ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502, 2020) Review Rundown

ASUS | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of ASUS Zephyrus M15
  • Slim, compact design
  • Bright, high-contrast display
  • Good gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • Slow display response times
  • Slow SD card reader

Summary

Asus Zephyrus M15 (GU502) is a slim, compact gaming laptop of the 15.6-inch format. It shares the its chassis with the Zephyrus S15, except for dropping the expanding vent. It adds Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and ESS Sabre DAC while doing away with the RTX 2080 SUPER graphics: all these changes make it more attune for professional use.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zephyrus M15 GU502L is a slim, compact gaming laptop of the 15.6-inch format. The Core i7-10750H six-core processor (Comet Lake) operates at a basic speed of 2.6 GHz. With Turbo Boost, the clock speed can be increased to 4.3 GHz on six cores and up to 5 GHz on a single core.
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Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • NVMe SSD
  • Good input devices
  • Good battery life
  • Good system performance
Cons[**]
  • Only one USB Type-C port
  • Slow SD card reader

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 48%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The display is calibrated pretty well out of the box despite the narrow 59 percent sRGB coverage. LatencyMon shows DPC latency issues when opening multiple tabs on our homepage. 4K UHD playback at 60 FPS is otherwise smooth and with no dropped frames. The medium-sized (~16.5 x 7.6 x 3.2 cm) 230 W AC adapter allows for recharging while running demanding loads.
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Pros[**]
  • IPS display with 60 percent sRGB coverage
  • Slim bezels and narrow color space
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • USB Type-C charging
Cons[**]
  • Slow display response times when gaming
  • Slow SD card reader
  • Low color space coverage

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Asus has been delivering some killer gaming laptops in 2020, and the ROG Zephyrus M15 is no exception. This year's model and its Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 2070 (Max-Q) GPU, and 1TB solid-state drive offer a much better value at a lower price. It's lighter than some premium thin gaming laptops like the Razer Blade 15 (4.73 pounds)
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Pros[**]
  • Compact and light for a 15-inch gaming laptop
  • High-refresh screen
  • Good battery life
  • 1TB solid-state drive
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as competitors

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502 is an excellent mid-range gaming laptop. It's one of the most stylish gaming laptops on the market right now – but that does come at a price. The 512GB SSD will fill up with games pretty quickly, and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU isn't likely to be up to playing the latest games with settings whacked up to full.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek and light design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre graphics performance

tomshardware[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
Asus' ROG Zephyrus M15 is a fairly thin (0.7 inches) slab of a laptop with just enough smart style to keep it from looking drab. On the Grand Theft Auto V benchmark (1920 x 1080 very high), its score of 61 frames per second is enough to push it ahead of the much pricier Dell XPS 15. But the runaway winner in this notoriously CPU-favoring title is Asus' own Zeph Cyrus G14, which was $1,499.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design with a wide-gamut 4K display
  • Solid build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Boot drive is a bit shallow
  • Only one USB-C port

references

  1. 1. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502L in review: Compact gaming notebook with Turbo reserves. Notebookcheck. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Asus Zephyrus M15 GU502LU vs. GU502LW: What's The Difference?. Notebookcheck. 14 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 (GU502LW) Review. Pcmag. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502 review. Techradar. 02 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 (GU502) Review: Solid, but Outshined by AMD. Tomshardware. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  7. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  8. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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