ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603H Review
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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603H Review
Intel took its time with the Tiger Lake Core H45 11th Gen hardware update, but it’s finally available and most OEMs are now launching new products built on this platform.
The 2021 Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is one of these new launches, and certainly one that will attract a lot of attention and potential buyers in the coming months.
This is for the most part built on the same chassis we tested in the AMD-based 2021 Zephyrus G15, with the magnesium shell and Ergolift form factor, but this time it’s an Intel exclusive, is available in black (and white) ), and gets three major upgrades over the G15 series: a 16:10 narrow bezel display, QHD resolution, 165Hz refresh, and 100% DCI-P3 color, a camera at the top of this screen and Thunderbolt 4 support. Asus has also placed a slightly different RGB keyboard here than on the G15, but the screen and hardware platform are the big novelties.
As far as this article goes, this is a preview of the Zephyrus M16 series, based on my time with this pre-release copy illustrated here. I’ll go into the design, build and ergonomics, the great 16:10 display, the typing experience and the hardware specs, but we won’t go into detail at this point in terms of performance as this isn’t a final release unit.
We are still waiting for a good rating unit and we will follow up with an updated article as soon as we get it.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 has almost every design element you expect from a gaming game laptop. What’s impressive is that the company has managed to fit all of these while keeping the form factor and weight in check. The laptops weighs 1.9 kilograms and is 19.9 mm thick. This is pretty impressive for a powerful gaming machine that packs such great hardware.
I’m sure you’ll love the mostly laptop in one place for gaming, but it’s also relatively easy to carry around. That may not be a major selling point in today’s world, but it certainly adds value in normal circumstances, especially if you’re a student or a working professional.
The lid is very similar to the Zephyrus G15 I had previously tested. It has small perforated holes scattered across the matte black lid in a triangular patch. Asus calls this the asymmetric dot-matrix design created using a precision CNC milling process that creates 8279 perfectly spaced perforations.
It has placed a prismatic film under these pores that gives a shimmering effect when the light hits the surface from different angles. It gives the laptop a nice view from a distance. The effect changes if you tilt the lid or look at it from different angles. The laptop catches a lot of fingerprints despite the matte finish and keeping it clean can be a huge challenge.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 features the iconic ErgoLift hinge that the laptop screen slightly when the lid is open. It gives you a comfortable angle to work with, which is also useful while streaming videos. The hinge also ensures that the screen can be tilted back up to 180 degrees.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 features a 16-inch screen with an unusual 16:10 resolution. The display has a 2560 × 1600 resolution (WQXGA) IPS level panel with a refresh rate of 165 Hz and a response time of 3 ms. The display also has 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and Pantone validation. The panel is not highly reflective, which is good for streaming and gaming.
This is one of the rear laptops where Asus has almost removed the chin with all four sides featuring slender 4.6mm bezels. The overall screen-to-body ratio is 94 percent, which is quite impressive. The laptop maker has found room for a webcam. That’s something it dumped on a few other games laptops.
The screen size gives you enough space to stream content or play games without any problems. The high-quality content looks nice here laptop and provides a good viewing experience. However, the peak brightness could have been better. Asus hasn’t given a rating for peak brightness, but it definitely lacks a punch.
Another thing that could have gone better with the bright screen are the speakers. That was a problem with many laptops recently. The sound is okay, but not just loud enough.
I just found the screen a bit dull, and you’ll have to push the brightness up when you are working or gaming with a lot of sunlight nearby. Colors don’t stand out as they would on a high-end consumer laptops, which is probably a good thing for color sensitive work. The video viewing experience is still great, especially with 4K content. The speakers produce surprisingly clear and open sound, although it’s not particularly loud and the bass is quite lacking.
Let’s start with the keyboard, the trackpad. There’s plenty of space between the keys and they don’t make much noise, which is an added bonus. The keyboard has RGB backlighting with little choice of lighting patterns and colors. You won’t run out of space while typing on the Zephyrus M16. The same goes for the trackpad. It offers plenty of room to work with and is responsive too. One important thing missing here is the print screen button and that can be very annoying sometimes.
Asus has also used a single-touch feature for reading fingerprints. In short, you just need to touch the power button once to unlock the screen. However, it is not very consistent and requires multiple attempts on many occasions.
The laptop is more than capable of taking on your daily workload. The loading time for apps is very short, you don’t feel any lag when switching between menus and the fan makes no noise on a normal working day. I opened multiple tabs while working on the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 with music playing in the background and managed to work seamlessly.
But you will witness the real potential of this machine while gaming. I have played many game titles including Forza Horizon 4, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Just Cause 4, Fifa 21, Far Cry 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. I have played most of these games on the highest possible graphics setting and have not encountered any performance related issues. The games ran quite smoothly and the experience was enhanced by the brilliant screen Asus has used.
I also ran some benchmark tests on the ROG Zephyrus M16. The base PCMark 10 gave me scores of 6,943 and 8,823 respectively in its standard and extended runs. Meanwhile, 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme tests showed scores of 9,091 and 4,463, respectively.
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