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ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531GX vs. GX701GX: Should you get a 15- or 17-inch notebook?

By Koh Wanzi - 5 May 2019

Conclusion

Sometimes, size does matter

The ROG Zephyrus S GX701GX is quite a bit larger than the GX531GX.

I really like ASUS' Zephyrus S laptops. They're slim, light, and fast, but they also have one of the most innovative cooling solutions on the market right now. While the non-standard keyboard placement might give some of you pause, I actually think it's pretty easy to get used to. Furthermore, because the keyboard is located further way from the main heat-generating components, it's also better at staying cool. 

In other words, the design feels thoughtful and smart, unlike something like the Acer Triton 700. The latter had an excellent mechanical keyboard located in a similar position, but it bizarrely integrated the trackpad into some glass window above the keyboard. Now, that's a design that's really hard to wrap your head around.

The obvious question now is probably whether the 15.6- or 17.3-inch model is better. The 17.3-inch model has some extra bells-and-whistles, such as the volume scroll wheel, better speakers, and the external webcam. It also has faster USB ports and brighter keyboard backlighting, if you care about that. Conversely, the 15.6-inch laptop is a portable beast that offers an incredible amount of performance in a sleek package. It does certainly seem like the more rounded offering, combining both performance and decent battery life. 

Ultimately, the larger GX701GX is for those who prioritize performance over all else, while the GX531GX is for those who want a more balanced offering. They cost S$4,998 and S$4,498 respectively, so you're paying a S$500 price premium for the additional features and the slight performance boost on the GX701GX. If I had to pick one though, I'd go for the smaller model, since the performance differences aren't that significant. And if I want a larger screen, I can simply hook it up to an external monitor. 

Final Ratings
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531GX

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LG gram 14

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