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Asus GX501 Zephyrus Derek Sullivan Rating: 4 out of 5

Asus ROG GX501 Zephyrus initial review and impressions – thin-and-light laptop with Max-Q GTX 1080 graphics


  1. Brian Hobbs

    July 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Max-Q certification is supposed to have a 40dB ceiling. Can you talk more about your 50dB readings? Would you say it's noticeably much quieter in general than other 1070- or 1080-style laptops?

    • Derek Sullivan

      July 3, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      I'm pretty sure their spec is at ear level. I can't imagine the limit being 40dB at the fan exhaust. My readings in the back we're pretty close to the fans – not somewhere you'll normally be.

  2. Nicolò

    July 10, 2017 at 6:16 am

    In your opinion, excluding the ridiculous price that razer choosed for its laptop, which one is better between the asus zephyrus and the razer blade pro?
    Considering the touchpad, build quality and additional features ( 4k touch screen, excellent speakers etc. ) it would be a nice battle between the two in my opinion

    • Derek Sullivan

      July 10, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Tough call. If you can get over the keyboard and the price, the RBP is a pretty decent laptop. I could not get used to that keyboard, though, no matter how hard I tried. I'm very much accustomed to the Asus keyboard now.

      I think I'd probably pick the GX501. Realistically, the only thing the RBP has over the Asus is the trackpad. Maybe the build quality as well, but the RBP is significantly thicker and heavier. That 120 hz FHD screen is much more suitable for gaming than the 4k screen. I'd also rather not deal with the CPU throttling on the RBP.

      • Nicoló

        July 11, 2017 at 3:06 am

        Makes sense haha, thanks for your opinion :)

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