ROG Zephyrus G16 laptop at CES 2024 brings a thin, all-aluminum frame to your game

Gaming laptops are powerful beasts, sometimes almost as powerful as some desktops. Most of them, however, almost feel as heavy and as bulky as those towering computers because of how much technology they pack inside, including the required cooling systems. Thanks to the laws of physics and limitations in manufacturing, it almost seems like having a gaming laptop that’s as slim and sleek as a MacBook is just a pipe dream. Consider those dreams fulfilled, then, with the newest duo in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus line, bringing to the CES 2024 crowd the first glimpse of an all-aluminum CNC machined gaming laptop that maintains a mind-blowing thin and light body despite the power it crams inside.

Designer: ASUS Republic of Gamers

Although the typical laptop might have plenty of metal on the outside, the majority of gaming laptops use plenty of plastic or only plastic for the chassis. It’s more resilient to pressure and is cheaper to manufacture, helping to offset the costs of the expensive hardware. However, it also has poorer heat dissipation, is prone to deform from excessive heat, and makes the laptop feel less premium than its price would suggest. The Republic of Gamers is, fortunately, challenging the status quo with the 2024 ROG Zephyrus G16 and its slightly smaller sibling, the ROG Zephyrus G14, bringing a sleek and elegant look you won’t easily find on most of its kind.

With an all-new, all-aluminum CNC-machined chassis, the ROG Zephyrus G16 and G14 bring a touch of class to your gaming gear. It isn’t all just for show, of course, because the change in materials also improves the structural rigidity of the laptop, reduces its overall weight, and increases the space for components inside. That means more room for more things while still keeping the laptop thin and light. At only 1.49cm thick and 1.85kg light, the Zephyrus 16 is pretty much on par with the gold standard of lightweight pro notebooks, the MacBook Pro. For reference, the Zephyrus G14 stands at 1.59cm thick and 1.5kg heavy only.

Of course, Zephyrus laptops are heavy-duty gaming slash workstations, and ROG hasn’t forgotten the traits that truly mark this mobile PC as such. There’s a brand-new LED lighting array, one that runs diagonally across the lid. Appropriately called Slash Lighting, this lighting accent can display customized patterns and animations that quickly set the laptop apart from other premium-looking notebooks. This 2024 generation also welcomes a new colorway, Platinum White, with a matte finish that cements the Zephyrus G16 and G14 as luxury items for gamers.

In terms of hardware, the two aren’t lacking in any department either, sporting the latest Intel and AMD processors paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 or 4090 laptop graphics. In fact, these two boast the first ROG laptops to carry an OLED monitor under the ROG Nebula Display branding, offering rich blacks that truly make graphics pop. They both possess the latest cooling solutions, but the ROG Zephyrus G16 additionally carries a custom vapor chamber to make up for the more powerful hardware. These two stylish and powerful laptops are scheduled to land in markets in the first quarter of the year, though exact dates and pricing have yet to be announced.

Tiny Japanese All-Aluminum Camper Trailer + More Automotives For Your Off-Grid Camping Escapades

After a tiring week at work, with the weekend joyfully looming ahead of me, I often find myself fantasizing about a short sweet getaway! Just a few days away from my hectic life, and this hectic world, in a bubble of my own, where all my worries are nowhere to be seen. And I do think Camping is a plausible plan! There’s nothing more comforting or exciting than lounging about in a cozy camper while you explore the countryside. You never feel out of place, because these little campers manage to feel like a home on wheels. Fill it up with your dear belongings, and it’s your home away from home. Not to mention the camper designs today are super innovative and inventive! From a VW ID Buzz electric camper to a Toyota Hilux camper that is the most rugged two-bed, pop-up roof overland rig you’ll ever ride – these resourceful campers manage to cater to almost all of our needs, solving various problems, and turning our camping experience into a fulfilling and comfortable one.

1. X-Cabin 300

Designed by Japanese startup X Cabin, the X-Cabin 300 is a lightweight, all-aluminum camping trailer intended to transform and redefine your outdoor escapades with an innovative sleek design and high-efficiency features.

Why is it noteworthy?

At first glance, the X-Cabin 300 catches the eye with its glistening riveted aluminum exterior and classic rounded corners, reminiscent of the Airstream trailers. The X-Cabin 300 takes a different route with a plain, boxier design featuring a high-efficiency floor plan that optimizes every inch of space.

What we like

  • Showcases a solid foundation with its steel chassis crafted by the renowned German manufacturer AL-KO

What we dislike

2. The Citroën Type Holidays

The Citroën Type Holidays is an ode to the iconic Type H which pushed the boundaries of alternative travel. The masterpiece is based on the versatile Citroën SpaceTourer, and it provides the utmost comfort and clever features that would be appreciated by all travelers.

Why is it noteworthy?

It sports a retro exterior and interior that are sure to turn heads. The Type Holidays teaser showcases a blend of heritage and modernity with its unique grey color, a nod to the Type H.

What we like

  • The two-row bench converts into a bed at night, and can also be removed to create storage space. The camper has smart space-saving features

What we dislike

  • The amenities are pretty basic, and some people may want more

3. The Earth Camper

The Earth Camper is designed by ARB to accompany adventurers with their nomadic lives, and adventurous off-road expeditions. The camper features long-travel independent suspension, and all-terrain tires, allowing it to deal with all terrains.

Why is it noteworthy?

The gray gel-coated fiberglass-reinforced plastic shell of the Earth Camper, inside a one-piece exoskeleton shell, ensures durability and longevity, while 25 mm thick walls offer exceptional temperature and noise control.

What we like

  • Features 120W roof-mounted solar panels
  • Fully equipped to meet all your off-grid requirements

What we dislike

  • Hefty price tag
  • Limited availability, since it’s only available in Australia at the moment

4. The Habiton

The Habiton is a mini camper that is a lifestyle companion for singles and couples who want to adopt a life on the go. It features a sleek design and modular concept that provides the comfy feeling of being at home.

Why is it noteworthy?

At the heart of the Habiton allure is its commitment to the “Travel small, live large” philosophy of Bürstner. This micro camper features an inflatable roof tent, seamlessly integrated into the vehicle’s silhouette, adding a touch of whimsy and practicality.

What we like

  • It can effortlessly slide into multi-story car parks
  • Clever utilization of space

What we dislike

  • Being situated above the vehicle, it may be difficult for older people to enter/exit the camper.

5. Love Campers VW ID. Buzz Camper Van

The Love Campers VW ID. Buzz camper van was the result of a collaboration between Love Campers and Wild Drive. The drool-worthy automotive can be rented in the UK and is a fun and quirky-looking camper outfitted with a lime yellow and bright white dual-tone exterior, and matching interior. Stepping into it feels like you’re in a literal work of art!

Why is it noteworthy?

The interior of the VW ID. Buzz is designed to maximize space. The sofa slides out to transform into a snug double bed, and the kitchen area – bang opposite – includes a sink with a foldaway faucet and an induction hob.

What we like

  • Sustainable design perfect for couples or solo travelers
  • Outfitted with a 77KwH battery and rooftop solar panel to take care of the power needs of the electronics onboard

What we dislike

  • It only has a portable toilet, which is not a comfortable option for everyone

6. The GMC Hummer EV EarthCruiser Upfit

EarthCruiser and Hummer have teamed up to create the GMC Hummer EV EarthCruiser Upfit. It combines the raw power of an all-electric Hummer pickup with the comfort of an EarthCruiser truck camper!

Why is it noteworthy?

Stepping into this unique camper you get 80 inches of headroom space at the entry and 76 inches as you walk into the hallway. This space trims down to 35 inches in the bed section. However, you get a tri-layered pop-up roof, creating a feeling of spaciousness to maintain a comfortable atmosphere within.

What we like

  • Features a 650W solar system that keeps the adventure going by recharging the 460Ah lithium 12V battery on board
  • Equipped with a convenient flat-pack toilet

What we dislike

  • There don’t seem to be any options for customization
  • It isn’t available until 2024 so we don’t have first-hand experience with it

7. BCR Off-Road Camper

Called the BCR off-road camper, this build by Truckhouse features the Prospector XL RA 3500 chassis from the AEV. It is a commendable collaboration between the Truckhouse and AEV and is intended to be a full-featured carbon fiber hardshell camper.

Why is it noteworthy?

The new BCR exterior is designed to leverage the ruggedness of the Prospector XL and boasts 40-inch tires, a snorkel, a 20,000-pound winch in front, and a 3-inch lift that not only enhances the camper’s off-road capabilities but also contributes to its overall four-season appeal.

What we like

  • Equipped with large skylight and windows to provide access to the lovely views on the way
  • Features solar panels to support an off-grid lifestyle

What we dislike

  • The first deliveries are expected in Spring 2024, so we don’t have first-hand experience with it.

8. Tune M1

This lightweight and adventure-ready camper is called the Tune M1, and it features utmost comfort and versatility. It is intended to take you anywhere in the day while offering you complete rest within the truck’s pop-top canopy extension by night.

Why is it noteworthy?

The lightweight truck camper, starting at just 360 lbs, allows the cabin to be used for sleeping, cooking, remote working, or even for toy hauling when you’re venturing out for a ski, fishing, or snowboarding adventure.

What we like

  • Features a sleeping loft, while the pop-up roof (up to 6ft 10-in of interior headroom) allows you to stand in the living area effortlessly

What we dislike

  • The expanded cloth structure may not be protective enough in case of bad weather

9. The Romotow

The Romotow is truly a one-of-a-kind trailer with a fixed chassis that supports a rotated closing living unit. It can swivel around the full 90 degrees to provide extra outdoor living space!

Why is it noteworthy?

In transit, the 30.5ft Romotow remains closed and when it’s stationed for overnight camping, the main living unit with panoramic glass windows on both sides can swivel open: this form factor creates two sections, a large deck, and a sleeping/living cabin.

What we like

  • Features a 395W solar panel on the roof supporting an off-grid lifestyle

What we dislike

  • The trailer needs to rotate a complete 90 degrees, and that free space may not always be available

10. The BR75

This SUV adventure camper is called the BR75, and it is a Toyota Hilux that has been converted into a comfortable and innovative camper for four people. Since the Toyota Hilus is a robust and mobile vehicle, it makes for a rugged and tough camper.

Why is it noteworthy?

A camper module is attached to the back of the Hilux, creating an all-terrain overland rig that keeps you cozy and comfortable no matter where you travel! The Japanese SUV Adventure Camper BR75 doesn’t compromise on the mechanics or the form factor of the five-seat pickup.

What we like

  • Equipped with seats and a folding table, which can transform into a double bed on demand
  • Comes with an optional pop-up roof

What we dislike

  • There is no reference to a toilet onboard, you’d probably have to carry a portable seat along

Tiny Japanese all-aluminum X Cabin 300 camper trailer impresses with its sleek design and high-efficiency interior

If you’re dreaming of hitting the open road in style, explore uncharted territories, and enjoy the serenity of the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort, then X-Cabin 300 might just be your ultimate ticket to adventure.

Designed for the wanderers who love to take behind the wheel, Japanese startup X Cabin has rolled out a true marvel for camping enthusiasts – the X-Cabin 300. This lightweight, all-aluminum camping trailer is set to redefine your outdoor escapades with its sleek design and high-efficiency features.

Designer: X Cabin

At first glance, the X-Cabin 300 catches the eye with its glistening riveted aluminum exterior and classic rounded corners, reminiscent of the Airstream trailers. But as you move closer, you’ll notice that X-Cabin has put its unique stamp on this camping wonder.

While the Airstream boasts a distinctive aerodynamic shape, the X-Cabin 300 takes a different route with a plain, boxier design featuring a high-efficiency floor plan that optimizes every inch of space. You’ll find a convertible dinette that can easily transform into a cozy sleeping area, a well-equipped galley – with a sink, optional fridge box, and portable gas camping stove – for your culinary needs, and ample storage space to stow away your camping gear.

The name “cabin” is chosen to evoke the comfort and coziness of a ship or a plane cabin, promising a comfy retreat in the heart of the great outdoors. Weighing in at just 750 kilograms, the X-Cabin 300 boasts a solid foundation with its steel chassis crafted by the renowned German manufacturer AL-KO.

The charm doesn’t stop at the shiny exterior – the interior is brim with LEDs, cooled with an air conditioner, and is power-packed to provide energy back to the house, in case of emergencies. Buyers can choose between double doors or a tailgate at the rear, while the X Cabin’s commitment to customization leaves you with two different floor plans to choose from: in X-Cabin 300 Glamp and X-Cabin 300 Solo, in addition to the base 300 models. In Japan, the X-Cabin 300 is priced between ¥5.8 million ($40,000) and 7.2 million ($50,000), depending on your choice of floor plan.