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Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Review

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 aims to bridge the gap between 15.6 and 17.3in. The M16’s Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and Intel Core i9 processor provides plenty of power. GU603ZW-K8015W ends up costing $2149/£2599/€2799. The UK machine has 32GB of memory and a 1TB SSD, while the US version halves those figures and reduces the price. European models have lower capacities and cost more.

Pros and cons Of Asus ROG Zephyrus M16

What’s Good IN Asus ROG Zephyrus M16

  • Good-looking, lightweight design
  • Capable mainstream gaming ability
  • Solid display and responsive keyboard
  • Fast, versatile processor

What’s Bad

  • Often hot and loud
  • Rivals are quicker
  • No alternative display options

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Design and Keyboard

  1. Robust and lightweight chassis undercuts less-mature rivals
  2. Quick keyboard with media buttons
  3. No HDMI 2.1, but plenty of ports.

Beyond pricing is a mature design. The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is made of black aluminum and plastic and lacks excessive lighting and material. The bottom bezel is hidden, and the keyboard is angled toward the user with the ErgoLift hinge.. making the display more immersive.

The lid has a dotted pattern and a metallic rainbow sheen in the right light. The only decorations are RGB keyboard LEDs and a small ROG logo.

The M16’s 2kg weight undercuts the Asus Scar and Alienware products. The keyboard’s metal has some give, but I’m not worried about the M16’s durability. The M16 is a prominent gaming laptop, but it’s portable.

The keyboard’s buttons are fast, consistent, and have 1.7mm of travel. Asus includes extra media keys for frantic gaming. The large trackpad under the keyboard has soft buttons, so I recommend a USB mouse.

The laptop’s right edge has a full-size USB 3.2 Gen 2 port and a microSD card reader. The left edge has another USB port, a Type-C connector, a Thunderbolt 4 slot, an audio jack, and HDMI 2.0b. Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2 are inside. 720p webcam, Windows Hello, no fingerprint reader.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Screen

  1. A high-resolution, widescreen display
  2. sRGB and DCI gamut coverage for bold, bright images
  3. Only mainstream eSports can use the refresh rate.

The display’s 16-inch diagonal isn’t its only draw. It has a 16:10 aspect ratio and a sharp 2560 x 1600 resolution.

Adaptive sync at 165Hz is fine for single-player gaming but not high-end eSports. 3ms response time is good, not great.

The 476 nits of brightness and 1221:1 contrast ratio allow indoor and outdoor use, especially with the screen’s matte finish.

The panel’s 99.9% and 98% sRGB and DCI-P3 gamut coverage render every gaming color with a delta E of 2.43.

This display is excellent for single-player and eSports. Its loud, punchy speakers make games boom. Too much high-end and not enough bass, but that’s a minor complaint.

Performance

  1. Game and app speedy
  2. Other laptops’ graphics are faster.
  3. Laptops that run hot and loud

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 has a 5888-stream-processor RTX 3070 Ti with 8GB memory. Asus’ power limit is 100W, with 20W available via Dynamic Boost.

The M16 has a 5GHz Intel Core i9-12900H with six Hyper-Threaded P-Cores. UK model has 32GB DDR5 and 2TB PCI-E 4.0 SSD. Europeans and Americans get half the memory and storage.

Fast GPU. Horizon Zero Dawn ran at 67fps and Borderlands 3 at 53fps at native resolution. No major single-player game won’t run on the M16, and you’ll only need to adjust settings for ray-tracing games. M16 played Rainbow Six at 217fps.

Rivals are faster. At 2560 x 1440, the Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 ran Horizon and Borderlands at 80fps and 62fps with a higher power envelope. Alienware’s RTX 3070 Ti is more powerful, so expect similar speeds.

This is expected. In the M16’s default Performance mode, its graphics core draws 80W, so it runs slower than rival chips – the Asus ran at 125W, and the Alienware is faster. Turbo mode improved the M16’s Horizon result from 67fps to 77fps, but not enough to catch rivals.

The M16’s high-pitched noise in Turbo mode made a headset essential. The exterior got warm, and I couldn’t touch the keyboard metal for long. Alienware and Asus Scar are heavier, thicker, and noisier than the M16.

Processor testing yielded similar results. In Performance mode, the CPU’s P-cores ran at 2.4GHz in a multi-core workload and 4.3GHz to 4.6GHz in a single-core benchmark. The chip’s 4GHz and 5GHz speeds are clearly throttled.

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Turbo mode boosted the processor to 3.9GHz multi-core and 4.6GHz single-core. The M16 was hot and loud and produced better-than-average results.

Battery

  1. Suitable media and work battery life
  2. Expect an hour of gameplay with most gaming laptops.

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 has decent battery life if not used for gaming. It played the video at 150 nits for 8hrs 29mins, two hours longer than the Scar and twice as long as the Alienware x17.

The M16 ran for four hours on a working benchmark. Still, double the x17, but worse than the Asus Scar. It’s a good result for a laptop this size and improves versatility.

The M16’s gaming time was 1hr 6mins. Neither rival improved on that result, and it’s standard for gaming laptops – if you want the latest games, stay plugged in.

Summary

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is slimmer and lighter than competitors while providing good quality. Other machines have more power and screen variety.

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