ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15

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BEST RATING
Keyboard Quality:
4.7
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.0/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.6/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.1/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.5/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.1/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.5/10
BATTERY: Good7.9/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.9/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.1/10
SIZE: 15.6"

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 is positioned as a midrange laptop that excels in gaming and performance-intensive tasks thanks to its AMD Ryzen 9 processor and Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics card. Its 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage should be sufficient for most users. The 15.6-inch display offers a high-quality IPS panel with a sharp 2560 x 1440 resolution and a fast 165Hz refresh rate, making it ideal for both detailed work and fast-paced gaming, though it isn't touchscreen-equipped. With a high battery capacity, it promises long usage times, but the trade-off is a weight that is less favorable for frequent travel. It has an excellent keyboard, several USB-C ports, and supports Ethernet and USB-C charging. It doesn't have a webcam which can be a significant drawback for remote work or video conferencing needs. Launched in May 2021, with Windows 11 Home pre-installed, it also features a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint reader, and is optimized with hardware ray tracing and DLSS for gaming. The Zephyrus G15 also offers good heat management and build quality, making it a durable choice. It's a laptop that seems to meet the needs of gamers or professionals in fields such as engineering and 3D rendering but is less portable and may not suit those who need a light machine for everyday carry or who rely on built-in webcams. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








Evaluation

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Pros
  • High screen refresh rate
  • Strong general performance
  • Excellent keyboard quality
  • Good build quality
  • Effective heat management
Cons
  • Webcam quality is poor
  • Weighs over four pounds
  • No Ethernet port
  • Moderate fan noise

Ratings by Category

Keyboard Quality:
4.7
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Build Quality:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Engineering & Design:
4.5
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 is well-suited for engineering and design use because it features a powerful AMD Ryzen 9 CPU, ample 16GB of RAM, and a high-performance Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU which are crucial for resource-intensive tasks. Additionally, the laptop's high-resolution IPS display ensures sharp images and accurate colors, essential for design precision and detail-oriented engineering work.
Content Creation:
4.5
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use:
4.4
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 is outstanding for general use due to its high-performing CPU and substantial RAM, which ensure smooth multitasking and fast operation, alongside a high-quality screen that offers vivid colors and sharp resolution. Additionally, its lightweight design and long battery life make it highly portable and suitable for extended use without the need for frequent charging.
Battery Life:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.4
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Gaming & AI:
4.3
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 is equipped with a high-end Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics processing unit that excels in rendering complex 3D images and providing a smooth gaming experience, and it also boasts a high screen refresh rate of 165Hz for fluid visuals in fast-paced scenes.
Software Development:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Portability:
4.2
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Operating Noise:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,557
Release Date
May 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.6'' x 0.78''
Weight
4.19 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
Graphics
RTX 3070 (95 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
4

BATTERY

Battery Life
9.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
90 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1440
Refresh Rate
165Hz
Display Brightness
309 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Portability Score
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7.5/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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6.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGB
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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9/10
Speaker Quality Score
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9.5/10
Webcam
No Webcam
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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Florian Glaser | February 2021
"As long as you're aware of the fact that the GeForce RTX 3080 laptop version can only unfold its potential to a limited extent due to Asus's low TDP setting and that it can be slower than a fast RTX 3070 laptop, the ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q cuts a fine figure. One of the biggest highlights turns out to be the WQHD panel, since it attracts customers with 165 Hz, relatively fast response times, FreeSync, and good color-space coverage. Other selling points are the surprisingly rich sound, the long battery life, and the sleek design. In terms of looks, the white edition stands out nicely from the competition."

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