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Asus ROG Zephyrus G review: Slim gaming laptop now becomes more affordable
05 December 2019 IST
Asus ROG Zephyrus G review: Slim gaming laptop now becomes more affordable
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G brings the impressively slim and lightweight chassis of the Zephyrus series to a segment where you can only find bulky entry-level gaming laptops. And there's nothing wrong with it.


The Asus ROG Zephyrus G starts in India at Rs 99,990.
Asus offers an AMD Ryzen 7-3750H processor and a Nvidia GTX 1660Ti graphics card.
The ROG Zephyrus G is among the lighetst gaming laptops you can buy, tipping scales at 2.2 Kg.

The ROG lineup of laptops from Asus is equivalent of Apple's iPad in the gaming laptop world -- it's tough to find more polished gaming laptops from other manufacturers. This year, Asus has upped its game by introducing exciting designs concepts and better performance in its ROG series laptops. Whether you pick up the entry-level ROG Strix G or the most premium Zephyrus S, your face is guaranteed to be plastered with a massive smile every time you open the laptop.

The Zephyrus laptops are, however, the best that Asus makes and I have always wondered whether an affordable version of the same can be made available for us gamers who are restricted by meagre budgets. And by affordable, I mean a price tag of sub-Rs 1 lakh. Well, Asus heard my wish and it recently came up with the ROG Zephyrus G - the most affordable Zephyrus laptop in India. And by affordable, Asus means a starting price of Rs 99,990 (that's only Rs 10 less than a lakh of Rupees).

Asus achieves the lower price by relying on the latest AMD Ryzen 7 processor and some other minor cost-cutting moves. On paper, it's supposed to be inferior to the Zephyrus M with the Intel Core i7 processor. However, that's a notion I am struggling to agree by as this is almost as good as the Intel-powered model. And I say this after living with the Asus ROG Zephyrus G for a fortnight.

Design: Can Asus outdo itself next year?

Earlier this year, Asus refined the design for the affordable Zephyrus models by going for a conventional keyboard deck design, i.e. you will find the keyboard and trackpad exactly where you expect them in a normal laptop. The Zephyrus M had it and now the Zephyrus G gets it. And if you have seen the Zephyrus M, the design is identical.

For those who are new to Asus' laptop lineup, the Zephyrus series is all about light and slim body while ensuring the best gaming performance. The Zephyrus G is as slim as any conventional gaming laptop with all the essential ports you want in a gaming laptop. There's also an effective cooling system as well that works exceptionally good.

The top of the lid has the classic dual tone ROG brushed metallic finish, with an illuminated ROG logo on one side. All four sides are flat and the keyboard deck is quite thin. The deck has a QWERTY keyboard with chiclet keys but there's no Numpad. Sadly, for the fans of ROG's Aura RGB lighting system, the Zephyrus G only has an amber-backlit keyboard. The trackpad is extremely accurate and is big enough to get some office work done.

The display has thin bezels on the three outer edges but there's a thick chin at the bottom. And if you haven't seen it already, there's no webcam, which means you will have to buy one if you are into streaming or video conferencing.

When it comes to I/O ports, the Zephyrus G gets the essentials right. The laptop gets a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4, three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0b port, a 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack, a Kensington lock and an RJ-45 jack.

The best part about the ROG Zephyrus G is that despite featuring a premium metallic body and gaming-specific internals, it weighs only 2.2 Kg, which makes it easy to carry around.

Performance: Flawless for an affordable gaming laptop

When it comes to performance, Asus ROG laptops prove themselves every time. And with the Zephyrus G, nothing changes. This laptop offers splendid performance and you can see that right from the display.

The Zephyrus G gets a 15.6-inch vIPS LCD panel with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The panel has a refresh rate of 120Hz which is faster than the usual 60Hz refresh rate most other laptops offer in this price range. The display impresses with great colours and high contrasts but compared to other Zephyrus models, it lacks the punchy colours that we have come to expect from ROG laptops. Viewing angles are wide and it doesn't lose colour accuracy even while viewing it at an angle. The slim bezels help with the immersion whereas the 120Hz refresh rate makes gameplay look smooth.

While the display is good, it's the internal specifications that have the job of rendering the games. As mentioned previously, the ROG Zephyrus G makes use of the latest AMD Ryzen 7-3750H processor that's paired with an Nvidia GTX 1660Ti graphics card with 6GB VRAM. You get 16GB DDR4 RAM as standard but you can expand it to 24GB. As for the storage, there's a 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe 3.0 SSD storage.

These are powerful components for any PC and hence, when it comes to gaming, you are bound to get pretty good gaming experience. The new Ryzen 7 processor ensures fast performance while gaming whereas the Nvidia 1660Ti graphics card lets you play all the latest titles. However, this is a mid-range graphics card and hence, for games like Red Dead Redemption 2, you might need to turn down the graphics settings to get the best results. With lighter games such as F1 2019 and Project Cars 2, you can leave the games at the highest graphics settings and still get decent frame rates of at least above 50 fps consistently. Wolfenstein YoungBlood had to be brought down to medium graphics settings to push the fps above 60.

However, the slim chassis does heat up the body substantially and it is suggested that you should keep the laptop in ventilated surroundings. I didn't notice any major stutter after long gaming sessions but it takes a while for the laptop to cool down once you are done with your gaming.

What also adds to the gaming experience is remarkable audio performance. The Zephyrus G has dual speakers rated at 1W each and in a silent room, they perform quite well. Most of the times, you won't need to plug-in your headphones or external speakers. The audio has meaty mids and clear highs, although it lacks bass.

However, chances are that you might use the Zephyrus G for regular work and it fares quite well there too. The high-end specs make for sublime everyday performance with no lags or stutters while dealing with a dozen tabs in Google Chrome and some folders. The keyboard is comfortable enough for light typing with substantial key travel while the trackpad is accurate with its Windows 10 gesture detection.

And what adds to the Zephyrus G being a good casual laptop is the fact that it gets a big battery that's rated to offer up to 8.8 hours at a stretch. In my daily office usage, while writing stories and uploading via Chrome, the laptop managed to end my day with almost 10 per cent power to spare. Therefore, on average, I found the laptop to last close to 7 hours, if you are cautious with your usage and don't stream music. The 180W charger fills up the battery quite fast.


There aren't many slim gaming laptops you can find under Rs 1 lakh and currently, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G seems like the only option in this category. The thick and bulky laptops will have the Intel Core i7 processor on their side and that could make many choose them over the Asus Zephyrus G. However, the latest generation AMD Ryzen 7 is extremely capable and efficient when it comes to dealing with games and other heavy-duty tasks. Hence, I don't think you can visually see any difference between what the 9th Gen Intel Core i7 offers and the Ryzen 7-3750H.

Then there's the Nvidia GTX 1660Ti graphics card that can host the latest gaming titles with little compromises in quality and frame rates. The thermals are quite efficient too.

However, the main reason you will buy the ROG Zephyrus G is for its slim and light chassis. Not only is it slim and light, but it also offers a premium styling that you will find in more expensive gaming laptops. Hence, at the coffee table, you will steal glances with the Zephyrus G for its svelte looks while you are hard at your gaming or editing sessions.

On the whole, the ROG Zephyrus G at Rs 99,990 is one of the best deals you can secure for yourself if you care for practicality, lightness and premium styling in your gaming laptop.


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Serving political interests in another person's illness is the lowest form of human value. A 70+ y old lady has cancer.

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Serving political interests in another person's illness is the lowest form of human value. A 70+ y old lady has cancer.

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