If you’re a gaming fanatic, a powerful processor and graphics are the most important factors to consider when buying a gaming laptop. ASUS has always been at the forefront of delivering powerful laptops for gamers. Last year, the company wowed fans with the thin and light Zephyrus G14 featuring AMD’s Ryzen 4000 processor. If you thought the ROG Zephyrus G14 was mind-blowing, wait until you lay your hands on its larger sibling, Asus ROG Zephyrus G15.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 Review: Price and Availability
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 is available and currently retails at $1,499 / £1,599 / AU$2,599. This is the base model that comes with a Ryzen 7 5800HS processor, an RTX 3060 GPU, and 16GB dual-channel RAM. In the US, each model features the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU.
The high-end models bump the configurations to AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU, 32GB RAM, 165Hz display, and a 1TB SSD storage. This will cost you $2,499 / £2,599 / AU$3,899. For $1,799, you get the same specs but with a paired down RTX 3070 GPU.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 Review: Design and Display
The show stopper is definitely the 15.6-inch screen that features a (1440p) Quad HD (HD) display, running at a 165Hz refresh rate for added responsiveness and clarity. That resolution is the midway point between 1080p and 4K, so you can expect some crisp and sharp images. For any gamer, having a high refresh speed ensures that you enjoy your PC games without any stutter. Plus, the display has beautiful colors and stunning brightness that makes it usable even outside.
Straight out of the box, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 looks gorgeous – not comparable to the likes of Dell XPS or iMac, but its design stands out. The grill-like lid shimmers when opened. There’s a silver strip around the base of the lid, which is a nice touch. The laptop stands on two thick rubber feet that allow easy airflow.
At 4.2 pounds (1.9kgs), the ROG Zephyrus G15 isn’t light, but it’s still lighter than the 4.5-pound Razer Blade and most gaming PCs. The magnesium-aluminum case feels sturdy and has ErgoLift hinges that push the bottom of the lid out below the base as you open the laptop. While this adds some degrees to the angle of the keyboard deck, it can be uncomfortable if you use it on your lap since it digs into your thighs.
In terms of connectivity, there are plenty of ports, including two USB Type C and USB Type-A ports. You also get an Ethernet port and HDMI 2.0 port for an external monitor.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 Review: Audio
In terms of audio, the machine comes with a total of six Dolby Atmos-powered speakers, including a pair of woofers and tweeters in the palm rests. Together they provide an immersive sound experience when playing games. The 2W woofers and tweeters are force-canceling, meaning each set of two woofers fires in opposite directions to eliminate unwanted vibrations. The new iMac uses a similar setup, and the end result is plenty of detail and ample bass.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 Review: Performance and Battery
Equipped with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS and Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 puts out an exceptional performance for the price. It boasts eight cores with a base frequency of 3.3GHz, which increases to 4.6GHz under load in Turbo mode. With the powerful processor, coupled with the Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU and up to 32GB RAM, you can expect the machine to be swift.
In other words, the ROG Zephyrus G15 can handle any of the latest AAA titles at QHD with ray tracing on. The laptop runs quite cool when playing resource-intensive games like Wolfenstein: Youngblood, with the power cable plugged in and the cooling system set to Turbo mode.
On battery power, it limits you to Performance mode, and the machine starts to heat up. The double fans at this mode are audible and quite loud when running at full speed. However, you can manually adjust them through the Armory Crate control panel.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 comes with a 90Wh battery, which gives you a whopping runtime of more than nine hours. Given the hardware and QHD display, that’s a pretty impressive battery right there. On gaming, the battery drains quite fast (as expected), with the unit lasting two hours when running a game at QHD.
It comes with a 200W charger that juices the G15 pretty fast. But, if you don’t want to carry the heavy 200W power brick around, the Zephyrus G15 supports 100W Type-C charging.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 Review: Verdict
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 is a great computer with everything you’d need in a gaming rig. You can choose the model that suits you most, of course, depending on your budget. If your work involves heavy graphics applications or software, there’s nothing this laptop can’t handle.
Almost everything on this laptop, from design to speakers to webcam, is sufficient. Battery life is superior, and it’s not that heavy compared to other rigs. In short, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 is simply the best in its class.