Hands on with the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15

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Sure, there’s been lots of talk about the PS5 and the Xbox Series S/X. But there are other things you can play games on, and one of the best is the new Zephyrus G15 from Asus’s Republic of Gamers line of laptop computers (starting at CAD$1,800). 

The ROG computers are designed for performance, and the G15 has top line and current components including an AMD Ryzen 7 processor and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card, and the slick 15.6-inch display has an anti-glare coating, a minimal bezel and a refresh rate that can get to 240 Hz. It’s not a 4K display—1920×1080 instead—but that’s acceptable for a laptop to keep costs down because most Windows gamers have an external monitor with higher specs.

It’s extremely portable, too, weighing just over 2 kg (4.6 pounds) and with a thickness of only 19 mm. 

Battery life

While the manufacturer says you can get some 15 hours of battery, that’s when it’s not being used, and gaming is power intensive. You can expect about three to four hours unplugged, depending on the game you’re playing. But you can also use portable battery packs to power the machine through the USB-C port. Other ports include an rj-45 ethernet, three USB-A, HDMI, and a headphone jack.

I’ve been using the G15 to get into my Steam library, to play games on Google Stadia, and also to play games from Microsoft, by loading them onto Windows, and also by playing Xbox games in the cloud using the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. 

But I’ve also been using the G15 for work, and the crisp keyboard has made it easy for me to write and edit audio. The subdued design means that if I’m ever able to visit clients again, I can still look like a professional. The only thing that’s missing is a webcam. 

The Zephyrus G15 delivers great performance for the price.

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