Review: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G GA502 Gaming Laptop

The Zephyrus gaming laptops by ASUS ROG came as a herald of a new era in laptop gaming, combining immense graphics power in a sleek, highly portable form factor. And today we’re checking out the Zephyrus G GA502, a budget variant from the line-up which sports a Ryzen 7 processor and a GTX 1660Ti MaxQ. Does it live up to the hype? Let’s find out.

The Zephyrus G GA502, much like its other family members, is a striking combination of elegance and simplicity. It sports a brushed metal finish on the lid, with a red-backlit ROG logo tucked on one side. The build quality is quite impressive, with almost no flex while opening the lid. For a laptop that’s only about 0.8 inches thick, it’s a huge plus point. And it weighs about 2.1kg, which means that you can carry this 15.6-inch laptop anywhere without problems.

Even within its slim form factor, the Zephyrus manages to pack almost all options you need for connectivity. On the left side, there’s a LAN port, an HDMI port, one USB 3 Type-A port, one Type-C port, and a 3.5mm jack. On the right, you can find two more USB 3 Type-A ports.

Opening the laptop, you can see that the display has minimal bezels on three sides, and interestingly enough, there’s no webcam. Which is not exactly a problem because laptop webcams aren’t known for their high quality anyway, but can still come in handy if you’re using the laptop for everyday work too. The keyboard is quite comfortable, even though the slim body means the key travel is a bit less. But they can still be used equally well for both typing and gaming for extended periods of time, and you have dedicated keys for volume and mic control. There’s no numpad, but it does have a separate column of dedicated keys for Page Up, Page Down, Home and End functions. Instead of full on RGB backlighting, the keyboard here features a simple white backlight. The mousepad is pretty big and comfortable to use as well, with multi-finger gestures being easily recognized.

Now that we’ve covered all the basics, let’s talk about the specs and performance.

The Zephyrus G GA502 packs in a Ryzen 3750H, 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM, a GTX 1660Ti MaxQ graphics card and a 512GB NVMe SSD. If you think you might run out of space, there is an expansion slot for another PCIe NVMe card, so you can easily upgrade the storage. The display is a 15.6-inch 120Hz panel.

These are some decently powerful specs, and that is reflected in both the gaming and normal use benchmarks. Whether you’re using it for your daily work or playing the latest AAA titles, the laptop should be able to handle it with ease. On a mixture of high and medium settings, you’ll be easily able to hit 60+ FPS in all the latest games.

Playing on the Zephyrus was a pretty great experience, with its high performance complemented by the display and audio. The 120Hz panel may not be very colorful, but it does lead to a smooth gaming experience and is great for watching movies too. It has a matte finish, so you don’t have to worry about glares, and is bright enough to be used comfortably in well-lit areas. The audio is impressive too, and the two bottom facing speakers do an impressive job of delivering booming, clear sound, whether you’re playing some music or busy in an intense gaming session.

When it comes to battery life, the Zephyrus performs just as well as you’d expect from most gaming laptops. It lasted a little over 3 hours of average daily use, including web browsing and video playback.

The Verdict

At a price point of INR 89,990 (Flipkart), the Zephyrus G GA502 offers an impressive combination of performance and portability. It may not be as powerful as its Intel counterpart, but it also won’t put a huge dent in your wallet. This is a solid option for gamers who don’t really care about running every single game on the highest graphics setting and want a device that can double up as a work laptop too.

DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment Announced

Today we’re excited to introduce the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment to gamers of all skill levels who enjoy playing competitively. This new attachment elevates your gameplay by delivering more versatility and performance, while maintaining the comfort and feel of the DualShock 4 wireless controller you’ve come to love.

Its sleek design, with two programmable and highly tactile back buttons, allows you to utilize more of your hand to shorten your response time and gives you more flexibility in competitive gameplay.

• Responsive Back Buttons and High-fidelity OLED Screen: The two back buttons can map up to 16 different actions such as triangle, circle, R1 and R2 to name a few and provide amazing tactile feedback, so you can jump and slide without missing a beat. The attachment also features an integrated OLED display that provides real time information around button assignments.

• Highly Configurable: A dedicated button allows you to remap back button inputs on the fly, so you are always prepared no matter what game you’re playing. Furthermore, you can save and choose up to three different profiles for use in various games and there is also a headset pass-through for connecting any 3.5mm wired headset to the controller.

• Developed by PlayStation: The product is tested and approved for all of your favorite PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR titles, and is built with the ergonomics of the DS4 in mind.

The Back Button Attachment launches in US and Canada on January 23, 2020, for SRP $29.99 USD, $39.99 CAD, so make sure to pick one up if you’re looking to play and compete at your best.

Ike Nnoli – Peripherals Global Marketing, SIE


Review: Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset

Logitech has been a well-known brand in the PC market for a long time, but it’s only recently that they decided to double down on the gaming segment with their G series. Now we have an entire range of keyboards, mice and headsets designed specifically with gamers in mind, and today we’re checking out something that’s made for the professionals, the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset. Let’s check out how Pro it really is, shall we?

From the first look itself, it’s clear that this isn’t the kind of headset we’ve seen from Logitech before. Instead of different colours, we have a monochromatic look, with a glossy Logitech logo in the middle of a silver circle on each ear cup. The entire headset has a premium, high-grade metal feel to it, with luxurious leather padding on the headband. Without going for any RGB frills, it keeps things simple and classy, setting itself apart from the crowd.

From connectivity to comfort, the amount of options that the Logitech G Pro X offers is impressively mind-boggingly. No matter what kind of setup you have or what your preferences are, chances are it will work for you without any hassles. You can connect it to your console with the 3.5mm pin, or use the included splitter to connect it to your PC. There’s a USB adapter too, if you want to use that. Mind though, you will need the USB adapter to leverage the software level customizations. The mic is completely detachable, and get this, is made by Blue, the company renowned for making mics. Plus, the headset comes not with one, but two sets of ear cups. If you find don’t find the leather one comfortable, you can pick the foam one, or vice versa. It’s like an all-inclusive package that takes care of everyone and everything.

The headset is pretty lightweight, and both sets of ear cups are equally comfortable, it just comes to personal preference about which one suits you more. However, adjusting the headset does take a bit of work and it can feel a little tight in the beginning. It’s a matter of trying it again and again to find the right fit.

It doesn’t matter what kind of games you play, the Logitech G Pro X delivers a solid audio experience. The gunshots boom with the bass, enemy footsteps are crisp and clear, and the direction from which your enemies are firing at you is discernible as well. All these qualities really stand as a testament to the headset’s strengths as it is primarily aimed at tournament professionals. It can also prove equally advantageous to streamers whose main focus is eSports titles, whether it’s PUBG, CS:GO or DOTA, or any other game for that matter.

It’s also where the G Pro X’s mic quality comes into the picture. On its own, the mic sounds okay, but as soon as you enable the Blue Voice functionality, everything changes. The audio quality becomes much better and though you won’t find yourself turning into a singer overnight, you’ll be able to communicate much more clearly and efficiently in your games.

At a price point of INR 13,270, The Logitech G Pro X headset may seem expensive at first, but it comes with a surprising range of options that some of its competitors fail to offer in the same price bracket. Not only is it completely tournament ready, but it can also provide an all-in-one audio solution to streamers who are on a tight budget and can’t afford to buy a dedicated mic and sound setup. If you can spare the money and are on the lookout for a feature-rich headset, this is not a bad deal at all.

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Review: HyperX Savage EXO External SSD

External SSDs are still catching up when it comes to popularity, but their advantages over portable HDDs cannot be overstated. Not only are they faster, but they’re also more secure and less prone to damage. Today we’re taking a look at the HyperX Savage Exo external SSD. Let’s see how it fares, shall we?

The HyperX Savage EXO is a USB 3.1 Gen2 external SSD and is quite a looker. It’s light and compact and features an angular design that is actually quite classy. It has a dark metallic grey finish on the top and bottom, and is lined with black on the sides. There’s a single LED light that lets you know the SSD is connected and in use.

For data transmission, the SSD makes use of a USB Type-C port. And to make sure that the user doesn’t have to worry about arranging a converter, it comes with two cables; one USB Type-A to Type-C and one with USB Type-C connectors on both ends. It measures 123.82 x 48.61 x 10.24mm and weighs just under 60 grams, so like we said, it’s pretty compact and lightweight. And the compatibility ranges from Windows 7, Mac OS X, Linux and consoles like PS4 and Xbox One as well. Needless to say, it covers all the bases there.

As great as the SSD looks, when it comes to performance, suffice it to say it’s not the best out there. The specs claim the sequential read and write speeds to be 500 and 480 MB/s respectively, but the real-world performance doesn’t come anywhere close to that. For smaller files, it’s great and maintains the speeds mentioned in the specs, but for longer data transfers the write speed falls down. The read performance, on the other hand, is impressive throughout and the SSD does a great job loading up and applications and games.

The HyperX Savage EXO SSD is a great option for both average PC use and gaming. Starting at a price point close to INR 7000, it comes with amazing looks and mostly great performance. The only downside is low write speeds when it comes to transferring large files, but for everyday use, whether it’s carrying your data around or booting up your games, it gets the job done well.

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HyperX 2019 Product Line-up For Gamers

HyperX Cloud Alpha S

The HyperX Cloud Alpha™ S builds upon the groundbreaking Cloud Alpha and features custom-tuned HyperX virtual 7.1 surround sound1. With the included audio control mixer, you can activate the surround sound and adjust the game audio and chat balance without having to go into any menus. Bass adjustment sliders have been added to the ear cups so you can personalize your audio. The Cloud Alpha S still features the dual-chamber driver system which reduces distortion and provides clearer sound, as well as signature HyperX comfort afforded by the memory foam ear cushions, which have been upgraded with extra breathable leatherette.

Features of HyperX Cloud Alpha S

  • Custom-tuned HyperX 7.1. surround sound1
  • Bass adjustment sliders
  • HyperX Dual Chamber Drivers
  • Game and chat balance
  • Signature HyperX comfort
  • Durable aluminum frame
  • Advanced audio control mixer
  • Detachable noise cancellation mic and braided cable

HyperX Alloy Origins Keyboard

The HyperX Alloy Origins™ is a compact, sturdy keyboard featuring custom HyperX mechanical switches designed to give gamers the best blend of style, performance, and reliability. These key switches have exposed LEDs for stunning lighting with an actuation force and travel distance elegantly balanced for responsiveness and accuracy. Alloy Origins is built with a full aluminum body so it stays rigid and stable when keystrokes are flying, and also features keyboard feet that let you choose from three different tilt levels. Its sleek, compact design frees up space for mouse movement, and it also features a detachable USB Type-C cable for supreme portability.

Customize your lighting, craft macros, and adjust Game Mode with HyperX NGENUITY Software. This powerful, yet easy-to-use program lets you set per-key lighting, layer dazzling lighting effects, and add scores of other personalized touches to your NGENUITY-compatible products.

Features of HyperX Alloy Origins Keyboard

  • HyperX mechanical switches1
  • Full aircraft-grade aluminum body
  • Compact, portable design with detachable USB Type-C cable
  • Dazzling RGB lighting with dynamic effects
  • Advanced customization with HyperX NGENUITY software
  • Three adjustable keyboard angles
  • Onboard memory for three profiles
  • Game Mode, 100% anti-ghosting, and N-key rollover functionalities

HyperX Alloy Core RGB Keyboard

Featuring HyperX’s signature radiant light bar and smooth, dynamic RGB lighting effects, the HyperX Alloy Core RGB™ is ideal for gamers looking to enhance their keyboard’s style and performance without breaking the bank. With six different lighting effects and three brightness levels, it balances both brilliance and budget. Crafted with a durable, reinforced plastic frame, the Alloy Core RGB was constructed for stability and reliability for gamers who want a keyboard that will last. The soft-touch keys have a tactile feel, yet are tuned to be quiet, and they also feature gaming-grade anti-ghosting functionality and key rollover. It’s spill resistant, tested to withstand 120ml of liquid, so beverage accidents won’t put an end to your game. The dedicated media controls and quick-access buttons for lighting and Game Mode place control right at your fingertips. Keyboard Lock allows you to lock your keyboard down without having to put your entire system on standby. The Alloy Core RGB is stylish, well-featured and durable, making it a great all-around multimedia keyboard for gamers.

Features of HyperX Alloy Core RGB Keyboard

  • Signature light bar and dynamic RGB lighting effects
  • Durable, solid frame
  • Quiet, responsive keys with anti-ghosting functionality
  • Spill resistant1
  • Dedicated media controls
  • Quick-access buttons for brightness, lighting modes and Game Mode
  • Keyboard Lock Mode

HyperX Pulsefire Core RGB Mouse

The HyperX Pulsefire Core™ delivers the essentials for gamers looking for a solid, comfortable, wired RGB gaming mouse. The Pixart 3327 optical sensor gives players precise, smooth tracking with no hardware acceleration, and has native DPI settings of up to 6200 DPI. The ergonomically designed Pulsefire Core has textured side grips for a comfortable, non-slip grip and its symmetrical shape is suitable for both palm and claw grips. It features high-quality switches with crisp tactile feedback rated for up to 20 million clicks. Customise lighting, DPI settings and macros for 7 programmable buttons with HyperX NGenuity software and set your mouse up just the way you want it. The large skates on Pulsefire Core help deliver accurate aiming by giving you a smooth, controlled glide as you move the mouse.

Features of Pulsefire Core RGB Mouse

  • Pixart 3327 optical sensor with native DPI of up to 6,200
  • Comfortable symmetric design
  • Seven programmable buttons
  • Easy customisation with HyperX NGenuity software

Large mouse skates for smooth, controlled gliding


Get the upgrade that you need to kick your system’s performance and style into high gear with the HyperX FURY RGB SSD. The drive features a smooth, stunning light bar to give your computer a dash of dazzling RGB lighting. It can also daisy-chain to other RGB devices to sync colours and effects1. Cutting-edge 3D NAND and a Marvell controller give the FURY RGB incredible speeds of 550 MB/s read and 480MB/s write2 while also making the drive more durable and more efficient. With a top case designed to accentuate its lighting, FURY RGB is the premier SSD for computer builders who don’t want to skimp on performance or looks.

Features of HyperX Fury RGB SSD

  • Smooth, stunning RGB lighting with dynamic effects
  • Can daisy-chain to sync with multiple other RGB devices
  • 3D NAND provides increased reliability and efficiency
  • Aggressive styling to accentuate your build

HyperX SAVAGE EXO Solid-State Drive

The HyperX SAVAGE EXO SSD uses 3D NAND technology to deliver SSD speeds more reliably and efficiently than 2D NAND so you can get your games patched, installed and booted faster. Slash load times with a drive that’s up to 20% faster than today’s game systems1. The SAVAGE EXO is easy to connect, works with both Mac® and PC, and can be used on your PlayStation® 4 or Xbox One™ via the USB 3.1 Gen 2 connection2. Weighing in at a trivial 56g, the super-compact SAVAGE EXO is the perfect solution for lightning-quick storage and transfer on the go.

Features of HyperX SAVAGE EXO Solid-State Drive

  • Lightning-quick transfer speeds
  • Simple connectivity for Windows and Mac
  • Compatible with XBOX One and PS4 via USB 3.1 Gen 2
  • Light, portable and compact

Kingston A2000 NVMe PCIe SSD

Kingston’s A2000 NVMe PCIe SSD is an affordable storage solution with impressive performance. Boasting read/write speeds of up to 2,200/2,000MB/s1, A2000 delivers 3x the performance of a SATA SSD with quicker loading times, less power consumption and lower heat. A2000 SSD is designed for the entry-level user, purpose-built system manufacturer, DIY system builder and those seeking to upgrade their PC. With a single-sided slim M.2 design, A2000 works to its full potential when installed in an Ultrabook or a small-form-factor PC (SFF PC) system.

Available in capacities from 250GB–1TB2 to meet your system’s needs. A2000 is a self-encrypting drive that supports end-to-end data protection using 256-bit XTS-AES hardware-based encryption, and allows the use of independent software vendors with TCG Opal 2.0 security management solutions such as Symantec™, McAfee™, WinMagic® and others. A2000 also has built-in eDrive support, a security storage specification for use with BitLocker.

Features of Kingston A2000 NVMe PCIe SSD

  • Incredible NVMe PCIe performance
  • Supports a full-security suite (TCG Opal, AES 256-bit, eDrive)
  • Ideal for Ultrabooks and small form factor PC (SFF PC) systems
  • Upgrade your PC with up to 1TB2

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HyperX Launches Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset in India

 HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the launch of HyperX Cloud Alpha S gaming headset in India. The new addition to HyperX’s gaming headset lineup features custom-tuned HyperX virtual 7.1 surround sound1 and bass adjustment sliders for three levels of bass fine-tuning providing listeners with a richer audio gaming experience. The Cloud Alpha S headset will be available in India through e-tail and retail outlets at an MRP of ₹13,200/-.

The Cloud Alpha S offers the design and sound quality features found in the HyperX Cloud Alpha including dual chamber technology that separates bass frequencies from the mids and highs for more accurate audio. The custom-tuned HyperX virtual 7.1 surround sound with an advanced audio control mixer feature enables surround sound and the ability to adjust the mix between game and chat audio.

“The Cloud Alpha S marries stunning 7.1 surround sound with the same top-notch aesthetics and comfort as the original HyperX Cloud Alpha,” said HyperX. “With these new enhancements, HyperX is expanding its line of Gaming headsets to meet the needs of a range of gamers at all levels.” 

The Cloud Alpha S features signature HyperX comfort with premium memory foam ear cushions, upgraded breathable leatherette and a durable aluminum frame. The headset also comes equipped with a detachable noise cancellation microphone, braided cable, spare set of fabric ear cushions and travel bag

For more information on HyperX Cloud Alpha S and global availability, please visit the HyperX Cloud Alpha S product page:



• Driver: Custom dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets

• Type: Circumaural, Closed back 

• Frequency response: 13Hz – 27kHz 

• Impedance: 65 Ω

• Sound pressure level: 99dBSPL/mW at 1kHz

• T.H.D.: ≤ 1%

• Weight: 310g

• Weight with mic: 321g

• Cable length: 1m

• Connection type: 3.5mm plug (4 pole)


• Element: Electret condenser microphone

• Polar pattern: Bi-directional, Noise-cancelling

• Frequency response: 50Hz – 18kHz

• Sensitivity: -38dBV (0dB=1V/Pa at 1kHz)

USB Audio Control Mixer

• Weight: 57g

• Cable length: 2m

1 Virtual 7.1 surround sound effect output as a 2-channel stereo signal to be used with stereo headphones, compatibility for PC.

About HyperX

HyperX was born from Kingston Technology, the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer, with the goal of providing gamers, PC builders, and power users with high-performance components. For 16 years, the HyperX mission has been to develop gaming products for gamers – high-speed memory, solid state drives, headsets, keyboards, mice, USB flash drives, and mouse pads – to the gaming community and beyond. The award-winning HyperX brand has carved its name atop the leaderboard by consistently delivering products that deliver superior comfort, aesthetics, performance, and reliability. HyperX gear is the choice of pro gamers, tech enthusiasts, and overclockers worldwide because it meets the most stringent product specifications and is built with best-in-class components. HyperX has shipped over 7 million headsets worldwide.

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Logitech Launches G Pro X Headset with Blue Voice Technology

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech and leading innovator of gaming technologies and gear, today introduced two new PRO gaming headsets, the Logitech G PRO X Gaming Headset and the Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset. Designed and engineered in collaboration with top esports athletes, the newest additions to the Logitech G PRO lineup of gaming gear combine incredible comfort and durability with high performing sound and voice technology, so all gamers of all abilities can hear and sound like a pro. The Logitech G PRO X Gaming Headset and the Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset will be priced at INR 13,995.00 and INR 9,995.00, respectively.

The PRO X marks the debut of Blue VO!CE software, developed in partnership with the industry-leading microphone expertise of Blue Microphonespractising using Logitech G HUB advanced gaming software, Blue VO!CE is a suite of real-time microphone effects that enables clean, professional voice communication. The result is you can tune your voice based on your individual preferences, so teammates can hear you better, or you can sound like a professional streamer.

“I was blown away by the difference that Blue VO!CE made in the way the headset’s microphone sounded,” said Hamlinz, TSM Fortnite. “They made a headset sound like a broadcast mic. That’s just dope.”

Out of the box, gamers can use the Blue VO!CE integrated recording and playback function to quickly select a preset filter profile and see which one sounds right for their voice’s unique tone and volume. And, for gamers interested in another level of customization, Blue VO!CE’s advanced mode offers a full set of pro-grade effects including a compressor, de-esser, and de-popper.

“Whether practising, streaming or stomping the competition with some friends, clear communication is the foundation of great teamwork,” said John Maier, president of Blue Microphones. “With this first introduction of Blue VO!CE for Logitech G Pro X, we’re able to help gamers set up incredibly clean, professional communications with only a couple of clicks – so they can be confident they always sound their best.”

To help pros with their rigorous training and travel schedules, the new gaming headsets were developed from the ground up to be comfortable enough to be worn for hours, while still having incredibly high durability. This lightweight design is constructed from aluminium and steel and features soft memory foam earpads and a premium leatherette-wrapped headband. An extra set of velour-covered earpads is included with the PRO X.

“Designing products with professional esports athletes ensures that our gear has everything you need to help you perform your best in-game,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming. “For our new PRO Series gaming headsets, we collaborated with esports players from around the world to help us design a gaming headset that lets you hear and sound like a pro.”

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G PRO X Gaming Headset and the Logitech G PRO Gaming Headset are expected to be available across all major online and offline retail stores for suggested prices of INR 13,995.00 and INR 9,995.00, respectively.  For more information, please visit our websiteour blog.

About Logitech G

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech International, is the global leader in PC and console gaming gear. Logitech G provides gamers of all levels with industry-leading keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads and simulation products such as wheels and flight sticks – made possible through innovative design, advanced technologies and a deep passion for gaming. Founded in 1981, and headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitech G at, the company blog or @LogitechG.

Logitech and other Logitech marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Logitech Europe S.A and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information about Logitech and its products, visit the company’s website at

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