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Asus' first REAL gaming laptops (G1P/G2P); first single spindle since the S5 (S7Fm); Lamborghini Vx1 "Golden Edition"

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  1. PROPortable

    PROPortable Company Representative

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    This might overload some Asus' fanatic brains, so try to take it easy. So far none of the systems below even have a prodution date for the world, let alone an ETA for the states........ I would expect to see the new Vx1 GE here until probably Thanksgiving time (last week of November) and if we see the G1P/G2P or S7Fm before January, I'd be surprised... they're more likely going to end up as Santa Rosa models in the Spring.

    G1P
    I don't know what's up with this, but it's easy to see by both it's model name and the picture below that Asus is going right after the Dell XPS - no doubt. I guess the special colors on the "W", "A", "S", and "D" keys may tip you off to a notebook dedicated to a gamer also. Nothing is known about this yet, but based on the picture, I can tell we're looking at a 15.4" and a size similiar to the A9 chassis, which makes it certainly bigger than a V6, but not as big as the old P4 chassis' like the A6. Given it's size, I wouldn't be surprised if this ran an SLI setup.... Something that could match or beat the best XPS or Alienware gaming machine. The lower palmrest is made of the same black anodized brushed aluminum that the W2/W3/V6 use. The upper palmrest, keyboard surround and lid almost look as though they're a carbon fiber knock off from up close, but if Asus is trying to hit this market, I know they don't do anything "fake"... It's all or nothing, so I'm going to assume that this picture is preproduction and the polished and exposed carbon fiber is probably going to be used. Now, as for that round bubble logo on the bottom of the touchpad, I don't know what it does, but Asus isn't into just decorating their notebooks. It has to do something besides just light up and I for one am interested in seeing what it's for. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess it has something to do with the touchpad - maybe a mouse-like zoom button or something. These Gaming series models will be like the other series and will come with a carrying case and mouse.... The only difference is these will come with a color matching laptop backpack (it looks like a targus that I've actually used for years) and a full sized logitech gaming mouse...

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    <img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/G1P_s.jpg> _<img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/G1P2_s.jpg> _<img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/G1P3_s.jpg> _<img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/G1P4_s.jpg> _

    G2P
    Ok, well with a whole new series, why not start with two models. It's not entirely clear when you first look at these, but the G2P (and let's not confuse this - It stands for Gaming Series / 2nd Model / Merom), is a 17" clearly based on the A7 chassis. This unit would have even more room than the G1P and I can only imagine what's planned. Outside of the change in color of the lower aluminum palmrest, lid, and red lighting, they seem the same. Like the above, I think this will use a carbon fiber upper palmrest and keyboard surround, but if you look close, this one seems to have a different pattern.
    I think in the end, they may settle on one pattern weave and use real CF. If you notice off to the left and right, instead of hotkeys like on the W2, those red things are perferated metel vents...... big vents on boths sides would never be done as decoration... Asus is pure and simple just about design... so that would lead me to believe there's something in there worthy of getting rid of a lot of heat.... certainly looks good for the high end gamer.

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    <img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/G2P_s.jpg> _<img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/G2P2_s.jpg> _<img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/G2P3_s.jpg> _<img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/G2P4_s.jpg> _

    S7Fm
    I often call the W7j the product of a passionate night between the W5F (mother) and the W3j (father). Keeping with that frame of mind, the S7Fm is the product of a wild orgy between the S6F, W5F, M5N and the S5N - that just screams for it's own Maury "you are not the father" episodes. It's an 11" widescreen like the S6F, it has the swivel 1.3mp webcam like the W5F, it has the aluminum left/right click touchpad surround of the M5N, and finally, a single spindle design that the S5N used (one spinning platter - the hard drive - which means it does not have an internal optical drive). I don't have a weight on this unit yet, but knowing how it's size compares and that the S5 was 2.8lbs, even though the S7 has a smaller screen it does have the larger top bezel with the camera.... so I'm thinking if it's 2.5lbs that would wonderful, but it may be even lighter.

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    <img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/S7Fm_s.jpg> _<img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/S7Fm2_s.jpg> _<img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/S7Fm3_s.jpg>

    Lamborghini Vx1 Golden Edition
    The version of the Lamborghini Vx1 that the US will see in larger numbers will be called the "Golden Edition". A one may first think of the tacky Lexus and Inifity models of the same name, this doesn't have an gold painted plastic that screams T.A.C.K.Y.... Instead, it's just a way to distinguish the yonah and merom models and add that extra little level of exclusivity. The "GE" will have the same setup as the first Vx1 and the same color options (pearl yellow and black in a gloss finish), but there are few things that differ:
    CPU: T7400 (2.16ghz / 4mb cache merom)
    RAM: 2GB DDR2 667
    HDD: 160gb / 5400rpm
    Graphics: Nvidia 7400VX w/ 128mb VRAM
    LCD: 15.1" SXGA+ w/ a special crystal level hardness LCD cover
    ID: "Golden Edition" card below which will identify which exact number you have out of whatever the limited run will be
    Touchpad: A slight bevel which reveals the unanodized aluminum around the touchpad surround - this helps give a little deffinition and contrast... very little detail, but one I would notice.

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    <img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/Vx1_golden_s.jpg> _<img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/Vx1_golden2_s.jpg> _<img src=http://www.proportable.com/images/asusensemble/Vx1_golden3_s.jpg>


    Alright, well that was a lot of information and I hope you enjoyed it. Anyone from this forum that knows me even a little would know that Asus' prototypes are my drug of choice and it's things like these that give me a bit of a fix... once I hear about and see these picture too much, then I'll get my next fix when the demo's arrive... and then production... and right down the line. As I said, we just recieved the A8js / W5Fm / A8Fm / W7Jp / R1F today and we're still waiting for at least 4-5 more new models within the next couple weeks. With all of that stress, I thought these might be a nice look into the future and perhaps help or confuse you more in terms of the right system for you. As always, we're here to help. I'm a senior member of this forum and dedicated a lot of time to the community. Likewise, PROPortable is my creation and we'll continue to provide the latest information and newest releases of Asus notebooks in North America..... I'm here if you need me. I'll be putting a link to this thread in my "Latest Asus news from PROPortable" thread for future viewing.
     
  2. Darrick

    Darrick Notebook Deity NBR Reviewer

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    Man, those look nice... can you approximate the pricing on these Justin?
     
  3. Sam

    Sam Notebook Virtuoso

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    Wow I like the first one, especially it being 15.4 inch. Too bad it won't be out until Santa Rosa.
     
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    coriolis Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Fixed a typo, and thanks again for the info!
     
  5. Sam

    Sam Notebook Virtuoso

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    *throws aside all the W3J posters, and puts up new ones of the G1P* :D

    They seriously look superior. Is that an eyeball?
     
  6. coriolis

    coriolis Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    It looks more like a glare to me :p
     
  7. PROPortable

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    Thanks for fixing that.... It took me about an hour to put that info together after a long days work... so I'm glad there was only one.

    In terms of pricing... not a clue. If I were to guess and I think I'm fairly good at doing so at this point, It looks like Asus is trying to not only target the market the XPS and whatever the high end Alienware model of the month is - but rather do with this model what they did with models like the W3, where they didn't just look to put our a ho-hum 14", but the best darn 14" out there.... and yet price it competitively. I would guess that pricing would be high, but similiar to the upper end of those models mentioned above. I haven't even looked at those models in a long time as they're not only out of the market we're in, but I'm more of a mobile machine which could also game a bit, instead of a gaming machine which also happens to be mobile. So, I don't know if that' $2,500 - $3,500 - but the spec and configuration will certainly be high to very high and certainly priced accordingly. Before anyone says "that's too much" - first it's a guess based on no specs, but it'll certainly target just the high end gamer (because the high end professional is already looking at the W and V series), so whatever the market will support for whatever high end spec they go with....... Beyond that I couldn't tell you.

    Now, in terms of Santa Rosa.... I'm guessing, again... Yes, I think I'm good at guessing, but with the R1f that we finally just got today, there isn't much more room for a completely new model before the chipset change. The US usually likes to stay at least 5-6 months out from a chipset change when they bring in new models. So the end of October is really the cut off for a totally new model - in my opinion. Now, we'll certainly see it in Europe before the US as they've proved they can sell new models based on a current chipset right up until and even past when the following generation comes out.... If we don't see these in Europe by January, they may be late spring additions to the lineup. However, the US is in dire need of a real gaming system and perhaps that would rush those over here. I'm sure we'd all lot to have something like that for the holiday season, but these are just final prototype photos which come out at least a month or so before demo's are available and those are usually put out 45-60 days before production... then at best you're looking at a month after that before they could be ready for sale... and that's at BEST... So I figure at best, We'll see this for sale in March... we'll see.
     
  8. Sam

    Sam Notebook Virtuoso

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    Justin, can you tell if those webcams are 1.3 MP?
     
  9. TheUndertow

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    The G2P...*drools*

    I'm a sucker for carbon fiber plus that thing just looks nice.

    This is going to get me into some trouble...
     
  10. Jumper

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    Oh my... That S7 looks mighty nice. Now all it needs is a docking bay or port replicator of some kind stock from Asus... I do love my aluminum touchpad surround/flush touchpad a lot.

    The gaming laptops are not my cup of tea, but the design beats the pants off the XPS series or any of the painted whitebooks that Alienware or VoodooPC sell.
     
  11. PROPortable

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    Yeah, the pictures I have are quite a bit larger and you can clearly see 1.3mp on those.

    I'm with Jumper on the gaming laptops in general... not my thing... but in terms of a comparison between these and what other people consider the top end - these are playfully tacky if you will....... I'm a minimalist in every aspect of my personal and professional life and I don't just hate decoration, I dislike things that are over emphasized.... but on a gaming machine, those are the same things that help communicate a connection between the system and the games being played on it... so it's not exactly my thing and I won't be using one on a daily basis, but I think it's the dream come true for a lot of people... and that and and all new Asus stuff really get me going... that's why I posted about it.
     
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    I still think the w3j has a more pleasant overall design, but these laptops do look nice. Also, the power hungry side of me is saying "you know you want a g2p!" Thanks for the info Justin and keep up updated as more details become available.
     
  13. PROPortable

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    The W and V series are made with the professional graphics person in mind...... they're classier, more professional, and yet have room on the side to let yourself release the inner child..... I don't think in terms of class, anyone with any class could ever say the G series is nicer than those. However, the type of person who would want to get into something that powerful and like you said, power hungry, isn't the same person who would want to get into a W3 or V6 or something like that because they'd want desktop workstation type power and they're the ones who looked at the W3j when it was first released as the only 14" with an x1600 and say...."so when will they have a 14" with a high end graphics card?"

    ....... so I don't think there will be anyone - or at least shouldn't be anyone - that have the W3 and G1p on their final list to buy.... Now, on the other hand, I can see people debating the W2p against the G2p...... The W2 is a classier system and no doubt lighter and thinner..... but the G2p will certainly pack more punch - if you need more than the W2p will provide, you don't really have that many options anyway.
     
  14. Jumper

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    I think Asus could really give the plastic XPS series and painted plastic Alienware/VoodooPC whitebooks a run for their money with the gaming systems. It's the little styling details on there like the touchpad on the G2P that really do raise the bar.

    The XPS 1012 had me interested for about 5 minutes until I looked at some close up pictures and realized that they used a full height optical drive, so the thing is hella thick, and it's also mostly plastic. The W7J is a much better design in the '12-13.3"/7400Go' category, something I've been fast to point out to a couple people I have met with 1012s ;)
     
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    on a side note....will they sell the backpacks separately? i kinda like them.....
     
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    Um Im buying my machine right now. So theres really nothing I can do but be jealous of these machines coming out next year.

    No way I can get two laptops in the same year.

    Thanks a lot ;oP

    I mean I think of the a8js as a gamer machine.

    I wonder if the first one the g1p I suppose, is going to have an 8800 level gpu. Thats the thing the market really needs to see, it would take over the world.
     
  17. PROPortable

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    I doubt it..... Asus always said they'd sell their cases that they used to include with the ensembles when they stopped including them in the winter.... They said they'd have them offered as optional accessories, but then they never did. So, I'm going to tell you right now - probably not.

    Each ensemble has it's own different carrying case..... and they're sort of special to those models - I don't think you'll be able to get one. However, I do know that Targus makes 90% of every bag they've ever made..... so you may want to start there.
     
  18. stamar

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    the g2p looks like it would compete with the sager 5670 or xps 1710. but the g1p looks like it might be something unique to the market maybe taking a 7900 gs type of gpu.

    I dont think asus has ever made a machine before with the dtr type of cards. If they did right now Id be saving up for it.
     
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  20. stamar

    stamar Notebook Prophet

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    Oh ya

    well thats what I want!!!!!

    I want that thing. without the desktop cpu thats where they screwed that design up.

    I hope this is a return to that machine then, thats what the market needs.
     
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