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Asus brings a watercooled laptop, quirky router, $120 stick PCs to IFA 2015

Find out more about the GX700 by reading our hands-in impressions.

This week, the biggest names in consumer electronics are descending upon Berlin to show off the devices we’ll be fawning over for the year to come at IFA 2015. Taiwanese firm Asus is in attendance, and has brought a bevy of new products spanning several different branches of the tech world.

Asus teased plans for a brand new flagship gaming laptop to join its other ROG products. Called the GX700, the 17-inch system will offer a 4K display, overclockable Intel K-Series mobile processors, Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics and a water-cooling system to keep everything cool. As seen in pictures, this is a rather bizarre looking laptop that seems to have an extremely large radiator sticking out of the back, suggesting that it won’t be a particularly mobile computer. Still, it’s awesome to see an entirely new, unique design in the notebook world. Asus did not announce the price or quote specifications.

The company did get specific about its refresh of the G751, appropriately called the G752. This 17-inch notebook will be equipped with Skylake quad-core processors (the Core i7-6700HQ, to be specific), Windows 10, and will be offered in several different configurations to satisfy the needs of the hardcore gamer. The entry-level version will have a GTX 965M and a 1080p display, while the step-up version will have a GTX 970M with the same screen. The most powerful version will include a GTX 980M and have an optional 4K panel. All the display options support Nvidia’s G-Sync, as well. Hard drive options include M.2 solid state drives, and RAM support reaches as high as 64GB.

ASUS RT AC5300 Image used with permission by copyright holder

The G752 will be available this holiday season starting at $1,499.

The company is also making moves to carve out some of the growing market for stick PCs. The Asus VivoStick weighs just 70g, but features 2GB of memory, 32GB of storage, two USB inputs and a HDMI port. It’s also based on Intel’s newer Cherry Trail low-power platform, which promises quicker performance than its predecessor, found in the current Compute Stick. Priced at $129, this could be a serious contender to the raft of similar devices that have been announced in recent months, but Asus hasn’t provided a release date.

Gamers might also be interested in Asus’ new router, the RT-AC5300U, which uses NitroQAM technology to improve the experience whether you’re playing online multiplayer, streaming 4K video or doing any other kind of network-intensive activity. Offering AC5300 speeds with an impressive area coverage, this as-yet-unpriced router is one to watch out for.

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