ASUS have been out in full-force this year with a raft of upgrades, most notably across their ZenBook and heavily in their Republic of Gamer lineups. They’ve explored different setups, offering consumers, gamers and creative professionals demanding the most out of their laptops with the latest from AMD and Intel together with NVIDIA’s GTX 3000 series graphics card. That alongside developments on new features heading into their second generation like the ergolift, screenpad+ display, high refresh monitors and push for more screen-to-body-ratio, are eeking out even more visuals in competitive chassis.
They’ve definitely been pushing the boundaries within the premium laptop and gaming category, with expensive price tags to boot, but you’ll still continue to find more wallet-friendly and budget-conscious alternatives in their Vivobook, ZenBook, ChromeBook and TUF series too. Here are the best ASUS laptops so far in 2021 as hand-picked by me. (This will be updated with new featured models as ASUS announce more).
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ASUS COLLECTION ROG Zephyrus Duo GX551 ZenBook Pro Duo UX582 ZenBook Duo UX581 ROG Zephyrus G14 ROG Scar Strix 15 ExpertBook B9
ROG Zephyrus Duo GX551
BEST-IN-CLASS DUAL SCREEN PRODUCTIVITY FOR PROFESSIONALS RELEASE MAY 2021 FROM $2,199 – $3,699 USD
The ultimate dual-screen republic of gamers laptop, ASUS continues the second generation with the latest and greatest from AMD, offering at it’s highest AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900 HX, 2TB SSD Raid 0 configuration, NVIDIA’s GTX 3080 GPU (130W, 8GB GDDR6) with 32GB RAM. The It’s outfitted with an anti-glare 4K 120Hz panel, 100% Adobe RGB accuracy and 3ms response time, satisfying gamers craving detail, wanting uncompromised mixed-use flow with solid refresh rates for the competitive. Having your livestream, discord or guides in the secondary display while you blaze through games on the main screen. Weighing 2.48kg and less than 21mm thick, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo series is brimming with performance greatness in a very compelling gamer-centric chassis defying conventional norms. It is expected to cost around $2,999 USD
BEST-IN-CLASS DUAL SCREEN PRODUCTIVITY FOR PROFESSIONALS RELEASE MAY 2021 $3,999 USD
The crème de la crème of ASUS’s professional laptop offerings, the ZenBook Pro Duo benefits this year from the ergonomic upgrades transferred over from the ROG Zephyrus Duo GX551, namely the titling ScreenPad+ in a more stylistic chassis. Aimed at creative professionals, the 15.6″ touchscreen 4K OLED HDR panel (3840 x 2160) and matching ScreenPad+ second display resolution bring out the most in terms of details, contrast and is pantone validated with 100% DCI-P3 gamut for colour accuracy and stylus support for interactive manipulations.
You’ll find an Intel 10th gen Core i9-10980HK, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD and the latest NVIDIA GTX 3070 (8GB GDDR6, 90W), offering performance for the most demanding workflows. The dual-screen in it’s second generation provides a smoother experience interacting with the ScreenPad!+, delivering real productivity and workflow gains for photos, video editing, music production, streamers and multi-window operation. Weighing at 2.34kg and 21.5mm thick, this is the ultimate dual-screen offering from ASUS with top of the range graphic and computer performance for home, desk or uncompromised workflow away.
BEST OF ZENBOOK PRO DUO MORE TRAVEL-FRIENDLY RELEASE APRIL 2021 FROM $999 USD
The 14″ version of the ZenBook Pro Duo, though it does away with the ‘pro’ moniker’ it still retains that level of quality in a smaller, compact chassis. The UX482 features the signature screenpad+ second display, same design and keyboard layout, and is outfitted with a 14″ touchscreen FHD (1920 x 1080 16:9) IPS panel. It’s better suited for those that edge more on the mobility side than what the UX582 offers but still offers plenty of performance. With up to an Intel Core i7-1165G7 Processor, 32GB RAM, Iris Xe Integrated and an option with NVIDIA MX450 graphics, and 1TB NVMe SSD, more than capable enough for productivity on the go. Weighing 1.62kg and less than 17mm thin, the travel-sized alternative to the ZenBook Pro Duo is an excellent combination of performance, mobility, design and functionality. It also has Thunderbolt 4, providing 4 hours of usage in just 30 minutes of charge time.
POWERFUL GAMING INSIDE A 14″ RELEASE APRIL 2021 FROM $1,499 – $1,999 USD
If you want a more traditional form factor for gaming, cramming some of the best hardware inside a 14″ chassis that is still mobile-friendly, then the ROG Zephyrus G14 is what you’re looking for. The design is more subtle for everyday use, has a 14.0″ (WQHD 2560 x 1440, 300 NITS) packs AMD Ryzen 9 5900 HS, can be outfitted with up to an NVIDIA GTX 3060 GPU (60W), 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD, it punches above it’s weight in this class when it comes to gaming. The Animatrix exterior is still here which can be customised to animate behind the holed design of the lid, with all the extra connections and is still rated to give nearly 11 hours of battery to power through the day.
FOR PURE GAMING PURISTS WITH GUSTO RELEASE APRIL 2021 FROM $1,499 USD
The ASUS ROG Scar Strix series is for the gaming purists that demand the best of everything, from graphics, performance, and response time, with a touch and feel of a mechanical keyboard. With an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GTX 3080 GPU (80W), up to 64GB RAM and 2TB SSD in Raid 0 configuration, it doesn’t get any better than this, the gamer at heart, and the flex to power through any workflow you demand outside of it. With per key RGB lighting, up to 300Ghz refresh rate FHD panel and 3ms response time, or 165hz QHD resolution in an 85% screen to body ratio, choose your visual preference with the highest refresh rates currently available. With all that performance, cooling is essential, which is why you’ll find liquid metal cooling, 4 fan outlets and improved heat transfer that results in up to 16 degrees celsuis cooler temperatures and -3db noise. The optical mechanical keyboard has 1.9mm key travel with 0.2mm response time to offer a laptop that is on the same wavelength as you in games that demand the most in cognitive and sensory reactions. There’s also a 17″ model together with the 15″ size, 22.6mm thick chassis and 2.3kg in weight that allows the power to shine without constriction. And if you’re a fan of the interchangeable armor colour caps (pink, silver, grey) and customisable lightbar underneath, this is a gamer’s dream.
LIGHTEST BUSINESS LAPTOP AT 870 GRAMS RELEASE JANUARY 2021 $1,499 USD
Strictly for mobile professionals always on the road looking to keep their luggage minimal and in a constant flow, the ASUS ExpertBook B9 is an incredibly light machine, weighing just a mere 870 grams in a full traditional laptop formfactor. Less than 15mm thin when closed, fast charges 60% in 39 minutes and lasts up to 24 hours of video playback, this is a road warrior built for the long-haul. A slew of connectivity options ensures you can connect to any external monitor for presentations including a HDMI slot, micro HDMI, Thunderbolt 3 USB-C and USB-A for those peripherals, all packed with an Intel Core i7 10th gen processor and 16GB RAM. For all that mobility and thinness, it’s MIL-STD 810G graded to military standards, and a spill-resistant keyboard for those accidental liquid spills. Harman Kardon speakers offer rich sound quality from the speakers while the trackpad holds ASUS’ signature NumberPad9 so you’re not left without functionality, plus additional shortcuy function keys to get where you need to faster.
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