ASUS Zephyrus G14 (GA401, 2020) Review Rundown

ASUS | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of ASUS Zephyrus G14
  • Thin and light for a gaming laptop
  • Good gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • 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[*] 59%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The 14-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is one of the the thinnest, lightest gaming laptops we've tested. It has AMD's new eight-core (16 logical processor) Ryzen 9 4900HS processor. It also has an Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics chip for gaming. The base model starts at $1,050 (about £850 or AU$1,710)
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Pros[**]
  • Thin, light, and light for a gaming laptop
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics for gaming
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Low-resolution display doesn't support AMD's G-Sync technology
  • Only one USB-C port

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The ROG Zephyrus G14 is unlike any gaming laptop you've ever owned. It's not much larger than a 14-inch laptop you'd see issued at work. With a 14.0-inch display and thin bezels around the top and sides, a significant amount of girth is cut right out of the body. For a laptop this small and light, the G14 has record-breaking performance.
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Pros[**]
  • Compact and light for a gaming laptop
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

expertreviews[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The ROG Zephyrus G14 is based on the latest AMD processors. It also has a second display on the reverse of the case too. You have two choices of resolution for the 14in screen. The first is Full HD, but if you prefer 1440p gaming then that option is available too.
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Pros[**]
  • 120Hz refresh rate for 1440p gaming
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Keyboard isn't sharp enough
  • Keyboard keys don't feel sharp

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The small size and light weight are key selling points of the Zephyrus G14. The keyboard is louder than the XPS 13 or ThinkPad T or X series. The Precision-enabled clickpad is slightly smaller then the clickpad on the 15.6-inch Zeph Cyrus M GU502.
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Pros[**]
  • Small and light for a 15.6-inch gaming laptop
  • Quiet fan noise when gaming
  • Relatively cool core temperatures when on battery power
  • Comfortable keyboard and clickpad
Cons[**]
  • Lid could be firmer
  • Thick bezels

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Asus has teamed up with AMD to double down on the trend of increasingly compact gaming laptops. The ROG Zephyrus G14 (starts at $1,049.99) is a 14-inch near-ultraportable with full gaming capabilities. The footprint here is quite compact, while the weight is great for a gaming laptop.
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Pros[**]
  • Compact and lightweight for a gaming laptop
  • Excellent performance for a 14-inch laptop
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Below-average CPU performance
  • Thick bezels

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 AniMe Matrix ($1,999) is a blinky, wild spin on the G14 we reviewed earlier this year. This version of the laptop uses the same core components as the original $1,449 G14. The higher price comes from the LEDs and an increased-resolution 1440p screen.
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Pros[**]
  • Vibrant 1440p screen
  • Customizable LED grid to the lid
  • Can apply images, play back GIFs, and display current time or battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lid lighting isn't as customizable as the original G14

techadvisor[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Asus has married an impressively compact form with specs that you simply don't get considering the dimensions at play. The body measures in at 17.9mm thin, with the sides choc-full on the I/O front. Despite the machine's overall size, the compact keyboard feels pleasingly generous, with plenty of space around each key and a satisfying 1.7mm of travel to work through.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive build quality
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent thermal design
Cons[**]
  • Backlighting is uneven and prone to light leak
  • Only one USB-C port

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zephyrus G14 is the first gaming laptop out of the gate with AMD's new Ryzen 4000 processors. At just 0.7 inches thick and weighing just 3.53 lb, this is extremely portable for a gaming laptop. With a 1080p display it's more than enough to max out every single game on the market today – and then some.
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Pros[**]
  • Extremely portable for a gaming laptop
  • Stunning 1080p display
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as Intel Core i7

theverge[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
AMD has released a CPU that could, for the first time in recent memory, compete with Intel's top-of-the-line model. The laptop is fantastic for productivity, and it's a lot of fun to use. As with any gaming rig, you'll make some trade-offs for that performance.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Not the best for video-watching

tomshardware[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zephyrus G14 is the best gaming laptop with AMD's CPUs we've ever seen. At 3.5 pounds and 12.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches, it's fairly light for a gaming notebook. The laptop uses the same “ErgoLift” hinge as some of Asus' ZenBooks.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent gaming performance with AMD's Ryzen 4900HS CPU and Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 has a stellar thermal-efficient design, gorgeous 120Hz display and one of the best keyboards I've used on a portable. Nvidia's RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics card is powerful enough to play any AAA PC game in Full HD and supports fancy features such as ray tracing and DLSS. Best design feature is the ErgoLift hinge, which tilts the main chassis up off the desk to allow for improved airflow while also positioning the keyboard at a more comfortable angle.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Small arrow keys
  • Poor battery life

references

  1. 1. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: AMD makes this 14-inch gaming laptop fly. Cnet. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: AMD drops the mic. Digitaltrends. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: First look at this two-faced gaming laptop. Expertreviews. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Asus Zephyrus G14 Ryzen 9 GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q Laptop Review: Kicking Core i9 to the Curb. Notebookcheck. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review. Pcmag. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 AniMe Matrix Preview. Pcmag. 21 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review. Techadvisor. 08 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Asus Zephyrus G14 review. Techradar. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. 9. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: AMD has rewritten the rules. Theverge. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  10. 10. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review: AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS Tested. Tomshardware. 28 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  11. 11. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review. Trustedreviews. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  12. *. 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.
  13. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  14. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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