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The ROG GX800 sets new bar for gaming laptops

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Remember the days when gaming laptops were these huge and heavy machines?

Well, they still are, but for good reason. ASUS just recently unveiled its top-of-the-line gaming laptop, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) GX800.

At 18.4 inches in screen size and 30mm in thickness, this is in no way a slim and portable laptop, and like the Predator 21 X gaming laptop from Acer, it comes with it’s own suitcase.

With size comes power, lots of it. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and two GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards running in SLI mode, which really just means that this thing is rocking two of the most powerful commercial graphics processing units (GPUs) to date at the same time.

And while most people would think that’s overkill, ASUS certainly doesn’t think so. It claims this setup is necessary to run the most demanding games on Ultra settings at 4K Ultra HD resolution.

While this isn’t the first dual GTX 1080 setup in the gaming laptop market, it’s the first to come with its very own liquid cooling system as a separate docking attachment.

The liquid cooling allows you to overclock the processor and GPUs to a higher frequency to get more performance out of them, without encountering the problem of overheating. Luckily, the only time you ever need to dock the laptop is when you need even more power. Five games at the same time, anyone?

All that hardware doesn’t come cheap, at a whopping price tag of $6,000 (PhP 369,995 in the Philippines), this laptop is clearly targeted at hardcore enthusiasts, but the price is modest when compared to Acer’s $9000 Predator 21 X.

While the Predator offers a mechanical keyboard more akin to the more traditional desktop-class mechanical keyboards, Tobii eye tracking, and a 21-inch curved display, it’s arguably less portable.

But, to be frank, neither of the two actually are. The Predator, however, doesn’t have the liquid cooling necessary to overclock as much as the GX800, and ASUS is quick to note that the GX800 outperforms other gaming laptops in its class in benchmark tests.

If you’re curious or serious about owning this beast of a machine, here are the specs — otherwise, skip ahead.

Operating system: Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, 2.7 GHz (8M Cache, up to 3.6 GHz)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI with 16GB GDDR5X VRAM
Memory: 64GB DDR4 RAM
Storage: 3x 512GB PCIE Gen3 x4 SSD
Display: 18.4″ UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution

For the more casual gamer, ASUS also announced a slew of new products across the ROG line this year, the GX being its top tier, followed by the G, and the most recent addition, the Strix. All are capable gaming machines, sharing the same design philosophy which ASUS claims was driven by feedback from its users.

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ASUS ROG Phone receives US pricing

Last piece of the puzzle

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ASUS is certainly taking its time with the release of its one and only gaming phone. First announced at Computex 2018, the ROG Phone finally has an official price to go with its US release.

For the model with 128GB of storage, you’d have to shell out US$ 899. For the larger 512GB storage variant, the cost goes up to US$ 1,099. Both come with a high-end Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB of memory.

Of course, there are accessories to go with it. First is the ROG Mobile Desktop Dock, which costs US$ 229; the ROG Phone Case retails for US$ 59; the ROG Professional Dock is valued at US$ 119; you can buy the ROG TwinView Dock for US$ 399; the ROG Gamevice Controller is at US$ 89; and lastly, the ROG WiGig Dock goes for US$ 329.

Those are a lot of accessories for one phone, but that’s what makes the ROG Phone a truly gamer-centric device.

As stated last week, the ROG Phone will hit US shores starting October 18, with other regions to follow soon after.

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PlayStation’s PSN Online ID change coming soon

Full rollout coming early 2019!

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You’ll soon be able to retire your DarkWarrior1214 PlayStation ID. In a blog post, Sony PlayStation said they will soon begin testing the PSN Online ID change feature as part of their preview program.

Beta testers part of the preview program will be able to change their PSN ID as much as they want. However, once the feature rolls out to everyone, only the first name change will be free. Succeeding name changes will cost US$ 9.99 for regular users.

PS Plus users will be charged a smaller fee of US$ 4.99. The online ID can be changed through the profile page on your PS4 or at the Settings menu. There’s also an option to display your old PSN ID alongside your new one so your friends can recognize you right away.

Not for all games

The feature isn’t available for all games, though. Only PS4 games published after April 1, 2018 along with other most-played titles that were published before that date will have the feature. PlayStation also warns that changing the ID might cause some issues with some games that can be fixed by reverting to the old ID. Here’s to hoping PlayStation finds a way to address those issues some time down the line.

The planned full rollout of the feature is in early 2019. What will be your new PSN Online ID?

SEE ALSO: Sony unveils PlayStation Classic, comes pre-loaded with 20 games

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Razer Phone 2 is a faster, more streamlined gaming smartphone

Truly flagship all around

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Razer has been synonymous with gaming. Last year, they embraced the mobile gaming scene with the launch of their own smartphone simply called the Razer Phone. This paved the way for the popularity of gaming smartphones and other manufacturers, like ASUS and Honor, unveiled their own. Of course, Razer must fight back and now we have the Razer Phone 2.

At first glance, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the new Razer Phone and the old one. The Razer Phone 2 has the same size, same boxy shape, and same thick top and bottom bezels that house the front-facing speakers.

Don’t be fooled, because the Razer Phone 2 has some significant upgrades over its predecessor.

The new Razer Phone offers up to 30 percent better performance with the use of a Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 graphics processing unit, and an improved vapor chamber cooling system. It also comes with 8GB of memory and 64GB of storage.

As for imaging, it still has dual 12-megapixel rear shooters, but the main sensor is now equipped optical image stabilization. An 8-megapixel front-facing camera takes care of selfies and live-streaming duties.

With a new glass back, the Razer Phone 2 is capable of wireless charging. And to complement this new feature, there’s also a wireless charging accessory with Chroma — Razer’s popular RGB lighting system.

Speaking of Chroma, the Razer Phone 2 also has it. The rear triple-headed snake logo lights up in 16.8 million colors. Let’s also not forget about the added water and dust resistance with an IP67 rating.

The rest of the great specs is carried over from the predecessor including the 5.7-inch IGZO display with 120Hz refresh rate and touch sampling, and the 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+ support.

The Razer Phone 2 is priced at US$ 799 and it’ll be available in Mirror Black and soon in Satin Black. Pre-orders start on October 11 on Razer’s website.

SEE ALSO: Razer Phone 2 hands-on: Not only for gamers

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