Asus just launched three new ROG gaming laptops but the announcement that looked the coolest was definitely this little baby.
Asus ROG Keystone
The Asus ROG Keystone is a small key that goes in the side of the newly-announced laptops and stores saved profiles and system settings from one device to another.
The ROG Keystone can also access and unlock a ‘Shadow Drive’ on the laptop, allowing only the owner of the Keystone to see a hidden, encrypted partition on the HDD.
While it uses NFC to do all this, the ROG Keystone could essentially be considered a modded USB drive, though it does have its uses for pro-gamers.
Asus said that this little gadget could definitely help eSports players that use different laptops all the time but don’t want to waste a lot of time setting them up with their custom profiles and RGB lighting.
The Asus ROG Keystone is designed to slot into the newly announced ROG Scar III and ROG Hero III gaming laptops (you can see it plugged in on their right side), so let’s see what those devices have to offer.
Asus ROG Scar III
The Asus ROG Scar III is a higher-end model featuring a RTX 2070 graphics card paired with 16 GB of RAM. Two models are available, the 15.6-inch one with a whopping 240Hz IPS display and a 17.3-inch version with a 144Hz display.
Those who go for the model with an 87-9750H will have to pay £2199. There’s also an i9-9980HK CPU model of the ROG Scar III available but that’s an eye-watering £2799.
Asus ROG Strix Hero III
The same display sizes are available in the Strix Hero III but these laptop models stop at IPS 144Hz panels and a RTX 2060 graphics card.
The specs are completed by an i7-9750H processor, 16 GB of DDR4 memory, 1TB SSHD, and a 512GB NVMe drive. The cheapest model is £1799, while the 17-inch one will set gamers back £1899.
Asus ROG Strix G
The most affordable new Asus ROG laptop announced is the Strix G, also available in 15.6 inches with 120Hz refresh rate and 17.3 inches with 144Hz refresh rate.
The smaller one will retail for £1399 while the bigger version adds another $100 to that pricetag.
Under the hood, the ASUS ROG Strix G is a decent gaming laptop that can handle most of AAA titles. It sports a GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, an i7-9750H processor, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512 NVMe SSD.
The only thing it doesn’t do? The Strix G has no slot for the ROG Keystone.