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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Premium slim & affordable performance beast

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    Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is a premium slim super powerful gaming laptop that ASUS has built with no compromise on build quality or performance. This laptop features AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS Series with 8 Cores/16 Threads. HS series processor is targeted towards gamers and content creators with high performance and great battery life. There are 2 other models with low- and high-end specifications compared to this model. Higher end model which is slightly expensive ($1999) has anime matrix LED & QHD 60Hz display and lower/base end model ($1050) has Ryzen 7 4800 HS, 8GB RAM, 512 GB SSD. I suggest to get this model if you are looking for better performance and to me the higher end model with QHD is an overkill for 14inch laptop. What is in the box: Asus ROG ZEPHYRUS G14 laptop, 180W Power adapter, Manual/warranty sheets. Measurement & Weight: It measures 12.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches (32.5 x 22.1 x 1.8cm) and weighs 3.5 pounds (1.6kg). Display: 14 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS-level panel, 120Hz. Color: Comes in 2 different colors. Moonlight white & Eclipse Gray. I received the Moonlight white color and its made of magnesium alloy which looks very cool and durable. Design: Lid on this laptop is unique, with a diagonal cut separating two portions and a series of small holes. There is also an emblem at the left of the lid for “Republic of Gamers, Est 2006”. This 14 inch display has a thin bezel with white backlighting on the keyboard. It lacks RGB backlighting unlike other gaming laptops. Also, the keyboard and trackpad is of silver color and not white as exterior. Not sure why ASUS went with 2 colors for this laptop but it looks good. Asus also used the same ErgoLift hinge that was in Zenbooks where the bottom of the laptop lift up at a slight angle when opened fully. This is a great design to open the laptop in one hand and very useful for typing both ergonomically and for air flow/heat expulsion. Couple of grills on the top, bottom and both sides of laptop for great ventilation to reduce heat due to gaming. Windows 10 was preinstalled and upon initial boot and with few questions like country and keyboard selection it asked to login to my Microsoft account and once done, it started downloading firmware and updating windows. Performance: This is great laptop with mind-blowing performance on a small 14 inch form factor for gamers. With 8 cores and 16 threads this AMD Ryzen 4900 HS CPU is designed for gamers in mind and for users with multitasking/content creators. During my daily usage for the past week, no issues working with multiple tabs on the chrome browser and also on the Microsoft IE browser. It automatically switches to modes when it’s not connected to power source and working on battery for efficient battery life. I have attached my benchmark pictures from Cinebench and as you can see it clearly boasts in performance compared to other laptops in test. Performs the best in multicore test compared to single core test but its performance on a portable 14 inch is never seen before on any gaming laptops. Great work by AMD and ASUS for achieving this great performance. Also, this laptop comes with 1TB of SSD storage that is plenty for content creators or for gamers. Armoury Crate software is easy to load with the dedicated hotkey on the top of the keyboard and its very convenient to change the performance mode of the windows from silent, performance, turbo and manual. Software provides a great dashboard of the system performance from CPU Stats, GPU Stats, Fan Speed, Memory and Storage details at a quick glance and tweak if required. Also, it has various settings and profiles(see attached pic). Charger/Ports: On the left side of the laptop you have the power port, HDMI 2.0 port, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port and headphone jack. On the right side you have a Kensington lock slot, 2 - USB 3.1 Gen Type-A ports, USB Gen2 3.2 Type C Port. You can also use USB C to charge the laptop battery using a 65W power adapter (not included) for greater flexibility and to charge any compatible smartphones or portable devices. I used my Dell XPS 13 inch laptop USB C power adaptor and charges well and will come handy during travel where you don’t need to carry the power brick 180w charger. If you need fast charging then recommend using the 180 W charger that comes with the laptop to save time. Also, it lacks Thunderbolt 3 ports and it may be due to Intel proprietary issues. Battery: It is advertised that battery will last up to 10.7 hours video playback and up to 9.5hours web browsing. In my testing, it was pretty close to 10 hours of video playback under minimal brightness and it lasted close to 9+ hours on standard web browsing without the need to charge or connect to power source. Very impressive and didn’t expect a phenomenal battery life on a gaming laptop. Also, another great feature is to charge from portable battery packs when you are on the road where you don’t carry the huge adapter. Keyboard and Trackpad: G14 has a great full functionality chicklet keyboard with some dedicated hotkeys for volume buttons, microphone mute and ROG Armoury Crate software button. Also, another cool feature this laptop features is the fingerprint login on the power button. This is one of the best feature that all laptop in the coming days should implement for the ease of use. Once fingerprint is configured for various users, just with the power button it recognizes the fingerprint and logs in to that windows user profile. Great security, peace of mind and ease of use N-Key switches. Touchpad (4.1 x 2.4 inch) is surprisingly good and has good right/left click. One negative is the backlighting on the keyboard. Not very bright. It may be due to silver color blending with white lighting but it does lack the RGB lighting as other gaming laptops on the market. Also, a mute button for speaker would have been a great add-on. Speaker & Mic: Compared to other laptops I own, this one has the best audio due to the virtual 5.1.2 channel surround sound. It has 2 front facing 2.5 W speakers on both sides below the keyboard. Due to Dolby Atmos technology, sound quality is greatly optimized and sounds great when watching movies on Netflix or prime videos or playing games. Great job by Asus on the placement design of the speaker/tweeters firing directly at the user. It has got array microphones and works great for calls. Camera: No camera on this device. Not sure why Asus decided not to have a camera on a gaming laptop. If you are looking for a laptop with front facing camera for gaming or for video calls (zoom/skype) then you are out of luck and have to use external camera. Pros: Great Battery life (approx. 9.8 - 10 hours); Excellent Performance for gaming in slim sleek portable design; Great 120Hz display; Dolby Atmos audio; Fingerprint sensor power button; dedicated hotkeys for volume buttons, microphone mute. Cons: Missing Camera/Webcam & Ethernet port; not effective Keyboard backlight. Verdict: This is a great slim portable gaming laptop on the market with excellent performance, high quality built, audio, display, screen size and battery life. If you are in the market for a gaming laptop that delivers better performance then you will not be disappointed at the price point it offers except that it misses the webcam feature. Highly recommend for its performance, price and compact size over other brands in the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent laptop!!

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    You already know the hype. I’ll try not to hype it up. I have every gaming system. Name it and I either have it or had it. The only thing lacking was an updated gaming laptop. I was in search of a desktop originally to handle VR games done through my Oculus Quest. I travel so I didn’t have a desire to build a two foot tower gaming rig. I have a Nitro 5 with a GTX 1050. I’ve also owned the giant legendary 17.3 inch asus rog laptops that were the best at thermals and low fan noise. I’ve returned MacBook Pro for heat and fan noise. I’ve returned a similar MSI 14 inch gaming laptop that sported a 1060. It was plastic and the fan noise was terrible. Point is, I’m a stickler for Fan noise, I hate it. So lacking a modern laptop, I figured I’d bite the bullet and try this out. If not, I have 30 days to return being an Elite Member. right out the box, this screamed quality. Solid metal, not cheap plastic and metal. But then I worry, fan noise. No way can this be good. I install Forza 4. Ran it on the highest settings. It’s gorgeous! The heat? Yes the keyboard is hot but I’m on an Xbox controller. Fan noise? You can hear air flow but it’s not a cool whine nor does the chassis vibrate from the fan, unlike a MacBook or that MSI. It’s noticeable but I’ve heard much worse. PS4 Pro fan is either on par with the loudest of this laptop or even louder. So based on those simple items, not being loud fan noise and being so tiny but powerful, this is a keeper. If you don’t like the small fan noise it makes, the. Under volt it or manage the power. It’s not as bad as people say it is, and you are looking at a mobile cpu that rivals the fastest desktops in a tiny package that you can travel and play the best of games and VR. No returning this one, but it’s only been 2 hours. I’ll update if I see something bad. I’m gonna test the crap out of this one

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Beauty and BEAST!!

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

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    Looks so good in a meeting room you'll catch envious eyes. Performs all tasks and games like a BOSSS!! I get 4.4ghz on the 4800HS constantly and between 4.2-4.3ghz while All Sixteen Threads are under full load..! My RTX 2060 Max-Q hits over 2Ghz with 2010Mhz boosts and between 1541-1760Mhz while pushing absolutely Max'd Out Ray Traced graphics onto the 120Hz display. Basically, it's a GD Monster in unassuming looks. If you need a laptop that's more powerful than most brand new PC's, weighs only 3.5lbs and is ultra portable due its size; this is The laptop to buy. I Love the sound quality, keyboard (except the backlighting), look, feel, performance and everything else about this laptop so much that I dropped a 2tb SSD in mine and let me tell you; I'm using that space alright. Games Games Games, demanding programs and large files from high resolution video editing, etc. makes the extra room worth it for me. Last thing, the USB Type-C connection on the left side of this thing let's you plug in a $15 adapter that adds 3 more USB 3.0 Type-A (regular looking USB) ports, a full size and Micro SD card reader and another HDMI port. You can even use that port to charge the laptop with your cell phone charger. This laptop is an Unprecedented Value and is one of the fastest and definitely the most efficient laptop in the world. If you can afford it, Buy It.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Not perfect, but great

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

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    There are many things you have to do so that you can take full advantage of the laptop's battery and power. It will not perform at it's best straight out of the box. Also, occasionally there are popping noises that come out of the speaker (about once every hour or so). Also, the keyboard backlighting is very weak on models with an older manufacturing date. So essentially, this becomes a bit of a gamble because if you get a model that is before May or June then you can expect some backlighting issues with they keyboard. I have an April model and I'm unfortunately stuck with it. If keyboard backlighting isn't a huge issue then this laptop will be great for all around use. It is one of the best portable and compact laptop you can buy for it's price. It's very thin and lightweight, great at converting 4k videos, and can run most games at decent settings.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The perfect laptop

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    14 inches on a 16:9 screen works really great for me. 13.3 is too small, and 15.6 is too big. This laptop is the perfect size, weight, power, everything. The 120HZ is amazing really blew me away. The power is ridiculous, the Asus software works really well. The is one of the best, the magnesium chassis feels nicer than aluminum, the fingerprint sensor is great. Only real con is the fan will run and run often and can be load. Use headphones if your doing serious work. For everyday stuff the fan isn't an issue. Buy this laptop it is perfect.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The New Benchmark in Laptop Power and Portability

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    Right out of the gate, I just want to say that Asus and AMD really killed it with this laptop. It’s difficult to pack this much power and performance in a 14” chassis, but Asus delivered. Unboxing and Design Unboxing this laptop is truly an experience. As you lift the lid of the box, the cardboard base that the laptop sits on props up in a way that presents the laptop to you. Others have described this display as being like a Hallmark card and I think that’s super accurate. This first thing that hit me when I saw the G14 in person is that it’s disguised as a normal daily-use laptop. I personally really appreciate this. Whether you purchase the Eclipse Gray or Moonlight White version, it’s never going to scream “gamer.” The laptop has no intense neon color accents and is thin enough (0.7”) to support this disguise. The magnesium-aluminum alloy deck and aluminum lid are well constructed and machined precisely. The dot matrix design on the lid is beautiful with 6.536 holes that are CNC milled. These metal choices do well at resisting fingerprints and smudges. They also keep the weight down to a mere 3.64 pounds. Port selection on this laptop is plenty adequate. To the left, you will find your 180W power input, HDMI 2.0b, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C with DisplayPort 1.4 and power input delivery, and a 3.5mm audio jack. To the right, you will find a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C (does not support power input), two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type As, and a Kingston lock. Bootup The power button on the G14 doubles as a fingerprint scanner. When you push this button to power up the laptop, the scanner captures your fingerprint and presents it to Windows once ready. This feature is intuitive and efficient, just like a smartphone. Bootup itself is extremely fast - probably the fastest bootup I’ve seen on a Windows laptop. Screen The lid of the G14 doubles as a lift with Asus’ ErgoLift hinges. This does two things - it lifts the keyboard making for a more ergonomic typing position and it also lifts the deck to provide space for air intake into the fans. The screen on my model is 1920x1080 with a 120 Hz refresh rate. While you can step down to a 1080p 60 Hz or up to a 1440p 60 Hz monitor, I think the 1080p 120 Hz version is best if you’re going to be using this laptop for gaming. 1080p resolution is plenty on a 14” device and that 120 Hz refresh rate is going to be mighty helpful while gaming. The screen to body ratio is 85% with thin bezels along the sides and top, with a pretty thick chin below. It has a matte finish to limit glare and is Pantone validated to ensure color quality. Keyboard and Trackpad The chiclet keyboard and trackpad work very well, in my opinion. The keys are quiet when pressed and key travel is fine. You’ll find hotkeys for volume, microphone mute, and Asus’ ROG Armoury Crate software. All keys are backlit with an adjustable white light. There is no numpad, but I wouldn’t expect it on a 14” laptop. The trackpad on this guy is standard in size and responsive. Speakers The G14 shines in speaker quality. With two Smart Amp woofers bouncing sound down off of your table and two tweeters directing sound at you, I think you’d be hard pressed to find another laptop of this size that can put out the audio quality that this machine does. Of course it isn’t party speaker level, but you get nice bass and crisp mids/ highs. I’m seriously impressed! The laptop also has a 3.5mm jack as I mentioned before, which is nice. You don’t have to reach for any dongles to convert your 3.5mm plug into USB C. Of course the laptop also has bluetooth for wireless headphone use. Software, Hardware, and Performance The G14 comes with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed. Armoury Crate is also already on the laptop and can be accessed via the hotkey mentioned previously. This software adjusts CPU, GPU, and fan speed settings to match the tasks you’re throwing at it. You can switch between Silent, Performance, Turbo, and Manual modes. Turbo can only be activated when plugged into power. Every time I game, I plug the computer in and switch it to Turbo for the best performance possible. Hardware specs for my G14 are as follows: CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS with 8 cores and 16 threads Alternate model has AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS GPU: NVIDEA GeForce RTX 2060 Max Q 65W with 6GB VRAM Alternate model has NVIDEA GeForce RTX 1660Ti 60W with 6GB VRAM 16GB DDR4-3200 dual channel RAM Up to 32GB 1TB NVME M.2 SSD Alternate is 512GB Intel WiFi 6 Bluetooth 5.0 4-cell Lithium Ion battery that can be charged via 180W power brick or USB C Asus claims up to 9.5 hours of web browsing and 10.7 hours of video playback With these specs, the G14 cut through everything I threw at it with ease and pumped out buttery-smooth graphics at high settings, minimum. Games that I have personally played on the G14 so far have been Call of Duty: Warzone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, PUBG, XCOM 2, Factorio, and GTFO. Instead of me listing out FPS for games, I’d highly recommend watching Jarrod’s Tech on YouTube. He put the G14 through its paces and has benchmarks for the 20 games he threw at it. Link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiv1USXl9PE. Considering the G14 was built for gaming, it also handles daily tasks like a champ. No issues with boatloads of tabs open, Word processing, or editing photo/ video content. Is There Anything Not to Like? It’s honestly quite hard to nitpick a laptop that looks this clean and performs so well in a 14” form factor. With that being said, I do have a couple of insignificant gripes. Power port placement is a bit odd. Because it sits right in the middle on the left side of the deck, if your cable is draped toward you, it will block your HDMI, USB C, and 3.5mm ports. Though it can be a nuisance moving cables over one another, I think from an engineering perspective, it probably makes sense. This laptop has a lot of cooling components internally. The engineers likely didn’t have many options when placing the power port given the demand for cooling in order to protect hardware components from overheating. Speaking of temperature, this laptop gets HOT. Even with 7 heat pipes, two efficient fans, and a raised deck due to it’s ErgoLift hinges, my laptop was consistently running at 81-84°C (177.8-183.2°F) while gaming. The cooling system drives hot air away from the WASD keys so it’s comfortable to game for long periods of time, but do NOT touch near the power button for long periods of time. You could absolutely burn yourself. I would highly recommend getting a cooling mat for this laptop. While this laptop does have built-in microphones, it does not come with a built-in camera. Something to consider if you also want to use this device for streaming or video conferencing. Asus did develop a portable and attachable camera called the ROG GC21 specifically for this laptop, but it does come with an added cost. Final Thoughts Overall, I think the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is a monster device in a small, portable form factor. At just 14” and 3.64 pounds, you can game pretty much anywhere given this laptop’s specs. Despite a couple engineering qualms, I think this device is well worth the investment if you are a serious gamer and/or need power on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    This thing is a beast.

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    If you dont have one. Get one. 14" screen is perfect. Doom is killer on this laptop. Not really anything worth complaining about. Certainly well worth it.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop for college - no webcam tho

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    This is a great overall laptop, good for coding, writing documents, and even gaming. The only downside is that there is no webcam, this wouldn't regularly be a problem, but the covid-19 pandemic made social distancing classes a bit harsh with this computer. I recomend just buying a cheap webcam, or using your phone as one. The fingerprint sensor might not work as well for the first few weeks, but after that period of time it should work flawlessly. Great product overal!!

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Portable power

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    It’s great if you’re always on the go. The cpu gets really hot but still performs well. The 2060 Max Q performs worse than a 1660 Ti in other laptops. Not bad just restricted by chassis size and power limits. The backlit keys are utterly washed out by the screen. There’s almost no reason to have white backlit keys on a silver keyboard. The 120hz display is nice but the 40ms delay cripples it. Yes. 40ms! Overall great battery life and much better than Razer’s offering for the money.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent and powerful

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    Seriously the reviews complaining about this he laptop are cliche and not original. “Oh no camera” well this is a gaming laptop deal with it. Don’t buy it then complain about the camera. This laptop is meant for gaming and that’s what it does. Super powerful can play basically the new Triple A titles out and then some. The laptop does get a bit hot but if placed on performance mode you won’t even notice. Keyboard light are crap I will admit just disable the lights and surprisingly they are more legible but nothing to rate lower because of. Great purchase for sure.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Gaming Twilight Zone - Amazing

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    I've never been impressed with gaming laptops as it felt like they always sacrificed some level of performance for the form factor. I'm spoiled with a performance desktop at home and have tried to dabble with gaming laptops when I was in school as I needed the portability. This little laptop demonstrates what's possible when you manage to get it right though. I'll attach a picture of Apex Legends to show the amazing quality of the screen. Even though it's 1080p everything is perfectly sharp and honestly a higher resolution would be overkill at this size. The beauty of the setup is that it's easily tossed into my bag to get out the door and I'm holding something that feels similarly sized to a tablet and I'm able to game on it once I hit my destination. You've made a believer out of me Asus!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Fast!

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    1st-Thanks Best Buy for 1 day delivery. Having to leave town. 2nd just look at the cinebench test photo. This processor beats the Xeon 12 core. That's all I have to say. GOOD JOB AMD!!

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good

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    For starters the battery can last for 10 hours while in use. The laptop only weighs about 4.5 pounds and has a 120 Hz panel which looks smooth. This laptop is probably one of the best released this year

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A Powerhouse and Best Gaming Laptop So Far

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    This laptop is a powerhouse. You can throw anything at it and it will come out with flying colors. ASUS and AMD have done a great job. I have used it for multiple PC games as well as for my day-to-day work and in each use case it has just blown away my expectations. It's really great to see so much power packed in a 14" laptop and at this price point. Here are more details: There are multiple configuration available and I opted for $1,449 one which comes with AMD Ryzen 9-4900HS processor, 16GB memory and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU with 6GB of VRAM,1TB SSD for storage and a 1080p 120Hz display. As you can see from these specs, it is a powerhouse. It has two USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB Type-C port on the right AND 1 HDMI, 1 USB-C port (it offers charging and DisplayPort for o/p to a monitor), combination audio jack as well as the power connector on the left. I didn't like the placement of the power connector as it blocks the HDMI port. It would have been ideal if it was at the end instead of middle. But this is a minor point. Also, there is no WebCam which is another minor pain point. It has got a great design. It is slim and light weight (~3.5 pounds). It comes in two colors: "Moonlight White" and "Eclipse Grey". I have got the "Moonlight White" which is a sleek looking white finish paired with metallic silver deck. The UNIQUE part about the design is that the back edge has a drop hinge lid that raises the back end of the laptop when opened. This puts the keyboard at a more comfortable angle. I think it might also help with the cooling as it should help the air flow. The keyboard is decent but the backlight is not that good. It's display is great. I have had a smooth and judder-free gaming experience with all the games (Doom, Civ6, GTA) that I have played on it. The AMD FreeSync technology combined with Nvidia GPU makes this possible. It has a pair of 2.5-W speakers and another pair of 0.7-W tweeters which offers pretty great sound for a small laptop. The sound is powered by Dolby's Atmos technology and the included app lets you choose from several preset audio mode (Dynamic, Game, Movie, Music and Voice). It also has great battery life. I was able to play Civ6 on it for almost 9 hours. It also didn't get as warm as my other laptops. The fan is quite but does a good job of keeping things cool. Overall, it's a great laptop at this price point (in my opinion probably the best portable gaming laptop so far at this size, weight and price point). If you are looking for a powerful laptop (gaming or non-gaming) but don't want to spend insane amount of money, you can't go wrong with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Performance for the Price!

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    Design, Features, Performance

    Unboxing and Setup I was excited to receive this brand-new ASUS ROG Zephyrus Gaming Laptop. Opening the sexy box and raising the lid caused the box to lift the laptop at an angle and present it to me - just like a Hallmark gift card.   The laptop is amazingly light at only 3.7 lbs. It has a beautiful white lid with an AniMe Matrix LED display that shines through 6,536 perforations. The magnesium-aluminum alloy is fingerprint-resistant. Upon opening the cover, the laptop automatically powers up and begins the Windows configuration process. Raising the lid also lifts the back of the laptop up off the desk to improve airflow and cooling. During setup, Windows asked for a fingerprint scan, and it took me a few minutes to figure out that the power switch is also a fingerprint scanner. It is amazingly quiet during setup, and there was no fan nose. Once Windows 10 was up and running, I was pleased to see it didn't have a bunch of add-on software installed.     After Windows was configured, the MyASUS program ran, and I registered for a MyASUS account. The app showed my system settings, and that an update was needed for the keyboard firmware. That took less than a minute and a reboot. The MyASUS program also provides many diagnostic steps for troubleshooting if there are issues. I appreciate that it allows me to set the battery charging mode to Maximum Lifespan mode for extending the life of the battery life, or to 100% full mode if I expect to be away from charging for a while.     The Armoury Crate application is the primary dashboard for the gaming and performance settings of the laptop. It displays the CPU and GPU Stats and the configuration of the hardware as:   • AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS with Radeon Graphics • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q Design @ 6GB (192bit) • 16 GB RAM • 1 TB Storage of SSD   With the Armoury Crate application, I can quickly change the performance mode of the laptop between Windows, Silent, Performance, Turbo, and Manual for custom performance settings. I can select which processes to stop when I'm gaming, create and select gaming profiles, and more features than I can describe here.   After all the updates were completed and several reboots, I noticed that the volume seemed to be very quiet even though it was turned up to 100%. A full shut down and restart fixed the problem.   Graphics and Gaming   I love the performance of the 1920 x 1080 14" display. The matt texture significantly reduces any reflection and makes the text easy to read. My first test was with a YouTube HD movie. It was crystal clear without any delay.   For gaming, I a big fan of Minecraft and No Mans Sky. With No Mans Sky, in Turbo mode, the graphics are smooth and beautiful. This is the best gaming experience I have seen yet with this game. The laptop's fans kicked into full while playing this graphically intense game. However, the laptop itself stayed cool enough to not cause any issues. I recommend headphones and keep the laptop plugged in for something this demanding.   On Minecraft, I decided to go to battery mode only. Again, the graphics and gameplay were ultra-smooth. I cranked up the rendering and distances for the game, and it still performed nicely. I went with Performance mode this time. The fans again kicked in, but not as loudly as with No Mans Sky. After an hour of playing Minecraft on battery only, the indicator for the battery was down to 50%. So, for intense gaming on batteries, you can expect around 2-3 hours.   Performance   To check the performance of the laptop, I ran the PassMark Performance Tester program. The overall performance score came out to 4706, which ran circles around my 1.5-year-old laptop at 2405. Battery life is advertised as up to 13 hours of regular use. I managed to get around eight with the regular use of web surfing, playing music from YouTube, and writing code. And I still had over 10% of battery life. This is way more than regular daily use, and I would think this would be a great laptop to take when traveling.       Pros • This laptop is crazy fast. This is the fastest Windows boot I have ever experienced. • The AMD Ryzen 9 chip is a quality performer for up to 13 hours of regular battery use. • Super light at only 3.7 lbs. • Beautiful 14" display with a non-reflective texture. • 2 USB A/C ports • 1 TB SSD drive • 1 HDMI port • 3.5mm phone/mic jack • Backlit keyboard. • Raising the lid will raise the back of the laptop off the surface slightly to improve cooling.  • Beautiful fingerprint-resistant white lid and silver aluminum base • Fingerprint scanner in the power button. • Selectable performance modes for the computer and Wi-fi networking.   Cons • The power connector is in a weird spot in the middle of the left side. • No camera. • No ethernet port. • No numeric keypad.   Overall   This is an amazingly powerful gaming laptop for the price. It's not top of the line, but for my needs, it is a perfect fit. I'm impressed with the feel of the keyboard for a laptop and that the overall design of the laptop does not scream "Gamer!" The long battery life during regular use combined with the lightweight and slim footprint makes this the ideal laptop for traveling, or for slinging into the backpack for a round of LAN party gaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Defective Product with no Hard Drive.

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    As someone that has built several personal computers over the years. I decided to invest in a more mobile option as a travel friendly alternative that would be a companion to my ASUS C302 Chromebook that I use for work. This item arrived and I was eager to stress test it prior to my travel. It was a beautifully crafted piece of hardware, sleek, thin and only slightly larger then my chromebook. I have always watched AMD's foray into the CPU market with great interest, having a Ryzen Thread Ripper on my home/work pc and was readily ready to convert to the same for mobile devices But I was only met with disappointment and fustration. Lo and behold, it had booted straight into into the BIOs and had not even come with a harddrive. It dazzles me how a supposingly top of the line laptop could possibly miss such a key component and brings into question where the quality assurance is. This is both inconvenient, and deeply dissapointing.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Asus_Answers
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      Dear tyyu95,

      I'm sorry to hear that your machine arrived without a hard drive. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control, testing and inspections. What you've experienced was not intentional or representative of our brand. While I recommend that you contact Best Buy immediately for a return, can you please also send me the serial number of your unit? I need to investigate this case for quality control. Please reach out to me at cl-lane@asus.com and include case #N200819076 in your email for reference.

      ​Thank you for choosing ASUS!

      Best regards,
      Lane
      ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support Asus

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good

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    I bought the laptop at Bestbuy (asus g14), however I did not receive the laptop cover bag. I wonder if that accessory would come along with the laptop when I buy?

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best computer for the prize !!

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    It carries the newest Rysen 9 4000 series processor and a RTX 2060 Max-q really great specs for the price and even better performance!!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for VR, DCS, and everything else.

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    Performance, Portable, Price

    I received the ASUS ROG Zephyrus at no cost for an honest review. I am mainly a VR gamer (Odyssey +)and this laptop did not disappoint. After 5 days of testing, I am well-pleased with most features this laptop offers. I was excited about the 1 TB SSN M.2. NVMe, one of the best SSDs with read/write speeds of 3,500MBS/2,500MB/S. I am a DCS (Digital Combat Simulator) gamer, and I was able to run it with the VR no problem, smoothly, on high settings. I did experience some stuttering while looking around in the Mixed Reality Portal, but it seemed to get better over time so I’m assuming the updates stabilized it some. I also played Space Pirate Trainer and it was smooth, though arguably it is not one of the more GPU intensive games. Just for your pleasure, I am including several benchmarks from the free versions of Cinebench and 3DMark, so if you’re interested, you could see what your score is compared to this laptop. Expectedly, the highest benchmark score was when I was right by my window and the wind coming in was about 40-50 degrees. Since the fan constantly runs, it kept the laptop cool and it had better performance. After 3 hours of non-VR gaming at performance settings with slightly less than medium brightness and medium sound, the battery was still going strong, with about a quarter left. Speaking of sound, 4-speakers produce very nice DTS audio with capability for very loud volumes. Of course, your performance may vary depending on game and brightness settings, but I could easily expect 3 hours on most games and at least 5 hours of normal mixed use. Without gaming, I’m sure it would last the full 10 hours it’s rated at, but I did not keep it on that long. The design is one that when you open the laptop, it raises the back end of the base, enablins the fan to disperse the heat. The heat is dispersed in multiple directions, so the heat isn’t just concentrated towards just the screen or just the back. The fan did run much harder when I was playing VR, as expected. One cool thing is that if you run out of juice, you can charge this laptop through a USB-C if you have a spare portable charger and a cable, though the adapter it comes with is a standard power port. The one thing I wish they would have done with the laptop, is included a standard USB port on the same side as the HDMI port, because the VR headset requires HDMI and USB, and with the current laptop layout, I have to split the cables to opposite sides. This makes my setup a bit messier than I would like, and it makes using the keyboard a burden with VR connected. The keyboard is nice and solid, it being a laptop, you obviously don’t get the depth you’d probably like from your standard mechanical one. I also found the arrow keys a bit small (1/2 in wide by 3/8 in tall). Still, it’s “clicky” and responsive which does give it the gamer feel. The mouse/trackpad is butter smooth, and it glides across the screen at 120hz. The chassis is magnesium alloy, so it’s very sturdy and it feels like it. Though I won’t try it, I’m sure the shell could take light abuse and be quite ok. The power button is also a fingerprint reader, so I found that to be very ingenious of the designers. I set it up to open with my finger, and it was very accurate and responsive. The software included is the ROG Armoury Crate which lets you customize your setup and see your current specs and performance. It’s 5 performance levels, of which you can use 3 while on battery, and all 5 when plugged in. They selections are: Windows, Silent, Performance, Turbo, and Manual. Additionally, there is the standard AMD Radeon settings app you can use to customize. Lacks ethernet port, but you can just use a dongle if you really want. My internet speed was 100% on wireless to what it is wired, so I have no complaints. The wireless card is great. No webcam but that would add to the cost, so I’m ok without one. Despite minor missing features, this laptop’s performance should be able to deliver on high settings for most regular and VR games. I recommend it and I think it’ll be hard not to be pleased with the versatility of this ASUS laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Putting the Warrior into the Road.

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    .. SYNOPSIS: #1 Pro and #1 Con is the same thing, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is an unapologetic GAMING beast wrapped in a svelte laptop skin. It killed all games I threw at it, often in ultra-mode, had a surprisingly good battery life, a good overall build (but no web cam), and was okay for more mundane tasks (re Microsoft Office), but if you want to take advantage of all this power for photo or video editing you will want an external monitor. Your gaming buddies will be jealous. REVIEW: You’ve devoured the specs. You probably even know that the latest 3.0GHz AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS flexing the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q with 6 Gb Vram, a 120Hz screen, 16 gb on board DDR4 memory and a 1 Tb SSD (both user upgradable) means some serious power at a reasonable, dare I say almost ‘value’ price. All in a slim, lightweight package. So what’s the catch? Do the numbers lie, or can this paperweight really play games? And almost as important, can I convince myself and/or my spouse/significant other/boss that it can do the road warrior thing (read work) too and make it my daily? THE BUILD: I was skeptical. Computers are full of choices, priorities, and compromises and yep they show up in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14. For example, unpacking I was surprised to find the side ports (including power) pushed up near the front instead of out of the way near the back. They do this to allow cooling vents in the back. Cooling is good when you want power. In today’s world of 4k screens, the 1080 p screen is limiting for work but gold standard for gaming at 120 hz (smoother, faster). However, there is an HDMI port for that external screen. Beyond that, there is no compromise on the build, it feels solid, doesn’t flex, the quality is good and there are no screaming aliens or lights that would raise eyebrows in the board room. My wife liked the white lid and I liked the ‘ErgoLift hinge’, which tilts the keyboard for easier typing and better airflow. Speaking of the keyboard, I like it. They keys are responsive and give great feedback. Not the quietest but I didn’t get kicked out of the library. It doesn’t get too hot during normal use. The key backlight is uneven but not enough to be bothersome while gaming. Though for really demanding games you will likely use your tried and true external keyboard. Rounding out the build, 2 regular USB ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, headphone jack, all coming in a slim 0.7 inch (height) package at 3.7 lbs. And of course, because this is all about gaming performance, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. What’s missing? No webcam. Bad for meetings, irrelevant to gaming. No TB3. You’ll run off the generous 1tb internal SSD, but otherwise ‘wait’ for USB 3.0 for swapping out large files if working. These were all initial impressions on setting it up. The worst part of it was Windows 10, but that can be fixed and is personal preference. All niggling doubts were forgotten and forgiven when I finally started up my first game. PERFORMANCE: Geekbeench, Cinebench, get used to leaving lesser machines in the dust. And by lesser I mean computers that cost more, like the Apple Pro 16 and Dell XPS 15 7950, more rounded machines but less gaming orientated. The AMD Ryzen 9 with discrete graphics Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q really kicked in when I started going through all my favorite games. Legacy games were never so fast (looking at you almost anything from Blizzard), and it gave me more than 60 FFS with high to ultra settings on even No Man’s Sky, Subnautica, and the Forest. And okay Fortnite. No disappointments here. But you will want to run with the power adapter, even USB C charging was too slow when the discrete graphics and turbo CPU mode were engaged. You can imagine, what that does to battery time (about 3 hours when maxed out for games for me). Finally, what’s great FPS if you can’t hear the wet sounds of monsters blowing up and guts and gore plopping down around you? For a computer its size, with two tweeters and two woofers, it has decent sound. Definitely loud enough to fill a room and maybe even annoy neighbors. Speaking of loud, some reviews criticize fan noise. Well, you are only going to get great performance with great thermals and for laptops, that’s fans. Me personally, I never found it to be distracting, but I tend to be tolerant of such. I could hear them in a silent room when I wasn’t yelling at enemies. EVERYTHING ELSE A COMPUTER IS FOR: It’s a great gaming computer, but ‘what about everything else?’ is a legitimate question. As mentioned, the build was solid and fit well in my backpack with little worries. It’s easy to type on. Peripherals were easy to attach, though the cords could get in the way being near the front. I loaded up some real-life applications, the complete Microsoft Office and Photoshop. I didn’t find the lack of TB3 to be a problem, USB C is fast enough. The battery was fine, I never got the 10 hours mentioned in marketing but then I never run in ultra-silent mode with a dark screen. In real world use I would get 6-7 hours, long enough for crossing the country by plane. In this mode, USB-C charging was fine so I didn’t need to carry the included power brick. And the battery was fine for a few hours of nighttime game playing. The 1080p screen was okay for MS office and browsing the web (and games duh). I could swap between the two and get work done. I wrote this review in word for example. If I needed multiple files visible at the same time for larger projects, I would hook up an external monitor (4K worked fine). Dongle life isn’t for everyone, but when I read my camera files off SD cards I didn’t mind. Displaying photos on 1080p was fine. But when working with the photo files, it definitely was time for that external monitor. WHO IS THIS FOR? It’s really in a class of its own in terms of small size and great gaming performance. And it’s not bad for more ordinary tasks. It plays well with peripherals expanding its usefulness. So really its for anyone that needs something that is easy to carry around, can do some serious work, but at the end of the day doesn’t compromise on gaming entertainment. Yeah I can see this being a daily. PROS: Wicked fast: high end specs across the board, processor, storage, video and ram. Build: small, compact size and weight, a class of its own. Even attractive. 120 Hz screen. Battery life. WORTHY COMPROMISES: 1080p screen. Lack of TB3 (AMD doesn’t support it) CONS: Cord Placement

    I would recommend this to a friend
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