Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701GXR laptop review: Slim gaming laptop scores points with a fast 300 Hz display
With the Zephyrus S GX701GXR, Asus delivers a compact 17.3-inch gaming laptop that brings all current games smoothly to the matte Full HD display thanks to the Core i7-9750H processor and the GeForce RTX 2080 Max Q GPU. Heat and noise development are at an acceptable level. Battery life is hardly worth mentioning, but it can be increased by activating the integrated GPU.
The 300 Hz IPS display scores points with short response times, stable viewing angles, good contrast, an X-Rite Pantone certification and great color reproduction.
The display’s maximum brightness is slightly too low. A laptop in this price range should offer more in this respect.
Upgrade options are very limited. Only one storage medium (M.2 SSD) can be installed; There is no space for a 2.5-inch hard drive. In addition, the computer only has one memory slot (16 GB of RAM is soldered). More than the installed 32 GB of memory is not supported. Moreover, opening the case turns out to be more complex than with many competitors.
There’s also room for improvement in terms of ports. Asus doesn’t equip the laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 port, but only with two USB Type-C 3.1 ports (1x Gen 1, 1x Gen 2). The device doesn’t provide a memory card reader or an Ethernet port either. Users who expect more in terms of upgrade/maintenance or port selection must resort to a competitor device – for example, the Razer Blade Pro 17 or the Gigabyte Aero 17 XA.