The brand new Zephyrus S (GX531) – the world’s thinnest gaming laptop powered by latest Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU with 144Hz display. The design of the new Zephyrus S (GX531) is actually reminiscent of the original Zephyrus instead of the Zephyrus M that we reviewed here.
At a mere 14.95~15.75mm thin, Zephyrus S (GX531) is 12% slimmer than the original Zephyrus (GX501). It’s equipped with the latest Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics. It has super-narrow bezels to accommodate a 15.6-inch display, with a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time into a 14.2-inch chassis.
Built for more than just speed, the IPS-type AHVA panel also has excellent image quality. It covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut, ensuring richness of color, and wide viewing angles keep the picture from washing out when viewed in split screen.
It also features the proprietary Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) — a design and engineering hallmark of the Zephyrus series. When the lid of the laptop is lifted, a special vent opens underneath the chassis to let the laptop draw in more cool air. The AAS intake measures 5mm on Zephyrus S (GX531), stretching across the entire back of the body to improve airflow by 22% compared to traditional designs. Additional airflow comes in from through the keyboard, and the keyboard’s forward layout makes more room for additional cooling throughout the system.
Within the chassis, the Zephyrus S (GX531) contains five heat pipes that pull heat away from the CPU and GPU, and also the VRM circuitry. ASUS claims that this cooling system can have the components stay under 80°C since it has 5 heatpipes and 4 heatsinks and exhaust vents at the rear corners, twice as many as in the first Zephyrus.
The Zephyrus S (GX531) also has integrated RGB lighting and are customizable through ASUS Aura Sync. You can customize four independent zones illuminate the keyboard and additional LEDs create a subtle glow inside the AAS vent. Of course, you can sync it with other Aura Sync compatible peripherals and software as well.
The ROG Game Center is now renamed to Armoury Crate, which unifies ROG hardware with a single utility that makes essential functions easily accessible. System settings and Aura Sync lighting are easily adjusted on the fly, or a user can define preferences for both — with up to four profiles — that make adjustments automatically when the selected titles load. Armoury Crate comes with a companion Mobile Dashboard for Android and iOS, and more capabilities are due in future updates.
The Intel Core i7-8750H CPU in Zephyrus S is backed by fast DDR4 2666MHz memory and NVMe storage, while 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi connects to compatible wireless networks at greater-than-gigabit speeds. USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and full-size HDMI 2.0 ports support desktop monitors and big-screen TVs, allowing users to connect dual auxiliary displays. More USB ports are ready for essential gaming peripherals and ubiquitous external storage, and there’s a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port offering additional bandwidth for compatible devices.