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Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 15-inch Gaming Laptop (GA503QE-BH92-CB)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 15-inch Gaming Laptop (GA503QE-BH92-CB)

This model ranked #3 among Laptops priced over $1500 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This laptop does a decent job both as a gaming PC and as a mobile workstation. The omission of a webcam is becoming more common for gaming laptops, and it's true that you will get a better video quality with an external camera, but it makes things a bit more complicated if you must deal with impromptu videoconferencing.

Thanks to detailed documentation, upgrade and maintenance are straightforward with the common restrictions of having some RAM soldered to the board and having no GPU replacement options. However, if you need more storage space of more general-purpose memory, you have options, and it could be a DIY project.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $1770.

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Road Warrior
  • Serious Gamer
  • Serious Photo Editor
  • Hardcore Graphic Designer
  • Serious Multitasker
  • And more!

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck87th percentile
Versatility64th percentile
Power (General Purpose)96th percentile
Power (Graphical)80th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)96th percentile
Storage Space98th percentile
Portability36th percentile
Battery Autonomy98th percentile
Ease of Maintenance79th percentile
Longevity84th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck82th percentile
Versatility78th percentile
Power (General Purpose)91th percentile
Power (Graphical)66th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)96th percentile
Storage Space90th percentile
Portability57th percentile
Battery Autonomy98th percentile
Ease of Maintenance65th percentile
Longevity79th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 2560×1440 (QHD, 3.7MP), FreeSync, IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

CPU

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, 8 cores clocked from 3 to 4.6 GHz

GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, 4 GB

Memory

16 GB

Storage

1 TB total, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

90Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w35.56 × d24.38 × h1.95

Dimensions (in): w14 × d9.6 × h0.77

Weight (kg): 1.9

Weight (lbs.): 4.19

Features

  • Backlit
  • RGB Lighting
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • FreeSync
  • HDMI
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

Commonly Replaced Components

Battery: A technician can help you with that

Local Storage: Easy project for an enthusiast

Memory: More complex than usual

GPU: Can't be repaired or updated

Additional Ressources

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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