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ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401 Gaming Laptop

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Product Overview

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401 is a 14-inch ultra-portable gaming laptop powered by up to AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor with RTX 2060 graphics.
The Ryzen 9 4900HS benchmarks similar to Intel's Core i9-10885H while being more efficient. Equipped with this power house, the Zephyrus G14 is able to offer high gaming performance in a chassis that measures only 0.7-inch thin.
A unique feature of the Zephyrus G14 is the AniMe Matrix LED display on the top cover that allows owners to customize the exterior of the laptop.
With similar set of features, ASUS also markets the 15.6-inch Zephyrus G15 for those who demand more.

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Ratings

What we found**

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

What external reviewers found***

Ext 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb gaming performance
  • Superb CPU performance
  • Good trackpad
Cons
  • Lack of RGB lighting
  • Lackluster audio
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Mediocre webcam
  • Underwhelming SSD performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

FHDQHD

Connectivity

Ports1x Thunderbolt 3 + 2x UBS 3.2 Gen1 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x 3.5mm Audio combo
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity76 Wh
Camera | FrontOptional
ColorsBrushed Black or Prism Gray
MicrophoneArray microphone
Speakers2x 0.7W tweeter + 2x 2.5W speaker with smart AMP technology

Dimensions

Size | Depth220 mm
Size | Height17.9 mm
Size | Width324 mm
Weight1.4 kg

Display

Aspect Ratio16:9
Display Diagonal14 inch
Display TypeIPS, matte
Gamut100% sRGB, 75.35% Adobe RGB
Refresh Rate60 or 120 Hz60 Hz
ResolutionFHD (1920x1080) or QHD (2560x1440)

Function

GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB or RTX 2060 Max-Q 6GB
Keyboard BacklightYes
Operating SystemWindows 10
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 4600HS, Ryzen 7 4800HS, or Ryzen 9 4900HS
RGB LightingAura Sync

Performance

Memory | Capacity8GB onboard + 1x SO-DIMM
Memory | TypeDDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply180 W
StorageUp to 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0

Production

Debut2020

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen 4000 processor
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Lack of RGB lighting
  • Underwhelming SSD performance

User Reviews

References

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10. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: Ryzen 4000 makes this thin, light laptop a winner. [pcworld]. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3534771/asus-rog-zephyrus-g14-review-the-first-ryzen-4000-laptop.html. 2020-03-30. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
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