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ASUS Zephyrus G14 (GA401, 2020) Review Rundown

ASUSPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Thin and light for a gaming laptop
  • Good gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons**
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Asus has teamed up with AMD to double down on the trend of increasingly compact gaming laptops. The ROG Zephyrus G14 is a 14-inch near-ultraportable with full gaming capabilities. The laptop made headlines at CES 2020 with its AniMe Matrix Display design.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
Despite its compact size, the G14 manages to look more gaming-functional than business-impressive. It has gamer-like angled vents, big keycaps and an irritating power connection placement. The screen is Pantone Validated, but that just means it's better than it would have been had it not been factory calibrated.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid build quality
  • Solid performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No built-in webcam

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is small enough to use as an everyday laptop. Typing isn't a slog, but the bottoming out action is mushy. The keyboard backlighting is also limited. The constant hum of the fans and lack of a webcam aren't ideal.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful eight-core processor
  • Excellent touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No webcam
  • No webcam

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Zephyrus G14 is touting AMD's prized beast: the Ryzen 9 4900HS processor. It ran through 40 Google Chrome tabs and five 1080p YouTube videos while Doom Eternal ran in the background without a sweat. On the Geekbench 4.3 overall performance test, it scored 30,181, which obliterates the 20,995 mainstream gaming laptop average.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb gaming performance
  • Sleek magnesium alloy chassis
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre battery life
  • No webcam

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zephyrus G14 is a real eye-catcher in the Special Edition with the Alan Walker design. The sturdy hood houses a solid combination of a fast AMD SoC and a dedicated Nvidia graphics card. The built-in display is good, and it offers an equally good color-space coverage. There are still two Type-C ports, though, one of which offers additional features like DisplayPort and Power Delivery.
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Pros[**]
  • Matte WQHD display
  • Good CPU performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Display could be brighter

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Precision clickpad is smaller than the one of the Razer Blade 14. The speakers on the Zephyrus G14 are better than expected considering the 14-inch form factor. We find the keyboard on the Asus to be better for typing because of its firmer feedback and deeper travel.
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Pros[**]
  • Faster graphics performance than last year's model
  • Slim bezels
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Loud fan noise when gaming

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Precision-enabled clickpad is slightly smaller then the clickpad on the 15.6-inch Zephyrus M. Glide is very smooth with almost no sticking even when moving at slow speeds. The integrated mouse clicks, however, are too soft and far too shallow with unsatisfying feedback when pressed.
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Pros[**]
  • 144 Hz display with 120 Hz refresh rate
  • High-quality aluminum case
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No dedicated subwoofer

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is an impressive laptop on every front. We like the way it looks, the compact form factor is useful and, in a way, satisfying to use. AMD's new CPU really shines, and puts a lot of pressure on Intel in this price range.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • 120Hz display
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

pcmag[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The G14 can make good use of its high-refresh (120Hz) screen. The price is a little high for that level of power, but you can also see that it's very similar to the Blade 14's performance. The screen also gets plenty bright at maximum for a gaming laptop, at 325 nits.
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Pros[**]
  • High-refresh (120Hz) display
  • Good gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not the best value for what you get

pcmag[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 AniMe Matrix is a fun twist on the original laptop. The lid is split diagonally, with perforations on one side and a plain finish on the other. The settings allow you to designate a series of images or graphics to play in a loop.
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Pros[**]
  • Vibrant LED matrix lid
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Expensive for what’s on offer

pcworld[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is a 3.5-pound, Ryzen 4000-based laptop. It can hang in CPU performance with laptops that weight 10 pounds. The G14 gives you a decent array of ports. Thunderbolt 3 and Gigabit ethernet are notably absent from the port array.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid CPU performance
  • Good trackpad
  • Good keyboard
Cons[**]
  • No onboard webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3 or Gigabit ethernet

t3[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
Asus G14 is a deceptively monstrous laptop which can do the things you need it to do. On long-term test, used for work as well as gaming, it does still manage to reach the level which earned it our 2020 T3 Award. It's not the most powerful gaming laptop on the market, and I'd definitely be interested to see what Asus can do.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous WQHD display
  • Superb CPU performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zeph14 is a portable gaming rig first and foremost. Despite its size, the G14 can accommodate up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (Max-Q) The G14 is available for pre-order in most of Asus' principal markets, including the UK and US. Pricing starts at £1099/US$1099, but can be as high as £1799/ US$1449.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Backlighting could be better
  • No webcam

techradar[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zephyrus G14 is a gaming laptop that's half the price of the Alienware m17 configuration we reviewed back in December. With a 3DMark Time Spy score of 5,872 and the ability to run Metro Exodus on Ultra settings with a decent 38 fps frame rate, you can expect solid gaming performance here. AMD seems committed to avoiding the high-end of the market for now, so hopefully we'll be able to see exactly where these chips line up with future systems.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen 4000 CPU
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Solid battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No dedicated GPU

theverge[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 can handle the multitasking you need it to. The keyboard, touchpad, and 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.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Fans can be loud
  • No Thunderbolt 3

theverge[15]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2021) is a good performer in a good chassis. It has a keyboard, touchpad, speaker system, and battery life span that are absolute standouts. The fingerprint sensor on my unit was finicky and failed to recognize me about a third of the time.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No webcam
  • No webcam

tomsguide[16]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is the smallest gaming laptop on the market. It boasts the longest-lasting battery of any gaming laptop we've seen. The display is rock solid, the audio rich and robust, and the performance offered by the AMD 9-49 processor and Nvidia 2060 MaxQ are some of the best you'll get.
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Pros[**]
  • Incredible gaming performance
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre webcam
  • Lackluster audio

tomshardware[17]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 punches above its weight class for an affordable price. It has comparable performance to the 45W, 6-core, 12 thread Intel CPUs in a similar price point. The screen is good, the battery life is strong and the keyboard is clicky.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Good gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Fans whir a bit
  • No webcam

trustedreviews[18]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is an outstanding laptop. Not only is it powerful enough to run any PC game in Full HD at respectable frame rates but it also weighs very little and is incredibly affordable. I’m very impressed by the £1799 model but more budget-minded gamers can get this laptop for as little as £999.99 if they’re content to opt for less powerful components. It’s a return to norm when gaming laptops are creeping over the £2000 bracket.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen 4000 processor
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lack of RGB lighting
  • Underwhelming SSD performance

References

2. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: AMD drops the mic. digitaltrends. 2020-03-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review. laptopmag. 2020-03-30 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
7. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review. pcmag. 2020-03-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2021) Review. pcmag. 2021-08-30 Retrieved 2021-09-02.
9. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 AniMe Matrix Preview. pcmag. 2020-09-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review. techadvisor. 2020-06-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
13. ^ Asus Zephyrus G14 review. techradar. 2020-03-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
14. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: AMD has rewritten the rules. theverge. 2020-03-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
15. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2021) review: cut by the Blade. theverge. 2021-09-30 Retrieved 2021-10-29.
16. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review. tomsguide. 2021-05-25 Retrieved 2021-05-26.
17. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review: AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS Tested. tomshardware. 2020-07-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
18. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
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