Review ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501VI: Etalon gaming laptop for 2017
2017 for laptops is boring, so any journalist and obzorschik say. Rather, I would say before he hands it. A small miracle of light, your personal suitcase of happiness, indecent beautiful gadget for cynical killing time. Of course, we are talking about ASUS ROG Zephyrus: very powerful compact laptop this year. So, it is necessary to talk about infinitely many things, and the pages so small… discard the same lyrics and get down to business.
Box to the side, inner of the lotion, too, who to them is business. The scene itself Hsun Huang, NVIDIA President shook this laptop and said that in 18 mm thick hide of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 without any trimming on the functional blocks. Believed it was very difficult, and, frankly, even after weeks of communication with the “Marshmallow” brain is still hard to recognize what is happening in reality. 980M a year ago was weaker than a desktop 970 and compact laptops it has not been set for quite objective reasons: it is difficult to push nevpihuemoe to feed the insatiable. Today we have this. Wow!
The processor-memory-storage all is clear: it is the best that was on the market at the time of development, and there is a suspicion that after 6-7 months Zephyrus will be reissued on Intel Ah 8000-series with improved efficiency. The specification of test hardware are:
To compete with one of the previous heroes of our reviews that went with dropsy and his own suitcase, alas, Zephyrus can not. But he is a suitcase and not needed. In the box with the laptop are:
- the power unit on 230 W;
- rubber palm rest for comfortable operation on the table;
- screwdriver for removing the bottom cap;
- the manual and stickers ASUS ROG Zephyrus;
- mouse ASUS ROG Strix Impact.
The main difference from the heavy and plump igrabogov classical design — GTX 1080 in MAX design. For us this means one thing: the graphics card built on the chip are specially selected high quality (the better the crystal, the lower the leakage current and heat in the process), and power circuits are used only components of the highest level, able to instantly respond to the changing needs of iron.
The firmware BIOS of the video card is also different from the desktop and “tolstolutsky” publications. Instead of the automatic overclocking to the limits set up by the cooling system, applied the reverse logic: the game provides a target FPS? To reduce voltage, lower the frequency, disable unused blocks: less heat, more stable work, quieter cooling. In addition, you will have a supply temperature and performance if the frame rate will drop.
His Majesty design
Describe the appearance ASUS ROG Zephyrus can be very short: a hell of a beautiful device with a slight touch of elitism in design. Look at the incredible grinding the cap in two directions. On fraught with subtle details and logo. This gorgeous copper-red piping of the working half. Yes the laptop right now to put in the Museum as one of the most outstanding works of art in the genre of industrial design the second decade of the XXI century. Descendants say thank you for such alterations.
Any surface which is provided to touch or see tactilely and visually pleasing. On the rest, too, especially not to save, but reckless spending resources, you will not see textured back panel did not.
Keyboard and trackpad
If you completely ignore the location of these blocks, close your eyes and try to describe the sensations, the thoughts will stop at the word “bliss”, and then you have writer’s block.
The mechanism is simply wonderful. Yes, this is the usual “scissors” with the membrane under them. But there are keyboards, and there are… well, you understand. Two big differences. Pressing quiet, very soft and elastic, while the time of operation of the keys feels just perfect.
The layout too, no complaints: compact design, leads to adjustments in this imperfect world, but there is nothing criminal. Letters and numbers are full size, unit F1-F4 separate serious indentation of the Escape and F5-F12: in the games conveniently, and the main button in the browser are not looking. And the rest are not so often.
The gauge block is made slightly smaller scale, but included in the keys, is stunningly easy to the touch and does not merge with the environment. 5 points, could have been much worse.
The touchpad at first causing issues. As well, the screen horizontal and it is vertical, uncomfortable. Later, I understand: sensitivity is configured in such a way that controlled a cursor (albeit with a permutation of the finger) is quite simple, and the additional supply of space in height really comes in handy when best personal Finance two fingers. The accuracy of the cursor movement is phenomenal, all photos for this article were processed and retouched on Zephyrus’e fundamentally without a mouse or tablet.
IT-journalists have already dubbed the best screen of the year in laptops. Got excited, of course, the year isn’t over, but in General, a display module deserves only praise.
IPS-matrix with stunning color, very wide viewing angles, a huge stock of brightness, but still not devoid of game features: 120 Hz and G-Sync included. Of course 1920×1080 is not a record solution for 2017, and there are models similar thickness with 4k screens… But why is a gaming laptop? For brakes and heating components? Even desktop NVIDIA GeForce Titan Xp is not always enough for such loads. In addition, the frame rate and response time have a cell of matrices with high resolution will be worse. So in this case, the choice is perfect: great color, a fast matrix and a completely reasonable load on the graphics card. All goes at maximum speed without lag, and from the “exhaust” will not reach firestorm.
As usual, we use synthetic TimeSpy and FireStrike is a powerful piece of hardware, the body is thin, rate here and there. Standard method — 5 runs of the tests, we choose the average results and publish them.
In principle, the results speak for themselves. The size of the nearest competitor barely knocks 3.7 thousand in TimeSpy.
Results FireStrike is also forced to respect the system: not every desktop shows such performance. And the Asus is thinner than two centimeters.
To hell with it, with synthetics. This is a gaming laptop, so torturing him have games. Appreciate a classic set of disciplines that affect the basic graphics technology and working on appropriate engines.
Classic never gets old. DirectX 11 renderer with an unusual rendering engine and obscene number of optimizations even after 2.5 years after release gives a very pleasant picture. Add fashionable here screenspace reflections for wet asphalt and the sea — and no reproach.
As usual, in DOOM, we compare the performance of two different open graphics API: OpenGL high-level and “close to hardware” Vulkan. Memory card more than enough, the rest is on the level.
The result is quite predictable. The smoothness of the picture is just awesome. In the game naturally sink, so vivid and fluid it appears on the laptop screen.
In the “battle” we are fighting not the Germans with the Americans, and two proprietary libraries: DX11 and DX12. Who-who, and EA know how to squeeze all the juice out of available technologies. Realistic representation of the light enters into synergy with an outstanding level design, characters and technology of Frostbite gathers it all together and produces a breathtaking picture even with old DX11. DirectX 12 just add everything a little more realism. The performance is identical.
“The Witcher 3”
Basically, in all tests, the picture is clear. To be sure, run Witcher 3, able download iron for full…
Forza Horizon 3
…Forza with its stunning scenery and ray tracing in real time….
…and Overwatch to see how many FPS will the GeForce GTX 1080 squeeze in design Max-Q on maksimalka.
The sliding mechanism and its functioning
The Holy of holies “Marshmallow” — its sliding part. The kinematics of the lift, of course, fascinating. The first five minutes you can just sit and open and close the lid, bulging out his lip and drooling. Oh these concerted movement, linear movement with a clear emphasis at the end and well calibrated angle open display… only later, when this high-tech hypnosis wears off, you realize that it is unrealistic to look inside — pitch-black darkness or a bright red stream of photons from the led. And take the screwdriver.
Himself lifting mechanism is outrageously simple. Loop the top half contains just a notch, and the lower half of the gear “rolls” on it. Banal spur gearing. All chic movement sets this one curved groove: whether it is straight, feeling it would turn out cheap. And so luxury.
Mysterious lift reveals another one back panel and two fans with a cleverly recruited rotors. In fact, the whole “razdvaja” is designed only to increase the entrapment of air and separation of flows of hot exhaust and cold intake. Dust in this case, the system will not suck more than the classic “grills” on the bottom, and even cleaned conveniently: Unscrew the four screws (!) supplied with a screwdriver, vacuumed impeller, PROFIT!
The fly in the ointment
“Where’s flaws, you ask, — it can not be that perfectly”. Alas, you are right.
The problem, in General, one is a gaming laptop that looks like a very expensive business model. Hence the high requirements. Yes, the filling is gorgeous, no doubt, and GTX 1080 in this case to accommodate and adequately cool — feat. But the offset keyboard closer to the front edge of the laptop makes malayaalam outside the big table.
Of course, no one would play him from the batteries in the road, maybe they will see the movie. But even a simple “sit in the evening in the comments on 4PDA” is an ordeal. Get “Marshmallow” handy — one more quest either have to sit “a La Tyrannosaurus Rex”, pen curled up in front of you, either the screen is far to hands on the weight and the extra strain on the eyes. Rubber bar, saving from discomfort when working in a stationary position, not attached to the laptop. No castle, no trivial cut / latches or magnets. He just lies around. The battery makes no sense to discuss. Again: this is not a business line in which autonomy plays a big role, and the processor inside is a high-performance, and not the ULV series. Some functions on energy efficiency laid down, but the gaming performance and comfort are important and they are on top.
Traditionally for visitors prior to the widespread sales of “observation” samples, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus there are small troubles with software and drivers. Sometimes Wi-Fi falls off after sleep and requires a “juggle” adapter, sometimes buggy itself is a dream. The laptop can Wake up in the backpack or lying somewhere on the table, silently to burn the battery down to 10-15% and leave you without a connection in a critical moment. However, all this tinsel, ASUS usually quickly fixes the drivers and firmware brings gadgets to mind. By the time you read these lines, most likely, the laptop is already forgotten about tormenting his insomnia and will no longer lose contact with the Internet reality.
Pass the mouse, which comes with “marshmallow” would be a crime. Because the stuffing is fully consistent with the notebook: inside set, though older, but the flagship sensor Pixart-PMW3310, modified specifically for the ASUS products. In fact, the deficiencies had not: a huge matrix (30×30 pixels) gives you the perfect precision in both axes and the minimum angular error. Powerful processor allows you to track movements at speeds of up to 5.5 meters per second and can withstand acceleration up to 40G. With mice on the basis of PMW3310 professional players won tens of thousands of victories, many use their usual rodents so far. Think of it as a sign of quality.
The switches, of course, Japanese: Omron’s with average rigidity and resource up to 50 million keystrokes. Maybe ROG Strix Impact not record for all sorts of marketing indicators and exaggerated figures, but works perfectly. Just like Zephyrus. The perfect couple.
Device ASUS came highly interesting. On the one hand — thin, weighs almost nothing, is very powerful and all that: naturally the flagship hardware in the building business of beeches, not thick. On the other — with him to take it, but to work on the road — not much. And yet ASUS ROG Zephyrus’s hard not to admire: before us is a truly outstanding device, the laptop of the future, which is striking even by the fact that he is, and you can touch it. This is not some prototype, and a viable gadget that does not pull to call “the first pancake”. And the fact that it still works perfectly, and looks great — so, bonus. Touches to the portrait of magnificence.
In Russia the ASUS ROG Zephyrus sold in the stores network “M. Video” at the price 229 990 rubles. Each buyer ASUS Cerberus headset as a gift, +667 7 bonus points.
For achievements in the field of high-performance iron in a compact body the model receives editorial award “editor’s Choice”. Hats off to the engineers who created this high-tech masterpiece.
- best laptop iron of 2017 in a thin casing;
- elegant solution with lower “lift” and separation of air flows;
- stunning screen: fast, bright, juicy. Colors are natural, contrast is not lifted up to heaven;
- the overall design and quality of manufacturing at height;
- rich equipment.
- work in the field discomfort both from the point of view of ergonomics and situation.
Author: Ivan Krylov
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