The Asus ROG Mothership is a Surface Pro for gamers


– Hey, it’s Nick Statt with The Verge and we’re here checking
out the Asus Mothership. Now it’s best described as
a portable gaming desktop. Now what exactly does that mean? Well, it means that you can
take this top cover here and detach it entirely as a
portable wireless keyboard. So with the keyboard detached, it basically becomes a desktop machine. Now you’ve got a 17 inch
display, it’s 144 hertz and then a three
millisecond response rate. So it’s a, you know, up there with the best gaming monitors you can buy. It’s not 4k and it’s not a touch screen, but, you know, the things that matter to gamers are gonna be the 144 hertz and the three milliseconds
and it’s got those. The Mothership is essentially a desktop. It’s got all desktop components and it can be played like a desktop. So you can of course use
this nifty wireless keyboard. It’s got a cool RGB setup going on here, it’s got a built in touch pad, but you don’t need to use this keyboard. You can use your own gaming keyboard and obviously you can bring
your own mouse to use. All the components are in the back and it’s all encased in aluminum and that includes the back of
the keyboard cover as well. It’s not gonna be cheap. It’ll probably run quite
a few thousand dollars more than your standard gaming laptop. We don’t know exactly how much it’ll cost, but it’s designed to be a niche product and Asus is designing the Mothership as kind of the top of the top. It’s really the best it has to offer in this experimental
portable desktop package. The whole device really just
is very experimental looking and it’s really cool honestly. I mean, I’ve never seen
anything like this. I don’t know if I personally would spend many thousands of dollars
on a device like this, but I appreciate what Asus is doing here. It’s really novel, we might
see this kind of hybrid device more in the future,
especially now that Nvidia is making it’s mobile RTX
graphics more widely available. You can get that powerful
desktop performance in a smaller package. It might not look like the Mothership, it might not work like the Mothership, but this is really just a
kind of a proof of concept of what you could really do if you pushed everything to the limit. If you wanna see more gadgets
like the Asus Mothership and other wacky gaming
accessories, machines, weird experimental concepts like this, keep it locked to The Verge on YouTube at YouTube.com/TheVerge. We’ll be at CES all
week with more to come.

100 thoughts on “The Asus ROG Mothership is a Surface Pro for gamers

  1. Very smart design, a problem I had with gaming laptop was neck pain, with this computer(laptop) you can put the screen higher up. Great idea for people that don't have space for desktop computer

  2. Uploaded 1 hour after the Linus Tech Tips video, with roughly the same title without any mention of the "Surface Pro for gamers" anywhere in the video… I wonder, if it's something Asus said in the reviewers guide, is this the case of two people coming up with the same idea or is it just plain title stealing 🤔🤔🤔

  3. @The Verge, you make an entire video about it yet somehow you don't once mention the reason it exists? Just go watch LTT's video and you might get it, but seriously, you look at that thing and nothing comes to mind when you think about why they made it? Just for those who can't be bothered going to LTT, Asus made this because now all the hot components have way less restricted access to cool air, no table under it anymore. Yes it is less portable than your standard laptop, but so is the ginormous laptop version of this. You can only really use that on a desk, so they just made a version which is easier to cool, so they could do with less cooling hardware and make it way more portable.

  4. There's already such thing as a portable desktop. It's called a laptop. Another purposeless piece of technology from CES

  5. "It's not 4k" he said it like it's a bad thing. The highest resolution screen I will ever buy is 1440p but I would rsther 1080p on a max of a 17.3" monitor.

  6. a couple thousand dollars more than a normal gaming laptop : / ……oh well its just a few thousand xd

  7. While waiting for a 4k ultrawide monitor .. yeah let's do a product for 7 people only would buy ( three of them are used from the other 4)

  8. Nick: Okay guys, we're starting filming in 10 seconds.

    Meat head: k lemme start a loud, stupid phone call a foot from you.

    Editor: Brilliant.

    Glad to see he has an anti static wristband on his left wrist to protect himself and the hardware though.

  9. Weighs 10 pounds ..Microsoft already did did this with the GTX 1060 powered surface ..and alot lighter for less money.

  10. I think it would be really cool if this thing was also a touchscreen.

    At the price bracket this thing is going to be in, you may as well throw it in since you're probably gonna pay at least $2000 if not more.

    Plus it would be really good for art lol

  11. 0:28
    "it's not 4k"
    "But uh… The 144Hz and the 3ms response time are the things that gamers are gonna care about"
    Um… I'm pretty sure that the screen is only 1080p is a pretty big deal for gamers…
    And PLEASE tell me that screen isn't a T-panel?! I see the gloss on that Screen Verge…. I'm a little worried here Verge

  12. portable desktop? dont you just mean laptop? also.. how can it be both a portable desktop and a surface tablet? stick with one buzzword plz. that being said, this does NOT look portable.

  13. Where did the verge find this guy, his personality is like a box of nails…you just want to beat him over the head with a hammer. Jesus Christ!

  14. ROG Mothership is perfect notebook, perfect desktop. It combines all features in a very STEADY DESIGN and portable design. But the main lack is large screen edge.

  15. I don't understand some products, they don't provide touchscreen where it is needed and they provide touchscreen where it doesn't.

  16. Why is this considered as a niche product? Maybe people still don’t get the idea behind it. I consider this a portable desktop/AiO. Asus should make this have upgradable CPU and GPU and that would seal the deal for next generation desktop. This could easily be mainstream product with a proper pricing to it. We don’t exactly need the tower CPU much now since CPUs, GPUs, and storage (SSD, HDD) are getting more efficient. Asus really need to widen the market for these. If they can put these in the low and mid level budget pricing, people who are considering to get a new computer would definitely get this. This would kill 2 birds with 1 stone. As of right now, many people usually have 2 computers, a desktop for the computing power/performance and a laptop for portability. With this you get both of it. You actually save money by getting this. All Asus need to do is:

    1) make low and mid tier model
    2) pricing around $1500-2500
    3) upgradable CPU, GPU. (Of course memory is already upgradable)

    If they do this, properly, Asus could kill the desktop market and take a big chunk of the laptop market at the same time.

  17. I kind of like this for lanning haha. I mean, I like using my mouse and keyboard, it would be neat having this. Laptop's keyboard cover unnecessary space.

  18. Unfortunately this whould never replace my serface im both a gamer and a artist I wish people whould stop comparing this to windows serface it lacks many features that make the serface good for productively and art if this had pen and touch support then maybe but this is not a windows serface at all also as a artist I want a good display this doesn't at all met the standards to replace my gaming machine or my serface

    It's a good machine though for someone who wants to just game with some nifty features to improve that experience I'd only concider this if I wanted another gaming laptop

    Sorry your mothershp is missing a few things in my case but the second you give me a pen and a much better touch display I'll throw my serface to the curb

  19. THIS IS THE FUTURE, I need a device like this – the only other that comes close is the acer switch 7 black edition and surface book 2, those are the only others that have low low low end video cards. I want something I can use as a tablet and as a light gaming machine. This is perfect.

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