This is a really great 14-inch laptop with great performance, 11 hrs (!) of battery life, and a fast screen in a tiny package. Although you have to handle the lack of a webcam, fans you can hear and no thunderbolt 3. This still is a great laptop!
The ASUS Zephyrus G14 is a smaller gaming laptop packing some serious processing power. In this review we’ll take a look at the new AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS 8 core/16 thread CPU and find out just how well it performs in this smaller 14” machine.
The ASUS Zephyrus G14 gaming notebook is one of the first with the new Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU. In this review we look at CPU performance, battery life and more to see if this new notebook processor compares to the Intel i9-9980HK and i7-9750H.
Lisa Gade reviews the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, a 14” laptop the size and weight of an Ultrabook with serious gaming internals inside. Thanks to AMD’s impressive new 7nm Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 HS 8-core processors, the computing power is top of the heap, equaling Intel’s 8-core i7 and i9 45 watt CPUs but with less heat and power consumption. The laptop is available with our NVIDIA RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics or a GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti. We have the full HD IPS 120Hz display and there’s a QHD resolution option. The G14 ships with 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM and a 512GB or 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD. WiFi-6, a white backlit keyboard and 76 WHr battery are standard. Pricing starts at $1,299 list. The optional AniMe Matrix (lid LED light show) model is more expensive.
The ASUS Zephyrus G14 is a smaller 14” gaming laptop that still packs in good specs, but how well does it actually perform in games? I’ve tested 20 different games at all setting levels and compared it with other laptops to help you decide if it’s worth it.
The Zephyrus G14 slots in a niche of its own, somewhere between compact ultrabooks and performance 15-inch ultraportables, as the best 14-inch notebook of the moment. Asus nailed the build quality, the ergonomics, the performance, and pretty much all the things that matter in this sort of a form-factor, but the high internal and chassis temperatures in demanding loads, as well as the limited GPU/screen options, might push some of you towards the 15-inch segment instead.
The Zephyrus G14 is fantastic for productivity, and it’s a lot of fun to use. The AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS and Nvidia 2060 Max-Q duo can handle demanding games like Red Dead Redemption II and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
The Zephyrus G14 has everything we’d want in an ultraportable gaming laptop: it’s lightweight, powerful and lasts nearly 13 hours on battery. It’s so good, you won’t mind that it doesn’t have a webcam.
The octa-core Ryzen 9 4900HS would be impressive on any 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch gaming laptop, but to see it work so well in such a small 14-inch form factor is extraordinary. There are, however, one or two caveats preventing it from being the ultimate gaming laptop.
Mobile computing has become the next big target at AMD with its new series of Ryzen 4000 APUs. Today we have the first retail Ryzen 9 4900HS laptop on the market to evaluate, so the focus will be on performance to see for the first time how Zen 2 brought across to mobile stacks up against Intel’s tried and true line-up.