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ASUS ROG Zephyrus M (GM501) review: A slim powerhouse

By Koh Wanzi - 5 Oct 2018
Launch SRP: S$3898


ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501

A new, more traditional Zephyrus

ASUS is growing its Zephyrus family of notebooks. The original Zephyrus (GX501) was an impressive specimen of a notebook with a slim and light design, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, and a novel cooling solution. However, it was also prohibitively expensive at S$4,898, which put it out of reach of many customers. 

The ROG Zephyrus M (GM501) and ROG Zephyrus S are the latest additions to the family, boasting similarly svelte designs but more affordable specifications. 

I'll be looking at the Zephyrus M today, a 15.6-inch notebook that retains aspects of the original Zephyrus' design while returning to a more conventional look. For starters, the keyboard and trackpad have returned to their traditional positions, but the bottom of the notebook still drops open when the lid is raised for additional ventilation. 

Here's an overview of its specifications:

  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz G-Sync IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB single-channel DDR4-2666 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD + 1TB 5,400RPM FireCuda SSHD
  • 55Wh battery
  • 384 x 262 x 17.5-19.9mm
  • 2.45kg

The laptop will cost you S$3,898 – not cheap, but still a thousand dollars less than the first Zephyrus. Here's a closer look at what the Zephyrus M brings to the table. 

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  • Design 7.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 7.5
  • Mobility 6
The Good
Good gaming performance
144Hz G-Sync IPS-type display
Windows Precision Touchpad
The Bad
Limited display outputs and no SD card slot
Thick bezels
Poor battery life
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