Just as smartphones are getting thinner each year, gaming laptops are also becoming thinner. The world’s thinnest gaming laptop is the Asus ROG Zephyrus, which is also the first laptop to use Nvidia’s Max-Q design.
Design & Hardware
The Asus ROG Zephyrus is fairly thin at 17.9mm thick and weighing only 2.24kg (4.93lbs). The power adapter for the Asus ROG Zephyrus is very large, similar in size to the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition.
The body of the Asus ROG Zephyrus is made from metal and plastic. The laptop doesn’t feel cheap, especially considering the price.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus that I tested was original model introduced in 2017, so it has a 7th-Gen Intel i7 processor with 16GB of RAM and a Nvidia GTX 1080 Max-Q GPU. The laptop has something called Active Aerodynamic System which helps improve airflow and keep the laptop cool. When you raise the laptop’s lid, it raises the bottom of the laptop up by 6mm.
The display is 15.6-inches and has Nvidia G-Sync, so there’s virtually no lag. The screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Because of the Max-Q design of the Nvidia GTX 1080, the keyboard on the Asus ROG Zephyrus has been pushed forward to the edge of the laptop, closer to you.
The keyboard is good but slightly shallow and the trackpad also doubles as a numpad with the press of a button. The Asus ROG Zephyrus’ keyboard has RGB lights and can be changed via the Asus ROG Core settings.
Above the keyboard is where you’ll see the power button and an Asus ROG logo. As for ports, the Asus ROG Zephyrus has one Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.1 Type-C port, 4 USB 3.1 Type-A ports, 1 HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s also an HD camera and mic array.
The battery in the Asus ROG Zephyrus is 50Whr and only lasts a couple of hours but less if you’re playing games on battery power.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus is available now for around $3,499 CAD but Asus has recently announced an updated version of the ROG Zephyrus with 8th-Gen Intel processors, so you’ll be able to find the 2017 model for cheaper. The Asus ROG Zephyrus (2017) is available from Amazon.ca, BestBuy.ca and Canada Computers.
Since the Asus ROG Zephyrus is a gaming laptop, you’ll want to play some PC games. The laptop can easily handle games such as Planet Coaster, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Sea of Thieves and The Sims 4 on medium to high settings.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus is running Windows 10, which Microsoft says it the best version of Windows yet. Which I do agree with Microsoft, they have made major improvements to their OS. Windows 10 takes the best of Windows 7 and 8.
Just like in Windows 8, Windows 10 can be used with devices with and without touchscreens. And unlike Android, there are lots of Windows 10 apps that work well on a tablet. Sure, there might not be as many apps as on Android or iOS but there are alternatives and you can easily install apps that are not in the Windows store.
Most of the other apps you’ll find pre-installed on the Asus ROG Zephyrus are standard with any Windows 10 PC.
Overall, the Asus ROG Zephyrus is a great gaming laptop that’s both powerful and thin. I really liked the Asus ROG Zephyrus but it is fairly expensive when you can get similarly specced gaming laptops for slightly less but not as thin of a design.
- Thin design
- Great performance
- Able to play most games
- Good amount of ports
- The keyboard is a bit shallow and slightly uncomfortable to type on
- Battery life is okay