Asus Zephyrus M16 – All that you want
The ROG Zephyrus series of laptops are designed primarily for gamers. And everyone else who needs a laptop with luxurious performance. This new version has been an improved and perfected version of the models that won our great sympathies last year. In the new format, with fresh hardware, fantastic workmanship. It represents the dream come true of a large number of potential customers. What does the new ASUS laptop bring into practice?
We are not sure how it works. But from generation to generation we see a lot of essential improvements. But also a lot of small “tricks” with which ASUS ROG laptops manage to win over audiences around the world. Based on the latest generation of Intel and Nvidia hardware. The ROG Zephyrus M16 arrives in a relatively compact edition. Which comes non-standard (in the good sense of the word) with a 16: 10 aspect ratio screen, which gives more space in height. It is beautiful to the eye, has gorgeous performance, great work pleasure. But let’s go in order.
We usually find that the product is expensive for expensive laptops. But this time we went further. The first thing that will catch the eye is through the diagonal “holes” that shine in various colors thanks to the implemented film. Creating an effect similar to LED lighting – although it does not exist. It’s 8279 holes – we didn’t count, we believe ASUS’s word. Changing colors from red to yellow… or blue is an amazing effect that is achieved without any consumption of energy, and therefore no battery. Screening cannot be portrayed in pictures just like that. But the real impression is gained only when watching live.
The case itself is very solid, it looks extremely reliable. And at the same time compact. The black color dominates, thanks to which the ROG Zephyrus M16 can be comfortably “sneaked” into an office. It would be completely in the element. At the rear, there are large exhausts from which warm air comes out. While I / O ports are arranged on the sides. The laptop is solid, there is no guesswork. Impression on hand – great!
The screen is the star of the laptop in every sense. Its ultra-thin frames result in a screen coverage of as much as 94 percent! In addition, it is a 16-inch screen inserted into the body of the “fifteen”. Which makes the overall experience even more pronounced. The aforementioned 16:10 aspect ratio means that Zephyrus offers more space in height. Which many will no doubt warmly welcome. But that is just the beginning. The screen is an IPS (500 nits), with a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels.
Keyboard and Touchpad
No, it’s not the end. There is also 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut with the Pantone color accuracy certificate. So the laptop is equally oriented towards content creators and can easily find its place on the table of professional users, not just gamers. The keyboard and touchpad complete the impression of the laptop’s exterior. The large touchpad covered with glass is characterized fast response. As well as an increase in dimensions compared to the previous generation of Zephyrus computers by 20 percent for easier control. The keyboard has Silent Switch switches, so it is quite quiet in operation. But also feels great when typing, especially due to the stroke depth of 1.7 mm.
There is also support for N-key rollover and Overstrike. So there is no fear of losing control in the event of a large number of keys pressed simultaneously. The keyboard itself does not have a numeric part. Which is probably better than being forcibly inserted. And because of that the quality of the keyboard itself and the available space suffers. The backlight can be adjusted from the built-in Armory Crate software. Which in turn can be called up via one of the four shortcut keys on the top of the keyboard.
An important item of a gaming laptop, but also any desktop replacement configuration, is its hardware. ASUS is opting for the best that chip manufacturers have to offer. And this time the choice fell on the Intel + Nvidia combination. The octa-core Intel Core i9-11900H is a 45 W processor that runs in the range of 2.5 to 4.9 GHz. While in the case of a load on all cores, their clock speed can go up to 4.5 GHz. CPUs are characterized by excellent performance. After all, there is nothing better than an Intel kitchen.
ASUS has taken advantage of advanced cooling solutions here as well. Including Thermal Grizzly with a paste based on liquid metal. Large coolers expel excess heat from the rear, with a Self-Cleaning Cooling 2.0 function that includes the presence of tunnels that prevent the accumulation of dust. The relatively thin housings do not leave too much space for cooling. But ASUS has also managed to improve the coolers used by the Zephyrus M16 laptop.
But probably the most important component of something called a ROG is a graphics card. Specifically, in the system. We find the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 model with 8 GB of its GDDR6 memory. The games work fantastically, and a special treat comes in the form of support for Ray Tracing. A technology that makes games look much better and which is increasingly supported by a large number of games. If we add to that DLSS which can drastically increase the number of images per second (additional advantage – QHD resolution of the laptop). We have a fantastic combination that is the dream of every gamer.
The computer has as much as 32 GB of DDR4-3200 memory! A 2 TB NVMe SSD, signed by Samsung, has been implemented and delivers fantastic speeds in real life. Windows 10 works fantastically, just like games. And it should be said that it supports a large number of connectors and ports. The exact list of which you can see in the specification table. Asus’s speakers are also worth highlighting, as they complete the multimedia experience. ASUS has made an effort. So we find four speakers – two “tweeters” and two “woofers”, which bring high quality for the domain of laptop speakers. Which is confirmed by both Hi-Res and Dolby Atmos technologies. For maximum enjoyment, you can always plug in headphones, of course.
You can control all of the above using the Armory Crate software. It contains many options for monitoring operating parameters and changing and optimizing them. All options are available and clear to you. Various scenarios change the behavior in terms of thermal characteristics, work culture, but also reaching a certain level of performance. ASUS uses a large four-cell 90 Wh battery in this laptop. We have achieved almost seven hours of work in undemanding mode. More than enough to use Zephyrus on an occasional battery.
In the end, it should be pointed out that we were dealing with a representative model. The whose selling price will be as much as 2,800 euros! But there will be something more affordable, and equally good options. With an Intel Core i7 processor, where you lose virtually nothing from performance. For the RTX 3060 graphics, the expected price should be around 2000 euros. And that CPU will be available with this RTX 3070 graphics, which is probably the ideal combination. It should be added that with all Zephyrus models.
ASUS has positioned its ROG Zephyrus M16 so that it is an offer that is very difficult to resist if you belong to the target group with the appropriate ability to pay. While there seem to be plenty of gaming laptops on offer. It’s all at least a class below what ASUS offers. The only real competitors would be other ROG laptops, based on AMD chips. The Zephyrus M16 has shown why ASUS leads the market in the gaming laptop segment and why the most demanding users appreciate it so much. It is a computer that received our warm recommendations.