Monday, August 19, 2019

HP Spectre x360 (2019) : Really Elegant, But Also Really Pricey

HP has set the golden standard for ultrabooks with its elegant and powerful Spectre lineup, going up against the likes of Lenovo Yoga and LG Gram who have also carved out quite the substantial market share for themselves. We had got the chance to review the 13-inch HP Spectre x360 last year and as my colleague rightly puts it, this HP ultrabook offered users the ultimate premium experience.

So, when HP reached out asking me whether we’d be interested in reviewing the Spectre x360 upgrade, well, I couldn’t just pass on such an opportunity. HP was kind enough to lend us the newest 13-inch Spectre x360 (2019) with an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD. My ex-colleague Nikhil reviewed the predecessor to the “gem-cut” Spectre x360 last year and lauded the premium design, snappy performance, and the boatload of features that came in tow.

After having used the HP Spectre x360 (2019) for a couple of weeks, we explore how the new variant stacks up against its predecessor and whether it justifies the exorbitant price tag:
HP Spectre x360: Specifications

Before we delve into my experience with the HP Spectre x360, let’s take a quick look at some key specifications of this ultrabook:
Dimensions    30.6 cm x 21.8 cm;
1.36 cm height
Weight    1.26 Kg
Processor    8th Gen Quad Core Intel Core i5-8250U/ i7-8550U processor
Memory    Up to 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
Storage    512GB SSD
Display    13.3'' Sure View integrated privacy display; FHD IPS micro-edge WLED-backlit touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Graphics    Intel UHD Graphics 620
Wireless    Intel 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo
Ports    2 Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40 Gb/s, Power Delivery, DP1.2, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (HP Sleep and Charge); 1 headphone/microphone combo; microSD card slot
Operating System    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Battery    60 WHr
HP Spectre x360: What’s in the Box

Just like its previous iteration, the new gem-cut HP Spectre x360 also comes packed in an exciting retail packaging with a leather cover for the laptop with a velcro flap (which is the best touch here and I love it), a power adapter, along with an attachment for international markets, and most importantly, the HP Pen. You also get a couple of extra tips for the HP Pen, which is great.

hp spectre what's in the box
HP Spectre x360: Design & Build

Let me start off by saying that if you thought the design of the previous-gen Spectre was something, well, you’ll absolutely love the design of the new Spectre x360 that we’ve got with us here. It was my first instinct when I got the Poseidon Blue variant of the Spectre x360 in for review. It is a mesmerizing color, striking at first glance, and everyone on the Beebom team appreciated the same.

HP has always managed to intrigue and draw in users with its different design and colors, such that other common ultrabook options in the market seem bland and underwhelming. HP Spectre x360 invokes the same feeling for me, not just with its distinct color, which is then paired with gold accents all around, but also the all-aluminum gem-cut design which the company has adopted this time around. The gold trims reflect light from all sides and it’s certainly going to turn some heads. I know you think that the edges may scratch you or would chip off while carrying around, but I didn’t come across any issue of this sort.

Further, you will notice one thing about the HP Spectre x360 – it boasts quite a solid build but is still quite lightweight, weighing at under 1.3 kgs. While the previous-generation HP Spectre x360 kept the design fairly traditional, the x360 (2019) variant sees the company experimenting with sharp cuts and edges to further the appeal of the machine. I know it can be a bit overwhelming but I love the gold HP logo, as well as the gold hinges with the Spectre branding, that goes well with the blue demeanor of this ultrabook.

Apart from the blue-gold combo, I especially came to like the matte finish on the lid and the palm rests on the HP Spectre x360. If you think it gets smudged easily and will start looking shabby after prolonged use, well, I simply wiped it off with a microfiber cloth and was good to go. The hinges are really solidly built and the screen (which we talk about in-depth below) doesn’t really wobble, which is a great sign for an ultrabook.

Moving on from the design, the thing that pulls me towards the HP Spectre x360 has to be its 360-degree form factor. It’s flipping display can go from a traditional laptop form factor to being flat just like that. So, let’s take a look at the same:
HP Spectre x360: Display

HP Spectre x360 (2019) is a likable ultrabook in all aspects, but there’s a minor issue that restricted me from really fancying the display onboard. Talking about the specs first, well, the Spectre x360 features a stunning and vivid 13.3-inch IPS LCD screen, with Full-HD resolution. The Full-HD display is great and I don’t have any major complaints with it except for the brightness, which I seldom felt wasn’t high enough for my liking and I also would have loved to see an anti-glare coating to save me from white lights shining on the screen in some situations.

Also, the inclusion of a Full-HD screen with modest bezels on a premium ultrabook which costs over Rs 1,50,000 in India seems a little lackluster. HP offers a 4K nanobezel display outside of India and I would’ve loved editing my header images and stories on that crisp screen. It would’ve been a much better experience, while also justifying the exorbitant price tag.

Keeping all that aside, HP has put in a lot of effort to make this hybrid ultrabook attractive for users by offering a 360-degree hinge mechanism. You can twist and turn the display on this thing at any crazy angle you like and prop it up like a tent, read a book or draw using the HP Pen (which I found to be quite responsive) by completely folding it at 360-degrees, or watch Netflix by propping it on your bed – thanks to the sturdy hinge.
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One of my favorite features of this ultrabook will also have to be the Sure View integrated privacy screen, which you can activate with just the push of a button on the keyboard and it shrouds your screen with a mysterious white layer. This is the perfect addition for users who don’t really like sharing what they’re working on with all those sitting around or nosy neighbors, who we’ve all met in our lifetime. It does turn down the brightness, but those seeing the screen at an angle won’t see anything, which is certainly a perk.

HP Spectre x360: Keyboard and Touchpad

Well, this is the most important section of a laptop review for me. The keyboard is integral for a good typing experience and can make or break a purchase decision. Well, I know the flat square keys on the HP Spectre x360 (2019) don’t look like much for the price and give off the vibe of being like any other laptop out there, but I found this keyboard to be pretty good. I mean, I won’t go to the length to say that it offered me the best typing experience to date but it was quite satisfactory.

The keyboard layout, as well as the keys, haven’t really changed as compared to the last generation variant and that means there are no surprises in the layout. HP has kept your keyboard layout pretty neat, not cramping unnecessary functions or keys on the deck. I’d say that it’s pretty comfortable to type on this keyboard. You might feel that key travel is really low at the start, but it’s enough for an ultrabook. I, however, didn’t like the soft-ish feedback.

I would also like to point out that the keyboard deck here is backlit, with three levels of intensity and is a welcome upgrade over its predecessor. There’s no flex to the keyboard deck and speaking from experience, I don’t expect the same from a Spectre.

Below the keyboard deck is the massive touchpad. Yeah, I say massive because we don’t usually see big touchpads on ultrabooks, which are all about saving space and cutting on features. However, the HP Spectre x360 isn’t messing around and you can check out this monstrosity down above. I prefer a soft-touch trackpad, having the same feeling as your laptop’s top lid, but the lack of Windows Precision drivers was a bit of a turn-off.
HP Spectre x360: Performance

The HP Spectre x360 is a powerful and versatile machine, which is powered by the latest Intel 8th-generation Whiskey Lake processor (up to i7-8565U, which is also the processor we’ve been using for this review) coupled with 16GB RAM at 2133MHz and a 512GB PCIe SSD for the lightning-fast boot times and the app loading times.

Intel Core i7-8565U is a quad-core processor with eight threads and a base frequency of 1.8GHz that was launched last year. It comes with the Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated graphics onboard and no dedicated graphics card, which one might expect at such heftier price points. However, this is an ultrabook that’s made for productivity on the go and not gaming – for which you should check out the Asus TUF lineup we’ve recently reviewed.

In day-to-day usage, the HP Spectre x360 (2019) proved to be the perfect companion for someone like me who uses his PC for about 12-odd hours a day. The laptop runs Windows 10 out-of-the-box and even though users have their issues with the OS, this ultrabook did handle all the workloads quite well – all thanks to the higher frequency RAM and PCIe SSD.

Everything from browsing the Internet, watching movies hours on-end, editing stories and images on the HP Spectre x360 proved to be no biggie. The machine breezed through the daily tasks with ease, offering users a worthy contender for a plethora of ultrabooks in the market. I used Adobe Photoshop CC on this laptop every day for work purposes and it not only boots up really quick but also didn’t give me a hard time while editing.

    HP Spectre x360 (2019) handles daily tasks like a champ, not kneeling down under the pressure and make using Windows 10 seem like a breeze.

As for benchmark scores, we didn’t spend a ton of time on them as we were already sure about the Spectre x360 (2019) being a performance powerhouse. Still, it does manage to score an impressive over 5,300 in single-core and 14,000 in multi-core on Geekbench. We also ran PCMark on this laptop and it managed to score around 3,000 points, which surely ranks it above average as compared to other ultrabooks available in the market.
HP Spectre x360: Camera & Biometrics

The HP Spectre x360 comes baked with Windows Hello face authentication feature, thanks to the integration of an IR camera above the display. Your ultrabook will always be looking for you if the screen is on and even when you’re not around. It certainly works as advertised, the unlocking process is pretty fast and works in dimly-lit conditions as well.

The Spectre also houses a functional webcam at the top, whose quality is decent enough for Skype calls and video conference. However, I’m someone who tapes the camera over privacy concerns and HP has taken care of the same with the inclusion of a privacy toggle on the side. And I adore this nifty addition.

If you’re a privacy enthusiast but still want to use the IR camera, then remember to flip your camera toggle on the right edge before logging in. I was frustrated one day since I had forgotten that I flipped the camera privacy toggle and couldn’t log in using Windows Hello.

Apart from facial recognition, you can also rely on the fingerprint sensor that’s available onboard below the arrow keys. I like the placement of the sensor here as it hasn’t been crammed into the trackpad, like my Mi Notebook Air, or the power button. The unlocking speed is also pretty good, so I have no complaints.

HP Spectre x360: Audio Output

Well, from the moment I saw the Bang & Olufsen branding on the speakers just above the keyboard, I knew I was in for a treat and the HP Spectre x360 didn’t disappoint. You have four speakers on this ultrabook – two downward-firing ones at the bottom and two above the keyboard under the speaker grills to create a more immersive audio experience.

hp spectre speaker

It’s due to the aforementioned setup that I found myself glued to this laptop while binge-watching my favorite Netflix Korean dramas. These speakers output pretty crisp bass and treble, with the mids and highs being the most pronounced as compared to the lows. The tuning is pretty good and is better than your average laptop speakers.
HP Spectre x360: Connectivity & Ports

Turning our attention to the ports on the Spectre x360 (2019), well, HP has kept it quite minimal and carries forward its commitment towards USB Type-C ports. The gem-cut on the right houses one USB Type-C port and a lot of people are surprised by its placement, but I love the use of space and symmetry with the power button on the left. There’s also the 3.5mm headphone jack, another USB Type-C port, and a microSD card slot here.

While there’s room for a couple of extra ports, especially on the left side as it only houses the USB-A port, HP has decided not to clutter its premium ultrabook. Otherwise, we could easily have a mini HDMI or another USB-A port being included on this side. I didn’t come across any connectivity issues, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, as well so that’s another good thing.

HP Spectre x360: Battery Life

Prior to using the HP Spectre x360, I had heard immense praise about the battery life on these machines. Even the company touts that you will be able to extract up to 8 hours of continuous usage and well, it does keep you going for a pretty long time without fail. HP has incorporated inside the Spectre x360(2019) a 60Wh battery pack and I was able to extract over 6-odd hours from the machine on any typical office day at 100% brightness, which is great for productivity buffs.

The display and speakers on the laptop also make it a desirable media machine, so you’ll find yourself watching Netflix or YouTube hours-on-end with the HP Spectre x360. I mean, if that’s not enough, you can turn down the brightness to extract even more juice from it, which is even better.

So, as you can see, the battery life on the HP Spectre x360 is pretty solid and you won’t have to run and fetch your charger quite often. The one thing that people find pretty fun and intriguing about charging this laptop is that the USB-C port sits at one of the edges, which makes it look pretty cool. It still takes
HP Spectre x360: Is it Worth The Money?

The Spectre x360 is possibly one of the most premium and attractive ultrabooks, with all the high-end features that we’ve come to expect from laptops in its price range. There’s not only powerful hardware backing the machine, giving it the power to roar through all tasks thrown at it but the Spectre x360 also has the design to match the same.

The gem-cut ultrabook exudes style and confidence, a quality of HP Spectre lineups that has always been the golden standard for a premium experience and is now being carried forward with the Spectre x360 (2019) variant. If you’re looking for the best-in-class and premium experience of all and have the money to spare, well, don’t even hesitate a split second to bring this ultrabook (starting at Rs 1,40,875) into your life.

However, if you’re the opinion that the HP Spectre x360 is too pricey for you, then don’t worry as a number of affordable, as well as equally premium ultrabook options, are also available in the market. My favorite pick of the lot would be Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (starting at Rs 78,000) that would offer a similar but slightly underpowered experience. And if you’re looking to game a little on the go to cool down from your daily office work, well, the MSI PS42 (starting at Rs 76,000) is the laptop you should be considering over HP’s Spectre lineup.

PROS

    Elegant & sturdy build
    360-degree form factor
    Solid performance
    Windows Hello biometrics
    HP pen stylus support
    Sound quality is great
    Amazing battery life

CONS

    Screen brightness issues
    Keyboard can feel mushy
    Touchpad lacks precision drivers

SEE ALSO: MSI PS42 Review: A Fantastic Thin and Light Notebook for Professionals
HP Spectre x360 (2019): Shine Bright Like a Diamond

If you’re looking for a classy and elegant ultrabook that will make you stand out from the crowd while also attracting a ton of eyeballs, well, the HP Spectre x360 (2019) should, no doubt, be your pick. It’s a functional powerhouse that exudes elegance and premiumness. However, if you are not looking to splurge a ton of money and would like to get yourself a decent ultrabook, still there are a ton of good options available in the market but with the lack of some additional features like the privacy safeguards, touchscreen, and more. Gaming laptops have a reputation for being large, unwieldy machines that simply can’t be lugged to and from work or school everyday; or at least they shouldn’t. However, I really admire Asus for their ROG Zephyrus series of gaming laptops that bring high end gaming in machines that don’t look out of place in a non-gaming setting. So when Asus sent over the Zephyrus M GU502GU (Rs. 1,49,990) to us, I was excited to see what Asus had accomplished with this Zephyrus laptop. I’ve been using this laptop for well over a week now, and this is my in-depth review of the Zephyrus M GU502GU gaming laptop.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU Specifications

First off, let’s get the on-paper specs out of the way. Here’s what you’ll find under the hood of the Zephyrus M GU502GU:
Processor    Intel Core i7-9750H
GPU    Nvidia GTX 1660Ti with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM
RAM    16GB 2666MHz
Storage    Up to 1TB SSD
Display    15.6-inch Full HD IPS level panel;
144Hz Refresh Rate;
3ms Response Time;
100% sRGB Pantone Validated
Keyboard    Backlit chiclet keyboard;
N-key rollover;
RGB lighting;
Aura Sync;
Hotkeys (Volume down, volume up, mute, Armoury Crate)
Audio    2 speakers with Smart AMP technology
Array Microphone
I/O Ports    1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C DisplayPort™ 1.4 and Power Delivery
1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack
1 x Audio Jack Mic-in
1 x RJ45
1 x Kensington Lock
Connectivity    Intel® 802.11ac (2x2) Gigabit Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
Weight    1.9kg

Now that the specs are out of the way, let’s take a deeper look at the Zephyrus M GU502GU.
Design and Build

Like I mentioned earlier, I really admire the Zephyrus line up of laptops from Asus for bringing great gaming power in a sleek design, and the Zephyrus M GU502 is no different. It comes in a stunning looking chassis with a metal cover on the lid, a soft-touch material surrounding the keyboard and covering the palm-rest, and a great selection of ports rounding off the look of the laptop.

There’s the ROG logo on the lid which lights up in red and looks kinda nice on the brushed metal finish. Inside, the display is surrounded by thin bezels, giving the laptop a modern look, with the exception of the giant bottom bezel which holds the subtly done “ROG Zephyrus” branding, and a large sticker showing off the credentials and specifications of the display, which I hate. I dislike stickers on laptops as a general rule, and this one looks ugly too; but I guess you could remove it if you wanted to.

One issue here is that the Zephyrus M GU502 doesn’t come with a webcam, and while that’s not a deal breaker to me, since I never use the webcam, it might be a deal breaker to some of you out there.

Then there’s the keyboard and the finishing around it. This area gives a very nice rubberized feeling that’s just the perfect amount of grippy and satisfactorily soft to the touch to ensure I was comfortable using this laptop for hours and hours on end. Plus, I suppose this would also make it easier to keep my palms on the laptop during winters when my MacBook Pro gets so cold to the touch it’s uncomfortable to type on.

Overall though, the ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU is a well designed and well built laptop, and I have no real complaints with it so far. In fact, I really like the design and build of this laptop.
Display

The ROG Zephyrus M GU502 comes with a 15.6-inch FullHD IPS level panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time – both important numbers for gamers. Thanks to the high refresh rate, things look really smooth on the Zephyrus M. Even outside of games, the general animations, scrolling, everything just looks really smooth on this display and I’ve grown really fond of that. The 3ms response time might not matter to regular users as much, but for gamers this is a decently good response time to get.

Other than those two things, the display is wonderful in almost every other aspect too. It’s big and has a lot of screen real-estate to multi-task with ease. It’s Pantone validated, which results in great color reproduction all across the board, so watching movies and TV shows, and playing games on this display is a wonderful experience.

The one place where I do have a complaint with the display is brightness. The brightness levels for this display are very low, and to top it off it comes with a matte finish which, even though it helps avoid glare, makes the display look even less bright than it probably would with a glossy display. It’s decent for indoor use, but outdoor use, especially in bright sunlight is definitely a problem.

Other than that one (and kind of major) issue with the display, the laptop does everything else wonderfully, including, performance.
Performance

The Zephyrus M GU502GU comes with impressive specs – there’s a 9th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and Nvidia GTX1660 Ti GPU. All of that results in amazing performance.

Regular tasks are obviously nothing to this laptop. You can multi-task all you want, open a load of tabs on Chrome (I had almost 20-30 open all the time), and even run an instance of Photoshop at the same time, and this laptop won’t break a sweat. It’s really great.

However, that’s expected from a laptop that costs as much as this one does, but this is a gaming laptop, so the more important metric for judging its performance is how well it handles gaming.

Well, I played a bunch of games on the Zephyrus M GU502GU including Unreal Tournament, Far Cry 5, and obviously, PUBG, and the laptop handles all of these games really well.

In PUBG, at High settings, the Zephyrus M got a frame rate of 85 to 100FPS easily, that would go higher if you played around with the graphics settings a bit, but a frame rate of 85FPS+ is good enough for me, and I didn’t feel the need to push it further, especially at the cost of graphical quality.

Even Far Cry 5 performed very well on this laptop. In Ultra graphics settings, the laptop pushed an average frame rate of 66FPS, going as high as 79 and as low as 53FPS.

Switching graphics to High resulted in a very slight improvement in performance, with the average frame rate settling at 69FPS, and getting a maximum of 80FPS.

I even tried switching the graphics to Normal just for the heck of it, and that got an average frame rate of 73FPS, going as high as 85FPS and as low as 57FPS.

Clearly, the laptop can handle Far Cry 5 on Ultra settings with ease. I even played Far Cry 5 for a bit on Ultra settings and it ran wonderfully, which is great.

Unreal Tournament, well, I installed the alpha version of Unreal Tournament from the Epic Store because I wanted to try it out, and the Zephyrus M was pushing around 75 to 80FPS on the game at all times which is great. Also, the game itself is great too.

If the gaming performance of this laptop wasn’t enough for you, or if you’re just looking for results from a standardized test, well, you’ll be glad to know I ran benchmarks too.

In 3DMark TimeSpy, the laptop scored 5,426 points which is pretty impressive, and in PCMark 10, the Zephyrus M GU502GU got a score of 4,772 points.
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3DMark Time Spy
PCMark 10

Overall, Zephyrus M’s performance is top notch and it won’t let you down whether you’re gaming, or taking it to work and doing regular office work. It’s just an all around wonderful performer and I’m very impressed by it.
Keyboard and Trackpad

Speaking of things I’m impressed by, let’s talk about the keyboard and trackpad here. The Zephyrus M comes with a keyboard that I can only describe as “very Asus” and I mean that in a good way. Most Asus laptops have good keyboards, and this one is no different. It’s not a mechanical keyboard, but it has ample travel without being too bouncy, the keycaps are flat instead of curved, but they’re still easy to hit accurately and they’re made of high quality plastic instead of the cheap feeling ones that a lot of other brands use.

The layout is also really good, and I especially love the full arrow-key layout instead of the compact layout that makes it very difficult to use the arrow keys without actually looking at them in the middle of a game. Plus, there are also four dedicated keys above the keyboard for increasing and decreasing the volume, turning the mic off, and for launching Asus ROG Armoury Crate software at the press of a button.

One additional thing I really liked about the keyboard is you can lock the Windows key to not open the start menu. This is really handy because I hit the Windows key a lot by accident while gaming and on most laptops it opens up the Start menu and I end up dying in my game, and that’s very annoying. On this (and probably other Asus laptops) I can simply press Fn + Windows to disable that functionality and I’m really happy that this feature exists.

Anyway, moving on, there’s the trackpad, and this is amazing as well. The Zephyrus M comes with a decently sized trackpad which is not too big, but it’s not small either. Plus, it supports Microsoft Precision drivers which just makes using it a lot better and brings support for intuitive gestures which is also pretty cool.

I/O and Ports

The ROG Zephyrus M also comes with a decent selection of ports and I/O that should suffice for all your needs. The laptop comes with 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C DisplayPort™ 1.4 and Power Delivery, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack, 1 x Audio Jack Mic-in, and an RJ-45 ethernet port.
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In my usage of this laptop I didn’t feel short on ports or connectivity options and I don’t think you will either. Plus, the USB-C port is definitely awesome to have, and with Power Delivery, it can fast charge USB-PD compatible devices, which is also cool.
Audio

If there’s one thing about this laptop that I found underwhelming, it’s the audio. The laptop comes with bottom firing speakers, which is probably why the sound is underwhelming, muffled, and honestly, not loud enough at all. I tried watching movies on this laptop, and it just doesn’t cut it.

As a gamer, I’m sure you’ll most probably be using headphones while you game, so you probably won’t have to deal with this too often, but if you think you can watch movies on this laptop without a Bluetooth speaker, or a wired external speaker, you’re in for a shock.

At the very least, I would’ve expected Asus to put the speakers slightly towards the sides, like they did with the TUF Gaming FX505DT, but alas, the Zephyrus M GU502GU is absolutely let down by its speakers.
Battery

Lastly, there’s the battery. The Zephyrus M GU502GU comes with a 76Wh battery that Asus claims lasts up to 6 hours on a charge, but the only time I noticed that happening was when I put a bunch of games on download and left the laptop to do its work while I played games on my PS4. Other than that, the laptop doesn’t last anywhere close to 6 hours on a charge. I was consistently getting around 3 hours of battery life from this laptop.

However, if you’re a gamer, you’ll most likely keep the laptop plugged in while gaming so the battery life shouldn’t be an issue. However, if you’re like me and you’re planning on using the laptop at work or in college, you’ll need to keep the charger handy.
Pros and Cons

So the Zephyrus M GU502GU is a pretty decent laptop, but it doesn’t get it all right. Let’s take a quick look at the good and the bad about this laptop.

Pros:

    Excellent design
    Amazing performance
    Good keyboard and trackpad

Cons:

    Battery life is sub-par at best
    Speaker quality is not good

Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU: Should You Buy It?

The ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU is a a pretty good laptop. It brings great performance packed inside a stylish chassis, a good keyboard and trackpad, along with a decently wide selection of ports and I/O options. However, at Rs. 1,49,990, the Zephyrus M is competing against the MSI GL63 9SEK gaming laptop (Rs. 1,47,500) which brings the same 9th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, and 6GB RTX2060 graphics. The only place where the MSI GL63 9SEK lags behind is the weight – it’s 300 grams heavier.

The thing is, if you’re looking for a gaming laptop for playing high-end games on, the MSI GL63 9SEK is a much better deal. However, if you’re looking for a laptop that can handle gaming and fit in at your office, maybe go with the Zephyrus M GU502GU.

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