Asus Thinks It's Made The Thinnest Gaming Laptops Ever

Doris Richards
August 18, 2018

ROG is calling the Zephyrus S (GX531) the "world's slimmest gaming laptop", and while its overall thickness is certainly impressive (14.95-15.75mm), some interesting changes needed to be made in order to make sure everything is cooled properly. This time around, ASUS thinned out the frame of the gamming system and added some display tweaks.

Asus also claims to have improved the laptop's thermals even further by refining its Active Aerodynamic System, which opens vents that widen as the users lifts the screen when opening the laptop.

Whether you get the base Zephyrus S model or splurge for one with a little more power, they're expected to set you back over $2,000.

The Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704 barely looks like a 17-inch gaming laptop.

As for graphics, the GS model comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM and the GM model has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM. Both models come with a chiclet-style backlit keyboard, marked WASD keys, 4 zones of RGB backlight mode, 1.2mm travel distance, and Aura Sync technology.

The new Zephyrus S (GX531) sports a 15.6-inch "IPS-level" display with a 1920x1080 resolution and fast 144Hz refresh rate, up from 120Hz from its predecessor.

Being the successor to the original Zephyrus, which launched previous year, the new S GX531 model boasts some subtle refinements when it comes to internal specs. The machine supports DDR4-2666 RAM in pools as large as 32 GB. It also features a bevy of ports, including one USB-C port and four USB 3.1 ports with one being Generation 2. From here, players can assign lighting and macro profiles to games as well as fan speed settings from Turbo to Balanced and Silent.

The new Zephyrus will be available in September, with pricing information to be revealed later. As for storage, there are 2 512GB SSDs (M.2 NVMe PCIE 3.0) on the former, and 256GB/ 512GB/ 1TB x4 SSD of the same kind on the latter.

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