Gaming made portable.
It’s slim and lightweight – that’s the first thing you’d notice about the Zephyrus S GX502G, a new iteration of the notebook series under the Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand of Asus. It may be thin, but the GX502G packs in enough power deliver high frame rates that make it one of our favorite portable gaming machines this year.
The GX502G doesn’t stray away in terms of design, unlike its other gaming notebooks. You’ll find the typical backlit chiclet-style keyboard that supports RGB lighting along with the standard trackpad when you open up the notebook. What you’ll notice is that opening up the screen will also open up the base of the notebook, allowing for improved cooling when you’re playing a game. Asus calls this ‘Active Aerodynamic System’ and it’s one of the cool features of the GX502G.
The slightly less edgy design is a step down from the more extreme looks of other gaming notebooks, which I personally prefer. At just around 2 kilograms, it’s also one of the lightest gaming machines we’ve tested at T3 Towers.
You’ll get an awesome 15.6-inch Full HD (1920-by-1080 pixel) display on the GX502G that also supports a 240 Hz refresh rate. This is enough to deliver blur-free images when playing fast-paced games and it even gives you a smoother experience even when you’re just using the notebook.
Ports on this gaming machine are abundant – you’ll get three USB 3.2 ports (1 x Gen2 and 2 x Gen1) along with a USB 3.2 Type-C port. There’s also HDMI 2.0b, a 3.5 mm audio jack in/out ports and an Ethernet port. What’s strange though is that Asus eliminated a webcam from the GX502G, and while I personally don’t use a webcam that often, others might see this omission as a deal-breaker.
Inside, the GX502G is powered by an Intel Core i7-9750H 2.60 GHz CPU along with 16 GB of RAM. There’s also an m.2 NVMe SSD inside, so you’re getting the best read & write speeds to accompany those games. It also has a dedicated graphics chip in the form of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 that comes with an 8 GB VRAM.
Combine the display’s high refresh rate along with this hardware and NVIDIA’s own G-Sync technology, you’re in for a real treat. We loaded a bunch of games into the GX502G, ranging from a classic like Tomb Raider, Forza Horizon, Fortnite and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Playing around with the settings we got decent frame rates that hovered around 50-60 fps with these games, even putting graphics settings at ‘Ultra’ settings. The specifications are definitely made for gaming that performance shows it. The internal fans can get quite loud, but that’s something expected on a powerful gaming machine like the GX502G.
I would say the GX502G has a fairly decent battery life but that depends on what you do on it. Playing games definitely take a toll especially if you have it in full settings. I got around an hour and a half of playtime before it told me to plug in the notebook. On normal web browsing and minor productivity usage, I can easily stretch the battery to around 4.5 hours of use.
The regular form factor of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX502G along with its lightweight slim profile and high-end hardware is what makes it stand out from the crowd. It’s a perfect choice for users looking for a portable gaming notebook.
+ Great performance
+ Incredible display
– No webcam
Final Rating: 4.5/5