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ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX review: Is this a Surface convertible for gaming?

By Koh Wanzi - 9 Oct 2019
Launch SRP: S$9998

Introduction

ASUS ROG Mothership

ASUS made this simply because they can

The ASUS ROG Mothership turned quite a few heads when it was first announced at CES 2019. It defied categorisation – was it a giant convertible laptop or an all-in-one machine? But wait, it doesn't even have a touchscreen, so it's not actually a giant Surface Pro, despite looking every bit like one, down to the kickstand and detachable keyboard.

Either way, the Mothership looks more like a concept device than an actual product. It's made up of various incongruities, trumpeting its credentials as a desktop replacement and portable gaming machine in the same breath. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me, and I'm not sure what need it fulfills. At S$9,998, it's also insanely expensive. But if you had that kind of money, you could also build two super powerful gaming desktops with top-end hardware.

Here's an overview of its specifications: 

  • 17.3-inch 3,840 x 2,160-pixel IPS-type 60Hz G-Sync display (100 per cent Adobe RGB coverage)
  • Intel Core i9-9980HK processor (2.40GHz, 16MB L3 cache)
  • 64GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
  • 3x 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD in RAID 0
  • 90Wh Li-ion battery
  • 410 x 320 x 29mm
  • 4.8kg

Who is the Mothership for? Is it even for anybody? Follow us as we take a closer look at it.

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7.0
  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Performance 9.5
  • Value 4
  • Mobility 3
The Good
Super fast gaming performance and top-end specs
Great build quality
Convertible design delivers tangible improvements to cooling
Keyboard delivers an enjoyable typing experience
The Bad
4K 60Hz display isn't the best for games
Display a little dim
Massive size and heavy weight
Requires two power bricks
Poor battery life
Exorbitant price tag
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