Review: Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Is Light, Slim And Packed With Power

Published on December 29, 2019
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The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 had a great first impression after its presentation to the CES 2019. This is because the Taiwanese company showed some outstanding Asus laptops at the same event.

The Zephyrus range has been shown to be as powerful as big and large gaming laptops, as light and thin laptops can be, and this recent addition does not fall far away from the tree. Asus has actually packed the latest gaming hardware into the slim and lightweight chassis of the Asus ROG Zephyrus SGX701.

Armed with max-Q graphics from Nvidia GeForce, the Laptop can be built up to a RTX 2080, 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM with six-center Intel Core I7-8750H turbo clock speeds of 4.1 GHz and up to 24 GB of RAM. The outcome is one of the latest Asus laptops for research, a powerful gaming computer.

Availability & Price

The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 isn’t an inexpensive computer, just like previous Zephyrus gaming laptops. The high price tag of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 should not be a surprise with this high performance paired with a thin design, but there is no doubt that it’s a gaming laptop for deep pockets lovers.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 starts from $3,299.99 and will give you a car with a graphics card of Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, a processor of Intel Core (£3,299.99) and a RAM 16 GB, 1 TB SSD 17.3 and a RTX Nvidia G-Sync 1080 P display.

There should be other versions with different graphic cards that lower the price and you can customize them with more RAM to add to the price. In order to find the exact prices of these different models, we obey Asus. Nonetheless, don’t expect that they will be drastically less costly.

Asus rog Zephyrus S GX701 is now available in the United States and United Kingdom, with April 2019 delivery forecasts. Once, we chase Asus about available Australians, but you cannot pre-order them in Australia by the Asus store at the time of writing.

This price tag makes it a favorite on the market for gaming laptops, although other RTX-toting laptops should be similarly pricey if they come from another manufacturer.


The Zephyrus laptops from Asus is as thin and light as possible, making their smaller, bigger and larger players look very fine, as we mentioned earlier.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 has been released, reported to be Asus’s 17-inch most lightweight laptop ever produced. The aim here is to have a 17-inch monitor with the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701, but its dimensions are more close to that seen on a 15-inch laptop. It is about 23 percent less than median 17-inch gaming laptops and about 40% thinner with measurements of 399x 272×18.7 mm.

The Zephyrus S GX701’s dimensions, which are remarkable given the large screen, are slightly larger than those of the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501, which are an older generation Zephyrus laptop with a 15.6-inch panel.

The incredibly narrow bezels around the panel make a smaller and wider device feasible by producing smaller screen. The bezels on the top and side at a thickness of 6.9 mm enable an 81 percent screen-to-body ratio.


The display is also calibrated factory, with 100% sRGB color spectrum certified by Pantone. It essentially means the screen looks great right in the box. Moreover, it also indicates, for instance for photography and video producers, that Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is a viable digital computer. It is a great workstation with control behind the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701.

The 1080p resolution is perfect for a 17″ screen; however, the RTX 2080 is not particularly taxed even for the most recent games. It means, of course, for many and many years that the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is future-proof and you can hook it up with an external 4K display or television to see what the GPU really is capable of, if you want a real training.

Battery Life

Gaming laptops are rarely unplugged for more than a few hours, and the GX701 isn’t different.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 managed just under three hours before it had to be charge during our battery life test runs, which loops a 1080p video at a screen light set to 50 percent. The packs lasted just two hours and twelve minutes thanks to the battery life test of PCMark 8 that imitated a more extreme, yet rather light, workload such as web browsing and video conferencing.

It is probably a laptop that you are not going to use unplugged, rather it is a substitute for the desktop. To be frank, it is not very surprising given the powerful features available here, and the popularity of gaming laptops with a limited battery life, in particular previous Zephyrus models.

It’s a shame that the battery life balance for powerful performance still seems to be stuck. Asus has tried to at least extend the battery life on the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 for as long as possible.

When the laptop is disconnected, it switches to the battery mode which decreases the GX701’s output to ease battery life. The GX701 switches the discrete GPU off when it is operating the Battery, instead using the less efficient integrative graphics card, using Nvidia’s revolutionary “Optimus Mode,”

When we used Windows 10 for day-by-day activities, performance drops won’t be too significant, but we’ve seen a major drop in battery-mode efficiency. In view of the fact that you do not have too much battery life, we would suggest that you actually do not use Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 without it being connected.

Final Verdict

The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 can easily be one of the best laptops on sale today thanks to some of the latest and most powerful game technology, together with an impressively thin and light design.

With the introduction of RTX 2080 Max-Q and beefy Intel graphics cards, you’ll be able to play latest games in their high-quality graphics settings. The 1080p screen is great and nice, but it doesn’t bother the GPU much with the full HD resolution.

Though, it isn’t perfect. The Ethernet lacking is disappointment, and there is a very low battery life.

There’s no doubt you will really like the laptop if you can afford the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701. Their performance and design lie in front of their competitors. We would recommend this laptop to all if money was not an issue.

But the price tag is simply too high for many consumers. In this case, it is better to see if you really need the level of efficiency offered by Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 and to check if it is most affordable options for you.

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