My own laptop is several years old, weighs a little more than a cinder block and gives me enough time during boot-up to make a sandwich and watch a Barney Miller rerun. I am, therefore, perhaps a little more impressed by the new Asus GX500 gaming notebook revealed today at
than others might be. It packs a Core i7 CPU—and more importantly, a 4K display—into a laptop package less than two centimeters thick.
The GX500 weights 2.2 kg—that's a little shy of five pounds, for those of you more familiar with that quaint system of measure—and is 19 mm thick, which is to say it's not very thick at all. It's powered by Intel's Core i7, while visuals will come by way of Nvidia's new GTX 860M graphics adapter and a 15.6-inch 4K ultra-high-definition display with VisualMaster technology, giving "an incredibly wide color gamut of 100% NTSC." I have to admit that I don't know exactly what that means, but I assume it's good, and more to the point Asus claims it's a "world first on a notebook." Finally, an intelligent dual-fan cooling system will keep this beast from melting or setting your crotch on fire.
notes that the 860M might be a little anemic for gaming at 4K resolutions, but while proper benchmarks aren't yet available, Nvidia's
indicate that it provides a significant step up over the company's previous-gen chip. And even if 4K on your lap proves out of reach, the suggested recourse – dial your gaming back to 2560x1440 – hardly seems like an overly onerous burden.
Asus gave no indication as to how much this little beast will cost, but you can reasonably expect it to approach "If you have to ask..." territory. The GX500 is currently expected to launch sometime in the third quarter of this year.