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CES 2019 | The ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is Asus' answer to the Razer Blade Pro

The ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is Asus' answer to the Razer Blade Pro
The ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is Asus' answer to the Razer Blade Pro
Debuting alongside the Nvidia Turing series for laptops, the upcoming Zephyrus GX701 will carry GTX 2080 Max-Q graphics and a 17.3-inch 144 Hz display with 3 ms response times for an ultra-smooth 1080p gaming experience. Its super-thin design is inspired by the existing 15.6-inch Zephyrus GX531.

After launching the original 15.6-inch Zephyrus GX501 in 2017, many were left wondering if Asus would ever consider introducing a 17.3-inch Zephyrus "GX701" version. The manufacturer has finally unveiled this missing piece to the puzzle at this year's CES in Las Vegas.

Called the Zephyrus S GX701, the narrow-bezel gaming laptop is essentially a scaled-up version of the 15.6-inch Zephyrus GX531. Both systems utilize the same visual design language much like the chassis between the XPS 13 and XPS 15 or Asus' own ZenBook UX333 and UX433. Asus has timed the announcement to be alongside the impending launch of Nvidia's mobile Turing platform. As such, the GX701 will have GPU options up to the RTX 2080 Max-Q.

Gamers who follow Asus laptops may be wondering how the existing narrow-bezel Strix GL704 will stack up against the ROG Zephyrus S GX701. The Strix series is positioned a step below the Zephyrus series and so we can expect more graphics performance out of the GX701. Its visual design is also indubitably unique and more "gamer-centric" than even the already flashy GL704. Furthermore, we expect that its 144 Hz/3 ms display option will be identical to the display on the already-launched enthusiast ROG G703.

A noteworthy feature of the GX701 is that one of its USB Type-C ports supports Power Delivery. Users can charge the system via USB Type-C should the main 280 W AC adapter be unavailable. Asus recommends a 45 W AC USB Type-C adapter or higher for reliable charging. Of course, the battery will likely continue to drain if gaming or running other high loads.

The Zephyrus S GX701GX launches later this quarter with a free USB webcam included in the box. We fully expect additional SKUs equipped with RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics to launch at a later date.

ROG Zephyrus S GX701Strix GL704
CPUIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i7-8750H
GPUNvidia Turing RTX 2080 Max-Q GraphicsGeForce GTX 1060 to GTX 1070
Display17.3-inch FHD "IPS-level" 144 Hz, 3 ms, HDR (optional), 100% sRGB17.3-inch FHD IPS 120 Hz
RAM8 GB soldered + 1x DDR4-2666 SODIMM (24 GB total)Up to 32 GB DDR4-2666
PortsHDMI 2.0, USB Type-C Gen. 2 w/ DP 1.4 and Power Delivery, 3.5 mm combo audio, 3x USB Type-A 3.1mDP 1.2, RJ-45, HDMI 2.0, USB Type-C Gen. 2, SD reader, 3.5 mm combo audio, 4x USB Type-A 3.1
StorageM.2 2280 NVMeM.2 2280 NVMe + 2.5-inch SATA III
Dimensions18.7 x 399 x 272 mm26.4 x 399.8 x 273.5 mm
Weight2.7 kg2.9 kg
MSRPTBA$1600 USD
Asus Zephyrus S GX701
Asus Zephyrus S GX701
Narrow bezels on all three sides
Narrow bezels on all three sides
Same materials, color, and rear design as the existing 15.6-inch GX531
Same materials, color, and rear design as the existing 15.6-inch GX531
The flat brushed aluminum outer lid is back
The flat brushed aluminum outer lid is back
The 1 W stereo speakers are now upfront and closer to the user
The 1 W stereo speakers are now upfront and closer to the user
The red virtual NumPad overlay is available on the trackpad yet again
The red virtual NumPad overlay is available on the trackpad yet again
Still no Thunderbolt 3 support. However, users can charge the laptop via USB Type-C if needed
Still no Thunderbolt 3 support. However, users can charge the laptop via USB Type-C if needed
The small holes allow for airflow and should not be blocked
The small holes allow for airflow and should not be blocked
Hinges feel taut but are limited in angle
Hinges feel taut but are limited in angle
Display will come a Pantone Validation option much like on the Gigabyte Aero 15 series
Display will come a Pantone Validation option much like on the Gigabyte Aero 15 series
Volume scroll wheel for faster and more precise control
Volume scroll wheel for faster and more precise control
Asus has omitted an integrated webcam completely
Asus has omitted an integrated webcam completely
Familiar layout and upfront keyboard design of the Zephyrus series
Familiar layout and upfront keyboard design of the Zephyrus series
Chiclet keys with 1.4 mm of travel, N-key rolling, and per-key RGB backlight
Chiclet keys with 1.4 mm of travel, N-key rolling, and per-key RGB backlight
Copper cooling solution shows 5 heat pipes in a symmetrical arrangement
Copper cooling solution shows 5 heat pipes in a symmetrical arrangement
Motherboard front reveals just a single SODIMM slot and M.2 slot
Motherboard front reveals just a single SODIMM slot and M.2 slot
Motherboard back reveals the soldered 8 GB of DDR4 RAM
Motherboard back reveals the soldered 8 GB of DDR4 RAM

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Allen Ngo, 2019-01- 7 (Update: 2019-01- 2)
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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.