ASUS absolutely wowed us with last year’s Zephyrus G14. It was thin, light and one of the most powerful notebooks we’d ever seen, thanks to AMD’s Ryzen 4000 processor. But, given the sheer madness of 2020, I never got a chance to check out its larger sibling, the G15. It basically took most of what I loved about the G14, and put it in a more traditional 15-inch notebook. Sounds like a surefire winner, right? Now after testing out the 2021 edition of the Zephyrus G15, it’s clearer than ever that ASUS has practically mastered the art of making gaming laptops.
It wasn’t always this way for ASUS. Its original Zephyrus laptop was one of the first thin and light machines to stuff in NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 GPU, but it was awfully expensive and had terrible battery life. Over the years, ASUS refined its designs to be much more practical. The Zephyrus G14 was particularly impressive because it weighed just 3.5 pounds, yet it managed to fit in an RTX 2060 GPU, a shockingly powerful AMD CPU, and a decent battery performance.
- Powerful Ryzen 5000 processor
- Fast 1440p screen
- Sturdy and relatively light build
- Solid battery life
- Excellent keyboard
- Tons of connectivity
Naturally, the G15 isn’t as light, but at 4.2 pounds it’s still a bit easier to carry than the 4.5-pound Razer Blade and most other 15-inch notebooks. It’s also just as impressive as the G14 design-wise, with a sturdy magnesium-aluminum case and a unique dot-matrix pattern on the lid. ASUS filled those tiny holes with a unique prismatic material in our review unit, but on some models they’ll have tiny LEDs for displaying pixelated graphics.
Under the hood, the G15 features AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA’s RTX 30-series GPUs, and an optional 1,440p (Quad HD) display running at 165Hz with G-SYNC/FreeSync support. It’s one of the first gaming laptops to rock AMD’s new…