When it comes to gaming laptops, we’ve seen a lot of them. We’ve also reviewed the original Zephyrus M from a year ago. There are flaws, sure – but this year’s Zephyrus M has a lot of significant changes. And I have to say, it’s for the better too.
Let’s take a look at this new Zephyrus M and see what has changed and how good is this laptop.
Literally, nothing much to see here. Inside the box, you get the power brick and the laptop.
By looking at the laptop, it might seem like nothing much has changed since the original Zephyrus M. It still has the same boxy design with a rather thin body, has great I/O ports as well. But in truth, ASUS shook things around this time.
On the left side, we have the power jack, Ethernet, HDMI, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, a dedicated microphone-only 3.5mm audio jack, and a combo audio jack.
On the other side, we have a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port with support for DisplayPort, and two more USB 3. Even the temperatures are well-managed as the CPU goes up to 95°C while the GPU is at 84°C tops. Impressive, to say the least.
And yet the Zephyrus M GU502GU manages to retain the traditional laptop build without the moving backplate, yet manages to tame the temperature.
Despite being such a thin laptop, some upgrades can be performed on the Zephyrus M GU502GU. Opening it up is just like any other conventional laptop, and it reveals the internals right away. Straightforward and much easier compared to the original Zephyrus M.
Here we can see that there is another M.2 SSD slot available, and there is also another RAM slot for us. Other than that, nothing can be added. However, I do like how ASUS retains the ease of access to everything. Even servicing can be performed in a matter of minutes.
Having a large 76Wh battery, this laptop can last for a supremely long time. I’ve been using it for 4-5 hours in a single charge while doing heavy Chrome, some YouTubing and also some Photoshop work. I’m floored.
And I can even charge it up with a USB PD power bank with the port at the right side – and that can prolong its battery life.
Is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU worth the price?
For the variant that we have here specifically, it is priced at RM5,999, much cheaper than last year’s Zephyrus M. Comes with a lot of upgrades that improve the overall user experience by a lot. The only downside here is the lack of a Thunderbolt 3 port, but no one uses that even though it is a versatile port.
In short, I think that this is a great laptop for its price. I highly recommend this laptop for those who want to seek out a thin and relatively gaming laptop. It has a great battery life and also a surprisingly enjoyable keyboard to type on.