Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 Review


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 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 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.

When it comes to benchmarks, the ROG Zephyrus M16 scored 8,636 on 3DMark Time Spy(DirectX 12) and the average score for this device was 9,633 according to the tool. The graphics score was 8,405 with 56.15 FPS and 47.18 FPS in both tests, while the CPU score was 10,234. On Geekbench, the ROG Zephyrus M16 managed a score of 1618 in the single-core test and 9563 in the multi-core test, while the Compute Benchmark for the RTX 3070 returned scores of 1,22,908 and 1,10,866 for CUDA and OpenCL tests respectively. On Novabench, the device scored 4,134, with a CPU score of 2026 and GPU score of 1,392, with 255 FPS at 720p with DirectX 11.

In real-world game testing, the ROG Zephyrus M16 was able to handle titles like Genshin Impact and Fortnite on the highest settings effortlessly with an average of 67 FPS and 69 FPS respectively. We played titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Saints Row 3 Remastered and while they ran fine at 1080p resolution, we saw performance drop while playing Red Read Redemption 2 with around 54 FPS.