Most gaming laptops these days ships with fast screens, with refresh rates of 240 Hz or more recently, even 300 Hz. However, all these options are only FHD (1920 x 1080 px) in terms of resolution, which is fine for most configurations and most gamers, but might not suffice for the enthusiasts looking for the most powerful gaming laptops and the crispest of details, as well as a competent work companion.
Not anymore, though. As of the Fall of 2019, performance laptops with 4K 120 Hz screen options are also a thing. Razer is among the first to announce that for their Blade Pro 17 (which we’ve previously reviewed in the FHD variant over here), while Asus has bragged about it as an option for the ROG Zephyrus GX701 since May, but have yet to deliver just yet.
However, now that the panel has actually become available, I’d expect for Asus to include it on the GX701 soon enough (alongside the already announced StudioBook One workstation), and other OEMs will most likely follow-up quickly.
We don’t have exact details on who makes this panel as of yet (most likely AUO, though), nor can we share anything on its brightness and contrast stats. We’ll update this section once we do.
We do, however, know that this is a high-gamut panel, with 100% coverage of the AdobeRGB color space and factory-calibration with most configurations, which means it’s not just meant for gaming, it’s actually an excellent tool for creators as well.
So far, you could only have one or the other: either a fast FHD screen, or a 100% AdobeRGB UHD screen at 60 Hz. From now on, however, you can have both. That if you’re willing to pay the price-tag, of course, which is roughly several hundreds of dollars on top of the FHD variants. For the Blade Pro 17, the 4K 120 Hz option comes with a $600 premium, but that also includes doubling the storage capacity from 512 GB to 1 TB.
Of course, these 4K 120 Hz screen options will only make their way into the highest-end configurations of the highest-end gaming notebooks, and for a good reason: it takes beastly hardware in order to run moderns games at high details and frame-rates in the 100+ fps, in order to justify paying extra for this kind of a display.
That actually means that most OEMs will only offer this screen option bundled with RTX 2080 chips or higher tier Quadro RTX 5000/6000 graphics, and even if you can find that on a lower-end system, I’m not sure I’d recommend it anyway, due to the hit in graphics performance.
Bottom point, as of late September 2019, this 17-inch 4K UHD screen has only been confirmed for the Blade Pro and the Asus StudioBook One, but I’d expect it on all the other 17-inch high-end gaming notebooks in the weeks to come, like the MSI GS75, the Gigabyte Aero 17, the Alienware m17 and Area 51m and maybe even the MSI GT75 and Asus ROG G703 behemoths. We’ll keep our eyes peeled in order to update the list below as more options are being announced.
|Model (link to reviews)||Hardware||Screen||Price|
|Asus ProArt StudioBook One||9th gen Core H + RTX 2080MQ 100W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120 Hz, (??? ms GTG response), Optimus, touch||–|
|Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701 (?)||9th gen Core H + Quadro RTX 6000||17.3″ IPS 4K 120 Hz, (??? ms GTG response), dual GSync/Optimus, matte||–|
|Razer Blade Pro 17||9th gen Core H + RTX 2080MQ 90W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120 Hz, (??? ms GTG response), Optimus, matte||from $3699|
As for whether a smaller 15-inch 4K 120 Hz panel will also happen, well, it probably will. Asus also taunted it at Computex for the ROG GX502s, but we haven’t heard anything new ever since. In all fairness, though, I’d be far more interested in a fast and good-quality QHD panel at that size, but unfortunately, that might not happen anytime soon (if at all).