ASUS ROG Lights Up CES With Strix SKT T1 Laptop, Strix GL12 Desktop, And Aura-Infused Gear

ASUS is dropping the hammer at CES 2018, and it is doing so with a refreshes lineup of ROG products. The company is launching two new gaming rigs: the ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition laptop and the ROG Strix GL12 desktop.
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Starting off with the ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition, this laptop is a collaborative effort with the SK Telecom T1 eSports team. To celebrate the partnership, the laptop comes bundled with co-branded accessories include a mousepad, team posters and even a team jersey. The ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition also comes emblazoned with both ASUS ROG and SK Telecom T1 logos.

When it comes to hardware specs -- and that, of course, is the most important part -- the laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, which is backed by a 120Hz IPS display. Also supporting the machine is an RGB-backlit keyboard with N-key rollover technology and 20 million keystroke durability.

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ASUS ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition
ASUS ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition Laptop

The ASUS ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition launches during the first quarter of 2018 priced at $1,699.

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Next up is the ROG Strix GL12 desktop, which is powered by a hexa-core 8th generation Core i7 processor. Graphics duties are handled by a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, and you'll find such niceties as an easy-swap SSD tray, transparent side panel, water cooling, and customizable lighting that is kept in check with ASUS Aura Sync.

ASUS has not yet announced pricing for the ROG Strix GL12, but it will ship in April.

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On the accessories front, ASUS is also delivering. Check out the ROF Strix Flare, which is an RGB mechanical gaming keyboard outfitted with Cherry MX RGB switches. You'll find dedicated media keys, a volume wheel, and USB pass-through for connecting another peripheral (like a gaming mouse). Each individual key is customizable using Aura Sync lighting technology, and there are even LEDs on the underside of the keyboard to further "throw" your lighting effects around your gaming space.

aura terminal

Two other accessories include the ROG Aura Terminal and ROG Spotlight. The former is a 4-channel RGB controller for LED strips, while the latter allows for RGB provision onto a wall or any other surface. The device features a magnetic base and can provide 360 degrees of adjustment.

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Finally, there's the Bezel-Free Kit accessory, which attempts to "visually eliminate the gaps" in a multi-monitor setup. The kit contains vertical lens and mounting points to attach to two monitors at a time, at a 130-degree angle. Using light refraction technology, the physical seams between are optically erased from your viewpoint, while enhancing gameplay.

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The ASUS ROG Strix Flare, ROG Aura Terminal, ROG Spotlight and ROG Bezel-Free Kit will be available during the first half of 2018; pricing will be available closer to launch.