The 17.3″ Republic of Gamers Zephyrus S GX701GX Gaming Laptop from ASUS is designed for gamers who don’t want to sacrifice performance for portability. While it may be compact, thanks to its 15″ form factor, it’s packed with powerful hardware including a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-9750H six-core processor, 16GB of DDR4 memory, a 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card with a Max-Q design. Its 17.3″ IPS display features slims bezels, cutting down bulk, and has a 144 Hz refresh rate, a 3 ms (GtG) response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. With these combined, the Zephyrus offers fluid, tear-free gaming without much compromise. Other integrated features include USB Type-A and Type-C ports, an HDMI port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, microphones, speakers, and a 3.5mm combo audio jack. The operating system installed is Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit).
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ASUS 17.3″ Republic of Gamers Zephyrus S GX701GX Gaming Laptop
- 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-9750H Six-Core
- 16GB DDR4 | 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
- 17.3″ 1920 x 1080 240 Hz IPS Display
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6)
- Thunderbolt 3 | Mini DisplayPort | HDMI
- USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A | SD Card Reader
- Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) | Bluetooth 4.2
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit)
While the ROG Zephyrus has a 17.3″ display, it’s designed with a 15″ form factor measuring just 0.7″ thin. Compared to a standard 17.3″ gaming laptop, it’s roughly 40% thinner and 23% smaller, so you can easily bring it with you on-the-go.
The display on the ROG Zephyrus has an 81% screen-to-body ratio, thanks to its slim 0.27″ bezels for an immersive viewing experience. Size aside, it’s built with features that gamers need, such as a fast 240 Hz refresh rate, a 3 ms response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. Not just for gamers, but also for content creators, the Zephyrus is factory-calibrated featuring ProArt TruColor technology and a Pantone-validated palette. With these combined, the display provides you with 72% NTSC, 100% sRGB, and 75% Adobe RGB coverage.
NVIDIA’S Optimus technology enables the system to switch between its integrated and dedicated graphics processing unit with just a few clicks. When NVIDIA G-SYNC is on, you’ll get full gaming performance with smoother gameplay, lower input lag, and tear-free graphics. On the other hand, Optimus mode is ideal for more everyday desktop productivity and entertainment to save power.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards are built on the Turing architecture. Combining traditional CUDA cores with RT and Tensor cores for ray-tracing and AI, these cards offer more realistic lighting, shadows, and reflections in real-time.
The trade-off with ultra-slim laptops is breathing room, so this one is equipped with the ROG Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) to retain system performance without throttling. Just by lifting the lid, the chassis opens up at the rear for a larger air intake. The AAS also features anti-dust tunnels, five heatpipes for the CPU and GPU, four heatsinks with ultra-slim copper fins, and self-cleaning fans. Users can also manually switch between cooling profiles to find their preferred balance of cooling performance and noise.
RGB lighting has become a staple of gaming products, appearing everywhere from keyboards to chairs. Therefore, the Zephyrus has per-key RGB backlighting that you can customize with the ASUS Aura Sync software. Its keyboard also has N-key rollover technology to ensure that your commands are accurately and precisely recognized.
Whether you’re playing with or without a headset, the Zephyrus is designed to offer an enjoyable audio experience. Its speakers have smart amplifier technology that delivers higher output with more bass. When plugged-in, you’ll be able to experience virtual 7.1-channel surround sound. The Zephyrus also has a rolling volume key for easy adjustments.
One of the USB Type-C ports supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds with DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity and power delivery.
After its hiatus in Windows 8, the Start Menu has returned. Utilizing a combination of the traditional menu system and Windows 8’s Live Tiles, the improved Start Menu gives you more information at a glance, showing notification information alongside your applications and other pinned items.
Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, Cortana can answer your questions with information gleaned from both your device and the internet at large. You can type or even talk with her, if your system has a microphone. Using her Notebook, Cortana keeps track of your needs and wants, and she learns over time to improve her information gathering skills.
After nearly 20 years, Microsoft has finally replaced its Internet Explorer web browser. With Microsoft Edge, users can write directly on web pages and share notes with friends and colleagues. It also improves the online reading experience by adding a distraction-free mode and read-it-later functionality. Edge also has built-in Cortana integration; you can have her help you find a restaurant, make a reservation, and pull up directions without leaving your browser.
For Windows 10, Microsoft has unified the Windows Store. Now, apps for PCs, tablets, and phones will all be accessible from one place. And with support for Universal Apps, one version of an app can work across all your compatible devices automatically.
Windows 10 was designed for a variety of screen sizes and input styles, and with its Continuum feature, it automatically adapts to fit your needs. A Windows 10 tablet on its own requires a touch-centric approach, but attaching a mouse and keyboard will shift everything to a more traditional interface. You can even attach an external monitor to your Windows 10 phone for a near-desktop experience. But it’s not just the operating system; Windows Universal Apps take advantage of Continuum as well.
Gaming is a big focus of Windows 10. Xbox integration allows for PC players to match up against Xbox One players on supported games, and if you have an Xbox One, you can even stream compatible titles to your PC. Native support for recording with the new Game DVR feature makes it easy to capture and share your gameplay. The new DirectX12 takes better advantage of multi-core processors, giving games a performance boost, even on older hardware. Windows 10 also features native support for virtual reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift.
The Pro version of Windows 10 includes all of the features of Windows 10 Home plus many designed specifically for business users, including Hyper-V virtualization, BitLocker disk encryption, and remote desktop access. Devices will also be able to join domains and the Azure Active Directory, and they can even access a specialized version of the Windows Store featuring custom, company-specific applications.
ASUS Zephyrus S GX701GX Specs
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit)|
|CPU||2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-9750H 6-Core|
|Maximum Boost Speed||4.5 GHz|
|L3 Cache||12 MB|
|Memory Type||2666 MHz DDR4|
|Total Installed Memory||16 GB|
|Memory Configuration||16 GB (Onboard)|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q with 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Maximum Brightness||300 cd/m2|
|Color Gamut||72% NTSC
75% Adobe RGB
|Refresh Rate||240 Hz|
|Response Time||3 ms (GtG)|
|Adaptive Sync Technology||G-Sync|
|Viewing Angle (H x V)||178 x 178°|
Storage and Expansion
|Total Installed Capacity||1 TB|
|Solid State Storage||1 x 1 TB M.2 NVMe PCIe|
|Ports||2 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1)
1 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2)
|USB Type-C Ports||1 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1
1 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Supports DisplayPort and Power Delivery)
|Display||1 x HDMI 2.0b|
|Audio||1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Headphone/Microphone Input/Output|
|Built-In Speakers||2 x 2.5 W|
|Media Card Slots||None|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)|
|MU-MIMO Support||2 x 2|
|Capacity||4-Cell: 76 Wh|
Keyboard & Mouse
|Keyboard||Chiclet Notebook Keyboard with Backlight|
|Security||Power-On Password, Kensington Lock Slot|
|Power Supply||230 W|
|AC Input Power||100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz|
|Dimensions||15.7 x 10.71 x 0.74″ / 398.78 x 272.03 x 18.8 mm|
|Weight||5.73 lb / 2.6 kg|
|Package Weight||11.735 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||22.6 x 15.7 x 4.3″|