Computex 2014 | Asus updates ROG lineup with the GX500 and G551
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After checking out the updated and admittedly sleek MSI GT72, we weren't too surprised to see another refreshed model from Asus just a few booths down this year at Computex.
The popular and venerable Republic of Gamers series isn't getting a complete overhaul a la the MSI equivalent, but we certainly love the additional small touches the manufacturer has added to embellish the traditionally jet black case of previous ROG modes. Both the new G551 and GX500 are distinguishable by their red accent marks around the edges and corners on their respective bases and touchpads. The keyboard backlight is now also a deep red instead of white to further establish the series as a gamer-centric notebook.
Beyond the glossy lids and matte surfaces, internal specifications include native 4K/UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution IPS 15.6-inch displays, Core i5/i7 CPUs and Nvidia GTX 860M GPUs for both the G551 and GX500. The glaring difference between the models is the thickness: the GX500 is a whole 12 mm thinner and 500 g lighter than its G551 counterpart.
Asus will be marketing the GX500 as the super-slim solution for gamers on-the-go similar to the MSI GS60 Ghost, while the G551 will be more of an entry-level model for around 1000 Euros. Additional specifications and details can be seen in our snapshots below.
We expect exact release dates for the ROG GX500 and G551 to be announced soon.
Notebookcheck at Computex 2014