Asus Zephyrus G Review

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You won’t find streaming laptops thinner than the Asus Zephyrus G; in fact, most laptops in this price range are a solid 25% and even 30% thicker.

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The Zephyrus is a thin and light package, and Asus has also made it in a way that’s easy on the eyes.

The laptop has no over the top red lights and stuff; it has a straightforward design of the logo on the front.

The Zephyrus logo does light up when it’s on, it’s this orange-red color, but it’s relatively dim, and there’s no other colored RGB s on the rest of the system.

 

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The build quality is pretty good, but it’s challenging to keep this thing free of fingerprints.

The body of the Asus has a brushed metal finish, but the rest of the laptop is plastic, the inside deck the bottom panel everything is plastic all around, but it’s a well-made laptop.

There’s nothing about the build quality that makes us feel like it’s poorly made.

One of the more critical things on a gaming laptop is the screen, it’s a 120 Hertz panel, but ours is the upgraded model, there’s a base model that has a 60 Hertz panel.

120Hz Screen

If you’re buying a streaming laptop in 2019 with this kind of performance, you probably want a screen of this caliber.

The screen panel is probably the biggest disappointment for us, it’s a fast screen at 120 Hertz, but the color accuracy is surprisingly weak.

The past year or so for fast screens, we’ve seen excellent color accuracy and color gaming, so when you see a screen like the one of the Zephyrus, it just looks a little bit duller, it’s not as bright as other competitors in the space.

Overall, it’s a fair screen but compared to what we’ve seen on the market for the past year and a half; it doesn’t stand out.

No Webcam Built-In

The laptop is also missing a webcam, now for most streamers, they probably don’t use their webcam very often on their laptops, but for streamers that use a facecam, you now have no way of doing that video feed, unless you purchase an external webcam.

The Zephyrus does have some mics at the bottom of the screen, but no webcam.

Streaming is all about high performance, the Zephyrus delivers. It’s running the AMD Ryzen 3750H and a GTX 1660 TI MAX-Q, we thought it was running a regular 1660 TI, but it’s running a lower wattage MAX-Q version.

Powerful Streaming GPU

The Zephyrus’s GPU is faster than the GTX 1060 for laptops, it’s also quicker than a 1060 for desktops, but it’s slower than last year’s 1070 MAX-Q, still a potent GPU.

You should know where the Zephyrus G sits in terms of the overall ranking of laptop performance, combined with the four core chip, and it’s fast, but when it comes to multi-core applications, the Intel chips that have six cores are going to do better.

The laptop has the right combination of the AMD CPU with the NVIDIA GPU and delivers some outstanding streaming performance, but to get there, they had to run some pretty aggressive fans.

The Fans can get Loud

The thermals for the Zephyrus are excellent, it doesn’t overheat or throttle, which is kind of impressive considering the thinness of this laptop, it is a lower wattage CPU at 35 watts, so compared to some of the Intel CPUs out there it’s putting out a little bit less heat, but the main reason why they’re able to achieve this is through their fans, they’re loud fans, but they cool the system properly.

Cooling Controls

The Zephyrus comes with software for fan monitoring, in the software, you’ll also see a decibel reading, and we think that’s very inaccurate, the software is off by about ten decimal points, the fans inside the laptop can get loud.

When you open up the laptop, you get access to your Wi-Fi card, and it’s a pretty lousy card we recommend you replace it.

Inside you also have access to a single slot of RAM, it’s a two-channel system, and you also have access to two NVME slots.

Strangely the NVME slots are PCIe three by two, so you’ll still get high-speed drives just not the fastest speed possible from your NVME’s.

The battery is 76-watt-hour, it’s a pretty good battery life on this system; it’s a seven-hour battery life.

AMD Ryzen chips are not known for excellent battery life, and they’re usually a little more power-hungry, so seven hours is pretty respectable.

Decent Speakers

Under the chassis you’ll see the speakers, they’re pretty good sounding, but they’re poorly positioned.

The speakers blast sound right into your table, we wish manufacturers would stop doing that.

The keyboard has a clean layout, keystrokes are a little bit shallow, which is expected on a gaming laptop this thin, but there’s nothing we have to complain about.

We found the arrow keys are small, but at least they’re well-positioned. The plastic trackpad is nothing to complain about.

The Zephyrus has an Ethernet port despite it being super thin it has a nice Ethernet jack.

A Budget Laptop

The rest of the ports are standard. But keep in mind that the USB C port does not support Thunderbolt 3, it is an AMD system, and it is a kind of cheaper product, so we don’t expect a Thunderbolt 3.

The Asus Zephyrus G is a super-thin gaming laptop perfect for streaming, and we think it’s the best choice if you travel often.

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