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  • makerofthegames - Monday, June 02, 2014 - link

    Eugh, after my G75's horrible build quality, I just can't see myself buying another Asus laptop. Reply
  • frostyfiredude - Monday, June 02, 2014 - link

    Little correction here, screen density is 280PPI on this beast rather than 140PPI.

    Looks mighty awesome, it's great to see this influx of high density and high quality displays finally hitting all over the place.
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  • Ryan Smith - Monday, June 02, 2014 - link

    Good eye. Thank you for pointing that out. Reply
  • jasaero - Thursday, June 05, 2014 - link

    When will we finally see some 17" 4k or atleast something better than 1080p thin laptops though? Or any better than 1080p 17" panels?? That's what I really want....particularly in 17" thin design like Razer or MSI GS70. Reply
  • HellzHavoc - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    Inb4 this cost $2k+... Reply
  • dragonsqrrl - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    It would probably make more sense to run at 1080p, given the clean quarter res scaling. And you probably wouldn't want to go beyond that with an 860M without turning a lot of settings down. Reply
  • Xinn3r - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    Anyone can tell me what's the point of a very high resolution with a (pretty) low mobile graphics card?
    What's the FPS gonna be in particularly demanding games with this kind of resolution?

    Isn't it better to just have a good 1080p IPS panel on a 15 inch (DPI will not be so bad)?

    Until now, the best compromise is still the Razer Blade 2013.
    Decent GPU, decent resolution (still prefer 1080p for better framerate), thin, light and sexy body, but price that makes me never want to think about it again.
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  • Spunjji - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    The screen should still look great in games at 1080p with scaling - effective pixel density of 1080p panels at this size is already quite high anyway. If anything, the slight blur from the bilinear scaling will give you a sort of free "anti-alisaing" without the destructive artifacting that results from non-integer scaling.

    Then you get the benefits of a high-res screen outside of gaming, for example with photo editing. I like the look of it quite a lot!
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  • madmilk - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    I doubt most buyers of this laptop will actually use it for gaming. For some reason, PC manufacturers love to brand their best consumer hardware as "gaming" hardware. Just look at mice and keyboards. The high-res screen helps it fill a niche similar to the 15" rMBP: the best possible laptop under 5 pounds. The 2014 Razer Blade is close, but battery life is rather poor at under five hours. The 2013 Razer Blade on the other hand has a screen reminiscent of a $200 netbook, which makes for a very unpleasant user experience. Hopefully Asus will get the formula right. Reply
  • MDX - Monday, June 16, 2014 - link

    Agreed. I barely game, but I do need a slim design with a high DPI display (and preferably macro keys) for working! Razer shot themselves in the foot with the terrible screen, so now I'm just waiting to nab whatever has the best screen, is under 2cm, and has macro keys... Reply
  • dragonsqrrl - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    Right, because the only thing people do on laptops marketed for gaming is game, right? If you can't see what the benefits of a higher dpi display might be for general desktop use, then stick with your 2013 Razer Blade, I guess. And if I remember correctly the 2013 Blade had a 1600x900 display, not a 1080p, and a pretty crappy one at that. But judging by how much you like that laptop, it's easy to see why you might not put much of an emphasis on display quality.

    My only concerns for this laptop are the poor support for dpi scaling from Microsoft and the Windows ecosystem, and the likely $2000+ price range. Gaming on this thing should be fantastic. Like I said in a previous comment, you're unlikely to be running games at the native resolution. The sweet spot to me would be 1080p, which should look just as good as a native 1080p display due to the clean quarter res.
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  • Hrel - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    I like that it's thin and light, like Gigabyte or Razr. But I'm willing to pay $0 extra for resolutions beyond 1080p. So hopefully they offer this with a normal panel. As noted in this article, that GPU can't even handle 4K, I very much doubt it can handle 1440p. That's a brand new GPU too. It just doesn't make sense to go beyond 1080p yet, it's neat for early adopters who don't care about taking that financial hit to be early. But until mobile GPU's can handle the latest and greatest, maxed out, with full AA at 1080p I'm not even thinking about going beyond that. Reply
  • Connoisseur - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    I think you mean that it can't even handle 1440p, much less 4K. 4K res is much higher than 1440p. Reply
  • MDX - Monday, June 16, 2014 - link

    Then this laptop obviously isn't for you. Move along. Reply
  • 227 - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    I don't understand why people complain about 4k - if you want 1080p screen there are plenty other options, go knock yourself out. Why would you want a 4k screen in this you ask?

    1) Everything looks stunning in Windows & regular use (which arguably is a a certain % of the use time - work/school/browsing/movies -> you know for instance the stuff that you are doing right now :)) - people who say 1080p is plenty enough haven't seen 4k or QHD+ screens. Once you go there, you can't go back
    2) Certain games will play at 4k & others will play incredibly well at resolutions between 1080p and 4k. I have XPS 15 with 750m and can push 60fps on DOTA2 @ 1142 (or something like that) and 30-40fps @native 1800p. And it looks awesome.
    3) If you play something demanding you scale it down to 1080p and it looks just as good as on native 1080p screen.

    I very much appreciate Asus going 4k and for the reasons outlined above I am willing to pay premium for the screen. Some people won't and for those there are other choices. To each its own. But to argue that all gaming laptops who don't have 870m + should stay at 1080p is plain stupid.
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  • Flying Goat - Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - link

    Hrm...Isn't there an LG GX500 tablet? There are a whole slew of other letters (And numbers, too!) out there to use when naming products. They may not be as cool as G or X, but they're out there if you look hard enough! Reply
  • junky77 - Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - link

    Another $1700-$2000 gaming laptop. $800-$1000 for a display that costs 30-50 more. Reply
  • Connoisseur - Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - link

    I just don't understand the hate. If you want raw power, it's not like these companies STOPPED making the massive DTR boxes. They're still around and as big, ugly and powerful as ever. These are designed with pricier materials, a slim profile and a gorgeous screen for gamers who want to travel. Granted they're obviously not built with $2k worth of parts but they're able to charge a premium since there's clearly a ton of demand for it. Reply
  • MDX - Monday, June 16, 2014 - link

    What he said. Reply
  • sparkymaggie - Friday, July 11, 2014 - link

    Does this have a separate microphone jack and separate headphone jack. I can't use a combined which they're doing on a lot of the new laptops. Reply

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