ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 Review - Minimalist Gaming Laptop 16-inch (2022)

A thin, concise, and lightweight laptop gaming is now increasingly becoming a trend since the introduction of ROG Zephyrus in 2016. Now Asus re-released the new generation of Gaming Laptop Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) that appeared thin but powerful.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 Review - Minimalist Gaming Laptop 16-inch (2022)

At present, gaming laptops are no longer just highlighting powerful performance but also prioritizing portability. This trend also makes laptop gaming appear with a large screen. Well, Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) appeared as the latest gaming laptop that comes with a larger screen size but has a more concise dimension than the previous generation.

Why is the big screen? Because one way that is trusted to increase productivity is to use a larger screen. The statement is not without reason. The large screen has a wider workspace, so it has a direct effect on productivity. That's why many PC users who like to use large monitors even combine multiple monitors so that their workspaces are wider. But what about the laptop? Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) made a breakthrough by becoming the first 16 "screen gaming laptop in the world.

The first 16-inch gaming laptop in the world

Gaming is an activity that will be more convenient if using a larger screen. Because it can bring more immersive gaming experiences. This time, Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) seeks to shift the advantage of a 15-inch gaming laptop. In addition to carrying a larger screen, which is 16-inches, ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) managed to appear with a more concise body dimension than its predecessor using a 15-inch screen.

As the world's first gaming laptop that carries a 16-inch screen, Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) has several privileges in its design. The first spotlight was Asus managed to insert a 16-inch screen into a smaller body than a 15-inch laptop. The secret is in a super-thin bezel on the screen.

Yes, the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) comes with the Super Narrow Bezel feature of only 4.6mm on the four sides of the screen. So that the dimensions of the body of the ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) can be trimmed dramatically with the largest screen-to-body ratio at the moment, which is up to 94%. The screen has a 16:10 ratio, higher than most modern laptops today that averagely carry a screen ratio of 16: 9 so that the content presented is more.

The large screen size and thin bezel on four sides is not the only physical advantage owned by ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603). This gaming laptop is also small and lightweight. The thickness is not up to 2cm and the weight is only 1.9kg makes ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) very portable and convenient to carry around and work, especially since the screen can be opened up to 180 degrees.

Modern design

The design of the ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) is also very modern so it can be used for various activities. Behind the screen, there are more than 8000 holes positioned precisely. Behind the hole, there is a prismatic film layer that can display the effect of prism color when viewed from various angles. The design made ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) not only appear modern but also unique.

ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) is a very portable gaming laptop. However, it is still equipped with various types of ports and complete connectivity both cables and wireless. Ports such as USB 3.2 Type-A, HDMI 2.0B, and 3.5mm Audio Combo is still present. Meanwhile, the RJ45 port for Gigabit Ethernet connectivity is still maintained.

Asus even pinned a microSD card reader on the right side of ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) this time. Also not to forget the Thunderbolt 4 port that has very high data transfer speeds, supported by USB Delivery technology with up to 100W power which supports the USB Type-C adapter. This laptop battery life is also quite durable and can last for 5 hours on testing using PCMark 10 Battery Test in Modern Office mode.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) is also equipped with a gaming class keyboard. The keyboard installed has a 1.7mm travel distance and has been equipped with over stroke technology for the process of input faster and precision. Using the STEALTH type keyboard, the resulting sound is very low, which is only 30db.

This laptop also features four additional buttons as a shortcut key to the Armoury Crate application and controls for volume and microphone. While at the right end of the keyboard there is a power button that also functions as a fingerprint reader (fingerprint sensor). The fingerprint reader has been integrated with Windows Hello.

ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) has a very large touchpad, 20% greater than the previous generation. So that it makes it easier for users to control more precisely even without using the mouse.

WQXGA screen

The screen has a WQXGA resolution (2560 × 1600) or greater than most gaming laptops circulating in today's current market. A WQXGA screen can improve the experience when playing games. Presents the immersive experience while playing games, displays all graphic details.

Then the screen with the 165hz refresh rate, response time 3ms, has been equipped with adaptive-sync technology to eliminate the effect of screen tearing and stick. These specifications are the fastest for WQXGA panels and are still very capable to support gamers' needs, including Esports fans.

Thanks to the high screen resolution, Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) is ideal as a laptop supporting the needs of the Content Creator. The screen used can reproduce colors very well. The ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) screen has a 100% DCI-P3 Color Gamut which is a color reproduction standard in the current film industry. The color reproduction is very accurate and has pocketed Pantone Certification Validated Display.

Upscale multimedia

For multimedia, the ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) screen is the best in its class because it has been supported by Dolby Vision. This technology has been adopted by a variety of renowned video streaming services such as Netflix. Dolby Vision allows the Zephyrus M16 ROG screen (GU603) to be able to present richer visual details through the Dolby HDR feature.

In terms of hardware, ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) carries six special speakers consisting of two tweeters and four woofers. Configuring dual force-canceling woofer reproduces bass sound at a lower frequency.

Then Dolby Atmos software support can reproduce spatial sound effects with detail. Even the coverage of his voice is 360 degrees above, down, and side. Thanks to Dolby Atmos, every sound detail can be very well presented along with the direction of the source, make a gaming session and enjoy multimedia content to be more immersive.

Not only that, but ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) has also been equipped with 3D Mic Array as a means of communication with users. This 3D Mic Array can capture sound better than a conventional microphone on other laptops, so it can also be used as well for the needs of Conference calls. For communication to keep going smoothly when playing games or work, ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) is equipped with 2-way Active Noise Cancelling technology.

Connectivity and camera support

Unlike the previous generation, ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) has now been equipped with a camera that is positioned in the top bezel. It's awesome considering the Zephyrus m16 (GU603) screen bezel itself is very thin. But it turns out that Asus can still pin the camera module in it. The camera at ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) has been equipped with 3DNR technology that allows the noise reduction process to be done.

While for wireless connectivity, ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) relies on WiFi 6 (802.11ax) so that the connection to the WiFi network can always be relied on. In addition, there is also Bluetooth 5.2 which allows ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) can be connected with various wireless devices such as wireless mouse or headphones.

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Performance without compromise

Despite appearing with a compact and light body, Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) remains a gaming machine and supports powerful productivity. This gaming laptop is equipped with the latest CPU, namely High-Performance 11th Intel Core Gen with its highest variant, Intel Core i9-11900h. The CPU with an 8 core configuration and 16 threads is the most ideal processor for gaming and content creation given the speed can be driven up to 4.9GHz.

The Intel Core i9-11900H CPU is also equipped with Intel Xᵉ graphics integrated chip graphics that are very power-efficient. Combined with the GPU Switch feature in ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603), the integrated graphics chip can be activated automatically when the user is not running an application that requires extra GPU performance. The advantage is ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) can have a longer battery life because Intel Xᵉ Graphics is very powerful for everyday use needs and much more power saving than the discrete graphics chip installed on the ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603).

Accompanying the powerful CPU is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 series GPU with the highest version used by ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) is RTX 3060. The popular GPU has also supported various current graphics technology and is equipped with the most modern features today.

RTX 3060 is also very capable for the Content Creator. The GPU has been equipped with CUDA cores that can be used to accelerate the encoding process, as well as tensor cores that can be used to accelerate realistic light effects simulations when rendering. Asus even pinned ROG Boost technology that allowed GPU to run faster in frequency up to 1425MHz.

ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) also comes with the latest storage technology that utilizes PCIe 4.0 data path. Thanks to M.2 NVME PCI-E 4.0 X4 SSD, ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) can have a reading speed of up to 7Gbps or about double the PCIe SSD 3.0 used in the previous generation. Coupled with 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM, ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) is also one of the best multitasking machines at the moment.

More sophisticated cooling system

No less important, Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) is equipped with a special cooling system, namely ROG Intelligent Cooling. The integrated cooling system consists of various features and technology that allows the heat of each component in the ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) can be excreted effectively.

ROG Intelligent Cooling at ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) uses the latest Arc Flow fan that has 84 bars. Each blade in the fan has a specialized structure designed to minimize turbulence and maximize airflow.

The fan is supported by a special room equipped with a Self-Cleaning Cooling 2.0 system, which is a system that allows dust and small copies to be released through a special tunnel so that it does not clog the cooling system as a whole.

The Arc Flow fan at ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) is directly connected to a special heatsink which is also connected to the heat pipe network. There are six heat pipes on this laptop gaming with thermal coverage of up to 25%. The heat pipe also not only absorbs the heat of the CPU and GPU but also other important components such as VRM which also exits heat.

Interested in having it? This laptop comes with two variants priced at $ 2358.63 and $ 2497.38.

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Specifications of Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603)

  • Type: Laptop
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i9-11900H Processor (24M Cache, up to 4.9 GHz, 8 Cores), Intel® Core™ i7-11800H Processor (24M Cache, up to 4.6 GHz, 8 Cores
  • OS: Windows 10 with Office Home & Student 2019 Pre-Installed
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti
  • Memory: 2x8GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM (Dual Channel)
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 4.0 SSD, 1TB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 4.0 SSD
  • Camera: 720p HD camera
  • Audio: Smart Amp Technology, Audio by Dolby Atmos, AI mic noise-canceling, Built-in array microphone, 2x 2W tweeter, 4x 2W woofer
  • Battery: 90WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion
  • Screen: 6″ (16:10) IPS-Level WQXGA (2560×1600), 165Hz, 3ms, 100% DCI-P3, PANTONE Validated, Dolby Vision, 35,5 x 24,3 x 1,99 ~ 1,99 cm
  • Weight: 1,9 Kg
  • Color: Off Black
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.1 (Dual band) 2*2
  • Ports: 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort / power delivery, 1x RJ45 LAN port, 1x card reader (microSD), 1x Thunderbolt™ 4 support DisplayPort™ / power delivery
  • Price: $ 2358.63 - $ 2497.38 (Price depends on the place of purchase)