Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603HR) Review: Have Slim and Light Gaming Laptops Finally Arrived?

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16

Gaming PCs have a colossal market in India, particularly now that retail top of the line work area PC segments are more diligently to purchase than at any other time. Numerous individuals have picked gaming PCs over work areas since they incline toward conservative, flexible machines that can serve for fill in just as diversion, however there have frequently been limits as far as equipment force and drenching. Presently, another class of gaming PCs is arising, on account of new equipment that considers significantly better execution in thin, viable workstations. We’re currently seeing the development of another class with 16-inch 1440p showcases, because of the most recent CPUs and GPUs having the option to drive this goal without forfeiting quality.

For the new ROG Zephyrus M16, Asus has utilized Intel’s eleventh Gen versatile H-series CPUs and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30-series portable GPUs which were both declared. Costs start at Rs. 1,44,990 in India which unquestionably makes this a superior gaming PC. What’s generally fascinating about this PC is the means by which thin and light it is notwithstanding its enormous screen and top-end determinations. We’ll see whether its plan compromises ease of use, or regardless of whether the present equipment really implies that super-massive gaming PCs are relics of days gone by.

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603HR) plan

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Review

On the off chance that the M16 assignment sounds new, that is on the grounds that the organization has dispatched this model to supplant the active Zephyrus M15 (GU502). In any case, the Zephyrus M16 is quite more modest than it’s anything but, a couple of millimeters less in width and profundity. The thickness remains something similar at 19.9mm, and weight is likewise unaltered at 1.9kg. By gaming PC guidelines, this is incredibly smooth. You wouldn’t experience a lot of difficulty driving with this PC in a knapsack in case you’re an understudy or expert.

Motivated by the Zephyrus G-series, the new M16 has an example of thousands of small punctured openings across the greater part of its matte dark top. The three-sided fix cuts across the cover corner to corner, and from a distance it simply resembles an alternate surface. Nonetheless, this is certainly not a miniature LED spot cluster. As you approach the PC, you’ll see shining rainbow impact through the openings on account of a “kaleidoscopic” layer underneath them. You’ll see this light impact at specific points and it appears to move as you slant the cover or move your head around. It’s a striking look, yet the disadvantage is that the openings can get dusty rapidly. Finger smears are likewise very noticeable across the top.

With the cover flipped up, you’ll see the new 16-inch screen which isn’t just greater however has a 16:10 perspective proportion. Asus has almost wiped out the jaw, yet fortunately there’s room at the top for a webcam in its optimal position. The side boundaries are just 4.6mm thick, and the general screen-to-body proportion is a momentous 94 percent.

The pivot permits the showcase to go as far back as 180 degrees. Similarly as with numerous Asus PCs, the lower half of the PC gets raised when the top is raised, which assists with wind current just as composing solace. On the drawback, the top does twist and flex a lot, and there’s noticeable distorting on screen when a little pressing factor is applied. Asus has discarded the goliath enlightened ROG logo that the past model had, and rather there’s a considerably more inconspicuous fix in one corner of the external cover, and no marking at all within.

On the lower half of the body, you’ll see an island-style console with RGB backdrop illumination. speaker grilles and a great deal of room on one or the other side. Asus has dumped the section of devoted paging keys to the right which implies the console and trackpad are presently focused with one another and the bolt keys have more space to move around. Oddly, there are no Insert or PrintScrn keys. Taking screen captures is very awkward (you can in any case call up the Windows Snipping Tool with Win+Shift+S or utilize the Fn+F6 combo on this console to save to the clipboard, or utilize the Xbox game bar to save a record, yet it turns into a multi-step measure).

The force button has a coordinated finger impression sensor, which Asus strangely doesn’t call attention to anyplace. You can set it up through the Windows Settings application however it is not difficult to not understand that this is an element. There are additionally committed volume and mic quiet fastens which do prove to be useful. The force, charging and SSD action LEDs on the upper edge are set so they’re noticeable when the top is shut. Sadly, they’re additionally exceptionally splendid and reflect off the screen. The movement LED, which continues blazing, is particularly distracing.

The trackpad is particularly enormous. It tends to be actually clicked, and its surface feels incredible. There’s no place to rest your wrists when utilizing it since it stretches out right to the lip of the lower deck. To the sides of the trackpad, the deck is canvassed in a delicate touch finish.

Every one of the ports are set towards the front of the PC, to take into account huge vents farther back on the sides. On the left, you have the DC power gulf, HDMI 2.0b yield, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 10Gbps USB 3.2 (Gen 2) Type-An and Type-C ports, another Type-C Thunderbolt 4 port, and a 3.5mm sound attachment. On the right, you’ll discover a 5Gbps USB 3.2 (Gen 1) Type-A port, a microSD card space, and a Kensington lock opening. You can get DisplayPort 1.4 video yield and you can even energize this PC at to 100W through both the Type-C ports.

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603HR) details

Intel’s 10nm ‘Tiger Lake’ engineering has moved on from super thin PCs to gaming and fan class corona items. For this section, you get more centers and higher TDP evaluations which means higher clock speeds for more under load. Strangely, the CPUs in this fragment have a lot more vulnerable incorporated GPUs, however this isn’t an issue since there’s a discrete GPU to do the majority of the truly difficult work in any case. One thing to note about the higher 45W max TDP rating is that genuine exhibition is totally subject to every PC OEM’s warm plan – this spec alone is no assurance of execution.

In India, The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603HR) is accessible with either a Core i9-11900H or Core i7-11800H, the two of which have eight centers and Hyper-Threading. Other than higher clock speeds, the principle benefit of the Core i9 is Turbo Boost Max 3.0 help, which you can find out about in our work area ‘Rocket Lake’ eleventh Gen Core i9-11900K audit. This age presents PCIe 4.0 for quicker associations with SSDs and the GPU.

On the designs front, Asus offers the new Zephyrus M16 with either a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, RTX 3060, or RTX 3070 versatile GPU. Versatile GPUs have conveyed various degrees of execution in various PCs with similar particulars on account of warm imperatives, and with this age Nvidia is necessitating that PC producers reveal more granular data. You can check the real clock paces and force utilization focuses of every variation on Asus’ item posting page.

The top-end variation that I have for audit includes the Core i9-11900H, which is timed at 2.5GHz with a greatest lift speed of 4.9GHz, and furthermore the GeForce RTX 3070 with a 1390MHz lift speed, 80-100W warm envelope, and 8GB of devoted GDDR6 memory. My unit likewise includes a 2TB Samsung NVMe SSD and 32GB of DDR4-RAM, of which 16GB is fastened and the rest is a removable module. This setup is evaluated at Rs. 2,29,990 in India. You can pry off the lower part of this PC to overhaul the one SO-DIMM module for up to 48GB of RAM altogether, and there’s likewise a second unfilled M.2 space for another NVMe SSD.

The 16-inch screen has a strange 16:10 goal, which is really extraordinary for efficiency and helps increment secreen size without making the PC’s body more extensive. The 2560×1600 goal (WQXGA) “IPS-level” board has a 165Hz revive rate and 3ms reaction time. Asus claims 100% DCI-P3 shading range inclusion and Pantone approval, however there’s no sign of pinnacle splendor. Fortunately, the board has a matte surface and isn’t exceptionally intelligent. Shockingly, there’s no 4K alternative like previously.

Notwithstanding its slimness, this PC has a 90WH battery. A fairly huge 240W charger comes in the case. You get a 720p webcam, mouthpiece exhibit, and speaker arrangement with two 2W tweeters and two 2W woofers. There’s additionally Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.2.

Curiously, Asus as of now says that a Windows 11 update rollout plan will start in late 2021. Asus’ Armory Crate and MyAsus utilities come preinstalled and furthermore should be refreshed. The previous allows you to apply execution profiles, change the RGB console lighting, change mouthpiece properties, and screen shading temperature, while the last allows you to download a client manual and shows some battery wellbeing choices, and cell phone document move and screen sharing choices (on the off chance that you additionally run the MyAsus portable application).

It appears to be somewhat repetitive to have two separate applications, particularly since both likewise show “arrangements” and advancements. I did likewise see a spring up advertisement for an Asus service contract. McAfee LiveSafe is likewise preinstalled, and it once in a while shows messages requesting that you enroll and buy in, or empower certain highlights.

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603HR) execution

One little obstruction to utilization was the way that this PC ships with a force line that has a huge 16A attachment, and the vast majority’s homes aren’t wired for 16A apparatuses in helpful spots. My unit came running Windows 10 (20H2), and in the wake of applying every single accessible update and fixes, it was prepared for testing. In ordinary use, and for efficiency, the Zephyrus M16 end up being very adaptable. The high-res 16:10 screen is a delight to deal with, making performing various tasks simple. You can change the default 150% Windows scaling to 125 percent in the event that you need much more usable land.

Asus has executed a solitary touch highlight that stores your finger impression when you press the force button so you don’t have to reach over to it again when Windows 10 presents you with the login screen. Lamentably, the sensor didn’t fill in just as the ones on telephones that we’re all currently used to, in my experience. It’s anything but a more drawn out or second touch.

The console is firm and springy without being uproarious. It’s quite agreeable and key travel is generally excellent. The absence of a PrintScrn key is gigantically baffling. The whole console is one single RGB backdrop illumination zone and there are a couple of decisions of lighting examples, tones, and power, in addition to adjusting with other viable equipment. Trackpad situation is acceptable and it’s huge enough to make multi-finger signals helpful.

I discovered the screen slightly dull, and you’ll need to push the brilliance up in case you’re working or gaming with a ton of daylight around. Tones don’t pop like they would on some top of the line buyer workstations, which is presumably something beneficial for shading delicate work. The video watching experience is as yet incredible, particularly with 4K substance. The speakers produce shockingly fresh and open sound, however it isn’t particularly uproarious and the bass is somewhat deficient.

Beginning with broadly useful benchmarks, the solid PCMark 10 showed scores of 6,950 and 8,792 in its norm and Extended runs. Cinebench R20 oversaw 606 and 5,407 focuses in its single-and multi-center tests separately. POVRay’s render test finished in 1 moment, 1 second, and the more current V-Ray brenchmark showed CPU and GPU render scores of 15,592 and 429 separately.

CrystalDiskMark detailed exceptionally noteworthy SSD speeds – 7100.1MBps and 5262.1MBPs consecutive peruses and composes, with 2365.8MBps and 2148.8MBps arbitrary peruses and composes individually. Concerning genuine situations, the Zephyrus M16 required 1 moment, 43 seconds to pack a 3.24GB organizer of arranged records, and only 35 seconds to transcode a 1.3GB AVI document to H.265.

3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme tests hurled scores of 9,096 and 4,527 separately. The DX12 Port Royal grade was 5,509. Concerning highlight tests, DirectX Ray Tracing showed a score of 23.74fps, while the DLSS test scene ran at 25.12fps with DLSS off and 58.93fps with it on. Unigine’s independent Superposition designs benchmark oversaw 5,906 focuses utilizing its 1080p Extreme preset.

Numerous games run at the Zephyrus M16’s local 2560×1600 goal, so correlations with PCs with more standard 2560×1440 boards should consider this slight added load. Shadow of the Tomb Raider upholds RTX beam following and DLSS, so it’s a decent game to begin with. At the Highest quality preset at 2560×1600 and with beam following handicapped, its underlying benchmark gave us a normal of 71fps. Setting beam followed shadows to ‘Great’ brought that down altogether to 45fps. To redress, I empowered DLSS, and that brought about a normal score of 54fps. You’ll need to choose what quality tradeoffs you’re alright with.

Metro Exodus likewise has a repeatable and reliable implicit benchmark with a RTX preset which utilizes the Ultra quality preset, High beam following impacts quality, and DLSS. At 1920×1080, the normal casing rate was 53.44 percent. Utilizing similar settings, yet with beam following and DLSS impaired, the normal came to 62.3fps which implies by and by, the punishment for utilizing beam following isn’t too high, however a few group may think that its value crippling.

Next up for in-game benchmarks, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey conveyed a normal of 52fps at 2560×1600 with Ultra High designs. Long ways 5 found the middle value of 96fps at 1920×1200 and 82fps at 2560×1600, utilizing the Ultra quality preset at the two goals. Center Earth: Shadow of War likewise oversaw 97fps at 1920×1200 and 72fps at 2560×1600, both at Ultra quality. These games show that the Zephyrus M16 will be very useful for somewhat more seasoned titles that don’t have beam following impacts or need DLSS.

I additionally played through a couple of games physically for some time. Control is a well known RTX-empowered title. Beam following impacts were set to High, just like the general quality preset. DLSS of course delivers at 1707×1067 to upscale to 2560×1600 which is approximately a 1.5X scale. At these settings, I had the option to average between 45-55fps. Debilitating beam following yet leaving DLSS on promptly made a leap 70-80fps.

Destruction Eternal has quite recently been refreshed to help beam following and DLSS. This game for the most part runs well even on lower-end equipment. At Ultra Nightmare quality, utilizing the local 2560×1600 goal, execution went from 80-100fps without beam following, contingent upon how unglued fights were. That dropped significantly to 30-50fps with beam following empowered. Strangely, DLSS really made execution plunge well underneath 30fps causing radical stammer – this may be a secluded encounter or a bug with the just-delivered RTX usefulness.

The Zephyrus M16 runs rather hot when focused, and even now and then while standing by, portions of the body get warm. The upper line, unique finger impression sensor, center right of the console, and wrist rest region do get decently hot. The top edge of the PC’s lower half, where hot air is launched out through the pivot, can turn out to be too hot to even consider contacting for over a second. Asus says it’s anything but a fluid metal warm interface between the cooler and the CPU and GPU chips, and it has additionally upgraded the PC’s fans to be more effective. The fans are still very boisterous – you’ll hear them when running any hefty responsibility. You’ll utilize an outside mouse for most gaming circumstances, yet things can in any case get awkward. This survey was led in a non-airconditioned room, so your experience may shift.

With respect to battery life, you wouldn’t expect the entire day efficiency from a gaming PC. The Zephyrus M16 figured out how to last just around 5-6 hours on a full accuse of customary regular work, which incorporated some video web based and a lot of hefty Web pages open in different tabs. The hefty Battery Eater Pro test ran for just 60 minutes, 42 minutes, which is just about OK.


Asus has made a decent attempt to convey top of the line gaming execution in an exceptionally thin and light bundle. The organization has prevailed somely – only a couple years prior, you’d have needed to drag around a strict bag in the event that you needed this degree of execution. With the Zephyrus M16, that heap boils down to 2kg. You can indeed run the present most requesting games at truly sensible settings, and that too at a goal more noteworthy than 1080p on a huge, vivid presentation.

The particulars are amazing, yet the cost is very high as well. I like the assortment and number of physical ports, in addition to the way that the SSD and one RAM module are client replaceable, which means potential for updates. 16:10 presentations are an uncommon joy nowadays, and Asus has picked a decent board for this section.

All things considered, things aren’t great. The greatest drawback of the Zephyrus M16 is that it gets awkwardly hot and distractingly boisterous. The requirement for a 16A electrical plug will raise some ruckus for individuals, and there are a couple niggles like the ineffectively positioned status LEDs and popups from the preinstalled programming.

Utilizing an outside console and mouse would deal with the actual inconvenience (and absence of certain keys), you actually have a truly compact gaming or multi-reason machine. In the event that you can live with some trade offs and like the possibility of a thin and light gaming PC, this may be a decent decision. I actually desire to see Asus and other organizations utilize these new CPUs and GPUs in PCs that aren’t as style cognizant, with beefier cooling frameworks, for the individuals who need execution and convenience without stressing over looks.

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