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ASUS ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502 Gaming Laptop

NEX score 71%

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Product Overview

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502 is a 15.6-inch ultra-portable gaming laptop that also caters to content creators. It is available with up to RTX 2070 graphics and Core i7-10875H CPU.
The Zephyrus M15 GU502 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.
For serious gaming, ASUS offers the ROG Strix SCAR 15 and SCAR 17. The ROG Zephyrus S15 and S17 are ultra-portable versions of the SCAR-series with minimal compromise, while the ROG Strix G15 and G17 are tuned-down versions of the SCAR-series. The flagship this year is the Zephyrus Duo 15 that comes with dual 4K displays.
ASUS also markets AMD-powered Zephyrus G14 and G15 for those that prefer the red team.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Slim, compact design
  • Bright, high-contrast display
  • Good gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Slow display response times
  • Slow SD card reader

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Weak webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No webcam
  • No fingerprint reader
  • No external mouse
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
FHD 144Hz
FHD 240Hz
UHD

Connectivity

Ports
1x Thunderbolt 3 + 2x UBS 3.2 Gen1 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x 3.5mm Audio combo
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
76 Wh
Camera | Front
Optional
Colors
Brushed Black or Prism Gray
Microphone
Array microphone
Speakers
2x speaker with smart AMP technology

Dimensions

Size | Depth
25.2 cm
Size | Height
1.89 cm Brushed Black / 1.99 cm Prism Gray
Size | Width
36.0 cm
Weight
1.9 kg

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS, matte
FHD 240HzGamut
100% sRGB
UHDGamut
100% Adobe RGB
FHD 240HzRefresh Rate
144 or 240 Hz
UHDRefresh Rate
60 Hz
FHD 144HzRefresh Rate
144 or 240 Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080) or 4K UHD (3840x2160)
FHD 240HzResponse Time
3 ms

Function

Audio
ESS Sabre DAC
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, RTX 2060 6GB, or RTX 2070 8GB
Keyboard Backlight
Per-key RGB lighting
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H or i7-10875H
RGB Lighting
Aura Sync
Variable Framerate
G-Sync

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Up to 32 GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply
230 W
Storage
Up to 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe

Production

Debut
2020-04

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502L in review: Compact gaming notebook with Turbo reserves. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Zephyrus-M15-GU502L-in-review-Compact-gaming-notebook-with-Turbo-reserves.496316.0.html. 2020-09-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 (GU502LW) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/asus-rog-zephyrus-m15-gu502lw. 2020-08-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/asus-rog-zephyrus-m15-gu502. 2020-11-02. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 (GU502) Review: Solid, but Outshined by AMD. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asus-rog-zephyrus-m15-gu502. 2020-07-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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