ASUS ROG has dropped the bomb on CES with the announcement of the ROG Mothership. As per title, this is what happens when you hand over a Surface Pro to the engineers over at the Republic of Gamers. This is the very definition of ON STEROIDS.

ROG Mothership (GZ700)

What drives the creation of ROG Mothership is the team’s effort in achieving better thermal performance for portable desktop class gaming. We used to have GX700 and GX800 with liquid cooling, both are great when docked to the water cooling station and that pretty much limits the actual cooling performance when the laptop is on its own.

By taking away the keyboard from the chassis, it allows more space for the cooling solution, not to mention the standing position of the main chassis allows more cool air to be sucked into the cooling chamber. Build quality is top notch as the main body is mainly constructed from CNC-milled aluminium block. The keyboard can also be detached and used in either wired or wireless mode.

As for the specs, expect nothing less from the best of the best.

ProcessorIntel® Core i9-8950HK
Operating systemWindows 10 Home

Windows 10 Pro (ASUS recommends Windows 10 Pro)

Display17.3” FHD (1920×1080) IPS-level panel, 144Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB, G-SYNC
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce RTX 2080


MemoryDDR4 2666MHz SDRAM (Dual channel)

Up to 64GB

Storage 3 x M.2 NVMe PCIe® 3.0 x4 512GB SSD
WirelessIntel® Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) 2×2 gigabit Wi-Fi

Bluetooth® 5.0 (Version may vary as the OS upgrades)

Connectivity1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Thunderbolt 3

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / VirtualLink

3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A / USB charger +

1 x HDMI 2.0

1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack

1 x 3.5mm microphone jack

1 x RJ-45 jack

1 x SD card reader

1 x Kensington lock

Keyboard and touchpadDetachable keyboard stays wired or goes wireless

Backlit Chiclet Keyboard

N-key rollover

Per-key RGB

Aura Sync (only supported when keyboard is wired)

2.5mm key travel

0.3mm keycap dish

Audio4 x 4W speakers with smart-amplifier technology

Array microphone

SoftwareArmoury Crate

GameFirst V


Sonic Studio & Sonic Radar III


XSplit Gamecaster (Free)

Android / iOS App

AC adapter280W power adaptor x 2
Size410 x 320 x 29.9mm
Weight4.7kg (TBC)

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