Last day, at CompteX2017, ASUS launched a super thin laptop Zephyrus named after the Greek god of west wind. Why you ask? It is the thinnest and lightest laptop with a GTX 1080, This Zephyrus is just 16.9mm thick and weighs 2.2 kilos. The laptop is so pleasing for people like me who hates thick RGB gaming laptops. We’ve seen so many ‘thin’ gaming laptops in the past, like the Razor Blade Stealth which proved it wasn’t possible to pack ultra-slim laptops with loads of power, but the boundaries are pushed further here. The Asus RoG Zephyrus is so thin and powerful thanks to Nvidia’s Max-Q which they revealed during their keynote address at Computex in Taiwan.
In a nutshell, Nvidia Max-Q is a design system developed to integrate desktop grade performance in thin laptop form factor, this is achieved by the optimization of cooling system and power management of the laptop for maximum cooling and efficiency. This is not a new fabrication but uses higher quality 1080s from the line and undervolting them for power efficiency.
Also, The RGB Keyboard and trackpad which doubles as a number pad is shifted down to make way for a grill which covers the GPU and CPU for cooling. The laptop shifts up when opened with a hinge mechanism for better airflow
Price and Release Dates
All the thinness and glory comes with a hefty price tag.
The laptop comes with two variants, one with the GTX 1070, and the other with GTX 1080 variant.
- Asus RoG Zephyrus (GTX 1070): $2299
- Asus RoG Zephyrus (GTX 1080): $2699
The Asus RoG Zephyrus is said to be released at the end of June 2017 (USA).
A cheaper variant of Zephyrus with GTX 1060 is also rumored to be launched by July 2017.
If you are comparing it to laptops of the same thickness then the Asus RoG Zephyrus is a beast.
Display: 15.6in Full HD 120Hz “Wide View” screen
Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
Storage: Upto 1TB SSD
RAM: 24GB DDR4
OS: Windows 10 Creators Update