Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Gaming Laptop for Professionals

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INTRODUCTION

In this article, we will talk about a new laptop that was released by Asus a few days ago known as the ROG Zephyrus G14. The main thing about it is it comes with the new AMD processor which is AMD Ryzen 4000 series and even though it’s a fairly compact laptop. It is a 14-inch laptop with a processor having 8 cores and 16 threads and yes it’s way faster than Intel’s Core-i7 series., so I would say this is a very unique laptop. It is basically a sort of a gaming laptop because the Graphic Processor is also very good but I would also say this laptop is actually very good even for professionals who actually want a laptop that has a lot of what we say power so that they can do video editing or heavy tasks such as continuous gaming. I won’t say this is the light test as this weighs about 1.6 kilograms.

The laptop comes with a 180 Watt charger. It has a lot of vents to dissipate the heat, a full-size HDMI port, 2 type-C port(one of them supports power delivery), a 3.5 mm jack for headphones and two USB ports.  It comes in two models, a white-grey color with 1080p full HD display and another in black color with 2K display. The 2K resolution model comes with the LED display at the back panel of the screen which you can customize whatever you want it to display. This is the only difference between the 2K model and 1080p model.,else everything is the same.

 

PHYSICAL  OVERVIEW

The power button of this laptop has embedded Windows login. This has a 14-inch screen matte screen with 120Hz frequency which is ideal for Gamers whereas the other one with 2K display has 60 Hz. Though the screen quality is good and screen brightness is very good for indoor work but for outdoors it could have been slightly brighter which could be an issue. One nice thing about this laptop is it has dual speakers, one over the board with front-firing and other at the bottom. The speaker’s quality is really good, loud and a little bit of dept in sound quality.

              Another good thing I like is that it does support to that power delivery via USB Type-C port so you can charge it but again it’s restricted to only 65 Watts and since you just don’t get that adapter in the box so that is something missing but if you have USB adapter up to 65 Watts, it can work out.  But one thing to notice that if you’re playing games for long hours which is a heavy task, it’s best to use the supplied charger that’s the 180 Watt power brick because it might not work for long as the USB Type-C is restricted to 65 Watt but nevertheless you have that, you can charge it with that.

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PERFORMANCE         

Now coming on its performance the AMD Ryzen in 4000 series is a blazingly fast chip. Surprisingly, the Asus G14 still wins over laptops with an Intel Core i9-9880HK processor. It beats the 16-inch MacBook Pro in Cinebench R20 multi-core by a whopping 25%. It even encoded a 4K file in Handbrake 11% faster, matching the performance of the Dell XPS 15. The very good thing about it which I liked is that even the base variant will come with 512 GB of SSD so that’s actually good and you can go all the way up to 1TB and even in terms of RAM, it’s being said that it will come between 8 and 32 GB of RAM and again now what Asus has done is it is using a fast RAM which is 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM. Hence the performance is very fast as the benchmark scores were very good. And for the Graphics card., it has multiple options like GPU Geforce RTX 2060 / GTX GTX 1660Ti / 1650Ti /1650.

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BATTERY

Now talking about the battery, Asus claims about 10 hours of battery life on normal usage but I would say you can roughly get about 6 to 7 hours of battery life with the regular mixed usage. Mixed usage means if you just do gaming a lot obviously the battery will fall down rapidly but with regular mixed usages like watching videos for hours, doing multitasking and stuff you will able to get somewhere between 6 to about 7 hours of battery life. So the battery life is actually good on this one though it is almost a thin laptop with decent weight.

 

QUICK SPECS

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Processor (8 Cores, 16 Threads)

14” IPS LCD Full HD /QHD 2K Screen (120Hz / 60Hz)

GPU Geforce RTX 2060 / GTX 1660Ti / 1650Ti /1650

512GB – 1TB Internal Storage (PCle SSD)

8 – 32GB RAM (3200 MHz, DDR4)

Dual Front Speakers (Dolby Atmos Audio)

WiFi 6 Supported, Bluetooth 5, Fingerprint Power Button

180 W Supplied Charger, PD 65W Charging

76 W Hrs Battery, Windows 10, 1.6Kgs

 

CONS

Now coming to some of the cons that I’ve noticed is that this laptop simply does not have any webcam on it, there’s not even an accessory that was in the box which is a little surprising. So if you need a webcam you may have to go over the external webcam.

Another thing which I found peculiar is its thick chin at the bottom end of the screen which I personally don’t like in any laptop.

 

CONCLUSION

Apart from the minor cons, overall  I would say I’m liking this laptop for the chip performance that you are getting from this AMD Ryzen chips which are amazing. I thought it will heat up too much in regular usage but I would say it doesn’t heat up that much and the fans can ramp up quite a bit. I never had to manually go there and fiddle around with it, in the auto-settings it was doing a very good job. In terms of regular usage, let’s say, browsing and watching videos and stuff you will not notice that fan noise but if you’re doing some heavy work then the flans do blow. So overall in my opinion this is a pretty good laptop.

              The Indian pricing of this laptop is still unknown but Asus told that its price will start from 1 lakh INR, which I personally think is justified. Now based on the configuration obviously the pricing will change . Overall  I’m liking this laptop and I would say that if I would be in the market looking for a Windows-based laptop, I would consider this one for myself considering it’s not the lightest at this estimated price. But considering the power it provides for playing heavy games and do heavy work on it like video-editing and all. So I would say this laptop is a combination of gaming and professional usage.  I’m amazed by the performance of the new AMD Ryzen chips and now Intel really has to think to be in the game in this laptop market.

               So what do you think of this new laptop from Asus. Do comment below….

Thank You.

HARISH DANU

Harish Danu is an Engineer and a passionate Blogger. When not blogging, he's out in the garden teaching himself about permaculture and self-sustainability. Likes burger and beer.

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