ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 REVIEW

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Features

  • 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 doubt it’s one of the best gaming laptop 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 the one of the best portable gaming laptop and it was priced above two grands. 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 the one of best in its class but is it worth spending $3200 for?

Welcome to official Wiringly review of ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX701.ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 gaming laptop

Design

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 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 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.

Display

The company had been boasting of the fast paced display of ASUS ROG S GX701, the fastest in the gaming laptops. The laptop features an extensive HDR panel, that is colour 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 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.

Performance

When I tested the laptop, the first thing on my mind is whether ASUS ROG sacrificed speed this time? In fact, that was the general reaction when anyone realises how slim is ASUS ROG S GX701. “Is it fast?”

Totally.

I can go as far to say if you’re replacing a desktop by ROG S GX701, 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 utilising the AI enhanced image processing and live 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.

Battery

Something almost slipped my mind to tell you is about the battery optimisation. 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 ASUS ROG S GX701 has to offer. The company boasts of its portability but to my surprise, ROG GX701 lasts 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 fit 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 utilising the technology of synchronising 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

Pros

  • Slim Design
  • High Performance
  • Portable

Cons

  • Shorter Battery Life
  • Expensive

 

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