ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Review: A Thin, Powerful Max-Q Gaming Laptop
ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501: A Thin and Powerful Gaming Notebook
There was a time when laptop options were basically a choice between desktop-like performance in a heavy and bulky form-factor, an ultralight with integrated graphics, or something in the middle, around 5-lbs with a low-end GPU. NVIDIA sought to solve this choice compromise with its Max-Q Design initiative that was announced at Computex last month. Max-Q Design is a holistic approach to notebook graphics design that ensures a svelte exterior, light weight, quiet thermals and optimal performance.
Pricing: As Configured and Tested: $2699
But before we dive too deeply into the ROG Zephyrus, let’s check out Dave’s video reel preview of the machine in action...
ASUS keeps ordering options simple with two different configurations available for this machine. The base configuration features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 256GB of solid-state storage for $2,299. Stepping up to the configuration we’re testing today ups the graphics power to the GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and 512GB of NVMe SSD storage. This $400 graphics and storage upgrade brings the price to $2,699. Other specs like the Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, NVMe storage and 15.6-inch 1080p G-Sync capable display are common for both configurations.
You do pay a premium over spec-comparable notebooks from Clevo, MSI and Gigabyte, but neither company offers a GTX 1080 Max-Q option in its 15.6-inch notebook or the same level of materials and build quality as the Zephyrus. Speaking of which, let's take a closer look at the Zephryus' build...