly revealed notebooks.