Zephyrus S gaming laptop unveiled by ASUS with thinner design

Joanna Estrada
August 18, 2018

Asus has announced a brand-new successor to the first-ever Nvidia Max-Q gaming laptop, the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501. Much like its predecessor, the ROG Zephyrus S has a rather unusual touchpad placement, to the right of the keyboard. Now only Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070 graphics options are available here - and both are in the Max-Q design that allows for thinner laptop hardware. According to Asus, it's the thinnest ROG laptop in the company's lineup. This, by Asus's measure, makes it the world's thinnest gaming laptop yet again.

For cooling, ASUS has updated the custom Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) from the original Zephyrus which helps improve airflow to keep this beast cool. This time around, ASUS thinned out the frame of the gamming system and added some display tweaks.

This model will be the only model available in the United Kingdom, and will be available from mid October for £1,999.99.

But as good as the laptop was, there's always room for improvement as Asus has proven with its latest iteration of the award-winning laptop, the ROG Zephyrus S (GX531). Other connectivity options include Bluetooth v5.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2X2.

After all, cooling is paramount in any laptop, and it becomes even more critical in gaming laptops.

There are two versions available-one with a GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) and a higher end SKU with a GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5). Although RAM and storage specifications weren't revealed in full, it will be utilizing DDR4 2666MHz memory and NVMe storage.

The Zephyrus has always been a slim notebook, but Asus managed to shave of a few tenths of an inch, bringing the Zephyrus S dimensions to 4.6 pounds, 13.8 x 10.6 x 0.6~0.58-inches.

Since they use the same chassis and motherboard, both also share the same collection of ports, including two USB 3.1 Type-C ports (Gen1 and Gen2), a single USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, and HDMI 2.0 output. From here, players can assign lighting and macro profiles to games as well as fan speed settings from Turbo to Balanced and Silent.

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