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Friday, September 11, 2020

ROG Zephyrus G14 Review: The Most Powerful 14-inch Gaming Laptop

 ASUS is again kicking off the gaming laptop market by presenting the ROG Zephyrus G14. Appearing with a 14-inch screen and a lightweight body, ROG Zephyrus G14 is claimed to be the most compact and powerful laptop in the world. How does it get this nickname? The AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 series processor is one of the answers.

This processor with the code name Renoir is not just a new product, but comes with the latest Zen 2 architecture built from 7nm FinFET processing. This means that the Ryzen Mobile 4000 series uses transistors that are smaller than the previous generation laptop processors.

The use of small transistors makes ROG Zephyrus G14 perform much better and has lower power consumption. This is also what makes this latest gaming laptop from ASUS able to appear with a very compact body, far from being considered a large and heavy traditional gaming laptop.

It's not just for gamers

One of the things that distinguishes the ROG Zephyrus G14 the most from other ROG Zephyrus series laptops, even with other gaming laptops is its design. This laptop comes with a minimalist and futuristic design, making it not only usable as a machine for playing games at home but also for other purposes outside home. ROG Zephyrus laptop G14 also easy to clean.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

ROG Zephyrus G14 comes in two color choices. Moonlight White has an elegant white accented look for those who want to look different everywhere. Meanwhile, Eclipse Gray comes with elegant dark color accents for users who prefer the look of a classic, fierce gaming laptop.

ASUS placed the ROG logo which was originally in the middle of the back of the screen to the lower left corner. The logo is deliberately presented so that the ROG Zephyrus G14 does not lose its identity as part of the ROG family but still maintains its minimalist design.

One thing that is not less interesting, on the back of the screen there are also small holes arranged and dividing the back of the screen in half diagonally. Minimalist design like it has never been used on any gaming laptop.

In terms of size, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is also not like other guaranteed laptops. It carries a 14-inch screen that is rarely used in gaming laptops, and has a weight of under 2 kg (1.6 kg to be precise) which is also rarely found on a gaming laptop that has premium specifications.

ROG Zephyrus G14 also has a body that is classified as very compact and can even compete with mainstream ultrathin laptops. Its thickness is only 1.79 cm, and appears with dimensions of 32.4 x 22.4 cm. This means that the ROG Zephyrus G14 is very easy to carry around and can even fit into a sling bag like a mainstream laptop.

Reflecting on the design it carries, ROG Zephyrus G14 is not only targeting gamers but also those who need a powerful laptop in their daily activities. The minimalist design and low profile on the ROG Zephyrus G14 not only keeps users mobile, but also suitable for use in the work environment.

All the best features are in it

As a premium gaming laptop labeled Republic of Gamers, ROG Zephyrus G14 is of course equipped with the best features in its class. The features that are carried do not only focus on gaming, but also daily productivity.

ROG Zephyrus G14 comes with a 14-inch screen designed for gaming needs. For this reason, the panel is able to provide a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The animation display in the game will be even smoother because the ROG Zephyrus G14 screen can display high framerates.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Packing
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Packing

The ability to display high framerates is very important for gamers, especially those who like to play action games. This is because a high framerate will make every action appear better, allowing gamers to react faster.

For those of you who are engaged in content creators and are more concerned with screen resolution, ASUS also provides a ROG Zephyrus G14 variant with a WQHD resolution screen. Unlike gamers, content creators usually prioritize high-resolution screens to process a lot of content optimally.

Whether the variant has a high refresh rate or high resolution, the ROG Zephyrus G14 screen has been calibrated to produce more accurate colors. Therefore, this gaming laptop also has the PANTONE Validated Display certification.

ROG Zephyrus G14 is also equipped with two USB Type-C ports, one of which supports the Power Delivery feature. This means that users can recharge this gaming laptop battery using a charger adapter with a power of up to 65W, which is certainly smaller than the 180W charger adapter that comes with this laptop.

It should be noted that the maximum performance of the ROG Zephyrus G14 can only be presented when connected with a 180W charger adapter. Apart from being able to charge, the USB Type-C port on the ROG Zephyrus G14 also supports display output. Plus an HDMI 2.0b port, this laptop can be connected to two 4K resolution monitors at once.

Not to forget, ASUS has also inserted the latest WiFi 6 (Gig +) module into the ROG Zephyrus G14. WiFi 6 has a higher data transfer rate than WiFi 5 (802.11ac), which is up to 2.4 Gbps. WiFi 6 also ensures that the ROG Zephyrus G14 can still be connected with the best signal quality and speed in its class.

Another great feature is the presence of a fingerprint reader on the Power button. ROG Zephyrus G14 is the first gaming laptop to come with this feature. Not only that, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is also the first gaming laptop in the world to use SSO Power Button (Single Sign On) technology.

Got a special keyboard and a sophisticated cooling system

Despite its small body size, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is still equipped with a keyboard that is the same size as the keyboards on other ROG laptop series. Each key on the keyboard on the ROG Zephyrus G14 has a distance and travel distance specially designed for both playing games and working.

ROG Zephyrus G14 Special Keyboard
ROG Zephyrus G14 Special Keyboard

The gaming features are not removed. N-Key Rollover technology is back in the ROG Zephyrus G14, making every input will be translated very accurately. In addition, the ROG Zephyrus G14 keyboard has the same layout as a desktop PC keyboard, making it easier for gamers to act in games.

Meanwhile, to keep performance stable, ROG Zephyrus G14 has been equipped with a special cooling system that is different from gaming laptops in its class. In addition to keeping performance stable, the special cooling system in ROG Zephyrus G14 is the key to how this gaming laptop is able to come up with high performance.

The ROG Zephyrus G14 cooling system consists of several features, one of which is the ErgoLift Hinge. The premium features that have been used in various ASUS laptops allow the main body of the ROG Zephyrus G14 to be lifted when the screen is opened or in use.

Not only ErgoLift Hinge, ROG Zephyrus G14 is also equipped with a special cooling module. On the heatsink side, the ROG Zephyrus G14 has a thinner fin heatsink. This allows a greater number of fins to be installed and the total surface area to spread heat over a wider area.

ROG Zephyrus G14 Cooling and Fan
ROG Zephyrus G14 Cooling and Fan

Coupled with fans that have more fan blades than most other laptops, ROG Zephyrus G14 not only has guaranteed air circulation but also overall better cooling performance.

ROG Zephyrus G14 users can also control how the cooling system on this gaming laptop works. Through the Armory Crate application, ROG Zephyrus G14 users can select a predefined usage scenario profile or set everything manually.

The unique AniMe Matrix

The main advantage and uniqueness of the ROG Zephyrus G14 lies in the AniMe Matrix feature. This feature consists of 1,215 mini LEDs that can display animation, text, and various interesting effects on the back of the ROG Zephyrus G14 screen. Of course, ROG Zephyrus G14 users can set up and customize this feature.

AniMe Matrix can not only display text, or an existing display such as a battery notification or an equalizer mode that will sync with the audio. ROG Zephyrus G14 users can also insert images or animations so that their appearance can vary.

The fastest 14 inch gaming laptop

ROG Zephyrus G14 is powered by an AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile Series processor that uses the latest “Zen 2” architecture and carries a 7nm fabrication method. The new series processors not only come with new architectures and features, but also offer a higher number of cores and threads.

ROG Zephyrus G14 Screen
ROG Zephyrus G14 Screen

Thanks to Ryzen 9 4900HS processor, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is the first ultra-thin 14-inch laptop that is able to come with a processor configuration of up to 8 cores and 16 threads. In terms of graphics, the ROG Zephyrus G14 carries a graphics chip up to NVIDIA RTX 2060.

ROG Zephyrus G14 also supports up to 24 GB of DDR4 RAM capacity with a speed of 3200MHz, faster than most gaming laptops available today. For storage, the ROG Zephyrus G14 relies on an M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD with a capacity of up to 1 TB.

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