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Review Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 gaming laptop, imagines himself a PC

It is said that the restrictions are pushing to searchunusual solutions. In the case of gaming laptops, limitations in size and temperature control have pushed Asus to create an unusual design. This is how the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 appeared.

The 17-inch model ROG Zephyrus GX701 is released onchanging the 15-inch GX501VI. At the same time, Asus has retained powerful graphics in a slim package. The result was a strange, unusual arrangement of the keyboard and vents in the most unexpected places.

I wondered if such a design solution solves the tasks or problems remained, from which the original laptop suffered?

  • Specifications
  • Design and construction
  • Laptop display
  • Keyboard and touchpad
  • Sound and Multimedia
  • Iron productivity
  • Cooling and memory
  • Video card and games
  • Battery autonomy
  • Should I buy?
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Specifications

    Screen

    17.3 inch, 1920 × 1080 pixels, IPS, 144 Hz, G-Sync, Pantone Validated, no touch input, matte

    CPU

    Intel Coffee Lake-H Core i7-8750H

    Graphics

    Intel HD 630 + Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q 8 GB

    RAM capacity

    24 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (8 GB soldered + 1 × DIMM)

    ROM capacity

    1 TB SSD (Samsung PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR) - 2 M.2 NVMe 80 mm connectors

    Connection

    Wireless AC (Intel AC 9560), Bluetooth 5.0

    Ports and connection

    3 × USB-A 3.1, 1 × USB-C 2-generation with DP and PowerDelivery, 1 × USB-C 1-generation, HDMI 2.0, microphone / headphone, Kensington lock

    Battery

    76 Wh, 230 W

    Size and weight

    399 × 272 × 18.7 mm, 2.64 + 740 g

    Additionally

    Keyboard with RGB backlight, front stereo speakers

    Design and construction

    Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 - pretty weirdlaptop If you do not take into account the increase in the screen up to 17-inch, then the laptop is similar with the model of 2017. At the same time in the design there have been major changes. The keyboard has shifted closer to the user, leaving a huge space with a light perforation, which emblazoned a small logo ROG.

    Anyone who first saw the design of the ROG Zephyrus SGX701, asked the same question: "Is it a speaker?". No, the upper part above the keyboard does not have speakers, it is just a free space, due to which there will be no heating components under your hands.

    Despite such oddities, the body of the Zephyrus Sdurable and never bend. The keyboard has a strong support, and the cover is made of polished aluminum. Firstly, this option allows you to enhance the strength of the body. Secondly, it is very attracts attention, although someone may not like it.

    I could find here weak points in the design and quality of the assembly. The first is a weak hinge. Despite the fact that the device can be opened with one finger, at certain angles the lid can slam itself.

    Another problem is the exhaust hole with reverseparties. Although the body does not have a wedge-shaped shape, the holes overlap when the rear part is raised at a certain angle. The vent hole provides additional airflow to cool the internal components.

    Zephyrus S GX701 for the 17-inch model weighsa bit, which makes it one of the lightest in the segment. The thickness of the case is only 1.88 cm, which is less than the 15-inch Razer Blade, except that the Asus ROG weighs a little more than the closest competitors.

    A set of connectors caused me a lot of surprise. The device received 3 USB-A ports, 2 USB-C and HDMI connectors. On the left, USB-C Gen.2 3.1 is installed, which supports charging and connecting an external display. Right - USB-C Gen.1 3.1, which supports data transfer only. None of them is incompatible with Thunderbolt 3, so there can be no question of connecting an external video card.

    There is also no Ethernet port, which makesGames on Zephyrus S are completely dependent on high-quality Wi-Fi connectivity. There is also a standard cylindrical connector for charging, headphones and a Kensington lock.

    The laptop has another controversial decision - there is nointegrated webcam or biometric authentication. The camera had to be abandoned to reduce the frame above the display. We must, if necessary, buy an external camera. It is a pity that there is no fingerprint scanner built into the keyboard. You'll have to unlock the laptop with passwords or PIN codes.

    Laptop display

    Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 gets 17.3-inchdisplay with a resolution of 1080p and a matte surface. Pixels can be seen close up, however, you can hardly do this during the game, because the location of the keyboard makes you sit farther from the screen.

    The panel here has a refresh rate of 144 Hz,G-Sync compatibility and 3 ms response time. Image quality and fast response give an amazing feeling to the game in such names as Battlefield V and Fortnite. Interestingly, Zephyrus S supports both G-Sync and Intel Optimus. This option provides a continuous gameplay and the best battery life.

    After the test in the Spyder5 colorimeter I was pleasedsurprised Laptop Asus ROG Zephyrus S surpasses most competitors in contrast and color accuracy. The average color error here is only 1.78, and the contrast is close to 1000: 1. The maximum brightness here is 279 nits, which is the average. The matte surface improves the position - due to this, the screen does not glare.

    Keyboard and touchpad

    Placing the keyboard block and touchpad at the bottomparts of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 makes you think about the convenience of work. First, when typing, the hands will not be on the case, but on the table. This will have to get used to, and more importantly, it’s very inconvenient or impossible to use a laptop on your lap.

    Secondly, the proximity of the connectors has ledto the fact that I had to make a strange keyboard layout. At the same time, it is relatively small in size. The touchpad ROG Zephyrus S GX701 was elongated vertically. It's good that the size and location of the keys here are very convenient.

    I have an additional question tolocation and size of the arrow keys. They are really tiny and still below the rest of the row of buttons. In the same Razer keyboard layout is more convenient, although also located next to the touchpad.

    Typing on this keyboard, oddly enough- conveniently. The stroke is sufficient - 1.4 mm, and when pressed, accuracy is felt. The touchpad is also of high quality, its portrait orientation makes it comfortable to use gestures like scrolling.

    Despite all these strange decisions, play onZephyrus S GX701 is convenient. The keyboard additionally received an RGB backlight. Under each key it can be configured separately in a special application. The numeric keypad appears when you turn it on just at the touchpad site.

    Sound and Multimedia

    The multimedia speakers of the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 sound great. The sound is clear and loud. I think that here the efforts of Asus engineers were directed to the fact that it was pleasant to play not only with headphones.

    Iron productivity

    Surprises ROG Zephyrus S not only with its design,but also performance. In my case, the laptop runs on an Intel Core i7-8750H. This is a six-core processor, the cores of which are accelerated if necessary, for games it is just perfect. There is also 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 512 GB SSD. However, if this is not enough for you, take configurations with a large amount of RAM and other SSDs.

    First launched tests Geekbench. In the multi-core mode, the Zephyrus S GX701 could compete with the more expensive Predator Helios on a Core i9 processor. However, the single core is already a bit behind. The reason is a higher Core i9 frequency in normal and turbo modes.

    In other tests, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 showedyourself better In Handbrake with video encoding, I even achieved a record result. He recoded a 420 MB movie from 4K to H.265 format in 2 minutes 18 seconds. It surpasses everyone, including the Core i9 laptops I tested, including the Predator Helios 500 and Alienware 17 R5.

    Cooling and memory

    I remember being criticized by the 15-inch Zephyrus forits overheating. The ROG Zephyrus S GX701 has the same problems. During the game, the space above the keyboard becomes warm, just like under a laptop. Fortunately, a different arrangement of hands now allows you to overlook inconveniences.

    The memory here also surprises with its speed. Installed solid-state SSD-drive shows ultra-fast speed of reading and writing, and more than 1000 Mbps. By the way, if one SSD is not enough for you, there are 2 more free slots M.2.

    Video card and games

    To learn the gaming experience of the RTX 2080, ILaunched 3DMark Fire Strike. Not surprisingly, the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 easily overtook the Alienware 17 R5 with the Nvidia GTX 1080. The gaming laptop from Asus also showed an increase in performance by 19% compared to last year’s 15-inch Zephyrus and its Nvidia GTX 1080 Max-Q.

    However, these are tests, in games the situation can bedifferent. But no - the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is impressive here. I tested most of the popular games, Battlefield I to Battlefield V, Fortnite, Civilization VI, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. In each of them the laptop was at the height. Even in Battlefield and Fortnite, the frame rate was about 100 fps, and in Civilization VI - about 95 fps.

    Performance in more demandingThe names turned out to be no less high. In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, I got over 60 fps, and at ultra-high settings. The only game that made Zephyrus S tense up was Assassin’s Creed, where at ultra, the frame rate was only 48 fps, but the high one already exceeded 60 fps.

    To see how the laptop copes with moreHigh resolution, I connected an external 4K monitor. Here the RTX 2080 demonstrated all its capabilities. My Asus Zephyrus S in Battlefield 1 caught up with the Predator Helios 500, showing 85 fps at 1440p on ultra-high graphics settings.

    In 4K resolution, you could also play with pleasure, but in order to get more than 60 fps, you had to reduce the details.

    Autonomy Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701

    Modern gaming laptops show goodbattery life. But, for 17-inch models, this is always a test. Because of the G-Sync and powerful graphics card, the Zephyrus S GX701 is not the best laptop in terms of autonomy.

    In Basemark, the device lasted only 1 hour. In the test with looped web browsing, this Asus ROG Zephyrus stood for 1 hour and 20 minutes. When looping video, the result is also not surprised - 1 hour and 40 minutes. These are some of the worst indicators I've ever seen.

    Why is that? ROG Zephyrus S GX701 received support for G-Sync, which is very good in games, but does not allow the system to switch between embedded and discrete graphics. This is the main reason for the low autonomy. But, Asus took this into account, because Intel Optimus support appeared in Zephyrus S.

    Thus, during the games this machine usesG-Sync technology, Intel Optimus for the rest of the time. Due to this rebuild, the results have improved from horrible to bad. In the test with web browsing time increased to 2 hours and 10 minutes.

    Total

    Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is an excellentgaming laptop in every way. Thanks to the RTX 2080 graphics and improved cooling system, we get high gaming performance. The laptop also has a stunning display with high refresh rates and G-Sync support.

    However, apart from all the advantages, it is farNot the most convenient laptop when working or typing. It also has poor battery life and no built-in webcam. I can also call the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 a portable laptop, but not a mobile one.

    Benefits

    • Slim and lightweight design.
    • High performance.
    • Color, fast, G-Sync display.
    • Effective cooling system.

    disadvantages

    • Low battery life.
    • Inconvenient experience and printing.
    • No built-in camera and Windows Hello.

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