Upcoming ROG Gaming Laptops Announced At CES 2021


The gaming division of ASUS, dubbed “ROG,” is a dominant player in the gaming laptop market. With their popular Zephyrus, SCAR STRIX and G series laptops, ROG caters to gamers at every price point.

To maintain their market lead, at CES 2021, ROG launched several new generations of laptops in their on-going series. ROG also introduced new proprietary hardware to help take the laptop-gaming market to the next level.

Here’s everything cool ROG announced at this year’s CES.

All ROG Gaming Laptops At 2021: Mighty Competitive!

ASUS ROG CES 2021 Gaming Laptops

ROG kicked off the showcase with an important announcement that all of their upcoming gaming laptops will feature AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPUs powered by ZEN 3 cores and Nvidia RTX 3000 series mobile GPUs.

The new range of RTX series GPUs are faster and quieter than previous generations. Furthermore, ROG claims a noticeable reduction in overall fan noise.

ROG laptops will come with the patented liquid metal thermal compound formula which they first introduced. To improve cooling and cleaning, ROG laptops now come with an improved fan design featuring a spatial wave around the outer edge which seamlessly pushes dust particles into a dust collector.

All ROG laptops also come with a built-in USB Type-X adapter with up to 100 watt charging capabilities.

Lastly, ROG laptops come with two-way AI noise cancellation technology, meaning the mic will filter the nearby noise whenever you speak and it works downstream as well. Meaning, the sound coming from the other end will also be filtered for any noise.

ROG Scar Strix 17

ASUS ROG CES 2021 Scar Strix 17 Gaming

The Scar Strix 17 was the first laptop ROG introduced and it has some really crazy specs. First off is the display panel, the ROG Scar Strix 17 employs an FHD 360 Hz panel with ultra-fast 3 ms response time.

To take advantage of the super high refresh rate, the Scar Strix comes equipped with an Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU and AMD Ryzen 9 5900 HX CPU powered by Zen 3 cores. The laptop version of RTX 3080 draws up to 130 watts meaning it performs closer to its desktop equivalent GPU.

ASUS ROG CES 2021 Scar Strix 17 Gaming

In terms of size, the new scar laptop has a reduced footprint at 260 X 355 mm from 275 X 360 mm earlier. It also comes with a bigger 90 watt-hour battery claiming a 50% better battery life. Design-wise, the ROG Scar Strix 17 comes with customisable armour caps which you can easily slide off and replace with two additional units that come bundled with the laptop.

The 2021 Scar Strix 17 also features ROG keystone which functions as a physical key carrying your preferred custom preset.

The ROG Scar Strix 17 gaming is available in three colours: electro-punk, original black and eclipse grey.

ROG Zephyrus Duo

ASUS ROG CES Zephyrus Duo Gaming

The ROG Zephyrus Duo is a dual-screen laptop with two screens, the main one acts as the primary display and the smaller secondary one can be customised to work as a tool palette for different creative software or even games.

Building upon last year’s design, the ROG Zephyrus Duo comes with AAS Plus cooling system that raises the second display to allow more air into the laptop’s chassis.

Zephyrus Duo uses an RTX 3080 GPU and an ultra-powerful Ryzen 9 5900 HX, which is AMD’s top of the line gaming laptop CPU. To power this absolute unit, ASUS crafted a six-phase power design taking the CPU power draw up to 90 Hz.

In terms of display, the Zephyrus Duo features two options, a 4k 120 Hz display with 100% RGB support or an ultrafast FHD 300 Hz display with 3 ms response time.

ROG Zephyrus G15 And G14

ASUS ROG CES Zephyrus Flow X13 Gaming

The 2021 Zephyrus G series laptops are 5% smaller and lighter by 200 grams, thanks to a design overhaul. The bigger G15 features a GPU up to an Nvidia RTX 3080 paired with a Ryxen 5900 HS. The smaller G14 comes with the same CPU and an RTX 3060 GPU.

Design-wise, the rear-screen panel of Zephyrus G15 has 8279 perforated matrix holes. Meanwhile, the glass touchpad on the laptop is 20% bigger and the entire build uses environmentally friendly water-based paint.

For seamless recording, the notebook features a 3D mic array with different configuration organizers. Also on the spec sheet is a six-speaker setup with dual force cancelling woofer.

Zephyrus G15 series laptops feature a 1440p 165 Hz display panel with 3 ms response time and DCI-P3 colour gamut. Meanwhile, the G14 features a 144op 120 Hz display.

To sweeten the deal, even more, the Zephyrus G series laptops also come with an optional Anime Matrix display.

ROG Flow X13

ASUS ROG CES Zephyrus G15 Gaming

Probably the most innovative gaming laptop from ROG series, the Flow X13 has everything you could ask for. The laptop is 15 mm thin and weighs just 1.3 kg, making it easy to carry around.

The Flow X13 has a 360-degree hinger and stylus support, making it easier to use a tablet or sketching tab. The laptop features up to a 4k UHD 120 Hz display.

In terms of performance, the laptop comes with an Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU and AMD Ryzen 5980 HS CPU for top-spec performance. To further increase the performance, the Flow X13 can be upgraded via a proprietary RTX 3080 external GPU or eGPU.

ROG promises high bandwidth data transfer with their eGPU. Meaning, the eGPU will perform without any compromise and is almost equivalent to a desktop unit.

Gaming Laptops Are About To Become Competitive

With Ryzen 5000 series CPUs and Nvidia RTX 3000 series GPUs, gaming laptops in 2021 are set to offer desktop-level performance on the go. For around $999 or Rs. 80,000 users can now get twice the graphical performance of last year’s RTX 2080 Super. Honestly, it’s a really great time to be a PC gamer.

Assistant Editor at Exhibit Magazine. A tech and auto journalist who likes to reverse engineer anything he can get his hands on. He writes about everything technical under the sun, ranging from smartphones and laptops to micro-controllers in Tesla batteries.

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