ASUS ROG ZE­PHYRUS GX501

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$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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