For PC gamers looking for that extra bit of performance while playing games on laptops, there is a whole new segment of devices with hardware befitting desktops. After Dell’s Alienware Area 51m, now Asus is going to soon launch its 2-in-1 laptop, the ROG Mothership, for gamers in India. It’s priced at $5,499 (approx 3,94,134).

A hybrid design in gaming laptops isn’t a first. What separates Asus’ 2-in-1 is that its keyboard is detachable and foldable. So you can use this as a laptop, or take the keyboard and sit afar. A metal kickstand holds the display upright. While gaming laptops have evolved in terms of design and are now available in more compact form-factor, the Mothership makes no attempt to endear itself to the portability enthusiasts. It looks big and at 4.8kg, also weighs more than the Alienware Area 51m (4.4kg). The Mothership’s 17.3-inch IPS display is big and offers a wider playground, just like the Area 51m. The base variant has a resolution of 1,920x1,080p with 144Hz refresh rate, while the top model offers 4K with 60Hz.

We reviewed the base variant and were impressed with its vibrant look and feel. Though the Mothership is a 2-in-1, the screen doesn’t support touch input. What makes the laptop standout is its powerful hardware. It runs on a desktop grade Intel Core i9-9980HK CPU and Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU, which means you can get the same power as you can from most desktops.

To keep the laptop cool, Asus has parked all the hardware inside the display chassis. This improves airflow and helps keep it cool during long gaming sessions, unlike other gaming laptops where the air vents are placed at the base or sides. Coupled with a 64GB RAM and up to three 512GB SSDs, the Mothership is a beast in its own right. It handled AAA games such as Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC at ultra graphics settings without breaking a sweat. The ROG Mothership makes a stronger impression because of its unique design concept.

However, it is not the most user-friendly device. The Alienware Area 51m ( 2,99,590) is a more convenient alternative.

PROS

  • Display is large and bright
  • Unique 2-in-1 design
  • Desktop-grade performance

CONS

  • Feels quite heavy and big
  • Display doesn’t support touch
  • Expensive

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