Asus beams down innovative Mothership GZ700 gaming laptop

Asus Mothership GZ700

One of the most innovative Asus laptops at CES 2019 is the Mothership GZ700 gaming laptop.

While gaming laptops usually come in a rather limited range of form factors, either big and bulky, or thin, light and very expensive, Asus has done something very different with the Mothership GZ700. While it might not be for everyone, we’re excited to see such a radical departure from the norm.

Unlike traditional laptops (gaming or otherwise), the components are placed behind the screen, not underneath the keyboard. This allows for better airflow to the hardware, keeping it cool while playing the latest games.

The keyboard can either be used as if the Mothership GZ700 were a regular laptop, or detached, turning the Mothership GZ700 into a compact all-in-one PC.

Asus Mothership GZ700

Powering the Mothership

This new design has allowed Asus to pack the Mothership GZ700 with some pretty impressive tech, including an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card and an overclocked Intel Core i9-8950HK processor.

It also has a series of super-fast NVMe SSDs set up in RAID 0 array, for even better performance, and gigabit networking as well.

Check out the Asus Mothership in action and more of today's highlights in our Daily Blip:

Asus Mothership GZ700

Thanks to its innovative design, the Mothership GZ700 uses air cooling, rather than water cooling as with some of Asus’ previous high-end and enthusiast gaming laptops, and it has allowed the company to reduce the size of the Mothership GZ700’s chassis to 29.9mm.

We got to see the Mothership GZ700 up close, and we have to say we’re impressed with what we saw. While it can’t be used on a lap and will instead need to be confined to a desk, that’s also true of many other gaming laptops that are too heavy – and too reliant on a power supply – to be truly mobile.

If you think of it more as a very powerful gaming-orientated all-in-one PC that can be carried around with you, then you’ll probably be just as impressed.

Asus Mothership GZ700

We don’t have any firm release date or price, but Asus tells us it will be available at some point in Q1 2019. Hopefully we’ll get our hands on a review sample soon.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.