Most PC gamers like the idea of a slimmer, more powerful gaming laptop. However, this has not really been the case; the best components of gaming laptops almost always led to bulkier systems. But then, the new Nvidia Max-Q concept is set to change things in this area, with more energy-efficient versions of the GeForce 10-series graphics chips with thinner bodies. The first example of the Max-Q is the new Asus Zephyrus laptop.
The Asus Zephyrus is a 15-inch system from the Asus Republic of Gamers range. The first thing about the Zephyrus laptop is that despite its Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce 1080 GPU, it is unbelievably slim. It weighs just less than 5 pounds, too. A laptop with similar sets of parts would weigh at least 8 pounds, and be much thicker. Now, thin laptop aside, the Zephyrus requires a cooling system for the powerful processor. Therefore, the laptop employs a neat trick to keep cool; when you open it up, the entire bottom panel lifts away, creating a 6mm-high air chamber to keep the system cool.
The odd thing about this laptop is the touchpad. This has been moved to the right hand side of the keyboard, instead of the traditional position below the keyboard. This could prove problematic, as laptop users have spent a lot of time getting used to the below-the-keyboard touchpads. That aside, reports have stated that the touchpads exceed expectations of gaming laptop touchpads.
In terms of performance, the Asus Zephyrus performs about as well as can be expected from an Nvidia GeForce 1080 GPU/ Intel Core i7700HQ CPU. The downside is that there is not much allocation for battery. Reports suggest that the device could run for less than 2 hours 30 minutes on a single charge. But then that is a small price to pay for smoother-looking games with the 120Hz display. Note that most laptop screens are 60Hz displays. The Zephyrus supports Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which syncs the GPU output to the screen’s refresh rate. Also, the screen resolution is 1,920×1,080 pixels.
The Asus Zephyrus would turn heads with the slimness and the smoother displays. However, the awkward positioning of the touchpad might not sit well with some people. Also, the price tag seems pretty steep; the laptop costs a whopping $2,699.00.