ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS GX501: Review

Ten years ago, the best gaming laptop were those with the Intel Core i7 processors, 8GB of RAM and any distinct graphics imaginable.

Today, the best gaming laptops are totally different from what was produced a decade ago.

A total new package, small but power packed, Incredibly thin and a wonder to behold.

Introducing, the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 from the Nvidia Max Q concept. It’s said to be the best gaming laptop right now. It sits comfortably at the top of gaming laptops.

Yes, it sounds and looks like every other gaming laptop out there, right? Believe me when I say it’s a different breed.

The name ‘Zephyrus’ means the Greek god of the west wind, it was supposed to be the gentlest of the winds but…

The Asus ROG GX501 looks gentle [just as the name imlpies], timid and small but it comes with mighty features. I call it ‘the small but mighty’

This wasn’t the fastest gaming laptop that’s been tested, but it certainly held its own against recent high-end competitors.

Now, what makes this machine better than it’s peers?

Apart from it stuffing an Nvidia GTX 1080 into a 1.79cm thick [0.7 inch] laptop,you’d be suprised how such a slim laptop can slug it out with most big machines.

It’s almost as thin as the average ultrabook infact, slimmer than most traditional laptops and just like every other laptop, it comes with it’s pros and cons.

Inside the GX501 is none other than Intel’s 7th generation CORE I7-7700HQ checked at 2.8Ghz,16Gb of RAM, and a 512Gb SSD.

The keyboard has large keys which makes it easier for typing. The Asus ROG Zephyrus includes a rubber wrist rest that sits right up against the laptop’s front lip.

       

The battery life was a letdown for most people, scoring just over two hours. The battery lasts about 2 to 3 hours under low usage and 1:30 to 2 hours under gaming. It also comes with a screen resolution of just 1080p. The brightness hits a maximum of only 284 nits.

I was a bit disappointed there but even with that, it still tops other laptops. It has amazing speakers and top of the line performance.

Design is fantastic though and lots of improvement came from that department, such as the bottom panel opening up when the lid is opened. This allows more cool air to be sucked into the laptop without impacting port placement. Asus really went out of their way with this one.

Viewing angles are good, colors are bright and it supports Nvidia’s G-sync technology for smoother gaming.

It’s frame is a combination of aluminium and plastic.

A major con for me was how glaring it was that it’s a gaming laptop with the glowing LEDs all over it when powered, on the keypad, sides, power button. All brighter than the screen itself infact, I’d say they shine brighter than a diamond in a dark room.

Additionally, the giant ‘REPULBLIC OF GAMERS’ logo, makes it look unstylish for me. I didn’t really flow with that addition.

Now, for the price. The Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 is sold between £2,100-£2,200. A bit pricey, right?

For that price, I wonder what my reaction would be if accidentally, it drops and gets broken and become totally damaged? I will be distraught!. I might just sell the laptop off instead of repairing it.

Well, whatever your thoughts are on it, The Laptop Factory has got your back anyday, anytime!

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