ASUS has again kicked off the gaming laptop market through its latest innovative product, the ROG Zephyrus G14. Shown with a 14-inch screen and a compact and lightweight body, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is claimed to be the most compact and powerful laptop in the world. How can he get the nickname? Adoption of the latest AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 series processor is one of the answers.
The processor with the code name Renoir is not just a new product, but it comes with the latest Zen 2 architecture built from 7nm FinFET processing. That is, Ryzen Mobile 4000 series processors use transistors that are smaller in size than previous generation laptop processors.
The use of these small transistors makes the ROG Zephyrus G14 appear with far better performance and have lower power consumption. This also makes the latest gaming laptop from ASUS can appear with a very concise body, far from the assumption that a traditional gaming laptop is big and heavy.
Not only for gamers
One of the most distinguishing ROG Zephyrus G14 with other ROG Zephyrus laptops, even with other gaming laptops is the design. This laptop comes with a minimalist design as well as futuristic, making it not only be used as a machine for playing games at home.
ROG Zephyrus G14 comes in two color choices. Moonlight White has a look with elegant white accents for those who want to look different everywhere. While Eclipse Gray comes with elegant dark color accents for users who prefer the fierce classic gaming laptop display.
ASUS places the original ROG logo in the middle of the back of the screen to the lower left corner. The logo is intentionally presented so that the ROG Zephyrus G14 does not lose its identity as part of the ROG family but still maintains its minimalist design. At the back of the screen there is also a small hole arranged and divides the back of the screen into two parts diagonally. Such a minimalist design has never been used on any gaming laptop.
In terms of size, ROG Zephyrus G14 is also not like other gaminng laptops. It carries a 14-inch screen that is rarely used in gaming laptops, and weighs under 2 kg (1.6 kg more precisely) which is also rarely found in a gaming laptop that has premium specifications.
ROG Zephyrus G14 also has a very compact body that can even compete with mainstream Ultrathin laptops. Its thickness is only 1.79 cm, and comes with dimensions of 32.4 x 22.4 cm. That is, ROG Zephyrus G14 is very easy to carry around and can even fit into a sling bag like mainstream laptops.
Reflecting on the design it carries, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is not only targeting gamers but also those who need a powerful laptop in their daily activities. The minimalist and low profile design of the ROG Zephyrus G14 not only keeps its users mobile, but also remains appropriate for use in the work environment such as when meeting at the office.
Equipped with the Best Features
As a premium gaming laptop labeled Republic of Gamers, the ROG Zephyrus G14 has of course been equipped with various best-in-class features. The features that are carried are not only focused on gaming, but also daily productivity. The following is a list of features in ROG Zephyrus G14:
Screens for Gaming and Content Creation
ROG Zephyrus G14 comes with a 14-inch screen designed for gaming needs. For this reason, the panel is able to present a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. Display animation in the game will be even smoother because the ROG Zephyrus G14 screen can display high framerate.
The ability to display high framerate is very important for gamers, especially those who like to play action games. That is because high framerate will make every action better, allowing gamers to react faster.
For those of you who do more content creation and are more concerned with screen resolution, ASUS also provides a ROG Zephyrus G14 variant with a WQHD resolution screen. In contrast to gamers, content creators are more concerned with high-resolution screens to process content optimally.
For both high refresh and high resolution variants, the ROG Zephyrus G14 screen has been calibrated for color accuracy and has PANTONE Validated Display certification.
More Flexible thanks to Complete Port
ROG Zephyrus G14 is equipped with two Type-C USB ports, one of which supports the Power Delivery feature. That is, you can recharge this gaming laptop battery using a power adapter adapter up to 65W whose size is certainly smaller than the 180W charger adapter built by this laptop. It should be noted that the maximum performance of the ROG Zephyrus G14 can only be presented if connected to a 180W charger adapter.
Besides being able to charge, the USB Type-C port in the ROG Zephyrus G14 also supports display output. All monitors that support DisplayPort 1.4 can be connected to this laptop via USB Type-C ports. Coupled with an HDMI 2.0b port, this laptop can be connected with two 4K resolution monitors at once.
ROG Zephyrus G14 has been equipped with the latest WiFi 6 (Gig +) module or better known as 802.11ax. WiFi 6 has a data transfer rate that is higher than WiFi 5 (802.11ac), which is up to 2.4Gbps. WiFi 6 ensures that the ROG Zephyrus G14 can still be connected with the best signal quality and speed in its class.
Login with Fingerprint Reader
ROG Zephyrus G14 is the first gaming laptop that comes with a fingerprint reader feature on the power button. Not only that, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is also the first gaming laptop in the world to use SSO Power Button technology (Single Sign On).
This technology allows users of this laptop to enter the Windows 10 system directly after turning on the laptop, because the user's fingerprints are scanned when pressing the power button. SSO Power Button utilizes special memory that will store the fingerprint cache data of ROG Zephyrus G14 users and this system is integrated directly with Windows Hello.
Although the body size is small, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is still equipped with a keyboard that has the same size as the keyboard on other ROG laptop series. Each key on the keyboard in the ROG Zephyrus G14 has a distance and travel distance that is specifically designed for both playing games and working.
Gaming features were not removed. N-Key Rollover technology is back in the ROG Zephyrus G14 making every input will be translated very accurately. In addition, the ROG Zephyrus G14 keyboard has the same layout as a desktop PC keyboard, making it easier for gamers to act in the game.
Advanced Cooling System
ROG Zephyrus G14 is equipped with the latest hardware that allows the presence of fast and best performance in its class. For performance to remain stable, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is equipped with a special cooling system that is different from gaming laptops in its class. In addition to maintaining stable performance, the special cooling system in the ROG Zephyrus G14 is key to how this gaming laptop is able to come up with high performance.
The ROG Zephyrus G14 cooling system consists of several features, one of which is the ErgoLift Hinge. Premium features that have been used in various ASUS laptops allow the main body of the ROG Zephyrus G14 to be lifted when the screen is opened or in use. Thus, this gaming laptop has an extra air cavity that makes it easier for air to flow into the system so that cooling performance is better.
Not only ErgoLift Hinge, ROG Zephyrus G14 is also equipped with a special cooling module. In the heatsink section, ROG Zephyrus G14 has a thinner fin heatsink. This allows the amount of fin to be installed more and the total surface area to spread heat to be wider. Coupled with fans that have more fan blades than other laptops, the ROG Zephyrus G14 not only has guaranteed air circulation but also better overall cooling performance.
ROG Zephyrus G14 users can also manage how the cooling system on this gaming laptop works. Through the Armory Crate application, ROG Zephyrus G14 users can choose the usage scenario profile that has been provided or manage everything manually. ASUS gives real freedom to ROG Zephyrus G14 users to make performance adjustments as desired.
AniMe Unique Matrix
The main advantages and uniqueness of the ROG Zephyrus G14 lies in the AniMe Matrix feature. The feature consists of 1,215 mini LEDs that can display animations, text, and various interesting effects on the back of the ROG Zephyrus G14 screen. Of course ROG Zephyrus G14 users can manage and customize this feature.
AniMe Matrix can not only display text, or views that have been available such as battery notifications or equalizer modes that will sync with audio. ROG Zephyrus G14 users can also insert images or animations so that their appearance can vary. Thanks to a special LED that has a 256 level brightness level, a variety of animations can be seen clearly using AniMe Matrix on the ROG Zephyrus G14.
The Fastest 14-inch Gaming Laptop
The ROG Zephyrus G14 is powered by AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile Series processors that have used the latest “Zen 2” architecture and carry the 7nm fabrication method. The latest series processors not only come with new architecture and features, but also offer a greater number of cores and threads. Thanks to the processor up to Ryzen 9 4900HS, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is the first ultra thin 14-inch laptop that is able to come with a processor configuration of up to 8 cores and 16 threads.
In terms of graphics, the ROG Zephyrus G14 carries a graphics chip up to the NVIDIA RTX 2060 which certainly supports the latest graphics technologies such as real-time ray tracing. ROG Zephyrus G14 also supports RAM capacity of up to 24GB of DDR4 type with a speed of 3200MHz, faster than most gaming laptops that exist today. For storage, ROG Zephyrus G14 relies on M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD with a capacity of up to 1TB.
Here are the results of the ROG Zephyrus G14 test that uses Ryzen 9 4900HS, GeForce RTX 2060, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD.