Asus recently introduced its latest Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Series of laptops this August.
The ROG brand strikes a chord with gamers and Asus has rightly justified its Republic Of Gamers (ROG) with the Zephyrus Series.
Asus has added another feather to its Zephyrus Series by launching the most powerful 14” Laptop in the world the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14.
The Zephyrus G14 is available in two colours a Pearlescent White & Eclipse Grey.
Here is the review of the Zephyrus G14 and the top reasons why you should consider one your next.
ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS G14 Gaming Laptop Review
# 1- DESIGN
Hardcore Gamers and content creators were really happy with their Gaming Laptops until the design front.
Gaming laptops though pack in lot of performance but they miserably fail in the design department.
Owing to the high performance machines that they are, they had to compromise with the design making the gaming laptops bulky and heavy.
Gamers and hardcore users often had to live with these shortcomings compensating for the performance.
But come this August 2020, all these problems change with the ROG Zephyrus G14.
Asus has really put in some effort in its R&D division to come up with such a marvellously engineered product.
The moment you look at it you will be misled to think that this design cannot pack in a performance, it’s natural because we are not used to see slim laptops in the gaming world.
But don’t be fooled with the 1.99Cm of thickness the Zephyrus stands at.
It’s Built to last and packs in the performance that most of us dream of.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 comes in an all Aluminium frame and has a really sturdy build in spite of weighing just 1.6-1.7Kgs depending upon the variant you choose from.
The Zephyrus G14 is an absolute stunner boasting a clean aesthetic design with precision CNC milling creating 6536 perforations across the Aluminium lid for a distinct dot matrix design.
Honeycomb reinforcements add strength with minimal materials to keep the chassis light.
Besides, the Magnesium Alloy deck is fingerprint resistant that keeps your beautiful machine fresh from day 1.
The most innovative part of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 in the design department is the inclusion of an Anime-Matrix display.
The striking dot matrix design on the lid is made with a precision CNC milling that creates 6536 perfectly spaced perforations in an incredibly small surface area.
The diameter of the openings is carefully chosen to emit just the right amount of light from the 1215 mini LED’s that lie below the AnimeMatrix Display.
- AnimeMatrix Display is only available in selected models.
AnimeMatrix Display in the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, being the first of its kind in the industry offers personalization in a unique way.
The Groundbreaking display is made up of 1215 individual mini LED’s that can display custom images and animations that expresses your creativity and audio visualization that match with the music playback.
Asus has promised that with the future updates the AnimeMatrix Display shall be enabled for status notifications that shall keep you connected with any new messages, battery life and more.
The Zephyrus G14 is indeed a brilliantly engineered design and it’s been ages we have seen such innovation.
# 2- Display
Gamers and Content creators will be really satisfied with the Zephyrus G14’s display.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 packs in a 14” display that supports resolution up to 2K WQHD (2560*1440) with refresh rates up to 120Hz.
The Mid and High Variants come with Non-Glare FULLHD and 2K Display’s with IPS Panel combining adaptive sync technology.
The Mid FULL HD variant is made with gamers in mind and the Higher 2K variant is suited for content creators.
The Mid FULL HD variant is for gamers as it features a Refresh Rate of 120Hz that makes it a treat to play Games that require high frame rates.
The Higher 2K WQHD Variant on the other hand features a 60Hz Panel that shall impress the content creators.
But no matter whichever display you choose, both the Mid as well as the Higher variant come with a PANTONE certified display with 100% sRGB colour support for that pro-level portfolio and gaming.
Super narrow bezels around the display assure that you find it difficult to move your eyes away from it, keeping you fully engrossed in what’s on-screen.
Asus has cleverly designed the Zephyrus G14 with an Ergo Lift Hinge that elevates the laptop slightly when the display is opened to maximize cooling.
Full Marks to Asus in the Design department.
# 3- Specifications
This is where the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 brags itself as the most powerful 14” laptop.
The Zephyrus G14 packs in stellar performance in its thin yet lightweight frame.
The laptop comes with up to Ryzen 9 in its core with 8Gb of DDR4 RAM expandable up to 32GB and Graphics Card option of up to Nvidia 2060 Max-Q.
The newer Ryzen Processors in the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 are from the 4000 HS series & are built on the world’s first 7Nm mobile CPU process with up to 8 cores and 16 Threads for blistering performance.
The Indian variant as of now is only available with the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 9 processors.
The Ryzen 5 Variant is a 6 core 12 Thread CPU that clocks at 3.0 Ghz. Max Boost is capped at 4Ghz.
The Ryzen 7 & 9 are clocked at 2.9Ghz with max boost to 4.2Ghz and 3.3Ghz with max boost to 4.4Ghz respectively.
We ran some Benchmark scores and were left stunned with the scores of the Ryzen Processors.
The Ryzen 9 Variant scored a Benchmark score of 1770 while GeekBench Scores stood at 1213 for Single core and 7686 for Multi Core performance. This is one of the highest ever score we have ever seen in a laptop.
The Ryzen 5 Variant scored 1376 in the Benchmark while Geekbench scores stood at 1100 for Single Core and 5164 for Multi Core performance.
Just for a comparison how do the newer Ryzens fair against the Intel, the Intel 9th Gen i7 scored 616 in the benchmark while the Intel 10th Gen i5 scored just 490.
The Ryzen powered Zephyrus outnumber the Intel by a huge margin and the laptop won’t ever run out of its breath during heavy gaming or content creating.
The Ryzen 5 combines with a 6Gb Nvidia GTX 1650Ti for the graphics.
The Ryzen 7 is backed by a 6Gb Nvidia 1660Ti Max-Q graphics with boost clock of [email protected].
The Ryzen 9 on the other hand is powered by 6Gb Nvidia 2060 Max-Q graphics with boost clock of [email protected].
While playing Heavy Graphic demanding games like Fortnite & GTA we were continuously getting 100+ FPS with both the NVIDIA 1650Ti as well as 2060 MAX-Q.
Gamers will be really happy with the fluid graphics along with the 120Hz panel.
The Ryzen 5 Variant supports expandable RAM up to 24Gb while the Ryzen 7 & 9 both support expandable RAM up to 32Gb.
You have the option to choose from either a 512Gb or 1Tb of M.2 Nvme PCIe 3.0 SSD storage. During our tests we found max Data Transfer rates up to 1.8Gb/s.
Though not the fastest storage we have ever seen but it is more than enough for the purpose.
The Asus Zephyrus G14 packs in a Backlit Chiclet Keyboard that fits full size fucntionality into a much smaller machine.
The Keystrokes are accurate with comfortable typing and overall control is made for serious gaming.
There is a separate block for function keys for easy identification and the isolated directional arrows allow for greater fingertip control.
The extended Space bar also provides more comfort and accuracy with fewer misses in a fast paced game.
For Gamers there are dedicated hotkeys isolated right above the keyboard to give quick access to volume, mic and Armoury Crate.
The Hotkeys find themselves in the upper left hand side so that gamers can have easy access without tabbing out or taking their hand off the mouse.
The Key travel is just right and gamers will have no issues with the key travel.
ROG overstroke technology creates a more responsive gaming experience by triggering higher in the keystroke.
The Actuation is faster, effortless and accurate & the longer post actuation travel makes typing more comfortable.
Asus has thoughtfully doubled up the Power Button into a Fingerprint Scanner in the Zephyrus G14.
It becomes easier to wake up the laptop with just a single press of the power button.
Audio is a very important aspect for gamers as well as content creators and the Asus Zephyrus G14 does fairly well in the audio department.
The ROG Zephyrus G14 comes with Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 Quad Speakers i.e 2 Speakers & 2 Tweeters with a total output of 6.4W.
The speakers are rated at 2*2.5W and the Tweeters are rated at 2*0.7W.
The Speakers are down firing while the Tweeters fire right at you. The Tweeters also come with Dual Smart AMP Woofers that bounces the sound making for a pleasant experience.
You also have 6 Preset options to choose from depending on the Game or Media with the option to customize even further.
In our usage we found the volume was loud and vocals were crystal clear with enough bass and range.
The best part is the Audio combines with the AnimeMatrix and that makes the the Zephyrus G14 an absolute showstopper in the crowd.
The Asus Rog Zephyrus G14 comes with future proof connectivity options.
The Zephyrus beast comes with latest Intel WiFi 6 (802.11 Ax) & Bluetooth 5.0 out of the box providing seamless connectivity & LAN internet speeds over wireless.
WiFi 6 also improves network speed and efficiency providing better connection along with reducing latency resulting less lag in online gaming.
Coming to the ports the Zephyrus G14 sports
- 1* USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 & Power Delivery
- 1* USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type- C
- 2* USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type- A
- 1* HDMI 2.0b
- 1*3.5mm Headphone & Microphone Jack combo
- 1*Kensington lock
The 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Display port also doubles up as an external display connector along with the regular HDMI and you can even charge the laptop through this port.
The 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port supports charging up to 65W to provide you with emergency power supply even with your regular mobile charger or power bank.
However the charging will be slow with 65W input.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 houses a 76Wh Battery as its power source. The battery comes bundled with a 180W charger and promises backup of 7-8hrs at a stretch.
We did not do a complete test however during heavy gaming at max setting it still managed to give us around 5hrs of backup which is pretty good.
Gamers won’t find any issue with the backup of the Zephyrus G14.
Gaming laptops produce an incredible amount of heat, thanks to the performance they pack in.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus meets its cooling needs with dual self cleaning N- blade fans of 81 blades each.
To cool such a power packed laptop Asus has taken innovation to the next level by deploying 4 heat sinks each lined with Ultra Thin Copper fins as slim as 0.15mm.
These guide air flow in multiple directions maximizing cooling. 5 Heat pipes sneak beneath the surface to pull heat away from not only the CPU & GPU but also the circuitry providing them with power.
Reducing the temperatures of these critical components results in long term stability and reliability aking them stand the test of time.
Pricing in India
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Ryzen 5 is priced at 97000 while the Ryzen 9 is priced at 1,62,000.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 also has its fair share of cons.
- No RGB lighting in any models save for the backlit keyboard.
- Backlit keyboard in the Pearlescent White Variant is not legit as the colour of the White Backlit matches with the Keyboard Colour.
- No in built WebCam.
- Despite innovative cooling, the laptop gets pretty hot after longer durations of heavy gaming.
- Fan sound becomes annoying in the TURBO mode.
In spite of the fewer Cons the Pros of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 simply outnumber them.
It is the most powerful 14” laptop that you can buy on the planet right now and for the performance to the value it offers you should definitely consider the Zephyrus G14 as your next work horse.
We would give a 9.5/10 rating to the Asus Machine for the sheer real world power it packs in.
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