ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16

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BEST RATING
Keyboard Quality:
4.7
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.1/10
GAMING/AI: Very Good8.2/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.6/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.8/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.3/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.4/10
BATTERY: Good7.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.3/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.6/10
SIZE: 16"

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 is a higher-end laptop with a robust build, offering powerful performance suitable for demanding tasks such as gaming, 3D rendering, machine learning, and engineering software. It features top-tier components like an Intel i9 processor and Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti graphics card for excellent speed and graphics. Despite its high performance capability, the device is not particularly light or thin, affecting its portability. Battery life might not be its strongest suit, especially when running intensive tasks. The tradeoff here is between high performance for demanding applications and the ease of mobility plus long battery life found in less powerful laptops. It also comes with a higher price tag, reflective of its advanced specifications. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • High-resolution screen
  • Robust graphics performance
  • Capable i9 processor
  • Solid build quality
  • Good port selection
Cons
  • Heavier for portability
  • Moderate battery life
  • No touchscreen available
  • No number pad on keyboard

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.
Engineering & Design:
4.6
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 is equipped with a high-performance Intel i9 CPU and Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti GPU, making it adept at handling demanding engineering and design software. Its IPS display boasts a high resolution and pixel density, offering crisp visuals and accurate colors essential for design precision.
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.
Gaming & AI:
4.5
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 is excellent for gaming and 3D tasks due to its powerful Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti GPU, which can handle demanding graphics, and its high screen refresh rate of 165 Hz, ensuring smooth motion and gameplay visuals. The CPU and high-quality IPS display enhance the overall experience, although they are of secondary importance compared to the GPU and refresh rate.
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 Screen Quality:
4.5
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.
General Use:
4.4
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 is good for general use because its high-quality CPU and ample RAM ensure excellent performance for everyday tasks, while the high-resolution, color-accurate screen enhances visual experiences. Despite its potent specs, it remains fairly portable with a reasonable weight and a battery that supports typical usage well, though there are trade-offs in noise and warmth under load.
Software Development:
4.4
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.
Battery Life:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
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
$1,798
Release Date
April 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.6'' x 0.78''
Weight
4.41 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-12900H
Graphics
RTX 3070 Ti (120 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours
Battery Capacity
90 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
165Hz
Display Brightness
481 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
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Version
4

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Christian Hintze | March 2023
"The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 is not yet as optimised as its predecessor. Compared to the previous gen, performance and efficiency have improved significantly. What's more, the wonderful, Mini-LED Nebula display is a contender for the main highlight and almost manages to put the CPU and GPU in the shade. We already found its predecessor to be a well-rounded and well-optimised gaming machine. Generally, but not unequivocally, that also applies to the new Asus M16. Similar to most of the current, new laptops, we are dealing with a double generational leap in terms of the CPU and GPU. However, this change doesn't always run smoothly."

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