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CNET UK – Asus ROG Mothership reimagines the power laptop at CES 2019

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the clamshell.

That was part of the motivation behind Asus dramatically reimagining the design for its luggable 17-inch gaming laptop it revealed at CES 2019. The ROG Mothership (GZ700), in order to pack in the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, an overclocked Intel Core i9-8950HK and more.

The Mothership takes some design cues from detachables like the Microsoft Surface, here standing tall so that it has airflow all around.  In theory, the positioning also decreases the amount of particulates that can enter the system.

But at 10.4 pounds (4.7kg) — we weighed it to check — the Mothership is designed to travel and then park itself for a while, like its namesake. The term “desktop replacement” has fallen out of favor, but that’s what it is. Read more here.