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ASUS ROG GR8 II Review

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When you think of gaming PCs, large immobile machines come to mind. ASUS has other plans with its ROG-branded GR8 II, which is smaller than Sony’s PS4 Pro but with the might to take on the latest AAA titles.

And it’s not an ugly sight either; in fact, I’d say it’s the most attractive gaming PC in the market right now.


See for yourself:

This is as compact as a gaming PC can get

Dimensions: 88 x 299 x 281.3mm; weight: 4kg

And is slim enough to fit into cramped spaces

Standing it up is the only practical position, though

You get basic ports in front

Two USB 3.0 ports and audio outputs, plus gorgeous RGB lighting

And all the rest at the back

1x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, 2x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, Ethernet, Optical S/PDIF out

Most of the heat comes out from the top vent

Be sure not to place anything like headphones on top

You need a single Philips screwdriver to open it up

Only four screws need to be removed to remove the side panel for upgrades

Once set up, it looks especially nice with matching ROG equipment

The 24-inch Full HD ROG Swift PG248Q with its 180Hz refresh rate is perfect for high-speed games

How well does it perform?

What’s a good-looking gaming PC without fitting specs to back it up? The GR8 II isn’t going to impress you with Zephyrus-like numbers, but it’s definitely good enough for gaming on high settings at 1080p.

We have an Intel Core i7-7700 processor, a single stick of 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, and NVIDIA’s midrange GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. These all connect to a custom H110 motherboard.

Playing DOOM on Ultra graphics settings consistently gave us over 90fps on our 1080p monitor; and as expected, Overwatch was an absolute cinch, providing us with over 150fps on optimized graphics settings to maximize the same monitor’s G-Sync-enabled 180Hz refresh rate.

The only game that pushed the GR8 II during our tests was Rise of the Tomb Raider. Although it got 68fps according to the built-in benchmark on the highest settings, actual gameplay wasn’t as smooth. It was only when we lowered some of the more intensive settings like hair effects and texture rendering that the game became playable on high settings.

What else is there to know?

A common concern with cramming so much power into a tiny frame is noise and heat build-up. We were expecting the GR8 II to get loud and warm under heavy load because of its lack of ventilation and relatively small fans, but the results were still pleasant.

Thanks to some strategic chopping up of the motherboard, vents and fans are placed where they need to be. It was only while playing games in an absolutely quiet room when we’d hear the roaring of the fans. Definitely nothing that would wake up a sleeping baby, so you can game with peace of mind.

Speaking of the custom motherboard design, it sadly holds back the upgradability of the GR8 II. You can only swap the RAM and HDD, and add an SSD to the lone M.2 slot. The CPU, GPU, and motherboard would need assistance from an ASUS service center for replacements.

The other drawback is the separate 230W power adapter that acts as the unit’s power supply. This is ASUS’ trick to lowering the weight and size of the GR8 II, but this just means more things to carry with you when you transfer battle stations for LAN parties.

Why choose this over a gaming laptop?

This is the question that went through our minds as we used the GR8 II: Doesn’t an equally priced gaming notebook offer a more complete experience with added mobility?

It’s definitely something to ponder over. A gaming laptop owns the same expandability (user-replaceable storage and memory components), wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), and an external power supply, but comes with a built-in monitor, keyboard, and battery for short trips. However, what the GR8 II does better is port selection and saving space on a tight desk.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

It all boils down to your gaming needs. While there’s no doubt the GR8 II is more than enough for 1080p gaming at high frame rates, the previous question establishes the compact PC’s position in the market.

The GR8 II feels like a gaming laptop in the body of desktop PC, with the limited upgradeability of the former and immobility of the latter. At the same time, it also doesn’t have the mobility of a notebook nor the sheer possibilities of a true PC tower.

Considering all those factors, it’s clear the GR8 II is somewhere in between the two segments. You’re buying into the idea of a sleek gaming machine that’s designed to look good and deliver respectable performance beyond the minimal physical space it consumes.

Price relies heavily on what configuration you choose; the setup we reviewed costs PhP 69,990 (US$ 1,375) in the Philippines, but you can find a cheaper setup with a Core i5 processor and less storage for around US$ 1,000.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM Review: Portable gaming powerhouse

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Lenovo offers discounts for its budget laptops

Hurry before the promo is up

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Are you a student looking for a laptop that won’t break the bank? Lenovo is offering discounts for some of its budget laptops. The laptops eligible for the discounts are the Ideapad S145, S130, and the 330.

Here are the details:


  • Ideapad S130 81J1000WPH / 81J1000VPH / 81J1000XPH (11.6″ HD display; Celeron N4000; 2GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 14,995 down to PhP 12,995
  • Ideapad S130 81J1000SPH (11.6″ HD display; Celeron N4000; 2GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 15,995 down to PhP 13,995
  • Ideapad 330 81D0001SPH / 81D0001TPH (14″ HD display; Celeron N4100; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 17,995 down to PhP 15,995
  • Ideapad S145 81MU000NPH (14″ HD display; Celeron Gold 4205U; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 18,995 down to PhP 16,995
  • Ideapad 330 81D00040PH / 81D0001UPH (14″ HD display; Pentium N5000; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 19,995 down to PhP 17,995
  • Ideapad S145 81MU000MPH (14″ HD display; Pentium Gold 5405U; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 20,995 down to PhP 18,995

The discount is valid until August 30 in all Lenovo concept stores nationwide. Only cash payments are eligible. All laptops come with a standard two-year warranty.

All of the discounted laptops are Lenovo’s latest budget offerings. The Ideapad line is suitable for everyday needs of most users, including students. The Ideapad S145, which was released this July, features narrower bezels for interruption-free viewing and Dolby Audio for clearer sounds. And along with Ideapad S130, both RAM and storage on these laptops can be upgraded for a faster performance.

Along with these budget offerings, Lenovo also has a wide selection of laptops to suit the needs of different users To know more about the discount, visit Lenovo’s Facebook page.

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ASUS launches the ROG Elite Rewards Program

Official and exclusive ROG merch await you

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To celebrate its 30th year in the Philippines, ASUS is launching the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Elite Rewards program. The ROG Elite Rewards program allows ROG users and supporters to collect points in exchange of official and exclusive ROG merchandise by completing various tasks!

To join, users must sign-in through the ROG Elite website. After signing up, participants will be automatically delegated to the Bronze tier. There are 5 tiers in the program. As users collect more points, they climb up from Bronze to Silver, Gold, and eventually Platinum.


Only the best ROG Elite Rewards program participants can be chosen for the invite-only Diamond tier which grants them the privilege to try new products and attend special events.

Prizes Up For Grabs

For all the tiers, participants can snag limited edition accessories like ROG keycap, keychains and exclusive ROG shirts. Premium products such as the ROG Strix Fusion headset and even the flagship beast, ROG Phone, are up for grabs!

All they have to do is to complete tasks such as participating in laptop surveys, subscribing to the official ROG social media sites, or reviewing ROG products.

ROG products are marketed towards gaming. Their popular line up includes the innovative ROG Mothership which redefines what a gaming laptop could be. There is also Zephyrus S, which includes top-notch hardware for a premium price. For the more affordable option, ROG also offers the Strix Scar III and Hero III. They also offer the flagship gaming phone, ROG Phone II, which features the beefed up Snapdragon 855 Plus.

All ROG products are sold by ASUS Philippines. They can be brought in all physical stores nationwide.

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ASUS Philippines Laptop Price List

Pick which one is right for you

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Here are the latest prices of ASUS laptops in the Philippines. The laptops in this price list includes the ROG/TUF gaming series, ASUSPRO, Zenbook, Vivobook, X-series and the E-series. We listed the devices according to their series and price range.

Last update: July 18, 2019


ROG / TUF Gaming

Laptops above PhP 200,000

Laptops from PhP 150,000 to PhP 200,000

  • ROG Zephyrus S GX531GXR (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2080; 24GB / 1TB SSD) — PhP 199,995
  • ROG Zephyrus S GX70 (17.3″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2070; 16GB/ 1TB SSD) — PhP 169,995
  • ROG STRIX G531GW (15.6″ FHD; i9-9880H + RTX 2070; 16GB / 1TB SSD) — PhP 169,995
  • ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2070; 16GB / 1TB SSD) — PhP 154,995
  • ROG STRIX G731GW (17.3″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2070; 16GB / 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 154,995

Laptops from PhP 100,000 to PhP 150,000

  • ROG STRIX G531GW (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2070; 16GB / 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 149,995
  • ROG STRIX G731GW (17.3″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2060; 16GB / 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD) —PhP 129,995
  • ROG Zephyrus S GX502GV (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2060; 16GB / 1TB) — PhP 124,995
  • ROG STRIX G531GV (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + RTX 2060; 16GB / 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 124,995
  • ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + GTX 1660Ti; 16GB / 512GB) — PhP 105,995

Laptops from PhP 50,000 to PhP 100,000

  • ROG STRIX G G731GU (17.3″ FHD; i7-9750H + GTX 1660Ti; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 97,995
  • ROG STRIX G G531GU (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + GTX 1660Ti; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 92,995
  • ROG Zephyrus G GA502DU (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 7 3750H + GTX 1660; 16GB / 512GB) — PhP 84,995
  • ROG STRIX G G731GT (17.3″ FHD; i7-9750H + GTX 1650; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 84,995
  • ROG STRIX G G531GT (15.6″ FHD; i7-9750H + GTX 1650; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 79,995
  • TUF GAMING FX705DU (17.3″ FHD; Ryzen 7 3750H + GTX 1660Ti; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 74,995
  • TUF GAMING FX505DU (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 7 3750H + GTX 1660Ti; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 71,995
  • ROG STRIX G G531GT (15.6″ FHD; i5-9300H + GTX 1650; 8GB / 256SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 69,995
  • ROG STRIX G G531GD (15.6″ FHD; i5-9300H + GTX 1050; 8GB / 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 64,995
  • TUF GAMING FX505DT (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 7 3750H + GTX 1650; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 54,995
  • TUF GAMING FX505DT (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 3550H + GTX 1650; 8GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 51,995

Laptops below PhP 50,000

  • TUF GAMING FX505DD (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 3550H + GTX 1050; 8GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 47,995
  • TUF GAMING FX505DY (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 3550H + Radeon RX560X; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 41,995

ASUSPRO

Laptops above PhP 50,000

  • ASUSPRO B9440FA (14″ FHD; i7-8565U; 16GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 91,995
  • ASUSPRO P2540UB (15.6″ FHD; i7-8550U + MX110; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 61,995
  • ASUSPRO P1440UA (14″ HD; i7-8550U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 56,995

Laptops below PhP 50,000

  • ASUSPRO P1440UA (14″ HD; i5-8250U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 46,995
  • ASUSPRO P3540 (15.6″ HD; i3-8145U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 42,995
  • ASUSPRO P1440UA (14″ HD; i3-8130U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 39,995

Zenbook / Vivobook / X-series / E-series

Laptops from PhP 90,000 to PhP 100,000

Laptops from PhP 80,000 to PhP 90,000

Laptops from PhP 70,000 to PhP 80,000

  • ZenBook 14 UX433FN (14″ FHD; i7-8565U + MX150; 16GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 77,995
  • ZenBook Flip 13 UX362FA (13″ FHD; i7-8565U; 16GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 74,995
  • ZenBook 15 UX533FD (15.6″ FHD; i5-8265U + GTX 1050; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 74,995

Laptops from PhP 60,000 to PhP 70,000

  • ZenBook 14 UX433FN (14″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 69,995
  • ZenBook 14 UX433FN (14″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 67,995
  • ZenBook 13 UX333FN (13.3″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 66,995
  • ZenBook 14 UX433FN (14″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 63,995
  • ZenBook 13 UX333FN (13.3″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 63,995
  • VivoBook S15 S530FN (15.6″ FHD; i7-8565U + MX150; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 62,995
  • VivoBook S14 S430FN (14″ FHD; i7-8565U + MX150; 8GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 62,995
  • VivoBook S13 S330FN (13.3″ FHD; i7-8565U + MX150; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 62,995

Laptops from PhP 50,000to PhP 60,000

  • VivoBook S13 S330FN (13.3″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 8GB / 256 GB SSD) — PhP 56,995
  • ZenBook 14 UX433FN (14″ FHD; i5-8265U; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 54,995
  • ZenBook 13 UX333FA (13.3″ FHD; i5-8265U; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 54,995
  • VivoBook S13 S330FA (13.3″ FHD; i5-8265U; 8GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 51,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412FL (14″ FHD; i7-8565U; 4GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 51,995

Laptops from PhP 40,000 to PhP 50,000

  • VivoBook S14 S430FN (14″ FHD; i5-8265U + MX150; 4GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 49,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412FL (14″ FHD; i5-8265U; 4GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 41,995

Laptops from PhP 30,000 to PhP 40,000

  • X403FA (14″ FHD; i3-8145U; 4GB / 512GB SSD) — PhP 39,995
  • Gaming X570ZD (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 2500U + GTX 1050; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 37,995
  • X507UF (15.6″ HD; i5-8250U + MX130; 4GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 36,995
  • X407UF (14″ HD; i5-8250U + MX130; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 35,995
  • VivoBook 15 X512DK (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 3500U + Radeon R540X; 4GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 33,995
  • VivoBook 14 X412F (14″ HD; i3-8145U; 4GB / 256GB SSD) — PhP 32,995
  • X507UF (15.6″ HD; i3-8130U + MX130; 4GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 36,995
  • X407UF (14″ HD; i3-8130U + MX130; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 31,995

Laptops from PhP 20,000 to PhP 30,000

  • VivoBook 15 X512DA (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 3500U + Radeon RX Vega 10; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 29,995
  • X407UF (14″ HD; i3-7020U + MX130; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 29,995
  • X505ZA (15.6″ FHD; Ryzen 5 2500U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 29,995
  • X507UF (15.6″ HD; i3-7020U + MX130; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 29,995
  • X507UA (15.6″ HD; i3-8130U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 28,495
  • X407UA (14″ HD; i3-8130U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 27,995
  • X507UA (15.6″ HD; i3-7020U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 26,495
  • X407UA (14″ HD; i3-7020U; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 27,995
  • X555QA (15.6″ HD; AMD A12-9720P; 4GB / 1TB HDD) — PhP 23,995
  • X407MA (14″ HD; Pentium Silver N5000; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 20,995

Laptops below PhP 20,000

  • X540BA (15.6″ HD; AMD A6-9255; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 18,995
  • X407MA (14″ HD; Celeron N4100; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 18,995
  • X507MA (15.6″ HD; Celeron N4100; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 18,995
  • X407MA (14″ HD; Celeron N4000; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 16,495
  • E203MAH (11.6″ HD; Celeron N4000; 4GB / 500GB HDD) — PhP 15,995
  • E402YA (14″ HD; AMD E2-7015; 4GB / 64GB eMMC) — PhP 14,995
  • E406SA (14″ HD; Atom E8000; 4GB / 64GB eMMC) — PhP 14,495

These laptops are available at all ASUS Concept Stores and resellers nationwide. For more details, check out ASUS PH’s website, Facebook, and Twitter page.

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