GX531 15 lightLast August, ASUS Republic of Gamers unleashed a new variant of its Zephyrus gaming laptop, which was at its time, deemed as the slimmest in the world. The new Zephyrus S took the crown. At just 14.95~15.75mm thin, it’s 12% slimmer than the original. and utilizes an all-metal chassis made from a mix of aluminium and magnesium alloy, achieving a perfect balance of weight and durability.

Powerful visuals achieved with a super-narrow-bezel display

BQhkVNczfBJpZwQL setting 000 1 90 end 1000The Zephyrus S boasts a 15.6-inch display that’s squeezed into a 14.2-inch chassis, augmented with slimmer bezels that adds to the immersive experience. It also features 144Hz refresh rate, compared to 120Hz on the original Zephyrus. The 3ms response time ensures reduced blurring and ghosting. It also covers 100% of the sRGB gamut, giving you rich colors, and its wide-viewing angles prevent the picture from appearing washed out when viewing in split screen.

Proprietary cooling to ensure optimal performance

zephyrus s 1The Active Aerodynamic System returns with the Zephyrus S. Now, it draws in more cool air through a special vent that opens underneath the chassis when the lid is lifted. In this case, the AAS intake stretches across the entire back of the laptop, which improves airflow by up to 22% when compared to traditional designs. Additional airflow also comes from the keyboard which uses a forward layout to make room for additional cooling.

Customization with RGB lighting through Aura Sync

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Customizable RGB lighting lets you match the lighting effects or color scheme to the game that you’re playing. The keyboard is composed of four independently illuminated zones, while additional LEDs create a subtle glow inside the AAS vent. With Aura Sync, you can synchronize the effects with compatible peripherals, making it easier to personalize your setup with just a few clicks.

Armoury Crate — the new unified control center

ROG Game Center is now Armoury Crate, a utility that gives you quick access to essential functions: System settings, Aura Sync Lighting, and other options, which can be adjusted on the fly. You can even set up to four custom profiles, and utilize the mobile dashboard for Android or iOS.

Keyboard-forward layout

zephyrus s 5The keyboard on the Zephyrus S isn’t just designed for better cooling, but is also made to allow for a comfortable desktop-like resting position. In addition, Overstroke technology improves responsiveness, giving you that bit of edge over your opponents. The switches are rated for 20 million key presses, and N-key rollover ensures that each press registers precisely, regardless of how many keys are pressed at the same time.

Storage and connectivity

zephyrus s 4The Zephyrus S runs on an Intel Core i7-8750H, along with DDR4 2666MHz RAM, and NVMe storage, and 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi lets you connect to wireless networks with greater than gigabit speeds.

Pricing and Pre-Order

ROG Zephyrus S GX531 Pre Order KVThe ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 will retail for PHP 129,995 and is now available for pre-order with exclusive bundles worth over PhP 6,000. You can place pre-orders here.

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750H Processor 2.2 GHz (9M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 VRAM
MemoryDDR4 8GB (on board) + DDR4 2666MHz 8GB
Display15.6-inch Full HD (1920x1080) IPS-level panel, 144Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB
VR ReadyYes
KeyboardIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard 4-Zone RGB with Aura Sync
Audio2x 2W speakers with smart amplifier technology
Built-in array microphone
SoftwareArmoury Crate
GameFirst V
Sonic Studio
Aura Core
XSplit Gamecaster (Free)
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (USB-C )
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (USB-C )
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
Power180W Power adaptor
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
Dimensions360 x 268 x 14.95~15.75mm
Bundled PeripheralsROG Impact Gaming Mouse

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.