Asus ROG Zephyrus
Space rocket-inspired cooling helps Asus squeeze a GeForce GTX 1080 where no GPU has gone before
A light and loaded laptop that loves games
Space rockets, you say? Indeed, the Zephyrus is the first laptop we’ve seen built according to Nvidia’s Max-Q design. In fancypants science talk, this is the point where aerodynamic stress on a rocket is at its maximum, so you can dial down thrust and still break out of the atmosphere.
Basically, it means that the GeForce GTX 1080 inside the Zephyrus uses half the power of an identical chip in other gaming laptops, but manages 90% of the performance. Without sounding like a hairdryer.
That’s right, this puppy is only 17mm thick and weighs less than 2.2kg, meaning it’s designed for actual portability, unlike most gaming laptops that promise as much but end up anchored to a desk.
It wasn’t just a case of adding more air vents, though. Asus has shifted the keyboard to the front edge of the laptop, leaving the top section to focus on cooling. It takes a bit of getting used to, but wasn’t as annoying as we expected it to be.
The 15.6in screen is gaminggrade, too. Asus has gone for an IPA panel and kept the resolution down to a sensible 1080p, so the GPU won’t be working overtime just to render Windows. Of course, you can plug it in to a 4K telly if you want more pixels thanks to that beasty GTX 1080. And its 7th gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and up to 24GB of RAM make it sing.