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ASUS's new ROG GX700 gaming laptop has an insane liquid cooling dock

Anybody who's tried gaming with a laptop knows the biggest problem they face: heat dissipation from a blazing-hot processor, GPU, and RAM. ASUS thinks they have a solution for that with the ROG GX700: a combination of high-powered gaming laptop with a crazy liquid cooling dock. Let's take a look.

The GX700 comes with an overclockable Intel Skylake processor, NVIDIA graphics, and an exceptionally-sharp 17-inch 4K IPS LCD display. But the real star of the show here is the liquid cooling, which comes courtesy of the enormous docking station. This isn't your typical docking station — you won't be getting Ethernet or hooking up an external monitor by pushing down on the latch. This gives you liquid cooling and nothing more. Think of it as the laptop equivalent of an automotive radiator.

Seeing as the dock is pumping liquid coolant through the laptop, you want a tight and secure fit to avoid any leakage, and in our time with the GX700 we saw just that. Pushing down on the latch slightly firmly the laptop in and connects the conduits, expanding the cooling loop to the large radiator and fans in the rear dock. If you're overclocking the processor, this seems to be a must, lest you start melting your keyboard in the process. Undocking is a two-step process: push down forcefully on the button close to the back of the laptop and then lift up on the latch. Seems kind of necessary to us that it be difficult — we wouldn't want to pick it up and have coolant pour out all over our desk.

Obviously, this laptop and liquid cooling dock combination isn't for everybody, and ASUS doesn't expect it to be. ROG stands for Republic of Gamers, ASUS's gaming-focused line-up of laptops, desktops, and accessories. The GX700 fits that bill. It's technically a laptop and thus technically portable, but it's certainly not a machine you'd want to lug around on a regular basis. It's huge, it's heavy, and though we don't have specs on it, we don't expect the battery life to be phenomenal. This is a machine purpose built for hardcore gaming — it just makes it easier to pick up and go somewhere else to do that gaming if you have to. It's radically-designed, it'll be insanely expensive, and it's just so damn cool (in more way than one).

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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

27 Comments
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  • That's awesome - I use a fan based mount for cooling - there are cooler water mounts but this is an elegant internal solution. Shame, dell look like they slept though the innovation brief: The alienware updates don't bring ddr4 (why?) and the cooling dock would go so well with the graphics adapter. Hmmm ... The Asus customer care isn't up to Dell standards (ie next day in house repairs) but otherwise this is a superb proposition!
  • That monitors looks amazing
  • This is some cool stuff (no pun intended) Never seen liquid cooling done on a laptop before so good job ASUS
  • Really cool but stupid
  • Could you at least explain why you think it's stupid?
  • Shut up and take my money, it can beat out those mac book fan boy in every uni
  • trust me, you dont want to bring a gaming notebook to your lectures. They are heavy as fuck. I did it for a few months, then sold the laptop to buy a macbook air (i regret getting the macbook, wish i got an ultrabook instead). Buy yourself a gaming desktop for the dorm, and a $200 windows 10 budget laptop for classes. You will have a better gaming setup, AND a laptop for the same price.
  • Good advice!
  • I tend to game out a lot (video game society, LAN events, etc) so I've gone a slightly different route. I've got a custom built desktop rig at home for work and play, a non branded gaming laptop for when I'm out and about and need my gaming fix, and a tablet with keyboard dock (Dell ftw) for work on the go. However that is vastly overkill for most people, and therefore I recommend the gaming desktop rig and work laptop (or tablet like the Dell Venue 11 Pro with keyboard dock) setup. However for the desktop, GO CUSTOM BUILD! Seriously it's the best thing you could do. Even cheaper that way, but you'll need to know your way around a computer's hardware. There's plenty YouTube videos on it so either do that or phone a (techie) friend.
  • Might as well just buy a desktop gaming machine lol
  • Well If you can be bothered to carry around keyboard, mouse, monitor, desktop and cables every time you move somewhere else
  • Precisely. Yes you can build a machine that'll beat this for half the price but you won't be mobile. I've got a gt80, gt72, xps 17 and a couple of towers - a machine for each bedroom - but it's the laptops they're coming with me when I'm out in holiday or the boat. They serve a purpose.
  • well for the price of this laptop, you can build a gaming desktop AND buy one of those chromebook competitors. You would still have some cash leftover after all that for some games.
  • Sure, our two or three xbones and a swanky tablet and some games. Buy what fits ones needs, surely? Sure, cost has something to do with it but if one can afford...
  • I have a gaming desktop and a gaming laptop for my lanparty's. I got sick of breaking down my desktop every month to go to the lan. While my laptop is definitely heavy, I still take it with me most places.
  • You have to carry around that gigantic contraption. So I'm not seeing much of a difference.
  • Well you dont need the dock everywhere, do you?
  • Asus definively rocks!!!!
  • This is completely pointless and defeats the purpose of laptop gaming. If you have to put such a silly contraption like that to game on your laptop, you might as well game on your desktop.
  • It's not for everybody, and the article states this.
  • Can you imagine a Surface dock that integrates cooling and an offboard graphics card?
  • That's precisely what I'm wishing for from the Surface Pro 4. With Thunderbolt 3 support buil-into Skylake, the Surface por 4 with a USB C Thunderbolt Port could connect to such dock and be literally a High-end Desktop computer when docked with high-end External Graphics and switch to the integrated and low-power graphics when on the go.   That complete the Surface All-in-One cycle IMO and would upgrade from my Surface Pro 2 to it.
  • I'd like a 13.3"-14" laptop that has a combination of this liquid cooling dock and the MSI G30 dock which can support graphics cards and other additions. That way I can get a mobile/light laptop when away from my desk and a desktop-level setup when at my desk, all in the same package.
  • I'd like a Dell graphics adaptor to have liquid cooling, the card and all the ports...
  • I quite like ASUS products but this, as nifty as it is, is a bad bad idea at least until tort reform is done.  I think it makes better sense to go the Dell/ Alienware route and have an externally attachable "graphics amplifier" that houses external video card and power supply in order to boost a gaming laptops ability to game while docked.
  • This is a nifty idea, but this is going to be a support nightmare as the system ages and/or with intense use off of the dock (even without extreme workload).  Think of all of the things that can go wrong with a canister based aquarium filter.  Even the detachable hose ones have issues as they age that is why you can buy new levers, gaskets, and the like.