Fast, light, well made – the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 shows how much potential there is really in gaming laptops and declares war on old clichés. In this Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review, we’ll clarify what makes the new notebook with AMD processor so special.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: conclusion
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is by no means the fastest gaming laptop on the market – but it doesn’t even want to be.
The notebook makes up for the lack of performance in games in other areas – starting with the build quality. Here everything looks like it has been cast from a single source. No gaps, high-quality materials, stable feel – one would almost like to call the laptop the MacBook among gaming laptops.
The AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS provides more than enough performance in everyday use, and I can even edit videos with the laptop without any problems.
Despite the very powerful hardware, the weight of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 remains low. The compact powerhouse weighs just 1.7 kilograms and can therefore also be used on the move without any problems.
Writing long texts is particularly easy on the laptop’s keyboard. The keys have fantastic feedback, reasonable spacing between them – you can even get over the lack of a number pad. Working this way is really fun.
But let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: gaming performance. Asus actually almost tripled itself here. Our model is equipped with an RTX 2060 Max-Q, which is supposed to supply a high-resolution WQHD display with sufficient images per second.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that you can’t expect a buttery smooth 60 FPS at maximum settings in every game. And yet – if you reduce the details or the resolution a little, even current AAA titles such as Metro Exodus or Red Dead Redemption 2 run very smoothly on the screen.
All in all, with the Asus Zephyrus G14, Asus shows impressively what a modern gaming laptop should look like these days. Compact, light, neatly processed, beautiful, yet powerful and durable. A fantastic device that is second to none – and that is probably why it is so relatively expensive.
- High quality of workmanship
- Chic design
- Long battery life
- Compact design
- Big and fast storage
- Massive CPU performance
- High-resolution WQHD display
- No SD card slot and no LAN connection
- High price
- The fingerprint sensor does not always work reliably
- Neither webcam nor microphone integrated
- “Slow” display
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 in the test: rating
- Processing, feel and design: 5/5
- Display: 4/5
- Performance: 4/5
- Video and audio: 4/5
- Connectivity and storage: 5/5
- Battery and everyday life: 4/5
Overall: 87 percent
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14: Full performance despite the compact design
Although the Zephyrus G14 is only a 14-inch laptop, the metal case of the gaming notebook houses a current eight-core processor from AMD: the Ryzen 9 4900HS. The top model of AMD’s new mobile chips achieves clock rates of up to 4.3 GHz, under synthetic full load the value levels off at around 3.0 GHz.
This ensures that there are still some Asus programs ex works on the laptop that is needed, among other things, to control the Anime Matrix.
For the most part – and thank God – you’ll look for bloatware in vain. Cinebench a solid score of 1,812 and 4,084 points R15 and R20.
This means that the potential performance of the laptop processor is roughly on par with that of the Ryzen 7 1800X – a desktop chip with 8 cores, mind you. The synthetic gaming performance is also impressive. In the Firestrike benchmark from 3DMark, the Asus ROG Zephyrus achieved a total score of a whopping 14,165 points.
Also, the 1 TB PCIe SSD ensures that programs and games start quickly and also offers more than enough storage space. Windows 10 is already preinstalled on the laptop. In addition to a trial version of the McAfee antivirus program
Thanks to the built-in 16 GB of RAM, the gaming laptop will never lack RAM. But what about the gaming performance of the gaming laptop? Is the performance of the built-in Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in Max-Q design really enough to conjure up enough images per second on the WQHD display? We tested the performance in some games with high settings, here is the result:
|game||Graphics settings||Game performance|
|Hitman 2||medium high||64.1 FPS|
|Call of Duty: Warzone||high (without ray tracing)||67.1 FPS|
|Metro Exodus||high (ray tracing / DLSS)||50.2 FPS|
|Counter-Strike: Global offensive||very high||152.8 FPS|
|Red Dead Redemption 2||Ultra (Full HD)||49.1 FPS|
Overall, the combination of the WQHD display with 60 Hz and the built-in hardware makes perfect sense. However, fast shooters and action games still don’t look good on the gaming laptop.
On the one hand, this is due to the display’s low refresh rate – 120 while 144 Hz would have been very nice – hence the slow response time is particularly noticeable. When moving quickly, the image draws real streaks across the display. As a result, the overview is lost in heated discussions, as the picture looks blurred despite the high resolution.
This may hardly play a role in slow games like Red Dead Redemption 2 or strategy games, but in competitive multiplayer games this fact creates a noticeable competitive disadvantage.
Despite the clever hardware, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is only suitable for gaming to a limited extent in this configuration. At least there is an alternative: Asus also offers the gaming laptop with a Full HD display that boasts a refresh rate of 120 Hz. This could at least remove one of the points of criticism.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: The marathon runner among gaming laptops
While other gaming laptops run out of power after a very short time away from the socket, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is still up and running even after a few hours.
The laptop lasted around 6 hours in office mode with reduced brightness and activated energy-saving mode. For a gaming notebook, this is an absolute top value! Most devices usually fail after two to three and a half hours. The 76 Wh battery in conjunction with the energy-saving AMD processor ensures a really fantastic result.
However, if you really want to play with the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 on the go, you will only have fun for a short time. After just an hour and a half, the laptop runs out. However, this is quite common with such devices.
Nevertheless, gaming in battery mode is not recommended anyway, as the laptop greatly reduces its performance here. You can be happy if you barely exceed the 30 FPS limit. So if you want to play on the go, you should look for a place with a socket.
Good to know: The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 comes with two chargers. On the one hand, you will find a classic DC-IN charger in the box that has to be connected in order to use the full performance of the gaming laptop. At the same time, Asus also includes a more compact version with a USB-C port, which is great for mobile use. This way you always have the right power supply at hand.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14: A real feast for the eyes
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 shows how beautiful a modern gaming laptop can look these days. The metal housing not only ensures a high-quality look, but also a solid construction.
Nothing creaks here, everything looks very robust and stable. The design is an eye-catcher, but at the same time does not look too playful, but almost sporty and elegant. In other words: With this gaming laptop you can sit down in a meeting with a clear conscience.
The only drawback: There is no small incision on the lid that allows the laptop to be opened easily with one hand. It’s always a bit fiddly. A visual highlight for many should be the Anime Matrix on the back.
This consists of a total of 1,215 white mini-LEDs, which can reproduce both ready-made and specially constructed images and animations in pixel optics. For example, when the screen is closed, the word “See Ya” lights up briefly. In itself just a nice gimmick, but it ensures that the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 can clearly set itself apart from the competition.
In times when gaming laptops are sometimes alike like one egg to another, a characteristic that should definitely be emphasized.
Office Use only possible to a limited extent
Although the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 offers a really phenomenal battery life, the gaming laptop is only partially suitable for use in the office.
The reason: Asus does not have an integrated webcam or microphone in the notebook. This may be bearable for pure gamers, but the lack of both components is an absolute no-go for many potential buyers.
However, the gaming laptop offers other strengths that also work well in everyday office life. The keyboard of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is one of the highlights of the laptop.
Keystrokes and spacing feel incredibly satisfying and catchy, the same goes for the shape and workmanship of the individual keys. During the writing process, there were hardly any accidental typing errors in my test.
The touchpad also looks solid and reacts reliably to inputs. In addition, unwanted contact, such as placing the ball of the hand on it, is almost always recognized and filtered out.
However, the input lag between the inputs on the touchpad and the playback on the display takes some time to get used to. The operation feels a bit sluggish at the start. However, after a short period of acclimatization, this is hardly noticeable.
The built-in fingerprint sensor produced mixed results in our test. While the recognition of the index finger often did not work at all and the device remained locked, the scan of the thumb worked flawlessly and quickly.
On the other hand, it is a shame that Asus does not have a slot for SD cards in its gaming laptop. If you want to read out a memory card, you have to go through your adapter for better or worse.
The same applies to people who want to connect their laptop via LAN. In addition to USB-C, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 also offers an HDMI, two classic USB-A and an audio combo port.
For the compact design of the laptop, the repertoire of connections is quite impressive. It’s just a shame that none of the USB-A ports were installed on the back or left of the laptop.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Technical data at a glance
|Display||14 inch WQHD IPS panel @ 60 Hz, matt|
|processor||AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS (8 cores, 16 threads, maximum boost clock 4.1 GHz)|
|graphic card||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q|
|Storage||1 TB PCIe SSD|
|random access memory||16 GB DDR4 RAM @ 2,666 MHz (2 bars installed, one of them soldered)|
2x USB Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Type-A
1x headphone / microphone combo connection
|battery pack||76 Wh|
|operating system||Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit|