Today we will do a detailed review of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 here. In this article, we will talk more deeply about the experience of this new ASUS gaming laptop and we hope that you will enjoy the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Review.
The strong performance is undisputed, but the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 also impresses with its optimized design and versatility. In the past, we have used and evaluated some Zephyrus products such as the ROG Zephyrus G15 (REVIEW). Although the overall shape is slim, the gamer laptop is still quite heavy and will feel tired from being held for long.
But with the ROG Zephyrus G14, things became much easier. Now, you are not only a companion in graphics-heavy games, but can easily take it anywhere with you. If you buy it for real, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 carrying case will include an additional shockproof bag that allows you to tuck your laptop neatly as simple as that.
One of the most highlights of the ROG Zephyrus G14 is integrated with the vivid AniMe Matrix display. You may not know, this is not an LED screen but is designed with matrix holes for precise CNC cutting process. It is one of the high-tech in the overall design of the device, which brings life back to life while displaying images, logos, and customizations.
You might not know, the back surface area of ROG Zephyrus G14 has a total of 6,536 holes with perfect spacing, capable of producing moderate light from 1,215 mini LED bulbs located below the screen. AniMe Matrix, with this matrix design technology, ASUS wants to innovate and give us a broader view of image display technology, not just through conventional LED panels.
The combination of luxurious metal material and dark gray layer tone the robustness and elegance of the high-end gaming device. An attractive look is the strength of the ROG Zephyrus G14, it helps to score in the eyes of fans and compete with other products in its price range. With Zephyrus G14 here, we appreciate the overall design and the way ASUS perfectly looks.
In terms of connectivity, ASUS ROG G14 has a full range of ports including a Power port, HDMI, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm audio jack on the left side. On the right side, we have 2 USB ports and one USB Type-C port. The two sides also have heatsinks, and the back of the keyboard also has heat slots.
In addition to the impressive configuration and performance, the gaming screen is one of the scoring factors on the laptop line. On the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, we get a 14-inch full HD display that provides a fast and engaging visual experience while watching blockbuster movies, playing games, or doing graphics. With thin side bezels, you will feel a larger display space, even if the device size is not very large.
The ROG Zephyrus G14 incorporates 120 Hz refresh technology to provide a smooth and effortless visual experience during on-screen mouse movements. This is very essential with a gaming laptop as it affects your gaming experience. We don’t know what that is about, but for us, a 120 Hz panel offers a lot of benefits and is smoother than a panel that uses 60 Hz refresh rate technology.
The ROG Zephyrus G14’s beautiful color rendering, high contrast, and high precision colors help us greatly in image color blending. Our laptop has a high brightness that you can use on the outside, with anti-glare technology that will help you to use it under direct sunlight.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Speaking of the keyboard, ROG Zephyrus G14 provides comfortable user experience and we have no difficulty in the experience. The keyboard does not have a long key travel, but in return for the space of the buttons, the fast operation becomes easier. The device is integrated with the white backlight below, but unfortunately, you cannot customize it to your favorite color with the ROG Key.
The touchpad provides a smooth surface so drag operation is very comfortable. We have been using it for 1–3 days, so its touchpad is not bad, unfortunately, it is a gaming laptop, so most of us use more mouse than a laptop touchpad.
As an ideal gaming laptop, of course, performance is the brightest advantage over the ASUS Zephyrus G14. It’s true, what this laptop brings is worth the money and assures us of fighting every PC game. We will quickly summarize the hardware specifications of the ASUS ROG G14:
- 14-inch screen, Full HD resolution, 120Hz refresh rate
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
- RAM: 16 GB
- Hard drive: 512 GB M.2 PCle SSD
- Discrete graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti 4GB
With such a powerful configuration, we fully believe that if we test performance through software, we will get a high score and the actual experience is also full of smoothness. We checked the AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS CPU ranking, it is ranked 135/2977 CPU in the processor market.
Quickly, we downloaded MSI Afterburner to measure FPS, CPU temperature to evaluate the smoothness through processing three games – CS: GO, League of Legends, and FIFA Online 4. First, we start with the CS: GO, you are peace of mind in machine speed and firing guns. The FPS is always hovering above 135, although it sometimes drops to 120 FPS, that’s not a big deal.
When we played League of Legends on the Zephyrus G14, we didn’t feel the device lag at all and the gameplay was smooth from start to finish. The frame rate always fluctuated at 112 fps with high graphics, which helped us win 3-4 consecutive matches. If we do not record the screen, the FPS can reach 230 FPS.
For FIFA Online 4, the FPS fluctuates continuously in the range of 112–120 FPS. However, sometimes there was a setback and dropping 50 fps made us feel a little unfair.
With exceptional smoothness in experiences and exceptional heavy-duty handling, the ASUS ROG G14 is a great partner under-hit titles or in-depth graphics. This task is not only thanks to the powerful CPU but also relies on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti 4GB discrete graphics card.
If you are a tech lover than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti is probably not too strange. This is the graphics card equipped with a high-end laptop, which has 2 times the power of the GTX 950 and 70% more power than GTX 1050.
In addition, we also use some software to measure CPU performance. The two software we use to measure CPU and laptop performance is Geekbench and Cinebench, the results are as follows:
- Geekbench 5: Single-core reached 396 points, multi-core reached 2,983 points, performance reached 39,128 points
- Cinebench: 2D graphics reach more than 84 pts, CPU is 1,313 cb
A laptop not only requires a powerful CPU and a qualified graphics card, internal memory is also one of the most important factors. Of course, with gaming laptops such as the ROG Zephyrus G14, the company has equipped with a 512 GB M.2 PCle SSD that allows you enough space to download information, games and save favorite applications. Using the Crystal Decmark software to measure the read/write speed of the hard drive, we obtained the following results:
- Read speed: 1,864 MB/s
- Write speed: 1,092 MB/s
When the League of Legends war ends after 1 hour, the machine is quite hot, we can see for ourselves that the machine is hot, so we then turn on the ROG key and adjust the ability to handle the heatsink faster to help regulate the machine’s temperature. But while continuing to keep the device while playing games and handling some heavy software like Adobe, the ROG gaming laptop machine heats up on both the keyboard and palm rest.
We used the AIDA64 software to measure CPU temperature. The results show that, within 1 hour and 11 minutes, the software displays CPU temperatures up to 101 ° C. If you are a novice or a new user, you will find this heat level significantly higher. For people who use gaming laptops for a long time, this heat level is not very strange.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is a gaming laptop, so it’s no surprise that it has limited battery life. But surprisingly, we feel that the battery on this laptop for gaming is quite good for a gaming device. If you just watch YouTube or just surf Facebook for fun, the battery life can last up to 5 hours. We used real experience with the following situations:
- 100% brightness
- Do not turn on battery saver
- Open Photoshop, Lightroom and League of Legends
- Turn on AniMe Matrix Display
At the same time, we used the BatteryMon software and in about 52 minutes, the battery life of the Zephyrus G14 displayed on the screen was 3 hours and 52 minutes. As we said above, if you only use it for light tasks, the device can extend its time by up to 5 hours.
If you turn on the external speaker and enjoy the sound on the ROG Zephyrus G14 you will never get such a gaming experience. You may not know, ROG Zephyrus G14 is integrated with Dolby Atmos technology to provide an immersive audio experience, especially when fighting games or listening to EDM music. However, the sound was not as loud as we expected.
After generations of launching, we noticed that ASUS is growing more and more while bringing in new technologies such as anime matrix display technology. But, the company also focuses on its internal strengths and most importantly, its users. This ideal gaming laptop is more and more customized, the price is more comfortable and everyone can buy it for gaming or for their work.
If you want a laptop that is attractive on the outside and powerful on the inside, then the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is probably the right choice. Which you will find easily on Amazon.com under $1500.
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