The Asus Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop is a phenomenal choice. Amazing performance, the best battery life and a fast display all in one laptop that you can carry with you everywhere.
|Gaming laptops have the longest battery life||There is no webcam|
|Outstanding performance||Fans can get loud|
|Light and thin|
Review in two minutes
AMD’s Ryzen 4000 processors were shown to the world on the Asus Zephyrus G14 laptop. Now we can see why. It is extremely thin and light and delivers performance and battery life like nothing else in this class. Both AMD and Asus did a great job.
The Zephyrus G14 costs $1,449 (about P1,170, AU$2,351) but is still a good value compared to other similar systems such as the Lenovo Legion Y740. However, you can also get an RTX2060-equipped model for the same price but with less RAM and a more weaker CPU.
Asus has positioned an AMD Ryzen 9-equipped laptop in a battle against Intel Core i7 system that is simply unbeatable. It’s not as elegant as the MSI HTML65 Stealths, but it is a powerful gaming system with long battery life.
The Asus Zephyrus G14 only supports an RTX 2060. We are left wondering what a system with an even more powerful GPU could do, but the processor’s performance is impressive enough to run every game currently on the market.
The Asus Zephyrus G14 is the first gaming laptop to be equipped with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 processors. We have had the chance to use the laptop and can see it as a precursor for some of the best laptops ever made. This laptop will be released in 2020.
Prices and availability
Asus currently has one configuration of the Asus Zephyrus G14 on their US store page. It’s identical to the one listed to the right. You get the Ryzen 9 4900HS with 16GB RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX2060 for $1,449 (about AU$2,351 or PS1,170). Things get a little more complicated when you look at other countries.
There are two models in the UK. They cost PS999 and PS1,599 respectively. However, they don’t have the exact same hardware. The PS1,599 model has an AMD Ryzen7 4800H, 16GB RAM, and the same GPU. However, it features a QHD (2.560 x 1.440) display instead of the FHD 120Hz panel in the model we reviewed. In the UK, the base model is limited to an AMD Ryzen5 4600H and Nvidia GeForce GTX1650. As we have not yet tested Ryzen 5-equipped laptops, it is difficult to say if PS999 is a fair price. It may be too small with 8GB RAM.
The Asus Zephyrus G14 doesn’t appear to be available in Australia yet.
Other configurations are on the way and should be available by June. You can order the laptop pre-ordered if you are interested in any of the configurations that we have reviewed.
Considering the Asus Zephyrus G14 specifications and the differences in configurations from region to region, a recommendation of difficult is possible. AMD Ryzen 4000, a new platform, is not yet available. We can only speak for what we currently have. This configuration is well worth the effort.
The Asus Zephyrus G14, despite the high-end hardware it offers, is lighter and thinner than you might expect. This laptop is very portable and only 0.7 inches thick. It weighs in at 3.53 lb. Although it isn’t as thin or light as an XPS 13 laptop, it’s still very portable.
The magnesium alloy-equipped chassis makes it even thinner and lighter than other slim and lightweight gaming laptops, such as the Razer Blade 15 or the MSI GS65Stealth. The Asus Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop is lightweight and small enough to fit into your bag.
However, being thin and light doesn’t mean that your laptop is perfect.
The Asus Zephyrus G14’s general aesthetic is not bad. The laptop’s lid is divided diagonally with the other half of it covered in tiny dots. These dots are also available in a white LED version. We haven’t seen it at any of our trade shows so can’t comment on how this affects usability and battery life.
The vents are scattered all over the device, and they have a very angular appearance. We see all these vents as a positive thing for a device packing this much hardware. You don’t want thermal limits to limit your ability to play the most popular PC games, or do creative work.
Chiclet keyboards are extremely comfortable and well-placed. It’s surprising considering how small the device is. Some people will be turned off by the soft feel of the keyboard. It’s not as tactile and clicky as other gaming laptops with mechanical keyboards.
What we love most about the keyboard is the dedicated buttons at its top. It’s nice to be able to quickly change volume without having to use the Fn key and one of the Function Keys at top. You can also use the dedicated key to open Armory Crate to control system performance as well as RGB lighting using Aura Sync-ready components. Although this is a nice feature, it doesn’t really allow you to test your creativity as there is no RGB on the system that we tested. We want RGB everywhere.
The touchpad can generally be serviceable. It works well with multi-touch gestures and is accurate. The touchpad is not too complicated for a gaming laptop. It’s compatible with the best gaming mouse. This touchpad is great for creative people who want to enjoy multi-core performance. We recommend that you use a mouse as well.
It’s also quite impressive for the price. It’s not the 4K OLED panel we see on high-end laptops, but it doesn’t matter because of the hardware. The display is 1080p and has a stunning 120Hz refresh rate. It’s bright enough to play games and it hits 100% of the sRGB range. The display is only 14 inches in size so it doesn’t require a higher resolution.
There’s a trend in laptops where manufacturers are shoving in super-high-resolution displays, and we don’t think it’s worth it. A laptop this small will result in a loss of battery life, which most people won’t notice. It can also be paired with an RTX2060 so you can achieve 120Hz gaming. We can.
Doom Eternal was played at 1080p with Ultra Nightmare settings (though only Ultra textures thanks to the 6GB frame buffer). The motion was smooth enough to feel like playing on our premium gaming monitor.
We have to give Asus credit for the speakers. They are not at the bottom of the laptop. The speakers are not as loud as we would like, and DoomEternal does not sound as soaring as it should. However, you can plug in a gaming headset to one of the available ports.
When we say many ports, we really mean many. The Asus Zephyrus G14 includes two USB 3.2 Generation 1 Type A ports as well as two USB 3.2 Generation 2 Type-C ports. One of these ports can be used to charge the laptop. A dedicated charging port, HDMI, and a combination 3.5mm headset/mic jack are all included in the Asus Zephyrus G14. We love the large range of I/O on this laptop.
The only thing that is missing from this system is a webcam. However, it could be a major issue for some users. We don’t think it’s that important as you don’t need a webcam to play games, unless you are streaming. Even if you stream, it’s better to have one of the top webcams. It is possible that there are a few users who want to use the laptop for work. They might encounter some problems. It’s important to remember this. You might consider looking elsewhere if a built-in camera is an issue.
Wow! The AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS is amazing. This processor packs 8-cores (16-threads) and a base clock speed of 3.0GHz with a boost clock of 4.3GHz. It absolutely beats the competition in all our CPU-heavy workloads.
AMD is gaining ground even when compared to the Intel Core i9-9990HK, which is full-fat and faster than the Alienware m17. Cinebench R15 shows that the AMD-powered Zephyrus scores 1,782 more points than the Alienware’s 1,182. This is a 34% increase in performance for a laptop that costs half as much as the Alienware M17 configuration, which we reviewed in December.
It doesn’t stop there. Geekbench 4 sees the Zephyrus win the multicore contest with 29,907 point, beating Core i9 by 24%. It also comes within the margin of error for its single-core score, 5,265.
This is made possible by the mobile move to 7nm AMD Zen 2 architecture. AMD’s creative engineering has enabled this processor to deliver desktop-class performance in a laptop weighing just under 3 lbs.
The Asus Zephyrus G14, a gaming laptop is so gaming performance may be more important than the CPU power. The Zephyrus is also a great gaming laptop thanks to the RTX2060 Max-Q that’s included in this package.
You can expect solid gaming performance with this machine. It has a 3DMark Time Spy score 5872 and can run Metro Exodus Ultra on Ultra settings at a decent 38 FPS frame rate. We’ll also reiterate that we can get 120 fps with the newly-released Doom Eternal.
This is difficult to compare to a similar specced system with an Intel processor, simply because not many laptops have an Intel Core i9 and RTX 2060. This pairing is odd with the Asus Zephyrus G14. AMD seems to be committed to avoiding high-end market segments for the time being. We’d love to see a gaming laptop that has a Ryzen 9 processor and a Nvidia GeForce RTX2080.
The AMD Ryzen 4000 CPU’s performance is a major reason to buy this laptop, but the battery life is much more appealing. First, some background.
We expect gaming laptops to last for three to four hours. It’s possible to see a gaming laptop last for five hours if we’re lucky. But it’s extremely rare that you’ll find one that can be used all day without a charge.
Those days are gone.
The Asus Zephyrus G14 lasted an amazing 8 hours, 10 minutes in our movie test. A HP Elite Dragonfly laptop is selling based on its battery life score of 8 hours and 11 mins in the same test. This is with a CPU with half of the TDPof AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, and without a dedicated GPU.
The Asus Zephyrus G14 scored 4 hours and 47 minutes in the PCMark8 battery testing. It is worth comparing this with other recent gaming laptops. The amazing Alienware M15 R2 scores 2 hours and 45 mins in the PCMark8 battery test.
neverseen any gaming laptop with this battery life, or anywhere close to it. AMD made bold claims about Ryzen4000’s battery life and it delivered. Intel should take note.
Asus only includes three pieces of software on the Zephyrus G14. ROG Game Visual and Armory Crate are included on the Zephyrus G14. You can tweak the performance of your laptop with all three pieces of software. Game Visual allows you to tweak the display by switching between presets or adjusting color temperature.
GameFirst VI can help you optimize your online gaming network, including helping you find the strongest network within your area. The screen shows all networks in New York City. This means the screen looks wild. However, if you have access to multiple networks this will help you choose the best one.
Armory Crate allows you to play with just about everything. This software allows you to adjust everything, from fan speed and RGB (through connected peripherals there is not RGB built into the laptop). You can even scan your computer to find installed games, and launch them directly from there.
It’s a good deal if…
Good battery life
It’s finally here! The Asus Zephyrus G14 will provide all-day battery life.
Strong CPUs are essential
Asus Zephyrus G14 is the perfect choice for anyone who needs the fastest CPU performance. It’s also great for streaming, you just need a webcam.
A lightweight gaming laptop
This laptop is lightweight at just 0.7 inches and weighs only 3.5 lb. This laptop allows you to play all your favorite PC games while on the move without having to worry about your back.
It’s not worth the risk if…
A webcam is essential
Many people don’t think the lack of a camera is a problem, especially if they are looking for a gaming laptop that’s affordable. If you plan to make video calls between Overwatch rounds, you may need to consider other options or add a Webcam to your cart.
You need Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3 is not available on the Asus Zephyrus G14, although it’s not as important as it used to be. Thunderbolt 3 can only be used on Intel platforms if you absolutely require it, for external graphics or as a dock.