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.
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.