Asus squeezes GTX 1080 graphics into superthin gaming laptop
The gaming wing of Taiwan's Asus – the Republic of Gamers – has today revealed what's touted as the world's thinnest gaming laptop powered by a 7th gen Intel Core i7 processor and sporting Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics. When closed, the tapered end of the Zephyrus is just 16.9 mm thin. But in spite of its svelte build, Asus has managed to cram in some serious gaming power.
Gaming laptops can be quite chunky. Dell's Alienware 15 is 25.4 mm (1 in) thick, for example, while Razer slices a few precious millimeters off that with the Blade Pro (22.5 mm/0.88 in). The upcoming Zephyrus simply laughs at those portly dimensions – running from a high of 17.9 mm at the rear to 16.9 mm at the blade end of the wedge.
The new ROG gamer rocks a 15.6-inch, 120 Hz display panel with support for wide viewing angles and 100 percent sRBG color gamut, and Nvidia's G-Sync technology matches the refresh rate with the GPU's output to eliminate lag and stutter. At its heart is Kaby Lake i7 processing power and of course that GTX 1080 GPU powerhouse. It also runs Windows 10 Creators Update, which is reported to improve game performance thanks to a new Windows Game Mode, while allowing for easier streaming courtesy of Microsoft's Mixer service.
Keeping things cool when the games get hot is something Asus is calling the Active Aerodynamic System. This features a curved fan surface and guides that are said to move air quicker while efficiently getting heat away from key components. And when the laptop is opened up, part of the chassis opens to facilitate increased air flow.
Elsewhere, there's a backlit keyboard for low light gaming that's been positioned to the front of the housing, where a laptop's trackpad would normally sit. Asus says that this should allow for improved system cooling and offer gamers a keying experience similar to using a desktop keyboard.
So where is the touchpad? Asus ROG has placed it to the right of the keyboard, where it can also be used as a 10-key red zone for quick access to functions. Naturally the lights elsewhere on the keying area can be customized, and anti-ghosting is employed to correctly interpret commands, even when up to 30 keys are pushed down at the same time.
The Zephyrus will be available from the end of June. Prices start at US$2,299. In the meantime, the promo video can be viewed below.