ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501GS-XS74 15.6-inch

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus GM501GS-XS74 15.6-inch high-end gaming laptop has received positive reviews for its first class performance and its graphics switching technology, which allows you to choose between G-SYNC or Optimus for battery preservation purposes. It has a slim design that is both gorgeous and solid, a fast 144Hz Full-HD display, and its memory is upgradable (just in case 16GB of RAM isn’t enough). Most reviewers noted that its speakers drive a good audio performance too. It received criticism for its loud fans under load, however, and for the fact that it suffers from a short battery life. Furthermore, the exclusion of the ethernet input is another downside, restricting you to Wi-Fi only. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus GM501GSVI-XS74 drives an excellent graphics performance and the chassis is nothing short of excellent, but the exclusion of the ethernet cable and the short battery life are its biggest weaknesses.

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  • Excellent chassis design
  • Great, Fast 144Hz display
  • Useful graphics switching technology
  • Upgradable memory
  • Top-tier gaming performance
  • Smooth gaming thank to G-SYNC
  • Good speakers


  • Poor battery life
  • No ethernet input
  • Loud fans

Bottom Line

The exclusion of the Max-Q Nvidia cards means that the fans are noisy and there may be some unwanted heating under load, but the ASUS ROG Zephyrus GM501GS-XS74 is still one serious gaming machine that features Intel’s latest six core i7-8750H.

Critic Reviews

  • 90
    TechRadar July 24, 2017

    The Asus ROG Zephyrus sets a high bar for powerful, thin gaming laptops with exceptional performance, whisper quiet operation and a truly innovative design.

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  • 80
    LaptopMag June 27, 2017

    The Asus ROG Zephyrus squeezes a powerful Nvidia 1080 GPU into a thin-and-light chassis, giving you a 5-pound monster you can take anywhere.

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Full Specifications

Processor Intel Core i7-8750H 2.20 GHz [View Benchmarks]
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 [View Benchmarks]
Graphics Type Discrete
Graphics Memory 8GB GDDR5
Operating System Microsoft Windows Windows 10 Pro
Weight 5.4 lbs
Battery Life 4.5 hours
Hard Drive 1 1000 HDD 5400
Hard Drive 2 256 SSD
Display Size 15.6 inch
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080
Connectivity Wi-Fi | Bluetooth | 4 x USB 3.0 Type-A | 1 x HDMI 2.0 | 1 x Thunderbolt 3 |
Webcam 720p HD
Additional Features Backlit Keyboard | Virtual Reality Ready
Dimension (LxWxH) 15.1 x 10.3 x 0.8
Warranty 1 year
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