Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 - One of the Best Laptop as of now 11

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 – One of the Best Laptop as of now

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is finally going to be on sale, and hopefully, it will be coming to India very soon, it is one of the first laptops with AMD’s Zen2 based mobile CPU.
Let’s see how it performs in the real world
This Post is a Full Review to the ROG Zephyrus G14

Also, read about the Zen2 Based AMD Mobile CPU
Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile CPU
Ryzen 7 4800HS

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Specification Table

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Display1) 14-inch Non-glare WQHD (2560X1440) IPS-level panel, 60Hz, 100% sRGB, Pantone® Validated, adaptive sync
2) 14-inch Non-glare Full HD (1920X1080) IPS-level panel, 120Hz, 100% sRGB, Pantone® Validated, adaptive sync
3) 14-inch Non-glare Full HD (1920X1080) IPS-level panel, 60Hz, 100% sRGB, Pantone® Validated
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home/Pro
CPUAMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
GPU1) NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
6GB GDDR6 VRAM(MaxQ)
2) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
6GB GDDR6 VRAM(MaxQ)
3) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
4GB GDDR6 VRAM
MemoryDDR4 3200MHz SDRAM
Up to 32GB
StorageM.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 512GB / 1TB
ConnectivityWifi 6
Bluetooth 5
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort™ 1.4 and Power Delivery
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
1 x Kensington lock
Power76W-Hour Battery
180W power adaptor
Support Type-C PD 3.0 up to 65W
WebcamNo WebCam

Specification Details
https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ROG-Zephyrus-G14/Tech-Specs/

Design

Design is almost the same as that of any other ROG device but there is one unique thing about the ROG Zephyrus G14 device there is the second screen with 1215 pixels of micro-LED goodness on the outside of the lid. ASUS is calling the AniMe Matrix display, it can be used to put words, memes or GIFs for fun, honestly, it is something which some people may like or some people may hate, therefore there is an option of choosing, the AniMe Matrix

The Build Quality is Great, it is made of Magnesium Alloy, it is lightweight at the same time being very sturdy and very little screen flex.
The Back of the Screen or the Top of the Laptop, it has Clean Aesthetics, and a notebook Like Look to it, it weighs less than 2KG and is easy to hold in the hand, Asus has designed a hinge that allows it to be raised at a 13-degree angle, which provides padding for the keyboard, and also opens up a large intake vent for the cooling system.

Display

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Rog Zephyrus G14 has 3 screen options
1) 14-inch Non-glare WQHD (2560X1440) IPS-level panel, 60Hz, 100% sRGB, Pantone® Validated, adaptive sync
2) 14-inch Non-glare Full HD (1920X1080) IPS-level panel, 120Hz, 100% sRGB, Pantone® Validated, adaptive sync
3) 14-inch Non-glare Full HD (1920X1080) IPS-level panel, 60Hz, 100% sRGB, Pantone® Validated.

All the Screens are anti-glare and Pantone Validated, they are great screens, but it is a 14-Inch laptop, so if you are someone who likes to play games then it may take some time to get used to it.
The Colors, saturation, and viewing angles on these screens are great, But on the 120Hz panel, due to response time issue, there is a bit of ghosting happening, it is still better than at 60Hz Screen out there, but lacks a bit of feel of the 120Hz panel, it can be said to be the only bad thing about this laptop.
It also has FreeSync Support, ranging from 48Hz to 120Hz

Performance

ROG Zephyrus G14 is one of the first laptops to come with AMD’s Zen2 Based Mobile CPU, it has two CPU options Ryzen 7 4800HS, and Ryzen 9 4900HS, they are 35Watt CPU’s, for GPU it has 3 Options, a Regular Mobile Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti MaxQ Version, and Nvidia Geforce GTX 2060 MaxQ Version.

Both The Ryzen 7-4800HS and Ryzen 9-4900HS are 8 Cores and 16 Thread CPU, with the 4800HS Being clocked at 2.9 GHz and a boost clock of 3.8 GHz, and the 4900HS being clocked at 3.0 GHz and a Boost clock of 4.3 GHz

The CPU Performance is Great on this laptop, the 4800HS Model is easily able to beat the i7-9750H, and performs in the range of i9-9980HK, and the 4900HS is even comparable to the Desktop i9-9900K in terms of performance.
But The 4900HS Model heats up a bit, it is not much of an issue, but the prolonged heavy workload will lead to heating the max we could reach was around 96 degrees Celcius, however, on the 4800HS Model there are no issues of heating.
Honestly, these with these CPU’s AMD has fully defeated the Intel in all the consumer segment’s

The GPU Performance is again Great, the 1650 Model performs better than other 1650 Laptop due to better thermal’s, and the 2060 model is able to perform very great.

Memory and Storage

ROG Zephyrus G14 can support memory upto 32GB in Dual Channel, however depending on the model you buy it can be restricted, as there is only one RAM slot, and the other RAM is Sorted into the motherboard, and as it is an AMD Cpu it’s best to use RAM in Dual Channel.
It has 2 Storage Options 512/1TB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD, there is only one slot for SSD, also if your budget allows I would advise you get to change the SSD to a fast one as, the one in it is fast with around 1900/1700MBps read/write speed but is not the fastest.

Battery

ROG Zephyrus G14 has a 76 Watt-Hour Battery with 180W power adaptor
Support Type-C PD 3.0 support up to 65W.
The Battery life is Very good, average Screen on time at 120Hz was around 6 hours, and at 60Hz was around 8 hours, very good for a Gaming Laptop

I/O Ports

ROG Zephyrus G14 has
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort™ 1.4 and Power Delivery
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
1 x Kensington lock
It doesn’t have a LAN port or Thunderbolt 3 Port, but it is expected as Intel has not released the Patent of Thunderbolt 3 to AMD

Keyboard and Trackpad

The Keyboard is great, it has amazing tactile feedback, it has a travel distance of 1.7mm, and the response feedback is also great, however, the Backlighting on the White Model is a bit of an issue, in dark it is better to not to use Backlit on the white model as nothing is visible on the keyboard, also the keyboard doesn’t have a Numpad, but mostly on the 14-Inch laptop, a Numpad is not expected.
The Trackpad is running on Windows Precision driver, it is great.

Audio

ROG Zephyrus G14 has 2 x 2.5W speakers with Smart AMP technology 2 x 0.7W tweeter, Array MicrophonesWith Dolby Atmos technology
it is very good overall, but if going by notebook standard it is one of the best Speaker setups out there, it has crisp vocal, very good bass, and volume level is high enough

Thermals

The thermals are great on this Laptop and is one of the best for a 14-Inch Laptop, if not it is the best Thermal for a 14-Inch Laptop

Some Benchmarks

In Cinebench R15 and R20, the Ryzen 9 4900HS is performing much higher than its intel counterpart

Also in Video Rendering Softwares like Blender and Handbrake simulation, the 4900HS is much ahead of its intel Counterpart

DaVinci Resolve Studio is GPU Oriented Software, therefore there is better performance with laptops with RTX 2070 or 2080 still due to a much better CPU the Difference is not much and Adobe Premiere Pro is intel oriented Softwares and uses Quick Sync which is an intel Exclusive feature

Pricing

SpecificationPrice
14″ FHD 60Hz
Ryzen7-4800HS/8GB/512GB/GTX 1650
~1050$
14″ FHD 120Hz
Ryzen7-4800HS/16GB/512GB/GTX 1660 Ti Max Q
~1300$
14″ FHD 120Hz
Ryzen9-4900HS/16G/1TB/RTX 2060 Max Q
~1450$
14″ QHD 60Hz
Ryzen9-4900HS/16G/1TB/RTX 2060 Max Q/AniMe Matrix Display/White/Grey
~2000$

Then Base Version the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 the 4800HS/1650 is priced at ~1050$ which roughly translates to around 70000INR, but due to taxes and other things it is probably going to priced around 75-76000 in india, it is a good choice for students, and the 4800HS/1660ti is priced at ~1300$ which roughly translates to around 90000INR, but due to taxes and other things it is probably going to priced around 95-96000 in india, it is a good choice for budget gamers as a general i7-9750H/1660ti laptop costs around the same price in India but the Ryzen 7-4800HS is a much better performer than the 9750H

Conclusion

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is almost the best Gaming Notebook as of now, there is a minor issue of ghosting with the screen, and also is a bit behind on some benchmarks which can intel oriented, and Doesn’t have a Webcam if that concerns you, But Overall in this price range it is one the best, if not the best laptop under the 1500$ range, as the AMD CPU easily thrashes its intel counterpart, is almost every neutral benchmarking software

Final Verdict

  • Excellent CPU Performance(Desktop Level)
  • Great GPU Performance
  • Fast RAM(Dual Channel)
  • Fast SSD(1900/1700MBps Read/Write)
  • Great Build
  • Good Looking Design
  • Great Display(Option of 120Hz Panel)
  • Great Battery Life
  • Great Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Amazing Thermals
  • Good Selection of I/O Ports

Visual image Credits
https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ROG-Zephyrus-G14/Features/

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