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The Hãng Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is a gaming máy tính xách tay that goes & goes — and goes anywhere.

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ByBrian Westover25 May 2021

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Our Verdict

The Hãng Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is an impressive sầu 14-inch gaming máy tính that delivers on several fronts, with great performance, incredible battery life & unbeatable portability.


ForGreat performance for gaming and everything elseSuper portable thiết kế paired with 11-hour battery lifeGreat display và audio


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Measuring 12.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches, the compact Zephyrus G14 weighs just 3.5 pounds, making it the smallest & lightest gaming máy tính on the market. The computer owes its light weight khổng lồ the materials that Cosplay its sleek toàn thân, with rigid magnesium và aluminum used for the chassis, deck and lid.

But the compact thiết kế is missing a couple of features, dropped in order lớn cut weight and kích thước. Most notable is the laông xã of a webcam. While the display"s slim bezels don"t leave sầu much room for a camera above sầu the screen, there"s also no webcam below it, or on the máy tính deck. If you want khổng lồ đoạn Clip chat or stream yourself playing on Twitch, you"ll need to pichồng up a separate camera.



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Our Đánh Giá unit came in a sleek looking Trắng finish, paired with a metallic silver deông chồng, for a color scheme that Hãng Asus calls "Moonlight White." Hãng Asus also offers the laptop in a more subdued "Eclipse Gray," which has a near-blachồng finish on the lid and matching dechồng, with blaông chồng keys on the keyboard.

Around the outside edge of the chassis are several ventilation grilles, which are a necessary part of any high performance máy tính xách tay that has heat-generating components inside. The thiết kế has a stylish flourish along the baông xã hinge edge, where the grilles have sầu an angular look and a triangular three-dimensional thiết kế.



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That back edge of the máy tính xách tay is also chất lượng in that it has a drop hinge lid that raises the back kết thúc of the máy tính slightly when opened. That puts the keyboard at a more comfortable angle and raises up the display just a bit for more comfortable viewing.


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The stylish thiết kế also puts one unexpected twist on an often-ignored part of the laptop: the lid. The smooth, flat surface of the lid appears to be embellished with a pattern of dots across half the lid"s surface. Closer inspection reveals that these dots are actually tiny holes.


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The result is a very distinctive look that is surprisingly subdued for a gaming máy vi tính. But never fear, RGB fanatics: Asus still has blinkenlights for you. While our Review unit had only the hole/dot texture across the lid, Asus also offers the Zephyrus G14 with an array of micro LED lights – called the AniMe Matrix display – that let each pinpriông chồng hole glow with RGB goodness. You can then turn those dots into lớn an animated marquee, which you can further customize with text và graphics.

Hãng Asus ROG Zephyrus G14: Ports

Along the sides of the máy vi tính you"ll find a number of handy ports. On the right are two USB 3.0 ports và a USB Type-C port. A Kensington loông chồng slot also lets you physically secure the máy vi tính, if you"re worried about someone walking off with the imminently portable gaming machine.


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On the left is the power connector, an HDXiaoMI 2.0b output and another USB-C port that offers charging for the máy vi tính, & DisplayPort for output to lớn a monitor. A combination audio jachồng gives you headphone and mic tư vấn.


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For wireless connectivity, the Zephyrus G14 is also equipped with Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Bluetooth 5.0. The result is plenty of tốc độ for gaming, even without an Ethernet connection, và speedy connectivity for wireless devices lượt thích mice and speakers.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: Display

Our Đánh Giá unit came outfitted with a 14-inch 1080p 120Hz display. While I would have sầu loved a higher resolution panel, Asus only offers its 1440p WQHD resolution with a lower 60Hz refresh rate, and I"ll usually opt for higher refresh rates over marginal resolution gains.


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The panel itself offered decent color and brightness. According to lớn our colorimeter, the panel produced 117% of the sRGB color gamut, which is slightly better than the Dell G7 15 (114%) or the Asus ROG Strix Soto III (110%), & notably better than the Razer Blade 15 (105%).

Its brightness is also above average, with 323 nits, topping the Dell G7 15 (303 nits), và leaving both the Asus ROG Strix Soto III (275 nits) and Razer Blade 15 (275 nits) looking a bit dyên.

As I was swooping through the dark alleys of Batman"s Gotsi City in Arkđê mê Origins, I was pleased to see that bright neon signs glowed with the vibrant reds & greens, và shadowy environments were never too dark for good visibility, or too washed-out.

Even better: The gaming experience is smooth và judder-miễn phí, thanks to AMD FreeSync. You might be scratching your head over the pairing of FreeSync with the G14"s Nvidia GPU, but recent updates from Nvidia let the two technologies work together, and the result is buttery smooth.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: Audio

With a pair of 2.5-watt speakers and another pair of 0.7-watt tweeters, the Zephyrus G14 offers up robust sound and great volume for such a small máy tính xách tay.


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Listening to Whitey"s "Somebody toàn thân, Grab the Wheel" I was impressed with the richness of the sound, whether it was the crash và pop of the drums or the heavily distorted guitar và vocals. In CheVelle"s "Emotional Drought" I could feel the crushing guitars và a decent amount of bass, but the vocals also came through clearly and never got lost in the mix.

All of the sound is powered by Dolby"s Atmos giải pháp công nghệ, which handles the audio processing. The included Dolby Atmos phầm mềm lets you pichồng from several prephối audio modes, optimized for gaming, movies và voice-centric truyền thông, with presets called Dynamic, Game, Movie, Music and Voice. You can also create custom presets using the graphical EQ options khổng lồ fine-tune the sound lớn your tastes.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: Gaming performance

Armed with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU with 6GB of VRAM, the Zephyrus G14 is a gaming beast that packs serious muscle inlớn its 14-inch frame.

Playing games lượt thích Batman: Arkmê mẩn Origins and Doom Eternal, I did notice that there was some bạn noise as the thermal management kicked on, but it"s quieter than many other gaming laptops, và not much louder than several standard, non-gaming laptops I"ve used.


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The display also takes advantage of Nvidia"s new compatibility with AMD FreeSync, which lets you enjoy tear-free gaming with an Nvidia card & AMD-compatible displays. On this máy tính, that means judder-free gameplay, whether I was brawling with thugs in Gotđắm đuối or taking a chainsaw to the ghoulish baddies in Doom Eternal.

Our benchmark tests confirmed the impressive sầu gaming prowess of the Zephyrus G14, delivering solid frame rates in a wide range of games at 1080p resolution and demanding settings. It"s a testament to how much power the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU & 6GB of VRAM can fit inkhổng lồ such a compact chassis without overheating or being toasty-hot to lớn the touch.

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In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, run in benchmark mode at the highest settings, the Zephyrus G14 cranked out 49 frames per second (fps), matching the Dell G7 15 (49 fps with a RTX 2060 GPU) và edging ahead of the Razer Blade 15 (46 fps with a GTX 1660 Ti), while falling just a few frames short of the Hãng Asus ROG Strix Soto III (55 fps with a RTX 2060 GPU).

In Hitman, running at Ultra settings, the Zephyrus G14 notched 87 fps, ahead of both the Hãng Asus ROG Strix Soto III (86 fps) và the Razer Blade 15 (80 fps), but falling behind the Dell G7 15 (117 fps).

But the Zephyrus G14 really delivered in Grand Theft Auto V, where it blew away the competition with 115 fps, nearly doubling the mid-60"s frame rates of the competition, lượt thích the Dell G7 15 (66 fps) or the Hãng Asus ROG Strix Soto III & Razer Blade 15 (64 fps for both).

And the Zephyrus G14 also gets you ready lớn strap on a headmix for VR, scoring a solid 9.8 out of 11 in the SteamVR performance demo. But while the system will let you game in VR, it didn"t lead the paông chồng on that front; the Hãng Asus ROG Strix Scar III (10.3) và the Dell G7 15 (11) both scored better.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: Performance

But life"s not all gaming và VR, and the Zephyrus G14"s AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor và 16GB of memory also make it a formidable productivity and media-editing machine. During my use of the laptop, I was able khổng lồ run dozens of Google Chrome tabs at once, without any slowdown, và most non-gaming uses never even kicked on the fans to lớn cool things down.

In general performance tests, lượt thích Geekbanch 4.3, the Zephyrus G14 scored 30,181 points, well above average for a 14-inch máy tính, ahead of both the Dell G7 15 (23,863) and the Scar III (23,196), và dramatically better than the Razer Blade 15 (19,542).


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Video conversion barely made the Zephyrus break a sweat, performing a 4K-to-1080p Handbrake conversion in just under 7 minutes (6:59). That sort of transcoding work normally slows even the fasthử nghiệm systems. The Dell G7 15 (8:05) was closest with more than an extra minute, while the Asus ROG Strix Soto III (10:34) và Razer Blade Pro (10:47) were much slower.

The Zephyrus G14 owes some of its speed khổng lồ a zippy 1TB SSD, which copied our 4.97GB chạy thử folder in 4.5 seconds, at a transfer rate of 1,131 megabytes per second (MBps). That"s twice as fast as the Razer Blade Pro" 256GB PCIe SSD/iTB HDD full bộ (565.5 MBps). The Zephyrus G14 leaves the G7 15"s 256GB SSD (127 MBps) and the Soto III"s 1TB SSD (525 MBps) in the dust. Even aao ước non-gaming systems, it"s a speed demon, compared to the Dell XPS 13 2020"s 512GB SSD (627 MBps).

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14: Keyboard

The keyboard is a standard QWERTY layout with tiled keys, with decent spacing between the keys khổng lồ better replicate a gaming keyboard typing experience.

Despite the G14"s smaller kích thước, it doesn"t have sầu an edge-to-edge keyboard, and typing on it can feel a little cramped. However, the spacing of the keys helps to alleviate this, and the key travel feels reasonably deep, with an acceptably responsive typing feel.


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The keyboard"s backlight, however, is just lousy. Each key has transparent lettering that glows Trắng when the backlight is turned on, which is a fairly standard design choice. However, each letter appears khổng lồ be positioned directly on top of the keycap post, which doesn"t let as much light through. This kiến thiết gives each key a dark shadowy spot right in the center of the letter.

The backlit letters also aren"t sufficiently contrasted by the light silver coloring of the keys, making them less legible when the backlight is on in all but fairly dark conditions. This may not be an issue on the black-finished mã sản phẩm, but it certainly was a problem on our review unit.

The bigger issue, however, is the light leakage around và through the edges of each keycap. When viewed at a normal angle, the LED backlight can actually be seen through the gaps of each key well, lighting up the keyboard lượt thích a Christmas tree. Additionally, the silver coating of the keycaps appears much thinner around the edges of each tile-shaped key, meaning that the edges of the keys will sometimes glow trắng when they shouldn"t. The lighting is not entirely consistent across the whole key. The result is very uneven, & makes for a surprisingly unpolished note in otherwise impeccable kiến thiết.

One other odd quirk on our nhận xét unit – both the "I" & neighboring "K" keys looked lượt thích they had been depressed, and wouldn"t spring baông chồng up lớn proper height lớn match the rest of the keys. Whether this was a defect in the nhận xét unit we were given, or the result of damage from shipping, or from prior reviews, I don"t know. We reached out to lớn Hãng Asus about this issue, và will update this nhận xét once we know more.

Above the keyboard are dedicated buttons for volume control & mic muting, và a Republic Of Gamers control panel that lets you optimize system performance. Called ROG Armoury Crate, this tool gives you a handy dashboard interface for managing the CPU, GPU and tín đồ performance, letting you tweak other settings.

While it may not get much use in gaming, the Zephyrus G14 also has a surprisingly good touchpad. The 4.1 x 2.4-inch touchpad has a glassy smooth surface, with clean, distinct clicks and good right/left click distinction, even if the actual clicking depth is a bit shallow. Multitouch gestures and two-fingered maneuvers all worked flawlessly as I used the máy vi tính lớn browse, work and play.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: Battery life

But for all of the Zephyrus G14"s gaming prowess và raw power for daily productivity, we didn"t expect the battery life lớn be particularly impressive sầu. After all, gaming laptops are notorious for their short endurance, often coming in at times too short to make it through a full day of work or school.

But the Zephyrus G14 blew us (& the competition) away with an outstanding 11 hours and 32 minutes of continuous website surfing at 150 nits screen brightness. That"s longer than the Dell G7 15 (3:12), the Soto III (5:09) or even the otherwise long-lived Razer Blade 15 (5:48). The Zephyrus G14 nearly doubles that time, giving you hours và hours of usable battery without ever having to lớn find a wall outlet. Heông xã, that"s long enough that you can head out for a day without having khổng lồ even bring the charger along.

Hãng Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: Heat

Despite the presence of serious heat-generating components inside a slyên ổn metal chassis, the Zephyrus G14 didn"t have any problem with heat.

In our standard heat thử nghiệm, which involves 15 minutes of streaming full HD đoạn Clip, the underside of the máy vi tính peaked at 88 degrees Fahrenheit — well under the 95-degree mark where we consider the heat uncomfortable. The topside keyboard & touchpad temperatures also stayed cool, measuring 82 and 74 degrees, respectively.

Under a heavier load for longer periods, like gaming for 45 minutes, the laptop does get noticeably warm, but the Zephyrus G14 doesn"t seem to lớn get the dangerously hot-to-the-touch hotspots that some gaming systems have sầu.

Hãng Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: Verdict

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 isn"t just a great gaming laptop; it"s also the smallest gaming laptop on the market, và boasts the longest-lasting battery of any gaming laptop we"ve seen. The display is roông xã solid, the audio rich và robust, và the performance offered by the G14"s AMD Ryzen 9-4900HS processor và Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics thẻ are some of the best you"ll find this side of a gaming desktop. The fact that you can get all of this for a not-insane amount of money is also pretty amazing.

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The system has some obvious problems, lượt thích the missing webcam và the surprisingly shoddy-looking keyboard. But aside from those relatively minor issues we encountered in our Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 reviews, Asus’ lademo gaming machine is an astonishingly capable and well-designed gaming laptop. It delivers better performance than any similarly sized gaming system, & often by a large margin. It handily beats the more expensive Razer Blade Pro, và is less expensive & more portable than the closest competitors. It"s our favorite small gaming laptop & one of the best gaming laptops ever made.