Former president Donald Trump’s $250 million fraud trial has begun in New York, with accusations that he lied about his net worth to secure more favorable loan terms. An interesting detail from the trial is that one of Trump’s attorneys, Alina Habba, brought what appears to be an Asus ROG gaming laptop to the courtroom. The laptop’s RGB logo changed colors during the hearing.
The spotting of the gaming laptop was made by Ryan Rigney, marketing director for the recently released anime sports game, Omega Strikers. Rigney tweeted about the lawyer’s laptop, mentioning its blue underglow and the fact that it had an RTX 2070ti graphics card. Pictures taken during the hearing show the laptop’s emblem and underglow changing from blue to orange.
The laptop in question resembles the ROG Strix G17 G712 model, which was released in 2021. It features a 17-inch screen, an RTX 2070 Super GPU, an Intel i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 memory, and an RGB keyboard and light bar with Asus’ Aura Sync. The laptop is currently priced at around $1,700.
It is unclear how often Habba games on her laptop or if Trump has ever watched her play on it. Habba, who also serves as a senior advisor for Trump’s Super Pac, MAGA Inc., emphasized during the trial’s opening that there was no intent to defraud. Trump, who was indicted in August on four criminal counts related to alleged attempts to overthrow the government, tried to delay and dismiss the fraud case but was ultimately unsuccessful.
Habba’s law career began in 2010, and she first met Trump in 2019. However, she has faced controversy in the past. In 2022, she was sued by a former employee at her law firm for alleged racist behavior, including making derogatory comments about New York Attorney General Letitia James, who brought the fraud case against Trump. The lawsuit, which involved recordings of Habba using racial slurs, was settled out of court later that year.
While Habba’s choice of a gaming laptop for a high-profile court hearing may raise eyebrows, it remains to be seen whether it has any significance beyond personal preference. As the trial continues, more details about the case against Trump and the defense’s arguments will likely come to light.