Asus has unveiled two new gaming laptops – Strix SCAR II (GL704) and Zephyrus S (GX531) today. The company believes that the new Zephyrus S (GX531) is the world’s thinnest gaming laptop with a thickness of 15.73 mm which makes the laptop one of the slimmest gaming laptops out there. The other laptop, Strix SCAR II (GL704) is a 17-inch gaming laptop for people who are looking for a gaming machine with a big screen.
Let’s take a look at both of these laptops and see what they have to offer in terms of gaming and everything.
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✅ Zephyrus S (GX531)
✅ ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) pic.twitter.com/RD2OhKEjSs
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Asus Zephyrus S (GX531) – World’s thinnest gaming laptop?
The Zephyrus S (GX531) is a big deal when it comes to a slim gaming laptop. It packs a lot of heat under the hood and as per the company, it is 12-percent thinner as compared to the older Zephyrus laptop. Asus has now upgraded the laptop’s display to a 144Hz panel while the older one came with a 120Hz display. High refresh rate display is a great option for people who want to experience the high frame rates that their machines churn out. Even the bezels have been reduced which helps you get a more immersive gaming experience with the laptop.
The size of the laptop has been shrunk down from the older version and the Zyphyrus S packs a 15.6-inch display in a 14.2-inch chassis. It has an NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU for processing the video and the processor on this one is an Intel Core i7-8750H which is a very powerful mobile CPU with 6 cores and 12 threads. The CPU runs as a base clock speed of 2.2GHz and boost up to 4.1Ghz under load.
Several changes have been made to the laptop’s thermal management system to keep things cool here and Asus has included more fans in the laptop to handle to the heat. Asus has shifted the keyboard towards downwards and moved the touchpad towards the right side of the keyboard. The new touchpad also doubles as the number keys and has two buttons separate from the trackpad as right click and left click buttons. The new keyboard layout is something that a user must get used to because this layout isn’t really used in a lot of laptops out there.
Since the keyboard is now shifted towards the edge, the upper part is now populated with a cooling system for the internals which is now being used to cool the processor, GPU and more. The cooling system is definitely efficient since the CPU and GPU are located right below the fans. The laptop does not throttle even under higher loads and benchmarks.
The Zephyrus S has a 50Wh battery which might not be the best choice for a laptop which is this powerful and uses a lot of fans to keep things cool and apart from the keyboard and trackpad location, everything works fine and the laptop churns out great results while gaming. The Asus Zephyrus S will be available in a lot of configurations and we will have to wait until Gamescom 2018 to get the full details about this thing. Asus has also included a great amount of RGB goodness in the Zephyrus S through Aura Sync.
Asus STRIX SCAR II (GL704) – 17-inch Powerhouse!
Another laptop that Asus unveiled today is the Strix Scar II (GL704) and this one separates itself from the tagline of being thin and brings raw power to the user. It has a 17.3-inch 144Hz display with a response time of 3ms and comes with an NVIDIA GTX 1060 with a VRAM of 6GB. Under the hood, the laptop is powered by an Intel Core i5-8300H which is a great quad-core chip with a base clock of 2.3GHz and it can boost up to 4GHz under load.
For RGB fanatics, Asus has added seven RGB zones on the laptop out of which four are present on the keyboard, two on the light bar in the front edge and the last one for the ROG logo on the laptop’s lid. The keyboard keys are quite comfortable to use and they have a travel distance of 1.8mm and they actuate halfway thanks to Asus’s Overstroke technology.
Asus is using a thin-fin heatsink to cool the CPU and GPU and as per the company, this system offers great airflow and cooling. The Asus Strix Scar II (GL704) will join its 15.6-inch siblings and start selling in September. We still have to wait for Asus to announce the pricing for both of these laptops.