1. ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 REVIEW
Best in Gaming
- Ultra Slim Notebook
- Super Narrow Bezel Display
- Thinnest Chassis
- 300Hz/3ms Display
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q Graphics
“ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX701 offers a battery optimized mode as it should.”
Warning: The laptop isn’t perfect, though without a doubt it’s one of the best gaming laptops in 2020.
For regular gamers, display with 300Hz refresh rate is guaranteed to turn heads. Coupled with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 graphics card and the compact and portable notebook, ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is one of the few gaming laptops you can ignore the expensive price tags on. ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is better than ROG Zephyrus GX501, it would not be wrong to say competition of ASUS is with itself. Zephyrus S GX501 was one of the best portable gaming laptops and it was priced above two thousand dollars. GX701 had a tough act to beat and the increment in price to more than $3000 didn’t help it.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus(GX701) is one of the best in its class but is it worth spending $3200 for?
Welcome to the official Wiringly review of ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX701.
Hands down. ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX701 is easily the most compact gaming laptop in its range. As far as the built is considered, the laptop gives you that sturdy feel which is a striking difference from the MacBook or VivoBook.
The verdict on a smaller size would be ambiguous. The display size got smaller but the compact dimensions make it possible to accommodate a 17-inch display in a body that is smaller 23 percent than of a traditional laptop.
Screen to body ratio is 81 percent and the bezels are very narrow, 6.9 mm, strongly demotivating the waste of space. The laptop is only 18.7mm thin. If you love portable laptops and the big screen is not something you crave, ASUS design will win you over. I would not promise that you will carry it everywhere with you, though, as it weighs about 6 pounds (2.7 Kg), but aren’t you crazy about games?
The screen is square cut; ROG ZEPHYRUS is engraved solely on the display frame. It looks Premium.
The company had been boasting of the fast-paced display of ASUS ROG S, the fastest in the gaming laptops. The laptop features an extensive HDR panel, that is color-rich, has deeper blacks and more dazzling whites. The technology extends to include battery life optimization as much as to 11 percent. They do this by switching a static display rate and self-refresh rate.
About the display refresh rate, ROG S GX701 is capable of a whooping 300Hz/3ms.
More about the richer visual experience, the display is Pantone Colour Validation guaranteed which means designers or other content creators can rest assured if they want to buy this gadget for both working and playing games.
When I tested the laptop, the first thing on my mind is whether ASUS ROG sacrificed speed this time? That was the general reaction when anyone realizes how slim is ASUS ROG S GX701. “Is it fast?”
I can go as far as to say if you’re replacing a desktop by ROG S, you ARE replacing a desktop. The system bears a next-generation 8th gen Intel Core i7 CPU which the company proudly calls 9th gen. It is built to convey desktop-grade performance for hardcore gaming.
The spotlight is on the graphics. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max Q Graphic card imparts photorealistic graphics utilizing the AI-enhanced image processing and lives ray tracing. Boosting capacity is 90W at a frequency of 1230MHz that goes on board with a GDDR6 VRAM of 8GB defaulted at 6001 MHz
The ROG S stood out at 5/5 in our performance test. Is it a surprise though? The storage, 1 TB SSD and RAM 24 GB (US version), up to 32 GB in global versions, is meant to deliver heavy multitasking.
Something almost slipped my mind to tell you is about the battery optimization. ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX701 offers a battery optimized mode as it should.
The realization dawned upon us as we were halfway through testing all that GX701 has to offer. The company boasts of its portability but to my surprise, ROG GX701 lasts a little less than two hours if you play games unplugged.
It is quite disappointing that a gaming laptop meant to deliver the best gaming experience and that too from a park, lobby or even in a lunch break in the office thanks to its small size that fits in a backpack, is loaded with inadequate battery to last even two hours.
· Switching Gears Between Gaming and Work Mode
G Sync mode is meant for smooth gaming utilizing the technology of synchronizing the GPU and display consuming battery at a faster rate. The instant switching to Optimus mode comes handy for working and watching videos. Optimus mode turns off the specific GPU and lengthens the battery life.
· Pros and Cons
- Slim Design
- High Performance
- Shorter Battery Life
Agreed that ASUS S is the best performance laptop for gaming but is it the overall winner. The worth rating depends on a handful of factors such as performance, design and portability, battery life and affordability.
So which of these is worth your bucks? Let us find out.
2. Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501
High Performing Less Expensive Gaming Laptop
ASUS constantly has insisted that high performance doesn’t mean bulky devices. GX501 is the slimmest of its time, though ASUS had beat it by the upcoming devices. Not by far though, since GX501 is a lot hell cheaper than GX501.
When it was released in 2017, ASUS ROG GX501 was the slimmest high performing gaming laptop. Awards in 2018 confirmed it. The laptop isn’t even two cm thick, 16.9-17.9mm to be precise. If you’re wondering “Is it thin?” the fact is that it is slimmer than compact Dell XPS 15. The portable computer weighs 2.2Kg.
It’s surprising what ASUS managed to stuff in a 1.79cm thin laptop. In a body less than is housed Nvidia GTX 1080 is a 0.7-inch laptop that makes it the deserving contestant of the title and awards bestowed on it. ASUS ROG GX501 is meant to deliver high performance. The machine features a 2.4GHz CPU supporting 5GHz VRAM that it comes with.
It doesn’t just handover hardware capable of great performance and tells you to use it carefully. ASUS is designed to take care of itself.
Active Aerodynamic System
An innovative design honestly, the bottom is built to flex when the lid is opened which increases air circulation by 32%. The fans spin slowly and quietly, there is no throttling, even so, the maintain temperature lower than 32% than what is general statistics.
We tested ASUS ROG GX501 playing games after games, all requiring high-end performance. It never showed a sign of tiredness. Rest assured mate, all the sounds you would hear would be only from the games you are playing.
1 TB SSD, storing isn’t a problem. We had to check the ASUS claims of ultra-fast access times and transfer rates. The company was being accurate; the game loading is fast.
· Gaming Experience
Display and Sounds
144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. We had a smooth gaming experience, everything fluid-like watching a movie. ASUS ROG GX501 rivals ROG S in its fast-paced gaming performance. Moreover, GX501 is VR built. The frame rating is more than 90FPS in virtual reality experience. Windows Mixed Reality Basic applications certified, it’s compatible with ASUS Windows mixed reality headset.
Smart amp tech amplifies audio output by 80%. The sound experience was very realistic in tests. Also, we didn’t have to worry about the speakers breaking down since ASUS has a technology of setting thermal thresholds and excursion limits automatically. It monitors the variations and manages the temperature influence.
Some of the highlighted perks include:
- Aura Sync feature enabling customization for the effects such as lightning in mice, keyboard, headsets, etc. The spectrum ranges to choose from are huge and there are six different lighting modes.
- The keys with travel of 1.4mm and 20 million presses lifetime, they are designed to impart great experience for years.
- Great touchpad location enabling the keyboard on the near end placed to offer a desktop-like experience. The touchpad has dedicated mouse buttons. However, the width of the touchpad is a little less and it is better to use a mouse.
The battery of this fun package deal might disappoint you. You can take it anywhere, might want to play the high performing games and they will work fine too. But you might have to find a socket everywhere. The battery usually lasts less than two hours when playing games.
· Pros and Cons
- High-End Performance
- Portable Compact Built
- The battery doesn’t last long
3. Asus ZenBook Flip 14 Review
Slim and Stylish 2in1 Notebook
Asus Zenbook flip 14 is surely a laptop you should check out. It has a stylish design, beautiful screen and a touch screen that appeals to students and professionals alike. The laptop is a high tech 2 in 1 but it doesn’t make compromises with the performance which generally the case with stylish gadgets.
Asus Zenbook weighs a little less than three and a half pounds which is lighter than Dell Inspiron. It would be an exaggeration to say it doesn’t feel a little heavy in tablet mode considering even normal tablets feel a painful thing to hold in our hands but surely ASUS Flip works fine on a lap. The pivot offers four positions mainly Laptops mode, easels like stand mode, inverted V mode, and tablet mode.
· Keys and Touch
The trackpad is a beautiful shining one and the top right corner bears a button to activate the inbuilt number panel. The tracking experience was quite smooth in our test. Just enough friction, the trackpad’s accuracy is off the marks. The typing experience with the keys is solid and the keys lack a little depth. It is not sure what this might mean to you but the keys are not surely very jumpy and obtrusive.
ASUS gives an ASUS pen with the flip notebook, it is sensitive however, it doesn’t beat the touchpad’s accuracy. Our tests noticed ASUS pen a little lacking when drawing thinner lines and figures. It might be good enough for everyday use however, I’d say for better results hold the pen perpendicular to the screen.
The performance is surprisingly good for a slim laptop with a convertible design. I tried to go to the extent of the multitasking we would possibly execute, the type of when I used to in my college days. I opened 15 tabs on the internet browser, split the screen to run video and seamlessly used Docs, Slack, Zoho, and Microsoft office. I tried to think of everything a professional or a student might need. The didn’t show any signs of lagging.
In the device, ASUS packs an 8th generation i7 core coupling it with 16GB of RAM and storage of 500 GB, SSD.
The laptop features a 2 GB GPU, Nvidia GeForce MX15. It allowed us to play intermediate games with a smooth experience actually, that is why this gadget is great for students too. The gaming tests recorded an average of 120 frames per second. Quite Cool!
· Battery Life
A long-lasting laptop with solid performance, ASUS Flip 14 beats ASUS ROG for non-gamers regarding the portability. It lasts more than nine hours on Wi-Fi and more longer for video playback. I was asked by the company to use the laptop for a few days and I had a nice experience with battery especially; charging once was enough to last the whole day.
· Display and Sounds
The screen is well lit and beautiful. Zenbook 14 has a dim screen but ASUS Zenbook Flip 14 doesn’t suffer from such problems. The sound might be a concern to you. The sound quality is undoubtedly clear and it beats many speakers in beauty but it is a little less loud.
· Pros and Cons
- Stylish Look
- 2in1 laptop and tablet
- High Performance
- Good Battery Life
- ASUS Pen could have been better
- Not very comfortable experience in typing in inverted mode.
Comparison of Table
|ASUS ROG Zephyrus S( GX701)||ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501||ASUS Zenbook Flip 14|
|Gaming Laptop||Gaming Laptop||Notebook for Professional|
|Portable and Compact||Portable and Compact||Thin, Stylish & Invertible|
|Short Battery Life||Short Battery Life||Battery Lasts Long|