ASUS ROG Zephyrus G Review: Gorgeous and Portable AAA Gaming Beast

Fits in most backpacks, and doesn’t (totally) hurt your wallet.

Sleek, gorgeous and compact, ASUS Republic of Gamers’ Zephyrus G is one of the newest offerings from the acclaimed PC hardware and Laptop brand that is powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q. A surprising, yet still very likely hardware combination, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G packs whatever potential that it may have on a 15-inch frame, and attempts to deliver what could be your budget-friendly, AAA Gaming Notebook Experience.

Tech Specs

Note: Listed below are the actual specifications of our review device.

Model ROG Zephyrus G GA502
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
RAM 16GB DDR4 2400MHz
Storage 512 GB SSD
Display 15.6-inch Non-glare Full HD  vIPS-level panel
1920 x 1080 resolution, 120hz Refresh Rate
Ports
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort™ 1.4
  • 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0b
  • 1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
  • 1 x Kensington lock
  • 1 x RJ-45 jack
Input
  • Chiclet-style backlit Keyboard
  • Volume Up/Volume Up Hotkeys
  • Mute Hotkey
  • ASUS Armory Crate Hotkey
Audio 2 x Speakers with Smart Amp
Dimensions
  • Width: 36.0 cm
  • Depth: 25.2 cm
  • Weight: 2.1 kg

Build and Aesthetics

Precise, and technologically sexy would be a few fancy words to describe the overall look of the ASUS Zephyrus G. Going for a more professional rather than the game-y look, the ASUS Zephyrus G incorporates a more sharp tone in terms of aesthetic, partnered with its matte finish with a dash of metallic feel. The finish though is a bit of a fingerprint magnet, and, just like the previous ASUS ROG notebook that we reviewed, the ASUS ROG Strix Scar II it’s easier to leave smudge from your fingers when using or holding the device over cleaning it, but not that we’re complaining. With its Max-Q design, the device is thin, light and obviously compact. In contrast to the previous Zephyrus models though, this one does not come with the signature ventilation module, although amply sized vents can be located on the back and right side.

If there’ anything that we found new or surprising with the ASUS Zephyrus G, it’s the lack, or removal, of the built-in webcam. It’s a choice that we’re still not sure would really benefit the model as even though Gamers and/or Content Creators, who are the target market of the ASUS Zephyrus G, are more inclined to buy proper Web Cameras rather than using ones that are built into the laptop, the convenience of having one for generic Video Calls or Meetings is still something that we wanna consider. Overall input is nothing too fancy, and personally, I prefer the single backlight on peripherals rather than peppering it with RGB. If there’s a gripe that we can think of in terms of the build though, it’s the minor lack of some Ports and a rather weird placement of the Power Port which sits right in the middle of the left end of the device. As stated in the specs, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G only comes with 3 USB 3.1 Type-A ports and an additional Type C port that can also function as a Display Port. This would partially mean that the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G might not be the top option if you’re looking for a desktop replacement unless you wanna invest in additional, and quality USB hubs, and even a Card Reader, if you mostly use SD Cards to transfer data over, as the device also lacks an SD Card port.

 

Benchmark Scores – CPU, Memory and Storage performance

We ran the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G to a series of tests focusing first on its AMD Ryzen 7 3750H CPU with 16GB of DDR4 RAM configuration to help assess its compute performance when doing tasks which include encoding/rendering and multi-core processing simulations. The results were pretty par, to say the least, as per GeekBench scores, Single Core performance scored high at 4253 however, its multi-core process simulations only yielded 14034. Cinebench R20 gave us a score of 1813 on its standard Benchmark tests, while, when talking about Render Times, the ASUS Zephyrus G was able to finish Blender’s BMW render in 9 minutes and 50 seconds while the Classroom file took a little longer at 31 minutes and 49 seconds.

 

Game Performance Benchmarks

Although there have been a few reservations regarding how the Max-Q design factor affects the overall performance of the GPU, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G’s NVIDIA GeForce 1660Ti video card config does not disappoint and, together with the rest of its moving parts is able to deliver more than par in terms of overall gaming performance. Also, take note that, just like our previous review, all proprietary graphical effects from NVIDIA that are available in the games that we tested are turned On as to help get a better gauge at the device’s performance.

 

Display Impressions

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G uses a 120 Hz vIPS panel with an 81% Screen to body ratio, employing what may become their thin-bezel aesthetic. Color accuracy is really good with vibrant colors and sharp images. One additional thing that we have noticed though is that even with most of the games that we have tested barely reaching 60 FPS on High/Very High/Ultra Presets, the animations still look good, of course, this is due to the fact that high refresh rate displays usually churn out smoother-looking animations and the jitters are, for the most part, nearly negligible, but then again that’s just stating the obvious.

Overall Verdict

A good all-rounder on the entry, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G proves that you don’t have to shell out a lot just to achieve AAA gaming performance, all packed inside a portable frame. At only 15-inches, carrying all the power that the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G around is never a hassle, and helps make sure that you can easily whip it out every time you’re ready to game. Still though, as much as it delivers a lot on the gaming end, heavy workloads might be a bit of a challenge, but not something that this 15-inch beast is going to back out of. We give the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G our glorious Gold award.

Be sure to get yours now for only PHP 84,995 in the ASUS ROG Mall of Asia and ROG Concept Stores Nationwide.

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