The laptop industry has seen a resurgence over the last decade. They were overshadowed for a long time by the exciting new smartphone industry, but are back with a vengeance. ASUS South Africa wants to be at the forefront of this wave of powerful, sleek laptops. It has just launched five new laptops in the country, for every possible use case.
“With this launch we moved away from our normal practice of individual product drops. ASUS creates exceptional machines that are diligently designed with specific users in mind,” the company said in a statement.
Let’s take a look at each in the new line-up.
ProArt StudioBook Pro 17
The new ProArt latptops from ASUS South Africa are built for professionals, creatives and content creators. It delivers a large 17-inch display of FHD+ resolution. It has high-end specs to enable multitasking and content creation, at a relatively light 2.39kg.
You can choose between Intel Xeon or Intel Core i7 CPUs, though the higher-end should be the way to go for most. You also have an option between NVIDIA Quadro RTX or GeForce RTX graphics.
If you’re often on the go while needing to get power-intensive creative work done, the ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 is a possible solution. It is available from R45,999.
As has been the case in the past, the new Vivobook S is meant to cram as much performance as possible into a small, light chassis. It is competing in a very full ultrabook segment, and ASUS South Africa believes it is a strong competitor in a market dominated by Apple.
The Vivobook is thin, and focuses on style and design.
It has two CPU options – either the new AMD Ryzen R7 or the 10th Gen Intel Core i7.
This laptop starts at R17,999.
ROG Zephyrus G14
Republic of Gamers (ROG) is ASUS’ gaming division and have always pushed the envelope when building high-end gaming laptops.
According to ASUS this is the world’s most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop, with high-end internals like the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. The battery has been upgraded over the previous model and ASUS claims 10 hour battery life.
It tries to blend high-end performance with portability – it measures 17.9mm thick and weighs just 1.6kg.
It is now available from a starting price of R39,999.
ROG Scar Strix III
Again, another new gaming laptop from ROG – this one focusing on streaming capabilities for people that call gaming their profession. It has a 17.3-inch display and GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU with overclocking, the laptop is aimed at esports gamers.
You have various choices within the 10th Gen Intel Core processors (up to i9), a 300Hz refresh rate display, WiFi 6 support and two solid state drives. You can spec it with up to 32GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
It starts from R35,999.
TUF Gaming A15 Laptop
This is a brand new family of gaming laptops from ASUS South Africa. It aims to be a solid gaming machine, while being well-rounded for general use as well.
It runs the AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPU and the GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. It has a longer-lasting battery than other gaming laptops and a multitude of ports for a wider range of peripherals.
It is available now from a starting price of R19 999.
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