Asus this week unveiled an ultra-slim gaming laptop called the G501, a 15.6-inch machine released under the company's Republic of Gamers (ROG) imprint and sporting Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 960M graphics processor.
The Asus ROG G501 weighs in at 4.54 pounds and is just 0.81 inches thick, supplying 4K Ultra High Definition resolution in a slim and sleek package. It's set to start shipping in April and will cost a pretty penny— $ 1,999, to be precise.
The gaming laptop's GeForce GTX 960M with Optimus Technology "automatically tweaks the GPU for either turned-up graphics power or battery-boosting efficiency depending on what you're doing," Asus said.
With Nvidia GeForce GTX 900M onboard, G Series laptops also support up to three external monitors.
Powering the G501, which runs 64-bit Windows 8.1, is an Intel Core i7 4720HQ processor. The gaming laptop sports a 512GB solid state drive (SSD) which supports four PCIe lanes and 16GB of DDR3 memory. More specs include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0, while the G501's I/O includes three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Thunderbolt, an SD card reader, and a headphone and microphone port.
Asus is also pitching the G501's super-fast screen-loading capabilities to gamers.
"Kiss loading screens goodbye thanks to the PCIe x4 SSD for near twice the performance of previous-gen SSDs [and enabling] transfers up to 1.1GB per second. The G501 also comes with a Thunderbolt port for up to 10 Gbps transfer speeds—twice the bandwidth of USB 3.0," Asus said on its new product page for the laptop.
The computer maker's G Series laptops pack plenty under the hood but are also designed to look impressive on the outside, with nods to gamers like backlit keyboards.