Assessment – ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV (R9-4900HS | RTX 2060 | 16GB DDR4-3200 | 1TB NVMe SSD | 14″ FHD IPS 120Hz)

ASUS has introduced their next-generation ROG gaming laptops at CES2020, the one which caught our consideration is the ROG Zephyrus G14 with its over-the-top LED dot show array, aka ROG AniMe Matrix LED show on the lid. No, you don’t want it regardless of how cool it seems to be nor how chuunibyou the, nonetheless, that goes to indicate how loopy concepts usually pop up within the minds of the ASUS R&D people.

As we speak, whereas we’re certainly having the ROG Zephyrus G14 in our labs, sadly, it’s simply a regular G14 mannequin with out the AniMe Matrix LEWD LED show, no due to COVID-19. Nonetheless, we’re setting our eyes on the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS which is at the moment solely obtainable on chosen ROG laptops.

Specs

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q 6GB GDDR6
RAM 2x 8GB DDR4-3200
Storage Intel 660p 1TB NVMe PCIe 3.zero×4 SSD
Show 14″ Full HD 1080p
IPS
120Hz
Battery & Energy 180W adapter
IO 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Kind-C with DisplayPort 1.4 and Energy Supply
1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Kind-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Kind-A
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x 3.5mm audio combo jack
Dimension 32.4 (W) x 22.2 (D) x 1.79 (H) cm
32.4 (W) x 22.2 (D) x 1.99 (H) cm [AniMe Matrix]
Weight 1.6 KG
1.7 KG [AniMe Matrix]
Worth TBA

Model New Design

ASUS has taken a step in a distinct route for his or her Zephyrus line-up of gaming laptops. As a substitute of the sophisticated Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) cooling, they’ve lastly settled down with the traditional clamshell plus ErgoLift design for the Zephyrus G14.

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ErgoLift

That at the least stored the cooling efficiency in test with out sacrificing on the structural robustness. The magnesium-aluminium alloy keyboard deck is machined and coated to withstand fingerprints.

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As for the color choices, we now have Eclipse Gray and Moonlight White (also called Moonlight Silver in Malaysia).

The identical materials can be getting used for the lid, regardless of the shortage of the AniMe Matrix LED show, they left the CNC-milled perforations on the lid for aesthetics causes.

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The uniform association of the dots at the least don’t set off my Trypophobia however some persons are having the priority of mud and grimes entering into it. With that stated, I personally would like if ASUS simply used a non-machined lid to save lots of price.

IO

By way of the IO choice and positioning, I’m by some means dissatisfied with their choice to place each of their USB Kind-A ports on the best facet of the laptop computer. I believed the message was clear since ASUS has beforehand moved the entire USB ports to the left facet till this new chassis has but once more introduced the previous concern again. Until you’re gaming on the Zephyrus G14 on an exterior keyboard, in any other case having any USB peripherals plugged in would get in the best way of your mouse motion.

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Show

ROG Zephyrus G14

Relying on the area, some may need the choice to decide on for a 60Hz 1440p decision show panel. That’s in order for you increased decision and prepared to sacrifice on the benefit of the upper refresh charge.

Our native specification will likely be a Full HD IPS panel with a 120Hz refresh charge. Why 120Hz as an alternative of 144Hz? Nicely, it’s merely due to show suppliers solely present 144Hz refresh charge for panels of 15.6-inch and above. Now, I gained’t argue how 144Hz is healthier than 120Hz until 240Hz is being concerned right here. What it is best to take notice is that the 120Hz is equally able to offering you with the advantage of a clean and fluid viewing expertise.

Apart from that, the adaptive sync expertise additionally offers a smoother and nice gaming expertise by coordinating the monitor’s refresh charge to match the GPU’s body charge. To be utterly trustworthy with you, we’re dwelling in an ideal period the place the 4th Gen AMD Ryzen processor’s built-in Radeon graphics is working alongside an NVIDIA GeForce GPU.

The IPS show panels have large viewing angles and canopy 100% SRGB vary ASUS has acknowledged the shows are manufacturing facility calibrated and Pantone Validated to make sure the color accuracy is passable for creators.

Audio system

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Let me get this straight earlier than we get into the small print, they sound actually good. The Zephyrus G14 has 4 built-in audio system the place two of them are tweeters positioned going through upward on the keyboard palm relaxation and one other two woofers beneath them for that deep amplified bass. The tip result’s a transparent and vibrant listening expertise. I by no means anticipated a laptop computer would sound this good and clearly the designers have finished job within the speaker positioning and tuning.

Keyboard & Trackpad

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The keyboard is fairly normal primarily based on our earlier expertise on ASUS ROG laptop computer keyboards. It’s a non-mechanical keyboard with a really effectively thought format. Some would possibly complain in regards to the lack of quantity pad however personally, I believe it’s extra appropriate for 15.6-inch laptops.

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RGB lovers would possibly discover the keyboard to be a disappointment to the ROG title as a result of the Zephyrus G14 solely comes with white LED backlit keyboard. Plainly ROG is attempting to place the Zephyrus G14 as a mixture of way of life laptop computer with high-performance gaming capabilities.

The trackpad is respectable for on a regular basis computing works. Palm rejection works rather well and most significantly, avid gamers would go for a mouse with regards to PC video games.

Efficiency

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