Even though "virtual reality" has already been around in some form for a number of years, it's only recently that VR gaming has really hit the mainstream with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. And just as high end gaming got its start on the desktop, the same was true with VR. But that's changing too, because you can enjoy all the pleasures of virtual reality on the go with some elite gaming laptops too. The newest is the ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM, packing powerful performance in a light and portable package.


All the major notebook companies are pumping out VR ready laptops. Alienware is doing it and so is AORUS/GIGABYTE. It's only natural that ASUS would get fully engulfed in this melee too.

The official gaming laptop of The International 2016 DOTA 2 championships, the Strix GL702VM from the ASUS Republic of Gamers family features a NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, along with a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU. That's the big one-two punch that gets backed up by a large 17.3-inch anti-glare matte display with full HD resolution and G-SYNC technology. That eliminates tearing and reduces stutter.

With all that power, you'd think that cooling could be a concern. To address this, ASUS has implemented a triple fan cooling system with independent heatsinks and heatpipes. The third fan kicks in for extra GPU cooling when you're in the heat of the action. Other highlights include the anti-ghosting tactile gaming keyboard, USB 3.1 Thunderbolt Type-C, and 16GB of DDR4-2133 RAM.

Shipping now, the ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM comes in two SKUs. The DB71 variant has a 1TB HDD and is priced at $1,399, while the DB74 gets a 256GB SATA III SSD along with the 1TB HDD for $1,599. Full specs are detailed below in the press release.

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ASUS ROG Announces the Strix GL702VM

 

-- Official gaming laptop of The International 2016 DOTA 2 Championships --
Fremont, CA (September 19, 2016) -- ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the immediate availability of the ROG Strix GL702VM VR Ready gaming laptop, featuring an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU, Intel core i7 CPU, and a Full HD G-SYNC display for smooth and stutter free gaming. The GL702VM also packs next gen connectivity with a USB 3.1 Thunderbolt Type-C port, capable of lightning fast data transfer speeds and Ultra HD display output.
Portable and powerful gaming

The ROG Strix GL702VM delivers powerful performance in a light and portable package capable of fitting snuggly in messenger bags or backpacks. The GL702VM employs a 6th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, a NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB GDDR5, 16GB of high-performance DDR4 RAM, and a vibrant 17.3” Full HD display. The anti-glare matte display features G-SYNC technology to create beautifully smooth gaming experiences, eliminating tearing, and reducing stutter and lag.

The GL702VM uses a specially engineered triple fan cooling system. The cooling system features independent heatsinks, heatpipes, and fans for the CPU and GPU, while a third fan is positioned to provide additional cooling to the GPU during lengthy gaming sessions to prevent performance throttling due to heat and maximize framerates.

Built for gamers, featuring the latest technologies

The ROG Strix GL702VM features an anti-ghosting tactile gaming keyboard with 1.6mm of travel distance and up to 30-key rollover protection, ensuring each keystroke is accurately recorded. The keyboard features highlighted WASD keys and neon orange accents throughout, complimented by an aluminum lid with a hairline texture finish.

The G702VM is also outfitted with a USI 3.1 Thunderbolt Type-C port, for single-cable data and signal transmission rates of up to 40Gbps, while also capable of serving as a display output, or for future performance upgrades through external GPU enclosures, such as the upcoming ASUS XG Station II.

ROG Gaming Center

The ROG Gaming Center is available on all ROG gaming notebooks and is a portal to ROG utilities, apps, and tools. System monitoring, overclocking settings, setting macro keys, display and audio tuning, lighting effects, network optimization, and more are available via the ROG Gaming Center software.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING
The ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB71 and GL702VM-DB74 are immediately available for a MSRP of $1399 USD and $1599 at the ASUS Store and leading retailers.
SPECIFICATIONS
Model GL702VM-DB71 GL702VM-DB74
Price (USD) $1,399 $1,599
Processor Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.5GHz) Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.5GHz)
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
Memory 16GB DDR4 2133 MHz (up to 32GB) 16GB DDR4 2133 MHz (up to 32GB)
Display 17.3" FHD 1920 x 1080 G-SYNC with wide viewing angles 17.3" FHD 1920 x 1080 G-SYNC with wide viewing angles
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
Storage 1TB 7200rpm HDD 256GB SATA III SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD
Networking Intel 8260 2x2 802.11ac
Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.1
Gigabit Ethernet jack
Intel 8260 2x2 802.11ac
Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.1
Gigabit Ethernet jack
I/O 1x Combo audio jack
1x USB 3.1 Thunderbolt Type-C
3x USB 3.0
1x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1x HDMI
1x AC adapter plug
1x Combo audio jack
1x USB 3.1 Thunderbolt Type-C
3x USB 3.0
1x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1x HDMI
1x AC adapter plug
Audio Dual speakers Dual speakers
Battery 64Whrs 4-cell Lithium-Ion 64Whrs 4-cell Lithium-Ion
Power Adapter 180W
Input : 100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
180W
Input : 100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.53 x 10.82 x 0.86~0.97 inches 16.53 x 10.82 x 0.86~0.97 inches
Weight 6.02 lbs 6.02 lbs
Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available athttp://www.asus.com/us.
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About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.

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