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Asus takes a little off the sides for its new ROG gaming laptops

Acer's thinner-and-lighter ROG Zephyrus S and big-display-little-bezel 17-inch Strix Scar II debut at Gamescom 2018.

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704, a small 17-incher

The new big brother to the company's 15-inch Strix Scar II GL504 has the thinnest screen bezels in its class -- for the moment -- which lets the 17-inch display fit into the same footprint as a traditional 15-inch model.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 slims even more

Asus shaved a few millimeters off the height of the new Zephyrus, along with adding a better display -- it has just as fast a response time as the other models, but without the big, heavy side bezels.

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17 inches and thin

While the new Strix Scar II may be bigger, it's still pretty svelted for a laptop of its size.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S software

All the new ROG systems going forward will have the updated control center software.

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704 keyboard

It has the same keyboard as the 15-inch model, with a full numeric keypad. But it seems oddly small in the bigger body.

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704 left-side ports

Three USB Type-A connections join Mini DisplayPort, HDMI Gigabit Ethernet and a combo mic/headphone jack on the left side.

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704 left-side profile

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704 right-side ports

USB-C (3.1 Gen 2) and USB Type-A connections join the SD card slot on the left.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S clickpad

The clickpad on the right side can take a little getting used to for some.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S back

Usually you don't find any connectors on the back of thin laptops, but the Zephyrus S makes room for HDMI.

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704 size

Even though it's relatively small for a 17-inch laptop, it's still a heavy handful at more than 6 pounds.

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704 WASD

The WASD keys are visually distinct and feel a bit stiffer than the rest of the keys; good for in-game movement, but odd-feeling for typing.

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704 vents

It has an updated, more efficient cooling system with better heat dissipation for the heat sinks. It also still has a lot of vents.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S ports

On the left side you'll find USB Type-A and USB-C connectors as well as a combo mic/headphone jack.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S right side

A DisplayPort-compatible USB-C connection and another Type-A occupy the right side. You can see the forward hinge design here as well.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S gets a lift

Like the other Zephyrus models, the S incorporates Asus' Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) design which lifts the rear to add more ventilation when in use.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S keyboard

The S uses the forward-keyboard design of the original model, with a virtual numeric keypad in the right-side clickpad. This layout leaves a lot of room over the heat-generating components for fans and ventilation.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S

Enjoy the detail shots in caption-free silence from here on.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S profile

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Asus ROG Zephyrus S

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704 hinge

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