I can’t inform you how excited I become to check the Zephyrus M16. It takes the AMD-powered Zephyrus G15’s extraordinary chassis and provides the 2 matters I maximum desire that pc had: a 16:10 show and a webcam. That feels like a excellent bundle on paper, however there’s a different principal issue that still differentiates the M16 from the G15: its Intel processor.
So the Intel-primarily based totally M16 is already combating an uphill conflict with regards to value. What does the extra cash get you? It’s more often than not the display screen.
If you’re searching out a QHD 165Hz show with a 16:10 thing ratio (which permits Asus to cram a 16-incher right into a chassis that’s now no longer a lot larger than maximum 15-inch gaming laptops), the Zephyrus M16 is one in all few locations you’ll locate it. Put this subsequent to the G15, and the principle distinction you’ll note is that in which the G15 has a huge and seen chin, the M16 simply has greater display screen. The backside bezel (at least, the element that’s seen) is borderline nonexistent and offers you a sizeable quantity of more room whilst scrolling an internet web page or analyzing a document.
Vertical area aside, aleven though, the display screen is likewise phenomenal. It’s bright, maxing out at 444 nits, and vivid, overlaying a hundred percentage of the sRGB gamut, 86 percentage of Adobe RGB, and ninety eight percentage of P3. It’s appreciably brighter than the G15’s display screen, and the distinction does show. Games and pictures had been excellent to appearance at, with sharp colorings and details, and the matte texture gets rid of all glare even at low degrees of brightness.
The M16 additionally has a mild benefit as an Intel device in that it is able to assist Thunderbolt four. It has a Thunderbolt four port similarly to a Type-C, a strength port, an Ethernet jack, a headphone jack, an HDMI, and a USB-A port at the left and a microSD slot, a lock slot, and a USB-A at the right. It’s an amazing selection, aleven though I desire the ports had been greater flippantly distributed — seven of the ten are at the left side.
The M16 has one more function that’s specific a few of the latest Zephyrus line: a webcam. Yes, there may be a webcam! Both the G15 and the G14 lack this function, and I’m absolutely now no longer positive why — even as now no longer all of us wishes one, it might make each laptops greater appealing purchases for all people like me who’s regularly on video calls. The M16’s 720p digital digicam isn’t great, however it’s now no longer terrible, and that’s pronouncing lots for a pc webcam. I become pretty clean on Zoom calls, and the noise-canceling microphones did a first-class activity of choosing up my voice as well.
But the M16 doesn’t maintain as much as its AMD counterpart in maximum different areas — and unfortunately, gaming is one in all them.
The M16 averaged 236fps on CS:GO, which means it’ll take complete benefit of the 165Hz display screen on less difficult esports titles. But it had greater problem on AAA games. It averaged 46fps on Red Dead Redemption 2’s Ultra preset (55fps with DLSS on “Quality,” 48fps in 1440p) and 42fps with all sliders maxed. On Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s maximum preset, the M16 averaged 38fps with ray tracing on Ultra (46fps with DLSS on, 40fps in 1440p) and 63fps with ray tracing off (68fps in 1440p).
Those effects appearance reasonable — till you examine them to the G15. The AMD-powered device that we examined is the precise equal rate as this M16 unit, however it has a GeForce RTX 3070. That’s technically best one step up from the RTX 3060, however those numbers illustrate how massive that step is. The G15 (at 2560 x 1440) were given 58fps on Red Dead on Ultra, 61fps on Tomb Raider with ray tracing on, and 81fps on Tomb Raider with ray tracing off. That’s a legitimate drubbing from an identically priced unit.