Essentially, the Asus ROG Mothership is a mini all-in-one gaming PC that shows the definition of the word “laptop”. All vents and components are located in the system’s display area, causing the removable keyboard to fall down as an intergalactic gangway. That is ours Asus ROG mother ship review.
Aside from the strange look, the inside of the Mothership is a gaming laptop and features a powerful overclockable Intel Core i9 processor with an Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU. Throw 64 GB of RAM, 2 TB of SSD storage, and a nice screen with a response time of 3 milliseconds, and what used to be special will quickly become a very convincing installation – provided you can earn $ 5,499.
Asus ROG mother ship review – design
I’ve seen some funky looking laptops in my time, but the mother ship could take the cake. The laptop is made of black brushed aluminum and is decorated with a stable, backlit Republic of Gamers (ROG) emblem on the lower edge of the lid. He is unmistakably an Asus. The top of the lid is said to be ventilated with the many medium-sized slits configured in a geometric pattern that looks strange.
Although it’s quite counterintuitive, I’m referring to the part of the mother ship where the screen is located as a lid. It is so difficult that I do not blame you for the chassis of the system. The bottom of the system is considerably lighter than the 2.6-pound main body compared to the 8-pound top. It also has a large RGB backlit ROG logo in the upper right corner where you would expect an external logo.
When you open a laptop, you usually lift the lightest part of the system to expose the inside. Not with the mother ship. You want to set the hybrid upright to activate the standard that supports the actual lid. Gently lower the front away from the front so that the keyboard and another large ROG logo are visible on the top of the keyboard.
There are no ports on the sides of the keyboard. You will discover a single USB Type-C port in the hinge of the keyboard as soon as you separate it from the display area of Mothership (more on that later). Instead, all the important ports and buttons are on the sides of the screen. For example, on the right side there is a USB Type A 3.2 Gen 1 connector with an HDMI 2.0 connector and a 3.2 Gen 2 connector USB Type C. Port that also serves as a DisplayPort.
You also have an SD card reader; The two power connectors needed to power the system and the on / off button. On the left side of the system there are three USB ports of type A 3.2 Gen 2, a gigabit Ethernet as well as ports for a headset and a microphone.
Keyboard and touchpad
The mothership’s keyboard is an excellent little dilemma. If you prepare to use the laptop, it won’t open as much as it unfolds. When the keyboard is magnetically attached to the main part of the hybrid, it is at a 10 degree angle to compensate for the lack of a palm rest. And it works largely, provided the surface on which you placed the mother ship is long enough to support your wrists.
When the keyboard is released, you can leave it flat or flip the top underneath for a round-friendly device. It’s an elegant solution that allowed me to put the top-heavy part of the removable part on my living room table while I was typing and scrolling from the soft comfort of my couch. The keyboard is connected to the mother ship for wireless use over 2.4 GHz WiFi, or you can either connect using a USB Type-C cable.
If you’re playing a game that requires a numeric keypad, or if you need a faster way to crack a few digits, the 3 x 2.4-inch touchpad can be converted to a digital number entry system at the push of a button. If this option is activated, a path illuminated in red lights up, which you can use to quickly enter data or fragments.
If you press the button again, the number pad is switched off and returns to a normal touchpad. The touchpad is a bit small, but I had no problems with multitouch movements like pinching with the zoom, scrolling with two fingers or typing with three fingers. And I appreciate that Asus gave me a few discreet mouse buttons to work instead of clumsily pushing myself into corners. Both buttons are robust with a spicy click.
Asus ROG Mothership Review – advertisement
The Asus ROG Mothership’s 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 panel is not too saturated and delivers warm, realistic colors. When I looked at Miss Virginia’s trailer, I couldn’t take my eyes off the giant Fro by Uzo Aduba, which was hollowed out in an anti-gravity ebony half-pompadour. The sun shone to her left, marking single curls. The details were clear enough so that I could see the subtle square pattern in her pink and pink suit.
When I played Borderlands 3, the color screen did a great job. My favorite scene was the entrance to Lilith, while the dirty surroundings of the Children of the Vault propaganda center suddenly stood in a rolling cloud of red-orange fire. The cloud gave way to the slender figure of the leader of the Crimson Raider, and its significant blue siren glowed with power. The refresh rate of 144 Hz and the response time of 3 milliseconds made the action incredibly smooth, even as I shot and shot over obstacles and slipped into cover.
The mothership panel reproduced 102% of the sRGB area and exceeded our 100% recommended minimum. The 51 m area was livelier at 118%, but none of them could exceed the premium average of 147%. Meanwhile, the MSI Titan delivered 157%. With an average of 286 nits, the display of the mother ship is fairly bright and exceeds the 271 nits of the Area-51m. However, the Titan delivered a fantastic 376 nits and was the only one to exceed the 318 nits of the category average.
I love the speakers of the mother ship. Since the system is built as an all-in-one system, the four 4-watt speakers aimed directly at my face and pumped out music that our small test laboratory filled with a warm, refreshing sound. When I heard “True Kinda Love” from Steven Universe, the movie soundtrack, I was amazed at how well Estelles buttery alto sounded. The bows were bright and the strings were easy to distinguish from the keyboard chords thanks to the spacious sound stage.
The speakers work best when the keyboard is disconnected so the sound reaches your ears. When the keyboard is connected, the treble may be distorted, which can be remedied by reducing the volume. You can also try switching between the five presets in Sonic Studio 3 software (Music, Movies, Games, Communication, Off). Though I’ve used most of my music preset review, gaming adds a little touch of surround sound that works well for gaming.
Graphics and games
Asus doesn’t push the mother ship. The hybrid system has a full GeForce RTX 2080 GPU from Nvidia with 8 GB VRAM. The system also has an integrated Intel UHD 630 graphics GPU when you are not playing.
I stormed the Sun Smasher base in Borderlands 3 to prevent the bandits from handling a powerful artifact for the enemy. Lure a grenade into the approaching crowd, dilute the flock and send a few into the air. I landed a couple of important shots on a psycho before landing the fatal blow of a double-bladed glove and turning my enemy into a puddle of bloody goose bumps at 100 fps at 1080p in ultra settings. Lowering the settings to high resulted in a rate of 119 fps.
The convertible kept up with the competition, achieved 86 points in the Rise of the Tomb Raider test (Very High, 1080p), exceeded the 68 fps of the MSI Titan (RTX 2080) and the premium gaming laptop with 65 fps on average. However, it was not a competition for the Area-51m, which scored 92 fps. On the “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” benchmark, the mother ship achieved 91 fps, beyond the 79 fps of the Titan and an average of 64 fps.
When we switched to Hitman, the mother ship sank 135 fps, with the Titan categorizing 113 fps and the average of 107 fps. But the Area-51m achieved a higher result with 143 fps.
The mother ship beat the competition at 108 fps during the Grand The ft Auto V test. That was enough to maintain the 105 fps that the Area-51m and the MSI Titan achieved, as well as the category average of 79 fps.
During Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, the ROG mothership reached 129 fps, exceeding the average of 96 fps and the 110 fps of the Titan. However, it was not enough to overcome the Area-51m, which reached 132 fps.
Asus ROG Mothership Review – Achievement
If you’re ever asked to do hardcore work, the Mothership and 2.4GHz Intel Core i9-9850HK processor with 64GB of RAM are waiting for you. And if that’s not enough multitasking and processing power for you, the CPU can be overclocked. Based on the clock rate, the laptop was able to efficiently process a raising Dion episode on Netflix, although 29 additional tabs were opened in Google Chrome. A connection was still made when I used Borderlands 3 in the background.
In the overall performance test of Geekbench 4.1, the ROG mother ship reached 34,879 points, exceeding the average of 24,742 premium gaming laptops. The Alienware Area-51m and the MSI Titan with their Desktop Core i9-9900K processor achieved 32,591 and 32,167, respectively.
By running the file transfer test, the quad of the mothership with 512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration duplicated 4.97 GB of multimedia files in 4 seconds. This corresponds to a transfer rate of 1,272.5 Mbit / s, which was just enough to surpass the 1,272.3 Mbit / s that were generated by the double 1 TB NVMe PCIe SSDs of the Alienware Area-51m. The MSI Titan and its 2 TB NVMe PCIe SSD achieved a score of 1,454.1 Mbit / s.
Asus ROG mother ship review – heat
There is no denying that the mother ship is interesting to look at. However, the funky shape of the hybrid is also functional and keeps the components of the system cool during load activities. Cooling problems are common with traditional laptops because most vents are at the bottom. Placing everything on the back and top of the system ensures better airflow.
In addition to improving airflow, Asus equipped the mother ship with two fans and eight heat pipes (four each on the CPU and GPU) to keep it cool. And if that wasn’t enough, the company uses The Rmal Grizzly Liquid Metal, a thermal compound designed to keep the CPU cooler down to 13 degrees Celsius. Asus also has software that can be used to determine the balance between performance, cooling and energy consumption.
I played for Pandora in Borderlands 3, usually an eyesore for the Calypso twins for 15 minutes. As soon as the game started, the fans did too, and man, they’re loud. Fortunately, the mothership’s speakers are loud enough to drown it out. When my time was up, I measured the touchpad, the center of the keyboard, and the temperature of the laptop at 81, 85, and 111 degrees, respectively. The mother ship runs much cooler than its closest competitors.
After giving the ROG mothership some time to cool down, I repeated the test and this time watched the makeup drug application from Jackie Aina on YouTube in full screen mode for 15 minutes. The touchpad stayed at 81 degrees while the middle recorded 82 degrees. The top and back of the mother ship were 92 degrees, which is below our comfort level of 95 degrees.
Asus ROG Mothership Review – battery life
The mother ship doesn’t have a full working day, but it has managed to outperform its rivals thoroughly. With the keyboard connected, the Asus ROG mother ship lasted 4 hours and 41 minutes in our battery test (continuous surfing on the Internet via WLAN with 150 nits). Without a keyboard, the mother ship’s time increased to 5:09. Both times are longer than the average of the 3:09 premium gaming laptop and the times generated by MSI Titan (3:45) and Alienware Area-51m (2:36).
I can’t deny the method behind Asus’ madness. If you put the hybrid in a standing position and move the vents up and down, you get a cooler system that works for better performance. I mean, who says no to their overclockable CPU and GPU that work at maximum performance?
Although the price of $ 5,499 hurts my soul and scares my bank account with its Core i9 CPU, Nvidia RTX 2080, 64 GB RAM and 2 TB of lightning-fast memory, the mother ship can withstand and outperform its traditionally designed competitors. For the money, I would like a brighter, more vivid screen like the MSI GT76 Titan or the option to update one or two components like the Alienware Area-51m.
In general, the Asus ROG mother ship is the system for wealthy gamers looking for a desktop replacement that cancels out all sorts of achievements and stays relatively cool (and looks).
9.5 total score
The Asus ROG Mothership offers great graphics, good overall performance and decent battery life in a funky, removable design.
- Excellent graphics and overall performance
- Innovative design
- Remains cool while playing
- Great audio
- Comfortable keyboard
- Incredibly expensive
- The lighting is missing per key