Asus ROG gears up at IFA with a 144-Hz laptop and a FreeSync ultrawide

The IFA trade show is proving an especially exciting time for gamers this year. Asus is stepping up to the plate in Berlin with a hot new gaming laptop, the ROG Chimera G703, and a fresh FreeSync display, the ROG Strix XG35VQ.

The ROG Chimera G703's headlining feature is a 144-Hz G-Sync display. To make hitting that high native refresh rate practical, Asus specced a 1920×1080 display, a GeForce GTX 1080, and a Core i7-7820HK CPU. Asus also goes so far as to disclose a 7-ms response time for the Chimera's display. That figure may sound high for those used to desktop monitors, but it's a far sight better than the dismal figures typical of notebook LCD panels. The cherry atop the Chimera is built-in support for Xbox Wireless peripherals. That feature means gamers won't have to burn a precious USB port on a bulky wireless dongle for their controller or other peripherals.

Asus also threw Radeon owners a bone with the ROG Strix XG35VQ gaming monitor. This 35" curved display boasts VESA Adaptive Sync (read: FreeSync) support, a 100 Hz refresh rate, and a 3440×1440 resolution. Asus didn't disclose the panel type for this display, but we'd guess at VA or IPS. Most importantly, this display has an RGB LED accent on its rear fascia that can be synced with other RGB LEDs in a system using Asus' Aura Sync software.

Asus didn't offer pricing or availability info for the Chimera G703 or XG35VQ.

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    • southrncomfortjm
    • 2 years ago

    If I were in the market for a gaming laptop, that Asus looks really sweet. A 1440p screen may have been a bit better with the 1080, but at least its not 4K.

    Never a price. So lame – guessing its at least $2700 if not $3000 depending on amount of ram and size of the SSD (if it has a spinner only, forget about it).

      • juzz86
      • 2 years ago

      1080 on a 1080 kinda works for the eye-candy crowd, though. Set everything to ‘ultra’ and enjoy it the way Dev intended.

      I could see this replacing my desktop – the allure of G-Synced, maxed-out ARK on a laptop is pretty great.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 2 years ago

        That combination will hit good framerates in new games for years to come. I wonder how durable high wattage machines like that are.

          • juzz86
          • 2 years ago

          Can only speak for my old G74Sx (Sandy i7, 560M, 120Hz 1080p) but she’s a beauty mate.

          Six years old, two re-TIMs and runs as well as it did when I got it.

    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    The built-in xbox wireless support is a nice touch; while theXBone controller supports bluetooth and xbox wireless, the Elite only supports xbox wireless.

      • EzioAs
      • 2 years ago

      I’m hoping desktop motherboards adopt this too. Not all of them needs the built-in adapter but if manufacturers are making motherboards targeting the gaming market and sets their price >$180, this feature should be a great addition.

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