Sailing in on the waves of change, the Asus ROG Zephyrus (starting at $2,299, $2,699 as tested) has arrived. As one of the first gaming laptops to use Nvidia’s new Max-Q design, the Zephyrus bridges the gap between power and portability by managing to fit an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU beneath its beguiling metallic frame. And if this laptop doesn’t captivate with its design, the lovely 1080p Nvidia G-Sync display and strong gaming performance will. Subpar battery life and audio output may give some pause, but the Zephyrus is truly a groundbreaking achievement.
Design: I Can’t Believe It’s an Asus
When I first saw the Zephyrus, I was awestruck by its complicated beauty. The lid is made of brushed aluminum with half of the striations flowing horizontally, with the rest going vertical. When light hits the lid, there’s a cool two-tone effect that makes you want to stare even longer. The silver chrome Republic of Gamers logo has been enlarged and placed on the left side of the lid, like a jaunty lapel pin on a fancy double-breasted suit.
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