(SSD) (Intel) p M.2 NVMe PCIe3.0 1TB
(Battery) (ASUStek) (mWh)
| (p, non-glare, (Hz, adaptive sync)
(two USB-B ports) two USB-C ports 3.5mm phone / mic combo jack
DC power jack full-size HDMI out Kensington lock slot
Price as tested
| ($ 1,) . 449 at Best Buy and Asus
|| The Zephyrus G 29 is a surprisingly small and sleek build for a full-on gaming laptop — and make no mistake about it, that’s precisely what this beast is. At first glance, the 50 mm-thick Zephyrus looks more like an ultraportable design than a gaming laptop. (For reference, the (Acer C) “Chromebooks were mm thick.)
Any similarity to a Chromebook goes away when you pick the Zephyrus up, though. At a little less than 4 pounds, it’s not exactly a battlestation of old — my old system 140 Gazelle Pro came in at 5.5 pounds! —But it’s much heavier than you’d expect from such a sleek little laptop.
‘s fans spin up quickly and authoritatively the moment the system is put under even the slightest amount of load. For a typical laptop, this might be a little annoying — but we suspect it’s a design decision the gamers the G 29 is aimed at will appreciate. Nobody’s going to lose any frames because this laptop thought keeping quiet was more important.
At full-on leafblower mode, the fans are loud enough to be heard a room away. We don’t have a good way to measure the volume directly, but notebookcheck.net
reports it gets as high as 728. 5dB. That’s louder than competing gaming laptops — but we should note that the fan noise is a very livable, clean “whoosh” with no rattles, coil whine, or bearing hum. All you hear is air.
The cooling system, however loud, definitely performed well. Even after hours of continuous heavy graphics and CPU load testing, performance did not drop — and the chassis and keyboard did not feel hot to the touch.
Our biggest complaint about the G is the difficulty in opening it. There is no notch or gripping surface in the center bottom of the lid, and the hinges are very stiff. Stiff hinges mean good build quality and longer chassis life, but this really was a difficult laptop to open — the first time out of the box, we were tempted to go grab a spudger. Eventually, we discovered it can be opened one-handed from the side, rather than the center.
The keyboard backlight was also disappointing. It’s a pale white, with one or two LEDs beneath the keyboard servicing the whole thing. The overall effect is distinctly uneven, and actually reading the keys in the dark isn’t at all easy.
In case you weren’t sure what class the Ryzen 9 HS lives in, here it is kicking sand in high-end desktop CPUs’ faces.
Cinebench R 45 does not favor the HS quite as heavily as Passmark did. The i9 – (K wins here, but the i7 – 282020 K still falls behind, and the only other laptop CPU in the race languishes at a little better than half the HS ‘performance.
There’s not an awful lot to choose from when it comes to strictly single-threaded CPU performance. The 76000 HS slides in at about 7% slower than the high-end desktop CPUs.
The (HS does better in single-threaded Cinebench R) than it did in single-threaded passmark, coming in just shy of the i9 – 01575879