Asus has announced the ROG Flow X16, a new laptop in its 2-in-1 gaming lineup with a focus on ultraportable PCs. The Flow X16 shares a lot in common with the Flow X13only it extends to the larger 16-inch form factor.
It’s still a 2-in-1 convertible that uses a 360-degree hinge and touchscreen to be used as a tablet.
The Flow X16, on the other hand, weighs 4.4 pounds and is 0.76 inches thick. That’s small, but it’s no slimmer than popular laptops like the Razer Blade 15 or MSI GS66 Stealth. In fact, it’s even heavier than ROG’s own Zephyrus M16. ASUSoddly enough.
Still, the Flow X16 brings its unique 2-in-1 approach to the gaming laptop space, now in a larger screen size. It’s not just a screen either larger, but also better. It has a mini-LED panel with 512 dimming zones, not the kind of screen you’d normally see on your average gaming laptop. Asus says the screen goes up to 1,100 nits in HDR, which means it’s been certified for DisplayHDR 1000. Of course, the QHD screen also has a high 165Hz refresh rate with a 3ms response time for some ultra gaming. soft. It’s not as fast as the Razer Blade’s 240Hz QHD OLED screen, of course, but it’s certainly an upgrade over the 120Hz screen on the ROG Flow Z13 or the 60Hz screen on the Flow X13.
Configurations are offered with up to 2TB of SSD storage and 64GB of 4800MHz DDR5 memory.
The ROG Flow X16 has a typical port layout for a gaming laptop, including a USB-C 4.0 port, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports, a microSD card slot, HDMI 2.1, and a headphone jack. Finally, the Flow X16 also supports the proprietary XG Mobile port, which provides an additional USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port and connection to the external XG Mobile GPU. It makes less sense here than on the less powerful Flow laptops, but it’s still available if you already have one.
The Flow X16 will be “available soon,” according to Asus, starting at $1,950.
Asus has just announced the upcoming release of the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE, a new gaming laptop that is likely to offer intense levels of performance.
Equipped with the new Intel Alder Lake-HX processors and the latest Nvidia mobile graphics cards, it’s a sure contender to be among the most powerful gaming laptops you can buy.
Part of the Alder Lake-HX family, the Core i9-12900HX found in this CPU offers a total of 16 cores and 24 threads, the most of any laptop processor. This 55-watt processor has equally impressive clock speeds: 3.6GHz base and 5.0GHz boost. When used in Turbo mode, the CPU consumes up to 175 watts of power, a large portion of the Strix Scar’s impressive 240W total system power budget.
The laptop can be configured with up to 64GB of DDR5-4800MHz memory, and it also comes with two M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 SSD slots. There are also plenty of connectivity options, including a single USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with added DisplayPort 1.4, a Thunderbolt 4 (again, with DP 1.4), two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and an HDMI 2.1b slot. The Asus Strix Scar 17 SE supports Wi-Fi 6E.
When it comes to the screen, it is so far difficult to find possible flaws. The screen is a 17-inch QHD IPS panel with a 240Hz refresh rate. It supports Adaptive-Sync and Dolby Vision HDR to maximize both beautiful colors and blazing-fast performance.
Configurations start at $3,500 and, according to Asus, will be “available soon” from retailers like Amazon, eShop, Managed Breadth, and Micro Center.