Asus launched seven different gaming laptops, where do ROG Zephyrus S Thin and Portable (2020) sit in the equation. More importantly, how does ROG Zephyrus S perform in an increasingly crowded gaming laptop market? Let’s check out in my review.
ROG Zephyrus S Thin and Portable Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 240Hz G-SYNC FHD IPS, GeForce RTX 2070, i7-9750H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB PCIe HyperDrive SSD, Per-Key RGB, Windows 10 Pro, GX502GW-XB76
Powerfully versatile, the ultra-slim ROG Zephyrus s is expertly equipped to slice through serious gaming and work. Professional polish, from its brushed metal exterior to its vibrant Pantone validated display, makes this a premium powerhouse that redefines what gaming laptops can do. Boasting up to a 240Hz display with ultra-narrow bezel, PCIe NVMe SSD, and a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, the GX502 has all the power and portability needed to conquer the latest and greatest game titles, anywhere. *The actual transfer speed of USB 3.0, 3.1 (Gen 1 and 2), and/or Type-C will vary depending on many factors including the processing speed of the host device, file attributes and other factors related to system configuration and your operating environment.
Specifications of ROG Zephyrus S Thin and Portable
Powerfully versatile, the ultra-slim ROG Zephyrus S is expertly equipped to slice through serious gaming and work. Professional polish, from its brushed metal exterior to its vibrant Pantone Validated display, makes this a premium powerhouse that redefines what gaming laptops can do.
Fluid and Vivid Display
ProArt™ TruColor Technology ensures a Pantone Validated palette across the full sRGB color space. Super-narrow 6.2mm bezels frame the 240Hz IPS-level display, offering an exceptional showcase for games, media, and professional projects in stunningly smooth, crisp graphics quality.
Switch between fan operating modes, optimized for ideal performance or ambiance
More blades mean better airflow
Each fan blade is 33% thinner than conventional designs. At 83 blades per fan, airflow rises by 17%
Anti-dust tunnels keep fans and heatsinks clean
Preventing buildup on key components boosts long-term cooling efficiency, performance, and stability
Sleek, Strong, and Ultra-Slim
Brushed black metal and clean lines define the subtle and slick aesthetic. Honeycomb reinforcements add strength to the resilient, magnesium alloy frame. Premium soft-touch paint coats the palm rest, minimizing fingerprints to keep it looking sleek, even after a busy day.
Fine-tined performance equipped with NVIDIA GeForce Experience, allows you to customize your play.
Work or Play
ROG Zephyrus S gives you more battery life for everyday work and productivity.
Lighten your load on the road with a smaller Type-C adapter.
ROG Zephyrus M has all the connectivity and ports needed for gaming and working on the go.
Stealthy, portable and premium design
If you can see other gaming laptops in the market, they are usually over the top, flashy, and bulky devices. Usually, a gaming laptop with have somewhat over the top colors and design, usually to accommodate the fans on the sides and at the bottom. However, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S Thin is quite opposite to a traditional gaming laptop when it comes to the design and builds quality. It is so conservative and plain that users may confuse it with any usual non-gaming laptop. The top lid of the laptop features a brushed aluminum finish along with the usual ROG logo with RBG lighting.
Moving to the display, the ROG Zephyrus S Thin sports thin side bezels with a thick bottom bezel. Asus claims that it has made the laptop about 25 percent slimmer in profile than most traditional 15-inch gaming laptops. The company has used Magnesium alloy to create a top of the line premium reinforced metal chassis. This results in an absolutely sturdy gaming laptop with no flex around the keyboard or at the bottom of the area. Asus has also added a soft-touch skin finish around the palm rest area below the keyboard for comfort during use.
Let’s focus on gaming performance, the main thing that you are concerned about if you are looking at this laptop. During the two weeks, I tested about eight games on the laptop. These include Apex Legends, Battlefield V, Watch_Dogs 2, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, HITMAN 2, DOOM, and Borderlands 2. To clarify, I did not change any system settings except using the “Performance” and “Turbo” mode as defined in the Armoury Crate app. Before I dive into the actual FPS and the temperatures for the games, here is the short version of this section.
Display and Audio
Moving to the second section, the display and audio performance of the ROG Zephyrus S Thin and Portable. Talking about the display, we get crisp, vibrant and colorful images all around with the Pantone-calibrated display. The 144Hz refresh rate is easily on the eyes while playing games or anything when plugged in. Asus has also added a matte finish on the display to reduce the glare which works quite well. Moving to the Audio, the bottom-firing speakers are just ok. The speakers tend to distort the sound at higher or maximum volume with tinny output that is just bad. But, moving to the 3.5mm audio jack things change as Asus has added a Hi-Res Audio compatible DAC for impressive audio output.
The day-to-day portion of the performance
Talking about the day-to-day performance, the laptop chewed through everything that I threw at it. This includes web browsing with 15-20 tabs open, Netflix, word processing, watching to music and more. There was no stutter or lag while performing these tasks which is a good thing for the ROG Zephyrus S Thin and Portable 2020.
ROG Zephyrus S Thin and Portable: Keyboard and Battery
Up next, let’s talking about the keyboard and the battery on the laptop. Let’s kick things off with the keyboard. I won’t really throw many technical terms at you while describing the keyboard and its performance. Asus has packed a really great keyboard on the laptop. Though it is not a mechanical keyboard, for a chicklet keyboard, it is quite amazing. The keys are spaced in a nice manner with good clicky-feel to them. Trying long-form articles or the usual typing is a breeze on the laptop. In fact, I zipped while writing this review on this laptop without any problem.
Next up is the battery backup of the laptop. Under regular use, the battery lasted about 4 hours while performing day-to-day tasks at max brightness. It is possible through a number of tricks that the company employs
ROG laptops undergo extensive vibration, drop, and pressure testing to ensure they can survive everyday use, while their hinges, keyboards, and ports are tested for resilience against common wear. The laptops are even subjected to extreme heat, cold, altitude, and humidity for travel anywhere.
Final Word: Should you buy the ROG Zephyrus S
After properly testing the ROG Zephyrus S Thin and Portable and running the top end games that the market has to offer, I think I have reached a conclusion. If you are looking for a stealthy yet classy gaming laptop, this laptop by Asus is an ideal choice. The prices are somewhat steep when compared to the competition and additional investment. It includes buying a good gaming mouse and pair of earphones or headphones to down out the fan noise.