ASUS has unveiled its new top-range gaming, the ROG Zephyrus M, with the new 8th-generation Core i7 silicon. The laptop will be available with a 15.6-inch display with 1080p resolution.
Nvidia G-Sync and Design
If that seems low, there is also a 144Hz refresh rate for the display via Nvidia G-Sync, as well as a 3ms response time. Design-wise, it’ll be 19.9mm thick, tipping the scales at 2.45kg. The keyboard is also RGB-illuminated.
Zephyrus M is the less expensive sibling of the original Zephyrus, with a slightly thicker chassis and a traditional keyboard over trackpad design. As a result, the keyboard keys also have travel distance (1.7mm over 1.4mm in Zephyrus) allowing better tactile feedback.
It also has a similar cooling system as the original Zephyrus, with 5 heat pipes and 2 blower fans. Additionally, when you open the lid, the body opens up a little to allow better airflow, keeping temperatures in check.
Hardware and Storage
Under the hood, you get an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, with a choice of either 6 GB GTX 1060, or 8 GB GTX 1070 graphics.
The original Zephyrus came with a GTX 1080 Max-Q only, with underclocked frequencies. Zephyrus M, on the other hand, comes with a standard GTX 1060 which should perform like the desktop version. This also led to a thicker chassis for the Zephyrus M to accommodate the larger GPU.
RAM options include 16 GB DDR4-2666, with up to 32 GB supported. Storage needs will be fulfilled through a 256 GB 3.1 Gbps SSD + a 1 TB SSHD.
Connectivity, Battery, and Pricing
Connectivity options include 1 Thunderbolt 3, USB-C 3.1, 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2 (via Thunderbolt 3), and Ethernet. Wireless options include Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.2. The headphone jack, microphone, webcam, and stereo speakers round things up.
It also has a 50 Wh battery, no word on how long it should last.
Pricing is set at $1499 (without 144Hz display), $1,899 for a 144Hz display and GTX 1060, while the top-of-the-line GTX 1070-based model will cost $2199. It’ll be available later this month.
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