While Intel is dominating the market with their Core series processors, AMD is catching up with their Ryzen chipset.

Most of the computers I’ve tested have been powered by an Intel processor, even the gaming machines. The Asus ROG Zephyrus G (GA502) is the first laptop I’ve tested that uses an AMD processor and the Ryzen 7 does the job well.

Design & Hardware

The look and feel of the ROG Zephyrus G is very similar to other ROG laptops with aluminum and brushed-metal lid and is a fingerprint magnet. The ROG logo on the lid does have a red backlight that is subtle and makes the laptop a less noticeable gaming machine.

The 15.6-inch Full HD display has minimal bezels that make it easier to focus on your gaming session. The display featured on the laptop is quite dim even at max brightness and unfortunately, there’s no way to fix this.

One noticeable omission is a webcam, which there isn’t one on the ROG Zephyrus G. You’ll have to plug in your own if you need to Skype or have a face cam when live streaming.

There are plenty of ports on the laptop with a power jack, Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, USB Type-C and a headphone jack on the left side. The right side of the laptop has two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C ports and a lock slot.

The keyboard on the ROG Zephyrus G is fairly easy to type on with a good amount of travel and spacing between the keys. There’s also a white LED backlight for the keyboard with multiple brightness settings.

The ROG Zephyrus G (GA502) that I tested came with the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with 6GB of VRAM, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB SSD.

The laptop supports up to 32GB of RAM in total with some of the RAM soldered to the motherboard.

For the most part, the laptop stayed cool and quiet while in use, there were a few times where there was a slight delay when moving the mouse but nothing that would be a dealbreaker.

To help make the laptop quiet, you can choose from a few different fan settings include Silent.

The battery on the ROG Zephyrus G is 76 Wh which should last a couple of hours on a charge but less if you plan on heavy gaming sessions. The laptop is also 2.1kg (about 4.6 pounds) which makes it slightly on the heavier side but nothing to bulky.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G (GA502) is available now from a number of retailers in Canada including Newegg, Memory Express, The Source and Walmart.ca. It costs $1,499 CAD for the laptop.

Software (& Gaming Performance)

The biggest reason to pick up the Asus ROG Zephyrus G (GA502) is for gaming. The laptop can easily handle the latest PC games on medium to high settings without issue.

I played a number of games on the ROG Zephyrus G including Planet Coaster, Euro Truck Simulator, GTA V, Fortnite and the laptop could easily handle them on medium to high settings at 60 fps.

Some of the pre-installed Asus apps are the ROG GameFirst V which can help prioritize internet speeds on your ROG Router.

The ROG Armoury Crate app lets you control your Asus Aura Lighting accessories and also set game profiles for different games installed on your machine.

The ROG GameVisual app allows you to change display settings depending on the type of game.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the ROG Zephyrus G is a solid gaming laptop that can play most games with many issues, while keeping a relatively slim form factor.

Pros

  • Portable design
  • AMD Chip and an Nvidia GPU is a great combo
  • Good gaming performance
  • Easy to use keyboard
  • Fairly loud speakers
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Very dim screen (can’t get that bright)
  • No webcam or fingerprint sensor
  • Runs fairly warm
  • Okay trackpad

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