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Reviewing the beast that is the ROG Zephyrus G14

By December 16, 2020 , , , , ,

DISCLAIMER: Alright, let me start by saying I'm not a gamer. I'm not going to pretend I know every tech related stuff or geeky nerdy gaming terms that I say here. I've never own a gaming laptop before and when I got the chance to review the world’s most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop, I knew I wanted to see what it feels like. So here's a regular person's review of the ROG Zephyrus G14. 

It was a bit overwhelming at first. The design and built is really something. Like it's from the future. Also, I think I remember gaming laptops to be a bit more bulkier and heavier than this. But this one right here, is like your regular 14 inch laptop but packes a whole lot. The ROG Zephyrus G14  comes with 8- CORE AMD RYZEN™ 9 4900HS and Nvidia GEFORCE RTX™ 2060 GRAPHICS. Now that is top specs in a small body.

Design
But let's talk about that LED thingy that is happening there. The lid that has a dot matrix design showing slash design and 6536 CNC holes. Made possible by the AniMe Matrix display with 1,215 mini LEDs across the lid. Really eyecatching and I love that you can customize it with your name or statements. The monochromatic pixelated pattern has that retro vibe feel to it. You can import animated GIFs and other graphics, build custom animation, add text with different fonts. The visuals here actually reacts to music and other audio. I'm guess this would be great for DJs and other artists. 

High strength and low weight because it's made of magnesium alloy. Same thing also on the deck is forged and machined for a great fit. It is also finished to resist fingerprint. Beneath the palm rest also has Honeycomb reinforcements for durability and strength.

The Zephyrus G14 is actually the first ROG laptop to feature an ErgoLift hinge that tilts the keyboard at a more comfortable angle. This has been seen on previous premium ASUS Zenbooks and is definitely a design that has purpose. The bottom of the display lifts the back of the machine when you open the lid, giving the vents in the base more room to breathe. Ergolift with 15mm of elevation to improve typing angle and cooling
Graphics
Now with the stunning look fromt the outside you can bet that this one has some grate graphics on the inside. Coming with a GeForce RTX 2060 max-Q augmented by ROG Boost up to 1298MHz at 65W. The discrete GPU is based on the latest NVIDIA Turing architecture, which melds dedicated cores for real-time ray tracing. This combination enables improved lighting, shadows, reflections and other in-game effects, and it also offers a diverse array of compute resources for accelerating demanding workloads like content creation, 3D modeling, and deep learning.

The Turing’s dedicated video encoder (NVENC) is largely responsible for the G14’s ability to game and stream simultaneously. The specialized hardware encoder allows higher stream quality with minimal performance impact. 
The G14 provides faster Full HD display that goes up to 120Hz. High-refresh Rate Gaming Display The display controls how many frames per second reach your eyes, and it’s often compromised in smaller laptops. Smaller laptop screens aren’t usually available with higher refresh rates, but being able to see more FPS is so important for gaming. 

The Adaptive Sync technology adds another level of smoothness and immersion by closely coordinating frame delivery between the GPU and display. Adaptive Sync synchronizes the refresh rate of the display with the frame rate of the GPU to eliminate visual tearing that can ruin immersion, and it also minimizes stuttering and input lag that can hinder your game. Now that's a bit geeky technical geeky stuff. Although Adaptive Sync has existed for years, it enters a new era with 4th Gen AMD Ryzen processors. Their integrated Radeon graphics allow the technology to work with discrete GeForce GPUs for the first time ever.
Now, I wasn't able to play some demanding games in this laptop like Overwatch, Tomb Raider, GTA or Monster Hunter World but I was able to try Valorat and League of Legends, and I can say that my experience as a regular user/player was pretty smooth. The speed is also something worth noting. The CPU features up to 8 cores and 16 threads to blast through your most demanding workloads. I tried opening a couple of windows, photoshop, lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro and gaming open and was surprised that it still runs smoothly! With up to 32GB of fast DDR4-3200 RAM across dual channels, you can do it all at the same time and have enough headroom for bigger projects. There’s loads of wicked-fast storage supplied by an NVMe SSD with up to 1TB of capacity, meaning minimal load times for all your favorite games and apps.
The Type-C port with USB Power Delivery is also capable of driving an external monitor via DisplayPort 1.4. Add HDMI 2.0b, and you can power everything from a classroom projector to a slick workstation with dual 4K displays.
There’s plenty of connectivity for external devices through a secondary Type-C port focused on USB functionality, plus two Type-A ports for additional gear like a mouse, gamepad, and thumb drive. No dongles needed.

The G14 is the first gaming laptop to integrate a fingerprint sensor and the first gaming laptop in the world to utilize an SSO power button (single sign on). A single press wakes the machine and briefly caches your fingerprint, saving it to authenticate when Windows is ready to log in. This allows users to turn the device on with a single touch. On machines with multiple users, the OS automatically detects the right account.
The sounds on this laptop is also good! Definitely enhances the audio experience may it be on gaming or entertainment. Multidimensional sound brings greater depth and direction to all a wide range of audio experiences, and it can even provide a competitive advantage in games. In the Zephyrus G14, 13, Dolby Atmos technology enhances spatial immersion with virtual surround sound for both headphones and speakers. The Dolby algorithms are also optimized to maximize loudness and fidelity for the G14’s integrated speakers. Two tweeters positioned above the keyboard fire high-frequency sounds directly at you, while two woofers beneath them offer deep bass amplified by the ErgoLift design. This quad-speaker setup delivers perfectly balanced audio across the spectrum. You can pump up the volume on movies, music, and games without losing clarity or detail. 

Bundle the ROG Zephyrus G14 with an array of gaming peripherals and accessories. Upgrade your stream with the ROG GC21 external camera, which captures crisp Full HD detail at a silky 60 FPS. Navigate smoothly and precisely with the ROG Impact gaming mouse. Lighten your load with a smaller, 65W adapter that offers enough power for you to stay productive anywhere. And give your laptop a little extra security on the road in a convenient, perfectly sized sleeve.

The ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401IV-HE247T) - Moonlight White is currently priced at PHP 109,995. Now the question is, should you get it? Is it worth it? 

Now, speaking as regular consumer with basic needs, this is definitely a big investment. If you're just doing some basic work or office applications, ofcouse this will not be the best one for you. But if you're a creative, a professional DJ, a gamer and streamer, I think that this will definitely be something that you should look into. It's fast, it performs well, able to handle mutiple applications at once, amazing high-refresh rate display, serious graphics. This is a laptop that is built and designed with gamers in mind and the specs that they put here can also work with other professionals who uses their laptops of multiple reasons.

So that is it you guys! A quick review & impression on the ROG Zephyrus G14. For more technical specs and features of the ROG Zephyrus G14, you can check out ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401 | ROG Zephyrus | Gaming Laptops|ROG - Republic of Gamers|ROG Global (asus.com)





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