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Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Laptop Review

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 is 16-inch gaming laptop with narrow bezels, QHD 2560 x 1600 resolution, 165 Hz refresh and 100% DCI-P3 colors. It is equipped with the Intel’s powerful new H-series CPUs and backed up with up to an NVIDIA’s RTX 3070 GPU.  It can also accommodate up to 48GB of DDR4 3200MHz RAM and up to 2TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage.

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Laptop

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Laptop

This laptop also features a desktop-inspired Keyboard, an intelligent cooling system, a powerful battery, an impressive audio system, lots of peripheral ports for interface connection and a fast wireless features.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 Key Features and Specs

  • 16-inch WQHD (2560 x 1600) 16:10 IPS anti-glare display
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Up to Intel® Core™ 11980HK Processor
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 GPU
  • Up to 48GB of DDR4 3200MHz RAM
  • Up to 2TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage.
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Full-sized Keyboard
  • 2x 2W tweeter + 4x 2W woofer with Smart Amp Technology
  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)+Bluetooth 5.1 (Dual band)
  • 90WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion Battery

Design

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 features a similar built as the ROG Zephyrus G15 with only a small differences in IO positioning. It has a sleek and elegant finishing with a precision cut metal lid.

ROG Zephyrus M16 body is made of impressive fingerprint-resistant magnesium-aluminum alloy. The lid has a vertical line starting from the edge of the right hinge to the top corner on your left. There is also an illuminating Asus ROG logo at the right space.

Unlike some gaming laptop with bulky heavy chassis, this laptop is light-weighted measuring 35.5 x 24.3 x 1.99 ~ 2.23 cm dimension and weigh 1.90 Kg, yet it is durable.

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When opened, the lid house the 16-inch display which is surrounded by very slim 4.6mm bezels on the top, right and left, but a bit thicker bezel at the bottom.

The design also features an ErgoLift hinge, similar to other Asus laptops. This 180° ErgoHinge design lifts the bottom of the laptop off the desk or other surface by wedging the bottom of the lid against the desk to improve cooling.

The hinge also raises the keyboard slightly upwards to an angle for a better typing experience. It also allowing you to rotate the screen flat 180 degrees, hence you can operate your laptop in stand position.

Furthermore, ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 has a backlit kayboard at the base with numpad and quick functional keys. There is also a smooth, plastic touchpad at the base with enough palm-rest for easy gaming and typing experience.

Display

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 is a 16-inch laptop with WQHD display built on a IPS-level panel. This display also offers a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixel and measures 94% screen to body ratio.

Furthermore, the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 also comes with 165Hz refresh rate with 3ms  grey-to-grey response time which minimizes motion blur for precision target tracking, and Pantone validation, thus, allowing you to gain a competitive advantage in fast-paced FPS games.

It also comes with 100% sRGB, hence, offering vibrant colors, and brightness to make up for an excellent display for gamer, and other users.

These display panel has Dolby Vision support and brightens up to 500 nits so as to offer  rich, and detailed visuals.

Performance

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 delivers a next-level performance, with its latest Intel 11th Gen processors and NVIDIA graphics. This CPU is built on the 10-nanometre SuperFin process, and offers up to 12 per cent improvement, as well as 19 per cent improved multi-threaded performance over its 10th generation Comet Lake predecessors.

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The standard model comes with the the Core i9-11980HK an eight-core CPU that can reach up to 5GHz across two cores with Intel’s Turbo Boost 3.0 technology. It’s also capable of reaching 4.5GHz across all of its cores, which should be useful for demanding multithreaded applications like video editing and 3D rendering.

There are models with the base CPU like core i7 and i5. All these laptops offers the best performance for any gaming experience.

In addition, Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 laptops comes with the best supporting graphics card. The GeForce GTX graphics card built on the award-winning NVIDA Turing™ architecture.

This laptop uses the overclocked NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 GPU which enables deep realism with its cutting-edge ray tracing technology and AI-enhanced image processing.

In addition, Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 offers up to 48GB RAM and equipped with a PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage which offers up to 2TB.

Above all, this gaming laptop run on window 10 operating system, hence, offering a user friendly experience.

Other Features

Similarly to Zephyrus G15, this laptop is equipped with 2 channels of 2W tweeter, with another 4 channels 2W woofer speakers.

This audio system is amplified with Smart AMP technology that delivers louder sound with no distortion and finely tuned software to give you sound like no other laptop. It also has built-in array microphones for incredible sound.

In addition, Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is powered by a 4-cell Rechargeable Li-Polymer 90Wh battery, which offers up to 12 hours on light usage, minimal brightness, and other factors. It also comes with a 240W Power Adaptor which offers fast charging for the system.

This ASUS laptop also comes with the Integrated Wi-Fi 6 802.11ac (2×2) which is 12x faster than 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 5.0 for fast and reliable connectivity, both promises seamless connectivity.

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For connectivity options, there are two USB-C ports with power delivery, one of which will also support Thunderbolt 4, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a microSD card reader, an HDMI 2.0b output, a full-sized Ethernet port with 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack.

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Price and Availability

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 price starts at $970. However, the price increases based on the configuration of your preferred model.

It is available for purchase on ASUS’s official store and other third-party e-commerce platforms like Amazon.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 Specs

Here are a few specs of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16:

General Features

  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 11980HK Processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 GPU
  • Memory: Up to 48GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM
  • Colours: Black, dark gray
  • Dimension: 35.5 x 24.3 x 1.99 ~ 2.23 cm (13.98″ x 9.57″ x 0.78″ ~ 0.88″)
  • Weight: 1.90 Kg (4.19 lbs)

Display & Keyboard

  • Display:16-inch WQHD (2560 x 1600) 16:9 anti-glare display 165Hz / 3ms Display
  • Keyboard: Backlit chiclet Keyboard
  • Pointing Device: Yes, touchpad

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 2TB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 SSD
  • Optical Storage: –
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Ports & Connectivity

  • Webcam: 720P HD camera
  • USB Ports: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support displayport / power delivery / G-SYNC
  • HDMI: Yes, 1x HDMI 2.0b
  • Thunderbolt Ports:  Yes, Thunderbolt 3 (via USB Type C)
  • DisplayPort: Yes, DisplayPort 1.4 (via USB Type C)
  • VGA: –
  • Ethernet (RJ-45): Yes
  • SD Slot: Yes
  • Mic/Headphone: Yes, Array Microphone, 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) (Dual band)
  • Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 5.1
  • NFC: –
  • Docking Connector: –
  • Mobile Broadband: –

Other Features

  • Smart Amp Technology Audio System
  • Built-in array microphone
  • Intelligent Cooling Sysytem
  • Armoury Crate

Battery

  • Battery: Up to 90Wh Battery, 240W Power Adapter
  • Use Time:  Up to 12 hours
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