ASUS Zephyrus (GX501VS) or MSI Stealth Pro (GS63VR)

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  1. chirrps

    chirrps Newbie

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    Hi @HackxBox,

    I picked up the GX501 about a week ago. I've owned several gaming laptops over the years (Asus, Alienware and MSI) and I must say the GX501 really impressed me with its combination of gaming capability and portability. The 120Hz panel with GSync stood out to me, very impressive matte display (my daily driver is an Asus PG278QR 165Hz).

    Edit: additional comment re. gaming capability. Witcher 3 at 1080p on ultra settings and 1440p DSR looks fantastic, hovering somewhere between 50-60 frames.

    The overall build quality is excellent, and I haven't had an issue with the placement of the keyboard or mouse.

    As for battery life, I've not seen it last over 1.5 to 2 hours during regular browsing/youtube use, which prevents it from being a true daily driver for me. If battery life is important to you, I'd carefully consider this.
     
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  2. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Have you looked at the new MSI Raider series?:

    MSI GE63VR / GE73VR Raider Laptops
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/msi-ge63vr-ge73vr-raider-laptops.806824/

    They are so new the text in the product pages say "up to 1060" but actually have up to 1070 GPU models. :)

    https://us.msi.com/Laptop/GE63VR-Raider.html#hero-specification

    https://us.msi.com/Laptop/GE73VR-Raider.html#hero-specification

    https://us.msi.com/Laptops/#?tag=GE-Series <== click on 1070
     
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  3. Vistar Shook

    Vistar Shook Notebook Evangelist

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    Looking good at 4.85lbs and a full 1070.
     
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  4. Blacky

    Blacky Notebook Prophet

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    I think the GS63 is significantly cheaper than the Zephyrus. Overall the Zephyrus will have better build quality but not sure if it's worth the price difference.
     
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  5. Vistar Shook

    Vistar Shook Notebook Evangelist

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    The Zephyrus is $200 more and comes with a 256GB NVME, so most likely, would need to be upgraded in the future for more storage space or just use an external HD.
     
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    Blacky Notebook Prophet

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    Logs Notebook Consultant

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    What's the battery life on the Raider?
     
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    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    You'll need to ask owners and look for reviews with battery tests to get an idea of the battery life. I see you've asked in the Raider laptop owners thread, keep active there looking for new owners and ask them.

    I don't recommend gaming laptops for use as long use battery laptops, they just aren't designed for this use. And, gaming on battery isn't going to be anywhere near the performance available on AC power.

    The maximum capacity in laptops is 99whr, as that's the current limit for carry-on for air travel. Smaller batteries have less run time, and thin gaming laptops all have very small batteries, they aren't designed for long runtime on battery.

    It is a good idea when carrying a gaming laptop to get a 2nd device for long battery use, a nice thin tablet or 2in1 dedicated to last many hours on battery if you need it.
     
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    Another thing to keep in mind that the implementation of Max Q varies between vendors....and the one in the Zephyrus scores a little more than 10% better in firestrike graphics than the MSI or the Clevo with the 1070MQ, 16k vs 14.5k (at stock).
     
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