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12 January 2018, 09:40 | Justin Tyler
CES 2018: ASUS Announces the ROG Spotlight
The Hero Edition laptop is definitely merchandise meant for SKT T1 fans, because it also comes with an SKT jersey, mousepad, and posters of all the team members. In a twist from conventional keyboard designs, ASUS ROG has placed a set of media controls on the top left-hand side including an aluminum volume wheel.
The laptop itself is branded with a custom cover featuring the SK Telecom T1 team logo, and the ROG logo, in a unique design. eSports League of Legends icon Faker has his signature on the palm rest. Powering the device is a factory-overclocked Core i7-7820HK processor which is up to 4.3 GHz from the factory, and GeForce GTX 1080 graphics with a maximum boost clock of 1974 MHz. The company is launching two new gaming rigs: the ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition laptop and the ROG Strix GL12 desktop.
ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition launches during the first quarter of 2018 priced at $1,699. The Flare will also be available in one of the latest additions to the Cherry MX line up announced past year, the Cherry MX silver design which features a shorter actuation point of only 1.2mm and a maximum travel distance of 3.4mm; for reference the Cherry MX red switch has a 2mm actuation point and a 4mm total travel distance.
The GL12 features an easy-swap SSD tray as well to allow simple upgrades of the built-in storage. You can pick up the ROG G703 right now starting at $3499. Check out the ROF Strix Flare, which is an RGB mechanical gaming keyboard outfitted with Cherry MX RGB switches.
At CES 2018 today, ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) unveiled several new products in its lineup of gaming gear including a laptop, desktop, keyboard, and more. First up is the ROG Aura Terminal, a four-channel addressable RGB controller that works with Aura Sync and the company's new ROG Halo technology. As a result, gamers create system effects with customisable lighting.
Asus ROG has a couple of dedicated RGB lighting accessories. Pricing and availability of the ROG Spotlight are now unknown at the time of writing.
Next up is the Asus Bezel-free Kit, which is made of vertical refractive lenses meant to hide the bezels in multi-monitor setups.
Rounding out Asus' new stuff is the ROG Spotlight, an accessory that looks like a webcam but instead projects Asus' ROG logo onto a wall or other surface. The kit consists of vertical lenses and mounts that connect the edge of each monitor at a 130-degree angle.
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