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In their early years, gaming laptops were meant lớn be desktop replacements. The first Razer Blade, released in 2011, was almost seven pounds; the 2012 Blade was 6.6. Battery life was a laughing matter. (The 2017 Zephyrus had just over two hours.) Gaming laptops were bulky và garish. They were designed for gaming on a budget, not for gaming on the go.

But the age of the ultraportable is here. There’s now a 2.01-pound máy tính xách tay with six cores, there’s a 3.3-pound máy tính with a discrete GPU, & a 5-pound máy tính is considered to be on the heavy side. Each year, we’re expecting lighter notebooks that can do more — and as productivity laptops move sầu in that direction, so are the gaming machines.


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That’s where the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS comes in. For the past decade, the main argument for a Ryzen chip over an Hãng sản xuất Intel chip centered on price rather than performance. But AMD has released a CPU that could, for the first time in recent memory, compete with Intel’s top-of-the-line Mã Sản Phẩm. The 35W 4900HS, with 8 cores, 16 threads, and 3.0 GHz cloông xã speeds that can boost up to lớn 4.4 GHz, goes head to head with Intel’s Vi xử lý Core i9-9880H; it’s meant to power desktop-class gaming & productivity in portable laptops.

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Our Review of Hãng Asus ROG Zephyrus G14


Verge Score 8.5 out of 10
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(You can get the same model with a Ryzen 7 4800HS, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage, and the less-powerful GTX 1660 TI Max-Q for $1,299, or go down khổng lồ 8GB of RAM, a GTX 1650, and a 60Hz screen for $1,049.)

I’m happy to say that the G14 delivers. The laptop is fantastic for productivity, và it’s a lot of fun to lớn use. The 4900HS và 2060 Max-Q duo can handle demanding games like Red Dead Redemption II & Shadow of the Tomb Raider. As with any gaming rig, you’ll make some trade-offs for that performance. But in the grand scheme of things, the sacrifices that the G14 asks are small.


The G14 is a lot of fun to lớn use

I’ll start by talking about the gaming experience since that’s probably what you care most about if you clicked on this đánh giá. Fear not: it’s good. It’s as good as you’d expect from an H-Series processor, a 2060 Max-Q, and a 120Hz screen.

CS:GO averaged 216fps on maximum settings, with a low of 49. Motion was smooth, & I could see individual dust particles and sparks flying from various things I shot. The more graphically intensive Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also playable on the highest settings (with ray tracing off), averaging around 74fps with a minimum of 58. The play was also quite smooth and scenery, from bright towns to lớn dark jungles, looked great.


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On the ultimate demo, Red Dead Redemption II cranked up to Ultra (with fast and multisample anti-aliasing off), the G14 delivered more of a console-lượt thích experience, achieving an average of 31fps và a low of 14. Rows of stores and trees were a bit blurry as I galloped past them on horsebachồng, và there was some stuttering in flurries of dust & snow. But the game was functional. Most people will have a better time on High settings, however, where the G14 hovered around 50fps.


On ‘Red Dead Redemption II,’ the G14 delivered a console-like experience

I suspect cooling is holding the G14 baông xã somewhat. The 4900HS got pretty hot under demanding titles; it hit 98 degrees Celsius during my 80-minute session of Red Dead, & 97 during my hour-long session of Tomb Raider. That’s not unexpected from a 14-inch máy tính running AAA titles, but a laptop with the same hardware but better cooling would probably see better results.

Now, for all the other stuff.

Hãng Asus has nicely refined its retro aesthetic. If there were laptops in Battlestar Galactica, they would look like the G14. A dot matrix covers half of the lid — these can function as an LED display that can show GIFS, the time, và other neat effects, but that model won’t be available for a few more weeks. On the non-LED mã sản phẩm, they’re still a cool design.

Like many thinner laptops, the G14’s screen folds under the dechồng when you open it, lifting the keyboard a bit above sầu the ground. This, in theory, helps with cooling by allowing air to better circulate, and it also hides a chunk of the screen’s enormous bottom bezel. Some people find these types of hinge uncomfortable in their laps, but I had no problem with this one, which is blunt và rounded.


The port selection is serviceable

The port selection is serviceable: two USB-C, two USB-A, an HDMI, & a 3.5mm audio jachồng. The G14 can charge via USB-C, but there’s also a jack for Asus’ 180W adaptor if you don’t want lớn take up a port. There’s no Thunderbolt 3, unsurprisingly, since that’s Intel’s proprietary standard. This is an unfortunate downside of using an AMD system for the time being, though the G14’s HDXiaoMI & DisplayPort capabilities give you other options for connecting khổng lồ peripherals.

This probably won’t surprise you if you’ve owned a smaller gaming máy tính before, but if you plan to lớn use the G14 for browsing and productivity, the largest trade-off you’re making is screen quality. The notebook has a 19trăng tròn x 1080 screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is par for the course with smaller gaming machines. You’re not likely to see many 14-inch 120Hz panels at any higher resolution, and a 4K panel would be a big ask of the 2060 Max-Q.


That means the G14’s screen is excellent for gaming, & it’s not bad for video-watching either. It’s matte và kicks back almost no glare. Dark scenes from Altered Carbon looked great, even in bright rooms. Some lighter tones (such as a wedding dress and Joel Kinnaman’s skin) had a greenish tint to them, but it’s not noticeable if you’re not looking for it. (The screen covers 100 percent of the SRGB spectrum and 75.35 percent of Adobe RGB.) I saw a lot more glare outdoors, but it’s usable there in a pinch.


The G14’s screen is excellent for gaming, & it’s not bad for watching video

The downside is that if you plan on doing a lot of browsing or productivity work, you’ll be more cramped than you would on a 3:2 display such as that of Huawei’s MateBook 13. I had khổng lồ zoom out khổng lồ 70 lớn 80 percent khổng lồ comfortably work two windows side by side.


The second drawbaông chồng is the fans. The G14 does an impressive job keeping itself cool, given the power of the hardware it’s packing into a 3.5-pound chassis. If you’re using this machine on its default bạn settings for multitasking, you’re likely to lớn hear a constant whine. It’s loud enough that your office neighbors will hear it. I got used khổng lồ this fairly quickly, but it’s a fact worth noting if you’re picky about bạn noise.

You can also switch to Asus’ “Silent” profile, which makes the fans inaudible. I was worried that muffling the fans would cause the 4900HS to fry itself, but browsing in this profile was still very doable. You won’t want khổng lồ use this mode for intensive sầu gaming, of course, but even while running several Chrome tabs and a number of other programs, including Slaông xã, Spotify, và a couple of benchmarks, the G14 was downright cold in my lap, & the CPU didn’t pass 35 degrees Celsius.


Hãng Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 specs14-inch non-touchscreen (1920 x 1080 resolution)AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS16GB DDR4 3200MHz SDRAM1TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDNo webcamIntel Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 54-cell 76WHr battery180W AC adapter

Speaking of the touchpad và keyboard, they are both great. The Windows Precision Trackpad is a good kích thước & very easy khổng lồ press. The keys are clicky with decent travel, without being loud enough to lớn annoy officemates. The deông chồng is sturdy, with very little flex. The labels vì retain Asus’ sci-fi fonts that looks lượt thích it belongs in a Johnny Rockets restaurant; you can take your own view on that thiết kế choice. I also like that the G14 has a separate panel containing the volume controls và a key that mutes or unmutes the microphone, as well as a slightly less helpful button that opens Asus’ control panel.

I never thought I’d be saying this about a gaming laptop, but the battery life is also very good. During my normal workday of swapping between a dozen Chrome tabs, running Slack, and occasionally streaming Netflix or Spotify at 50 percent brightness và a balanced battery profile, I got around 8 hours and 50 minutes of juice. That means the G14 can make it through a workday on battery and can handle a long bus or plane ride as well. The device took 41 minutes to lớn charge up to 60 percent on Asus’ plug and 53 minutes khổng lồ vì the same via USB-C.


Agree to Continue: Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

Every smart device now requires you to lớn agree lớn a series of terms & conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us lớn read & analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have to hit “agree” lớn use devices when we Review them since these are agreements most people don’t read và definitely can’t negotiate.

As with other Windows 10 computers, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 presents you with multiple things khổng lồ agree to or decline upon thiết lập.

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The mandatory policies, for which an agreement is required, are:

A request for your region, và keyboard layoutWindows 10 License Agreement và Asus privacy agreementA Microsoft trương mục for sign-in (this can be bypassed if you don’t connect the computer to lớn the mạng internet during setup)A PIN

In addition, there is a slew of optional things to agree to:

Wi-Fi networkWindows Hello fingerprint sensor authenticationActivity History (which syncs your activity across Windows devices)Link your Android smartphoneOffice 365Cortamãng cầu (which allows Microsoft khổng lồ access your location, location history, contacts, voice đầu vào, speech & handwriting patterns, typing history, tìm kiếm history, calendar details, messages, apps, và Edge browsing history)Device privacy settings: online speech recognition, Find My Device, Inking & Typing, Advertising ID, Location, Diagnostic data, Tailored experiences

Add it all up, and there are five mandatory agreements và 13 optional ones.


Of course, don’t expect lớn be doing much gaming on battery. Red Dead on high settings ran around 18 to lớn 20fps when the G14 wasn’t plugged in, dropping down to lớn the low teens at around 40 percent, và the low single digits at 10 percent. I got an hour and 38 minutes of gaming on a charge.

At the kết thúc of the day, the Zephyrus G14 can handle the multitasking you need it to. The keyboard, touchpad, & battery life are superb. If you don’t mind a low-resolution screen and fans that you can hear, you’ll be happy with the G14 as your primary device. (If those are deal-breakers for you, though, you’ll need something else for browsing and work.)


But mainly, Asus và AMD have successfully put Hãng Intel on notice. Last year’s bộ vi xử lý Core i7-powered Blade Stealth 13 was the first 13-inch machine that came with a GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU. The most demanding game it could handle was what Engadget called “a stuttery Destiny 2 experience.” Still, many gamers hailed it as a triumph for being a 3.24-pound máy vi tính that could run that title at all.

The Ryzen-powered G14 weighs just a bit more than the Stealth GTX & it games better. I see no reason to buy the Stealth GTX or any pricier gaming ultraportable when this máy vi tính exists. AMD has rewritten the rules of what a gaming máy vi tính can be.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the G14 was the smallest máy tính xách tay AMD has ever made. The máy tính xách tay is made by Hãng Asus. We regret the error.

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