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ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603 16" Gaming Laptop (2021)

NEX score 71%

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Product Overview

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603 is a high-end, ultra-thin 16-inch gaming laptop that is also surprisingly powerful. It boasts 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake i9-11900H processor paired with NVIDIA's RTX 30-series GPU up to RTX 3070 as well as a gorgeous 16:10 WQXGA (QHD+) display with an industry-leading 94% screen-to-body ratio.
This display panel offers 165Hz maximum refresh rate and 3ms response time and covers 100% of DCI-P3 color space. It further supports Dolby Vision HDR. Naturally, variable framerate in the form of Adaptive-Sync is support as well. It is buttressed by another industry-leading feature in the 6-speaker setup with dual tweeters and quad woofers.
Power-wise, consumers can also find the latest and greatest from Intel and NVIDIA jam-packed into a chassis the size of yesteryear's ultra-thin 15" laptops.
I/O options are complete in the ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603, too. Not only is Thunderbolt 4 included, but we can also find full-size HDMI and RJ45 Ethernet connections already onboard. There is further support for PCIe 4 SSD.
A rather similar laptop released earlier this year is the ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503: ASUS essentially eliminated its bottom bezel and packed the 16:10 16-inch panel into the same chassis.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Beautiful 165Hz display
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Only one Thunderbolt 4 port
  • Lacks a Mini DisplayPort

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb 16:10 display
  • Excellent performance
  • Great webcam
  • Decent gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Mediocre CPU performance
  • Mediocre webcam
  • Mediocre performance
  • Below-average battery life
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
1x Thunderbolt 4 + 1x UBS-C 3.2 Gen2 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x Audio combo + 1x RJ45 + 1x microSD card reader
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
90 Wh
Camera | Front
720p HD camera
Material
Aluminum
Microphone
Array microphone
Speakers
2x 2W tweeters + 4x 2W woofers with smart AMP technology

Dimensions

Bezels
94% screen-to-body ratio
Size | Depth
243 mm / 9.57 inch
Size | Height
19.9 mm / 0.78 inch
Size | Width
355 mm / 13.98 inch
Weight
1.9 kg / 4.19 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:10
Display Diagonal
16 inch
Display Type
IPS, matte
Gamut
100% DCI-P3
Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Resolution
WQXGA (2560x1600)
Response Time
3 ms

Function

Audio
Smart Amp Technology, Audio by Dolby Atmos
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB, RTX 3060 6GB, or RTX 3070 8GB
HDR
Dolby Vision
Keyboard Backlight
Per-key RGB lighting
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
11th-gen Intel Core i9-11900H Tiger Lake
RGB Lighting
Aura Sync Light Bar
Variable Framerate
Adaptive Sync

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Up to 16 GB onboard + 1x SO-DIMMs, total up to 48 GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply
240 W
Storage
1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 or 2TB M.2 NVME PCIe 4.0 SSD

Production

Debut
2021-06

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

ndtv[1]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from ndtv have found the following***:
The Zephyrus M16 runs well even on lower-end hardware. You can in fact run today's most demanding games at very reasonable settings. You'll use an external mouse for most gaming situations, but things can still get uncomfortable. The top edge of the laptop's lower half, where hot air is ejected through the hinge, can become too hot to touch for a second.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim and light
  • High-quality 16:10 display
  • Good battery life
  • Decent gaming performance
Cons
  • Very loud fans

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is packed with an Intel Core i9-11900H processor. It had no problem tearing through 40 Google Chrome tabs and five 1080p YouTube videos. After gaming for 15 minutes, the underside hit 125 degrees Fahrenheit, far above the 95-degree comfort threshold.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 14-inch display
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Below-average battery life
  • Mediocre webcam

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is for those who are looking for a 16:10 gaming laptop. The Asus notebook offers a larger screen size than a typical 15-inch laptop, the display is very bright, colour-accurate and fast. With a 2 TB SSD and 32 GB of RAM, the Zeph Cyrus is suited for any task. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 can easily handle all the latest games on high settings.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte 16:10 display
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre CPU performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3

t3[4]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) has everything you need from a gaming laptop including plenty of power, a large-high-quality display and plenty of storage. To unlock the laptop, you can choose between the usual pins and passwords, but you also get a fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button. To power it through the day, there's a 90Wh battery with Fast Charge technology, it seemed to last plenty of time with lighter, more casual use but when you start playing games it drains much more quickly.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 16:10 screen
  • Powerful Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics card
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • No RGB lighting

theverge[5]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is an excellent chassis that’s sturdy and sleek. The keyboard is great, and the touchpad is massive, with a smooth surface and a very easy click. The M16 provides a weaker battery and a significantly worse experience than comparably priced AMD systems.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superb 16:10 display
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent performance
  • Great webcam
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • No Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C ports

tomshardware[6]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is long-lasting when it comes to gaming laptop battery life. It has four configurations listed on its website, though we could only find two of those configurations in store for now. Its steep $1,849 price point and mixed performance make it difficult to pick over competing models.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 16:10, 2560 x 1600 display
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre performance
  • No webcam

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603HR) Review: Have Slim and Light Gaming Laptops Finally Arrived?. [ndtv]. https://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/reviews/asus-rog-zephyrus-m16-gu603hr-review-price-india-gaming-laptop-11th-gen-geforce-rtx-2481472. 2021-07-07. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
2. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 review: An absolute beast for the price. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/asus-rog-zephyrus-m16. 2021-07-11. Retrieved 2021-08-02.
3. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Gaming Laptop Review: Gaming in 16:10. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Zephyrus-M16-Gaming-Laptop-Review-Gaming-in-16-10.548332.0.html. 2021-07-01. Retrieved 2021-08-02.
4. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (GU603) review: portable, powerful and premium . [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/asus-rog-zephyrus-m16-gu603-review. 2021-08-04. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
5. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 review: overpriced and underpowered. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22726307/asus-rog-zephyrus-m16-gaming-laptop-review. 2021-10-14. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
6. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Review: Hit and Miss Performance in a Slim Body. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asus-rog-zephyrus-m16. 2021-07-07. Retrieved 2021-08-02.

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