adminSeptember 24, 2018
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Compared to previous models of Asus ROG laptops, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S appears to be well-built and smaller, owing to its slimmer screen bezels and thinner body. As a result, it is the smallest, thinnest, and quietest Nvidia Max-Q laptop ever. However, I am quite concerned whether the company had to cut corners in order to make the Zephyrus S as portable as possible. Let’s find out more.

 

Pros

  • 15-inch gaming laptop in a 14-inch shell
  • Sturdier overall build quality
  • Lightest, thinnest gaming laptop in its class

Cons

  • Graphics max out with Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • Battery size and capacity hasn’t increased

 

Design

The previous model, the Asus ROG Zephyrus, impressed the consumers with its thin and light gaming laptop that showed no compromise whatsoever to its performance. With the Zephyrus S, consumers are sure to become even more impressed.

The Zephyrus S offers a 15-inch gaming laptop that is in a 14-inch body, thanks to its screen bezels being chipped away and by cutting down on the laptop’s thickness. You don’t need to worry, however, because the performance isn’t compromised by these. In fact, the Zephyrus S promises performance that is on par with the Dell XPS 15 and Gigabyte Aero 15 X.

The Zephyrus S measures 12 x 10.6 x 0.59-0.62 inches and weighs about 4.63 pounds or 2.1 kilograms. Moreover, the laptop has also undergone some relevant changes in terms with design, including its slightly hinge-forward design and a silhouette that is quite similar to the Alienware 15.

Performance

The Zephyrus S comes equipped with Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, which is also used by the Razer Blade and MSI GX65 Stealth Thin. So, it is quite reasonable to expect that the performance of the Zephyrus S would be on par with the two.

However, it won’t be able to support the Nvidia GTX 1080 Max-Q as a configurable graphics option. So, if you want Nvidia’s most powerful and thinnest mobile GPU, you’re better off with Alienware 15 and Acer Predator Triton 7000.

According to the laptop’s specifications, the Zephyrus S will make use of a 4-cell 50WHr battery, which can last for about two hours at best.

Price and Availability

The Zephyrus S comes in two different versions: the expensive and powerful GX531GS and the less expensive and less powerful GX531GM.

The GX531GS version, which comes equipped with an Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card, can be availed at Amazon for only $2,199. On the other hand, consumers can also choose to purchase the less expensive GX531GM version, which is equipped with an Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card and sold at around $1,999.

Overall, I do think that the Asus ROG Zephyrus S is a decent gaming laptop as opposed to previous ROG laptop models. Well, it certainly looks the part. However, I’m not so sure about the decision of the company to limit the laptop to Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q and its less than impressive battery life.


adminJune 12, 2018
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Ever since its birth in the 1950s, gaming has blossomed into one of the most profitable and entertaining industries in the world. And indeed, gaming has become so integrated with the modern popular culture that now even our grandparents know what a video game or even Angry Birds Gaming has become a part of some people’s routine, and it’s absolutely difficult to stumble upon someone who hasn’t tried playing a video game before.

Ever since the information age, where there was a rapid shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought via industrialization to an economy based on information technology, there have been countless video games being developed. Among them is Active Shooter, a video game where you can roam the halls and other parts of a school with an assault rifle and simulate a school shooting. In fact, it encourages players to open fire inside classrooms, cafeterias, libraries, and auditoriums. It is quite horrifying how this measly video game could actually encourage real-world attacks.

A Dangerous Video Game Emerges

Active Shooter was first advertised in the aftermath of a recent mass shooting in a Texan school. The ill-advised video game, based on a video posted online, would let you play either as a SWAT team member focused on stopping the school shooting or as the actual shooter. The developer of the video game, I believe, thought that this might be a great idea to profit from.

The video game, developed by Revived Games, marketed it as a dynamic SWAT simulator and was supposed to be released early this June through Steam, a multi-player platform developed by Valve Corporation that is used to distributing games and related media online. Fortunately, after the public shared their outrage over the development of the game, Valve Corporation took it down.

A Troll for Valve

A Valve spokesperson said in an official statement, “We have removed the developer Revived Games and publisher ACID from Steam. This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as “Interactive” and “Elusive Team”. Ata is a troll with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation. His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title. We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve.”

What’s really shocking about all of this is that Valve removed the video game from Steam not because of its content, but rather because of the previous actions of the developer and publisher. What also comes as a surprise is a reason why such a video game got approved in the first place.

In the end, the important thing is that the dangerous games was taken down and wasn’t released to the market. It would have been horrendous if young teens and children got hold of such a game. What may seem like a harmless video game at first could eventually promote violence and murder.



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