I was blown away when I tested the Jefferis G14 from Asus Arog a year ago. Not only did it weigh more than 3.5 pounds – both the powerful processor and the individual GPU could be heard for such a system – but it also ran the most demanding games at a better frame rate than any gaming laptop we’ve seen. And then everything related to it – the keyboard, the touchpad, the audio, the battery life was great too. Not only was the G14 better than other gaming laptops in these regions: its price points, it was better than other laptops in the period.
Given the G14’s great success, it was only a matter of time before Asus was placed in a 15-inch chassis. The formula didn’t break, and Asus didn’t fix it – Asus just made it bigger. What became clear when I heard that when the G15 was running (could it offer the same combination of portability, battery life and performance as the 14-inch product? Is it possible without the ব্য 2,000 cost?)? Throughout the whole period of my testing the device was not exactly like its 14-inch counterpart; It’s somehow better. Asus and AMD have done it again.
The secret weapon of The G15 is its processor. All models have AMD’s monstrous eight-core Rigen 95900HS. My test model, priced at $ 1,799.99, includes Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 3070 (an 80W version, with dynamic boosts up to 100W), as well as 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. And 512GB storage included. There are also two RTX 3080 models – pair it for GB 1,999.99 with 16GB RAM or 2, 2,499.99 with 32GB RAM. (I think my test model hits a sweet spot: 512GB of storage isn’t too much for any gaming laptop and it seems that the RTX 3080 models don’t perform much better than the fairly low-clocked and low-level options.)
Another highlight that is compatible with all other models is the G15’s 165Hz QHD display. We’re finally starting to see 15-inch laptops with QHD screens this year, indicating that this is the first year that manufacturers think mobile hardware is strong enough to take advantage of them. Ditionally, mobile gamers had a 1080p display or 4K display option. (Not only is the latter not expensive enough, very few laptops can run games at the frame rate required to play 4K))
So, so, the big question is: can Zeferas G15 run games in QHD resolution? The answer is a resounding yes.
To start with some raw numbers. The G15 CS averaged 178fps: go to most settings – dust, fire and other graphically intensive effects look just fine. Red Dead Redemption II, averaging 58fps even in the highest settings. (Come on, it’s basically 60). Ray tracing was no problem for this machine: the system, including ultra-ray tracing, recorded an average of f1fps in graveyard shadows and a large 612 space with the help of ray tracing. Note that the G15 is running these in QHD resolution which is already larger than the traditional standard 1080p.
These frame rates mean you should be able to play any game on QHD without having to pick any KDD. They equated the G15K with an Intel Core i7-10870H with MSI’s GS66 stealth and a GeForce RTX3080 Max-Key – two laptops tied to the Red Dead and just outside the frame with the Tomb Rider. MSI told us that the QHD GS66 model is priced at $ 2,599 – so the G15 with the RTX 3070 is getting the same frame rate for literally $ 800. The G15 also outperforms the QHD / RTX3070 Intel configuration of the Razr Blade 15 base (53fps on the Red Dead, 46fps on the Tomb Rider), which is priced at আরও 400 more. These differences should speak for themselves. Yes, the GS66 has a 240Hz screen, but it will be extra for most people at QHD resolution. If I didn’t already know where the G14 was last year, I’d email Asus to check if it was the $ 1,799.99 type. Be this is an incredible value.
The games all looked great on this screen, covering 100 percent of the SRGB gamut and 89 percent of the AdobeRGB and out at 334 net brightness. It’s not the most refreshing screen you’ll find at 165Hz – the Razr Blade 15 Advanced MSI has a 240Hz QHD model like the GS66 Stealth – but it’s still a significant step up on the Zeffras G14’s 120Hz display although the G15 delivers the best picture I’ve ever seen. No, it still looks great and is definitely improved on the G14’s 1080p panel. The movement was all smooth, without any lifting in sight, and the colors look great. I noticed a small amount of glare while using the external device, but it was still quite usable at maximum brightness.
Cooling, sometimes with iffy on the G14, is great on this device. The G15’s “intelligent cooling” system has two 84-blade fans and six heat pipes. No problem with the games I throw at it, it spends most of its time between the mid-0’s and mid-70’s (Celsius) and never jumps above 60 degrees. This is one of the best cooling performances I’ve seen from a gaming laptop, especially considering that it runs a heavy AAA title that gets maxed out in QHD resolution.
Cooling Stellar IS on this device
More impressively, fans were able to do it without being deafly loud. I must have heard them while the machine was loading, but it was standard gaming-laptop sound, and I had no problem listening to the game’s audio. You can also switch to “Silent” profile on Asus’s Armory Crate software. This toggle survived to its own name and completely silenced the fans, without creating any heat or performance problems that I observed.
Speaking of audio, the G15’s speakers sound great too. This can be expected – there are literally six of them, including two front-facing tweezers and a force-canceling wafer under the rest of the palate. They provide clear audio with very strong bass and strong percussion. I don’t often say that about laptop audio, especially gaming laptops. The G15 comes preloaded with Dolby Access, which you can use to jump into equalizer presets for gaming, movies and music, and it makes a huge difference.
Asus Rog Xephyrus G15 Space (as reviewed)
15.6-inch QHD 165hz non-touchscreen
AMD Rigen 9 5900HS
16 GB RAM (Sonarded)
1 TB storage
Wi-Fi 6 with Gig + (802.11 max)
There are three microphones, which I had no problem picking out my voice. They have presets for game streaming, music recording and conference calls. These are convenient, but they are not enough to make a good choice for G15 remote work because it does not include a webcam. The G14 didn’t even have a camera – Asus felt that webcams weren’t necessary for Zephyrus products. This is a significant knock against any device that is otherwise basically perfect. Setting up such an advanced microphone and not having a webcam with it is also very odd.
There are a few more things to note about the G15’s chassis. Like many other Asus laptops, the G15 has an ergo lift hinge, which folds down the deck when the laptop is open and lifts the keyboard above the ground. This speaks of creating a more ergonomic typing position, although I can’t say I’ve ever noticed the difference. Even if you’re using a laptop on your lap it digs a bit into your feet. The G15’s hinges aren’t as sharp as a few other hinges, but as a frequent couch user it’s still not my favorite feeling.
Both the keyboard and the touchpad are great
Both the keyboard and the touchpad are great. The G14 had one of my favorite keyboards by 2020 and the G15 had the most matches. With 1.7mm travel the click is comfortable and the dedicated volume keys (a zephyr staple) are quite convenient. The power button has a built-in fingerprint sensor, located on the top right of the keyboard deck.
The touchpad is huge, measuring 5.1 x 3.4 inches – 20 percent more than the previous G15 generation. It was so big that two large parts of my hand rested on it while typing instead of resting on the palm. It was a bit annoying, but to the credit of the G15 it doesn’t cause any palm-rejection problems. It’s a bit loud and not the easiest or deepest click, but they’re NightPix – it’s a great touchpad.