Asus has unveiled a high-end gaming laptop with an add-on liquid cooling rig, designed to act as a desktop replacement system for those with sizeable desks.
The world of gaming laptops is full of devices which are impractical for use away from a desk, but Asus' latest creation takes the biscuit. Unveiled at IFA 2015 this week, the machine looks at first glance like a laptop docked to a strangely-shaped speaker system - but the bulky box at the rear actually hides a pump, reservoir, and radiator. Yes, Asus has built a laptop with a desktop-scale liquid cooling system, although one which only connects to the GPU, which combines with a BIOS supporting desktop-style overclocking options to provide a device which should mop the floor with competing gaming laptops.
The design isn't quite as impractical as it first seems, either. Although you won't be moving the laptop around while it has the liquid cooler hanging off the rear, it's a hybrid system which can be disconnected. Without the liquid cooling unit, the Asus GX700 is just another gaming laptop - albeit one with impressive specifications, including the as-yet unreleased GeForce GTX 990M mobile GPU, an Intel Core i7-6820HK CPU, and up to 64GB of RAM. If that weren't enough, the GX700 is also equipped with a 17" display boasting a 3,840x2,160 resolution and a built-in Nvidia G-Sync variable refresh rate module. The battery life, unsurprisingly, has not been discussed.
While Asus is positioning the GX700 as the world's first liquid-cooled laptop, that claim doesn't quite ring true. In 2012, Asetek unveiled an integrated liquid cooling system for laptops
built on a much smaller scale to Asus' design, while modders have been adding liquid cooling facilities to off-the-shelf laptops for years - including forum member Taro28's project
Pricing and UK availability of the device have not yet been announced.