ASUS ROG introduces an exciting new concept design – ROG Face Off, created through a partnership with Designworks, A BMW Group Company. The purpose of the collaboration and concept was to imagine the future of gaming laptops. ROG Face Off strikes a balance between two worlds: elevated aesthetics with a premium appeal and a more dynamic and immersive gaming experience.
In order to reflect the split personality and needs of gamers now, the design of ROG Face Off layers elements to draw the eye across three levels, each with a different focus, going from the streamlined silhouette to surface sculpture and then finer details. The sleek exterior has a focused and aggressive profile framed by futuristic lines, but still retains familiar ROG hallmarks, like the offset slash and ROG logo emblazoned on the lid. The distinctive cut contrasts polished and matte surfaces that reinforce the ROG existing aesthetic in a bold new way.
While ROG laptops typically stick to darker tones, the concept wears a silver coat tinted jade green. Designworks chose the concept’s unique colour to align with future design trends, culled from their knowledge of picking trending colours for the automotive industry.
The ROG designers love the flowing form of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle concept and want to bring some of the same feel to laptops. Thus, on the ROG Face Off concept, sets of progressive gills sweep across the back of the chassis and flank the sides of the keyboard.
The gentle curves balance the laptop’s harder edges and instantly draw attention while also providing functional ventilation. LEDs below generate a customizable glow that illuminates the raised ridges from within. Additional interior lighting proudly highlights the motherboard, fans, and other components visible through the smoked X-ray panel above the keyboard too.
The WASD cluster and left side of the space bar are covered by smooth metal skin that makes critical gaming controls immediately recognizable by touch alone. To satisfy gamers seeking more grip, rubberized cover was designed that fits over the WASD group. The design of the power switch also trades traditional buttons for a spring-loaded setup inspired by bolt-action mechanisms.
Pulling the trigger powers on the system and activates an accompanying lighting effect that amplifies the awakening. RGB lighting also helps to define the concept’s dual personalities. It glows pure white in work mode, but in gaming mode it glows defiantly red, reinforcing a more aggressive attitude.
While the advanced and futuristic capabilities of ROG Face Off aren’t readily available now, we can expect it to become a reality in the near future. What are your thoughts about the new concept design? Tell us your comment below!