So, the most anticipated 14 inch gaming laptop is out. The Asus Zephyrus G14 Gaming laptop, Powered by AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series gen 2 also making its way into the High end notebook space.
We are already familiar with the power of this CPU in the desktop platform and it will be great to see how this CPU performs considering some important factors like battery life.
As this great CPU is now fitted into premium light and slim Asus Zephyrus G14 which makes this laptop a super powerful machine.
This is also the most powerful laptop specs that ryzen has to offer with the latest Asus Zephyrus G14. Asus is now targeting this laptop towards the premium gaming laptop market.
Which is a really great deal, as this laptop offers some of the great specs for gaming in the size of a notebook and also not making any sacrifices in any key areas of the laptop.
We have to mention this first in our Asus Zephyrus G14 review that this laptop doesn’t make any compromise or sacrifice in the quality or overall build of the laptop and everything in this laptop just feels on point and you will surely not have any flaws to address.
Still, nothing is completely flawless and so there are some minor flaws in the laptop which should be addressed but doesn’t make any much of a difference but, Still we will be addressing that later in our review.
So, the zephyrus g14 mainly targets the market where Intel used to dominate in the past with the high end intel powered notebooks. But, this market seems to be taken over by Amd as this provides much more value when compared.
Okay, much of an overview of the processors and AMD. Let’s now get into the Asus Zephyrus G14 review, so that you will be having a complete knowledge of this laptop as what it provides and should you spend your hard earned money on this Asus Zephyrus G14 laptop.
Let us first start with the most noticeable thing in a gaming laptop: the performance. But, first let me tell you that this laptop has top notch performance in its budget.
Asus Zephyrus G14 Specs :-
- 14-inch non-touchscreen (1920 x 1080 resolution)
- AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS.
- 16GB DDR4 3200MHz SDRAM.
- 1TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD.
- No webcam.
- Intel Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.
- 4-cell 76WHr battery.
- 180W AC adapter.
Performance of Asus Zephyrus G14
First of all this laptop has really good performance as it is powered with the eight core 16 threads processor which is incredible for multicore applications and making it even faster than the Razor Blade in performance while using Adobe Premier.
However, i feel like this laptop should have been packed in with a higher GPU power in here but, considering the size of this 14 inch laptop i don’t think fitting in anything more powerful was possible keeping the cooling of the device in mind.
While Gaming on this Asus zephyrus g14 laptop my eyes took time to adjust to this 14 inch small display as i have been playing on big screens for a long time now.
But, after a couple of weeks of continuous gaming on this laptop I was perfectly happy and comfortable with this laptop’s screen and overall gaming experience.
I should be mentioning that I didn’t feel any need for that extra GPU and rather i am happy with this as the GPU trade off on this laptop is more than an advantage for the people who wanted a gaming laptop in a size of 14 inch and a slim & lighter notebook.
The laptop also doesn’t heat up much while gaming or doing intensive tasks on it as the thermals on this laptop are good!
For testing the thermals on this laptop I was running this laptop in the turbo mode, which is the best performing automatic mode of the laptop where fan noise gets loud but still acceptable.
This laptop also has a manual performance mode where we can crank up the fans. But, the fan noise in manual mode gets way too loud at a point that one will never personally set the laptop to manual mode.
There’s also one more thing i need to address, why i personally will never use the manual mode as the temperature of laptop in manual mode is lower but, the clock speeds in manual mode isn’t that faster which makes this mode of no use for many people and me personally.
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Matrix Display on the Lid
The matrix display on this laptop becomes the USP of this laptop as it is one of the most fascinating things on this gaming laptop. The complete array of LED’s on the back of the laptop lets you customize in your own style.
This matrix display has a whole bunch of different things you can choose to animate or customize like you can have your own animated GIFs, you can have a logo, you can set a clock there and many more interesting stuff like this.
I first saw this great display at the start of this year and i was really fascinated with this display. But, personally after having this i have to say this is more of a flexing thing and i like this.
You will be flexing this thing wherever you go like hey i have got this crazy lights on the back of my laptop. I have to say this display adds a different level of personalization on your laptop. The lights are also great and bright.
But, i don’t think there is any other use of this display on your laptop rather than flexing and showing memes on your laptops lid. Now, much of a talk of the flexing display let us now talk about the real display on the laptop which makes the difference.
Display on Asus Zephyrus G14
There are two variants of display on this laptop: the 1440p 60 Hertz panel and a 1080p 120 Hertz panel. I have used both of these displays and it’s really nice to see a 14 inch panel with high resolution.
But, as of now more people are interested in the 1080p 120 Hertz display. Also, because this is the only laptop having a refresh rate of 120 Hertz in the size of 14 inch. But, while using this high refresh rate display i found something sluggish on this screen.
It is the response time of this display as there’s ghosting happening in this display whenever using. I personally don’t blame ASUS for this flaw as ASUS is not the company that makes this display.
Therefore, it will be better if you go for the lower refresh rate and high definition 1440p variant display as this display works great with the laptop.
But, this low refresh rate display will not be idle for you incase you are a person who want a hardcore perfect gaming laptop then this display selections will not suit you.
But, still if you ask me which one will i choose from the display variants? I will be going with the 120 Hertz refresh rate display in spite of the ghosting. As games feel much more awesome in Higher refresh rates.
Between the top-firing tweeters and the speakers on the bottom of the laptop, the Asus Zephyrus G14 can get loud. When I fired up, Post Malone’s “Circles,” it immediately filled my apartment.
The vocals were crisp and clear, as were drums guitars. The bass was present, but could have been a bit stronger. When I played Control, the gunshots rang out and Jesse’s narration was clear, but the background music didn’t stand out from the action.
In the included Dolby Atmos app, there are a number of pre-tuned qualizers offered. For music, I found the Detailed equalizer added a bit of snap to the drums, but was otherwise not a huge difference.
Unfortunately, there is no webcam on this Asus Zephyrus G14 laptop. This laptop doesn’t have the external webcam in the box too. As they used to in the previous variants of the laptop.
But, personally i am okay with no webcam on this laptop as most of the time i am only gaming on this laptop and not taking any video calls. Though, If you feel the need of a webcam you can buy an external webcam and use it anyway.
Keyboard, fingerprint and trackpad
I am in love with the keyboard of this Asus Zephyrus G14 laptop and there’s a lot to like about this keyboard. But, one of the major issues I found with this keyboard was the backlighting in the keyboard of the white model.
The backlighting on these reflective silver keys are hard to see with the backlighting. As the backlighting in these keys isn’t super bright. Rather, it is much easier to see the keys in dark with backlighting off and it is really weird.
Overall, the keys are great, they are spaced well and the layout is good. They are responsive. I think most people will enjoy typing on this keyboard.
The keyboard also has a fingerprint sensor at the top right corner on the power button itself which is also great.
This laptop has the standard trackpad and there’s nothing much to say about. It has pretty good drivers, hardware buttons for volume and ROG software button to open the ROG software.
Battery Life on Asus Zephyrus G14
It’s truly incredible how long the Zephyrus g14 lasted on our battery test. Generally, only the best ultraportables last between eight and 10 hours on our test, which continuously browses the web, streams video and runs OpenGL tests, all while connected to Wi-Fi with the display at 150 nits brightness.
The Zephyrus endured for 11 hours and 32 minutes. That’s incredible for a gaming notebook and even for some ultrabooks. The premium gaming average is just under 4 hours.
This means the Zephyrus is also suitable to use as your everyday system in addition to being your gaming machine. Which is really amazing.
Design and Build of Asus Zephyrus G14 laptop
Few years back laptops weren’t designed for gaming on the go. However, nowadays many gaming laptops are made specifically to play games on the go. And the Asus Zephyrus G14 is also not an exception from this.
This G14 laptop is by far the smallest 14 inch gaming laptop Asus has manufactured in it’s Zephyrus line up. Also cranking up everything up in the small size may bother you about the chassis while doing some intensive things.
But, as of my use the laptop has handled everything nicely without any major flaw, Thanks to the overall design and build of this 14 inch gaming laptop. But, as always no machine is perfect and I feel this laptop has some flaw with the ErgoLift hinge.
As the hinge lifts the laptop above for a better typing experience the fans throw the heat directly towards the display from the vents. Which is okay when doing light work like typing articles.
But, while gaming on this laptop for a few hours this issue seems to be noticeable as the lower parts of the display get warm due to the warm air from vents. As discussed the laptop doesn’t have a webcam and you will need to spend some extra bucks to have it externally.
Overall, the build and looks on this 14 inch Asus Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop feels entirely strong and, thanks to it being 1.7 kg, which makes it truly convenient too. The laptop feels very premium close by and doesn’t frustrate a lot.
But I noticed while typing quick and hard, the screen appears to wobble a lot now and then which really feels annoying when you are really focused on your work.
You have nearly got every port you will be needing on your laptop to complete your day to day tasks. The Asus Zephyrus G14 has two USB-C, two USB-A, an HDMI, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The G14 can charge via USB-C, but there’s also a jack for Asus’ 180W adapter if you don’t want to take up a port.
There’s no Thunderbolt 3, unsurprisingly, since that’s Intel’s proprietary standard. This is an unfortunate downside of using an AMD system for the time being, though the G14’s HDMI and DisplayPort capabilities give you other options for connecting to peripherals.
This Asus Zephyrus G14 is a complete beast packed in a size of 14 inch with amazing features like portability, superb performance, great keyboard, smooth trackpad and a battery life that can put other gaming laptops to shame.
If you are looking for a laptop which handles all your daily work easily including gaming and video editing. This is the laptop you can go for as it is a completely feature packed laptop one will wish to have.
So, If you’re looking for a gaming laptop that looks great, lasts a long time on a charge and can blast through your favorite games at a reasonable price, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 could be your best choice. However, If you want Thunderbolt 3 or a faster, 144 Hz display, the Dell G7 15 or Acer Predator Triton 500 are alternatives you should consider.