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ASUS ROG Mothership Review: The Gaming Beast

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I’ve seen my fair share of both daily laptops and gaming laptops in my life but this time, an interesting type of laptop for gaming crashes (literally) on my doorstep. This is probably the heaviest laptop I’ve ever been able to review. Oh, did I mention it’s the most expensive laptop, too?

Priced at rm 2,699 (Malaysian prices, please refer to rog’s website for your area to see the prices of your area), ASUS ROG Mothership gives you not only a simple gaming laptop but also more.

The laptop is large in size, and is precisely 17.3 inches long and promises a lot of power. Equipped with a 2080 Nvidia RTX graphical processor paired with the Intel Core i9 processor, this laptop is a monster that has been raised in the factory, giving you the power you need both for work and even for games.

What makes your laptop interesting is not how much energy it has, but the shape factor. I would describe the device as a reverse laptop – its thicker side is displayed while the insomnia side is the keyboard.

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It opens like a normal laptop but can be tricky. Once opened, the back pops up and turns into an adjustable stand with a set of viewing angles. In addition, the keyboard itself is detachable and can be folded half its size, allowing you to relax and relax while working or playing.

How to look open with the keyboard attached.

Turn off the keyboard.
Besides, your laptop screen can reach 4K Ultra HD, which is great if you’re watching movies or playing great movie games. If you like higher frame display rates, you can choose a Full HD 144Hz screen.

Here’s the full tech specs of the ASUS ROG Mothership:

  • Model: GZ700GX
  • Display: 17.3-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS-level panel, 144Hz, 3ms
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 (Boost Clock: 1880MHz, 200W), 8GB GDDR6 VRAM
  • Processor: Intel ® Core™ i9-9980HK
  • Memory: DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM (Dual channel), Up to 64 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Storage: 3 x M.2 NVMe PCIE 3.0 x4 512GB SSD
  • Ports: 1 x USB3.1 Gen2 Type-C / Thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB3.1 Gen2 Type-C with DisplayPort™ 1.4, 3 x USB3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 1 x USB3.1 Gen1 Type A / USB charger +, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack, 1x 3.5mm microphone jack, 1 x RJ-45 jack, 1 x SD card reader, 1 x Kensington lock
  • Connectivity: Intel ® Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ performance (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0
  • Dimensions: 410 (W) x 320 (D) x 29.9 (H) mm
  • Weight: 4.8KG

Design – Not practical but looks really cool

While most people consider laptops practical, portable and easy to use on the go, ASUS ROG Mothership is none of this. While it is titled “Laptop” in its name, the Mothership is the opposite of what a practical laptop is.

It’s very heavy, weighs 4.8 kg (yes, I felt like my back was crying a little bit when I carried this bad boy) and it’s 17.3 inches in size and it’s too big. Regardless of its size and weight, the laptop is very powerful and also boasts some serious cooling capabilities (yes, the pressure test this laptop didn’t show any heat on this thing).

Here’s everything you get in the box. Malaysia group comes with a mouse. Now, this laptop already weighs 4.8 kg. Imagine adding that with the heavy and big power floors.

A closer look at the polished metal structure as well as the details on the back of the screen. The pink gold logo is fairly transparent, allowing RGB lighting to shine through it.
Another reason for the weight of the laptop may be due to the fact that it comes in a brushed metal structure.

The keyboard is detachable, which is great when you feel like lying on your seat or on the couch while you work. The folding keyboard is also a great touch, making it very comfortable in your lap.

Detachable keyboard. Plugit and remove smoothly and are easily clicked and turned off thanks to magnets. It’s folding, making it compact and easy to use.

The keyboard is foldable and can be used this way if this is your thing.
However, when connected to your laptop, the keyboard does not make it very comfortable while playing. The height of the keyboard is too high, which hurts my wrist when playing.

When separated, the keyboard feels less stressful on the wrist, but it feels a little later because it looks too flat. In addition, the keyboard looks very flimsy. If you’re the type to press the keys, I recommend you disconnect your laptop because you feel that the keyboard bends when you lift it and attach it to your laptop.

As for the laptop keys, I personally felt that the keys were too tight together. The keys are assembled on the left side of the keyboard to accommodate the touchpad placed on the right side of the keyboard. The touchpad also doubles as a number plate, giving users a full laptop at the touch of a button.

A closer look at the keyboard. The keys are a bit tight and take some time to get used to. The touchpad acts as a number plate, giving users a complete keyboard experience.

How it looks with the keyboard running. The height of the keyboard is slightly high and causes some discomfort, especially during long-term use. I recommend removing the keyboard if you use this for long periods.
There have been many instances where I found myself accidentally pressing the wrong key, especially when playing games like League of Legends where I accidentally do my final or flash by accident. The keys also felt very shallow plastic. There are also some keys that have been minimized, making it difficult for me to distinguish their position without looking.

Now for aesthetics. If you’re a huge RGBae fan like me, then you’ll love your laptop. When the keyboard is disconnected, the front speakers as well as the keyboard light up superbly. However, it can be a little distracting, especially when connecting the game’s lighting via Aura. If the headlight is too distracting, you can attach the keyboard to hide it but then you’ll have to face the discomfort of using the attached keyboard.

The edges on the screen aren’t exactly what I describe as slim, but they’re definitely not as thick as I thought. The top edge is certainly on the thicker side because it has a 2.1-megapixel webcam.

The RGB bar is speaker.
Regarding connectivity, I don’t think you’ll have a big problem with this laptop because it comes with a range of different ports as mentioned above. What really pleases me is the SD card reader, which makes it great for creators to move their work from their cameras and more.

Some ports are found on the side of the laptop, specifically, the side of the screen.

More ports on the right side of the laptop. An SD card reader is one of my favorite things on this laptop.

The power button is placed in the upper right corner of the screen, which is a bit strange.
Because all devices are placed behind the screen, you can see the vents on top of the laptop as well as the vents throughout the afternoon.

Now, in terms of portability and operation, this laptop is not. As we mentioned before, they are large, huge and heavy and certainly not great for those who use laptops on the go. In addition, the laptop also uses two 280-watt charging floors that are heavy and bulky.

The final verdict.

Pros:

  • Powerful gaming laptop that can run pretty much any game on the highest settings
  • Amazing cooling system
  • Detachable keyboard makes it great for chill gaming
  • Amazing display
  • Great sounding speakers
  • Cool design

Cons:

  • Too large, heavy and bulky
  • Keyboard is too flat and feels flimsy
  • Keys are too cramped, causing mis-presses
  • Wireless keyboard is a hit-or-miss. Sometimes it will double press, sometimes it might not register at all
  • The keyboard isn’t very comfortable to use

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