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ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GU502 review: Real gaming buddy

Bask in the ROG Experience

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I like to play video games for many reasons, and for all occasions. Whether as a stress reliever or as a weekend plan with friends, I always find time to game. Naturally, I would want a device that can keep up with my gaming demands, and that also includes great visuals while playing. Even if it’s overwhelmingly expensive, I’d still look for the “cream of the crop.”

Then I heard about this ROG Experience concept from ASUS, and I figured that I should definitely give it a shot. The company’s dedicated gaming brand introduced the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GU502 back in April. The main selling point: a device that offers both high-quality performance for work and gaming. To me, it promises to be one monster package altogether.

But does it fully live up to its selling point? Let’s find out.

It comes in a slim form factor, unlike previous Zephyrus models

It has a 240Hz FHD display with a 3ms response rate

It comes with an NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti graphics card inside

It has an RGB-backlit keyboard with ASUS’ Aura Sync technology

All that power, all the productivity in the world

This device comes in a powerful yet visibly thinner package. It has a 9th-generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor inside, which delivers top tier productive performance. I ran several light and heavy applications all at once, and I felt like a god just multitasking through all of them.

It also helped that the device runs on 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive. All that memory, disk space, and disk read speed meant that applications quickly booted up. I found myself speeding through most of my day-to-day tasks because of how quick this device is.

It’s like I could watch YouTube videos, work on Excel spreadsheets, browse social media and Spotify all in one sitting. You can even add more windows for video editing, graphic design, and light gaming. This is one heavy-duty device for someone like me.

Playing harder at any rate without missing a moment

This device rocks an NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti, which to me feels like a tiny downgrade from the RTX 2070 option. Nonetheless, gaming performance on the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M was splendid. Heavy-duty, popular titles such as Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends all reached a 60 FPS threshold at their highest possible settings.

Gameplay just feels smooth, with no visible lag spikes in between high-pressure moments. The 6GB of VRAM that comes with the graphics card just provides all the power you need to play harder. Just make sure your internet doesn’t occasionally disconnect when you’re about to win.

To achieve higher frame rates, you do need to keep the charger plugged. Keeping the device unplugged while gaming still allows you to reach 60 FPS. It’s just that you could go as low as 25 FPS on average, which makes these games barely playable.

The wonderful, colorful, and fast display

To supplement the raw processing and gaming power, you need the ideal display for the job. At least, that’s how I would describe the FHD near bezel-less display this device came with. It’s one of those Pantone certified displays so naturally, I expected great color accuracy for images and videos.

And true enough, that’s exactly what I got. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about a display with vibrant and accurate color grading that makes images much clearer. This is ideal for those who wish to use this device for creative pursuits, as well. Or, if you just want to watch Feel Special or Fake & True over and over, and bask in the glorious visuals.

Also, it comes with a whopping 240Hz refresh rate at a 3ms response time, ideal for gamers. I could literally play non-stop, and not miss a single frame to react to. Also, with these refresh rate elements on the screen just feels and looks extra smoother.

It tries to keep cool, but blasts a lot of heat out

With most gaming machines, you need proper cooling systems to keep the device running. ASUS takes no exception to this, as they decide to put two cooling fans underneath this bad boy. Of course, the goal is to blast heat out of the device while you’re doing heavy-duty workload.

In my experience, the laptop still feels relatively warm even if I turn the fans to its recommended performance setting. The fans do get noisy when they’re on full blast, but that’s something I already expected. It can be bothersome for some people, especially when you’re playing games and you want quiet surroundings.

You can do all of these for a fairly good amount of time

Naturally, I’d like to assume that battery life is a touchy subject for gaming laptops. Most gaming laptops typically boast short battery lives, ranging from two to three hours when strictly gaming. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M is no different, as I was only able to use the device for strictly gaming purposes for three and a half hours.

However, when you’re not fully gaming, its battery life is pretty decent. I got about six and a half to seven hours on one full charge doing mostly work-related tasks, light gaming, and video streaming. Windows’ Battery Saver gave me an extra hour and a half, which is still pretty decent considering the workload.

Charging the device doesn’t take too long, either. I got the battery level to 60 percent within 45 minutes, with one full charge taking two and a half hours. Of course, when I was using the device while charging, it took close to three hours.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

At PhP 109,995, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M is one supreme machine. You get unrivaled performance for almost any way you want to use this device. Be it just for playing video games, video editing, or even simple productive workload, it covers all of those.

Of course, there are things you have to worry about with a device like this. From battery life to its intricate cooling system, some things will have to give way for you to experience nothing but the best. 

All that power compressed into one thin package, making this the ideal on-the-go gaming device. And quite honestly, the ROG Experience truly was worth having thanks to this device.

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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition out now

One of the best JRPGs

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The Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is finally out today. And, it’s available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Epic Games Store. Over 34 years after the first release of Dragon Quest, the highly acclaimed series finally secures compatibility across multiple platforms.

This stunning and fun standalone adventure is a great starting point for new players and warmly welcomes dedicated fans with all the familiar RPG features in their Dragon Quest series arsenal.

The game lets you take up the mantle of The Luminary with a unique cast of loyal companions. You get to immerse in riveting gameplay and enthralling storylines.

The hunted Hero will need to travel across continents and vast oceans to uncover mysteries of his past all while, taking on the ominous threats facing his world. The enchanting world is brought to life by series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama, and series composer Koichi Sugiyama.

New Features and Updates

Making sure the game stays the best of its genre for RPG fans everywhere, this definitive version of Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age is packed with new features and upgrades! Key updates include:

  • New character side plots — Get to know your companions more than ever with individual backstories and adventures
  • Retro 2D mode — Switch and choose between stunning 3D and retro 16-bit 2D graphics that’ll bring nostalgic RPG plays
  • 16-bit World of Tickington — Journey to and from previous Dragon Quest worlds reimagined into retro 16-bit graphics that are riddled with fun side-quests to immerse in.
  • Japanese dubbing — Pick and choose between Japanese or English voiceovers
  • Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack — Travel the world of Erdrea and switch between the originally synthesized soundtrack or a newly added symphonic soundtrack
  • Photo mode — Immortalize your adventures with the perfect photo by rearranging characters, arranging poses, and changing angles
    Additional Draconian Mode options, Adjustable Battle Speeds and more

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is available now for the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Epic Games Store.

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Pokémon releases ASMR videos with Pikachu

With Charmander and Squirtle

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For a Pokémon fan, a completely impossible but totally adorable dream is to hang out with their favorite Pokémon for an afternoon. As of late, however, The Pokémon Company has amped up their lifestyle-oriented products, connecting our favorite creatures with our daily lives. Now, there’s another way to introduce more Pokémon into our lives. The Pokémon Company released official Pikachu-themed ASMR videos.

On the company’s official YouTube channel, a new ASMR video has the beloved Electric-type Pokémon playing around in a patio for 15 minutes. In the video, Pikachu plays catch with the viewer and says “pika” or “Pikachu.” As expected, the video was recorded with ASMR mics.

However, if a high-pitched cry doesn’t rock your giblets, The Pokémon Company also has other, quieter ASMR alternatives. The most relaxed one has a tiny Charmander sleeping in front of a crackling, ASMR-friendly campfire. Sometimes, the campfire goes out and the Fire-type Pokémon relights the fire with its fiery tale.

A third one has Squirtle running around on the beach with others. Naturally, the video’s ASMR comes from the splashing of the waves.

Right now, there are only three available videos. Still, it’s a pretty cute background for when you’re doing something.

SEE ALSO: #pokemonmastersex trends on Twitter

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Potential PlayStation 5 Pro pops up in new patent

Only a month after the original PS5 launch

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So, does anyone have a PlayStation 5 yet? If not, you’re one of the millions of gamers who lost to dozens of bots. However, despite the global shortage, Sony seemingly already has its sights set on the next, next generation. A leaked patent reportedly reveals the PlayStation 5 Pro.

Spotted by GSMArena, the patent, filed by Sony back in January, previews a console with two GPUs simultaneously to deliver smoother graphics. Though today’s PCs can already wield two GPUs, the patented device purportedly does so at a much more efficient clip than current PC technology. If done properly, the console can play games at 4K resolution and at 120 frames per second. The patent also mentioned a console with larger and faster storage options.

Given the console’s clearly superior hardware, the patent most likely pertains to the PlayStation 5 Pro, a higher-tier variant of the current generation.

However, since the device is still just a patent, no one knows when a new PlayStation 5 variant will come out. For now, everyone is still trying to get their hands on the new PlayStation 5 devices. Based on the previous generation’s life cycle, the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will likely enjoy a few years in the spotlight before a new entry spoils the fun.

SEE ALSO: A somber look at the PlayStation 5 crisis

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