The ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 draws inspiration from the future of gaming laptops itself, thanks to premium features like no-lag VR packaged in a slim, ultra-portable laptop.
ASUS Rog Zephyrus GX501 Review
The big draw of the ROG Zephyrus GX501 is its extreme portability factor. At just 4.9lbs, it weighs roughly the same as an average laptop, but it’s not an average laptop, though—it’s a gaming laptop that only weighs 4.9lbs. It’s such a refreshing thing how far technology has come when just a couple of years ago, gaming laptops could easily weigh 8lbs and be impractical for those with things like mobility issues. Not only is the ROG Zephyrus ultralightweight, it’s also incredibly slim at a mere 0.7 inches with the lid shut.
Active Aerodynamic System
Because the Zephyrus is so slim, some of you out there may be a little worried about cooling, but that’s not an issue thanks to Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) technology, a new innovation. AAS utilizes the laws of physics to create a better cooling system. When the lid is open, the bottom of the laptop flexes. This may seem like no big deal, but what happens is it creates 20% more space for air to circulate within. AAS combines with the accompanying AeroAccelerator tech can reduce temperatures by 20% while improving airflow by 40%. In other words, instead of being a hindrance, the thinness of the Zephyrus is part of why it’s able to cool so efficiently.
Intel Core i7 processor
The Intel Core i7 processor is a great choice to complement the Zephyrus’s other features and design components, enabling HD 4K video, quality 3D graphics, and all of the speed you need to use the Zephyrus to its full potential.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 dedicated graphics
Storage and memory
The ROG Zephyrus comes with 16GB of DRR4 RAM, suiting the needs of players of today’s most demanding games. (As of 2017, any game that doesn’t run smoothly on a good rig with 16GB of RAM is just shoddily made, frankly, which is why you still can’t go wrong with 16GB.) As for storage, the Zephyrus features 512GB HyperDrive SSD that utilizes PCI Express and NVM Express technologies for better performance. Thanks to these advanced technologies driving the full SSD storage, you can be assured that loading large games or 3D animation projects is quick and painless. Those who are used to HDD which is now commonly measured in the terabyte range even in midgrade PCs may feel slightly underwhelmed by the 512GB storage on the Zephyrus; however, it’s important to note that as a newer technology, SSD storage is still a lot more expensive per gigabyte than HDD. With that said, most PC’s with full SSD storage come loaded with only half of what the Zephyrus offers, making it a great deal for those who want to make the jump to SSD but still need a lot of space.
Straight out of the gate, the ROG Zephyrus has the sleek, slightly futuristic gamer-ish look to it you’d expect, which looks, frankly, awesome. But I’m not shallow; I’m more about function than looks, which is why I was so keen to review this laptop.
The standard go-to high-end components like the Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, and 16GB DDR4 RAM all work as expected, but the way they work together is fluid and rather impressive, because laptops this thin just aren’t supposed to run this smooth when you load them with heavy duty components as ASUS has done here.
The graphics are lush and the speed is fantastic. I played some Doom and Overwatch and also finally played Battlefield 1. (Yeah, I know I’m late to the game literally and metaphorically and that’s ironic.) All were smooth and beautiful. You can’t ask for more, graphics-wise.
I’m also really pleased the Zephyrus comes with SSD instead of HDD. SSD isn’t prone to failure the way HDD is and it really is the wave of the future in terms of storage, so I’m glad not only does the Zephyrus come with it, but they give you a hefty 512GB which is huge compared to the anemic offerings by competitors.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 is protected by a one-year warranty.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 is a gamer’s dream laptop thanks to impressive graphics, fast speeds and being a waiflike 4.9lbs, which is practically unheard of in gaming laptops, which can weigh twice that. If you need a lightweight gaming laptop, you can’t go wrong with this one.
- Ultralight at 4.9lbs
- Ultrathin at 0.7 inches
- Intel Core i7 processor
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics with Pascal architecture
- GTX 1080 and Zephyrus are good to go for HQ VR experiences
- 16GB DDR4 RAM
- 512GB SSD storage
- Active Aerodynamic System technology flexes base to improve airflow
- AeroAccelerator cooling architecture uses smart materials and design to further cool the laptop, while reducing thickness by 33%
- Combined, AAS and AeroAccelerator improve airflow by 40% and cooling temperatures by 20%, making for a slim and cool machine that is also extremely powerful—a rarity
- Keyboard with Aura RGB is ergonomic and designed to comfortably accommodate gamers used to typing on a desktop
- 120Hz display can synch with your GPU for better performance
- LED-lit display
- Smart Amp sound
- Connectivity: Type-C Thunderbolt port, 4 USB 3.1 gen 1 ports, HDMI 2.0, mic/headphone jack
- Windows 10 PRO operating system