A deeper look into the 2019 Asus ROG Zephyrus lineup
Asus makes a few of the hottest gaming laptops on the market, as a part of their ROG (Republic of Avid gamers) sequence, and so they’ve not too long ago up to date the complete lineups for the reminding of 2019.
We’ve lined a couple of of those merchandise in earlier articles and we’ll additionally cowl them in in-depth opinions within the close to future.
Nevertheless, on the current launch occasion I’ve received to speak to a few of the individuals who make these gadgets occur: Sascha Krohn (Senior World Technical Advertising and marketing Supervisor) and the Asus Product Supervisor accountable for the Zephyrus updates, and so they shed some further mild on these new fashions, in addition to trace on a few of their particularities and points that they’re trying to additional enhance. Since UBR is concentrated on cell know-how, we largely touched on the ROG Zephyrus fashions, and also you’ll discover some attention-grabbing insights within the rows down beneath.
To start with, although, I believe it’s essential for customers to grasp the principle variations between the 2019 ROG Zephyrus variants, as there are a minimum of 5 totally different fashions, every obtainable in a number of configurations. So let’s rapidly go over their particularities first.
ROG Zephyrus S GX531 – reviewed right here
- reversed designed, keyboard shifted to the underside with the clickpad on the precise, leaving the highest for the thermal implementation;
- aluminum building, very skinny profile, AAS cooling system beneath;
- 15-inch display screen with 144 Hz IPS matte panel and GSync, with a webcam on the prime;
- as much as Core i7 ninth gen processors, 24 GB of RAM and RTX 2080 90W GPU, single M.2 storage, 60 Wh battery;
- the design favors efficiency and thermals, is ergonomic on a desk, however impractical on the lap.
ROG Zephyrus S GX701 – reviewed right here
- 17-inch model of the GX531, with a equally reversed designed, however a couple of enhancements: front-facing audio system, per-key RGB keyboard, smaller bezels, twin Optimus/GSync mode;
- as much as Core i7 ninth gen processors, 24 GB of RAM and RTX 2080 100W GPU, twin M.2 storage, 76 Wh battery;
These two fashions have been initially launched in the beginning of 2019, however have acquired a replace to the Intel ninth gen platform as of Could 2019.
ROG Zephyrus S GX502 – mode particulars
- commonplace clamshell design, compact and light-weight (2 kg);
- magnesium alloy main-deck, aluminum exterior, AAS cooling system beneath;
- 15-inch display screen with 240 Hz IPS matte panel and small bezels, with out an built-in webcam;
- twin Optimus/GSync mode;
- per-key RGB keyboard with further operate/multimedia keys;
- as much as Core i7 ninth gen processors, 32 GB of RAM and RTX 2070 115W GPU, twin M.2 storage, 76 Wh battery.
ROG Zephyrus M GU502 – mode particulars
- related design and supplies, however with out the AAS system and a plastic underbelly – permits it to get lighter, at 1.9 kg;
- related keyboard and display screen, however with out GSync, simply with Optimus;
- as much as Core i7 ninth gen processors, 32 GB of RAM and RTX 2060 GPU, twin M.2 storage, 76 Wh battery.
ROG Zephyrus G GA502 – mode particulars
- related design strains, however plastic is used for many of the building – barely thicker and heavier (2.1+ kg);
- 15-inch display screen with 120 Hz IPS panel, barely decrease high quality (response time, colours, distinction);
- white-backlit keyboard;
- AMD Ryzen 7 APU, 32 GB of RAM and GTX 1660 TI GPU, twin M.2 storage, 76 Wh battery;
- competitively priced.
There’s not a lot to debate concerning the Zephyrus S GX531 and GX701 strains, we already lined them in detailed opinions. It’s, nevertheless, price mentioning that the GX701 is the one laptop computer at the moment available on the market bundled with a 100W variant of the RTX 2080 (Max-Q) GPU, whereas most different thin-and-lights embrace 80 or 90 W implementations. That permits it to be the quickest mannequin in its area of interest, outmatching the MSI GS75 or Alienware m17, however the positive aspects are small and imo, not essentially decisive within the shopping for course of. The GX701 is nonetheless a stable pocket book, however even when it’s a 17-incher and can largely spend its time on a desk, its downshifted design may nonetheless not enchantment to a good quantity of potential consumers, particularly now when a brand new 17-inch Razer Blade Professional can be an choice within the ultraportable area of interest.
The up to date fashions, alternatively, I count on them to be very aggressive within the second a part of the 12 months.
Asus addressed a few of the complaints relating to the specs and the keyboard, and the magnesium inside is a pleasant further contact, because it’s agency, mild and does a superb job at repelling smudges, in contrast to the fingerprint-prone aluminum used of the GX531 and former Zephyrus lineups.
The up to date Zephyrus S GX502 can solely be specced as much as an RTX 2070 GPU, although, and which may increase some eyebrows. On a primary look it may appear that you simply’ll be settling for a decrease tier GPU than with the RTX 2080 fashions on the market, however in actuality, you won’t. Whereas that’s one thing to be additional examined within the overview, the 115W RTX 2070 implementation inside this laptop computer is very like the one contained in the ROG GL504GS, which in our exams carried out equally to the RTX 2080 80W you’ll discover in different skinny and lights. It ran scorching, although, and we’ll must see how properly Asus manages to chill it on this smaller chassis. I used to be advised an improved thermal module made its manner inside these new Zephyrus lineups, and it may address the additional warmth of the RTX 2070 115W.
However why did Asus undergo the difficulty of going with the next TDP RTX 2070 as a substitute of a 2080 90 W, like on the GX531? I’d reckon it’s with a view to make a extra competitively priced remaining product, with practically the identical efficiency as different RTX 2080 Max-Q implementations, however a couple of a whole bunch of cheaper. That’s simply my logical assumption, although, and we’ll have to attend for the GX502s to turn out to be available in shops for affirmation.
Talking of thermals, I seen that there are now not air-vents on the prime of the keyboard with this redesigned chassis. I used to be advised these weren’t wanted, because the redesigned thermal module makes use of followers positioned decrease onto the chassis, with a view to draw extra air from the keyboard and maintain the most-used keys at decrease temperatures.
If high-temperatures are a priority and also you’re on the lookout for a good higher worth product, the RTX 2060 variants of the Zephyrus S and Zephyrus M may be those for you. I used to be advised each fashions combine the identical GPU and may provide related efficiency, however with considerably higher thermals for the Zephyrus S mannequin, on account of its AAS air consumption implementation. The less complicated and cleaner design of the Zephyrus M may be sufficient to steer you in the direction of it, particularly for those who can reside with out GSync, which is maybe the decisive shopping for issue of the S fashions.
The system’s noise was addressed extensively within the keynote. The Armory Crate management app that permits tweaking settings on ROG laptops will now present a dB ranking, one thing Asus measured of their labs with a view to make it simpler for individuals to inform how noisy their system is, and the way a sure noise stage looks like. One other new function of the Armory Crate app is the power to dynamically change between energy modes based mostly on the app that you simply’re utilizing. Asus laptops include a couple of totally different energy profiles: Silent, Balanced and Turbo; previously, you needed to manually go for the one which supplied what you needed, and now you possibly can assign every app to a sure profile, and the system will mechanically change between modes when wanted.
I additionally requested about extra handbook management over the followers’ conduct, and I used to be advised that’s not obtainable now, however it’s within the works. I wasn’t given any timeframe, however hopefully, it is going to be obtainable quickly, because it’s one thing the competitors gives with their merchandise and consumers have been asking for fairly a while now.
Talking of Armory Crate, I requested for extra management over the RGB lightning on the Zephyrus laptops, and I used to be advised that’s within the works as properly, and maybe we’d even have an choice to show off the LED mild inside the ability button. Lenovo and Razer provide glorious RGB management, and Asus ought to look into not less than matching that, with a view to make their merchandise higher suited to stricter faculty/work environments the place flashy RGB lights should not accepted.
That apart, I subsequent touched on battery life. These up to date 15-inch Zephyrus strains lastly get a bigger battery, though at 76 Wh it’s nonetheless one of many smallest within the area of interest, with most rivals providing an 80+ Wh one. Battery life is excessive on the priorities-list for many customers, and Asus says the brand new ROGs are aggressive, as they emphasised on software program optimizations meant to cut back energy drain. Amongst them, there’s the truth that the 240 Hz display screen mechanically switches to 60 Hz and disables Overdrive when the laptop computer is unplugged, with a view to run extra effectively. I argued customers ought to maybe be given the choice to return to the next refresh fee in the event that they wish to, even on battery, because the shopping and daily-use expertise may really feel slightly jittery for somebody used to a high-refresh display screen on a regular basis.
Talking of battery life, the complete Zephyrus lineup helps USB-C charging and Asus will embrace a 65 W USB-C energy brick with most configurations, alongside the principle barrel-plug charger. The supply may differ from area to area, although, however this manner you’ll find yourself with an included journey charger, smaller and far simpler to hold round in your backpack. In fact, you’re not going to get the identical efficiency whereas plugged in through USB-C, however that’s not the purpose.
I additionally requested about different options a few of you’ve got been vocal about in our earlier opinions: front-facing audio system, biometrics and Thunderbolt three. Let’s take them one after the other.
I used to be advised that up-facing audio system have been thought-about for ROG laptops previously and have been carried out when attainable (like on the GX701), however that was not at the moment attainable with the compact design of those up to date fashions. As a substitute, they did their finest to maximise the standard of the rear-placed audio system, and likewise centered on the headphone output by together with a devoted Sabre DAC, as that function was larger on players’ listing of preferences.
Biometrics should not but obtainable on these fashions, however they’re contemplating including a fingerprint sensor on future lineups. I requested about IR cameras as properly, and was advised that’s not mainstream adopted or one thing most potential consumers care about on a gaming laptop computer (or any laptop computer, for that matter). As a substitute, consumers care about small bezels, and that’s in truth why there’s now not an built-in digicam on these new Zephyrus fashions, however as a substitute, an USB exterior cam included within the pack.
As for Thunderbolt three, I used to be advised that’s as soon as extra not excessive on consumer’s priorities lists. Sure, it’s one thing tech-reviewers are vocal about, however in actuality, individuals use USB-C to largely output video and cost their laptops, and each these options are supported by means of the USB-C gen2 implementation. Because of this, as a result of restricted area and the constraints of the prevailing Thunderbolt three know-how (decreased bandwidth in sure circumstances on account of PCIe bottleneck), they opted to not pursue Thunderbolt three on the Zephyrus lineups, and maintain it as a function for full-size ROG merchandise (G, Mothership) and different lineups focused at creatives and content material creators (like maybe the beforehand introduced StudioBook S). I used to be not given any solutions on whether or not Thunderbolt three help will likely be added to future Zephyrus fashions, however I used to be hinted that improved performance ought to be obtainable as soon as USB four turns into a actuality within the close to future.
One different side I requested about was the total high quality of the included 240 Hz screens, and I used to be advised they need to provide slightly higher colours and distinction than the 144 Hz variants on the prevailing fashions, in addition to an analogous max brightness at round 300-nits. That may be sufficient for many consumers, however choices for higher-end 4K screens may even be obtainable with some configurations, for these into content material creation.
There are after all different points we’ve talked about, just like the particularities of the inexpensive Zephyrus G GA502 lineup, with AMD and a few snipped options which might be solely reserved for the higher-end fashions, however a extremely aggressive beginning worth of solely $1100 within the US, in addition to how the Zephyrus M GU502 sequence may be one of the crucial balanced merchandise available on the market and a very good allrounder. However we’ll additional discuss these as soon as we get to overview them and draw remaining conclusions on their price and competitiveness.
I must also add that I used to be left with a really constructive impression after speaking to those guys. They didn’t beat across the bush, had straight solutions for many of my questions and didn’t thoughts admitting the place there was room for enchancment. They have been additionally open to strategies and maintain an open ear to each our complaints, and yours, as remaining customers, so when you’ve got any suggestions on the Zephyrus lineups, or different ROG laptops typically, don’t hesitate to drop your ideas within the feedback part beneath, your suggestions may assist develop a greater ROG gaming laptop computer within the years to come back.