Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 announced

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  1. iMbaQ

    iMbaQ Notebook Evangelist

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    Moderator note: Click HERE to see the owner's lounge for this model.

    Successor to the GX501, should be avialable later this month. Thoughts?

    https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ROG-Zephyrus-S-GX531/

    Looks good, however what put me off the previous GX501 was the battery size. I doubt it has increased, but if they were able to compete with say RazerBlade/Aero 15x in the battery size department, I'd throw my money at it

    For reference (all i7-8750H, 1070 Max-Q, FHD 144HZ):

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    I don't think there is a good enough reason to have such a low battery capacity as 50 Wh when it isn't really the smallest or lightest, so please Asus, 80 Wh+. It is the thinnest, but given that it is longer/wider, it cancels out the benefit somewhat.
     
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  2. Danishblunt

    Danishblunt Notebook Prophet

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    I just see "slim yet mighty" and that's already red light for me.
     
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    They need to stop putting the keyboard up front. I have a GM501 and I could not even imagine having my hands cramped up using such a poorly positioned keyboard. Furthermore, given the Blade has similar specs it just seems like a better pick given the poor ergonomics of the laptop keyboard.
    To contrast, it is pretty impressive that they made it so thin. I like the thinner bezels, too.
     
  4. iMbaQ

    iMbaQ Notebook Evangelist

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    It's thin, but compared to the others, it's sometimes less than 1mm. But they have added quite a lot to the length and width to it, which makes it pointless. The final kick in the teeth is the 50 Wh battery, looks like they haven't changed this from old model. I'd understand if this was significantly cheaper than the others but it isn't - you'd have to be a fool to purchase this laptop.
     
  5. ddomaster

    ddomaster Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm actually strongly considering the GX531 for several reasons

    - cheaper by a notable 350usd (plus free 100 usd mouse) vs the Aero 15x, even bigger gap vs blade 15 and I dont like the gs65 because of tiny 256gb ssd.
    - good build (entirely metal chassis)
    - webcam at the top
    - relatively low bloatware compared to competitors
    - claims of sub 80 degree temps under sustained load for both cpu and gpu (cooling looks great with 5 pipes/4 heat sinks)
    - 144hz/3ms screen, fastest in the market
     
  6. FredKearnes

    FredKearnes Notebook Enthusiast

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    They always lose me with the word Max-Q
     
  7. Support.3@XOTIC PC

    Support.3@XOTIC PC Company Representative

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    I feel like I want to nitpick the promo materials using no-compromise and Max-Q in the same sentence, since compromise seems to be the entire point of that technology.

    That said, it's a nice looking machine and I can't wait to see some comparisons to the existing generation.
     
  8. FredKearnes

    FredKearnes Notebook Enthusiast

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    Nice looking and no-compromise do not always go hand in hand. I feel like Max-Q is a gimmick, hopefully I am wrong, because people are going to be spending quite the chunk of change on that laptop.
     
  9. ddomaster

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    Yeah, I decided to take the Amazon pre-order deal. hopefully the laptop turns out to be good. (Amazon has it with free COD4 game, free ROG Pugio mouse, 100USD off for pre-order
     
  10. IVILyric

    IVILyric Notebook Enthusiast

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    Out of curiosity after pre-ordering was the Asus redemption code for COD already on your receipt? I was about to pull the trigger on this one last week too but noticed something odd. On Amazon when you choose the laptop w/ mouse bundle information about the COD promotion disappears from the description. Just to check, I went on the Asus website and started an online chat with support to ask if for some reason the bundle does not qualify for the promotion. According to the support person I chatted with, the bundle does not qualify for the COD promotion. I was told that Amazon set it to either one or the other (free game or free mouse). This really does not make sense to me unless the bundle has a specific SKU that separates it from the laptop only option. Take this all with a grain of salt as I can not confirm at all whether the support person actually checked or just assumed based on what's shown on the website. On top of that, the redemption instructions for the COD Promotion on the Asus website says that you will receive an ASUS code from either "purchase receipt, e-mail" or "“Thank You Card” inside the product retail box" both of which Amazon can technically remove or not provide if the bundle doesn't qualify for the promotion.

    I hope I was told wrong as a free mouse, game and $100 off is a great deal. If not I guess it's not that big of a deal but I really would rather get the free game than the mouse.
     
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