Yesterday, we have the news that the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 was announced. It’s the world’s thinnest gaming laptop to date – even beating their own original Zephyrus from a year ago. There were some changes here and there to improve the overall performance as well. Let’s take a look at the ROG Zephyrus S GX531.
Firstly, take note that this laptop uses the GX prefix in the codename instead of the GM on the Zephyrus M. That’s because the ROG Zephyrus S GX531 follows the original Zephyrus’s design, where the trackpad is moved to the right side of the keyboard and a huge space is dedicated for cooling.
Speaking of cooling, the Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) makes a return as well. In concept, it is the same as the original Zephyrus where the bottom plate opens up for more fresh air to go in the fan directly and exhaust out through the side vents and the top. For even better cooling, the Zephyrus S GX531 now has vents on both the sides and at the back.
Also, note that there’s a bar at the hinge that doesn’t open up when the lid is open.
The Zephyrus S GX531 has its chassis milled out of a single sheet of aluminium. Interestingly, ASUS didn’t sacrifice the structural integrity of the lid and went for a meshed pattern for the ROG logo. This resulted in a unique look on the lid.
Let’s not forget that the Zephyrus S GX531 comes with Intel Core i7-8750H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU with 144Hz display. It’s not easy to be thin, durable, and yet powerful at the same time.
Another thing to note here is the keyboard. It will certainly take a bit of getting used to since the travel distance is short although the laptop’s body itself is rather comparable to a mechanical keyboard. It was not confirmed if the Zephyrus S GX531 will come with a wrist rest like the original Zephyrus.
Just like its predecessor, the Zephyrus S GX531 comes with the trackpad on the far right side of the keyboard, and doubles as a touch-sensitive numberpad. When I first saw this design, it is surely something special and I actually appreciate that ASUS is thinking outside the box to work around this issue.
Of course, let’s not forget that there’s Aura Sync as well. The Zephyrus S has four independent zones illuminate the keyboard and additional LEDs create a subtle glow inside the AAS vent. It is also compatible with other Aura Sync compatible peripherals.
Overall, in terms of design alone, the Zephyrus S GX531 has improved upon the original Zephyrus. New cooling system that resulted in a thinner laptop, yet durable and elegant. We’ll have to get our hands on the Zephyrus S GX531 when we’re back at Malaysia to thoroughly test this new machine.