From Gaming Notebooks to Video Cards
Now that we’ve covered the smartphones we’ve reviewed for the month of April, let’s take a look at the notebooks and peripherals that found its way to Unbox HQ!
Last year, ASUS let us take the first ever water-cooled gaming notebook for a spin, the GX700. It’s safe to say that we were impressed with the notebook’s performance. This year, the Taiwanese company upped the ante with their follow up, the ASUS ROG GX800. Equipped with a 7th generation Intel i7 processor and two (2) GTX 1080s, this beast of a notebook can take on all triple A titles for sure.
Nvidia’s 10-series GPUs have pretty much provided gamers with several options to give them the best experience while playing triple A titles at different price points. The new gold standard for the 10-series line is the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti and we really had trouble letting go of this one and sending it back when the review was over. If you have enough room in your budget to include one of these bad boys in your gaming rig, we highly suggest picking one up; two if you’re Scrooge McDuck rich.
We’ve been handling pretty powerful and expensive laptops from both Acer and Asus lately, and handling the Zenbook UX430U has been a welcome change to the big and bulky powerhouses. This notebook was built for the type of person who constantly move around the metro and jump from meeting to meeting; looking styling as he or she goes about as well. The full review for this notebook will be up within the week, so check back in a few days.
Aside from their notebooks and their pre-built systems, ASUS’ gaming arm — the Republic of Gamers — has been building up a wide variety of peripherals to use along side their main draws. In the month of April, we took the ROG Spatha mouse for a spin and, well, we felt that it might not be the right fit for everyone given its size. That being said, it is packed with a lot of features to make gaming a little easier, if you can handle its massive frame.
Well, you can’t game with just a mouse, right? ASUS has also been beefing up its mechanical keyboard line and sent us the ROG Claymore along with the Spatha. Does it cover all the things that make it a great gaming keyboard? Cherry MX switches for the awesome clickity-clack at every keystroke? Check. A great build in case you rage on your keyboard at tense situations? Check. RGB lighting, because you know.. Gamer? Check! The Claymore definitely hit all the right spots.
We know. Not really a peripheral, but where else were we going to put this?
Imagine our surprise when people from the famous RJ Guitar Center got in touch with us, saying that they had put up their own electronics arm and had products for us to try out. They sent over 4 RJ Armadillo Bluetooth speakers, which we recently gave out to four lucky winners, and we were quite impressed with these tiny yet powerful speakers. They tend to be on the bass-y side and dance around on the table a bit at higher volumes but they’re shockproof so if they do fall off the table, you don’t have to worry about damaging them.