Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: More than just a gaming laptop
Asus recently launched the Zephyrus G14 laptop in India.
The laptop is powered by an AMD 4900HS processor.
It also brings fast 3200Mhz DDR4 RAM and a RTX 2060 GPU.
Asus is one of the biggest names in the world of computing. From hardware to gaming accessories, the company has a presence in almost everything that’s to do with gaming on PC. So when the company launches a high-end product under its ROG lineup of gaming laptops, it is only understandable that the world sits up and takes notice.
This latest offering from Asus is the ROG Zephyrus G14 that appears cut from the same cloth as many of its predecessors which have previously been quite popular with buyers. However, when it comes to the Zephyrus G14, the expectations appear to be a little more than usual. This is because, on paper, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is an absolute beast. It is the first notebook launched in India to use a Ryzen 9 4900HS processor which comes with 8 cores and 16-threads for powerful performance.
Read our review to find out if you should spend your hard-earned money on it.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14: Design and display
While the focus is mostly on the internals of a laptop, it is important to remember that these portable computers are as much as about their design as they are about the hardware they pack in their frames.
For the Zephyrus G14, Asus has gone for a rather interesting design language that doesn’t scream gaming machine from the top of its lungs but does about enough to stand out from the crowd to please both gamers and content creators. To Asus’ credit, it has managed to achieve this balance by designing a notebook packs what essentially is a 15-inch laptop alternative in a much smaller form factor.
The G14 is 17.9mm thin and is quite lightweight for what it offers with a rated weight of 1.6kg. The laptop is available in two colour options, Moonlight White and Eclipse Grey.
On the outside, the Zephyrus G14 brings something quite unique in its AniMe Matrix display that’s available on select models. It allows for personalisation with up to 1,215 mini LEDs that are spread across the lid. Asus claims that users can “import animated GIFs and other graphics, build custom animations frame by frame and type text messages with different fonts on the laptop’s outer AniMe Matrix display.” The visualisations on the display can also change to music being played on the laptop.
On the outside, the laptop also houses angled vents and a number of connectivity ports. There are two USB-C, two USB-A, an HDMI, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The USB Type-C port can be used to charge the laptop, but the company recommends the laptop’s 180W adapter.
Once you open the G14’s lid, this laptop from Asus keeps impressing with its design. The first thing you’d notice here is how the laptop’s base gets a little elevated the moment you open the lid. This helps improve the thermals of the device.
The keyboard here looks and feels premium with the keys feeling quite responsive to the touch. While the keyboard may not exactly suffice hardcore gaming needs, but it is quite good for content creation and productivity tasks. The design also incorporates a fingerprint scanner within the ROG Zephyrus G14’s power button. As Asus explains, the button automatically authenticates the user’s fingerprint at the boot level giving them single press access to their Windows account.
Coming to the display, the laptop features a 14-inch WQHD panel with a native resolution of 2560 x 1440p running at a refresh rate of 60Hz. While both the resolution and the refresh rate may not be the hardcore gamer’s dream, they still do a very good job if you plan to actually play modern-day graphics-intensive titles on the 14-inch panel of the laptop.
The IPS panel features wide viewing angles and promises to cover 100% of the sRGB range. Because of this, colours look punchy, and text looks clear. As for the resolution, well, let’s say Asus’ gamble has paid off as the 14-inch size of the display doesn’t really leave much need for support of a higher resolution. However, we definitely would have preferred a faster display on the Zephyrus G14.
Asus ROG Zephrus G14: Specifications, performance and battery
The Zephyrus G14 is built for content creation and gaming, and as such, it features a very powerful spec sheet. The laptop sent to us for review features the powerful AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor paired with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU and 16GB of DDR4 3200MHz RAM. For storage, there is a fast 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD.
This core configuration offers a lot in terms of power and performance as the 7nm AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU brings excellent processing to power ratio. The processor offers an octa-core solution in which the base clock of the cores is 3.0GHz which automatically boosts to 4.3GHz when the notebook needs that extra oomph for running heavy games and applications.
But interestingly this CPU from AMD manages to do so while keeping power usage to very low levels. As a 7nm process fabricated chip, the 4900HS promises a low TDP rating of 35W. This significantly improves the battery life of the device. However, despite this power-efficient CPU, this gaming laptop — much like others of its ilk — does run a little on the hotter side when playing games on it.
To Asus’ credit, it has paired the processor with extremely fast 3200Mhz DDR4 RAM and a powerful RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU. While the latter definitely helps in games, the importance of the former cannot be ignored as Ryzen CPUs are notorious for gaining in speed from RAM DIMMs running at higher clocks.
Overall, this helps the Zephyrus G14 achieve impressive results while playing the most demanding games that are available right now. Running at its native 2K resolution, the laptop easily managed to clock good performance on games such as GTA: V, Metro Exodus, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. RTX enabled games such as Battlefield V, Assassin’s Creed: Odyessy also performed well on the laptop.
Moving on to the battery performance, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 promises quite a lot in this department. Asus has made tall claims of around 10 hours of battery life. However, this number really depends on how you’re using the laptop.
For light usage, and with the screen brightness low, the laptop can actually give you an impressive 7 hours of battery life. However, if you are using this laptop for gaming then the battery life falls down to about 3-4 hours, depending on how demanding the game in question is. As for when the 76Whr battery runs out of charge, Asus recommends using the 180W fast charger bundled with the box. However, if that isn’t around, you can always use a Type-C adapter to charge the laptop — albeit at a much slower pace.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14: Should you buy it?
Starting at a price of 80,990 without the AniMe Matrix display, and Rs 98,990 for the entry-level model with it, the Asus Zephyrus G14 doesn’t come cheap. However, it offers enough in terms of value and performance to help it stand out from the crowd and in effect justify the price.
The laptop offers a unique design that’s not quite what you expect from your heavy-duty gaming laptop, but still carries features that would remind you of the same. However, it’s premium-end looks, lightweight design and the customisable AniMe Matrix display should definitely fly with casual gamers and content creators.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review
AniME Matrix displayGood looksPowerful performer
Lacks 4K display