Asus Zephyrus S GX531GX-ES036R
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Zephyrus S GX531GX-ES036R
In the Zephyrus S GX531GX, Asus has made one of the most desirable gaming laptops we've seen. Its svelte looks and light design, combined with some of the very best gaming components on the market right now, offer one of the finest mobile gaming experiences we’ve ever enjoyed.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/30/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Ultrabook Review
The Zephyrus S GX531 is a niche product within an already small niche, and that's because Asus chose to sacrifice on practicality and portability in order to favor cooling and performance. As a result, this laptop performs better than the other RTX 2080 Max-Q 15-inch gaming ultraportables on the market and keeps the components at slightly lower temperatures, but unless you keep it plugged in and on a desk, you'll struggle with its ergonomics, shallow keyboard, and rather short battery life. Down below we'll explain how we reached this conclusion.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/08/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Pocket Lint
The Zephyrus S GX531 is the pinnacle of the Asus ROG laptop line-up, which shows in its balance of features, specs and design aesthetics.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/05/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Ultrabook Review
All in all, I expect the 2019 Zephyrus GX701 to turn some heads and attract quite a few potential buyers if the final products actually deliver at the performance, thermals and noise levels. This is not going to be a cheap-laptop by any means, but ultraportable gaming laptops have never been cheap, and those with a 17-inch screen squeezed inside a compact shell are even harder to come by and there’s no wonder will demand a premium. In fact, there’s only the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin you could consider instead, for the time being. The 15-inch GX531 on the other hand pales in the more competitive niche of 15-inch ultraportables, and its multiple quirks and lacks compared to the 17-inch variant sure don’t help its cause.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 01/22/2019
Source: Pemmzchannel ID→EN
Positive: High mobility; slim size; light weight; elegant design; nice gaming performance. Negative: Low autonomy; noisy under loads.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/05/2019
Model: You would think that gaming laptops could not get any slimmer than they already are but Asus continues to achieve the impossible and proves us otherwise by introducing the next Zephyrus model in its line – the Asus Zephyrus S GX531. The Asus Zephyrus S GX531 repaints the picture of ultra-thin gaming laptops with its impossibly thin design, which can only be achieved by framing the edges with super-narrow bezels. The super narrow bezels create an impeccable outlook in terms of appearance and undeterred gaming experience. The shrinking in size enables this gaming powerhouse to be carried wherever and whenever users go with perfect ease without taking too much unnecessary space. The Zephyrus S GX531 can fit inside smaller bags and provide more space on a desktop surface for flexible hand movements. These compulsory quality-of-life features tailored for professional gamers are much sought and appreciated among the Republic of Gamers community.
Its surreal thinness belie its true potential – the Zephyrus S GX531 is loaded with tremendous engine power with the help of the GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and the latest Intel Core i7 processor. It certainly puzzles the mind how something so compact and thin can fit these vital high-end components, but it delivers much justice in terms of gameplay performance. High refreshing rate equals to a smooth gameplay experience, which can be a deciding factor in important make-or-break moments. On top of its 240 Hz IPS-level display, the 3 ms gray-to-gray response time emulates sharper and more distinct visuals with the highest quality of resolution possible. It is interesting to note that opting for a HDR display instead can extend battery life through Panel Self Refresh and Static Display Refresh Rate Switch technologies, which effectively cut down power consumption by up to 13 percent. Switching to the HDR display does not mean that users have to compromise brilliant graphics in favor of longer battery life. The HDR display is capable of emulating more vivid and vibrant colors while correctly grading black and white colors via local dimming. High-end gaming laptops could not peak in performance were it not for its hardworking cooling system. The Zephyrus S GX531 comes bolstered with a stellar cooling system of its own. The innovative implementation of the Active Aerodynamics System (AAS) technology opens up additional vents to provide more airflow up to 22 percent. The AAS cooling system also has a handy dandy self-cleaning thermal module, which eject dust and debris from clogging up the internal components of the laptop. Thermal heat is siphoned out from four outlets through the continuous diligent work of sleek dual 12 Volt fans. The Zephyrus S GX531’s cooling system seems to keep on expanding with each explored territory of its own.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q: High-End laptop graphics card based on the TU104 chip with 2,944 shaders and 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM. Runs at reduced clock speeds compared to a laptop RTX 2080 to achieve a much lower power consumption.
These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
i7-8750H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.2 - 4.1 GHz (4 GHz with 4 cores, 3.9 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
83.33%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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