All in ones (AiOs) have long been thought to be a form factor for those looking for compact PCs generally for everyday usage. However, there hasn’t been many compelling entries into the gaming space. We’ve only begun seeing these PCs make headway last year.
Apparently, ASUS has been keeping a secret up its sleeves when it comes to a Republic of Gamers (ROG) AiO. The company has been experimenting with alien technology and has announced its Mothership at CES in Las Vegas.
The new Mothership gaming AiO brings not only portability (to a degree) but also a whole new form factor that’s out of this world (for a gaming PC). The new AiO marries the popular slab form factor of the Surface Pro with the insides of an ROG laptop. Yep. You read that right – slab form factor. Similar to other slab form factors, the keyboard is an attachment which is able to utilise the AuraSync feature when attached directly to the AiO. Otherwise, it acts as a wireless keyboard with RGB back lighting.
ASUS ROG’s new all in one computer is built of anodized aluminum which is put through a series of CNC milling and takes over 20 hours to carve each detail. The back of the Mothership is a stepless kickstand which allows users to have the flexibility of adjusting the display angle to fit their needs. The kickstand also kicks out automatically when users place the Mothership on the table.
The Mothership comes with a 17.3-inch Full HD 1080p resolution IPS display with 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. It’s also NVIDIA G-SYNC ready and covers 100% of the sRGB gamut. The AiO will be running on the latest NVIDIA RTX 2080 with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM. It will be running on the latest Intel Core i9-8950HK processor and the latest version of Windows 10.
The computer is kept cool thanks to an efficient cooling system that ASUS has perfected over the years. The unique design has allowed the thickness of the Mothership to be reduced to 29.9mm; shaving more than 10mm off the original prototype’s thickness. The insides are cooled by dual 12V fans and a intricate cooling system. This system has been designed uniquely to ensure that warm air is directed away from the user for a comfortable gaming experience. The display is protected from the heating with a specifically designed barrier
No official pricing has been announced for the laptop. However, the company tells us that the Mothership should be available in stores starting from Q2 2019.
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK|
|Operating system|| Windows 10 Home |
Windows 10 Pro (ASUS recommended)
|Display||17.3” FHD (1920×1080) |
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 |
8GB GDDR6 VRAM
|Memory||Up to 64GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM (Dual channel)|
|Storage||3 x M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 x4 512GB SSD|
|Wireless||Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) 2×2 gigabit Wi-Fi |
Bluetooth® 5.0 (Version may vary as the OS upgrades)
|Connectivity||1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Thunderbolt™ 3 |
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / VirtualLink
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A / USB charger +
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
1 x 3.5mm microphone jack
1 x RJ-45 jack
1 x SD card reader
1 x Kensington lock
|Detachable keyboard stays wired or goes wireless |
Backlit Chiclet Keyboard
Aura Sync (only supported when keyboard is wired)
2.5mm key travel
0.3mm keycap dish
|Audio||4 x 4W speakers with smart-amplifier technology |
|Software||Armoury Crate |
Sonic Studio & Sonic Radar III
XSplit Gamecaster (Free)
Android / iOS App
|AC adapter||280W power adaptor x 2|
|Size||410 x 320 x 29.9mm|
[i] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com
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