We were almost overwhelmed with what ASUS had to show off at CES 2020, offering many products in both lifestyle and gaming. On the lifestyle and consumer side, we saw a new 14-inch variant of the Zenbook Pro Duo that we loved so much in our review. There was also a nice display of the latest iterations of the Vivobook.
However, Republic of Gamers took the show in this ASUS showcase, as three products in particular really stood out to us. Here, we’re going to focus on the ROG Swift 360Hz Gaming Monitor, ROG Chakram Gaming Mouse, and ROG Zephyrus G14 Gaming Laptop.
ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz Gaming Monitor
First up from ASUS’ Republic of Gamers line is the ROG Swift 360Hz esports display. As you may have guessed from its name, this is ASUS’ introduction of the world’s first gaming monitor with a 360Hz refresh rate. It is a 24.5-inch display with full HD resolution and backed by NVIDIA G-Sync technology. Beyond that, there’s not much more info out on this display just yet, and there doesn’t have to be. We got to see a smooth and crisp display which scrolled through a MOBA map cleanly and without tearing. We didn’t have the kind of equipment to properly capture and represent this display in a way that does it justice. However, this looks to be a solid monitor to look out for on ASUS’ Republic of Gamers website. ASUS has a blurb of their own about it that you can check out by clicking here.
ASUS ROG Chakram Gaming Mouse
There are so many gaming mice out in the market. So, it is a treat to find a gaming mouse that has an interesting new twist to it, outside of improved sensors, polling rates and response times. At a glance, the ROG Chakram is a 16,000 DPI wireless gaming mouse with five customizable buttons and a scroll wheel. It uses Omron switches for its left and right clicks, which are rated for up to 50 million clicks. The mouse houses your run-of-the-mill DPI, LED and button customizations via the ROG Armoury II software. It also compatible with ROG Aura Sync, which allows the peripheral’s LEDs to work in tandem with other Aura Sync compatible devices.
What pops out (literally) in the ROG Chakram is its physical customizability and built-in analog joystick on the mouse’s left side.
This joystick can also be customized and mapped to additional in-game commands, as you would expect. However, the joystick opens the door to single-handed vehicle control in racing games, shooters, or flight simulators. Do you play a first person shooter like Battlefield, where you jump in and out of vehicles on the fly? Now, you have an option for driving and flying outside of using a flight stick or driving wheel.
The ROG Chakram offers physical customizability that helps you bring the mouse as close as possible to your preferences. The mouse comes with two thumbstick options, a socket cover for those who opt out of using the thumbstick, a second set of switches offering a different resistance level, and a swappable LED badge under the palm rest.
Gamers can either use the ROG Chakram wired, wirelessly over a 2.4Ghz connection via a USB dongle, or through Bluetooth. Using the 2.4Ghz connection, the mouse’s lifespan can go up to 48 hours with the LED’s active, or 79 hours with the LED’s off. Via Bluetooth, the lifespan reaches up to 53 hours with the LED’s active or up to 100 hours with the LED’s off. You can opt to recharge the ROG Chakram either via a USB cable or on any Qi-compatible wireless chargepad.
You can check out more on the ROG Chakram mouse on ASUS’ Republic of Gamers site here…
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14
At their CES 2020 showcase, ASUS announced and displayed their latest gaming laptop innovation, endeavoring to squeeze heavy processing power into an ulta-slim 14-inch body. With a chassis under 20mm thin, the ROG Zephyrus G14’s internals can carry up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS processor as well as up to an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 graphics card. With options for gamers and creators alike, the ROG Zephyrus G14 offers displays focusing on either speed or resolution. You can go with either an HD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, or a 60Hz WQHD display that deals higher resolutions. Both options tout color accuracy as these IPS-type panels are PANTONE-validated, housing wide viewing angles and covering 100% of the sRGB color gamut.
ROG Zephyrus G14 Specs
|Processor||Up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS|
|Display||14″ 120Hz FHD IPS-level panel with Adaptive Sync technology
14″ 60Hz WQHD IPS-level panel with Adaptive Sync technology
14″ 60Hz FHD IPS-level panel with Adaptive Sync technology
|Graphics||Up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6|
|Memory||Up to 32 GB DDR4 3200MHz|
|Storage||Up to 1 TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD|
|Wireless||Intel WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Connectivity||1 x USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C (DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery)
1 x USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C
2x USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
|Keyboard||Backlit Chiclet Keyboard, N-key support, 1.7mm travel distance, 4 Hotkeys, Golden Curve, Power key with Fingerprint|
|Audio||2x 2.5W speakers with Smart AMP technology, 2x 0.7W tweeter, Array Microphone|
|AC Adapter||180 W AC Adapter|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home|
|Size||324 x 222 x 17.9 mm|
Specs Source: ROG Zephyrus G14 Product Page
Interestingly enough, what initially grabbed our attention to this laptop was the AniMe Matrix display on back of the lid. On the lid sits 1,215 mini LEDs emitting a white light with 265 levels of brightness control. This AniMe Matrix can display animations that the user can customize themselves, giving their ROG Zephyrus G14 some extra individual personality. Users can upload animated GIF’s or build them from scratch, frame by frame. Animations can also be set to react to music and other audio, making this PC an interesting option for DJ’s or other performing artists.
While there is a lot of power packed into this slim form, there was also plenty of consideration put into ensuring that it is venting as much heat as possible. For starters, the Zephyrus G14 uses the ErgoLift we experienced in our Zenbook Pro Duo review. When the laptop’s lid is opened, the back of the keyboard is lifted, giving the bottom vents extra room to breathe while also giving you a more ergonomic keyboard tilt. Beyond that, the Zephyrus G14 dynamically adjusts the power going to the CPU based on GPU temperatures, enforcing economic power distribution. All of this is backed by 209 heatsink fins as well as n-Blade fans, all working together to keep this compact powerhouse cool.
This 14-incher really stood out to us at ASUS’ showcase. It has plenty of flair and respectable power, while endeavoring to fit into the smaller laptop bags out there. We’re definitely going to keep tabs on this guy and so should you. You can check out more on the ROG Zephyrus G14 on ASUS’ Republic of Gamers site here…