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CES 2019 | Asus ROG GZ700 2-in-1 is essentially a giant Surface Pro with GeForce RTX 2080 graphics

Asus ROG GZ700 2-in-1 is essentially a giant Surface Pro with GeForce RTX 2080 graphics (Source: Asus)
Asus ROG GZ700 2-in-1 is essentially a giant Surface Pro with GeForce RTX 2080 graphics (Source: Asus)
Ever stopped to wonder how a 17.3-inch 2-in-1 gaming laptop with would look like and work? Apparently, the engineers at Asus have already beaten everyone to the punch. The unique ROG GZ700GX can be configured with a Core i9-8950HK CPU, RTX 2080 GPU, and a detachable keyboard to round up the package.

There's no better time to introduce an off-the-wall and outlandish product than at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This year, Asus has unveiled its 17.3-inch gaming laptop that also happens to be a detachable 2-in-1 a la the Microsoft Surface Pro or Lenovo Miix 520. In other words, its a portable 17.3-inch gaming "tablet" with a detachable keyboard. 

Asus ROG GZ700GXAsus ROG Chimera G703GI
CPUCore i9-8950HKCore i9-8950HK
GPUGeForce RTX 2080GeForce GTX 1080
RAMUp to 64 GB DDR4-2666 (4x SODIMM)Up to 64 GB DDR4-2666 (4x SODIMM)
Display

17.3-inch 1080p IPS 144 Hz 3 ms 100% sRGB

17.3-inch 4K UHD IPS 60 Hz 15 ms

17.3-inch 1080p IPS 144 Hz 3 ms G-Sync
Storage3x M.2 22803x M.2 2280 + 1x 2.5-inch SATA III
Ports2x AC adapter, 1x HDMI 2.0, RJ-45, SD reader, 3.5 mm combo, USB Type-C Gen. 2, Thunderbolt 3, 4x USB Type-A2x AC adapter, 1x HDMI 2.0, RJ-45, SD reader, 3.5 mm combo audio, 3.5 mm microphone, mDP 1.4, Thunderbolt 3, 4x USB Type-A
Audio4x 4 W speakers2x 2 W + 2x 4.5 W speakers
Power2x 280 W AC adapters71 Wh battery, 2x 280 W AC adapters
Dimensions29.9 x 410 x 32051 x 425 x 319
Weight4.7 kg4.72 kg

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Why have a 17.3-inch gaming detachable in the first place? According to Asus, many enthusiast laptop gamers prefer to use an external keyboard over the built-in laptop keyboard for more freedom of movement and comfort. The detachable wireless keyboard of the GZ700 is larger than the typical laptop keyboard and it allows for more positioning possibilities to be closer to a desktop experience.

While Asus has no direct predecessor to the GZ700, a close comparison is the enthusiast 17.3-inch ROG Chimera G703. Both systems are similar in weight and features and both require two individual 280 W AC adapters each to operate at full capacity. We can see that Asus had to drop a couple of options due to the unique GZ700 form factor such as the 2.5-inch SATA III bay and a dedicated DisplayPort. Still, it's mighty impressive that the manufacturer has managed to fit in a Core i9-8950HK CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 GPU without (supposedly) resorting to under-clocking or slower Max-Q variants.

Standard laptop appearance when fully closed
Standard laptop appearance when fully closed
Dual 280 W AC adapter ports along left edge
Dual 280 W AC adapter ports along left edge
Same aluminum outer frame and texture as the existing Zephyrus GX501 or GX531
Same aluminum outer frame and texture as the existing Zephyrus GX501 or GX531
Serviceability not made easy due to the AiO-like design
Serviceability not made easy due to the AiO-like design

An important difference to keep in mind between the GZ700 and a traditional gaming laptop is that its motherboard and components are in the display and not in the base. Since the GZ700 houses very powerful processors, the display can be very top-heavy as a result. Users who have detachable 2-in-1 laptops are already familiar with this undesirable center-of-gravity and innate drawback of the form factor.

There are no touchscreen options despite the detachable design. Asus is clearly marketing the GZ700 as a gaming system for use on a desk with no intentions to replace a slate tablet.

Stand automatically pops open when the system is standing upwards
Stand automatically pops open when the system is standing upwards
The stylized grilles allow for cooling since the motherboard is directly behind the screen
The stylized grilles allow for cooling since the motherboard is directly behind the screen
Kensington Lock hidden underneath the stand
Kensington Lock hidden underneath the stand
No ports along the rear edge due to the hinge design
No ports along the rear edge due to the hinge design
The system can run on a single 280 W AC adapter but at reduced performance
The system can run on a single 280 W AC adapter but at reduced performance
Standing position with the keyboard portion closed
Standing position with the keyboard portion closed
Eight individual copper heat pipes to cool the CPU and GPU
Eight individual copper heat pipes to cool the CPU and GPU
2x SODIMM slots on each side of the motherboard
2x SODIMM slots on each side of the motherboard
Triple M.2 2280 slots in lieu of a 2.5-inch bay
Triple M.2 2280 slots in lieu of a 2.5-inch bay

Expect the ROG GZ700GX to launch in the coming months. Asus says that the new ROG GZ series will not directly replace the existing ROG G series and that it will instead be its own unique addition to the ROG family. Needless to say, the GZ700GX will be the fastest (if not only) 2-in-1 enthusiast gaming laptop in the market once it launches.

"Laptop mode" with wireless keyboard attached
"Laptop mode" with wireless keyboard attached
"AiO mode" with wireless keyboard detached
"AiO mode" with wireless keyboard detached
Similar key layout to the GX501 and GX531
Similar key layout to the GX501 and GX531
Standing position with the keyboard portion opened
Standing position with the keyboard portion opened
0.3 mm keycap curve with deep 2.5 mm key travel
0.3 mm keycap curve with deep 2.5 mm key travel
Virtual NumPad returns
Virtual NumPad returns
Bezels are quite thick, but at least the camera is along the top edge
Bezels are quite thick, but at least the camera is along the top edge
Wireless keyboard detached. Note the magnetic POGO pins for reattaching the keyboard
Wireless keyboard detached. Note the magnetic POGO pins for reattaching the keyboard
The keyboard can fold along the crease
The keyboard can fold along the crease
Folded wireless keyboard
Folded wireless keyboard
Trackpad keys and Arrow keys are small despite the large 17.3-inch design
Trackpad keys and Arrow keys are small despite the large 17.3-inch design
Free USB Type-C port for charging purposes
Free USB Type-C port for charging purposes

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Allen Ngo, 2019-01- 7 (Update: 2019-01- 2)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.