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ROG Strix G18 (2024)
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Updated February 26, 2024·

When choosing between the ASUS ROG and the Lenovo ThinkPad, consider that the ASUS is built for high-end gaming and demanding tasks, offering robust performance and a high refresh rate display, but it can be heavy and have shorter battery life. The ThinkPad, on the other hand, is designed for business users with a focus on durability, better battery longevity, and a more professional look, yet it might not match the ASUS in raw graphical performance, making it less favorable for gaming or graphics-intensive software. Select based on whether your priority is gaming/engineering power or balanced performance with business features. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024)
  • Excellent for engineering and design
  • Excellent for gaming and AI
Advantages of the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16
  • Very good overall build quality
  • Good portability
  • Excellent keyboard

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

9.0
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
ThinkPad Z16
6.9
9.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.9/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
3840 x 2400
240Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.2/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
8.0/10
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) is excellent for gaming and AI, while the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 is only fair.

Engineering and Design

9.2
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
ThinkPad Z16
8.0
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.4/10
9.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.9/10
32.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) is excellent for engineering and design, while the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 is very good.

Screen Quality

8.7
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
ThinkPad Z16
8.5
18.0in
SIZE
16.0in
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
3840 x 2400
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
OLED
240Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
422.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
393.0 nits
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 has a better screen than the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 for gaming and AI, and content creation, while the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 has a better screen for general use, and engineering and design.

Battery

8.0 Hours
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
ThinkPad Z16
7.0 Hours
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 has 8 hours of battery life. The Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 has 7 hours of battery life.

Portability

Poor
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
ThinkPad Z16
Good
18.0in
SIZE
16.0in
6.6 lbs
WEIGHT
4.2 lbs
1.0in
THICKNESS
0.6in
The Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 has good portability, while the ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) has poor portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$2,249
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
ThinkPad Z16
$1,606
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$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

The ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) has a price of $2,249 and the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 costs $1,606.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.7
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
ThinkPad Z16
8.6
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
3840 x 2400
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
OLED
422.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
393.0 nits
8.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
7.0 Hours
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
5.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.8/10
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) and Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 are both very good for general use.

Content Creation

8.9
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
ThinkPad Z16
8.5
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.4/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
3840 x 2400
32.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
OLED
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) and Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 are both very good for content creation.

Software Development

8.6
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
ThinkPad Z16
8.4
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.4/10
32.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
3840 x 2400
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) and Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 are both very good for software development.

Build Quality

7.8
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
ThinkPad Z16
8.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 to have very good build quality, while the ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) has good build quality.

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How the ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) and the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024)Lenovo ThinkPad Z16
ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024)Lenovo ThinkPad Z16

GENERAL

Price
$2,249
$1,606
Release Date
January 1, 2024May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
15.7'' x 11.6'' x 1.06''14'' x 9.4'' x 0.62''
Weight
6.61 lbs4.27 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-14900HXAMD Ryzen 7 6850H
Graphics
RTX 4070 (140 W)RX 6500M (55 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
YesNo
RAM
32 GB32 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours7 Hours
Battery Capacity
90 Wh72 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
18"16"
Display Technology
IPSOLED
Resolution
2560 x 16003840 x 2400
Refresh Rate
240Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
422 nits393 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.8/108/10
Portability Score
5.7/107.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesNo
Fan Noise Score
7.3/108/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGBWhite
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8/109/10
Speaker Quality Score
9.6/109.6/10
Webcam
720p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
NoYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
20
USB-C ports
23
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
33
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024)

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Florian Glaser | March 2023
"With the ROG Strix G18, Asus has made an almost consistently good debut in the still quite new 18-inch laptop segment. The base unit case shows a few signs of weakness in the area of stability and is something which has an effect on the perceived quality of the input devices (the chassis tends to rattle a bit). Nevertheless, thanks to generous port features (incl. Thunderbolt 4), a striking design, and extensive lighting (keyboard, LED strip on the front), gamers get a fitting gaming platform."

Lenovo ThinkPad Z16

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Matthew S. Smith | September 2022
"Lenovo’s ThinkPad Z16 tries has some success in its effort to tweak the ThinkPad formula. The laptop is attractive, yet still tame, and material quality is on par with the best Windows competition. I also like the smooth, responsive haptic touchpad and the wide range of modern connectivity. Yet the Z16 doesn’t fix ThinkPad’s typical weakness: value. Starting around $1,550, and more typically near $1,700, the Z16 finds itself facing alternatives that have better performance or an improved display for the same price, or less."

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About ASUS

ASUS, a Taiwanese electronics brand, is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. The majority of their laptops are targeted towards personal use or gaming. Their most popular product lines include the budget-friendly VivoBook, more premium ZenBook, and their TUF and ROG gaming laptops, the latter of which has a reputation for excellent gaming performance.

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a Chinese technology company, and one of the largest personal computer vendor. They are well known for a variety of technology products, including laptops. Their consumer series include their entry level IdeaPad and LOQ series and mid-to-high-end Yoga and Legion series. On the business-oriented side, their series include their entry-level ThinkBook series and mid-to-high-end ThinkPad series. Lenovo laptops offer strong performance for reasonable prices, and are often on sale.

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