Asus has unveiled two gaming laptops
stamped with the well-established Republic of Gamers (ROG) seal. When the company first began using the ROG name, it was mostly imprinted on gaming-oriented motherboards. It is now seen on notebooks and a few other products, to highlight their intent for gamers.
Jumping right in, the G51Vx and G60Vx appear to share identical specifications, apart from the extra .4” of display on the G60. They each offer the choice between a host of Intel Core 2 Duo’s and a Core 2 Quad Q9000. They have an Intel PM45 + ICH9M chipset, up to 4GB of DDR2 800MHz RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M with 1GB DDR3 VRAM, support for dual SATA HDDs (up to 1TB 5400RPM and 640GB 7200RPM), a Blu-ray combo drive and a 2 megapixel webcam.
Asus claims to have remedied the typical thermal issues presented when squeezing a GTX 260M into a 15” form factor. The laptops weigh in excess of 7lbs when equipped with a 6 cell battery and single HDD. There’s no word on US availability, but folks in the UK are looking at a September launch date and a price of £1,500 (about $2,475).