With 2020 started, we are beginning to see many new gaming laptops from different vendors. It’s been quite sometime now since we have seen something innovative or different from gaming laptops. It’s the same body design fitted with the newer CPU and GPU. The aesthetics don’t change and neither does the design language. Gamers need something innovative that forces them to go out and buy something. Innovation has not been very clear in gaming laptops since slim and light gaming laptops were released.
High refresh screens have also become a norm now and that feature is of the past too. What innovation in a laptop might force you to go out and buy it? What features along with price might compel you to go and buy yourself a new gaming laptop?
Slim and light gaming laptops are the norm and companies are iterating on that. They try to fit the most powerful hardware in a chassis that is relatively compact. They also try to reduce the size as much as possible, so the users may have ease carrying it around. With so much saturation of lightweight and compact notebook in the market, you need to be exceptionally outstanding to make your mark.
Well with that said, there is a competitor that’s going to be released soon in 2020. The notebook is a slim and light machine that doesn’t compromise on quality.
Introducing the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14
Introducing the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14. The 14 in the name stands for its screen size. That’s right it’s a 14” model that packs quite some features in it. The ROG Zephyrus is ASUS’ range of ultraportable gaming notebooks that have AMD CPU’s baked into them.
ASUS also iterated on their previous 15” notebook and increased the refresh screen and upgraded the hardware. We are going to focus on the 14” model that they have newly introduced. They are aiming to make the laptop as compact as possible without sacrificing anything.
Design and Aesthetics
No doubt ASUS G14 is built by exceptionally great craftsmanship. The design is completely new from ASUS as they did not copy the design of their G15 from the previous year.
They have taken a new approach with this notebook. The notebook is slim and compact as you would expect. Manufactured from Magnesium and Aluminum alloys that give quite a premium feel when holding it in your hands. The materials are smudge-proof and you can easily use it without fearing smudges or fingerprints.
The top panel is made from aluminum but the back is plastic. That’s far beyond the expectation because these types of materials are included in ASUS’ M and S lineups. The colors it comes in are two. The first is dark (Space Gray) and the other is light (Mirage White). Depending on your personal preference choose any of those colors.
Let’s talk about the screen a bit because it too is a selling point for this notebook. The G14 comprises of 14” screen has a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. The resolution it supports is WQHD. This combination of refresh rate plus the resolution is perfect.
Content creators can benefit from the pixels of WQHD screen and enthusiastic gamers can enjoy superfluid games on the 120 Hz panel. The bezels around are relatively smaller. It’s got a screen to body ratio of a whopping 85%. With such narrow bezels, you are sure to focus on your games.
The ASUS G14 comes with AMD CPUs. They run on the Ryzen 4000 series of APU. They are very fast with higher instructions executed per higher clock cycles. Don’t get confused with technical terms yet. They are based on the 7nm architecture.
The result is simply good power efficiency and high performance. The result can be seen in high CPU demanding games and applications. Whatever is thrown at this CPIU, it crunches through without and hesitation. All AAA titles run smoothly on this processor. Content creators can also benefit from it.
ASUS G14 can be availed in the base model with GTX 1660 Ti and the upper model with RTX 2060 Max-Q. These are very powerful gaming hardware packed into a body that is relatively thin and compact. The 2060 variant can fully utilize the 120 Hz refresh screen as it’s got more power to push out frames.
The 1660 model can also play games at decent settings. All in all, they pack very powerful GPU’s in a body that compact and keeps everything cooled. Usually, these slim notebooks heat up a lot but this one does not. Expect high performance in games.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The keyboard key layout is quite friendly and anyone can get used to it. The keys it houses are similar to chiclet keys on the older version of Mac books. In a nutshell, the keyboard experience is very enjoyable.
The trackpad is a little smaller than usual. The device being compact, we can let this slide as they are trying to make everything compact.
Matrix on the Lid
Finally, the most eye-catching feature of the laptop. The laptop’s lid comprises a striking dot matrix design. The holes are created with a precision CNC milling process that creates perfectly placed 6536 perforations on the lid. They are calling it an AnimeMatrix display.
They have small LED’s built into each hole. This feature will cause you a bit extra but we can see many usability features for it. You can customize the lighting effects to anything you like. This does not seem gimmicky. It can have many uses like showing time, logo, and brand onto the laptop.
ASUS has taken a new approach to putting high-quality hardware into a very compact device. It has got a 90 Watt-hour battery baked into it that is quite larger than typical small gaming laptops.
AMD processor’s efficiency combined with the battery can give you many hours of usage. The base model starts at $1300 or $1400 that’s moderate considering the features you’re getting.
In Amazon store: ROG Zephyrus M Thin and Portable Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 240Hz FHD IPS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, Intel Core i7-9750H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, Per-Key RGB, Windows 10 Home, GU502GW-AH76
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