ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS GX501
$2,588 at go.pcworld.com/zf51
Some gamers might take issue with the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501. They will consider the laptop’s Geforce GTX 1080 with Max-q to be compromised—offering performance that’s “just” halfway between a Geforce GTX
1080 and a GTX 1070. (Read our full review at go.pcworld.com/aszf.)
But what we see is revolutionary performance for a relatively lightweight machine. This class of performance, frankly, used to require at least 8 to 10 pounds of laptop with the thickness of a phone book. The GX501, on the other hand, is not much thicker than a Macbook Pro 15 and weighs a scant five pounds. Throw in the 120Hz 15-inch G-sync panel and you have top-notch performance in a laptop you might actually bring with you on a trip.
Not surprisingly, the GX501’S main compromise is battery life. Such is the tradeoff when you stuff desktop-caliber hardware into a laptop. At least with the GX501, your gaming rig is a lot more portable.
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