Lisa Gade reviews the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501, a 4.9 lb. / 2.2kg 15″ gaming laptop with the quad core i7-7700HQ CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5 Max-Q dedicated graphics. This is one of the first NVIDIA Max-Q notebooks to hit the market, and it promises less heat and noise than the standard GPU counterpart. This allows for thinner designs and lower weight as well— going after the 15” MacBook Pro, MSI GS Stealth Pro and Razer Blade market.
The 18mm thick laptop is clad in classy black aluminum, minus the gamer bling. It’s bottom panel drops down when you open it to increase cooling. The laptop has a 120Hz full HD matte IPS display, RGB color-programmable keyboard in an unusual frontmost location, right side MS Precision trackpad that doubles as a number pad at the touch of a button and Intel 8265AC WiFi. Very fast PCIe NVMe SSDs and 16GB DDR4 2400 MHz RAM are standard. The GTX 1070 model is $2,299 and the GTX 1080 model is $2,699. Competitors include the afore mentioned laptops as well as the Max-Q equipped MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro, Acer Predator Triton 700, Sager NP8952 and an upcoming Origin PC model (so far only this Asus and the Acer will have the 1080 option).
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