ASUS ROG Zephyrus S Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop Review

PROS

  • Graphics processor: It conforms to Nvidia’s Max-Q design technology meaning it can fit powerful graphics processors inside even though it is a small device.
  • Design: It has an ultra-slim design so it is both lightweight and portable.
  • Display: The design also features narrow screen bezels, which allows for a larger screen, and a 1080p, 144 Hz display.
  • USB ports: It is equipped with multiple USB-C ports for extra accessories.
  • It was made with a great cooling system that keeps the temperature averaging between 65° and 75° even during heavy usage. This means you should not have to worry about overheating your laptop.
  • Number pad: The touchpad on the keyboard can be turned into a number pad with one touch.

CONS

  • Battery: It has a very short battery life- less than four hours. So while it is portable, you have to stay fairly close to an outlet. It has to stay plugged in for much longer than it can be portable.
  • Loud: As stated above, the cooling does its job. However, it does the job very loudly. It can be a very distracting noise and may interfere with the sounds of your game. Additionally, under some testing, the bottom of the laptop did run over 100°. Temperatures this high will require even noisier fan work.
  • 144 Hz Display: The 144 Hz display is not consistent. You will not always get that level of display.
  • No ethernet plug: It does not come with a Thunderbolt of Ethernet plug leaving you to spend extra money.
  • Keyboard design: The design and placement of the touchpad and keyboard are said to be extremely uncomfortable to use. The low-set keyboard is also close to the desk or table that the laptop is sitting on leaving almost zero palm rests.

VERDICT

I appreciate the ultra-thin, sleek design and the narrow screen bezels of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S. When the 1080p, 144 Hz display does work, it is an amazing view.

The cooling system is also a huge plus, but are these benefits enough to justify the purchase?

I would have to say no. 

While the ASUS ROG Zephyrus has quite a few good qualities, it could be better.

For the price, the customer should not have to sacrifice so much.

The extremely short battery life is a bit of a problem. Most gamers I know can easily spend more than four hours playing. To do so on the Zephyrus, they would have to stick close to a wall outlet, which would defeat the purpose of having a laptop.

One major reason for having a laptop is the convenience of it being portable. If that is not the case, one might as well purchase a desktop instead.

Likewise, the inconsistent 144 Hz display makes me wonder why I am paying for that type of display at all.

If I am purchasing a product that claims it has a 144 Hz display, I expect it to be consistent- or at least more often than not. Lastly, I feel that for the cost of the laptop, the customer should not have to buy extra equipment to hook up Ethernet.

While the Zephyrus is not necessarily a “Don’t Buy”, I feel that I would rather spend my money on something that contains Zephyrus’s missing features, such as the Alienware 15 R4 and the Razer Blade.

Though these two are heavier than the Zephyrus, they beat it or meet it in many other ways making them, in my opinion, the better options.

Editor rating

0/5 on March 12, 2019

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop has been getting a lot of attention. Is it worth all the hype? Is it a good investment for serious gamers? Read on to learn about the specs, pros, and cons of this gaming laptop.

The Zephyrus is a 15.6” device powered by a 3.9 GHz Intel Core i7 processor.

It includes a 16 GB DDR4, 8 GB of graphics card ram size, and Windows 10 Home.

The 0.62” thin design weighs a mere 4.6 lbs., and the body is made from military grade magnesium alloy. The Zephyrus also includes NVidia GeForce RTX for great gaming graphics.

The near edge to edge display is 1080p, 144 Hz HD with a 3ms response time.

This Asus ROG Zephyrus has extremely crisp audio leaving no need for headphones. It comes with two USB 2.0 ports and three USB 3.0 ports for your extra accessories.