IFA 2019 | Asus ROG introduces world's first gaming laptop sporting a 300 Hz display with the Zephyrus S GX701
Update September 4: Acer has also announced a 300 Hz panel update for the Predator Triton 500, which was revealed just before Asus showed off the revamped Zephyrus.
Asus, and its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand, has unveiled the Zephyrus S GX701 gaming laptop that sports an ultrafast 300 Hz display. The device is the first to receive the brand-new panel, with Asus planning on eventually implementing the impressive screen option in a range of Zephyrus and Strix laptops. This particular variant of the Zephyrus S GX701 is scheduled to start shipping in October and will herald yet another advance in gaming display technology.
The 300 Hz refresh rate offered up in the panel of this particular 17-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 SKU is accompanied by some incredible statistics. The frame-drawing rate is five times faster than the 60 Hz panels found in many common laptops, and the new display is even 25% quicker than the current 240-Hz machines favored by professional gamers and esports enthusiasts.
Asus has also been showing off prototypes of other machines that will come with the 300 Hz panel option, including the 15-inch and 17-inch models of the Strix SCAR III and the 15-inch Zephyrus S GX502. Along with powerful GPUs such as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and GeForce RTX 2080, the upgraded ultraslim laptops will also feature the ROG Active Aerodynamic System that pushes the bottom panel down when the lid is opened, creating a handy gap to expedite air flow.
It’s not just super-high 300 Hz refresh rates that Asus has focused on though. The company expects to release special editions of the Zephyrus S GX531 and GX701 with bright and contrast-rich HDR displays, and these will be the first gaming laptops that come with these particular cutting-edge screens. It looks like gamers and esports players will soon have plenty of new options to choose from when purchasing a laptop that can offer that all-important edge over their rivals.