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Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Review: Lots of power in a slim package

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is slim and light, compared to other laptops in the same price category. It's also fast and can handle whatever you throw at it. 
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is slim and light, compared to other laptops in the same price category. It's also fast and can handle whatever you throw at it.  (David Delima / HT Tech)

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is a powerful gaming laptop that promises capable performance, good build quality and above-average battery life. We’ve spent a couple of weeks testing this laptop and here are our thoughts.

Rating
4/5
Price
229,990/-
Product Name
Asus
Brand Name
ROG Zephyrus M16
Pros
  • Powerful performance
  • High quality display
  • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Compact size
  • Backlit keyboard
Cons
  • Heating during intensive operations
  • Average battery life
  • Large plug
Specifications
  • CPU
    Intel Core i9-11900H
  • GPU
    RTX3070 (8GB GDDR6)
  • Memory
    16GB DDR4 3200MHz SDRAM
  • Storage
    2TB SSD
  • Screen
    16-inch 1600p IPS 165Hz (3ms)
  • Battery
    90Whr @ 240W charging

Asus launched the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 laptop a couple of months ago, featuring top of the line specs and a slim, compact body – which makes it one of the better-looking gaming laptops available on the market today. This laptop costs nearly 2.30 lakh and it is packed with specifications – it was able to handle every game we could throw at it. We’ve spent the past couple of weeks with the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 and here’s what we think about this gaming powerhouse.

Design and display

Asus’ ROG laptops come with all the bells and whistles you would expect to see on a gaming laptop aside from a powerful CPU and GPU, such as a large, bright display with a high-refresh rate, an RGB backlit keyboard, ample connectivity options, and so on. You can tell this device is an Asus ROG laptop, thanks to a small logo on the top of the chassis, which sports a dotted design that looks nice when you tilt your head or open the lid without being too flashy.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 has a clear, bright display with crisp colours – this image was clicked outdoors at noon on a bright day. 
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 has a clear, bright display with crisp colours – this image was clicked outdoors at noon on a bright day.  (David Delima / HT Tech)

The company has included a 15.6-inch QHD display on the Zephyrus M16 with a maximum brightness of 500 nits a 135Hz refresh rate and a response rate of 3ms. The screen is very bright, looks great and a variety of content looks very good – Asus says the display DCI-P3 has 100% coverage, and is Pantone validated. Asus has also included a large number of presets for different modes, and they change different settings. They’re also user-configurable, which is great for power users. It is a relief to see this laptop use the 16:10 aspect ratio, not just for gaming but also when browsing the web.

All around the laptop are large cooling vents, and the laptop lifts up on the edge of the lid when opened to allow room for cooling when you use it on a flat surface like a desk. With all the components and features that the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is packing under the hood, it is quite surprising to see how compact and svelte this laptop is. It weighs 1.9 kilos, which is much lighter than what Lenovo’s Legion or Alienware and even Asus offer with similar laptops. The charging adapter and cable are heavy and unwieldy and it adds a lot of weight to your bag when you’re carrying it around.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 comes with a QHD display and thankfully, a 16:10 aspect ratio.  
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 comes with a QHD display and thankfully, a 16:10 aspect ratio.   (David Delima / HT Tech)

The keyboard on the Zephyrus M16 is LED-backlit and lands at a slight angle when the lid is open, which makes typing a breeze with soft, but noticeable physical feedback. The company is unapologetic with the design, with a range of modes for the lighting. You can control all of this with the Armoury Crate app that has its own dedicated key next to the media control keys at the top. The laptop also lets you unlock with your fingerprint, which is located on the power button. Asus has also included a large touchpad on the Zephyrus M16, and tapping, swiping and using gestures all work like a charm.

Performance and heating

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is equipped with the 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900H chipset (up to 5GHz) paired with a GeForce RTX 3070 GPU (1390MHz) at 80W TGP (with an additional 20W via Dynamic Boost). These are some of the best specs you can get on the Intel side of gaming laptops, and the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 packs a serious punch when it comes to resource-intensive tasks.

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