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ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502, 2020) Review Rundown

ASUSPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Slim, compact design
  • Bright, high-contrast display
  • Good gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons**
  • 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[*] 63%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
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. Gaming, video editing and image processing do not pose any major challenges for the device. The system does not appear to be suitable for real-time video and audio editing.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • Full HD resolution
  • NVMe SSD
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zephyrus M15 is a very appealing laptop with few weak points. It's not the most affordable rig, but many more expensive machines have crossed our testing benches. Compared to the others, its RTX 2070 (Max-Q) GPU isn't dominant.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-quality aluminum build
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Weak webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502 is an affordable gaming laptop. It has a 1080p display with a 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. This is ideal for gamers who want to play fast-paced games. The trackpad beneath the keyboard isn't huge, but is big enough to use comfortably, and does the job well enough.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Extremely thin and light
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No external mouse

tomshardware[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The ROG Zephyrus M15 is the hottest laptop we've tested since MSI's GS66 Stealth. It's even hotter than that laptop up top on the keyboard. At the very least, you'll want to game with the M15 on a desk or table rather than your lap. The $1,579 model with the GTX 2070 is definitely worth paying the extra $279.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Strong performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No webcam
  • No fingerprint reader

References

2. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 (GU502LW) Review. pcmag. 2020-08-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502 review. techradar. 2020-11-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 (GU502) Review: Solid, but Outshined by AMD. tomshardware. 2020-07-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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