A few months in the past, we examined the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF which proved to be a very good choice for anybody a genuinely transportable high-end gaming laptop computer. At the time, we talked about that the Asus Zephyrus M was doubtlessly its greatest competitor. Now that the latter is actually available in India, now we have it in for a take a look at.
The Zephyrus M, or GM501GS, borrows a few of the design rules of the flagship Zephyrus GX501, which makes it a really fascinating alternative within the high-end phase. Asus is at the moment promoting two variants of it in India, of which now we have the upper finish one which competes instantly with MSI’s providing. Let’s see the way it compares to the Stealth Thin, and whether or not Asus has managed to get the pricing proper.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M design
The very first thing that strikes you whenever you take this laptop computer out of its field is the monolithic design. The Zephyrus M seems to be like an enormous block of steel and has the load to go along with too. At 2.45kg, it feels a bit heavy, however nonetheless to not the purpose the place it’s uncomfortable. Thankfully, it measures simply 17.5mm in thickness so it simply suits into the laptop computer compartments of most backpacks. The charger is pretty compact too, so general, it shouldn’t occupy an excessive amount of area in your bag.
The steel physique makes this laptop computer extremely sturdy and there’s a very neat dual-tone brushed steel end on the lid together with a backlit ROG emblem. The outer fringe of the bottom additionally has a copper-coloured chamfered edge, which supplies the laptop computer a premium look.
The backside air vent on the Zephyrus M to assist enhance airflow
However, the good function solely presents itself when you open the lid. The backside rear of the laptop computer opens as much as type a large air vent. This additionally provides the chassis a slight incline, leading to a greater angle for typing. The vent is used to extend air consumption, so the followers don’t should work time beyond regulation making an attempt to chill the elements. It’s a easy but sensible concept to resolve the largest problem with skinny gaming laptops, which is fan noise. Asus has thrown in two crimson LEDs on both finish as nicely, including to the cool issue, however these might be switched off if wanted.
The twin hinge design does a very good job at holding the lid regular in just about any place. We might have used thinner borders across the show however that’s not a dealbreaker in any method. The webcam sits within the appropriate place on the highest, and beneath the display, now we have one other chrome ROG emblem. The 15.6-inch full-HD show has a matte end and good brightness. Colours and viewing angles are good too, due to the IPS panel. It additionally helps a 144Hz refresh price, 3ms response time (gray to gray), and Nvidia’s G-SYNC. The latter is a function that’s lacking in MSI’s providing.
The Zephyrus M has a full-sized chiclet-style keyboard, full with a numerical pad. We discovered the spacing between the keys to be good and the route keys are grouped individually from the remainder. Key journey is snug and so they aren’t noisy in any respect, which is nice when utilizing this laptop computer in a fairly place resembling an workplace, or when gaming at evening. There are devoted buttons above the keyboard for quantity adjustment, muting the microphone, and launching Asus’s ROG Gaming Centre program.
The trackpad isn’t significantly massive however it’s broad. The monitoring is extremely clean and correct, and that is simply the most effective we’ve come throughout on a Windows laptop computer. Sadly, you don’t get particular person left and proper mouse buttons, which is disappointing for a gaming laptop computer.
You get a wide variety of ports, together with one HDMI, three USB three.zero, one USB 2.zero, a Type-C Thunderbolt three port, and a headphones and microphone combo three.5mm socket. The energy inlet is positioned on the suitable, simply past the exhaust vent, which isn’t one of the best place as the ability twine tends to get a direct blast of the recent air.
The standing LEDs for energy, battery charging and arduous drive exercise are positioned on the edge, above the keys, and are seen even when the lid is closed. In the field, you get a 230W energy adapter and that’s just about it.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M specs and options
As we said earlier, Asus despatched us the top-end variant. It ships with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5 video RAM. However, surprisingly Asus has not used Nvidia’s Max-Q optimisations. This implies that you don’t should compromise on clock speeds. The CPU used here’s a hexa-core Intel Core i7-8750H and with it, you get a single 16GB stick of DDR4 (2,666MHz) RAM, which might be expanded as much as 32GB.
For storage, you get a 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD, together with a 1TB Seagate FireCuda (5400rpm) mechanical arduous drive, which has its personal flash reminiscence cache for higher efficiency in comparison with a typical mechanical drive. Like most slim laptops, there’s no quick-release hatch on the underside for swapping out elements.
The keyboard on the ROG Zephyrus M contains a four-zone lighting system
Other specs embody dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO antennas, Bluetooth 5, two bottom-firing three.5W audio system, and a Four-cell 55WHr battery. The Zephyrus M ships with Windows 10 Home and a few third-party apps together with a trial model of McAfee LiveSafe safety app, together with lots of Asus’s personal applications. There’s ROG GameVisual for altering the show’s color profile; Sonic Radar three, which helps you to use a visible overlay to symbolize enemy fireplace in suitable video games; Sonic Studio three, which helps you to tweak and set audio preferences for particular person apps; and Aura for customising the lighting of the keyboard. The keys on the keyboard don’t have per-key RGB lighting however there are 4 customisable zones.
The ROG Gaming Centre software program helps you to monitor the system however the design is unnecessarily sophisticated
All of the above Asus apps might be launched by means of the ROG Gaming Centre software program. The program has an pointless sophisticated design, which makes it powerful to search out what you’re on the lookout for at first. It exhibits you the CPU and GPU temperatures and speeds, in addition to the arduous drive and RAM utilization. You can set shortcuts to launch as much as three apps with customized lighting, fan profiles, show color profiles, and so forth. You may monitor the system state by means of the ROG Gaming Centre app, for Android and iOS. However, the design is somewhat clunky, and the textual content and graphics don’t at all times line up correctly.
The ROG Gaming Centre app might use a few fixes
Asus additionally provides you the choice to change between G-SYNC and Optimus, which is considerate. Both are Nvidia’s applied sciences however as a result of method they work, can’t be enabled collectively. G-SYNC synchronises your show’s refresh price with the framerate that the GPU is pushing out, thus avoiding stutter and display tearing. However, for this to work, the show wants a direct reference to the discrete GPU.
For Nvidia’s Optimus expertise, the show is related to the CPU’s built-in GPU, which is how the discrete card might be powered down when not wanted, thus bettering battery life. With the Zephyrus M, there are two bodily connection to the respective GPUs and a system reboot is required when switching between modes.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M efficiency and battery life
We used the Zephyrus M in G-SYNC and Optimus modes intermittently, and as anticipated, it runs so much cooler and quieter in Optimus mode. Since the discrete GPU is dormant more often than not, the followers don’t must work too arduous, however in G-SYNC mode, you may hear them spinning calmly even whenever you aren’t working any heavy apps. Fire up a recreation in both mode although, and the followers start to sound like mini generators. Despite having a big air vent on the backside, they should work fairly arduous to maintain issues cool, which makes them fairly noisy.
The LED standing lights are seen even when the lid is closed
General efficiency is superb. We didn’t have any bother with juggling between a number of open apps, and even useful resource hogs like Chrome ran simply positive with greater than 15 tabs open directly. It doesn’t take lengthy as well into Windows both, and duties like video encoding and 3D rendering are snappy due to the multi-threaded, six-core CPU. Memory bandwidth might have been higher, had Asus used two 8GB RAM sticks as an alternative of a single 16GB stick.
The Zephyrus M delivers excellent gaming efficiency, and due to the usual GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, we managed to get barely higher scores on common when in comparison with the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin. Other than artificial assessments, the laptop computer additionally delivers excellent efficiency in real-world gameplay. We disabled G-SYNC throughout benchmarking to keep away from any bottlenecks, however throughout precise gameplay, had it enabled. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, we averaged about 63.43fps within the in-game benchmark with all of the settings maxed out.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a taxing recreation however the Zephyrus M managed to common near 40fps with the Ultra preset, and with anti-aliasing set to 2x MSAA. We had related outcomes with Metro: Last Light, wherein we bought 63fps on common with the graphics set to Very High and tessellation set to Normal.
The ROG Zephyrus M averaged round 73fps in Doom
Doom was cakewalk for the laptop computer, and with the Ultra preset, we averaged 73fps throughout precise gameplay. In GTA V, we bought 63fps on common with all of the graphics high quality sliders pushed to the max. The Witcher three: Wild Hunt, which is barely outdated however nonetheless taxing, gave us a mean framerate of 51fps. We additionally ran the official Final Fantasy XV benchmark, which gave us a rating of 5,841, which is classed as “Fairly High”.
The ROG Zephyrus M averaged round 51fps within the The Witcher three
G-SYNC appeared to do its job pretty nicely, and we didn’t encounter any stutter or display tearing even when the framerate often dipped beneath 60fps. The show runs by default at 144Hz and there doesn’t appear to be a method to change it (not that you just’d need to). As a consequence, video games really feel fluid and snappy. The audio from the stereo audio system is nice too, and the amount will get quiet loud.
When utilizing G-SYNC, which retains the discrete GPU working, battery life is usually beneath common. Even with common browser utilization and watching a little bit of video, we struggled to get greater than two and half hours of runtime. In Optimus mode, issues get barely higher, and we sometimes managed to make use of the laptop computer for 40-50 minutes longer with related utilization, however that is nonetheless fairly quick. When utilizing Battery Eater Pro, which is this system we use to check the battery lifetime of laptops, the Zephyrus M surprisingly lasted for 1 hour and 38 minutes in G-SYNC mode, and 1 hour and 47 minutes in Optimus mode.
Asus has managed to whip up a really aggressive providing that just about checks all the suitable containers. The icing on the cake is the pricing, which is Rs. 1,99,990 in India in response to Asus. For Rs. 10,000 greater than MSI’s GS63 Stealth Thin 8RF, you get a G-SYNC show, an extra 1TB of storage, and a typical GeForce GTX 1070 as an alternative of the Max-Q choice. This laptop computer additionally doesn’t run too sizzling, which is nice, however there’s nonetheless no escaping the annoying fan noise. The solely main downside right here is the quick battery life.
Asus additionally sells a lower-end model of the Zephyrus M priced at roughly Rs. 1,59,990, which has the identical core options and two-year guarantee because the top-end mannequin, however the SSD capability is 256GB and also you get a GeForce GTX 1060 GPU as an alternative of the GTX 1070.
Overall, the Asus ROG Zephyrus M provides good worth in comparison with the competitors. It has a intelligent cooling resolution that’s backed up by strong specs and excellent gaming efficiency.
Price (MRP): Rs. 1,99,990
- Clever cooling system
- Nvidia G-SYNC, 144Hz show
- Powerful specs
- Slim and premium design
- Noisy exhaust followers
- Weak battery life
Ratings (Out of 5)
- Design: Four.5
- Display: Four
- Performance: Four
- Software: Four
- Value for Money: Four
- Overall: Four
Adapted From: Gadgets360