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ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 review: Styling on the competition

A huge flex of your gaming prowess and wallet capacity



As they say in 2023, “if it ain’t broke, just upgrade it a little” and ASUS ROG is living by this with their latest line of laptops for the year. In this case, a lot of the upgrades are more internal with the goal of boosting gaming performance as a whole. On the outside, there would be tiny adjustments to fit all the upgraded hardware easily.

Such is the case for the 2023 version of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16, a gaming machine with all the right tools for a competitive gaming experience. It’s a laptop that hinges well on its power when delivering excellent performance, mostly due to the hardware inside it. For this year, nothing much has changed on the outside and every little thing inside got some form of an upgrade.

Do these upgrades make the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 a better gaming laptop overall?

The outside they didn’t change

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Upon unboxing the device, the first thing you will notice is, well, there’s really nothing different from last year’s model. It comes in a rather subtle Off-Black colorway, in a chassis that is a bit heavy to bring around. As usual, all of the ports can be found on either side, with a full array of USB–As, USB-Cs, an HDMI 2.1 port, and even a microSD card reader. 

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Plastered on top of the lid is an innovation of the ROG in the AniMe Matrix. Unlike previous iterations, this one is a bit brighter than before, and also comes with more features to show off your individuality to others. Also, this version of the Matrix now has its own Virtual Pet mode, which does look great on the LED light-powered lid.

Overall, the exterior looks pretty much the same as before. Even with some minor tweaks and adjustments to hardware placement plus the AniMe Matrix, there’s really nothing else they did differently. The inside, however, is a totally different story.

Boosted internal upgrades

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A chunk of the upgrades were given to the internals in order to fully bring out the device’s new found power. For starters, the ROG Zephyrus M16 comes with an 11th-gen Intel Core i9 processor and 64GB of RAM — a near perfect fit for any kind of task. Also, it comes with a powerful NVIDIA RTX 4090 and 2TB worth of SSD storage, which is great for playing and storing a library of competitive and casual games.

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Even the device’s display received a considerable upgrade in the form of the 16-inch WQHD Nebula Display that comes with a 240Hz refresh rate. Ideally, every application, video, and game that loads up comes with near-perfect colors at the right brightness. Another thing is that the display supports G-SYNC so less stuttery frames when playing your favorite games.

When putting everything together, this device packs more than a punch for every task you throw at it. Whether you’re catching up on your favorite shows, playing and streaming your gaming content, or you’re editing multiple high-resolution videos, the ROG Zephyrus M16 does these all without a hitch. 

Ray tracing and gaming done right

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Another aspect the ROG Zephyrus M16 improves on is its gaming capabilities with the RTX 4090 inside. The expectation here is that the gaming experience would be significantly better, especially on the ray tracing front. However, previous versions of an RTX GPU for laptops have produced rather subpar results when ray tracing is used in-game.

This time, that’s not the case as games that support ray tracing looked stunning and hit respectable frame rates. From our tests, frame rate went up to around 50 to 58 FPS for supported games like Fortnite, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Cyberpunk 2077. At these rates, there were no observable drops in graphic quality, which made the experience more immersive and less jittery than before.

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Even without this setting turned on, frame rates on most titles were excellent. Competitive shooters and battle royale games peaked at 240 FPS on their highest settings, which is what you’re expecting out of an RTX 4090. Also, the 240Hz G-SYNC-compatible display supported each game you play with little to no pixels out of place during crucial moments.

Even the best can overheat

Alas, even with all the power packed into one device, it can only do so much to keep everything cooled down. For laptops like the ROG Zephyrus M16, you should expect extreme heat during and after playing intense games as it performs better every hour. In this case, however, there were a few things that made the experience not as pleasant as one would think.

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For the most part, the ROG Zephyrus M16 boasts a CoolZone Keyboard Design feature that ideally distributes warmth evenly when using the keyboard. Unfortunately, most of the heat was still packed around the four most commonly used keys for gamers, the WASD keys. Other parts of the keyboard were also warm, but not as much compared to those four keys in particular.

The only few good points about this device on the cooling front are that it doesn’t immediately heat up after opening it, and it cools down easily. It’s a relief that you adjust the settings through Armoury Crate, especially to set up certain applications to follow specific power settings.

Can only go so far

In terms of overall battery life, the ROG Zephyrus M16 fares decently in that regard considering the hardware it carries. From our tests, the device lasts a good seven hours running on a full battery for most use cases. Of course, gaming on it full time cuts that time significantly to just an hour and a half on average. For the price this device comes in, it’s definitely decent but there are longer lasting options out there.

Charge times for this device aren’t too shabby either, with the 280W adapter requiring at least two hours to fully charge the device. It also comes with a 100W USB Type-C charger, which is great for charging other USB-C supported devices. However, charge time with this one took seven hours to fully charge the ROG Zephyrus M16.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

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At PhP 339,995, the 2023 version of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 provides a great gaming experience through and through. All the upgraded internals had pushed this device to be an all-around powerhouse for whatever you throw at it. Even without any difference from the last iteration, minor improvements to the AniMe Matrix allow you to show off your personality a little bit more.

As expected, heat and battery length stand out as key considerations when you’re using this for a lengthy amount of time. After our tests, these were not total dealbreakers given the internal hardware that the device carries. Although, there is potential for it to greatly affect the experience, especially on the go.

Overall, the ROG Zephyrus M16 was always designed to be one of the best gaming laptops out there, and this iteration is just no different. There are more affordable options for this model, with one of them at PhP 169,995 for the RTX 4070 model. Even so, that’s still an impressive piece of work that will elevate the gaming experience further.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: Release date, pre-order revealed

Be Greater. Together.



Spider-Man 2

The release date of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has been revealed. The much anticipated sequel will drop on October 20 for PlayStation 5.

The game will come in Standard, Digital Deluxe, and Collector’s editions, for the following prices

Standard Edition

  • Singapore: SG$ 97.90
  • Malaysia: MYR 299
  • Indonesia: IDR 1,029,000
  • Philippines: PhP 3,490
  • Vietnam: PhP 1,799,000

Digital Deluxe Edition

  • Singapore: SG$ 109.00
  • Malaysia: MYR 399
  • Indonesia: IDR 1,179,000
  • Philippines: N/A
  • Vietnam: N/A

Collector’s Edition

  • Singapore: SG$ 318.90
  • Malaysia: MYR 969
  • Indonesia: IDR 3,349,000
  • Philippines: PhP 11,490
  • Vietnam: PhP 5,799,000

Pre-orders will start on June 16 in all participating retailers and PlayStation stores.

The Digital Deluxe edition will include the game, all pre-order incentives, as well as 10 unique suits – five for each – additional Photo Mode frames and stickers, and two additional skill points.

For hardcore fans, the Collector’s Edition includes a voucher for the Digital Deluxe Edition, as well as a Steelbook case, and an extraordinary, high-quality 19-inch statue featuring both Spider-Men battling Venom.

Explore New York as both Peter, Miles

In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, players will get to experience Marvel’s New York as both the protagonists. The main storyline will have them take both Spider-Men at different points of the campaign.

As players explore Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, fan-favorite villains like Venom, Lizard, and Kraven will threaten them, and it’s up to them to utilize Peter and Miles’ new abilities to win.

Eddie Brock isn’t Venom

Another sort of big reveal is that Venom won’t be Eddie Brock which is how it initially played out in the original comic books. Insomniac Games Creative Director confirmed as much at the Summer Game Fest 2023.

“It is not Eddie Brock, our goal was to tell an original story something you haven’t seen in the comics and the movies yet,” said Intihar.

Watch the clip. 

SEE ALSO: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 shows 10 minutes of gameplay

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Fans created an amazing remake of Final Fantasy IX

It’s the best game you won’t be able to play



Remakes are popular in the world of gaming these days. Three Japanese studios — Square Enix, Capcom, and Konami — all have released or upcoming remakes of their popular titles. However, the most impressive remake right now comes from somewhere other than these three giants. A group of fans have successfully recreated Final Fantasy IX with modern graphics.

Initially released way back in 2000, Final Fantasy IX remains one of the most endearing entries in the decades-long franchise. It was released for the original PlayStation. Of course, because of the hardware limitations back then, the original game looks dated.

Now, more than two decades after the original game’s release, a team of over fifty fans worked hard since 2021 to create a short demo of Final Fantasy IX using modern technology. The team does have a storied resume, though. It included individuals with experience from big companies like Sony, Blizzard, Riot Games, and Sucker Punch.

Unfortunately, if you want to play the remade game, you’re out of luck. The Memoria Project, as the collective is known, has no intentions of releasing a finished game — unless Square Enix gives them explicit permission to do so. Given how accurate the project is to the original game, copyright infringement is a legitimate concern.

As such, all fans have right now is a 25-minute gameplay video showcasing the opening Alexandria section of the game. It’s an impressive showcase, though. If you were a fan of the original, check out the video.

SEE ALSO: Final Fantasy XVI PS5 Bundle announced

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Diablo IV will get two expansions

Hell is expanding



In today’s gaming landscape, live-service games often come with a veneer of controversy. While the format ensures content continuously pouring through the gate, a lot of players equate it to the plagued world of microtransactions. Eager to break out of the stereotype, the newly released Diablo IV, itself a live-service game, is already promising a wealth of content coming in the future — including two expansion packs.

In an interview with Kinda Funny Games on YouTube, the franchise’s general manager Rod Fergusson has confirmed that the newly released entry in the popular series is getting at least two expansions down the line. With the live-service format, the studio can focus on polishing the content, rather than rushing them through the gate, according to Fergusson.

Though the expansions are already confirmed, neither Fergusson nor Blizzard have confirmed where the expansions will take players next. Both expansions will include unnamed narrative storylines, rather than focusing on introducing new mechanics.

Also, it will likely take a while before either expansion is announced. After all, Diablo IV just released a few days ago. Plus, the developers are working on putting out the first season of the title’s battle pass.

Two expansions are quite impressive for the new title. Both Diablo II and Diablo III only had one expansion.

SEE ALSO: Diablo IV is Blizzard’s fastest selling game ever

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