ASUS ROG Zephyrus Review: If you are looking for a powerful, thin gaming laptop with awesome performance, super quiet operation and a sexy innovative design, you should look no further! And it is a really fast one!
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Review
Asus has launched super slim devices before. But this time it is the ROG Zephyrus GX501 gaming laptop. The height is only 17.9 millimeters (0.7 inches). The 15″ notebook comes with an Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU. The graphics card is Nvidia GTX 1080 which has the brand-new “Max-Q” design. Here you get the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Review.
What do the testers say about ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501?
NotebookCheck.net has written a mixed review:
ROG Zephyrus GX501 is an expensive laptop. It costs almost $3000. So is it worth it? Or is the mobility aspect not that important for you? Maybe you are among those that would like to pay extra for an extremely slim and powerful notebook? Yeah, indeed, it is difficult to find a laptop that is more stylish and light case than the ASUS ROG. It is built by high quality materials, a 120 Hz monitor display with G-Sync support and a level of performance that – in this class – is unrivaled so far.
Well, if Price means more for you than Slimness, the GX501 is not the top choice out there. You get a much warmer laptop (the chassis gets very hot under load, even when choosing the Battery Saver), but also the maintenance, input devices, port selection. There is no card reader nor any RJ45-LAN network port on this one. The battery run time, which is disappointingly short for a supposedly mobile laptop at up to 3 hours. We had atleast expected some few more hours! It’s 2018 soon! Hello! NotebookCheck.net has made some conclusions:
Thicker GTX 1070 laptops like the Asus Strix GL502VS do not make as many compromises and are more affordable. All in all, the Zephyrus GX501 still gets a “good” rating and will enter the Top 10 ranking for slim and light gaming laptops in the next update.
PCGamer likes the ASUS ROG Zephyrus much more:
The Zephyrus delivers much better results than GTX 1070 laptop in gaming tests by about 5 -10 percent, but falls short of the full-size laptop or desktop GTX 1080 systems by 10 to 15 percent. Of course, as I’ve gone over, the trade-off in performance is more than made up for by the Zephyrus’s sleek frame.
Speaking of that frame, it’s freaking gorgeous. The all-metal chassis is finished with a brushed steel look that only slightly hints at the aggressive aesthetic that plagues many gaming laptops and peripherals. Here, the look is sleek, classy, and understated in a way that will turn heads without screaming “gamer.”
Of course, all that greatness is not without drawbacks, primarily cost. The ROG Zephyrus starts at $2,699, which sounds like a lot for its level of performance (by comparison, the ROG Strix GL502VS it barely outperforms is roughly $1,000 cheaper.) But in this case, you’re paying for the convenience of a sleek, tiny frame and the engineering of keeping everything cool and quiet. To my mind, that’s money well spent.
Gigabyte Aero 15 X Review
You could simply NOT squeeze something like a GPU as powerful as the GeForce GTX 1070 into a gaming laptop until recently. Then you had got a very bulky and ugly computer, not meant to bring out of your house. GTX 1060 was the most powerful card you could get into a thin and light form factor, and that was not any Porsche, just something mid-range. Thanks to Nvidia’s new Max-Q line of GPUs, that’s beginning to change. Yeah, there are already some Max-Q line alternatives on the market. Gigabyte’s Aero 15 X is a very thin gaming laptop that got the super powerful GTX 1070 from Nvida before anyone else. Although the performance compromises had to be done to get a super slim computer, it is still a Ferrari for gamers on the go. Check out the full review on: https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/gigabyte-aero-15-x-review/2900-1503/
Review unit provided free of charge by ASUS and Gigabyte. This video is sponsored by Cooler Master. As per HWC guidelines, no review direction was received from manufacturer. All purchase links listed in the description have Hardware Canucks AMAZON monetary affiliation.
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