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Asus solves poor webcam positioning of the XPS 15... by including a free USB webcam in the box

Asus solves poor webcam positioning of the XPS 15... by including a free USB webcam in the box (Source: Asus)
Asus solves poor webcam positioning of the XPS 15... by including a free USB webcam in the box (Source: Asus)
All the negative feedback about the cameras on certain laptops has nudged Asus to simply throw in a USB camera in the box for its upcoming Zephyrus GX701 gaming laptop. Should the narrow bezel trend continue, we can see this becoming the norm in the short term.

Attractive narrow bezels can sometimes come at the cost of webcam positioning. Laptops like the LG Gram 15, Dell XPS 15, Huawei MateBook X Pro, Asus ROG GL704, or Lenovo Legion Y530 may look small and light in their respective categories, but the angles of their webcams are downright awful.

At CES 2019, Asus unveiled its 17.3-inch Zephyrus GX701 gaming laptop with narrow bezels on all three sides of the display. Instead of integrating the webcam at a less-than-optimal location like on the Asus GL704, however, the new Zephyrus omits the camera altogether. Asus likely decided during development that if it couldn't be done right, then it may as well not be done at all.

To make up for the lack of a camera, the GX701 will include a free USB webcam inside each retail box to allow for more freedom of movement and positioning. While we don't know the details of it yet, we're hoping that it will offer superior video quality than the typical laptop webcam and have a clip of some sort for attaching to the GX701.

It's common for higher-end gaming laptops to ship with free accessories already in the box. Mouse pads, mice, keyboards, stickers, and even backpacks may be thrown in to boost the user experience. Including a free webcam in the mix looks to be a simple way to alleviate the problem perhaps until a new webcam is developed specifically for the narrow bezel form factor.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-01- 7 (Update: 2019-01- 2)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.