The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Review made a great first impression when it was unveiled at CES 2019. That’s a lot considering Asus showed off some great Asus laptops at the same event. This is not surprising, as the Zephyrus series has long proven that light and thin laptops can be just as powerful as large and large Gaming Laptops.

Not far from the tree, this latest addition features the latest in gaming gear in a slim and lightweight package. This laptop is equipped with an Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics card with Max-Q and a 6th generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor with six cores and a clock speed of 4.1 GHz in turbo mode. and up to 24 GB of RAM. It can also be configured for an RTX 2080 with 8GB GDDR6-VRAM.

The result is a powerful gaming machine, one of the best Asus laptops we’ve ever tested. Unsurprisingly, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Review also sells for an unreasonable price, as are the plethora of stylish laptops and powerful interiors. But if your number one priority is slim and efficient, this gaming laptop won’t disappoint.

Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Gaming Laptop

Price

Like previous Zephyrus gaming laptops, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is not a budget device. With this performance and sleek design, the high price of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 should come as no surprise, but it is definitely a laptop for pocket gaming enthusiasts.

There must be other models with a different graphics card that lower the price, and with more RAM, the price can match We Monitor Ace to know the exact prices of these different models. Don’t expect them to be drastically cheaper.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Review is now available to pre-order in the US and UK. Shipping costs are estimated as of April 2019. We are again looking for Asus outside of Australia, but at the time of writing, it is not possible to reserve it from the Australian Asus store.

This high price makes it one of the more expensive gaming laptops, although we assume that other RTX laptops are just as expensive as those from other manufacturers.

Design

This is the case with the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701, which claims that Asus is the smallest 17-inch gaming laptop of all time. In theory, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 has a 17-inch screen, but its dimensions are closer to that of a 15-inch laptop. At 399 x 272 x 18.7mm, it’s about 23% smaller and 40% thinner than the average 17-inch gaming laptop.

Compared to the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501, the previous generation Zephyrus laptop with a 15.6-inch screen, the Zephyrus S GX701 is only slightly larger in size, which is impressive given the larger screen.

First of all, this smaller and larger screen made possible the incredibly narrow bezel that surrounds it. The screen is just 6.9mm thick on the top and sides, 81% of the screen area relative to the body, which means very little space is wasted.

For the small ceiling, Asus no longer has an integrated webcam at the top of the screen. For many, this would be an effective compromise for a slim device. However, if you use a webcam a lot, for example for video calls or Twitch, Asus has found a fairly fluid solution with a slim external webcam that cuts (or moves) the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 and can fold it up. When not in use, only 17mm thick.

Furthermore, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is a slimmer device, which also means that Asus can incorporate more camera technology than an integrated camera and record 1080p images at 60fps.

As with previous Zephyrus laptops, the keyboard is located at the front of the laptop bag, where the trackpad is usually found on other laptops. This leaves a lot of room behind the keyboard, which seems a bit strange if this is the first Zephyrus.

However, this mode is used by the ZOGyrus S GX701 ROG Active Aerodynamics System (AAS), which helps keep powerful components cool despite the laptop’s slim form. Beneath the surface are many cooling elements and pipes that generate hot air and carry cold air, as well as two large fans. To facilitate air circulation, when the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is turned on, the back of the laptop is raised above the surface on which it sits. This is a simple and effective way to cool down your laptop.

Since the keyboard sits right in front of the laptop, the trackpad cannot be in the traditional position underneath. Instead, Asus places it on the right side of the keyboard, where you can expect the number keys on a traditional keyboard. Installing a new trackpad takes some time and you are probably using the right mouse to play games.

The keyboard itself isn’t bad, with big Asus Aura RGB keys and backlighting. However, the key travel is very small due to the thickness of the notebook. Again, most people see a move towards a stylish and interesting model, but that means the keyboard is awkward to use like the mechanical keyboard that many of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 competitors are currently offering.

A new feature of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is a small scroll wheel at the top of the keyboard that allows you to adjust the volume. It’s nice and is accentuated by the RGB LEDs.

According to Asus, the sound is controlled by two speakers on either side of the laptop that use “intelligent amplification technology”. This means that the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 can produce more sound. more complete than integrated portable speakers.

When it comes to ports, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is a good choice. On the left side is the power connection, the HDMI 2.0b connection, the standard USB 3.1 connection, the USB 3.1 Type-C connection with DisplayPort 1.4 and the power supply, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack.

On the right side are USB 3.1 Type C ports and two USB 3.1 ports. Interestingly, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 has a standard DC charger, but it can also be powered via USB-C. When you connect the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 to a USB-C charger (or power supply), the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 won’t charge because it doesn’t provide enough power to keep the GX701 internally hungry. However, the loading process ends. Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Battery Drain System. It’s a cool feature which means that when the GX701 DC charger runs out, you need to use a universal USB-C charger, and you can also use a laptop.

So even if there is a fatal flaw, it is a good port assignment: local ethernet. While most people are perfectly happy with their laptop’s wireless network while gaming, a good connection can be important to ensure fast and stable performance.

The lack of an Ethernet port is frustrating and we wish the USB-C to Ethernet adapter didn’t work due to the price and importance of wired networking with a laptop. Games

Display

The good news is that Asus has obviously paid a lot of attention to the screen. As mentioned above, this is a 17-inch screen that is ideal for a gaming laptop and has a 144Hz refresh rate, which means games are smooth and fluid. Liquid and G-Sync technology does not exist. screen separator.

The response time is 3ms, which is great, with no noticeable lag between the internal game controls and on-screen display, and no annoying blur when running fast.

The monitor is also factory calibrated and Pantone introduced 100% sRGB color coding, which basically means that the monitor looks good out of the box, but also that the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is a portable laptop for digital artists. photographers and photographers. The video editor is of utmost importance. With the performance of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701, it is a powerful workstation.

1080p is ideal for a 17-inch screen. However, this means that the RTX 2080 is not particularly taxed even in recent games. Of course, this means that the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 will last for many years. If you want to give the RTX 2080 a real workout, you can connect it to an external 4K monitor or TV to see what it’s really capable of on the GPU.

Performance

You can also easily change your power settings using ROG Armory Crate software (accessible by pressing a dedicated key on your keyboard) so the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 can generate more power in your rooms. Switching from balanced mode to turbo mode resulted in performance gains (and slightly better benchmark results) and more fan noise.

Unsurprisingly, the caliber (and price) of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 gaming laptop is impressive. The visual resolution and screen quality are incredibly impressive. It’s great to load the current game (Metro Exodus for that tracking quality) and set all the graphics settings to Ultra.

The game looks a bit fabulous and the fact that the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 records outstanding graphics without a dramatic drop in frames per second. This is hands down the best gaming experience you can have on your laptop today.

The speakers also produce loud and powerful spatial sounds that are actually output from external speakers rather than internal laptop speakers. Good enough that you don’t have to connect additional speakers to enjoy your games.

However, virtual 7.1 sound effects are not available. As loud as the speakers are, fans of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 won’t be completely filled with them. This laptop is very noisy under pressure. Expect this on this slim laptop, but be careful.

One final note for gaming: we used a separate carbon for gaming, as well as the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 keyboard. While the keyboard is great, to be honest, if we’ve been gaming for a long time, we should consider combining a mechanical keyboard with a better, more user-friendly interface.

Battery life

Gaming laptops rarely last longer than a few hours without a plug, and the GX701 is no different.

In our battery life test, where 1080p movies were played at 50% screen brightness, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 took about three hours to charge. The battery lasted only two hours and 12 minutes, testing the battery life of the PCMark 8 by simulating larger (but compatible) charges such as web browsing and video conferencing.

As such, it is definitely a laptop that you will not use if you are disconnected and should be considered a replacement for the desktop. Honestly, it comes as no surprise, given the powerful components offered here and the reputation of gaming laptops, especially previous Zephyrus models with limited battery life.

It is a pity that we are always trying to find a compromise between shorter battery life and high performance. Asus has tried at least a few things to maximize the battery life of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701.

When you disconnect the laptop, it goes into battery mode, which slows down the GX701 and extends battery life. Taking advantage of Nvidia’s innovative “Optimus Mode” feature, the GX701 turns off the discrete GPU in battery mode and uses an integrated low-power graphics card.

The performance drop isn’t very noticeable when using Windows 10 for everyday tasks, but we’ve seen a dramatic drop in game performance when running on battery. As the battery life is short, we recommend that you understand that you will not be using the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 without connecting it.

Pros
  • Good design
  • Perfect performance
  • Incredible 17-inch screen
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • No LAN port
  • Short battery life
  • Very expensive

Verdict

The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is one of the best laptops available today, thanks to the latest and most powerful gaming technologies and an ultra-thin and light design.

By combining an RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card and a reliable Intel processor, you can play the latest games with the maximum graphics card. The 1080p display is nice and big, although the Full HD resolution doesn’t make much of a difference to the graphics card.

However, it is not perfect. Lack of Ethernet is frustrating and the battery life is very short. It cannot be denied that it is an expensive laptop either.

If you can afford the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701, you will definitely love this laptop. Its performance and design are far from the competition. If money is not a problem, we recommend this laptop to anyone.

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