Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

by birtanpublished on November 6, 2020

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is the asou rog Zephyrus g14 yes it is a 14 inch gaming laptop but with looks that are not too out there gamer II this is a pretty amazing laptop I know a lot of you were really dying for me to review this and this is never got us a review loaner so I actually had to pick this one up to see for myself just how groundbreaking this ain't and the processor isn't here you know look at it now so the Zephyrus g14 gives me hope in tomorrow for laptops and for day for today actually – which is a cool thing you know we've all hoped for portable

Gaming laptops ed didn't set your legs on fire or destroy themselves and all that sort of thing going back to the original razor blade which was a 14 inch model which you could fry eggs on let's face it and had thermal challenges and all that sort of thing because it's not easy technology there and part of that has to do with Intel who seems to be creeping along really slowly with their CPU in Turin iterations and having trouble getting things smaller and using less power generating less heat ie the struggle they had just to get down to 10 nanometer well and these rise in 4000

Series CPUs which this has inside are just finally they've done it there's m2 architecture Renoir whatever you want to call it this is something special now I've already reviewed an ultrabook from Lenovo that has the Ultrabook version of this process and we're gonna review the HP Envy x-360 with it and we're also gonna look at the Dell g5 se special edition which has the full 45 watt h-series equivalent processor inside but this one right here is interesting because if you can get it with a horizon 7 or a risin 9 and it's the HS variation of those so we have the Rison 9 which

Roughly would be equivalent in their lingo to a core eye 9 more like the latest generation Intel Core i7 8 core CPU perhaps in terms of performance but anyway HS means it's basically the 45 watt processor but they dropped it down to 35 watts without really compromising performance and for this special sauce kind of thing Suz has an exclusive until we I think the end of q3 so by Christmas time we'll see more manufacturers with this because they have to work so closely with the manufacturers to ensure the performance and all that stuff

Snow so it's really pretty neat here so this is a 14 inch gaming laptop and it's available with a risin 7 and NVIDIA GTX 1650 our R model which is the risin 9 with a r-tx 2016 max Q so at the lower end of the higher tier shall we say for gaming laptops there with the RT X 2060 max Q but that's still powerful enough to get you high to ultra and getting at least 60 frames per second and generally considerably more on high settings ultra settings you get the idea in game so that's still pretty capable stuff especially considering the fact that we have a 1080p display Full HD resolution

Now there is one model that goes up to wqhd maybe more for the content creators a 14 inch I think Full HD is good and it's a full HD 120 Hertz display no less so good for gaming that the least expensive model has a 60 Hertz Full HD display by the way so if your 120 Hertz you're looking at generally speaking the rise of 9 configuration but it's also gonna vary by country it's a pretty good full HD IPS display it's what you would expect in this price range based on its full srgb color gamut its Pantone calibrated at the factory they do a pretty good job if you're looking for

Super high gamma and super high resolution for content creators that's not it because I think they wanted to keep this in the premium category but not the obscenely expensive category as Zeus has laptops that hit $3,000 if you're looking for that sort of thing but this is an int that's another appealing thing about this it starts at $12.99 with the risin 7 and the gtx 1650 and the risin 9 is 1449 but right now at Best Buy it's on sale for like 13 49 which is like a steal and that gets you the RTT X 2060 max Q and that 120 Hertz Full HD the spike that's a lot of laptop

For that price especially given the fact that it's pretty premium stuff and it's class-leading in terms of performance the casing on this by the way the lid is aluminum and keyboard deck is magnesium alloy I believe the bottom is magnesium alloy as well magnesium alloy tends to feel a little bit more plasticky so don't be fooled by that but it's quite light and then and keep the weight down without cutting the battery capacity and other good things so you can see the way it's on screen this thing weighs about the same as a 14-inch ultrabook yet it has a

Whole lot more power it's a little thicker though you can see it compared to the Lenovo ThinkPad x1 yoga which is their thinnest most premium 14-inch Ultrabook to get an idea it's a little thicker than that granted but you know you might notice the pattern on the lid it still has the signature suits well cut out along the hinge area in the back and that diagonal line that they like but you see a whole lot of holes on there don't you and by the way this is available in our white color or they have what they call it eclipse gray your choice as to which one you want and

Which one you can find in your country but there's over 6000 little CNC holes on the lid they think it looks pretty cool but it's also there for the $2,000 model they've just got released today and that's the enemy certainly written like anime events enemy matrix despite what that is is twelve hundred and fifteen little mini LEDs underneath there so you can have like animated gifs or static JPEGs they have a little designer app that you can use to light up the lid personally I don't feel the need for that and I believe that one comes with a qHD display so if you're

Looking for the higher resolution you might get the extra dots to anyway party trick then beyond that it's not overly game arelooking that's another nice thing the one concession to gaming the chill arms on the keyboard other than their usual space-age looking triangular power button which doubles as a fingerprint scanner is the space bar that's taller on the left-hand side that's for people who are gaming using the WASD keys and you need to hit that spacebar it gives you a more realistic to tap on speaking of the keyboard it's really very good

I missed the days of keyboards that actually a travel and given the fact that it's not fairly slim I'm impressed that they could manage us and great key return and feel it reminds me of a think pad keyboard that's surprising especially because a lot of us oozes gaming laptops especially the thin ones don't have such awesome feeling keyboards also if you're used to the older SteelSeries keyboards that were on MSI gaming laptops like that feeling to but a little bit more crisp a little bit more return a Zen key rollover and all that so

So white backlighting is not the most brilliant thing on light silver keys turning it on can actually reduce visibility in certain lighting situations and it's not even at all you might look at anything I got a dud but they're all like this why that isn't why they couldn't fix it I don't know the laptop it's actually been released two months ago now there's time to address this the Microsoft precision trackpad is wonderful I mean a precision trackpad is always a good thing but some are better than others and this one is one of my favorites it's just very responsive very

Accurate and very neutral in its behavior as you can see the bezels around the top and the sides are quite small you know it looks to me like they had room for a webcam but here's a gotcha there is no webcam now with everybody doing the work at home thing that is a drawback of course with everybody doing the work at home thing a lot of us are discovering how crappy looking your average 720p webcam is and you're going out and getting a USB $20 or a better camera and getting better results and that's what you would have to do here Suz makes one that hangs on

The top if you want to buy there is or you can get any other one you want but it's not there also that bottom bezel is pretty tall to match the footprint of the bottom of the chassis so that's why sometimes bottom bezels are big they couldn't shrink that bottom chassis anymore which is understandable you kind of have room for cooling and the AMD processor is really impressive here said the same thing with the Ultrabook but this is a harder thing to do here and now you're getting it to the higher wattage 35 to 45 watt processors and this thing really keeps its cool and

There's a trick to keep it even cooler when you're gaming I'll talk about in a minute but much better than Intel and a lot of the problem we've seen say with the razor blade 14 inch in this day and much better with the razor blade 15 inch but granted that's a better chassis is the challenge of the thermals because until the processes are just getting awful hot somehow this one just keeps its cool which means less fan noise it doesn't mean cool chassis though because it's relatively thin the area above the keyboard that's strip above where like the volume keys are and stuff like that

Gets very hot to the touch and if you're gaming the bottom will get hot so we still have a gaming laptop here in terms of chassis temperatures if you're just using it for productivity or streaming video no problem whatsoever it's just been pushing it using the CPU and the GPU handling gaming but the core temperatures on this I mean running today's demanding games like Battlefield 5 on ultra settings and I'm saying core temperatures like 85 where Intel would be thermal throttling getting closer to a hundred and if you

Use one little trick here it's not this enabled out of the factory but it's pretty easy to do with the registry and it you can actually disable turbos something you usually feel like is I shouldn't have to do this right but the base clock speed of the CPU is very high it's three gigahertz versus Intel being it like 2.3 gigahertz typically so it's high enough and games are generally GPU bound not CPU bound that I didn't see any difference in frame rates biden's disabling turbo and having it run and just stay to three gigahertz and the core temperatures I mean you can see the

Screenshots we're talking like 75 Celsius and 105 is the allowable maximum very very good given the really strong CPU performance it's really great for games like sip 6 for example the turn times are so fast it's delightful in this given the portability of this the relatively speaking of fordable price tag for what you get and this is like the ultimate college laptop for those who who'd like to game or who are going to schooling and be doing engineering work or 3d rendering benchmarks on this are what you would expect to see from the equivalent eight core i7 10th gen

CPU pushing even into a core i9 territory which is phenomenal for something this small if you need something really powerful on the go that fits into a laptop bag easily like any altra book would this would be if you're doing video editing if you're doing 3d rendering kind of work if you're doing heavy duty scientific or number crunching kind of stuff all those sorts of use cases where you need a lot of CPU power not only the benchmark number is excellent on this but in real-world tests they like doing a hand brake video in code this thing actually rocks I took

A one gig 4k h.264 video file and encoded it down to 1080p h.264 again and I compare that to the razorblade pro 17 until 10th gen model that we just reviewed with an RT X xx 80 max that doesn't matter it just uses the CPU for this anyway though and he was actually faster by 25 seconds that's significant here when you're talking you know 2 minute in code time versus 25 seconds less than that and it's actually a little faster than the del g5 se that we have with our Rison 940 900 inside so nice very good I think I would buy one of these but there are

So some drawbacks here for the price you don't get Thunderball 3 y that it was an Intel product they have finally let's open up that silicon and actually I believe they're laying the USBC USB consortium run that now so we'll start to see if more Thunderball 3 with AMD processors but not there yet so it's getting close to perfect but not quite there we do have USB C ports one this supports powered in if you wish to do that though it's not going to charge it nearly the rate of the power brake that comes with it which is 180 watts it's a sports

Display out and we have another USB C for storage on the side so you can use usb C docks you can't use Thunderbolt three dunks if you want to use an e GPU that's Thunderbolt 3 based you can't do that here you get two USB ports both of them are on the right side you have hdmi 2.0 if you need many DisplayPort that USB C port can handle it and a headphone jack as well the speakers on this are unexpectedly good afternoon just reviewing the msi ge62 or the 15-inch chassis and that had really tinny speakers this one has stereo speakers that are up firing on the edges front

Edges and keyboard deck and woofers that fire downward so the sound is not only loud but it's quite full and pleasing sounding it doesn't have an annoying tinny kind of sim and better yet because of the the AMD CPU really managing heat so well especially if you disable boost on it the fans are not going to drown it out at all the fans are pretty much close to silent for productivity working when you're gaming you'll certainly hear them but they will not fill the room with noise it's good this does have a fingerprint scanner embedded into the power button which is a perfectly nice

Place it's not the best though I did get an update and it improved and I had to delete my fingerprints actually in the process because it wasn't any better at first but it's a little bit hit or miss I don't know what the deal is here today fingerprint scanners are typically pretty good this one isn't one of the really good ones will they get it better I don't know maybe there's that so a soos army crates the same song for these and all their gaming laptops I would suggest leaving it installed it has a variety of performance and power profiles that

Integrates really tightly with AMD's design spec I didn't have any problems by the way I know the when this first came out nearly two months ago that some people had problems with the screen blacking out when just watching a video or something was an AMD driver issue or BIOS issue there have been updates for that which we have on board here I haven't seen any problems or weirdness with this it's been a very stable laptop so battery life battery life must suck right something must be wrong well you have a 76 watt hour battery which is very big for a 14 inch laptop

That's approaching what razer does in the blade 15 which is an 80 watt hour battery so plenty of juice right there and when you're using an unplugged and you're not doing things like gaming which really you better plug in if you want your maximum performance though AMD does do a little bit better than Intel when it comes to unplugged gaming performance but for productivity work and all that sort of thing not hitting the GPU much battery life on this well windows first project in 10 hours when I first started using and I thought yeah right and I actually at 115 its

Brightness seen about nine hours of use for light productivity work in streaming video if you're doing a harder stuff and you're doing Adobe Premiere or Photoshop or that sort of thing or doing serious coding and number crunching and compiling of course your runtimes are gonna be shorter than that likewise if you crank up the brightness but that's pretty good too so the bottom has intake over here these are actually the vents for the subwoofer of course it vents out the back and the sides as well taking off the bottom cover is pretty easy you've got Phillips head screws unscrew

Them and then you take the cover off and there are internals the 76 one hour battery is right here our woofers are facing downward CPU and GPU fans and heat sinks a nice four corners non tripod a lot of shared heat pipes here but obviously the thermals are well under control here we have eight gigs of DDR 432 hundred megahertz Ram soldered on board and we have one Ram slot so a slight drawback there so the maximum you can go to is 40 gigs they sell it currently with 16 gigs iam 8 gigs module and you have eight gigs solder on board if you're worried

About dual Channel here's the interesting thing even if you put a bigger module and say go for a 16 or 32 gig the first eight games will be addressed as double channel so the first 16 gigs of ram that your machines using will still behave as dual channel but anything above that will be single channel got that little confusing maybe maybe not so a performance shouldn't be that bad just getting yourself a matching 32 hundred megahertz ddr4 Esso dim so you can keep that performance level up with the clock speeds our m2 SSD is here it's got some keep tape on

Top of it obviously this is an Intel 660 p it's an okay SSD it's not the fastest like the top samsung drives but it's also runs a lot cooler and uses less power I suspect those are the two reasons why they went with that intel SSD here and this is a one terabyte the lower-end configurations of a 512 GB SSD and this has a one terabyte and since this Emma a two you can upgrade it to well whatever you like another reason that they might have gone with a cool SSD in terms of temperature that is is because see there's all lines here those are the antenna lines for the Wi-Fi card

The socketed Intel Wi-Fi 6ax 200 card is actually located under the SSD so yeah you can change it if you want to just that's where it's hiding so that's the Zephyrs g14 and Boyett is some laptop I really like what you get here for the price and the portability of this is insane given the horsepower and performance in here I mean you know we dreamed of this years ago when the razor blade stealth was announced and that really turned out to just be an everyday Ultrabook back in the day and it's creeping up there and capabilities but wow this one is very powerful it's not

Perfect yeah I mean they like I said the keyboard backlighting is not terribly even on it it doesn't have a webcam solved by a USB webcam but still a couple of little niggling things but overall I mean just wow I'm a super mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more cool tech videos and hit the notification bell so you know about them

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