ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531GS (8750H, 1070 Max Q) Gaming Review

ASUS has several lines up in their gaming series started from the cheapest one into the most expensive one. In term of design and portability, they also have several models coming with bulky and heavy design while other coming with such a thin and light designs. For this case, we are going to take a look into ASUS ROG Zephyrus S which considered as the lightest gaming notebook they have right now. The system looks incredible thin and still carrying of powerful hardware inside. The I7 8750H processor is combined greatly with 1070 Max-Q graphic card inside and manages to provide of great performance for gamers and users in need for powerful portable system.

I have seen of several improvements in design and hardware. For example, the bezel surrounded the screen is now thinner than ever. Unfortunately, for some reasons it still carries of the same and weird keyboard placement and the thermal temperature issue is persisted here. These two things are so important for us and might change your opinion for getting it. It’s better for us to take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

The Zephyrus does indeed offer such a gorgeous and impressive design in my opinion. The entire chassis is built from aluminum and covered with two black and red tones finishing. It looks so fantastic especially considering how great its build quality. The lid cover feels relatively strong and the base are even provides a better impression here. A gaming notebook should look more modern and sleek because nowadays people are not buying this kind of thing for gaming, but also for working and doing some related stuff. This is the main reason why some manufactures like MSI and ASUS want to put of more effort into this matter.

Moving into the inside, you would see a similar design treatment here. Taking a little bit lower into the keyboard, you should wonder on how weird the keyboard positioning here. ASUS makes the keyboard slightly downward and leaving the top area for providing the air circulation and keeping its temperature. This is the only way for them to maintain the temperature inside, but I think they have to think a better alternative method considering this case really affects our performance in typing. As for the connectivity, there are four USB connectivity available included of double USB type-C and two USB type A standard ports. The other ports like HDMI and 3.5 mm audio jack are also available.

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Multimedia and Working Features

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531GS 2 The 15 inch display features of 1920 x 1080p resolution alongside with 144 Hz refresh rate. The panel looks remarkable and considered as perfect way for enjoying your multimedia consumption. The 3 MS response time is great and should not give any problem during of your gaming. In term of quality, the panel manages to cover of 98 % SRGB color and getting of average 335 nits of brightness. Compared to Razer Blade 15 2018, the screen looks slightly lower in color accuracy but its brightness is actually relatively brighter than its competitors. Overall, I have no problem at all for this matter.

Now, let’s move into its biggest flaw which is the keyboard. For once again, I find out the keyboard as pretty uncomfortable as result of its weird placement. The palm rest area is totally gone and it feels awkward as I often place my palm there to support my typing. The RGB lighting looks great, but the keys are smaller than I thought. It takes time to get used and should never give a great impression even after you get used for a while. Just stay away from this notebook if you demand for a machine for long term typing.

Last price update: 2018-11-05 06:42:23

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531GSMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8750H Hexa Core 2.2 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1070 Max-Q
Display Size15.6 Inch IPS 144 Hz
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory 16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 512GB NVMe SSD

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Hardware and Gaming

ASUS puts of NVIDIA Max-Q card inside alongside with Intel I7 8th generation processor. For the graphic card, they provide different configurations depending on your budget, but I am not seeing a better or lower processor configuration here. We might see it in the future, but for now the I7 8750H is the only option available now. In term of hardware, both of these things are considered as very powerful and should last for couple of years without any issue. The I7 8750H processor features of 6 cores CPU with each clock maintained at 2.2 GHz. As for the 1070, all of games are playable in right and good manner included some newer games that should be released in 2019.

For the test, I have played several of games. I started by attempt by running of Black Ops 4. In Battle Royale, the FPS counters show up to 60 FPS in the high setting during the gameplay. I noticed couple of drops during some points, but never go below 50 FPS. A similar result shown in Fortnite while some older games like Overwatch offer a much better result as the specs requirement are lower in these games. We are going to see a laptop with RTX GPU next year, but do not mean the GTX GPU is bad enough to afford in 2018.

Last price update: 2018-11-05 06:42:23
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Final Thought

The Zepyrus S lives of my expectation in term of design, but fails to satisfy of expectation in matter of feature. The chassis indeed looks incredibly thin and premium, but ASUS makes some sacrifices especially in the keyboard which leads of uncomfortable experience. Keep in mind, many users will depend of most of their works in this feature and having a bad keyboard will affect our productivity in the end. Well, as long as you are okay with this then I have no reason not to recommend it to you. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.




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