The performance gap between slim gaming notebooks and high-end desktop graphics cards is closer than ever. With NVIDIA recently debuting the GTX 1080 GPU with Max-Q design, could the ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 finally be the perfect gaming laptop? Let’s find out.
Design and Features
While most of the manufacturers follow the path of featuring their latest gaming laptops with the same design logic, ASUS decides to take it up a notch further by implementing a slim and lightweight industrial design along with an innovative cooling mechanism for the ASUS Zephyrus GX501.
Unlike the earlier ASUS gaming laptops, the ASUS Zephyrus easily takes the cake for being the thinnest ROG laptop ever created and for being the world’s thinnest with a GTX 1080 GPU. The Zephyrus with its stunning metal edges is just 16.9mm thick and only weighs about 2.2kg. That’s quite a feat for a device that holds the most powerful laptop hardware. I love the way how the rose gold rims that start from the upper left edge, seamlessly flows all the way to the right side and the ASUS insignia on the frontal edge adds as a nice touch.
Speaking of edge, the ASUS Zephyrus GX501 features a full-sized HDMI 2.0 port on the left side if you want to stream 4K gaming at 60Hz, along with two USB 3.1 ports, and headphone jack, the power connector, and a cooling vent.
The laptop also offers another set of USB 3.1 Type-A ports on the right side and a USB 3.1 Type-C reversible port with Thunderbolt speeds that delivers up to 40 Gbps data transfers.