ASUS has been knocking things out of the ball park recently with the release of their ultra light, high-performing business laptop dubbed the B9 in Malaysia and now their gaming-centric arm Republic of Gamers looks set to repeat that with their ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop that the claim is the world’s most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop and it’s not an idle boast by any means.
Unveiled at CES 2020, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is an ultra-slim 14-inch gaming notebook that aims to redefine the concept of a gaming laptop. Back in the day, gaming laptops weighed as much as a pachyderm and were just as chunky with all the portability of a bank vault.
With recent refinements in chassis materials, processors and GPUs, Asus has managed to craft a high-performance gaming laptop in a chassis of a standard 14-inch laptop with an NVIDIA RTX series GPU, the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 series processors and an impressive 14-inch 1080P 120Hz refresh display all shoehorned into a chassis that is just 17.9mm thin and weighing just 1.6kg.
These savings in weight are on account of advancements in how they create the chassis with the use of magnesium aluminium alloy for lighter weight while they’ve integrated honeycomb-style structural reinforcements for added strength without compromising on durability.
Ogleworthy? Yes, indeed, but wait, it gets better. Just to troll the competition and to impress your peers, the Zephyrus G14 also has an ace up its sleeve – the rear has an AniMe dot matrix display that lights up to depict anything you want whether it’s a corporate logo or the proverbial finger rendered into sprite form. All this is charged via your choice of either traditional DC or a Type-C port via a 65W power adaptor if you’re handling lighter non-gaming workloads and the laptops come with WiFI 6 (Gig+)
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Price, Variants and Availability
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus is available in a variety of configurations. To be specific, ASUS Is shipping in not just one but variants, all at different price points and with slightly different configurations.
You get different permutations in terms of colours, whether it comes with a 14-inch Full HD 120Hz display or a higher resolution WQHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixel) 60Hz display, what AMD Ryzen processor you get ( AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, Ryzen 7 4800HS or Ryzen 5 4600HS), the amount of storage on the onboard SSD (1TB or 512GB), what NVIDIA GeForce graphics card you are issued (NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650, GTX1650 Ti, GTX1660 Ti or GeForce RTX2060 Max-Q) and if you get the AniME dot matrix display on the rear.
Of note is that the Zephyrus G14’s panels, whether you get the 120Hz or WQHD variant, are both Pantone validated for colour accuracy with 100% coverage of the sRGB range which ought to endear them to creators.
Starting in on the ground floor, you can get the entry level variant dubbed the Zephyrus 14 GA401l-HHE027T for RM4,499 which lacks the rear AniME dot matrix display, has a 14-inch 120Hz panel, an AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS 3.0Ghz processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX160 card with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM, a 512GB SSD and 8GB DDR4 RAM with a spare DIMM slot to upgrade it as needed.
At the top of the technological food chain is the GA401l-VHE340T that comes with everything but the kitchen sink. Not only does it have the coveted AniMe dot display on the back, it comes with a 14-inch Full HD 120Hz resolution display, an AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor, 8GB RAM DDR4 RAM, a 1TB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce RTS 2060 Max-Q graphics card with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM. All this costs you a cool RM7,699 and your choice of either a shade of Eclipse Gray or Moonlight White. This variant will arrive sometime in September 2020.
The official variant that is available now for immediate purchase, designated as the GA401l-HE103T gets you the rear AniMe matrix display, an AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650Ti graphics card, a 14-inch 120Hz display panel, 8GB RAM with a spare RAM bay, a 512GB SSD and a price tag of RM5,299. We’ll be reviewing this particular variant so stay tuned for our full review!
With this many variants, not all are immediately available but most will be arriving this August with the remainder by September with several already in the market right now. For more details check out their official page at https://www.asus.com/my/Laptops/ROG-Zephyrus-G14/