ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Laptop Review

Asus ROG’s Zephyrus G14 “gamer” laptop has been a safe bet since its release. Does the 2022 version with a processor and graphics card from AMD honor this tradition?

index

  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Features
  • Design and ergonomics: same but better
  • Screen: for more contrast
  • Program: Premium Armory Chest
  • Performance: AMD duo hits the target
  • Autonomy: His greatest strength

We often talk about AMD’s rise against Intel, but we often forget to point out that it also happened thanks to the release of hardware that was able to properly use the new platform. The Republic of Gamers scored points with the Zephyrus G14, which has relied on Zen processors for some time now to create one of the most powerful and versatile products on the market. The 2022 release goes a step further by combining the CPU and the GPU in the same chapel. For a successful outcome?

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Features

Screen Size 14 inches
screen type IPS-LCD
Screen definition 2560 x 1600 pixels
refresh rate 120 Hz
Healer AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
Graphics Card Radeon RX6800S
RAM 32 GB DDR5 4800MHz
storage 1 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
connectors 1 power port, 1 HDMI, 1 combo jack, 2 USB-C, 2 USB A, 1 microSD
Dimensions 31.2 x 22.7 x 1.95 cm
weight 1.72 kg

Design and ergonomics: same but better

No wonder about the chassis of the ROG Zephyrus G14 in the 2022 version: it’s the same as the 2021 version, which was identical to the 2020 version. However, there are still very noticeable differences, especially in the form of the computer: the main screen moves to 16:10 compared to 16:9 Previously, which means the bottom edge was trimmed off somewhat to fit this new board. As a bonus, we finally find a webcam at the top of the screen, which is also compatible with Windows Hello for facial recognition! In terms of design, here we have a computer that has optimized its free space. And in terms of usage, it’s a new freedom taken.

For the rest, nothing to complain about. The excellent ROG ErgoLift keyboard is back with all its features, including the four programmable keys on the top left of the keyboard. The glass touchpad is wide and glides like otters navigating across streams. The only drawback that we will really find is that, as with previous models, the Enter key is cut in two in American style. It’s far from a huge downside, and just needs some getting used to.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 benefits from a still wide 14-inch connection. First we have the power jack, the full-size HDMI port, the USB C jack, and the combo jack on the left. On the right are two USB A ports, a USB C port, and a microSD card reader. If the placement of these elements is not the most comfortable, given the need to connect the elements where the external mouse will normally be located, space must also be left for its cooling system. Requires PC games. So there is really no criticism.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

The Republic of Gamers responded to most of the criticism of the outgoing model with the 2022 Zephyrus G14. Can we really blame them for not drastically changing its design? Not really, especially since the illuminated back cover is still there, and remains a unique, instantly recognizable element of the brand. You can always freely customize the display and animation, to advertise yourself or to enhance your character. It’s still the best useless and thus essential component of the ROG G14, which we still can’t get enough of.

Screen: for more contrast

Our test configuration takes advantage of a Quad HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, for a 16:10 display here compared to the 16:9 previously. The screen is not touchable and need not be, but the screen is anti-reflective for better viewing comfort. It can be pushed to a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, which you’ll mostly take advantage of when plugging in the device to save battery life.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

What do you say about this screen that makes a good impression in a jiffy? In our probe testing, we still saw an improvement over the previous model. We will first mention its maximum brightness at 485 cd/m², which finally allows it to be comfortably readable even with the sun chimes directly on it. Improvement is also done on the Delta E20 side, here at 1.87. So some aberrations but the colors are mostly normal. The screen temperature is 6,717 Kelvin, which is very close to reality.

In contrasts we find a small weakness in Asus. The contrast ratio is 965:1, which is true, but we would have liked to see 1200:1 or more to keep up with the competition. The brightness curve is a little weird in use, with the ROG Zephyrus G14 hovering between 10 and 200 nits in the first three quarters of the bar before actually bumping up to 485 nits driven to the limit. We would have liked more color gamut for better control.

Program: Premium Armory Chest

Windows 11 of course. However, the Republic of Gamers is pleased to limit the presence of bloatware on this machine, as the eternal McAfee was absent from our configuration. Above all, let’s highlight the return of ROG’s Armory Crate, which enables good computer management and is a real pleasure to use.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

Thanks to him, you will, of course, be able to manage all the aesthetic aspects of the computer, from the backlight to its back panel. But you can also control the exact consumption of your computer, from the CPU to the GPU via RAM, and take advantage of the built-in performance profiles. Even a novice finds it, when experienced users can access all the information they need. It is always a real success.

Performance: AMD duo hits the target

The AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS that the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is equipped with this year is not a huge revolution. 8 cores and 16 threads are those of Zen 3’s architecture, although they are more precisely engraved at 6 nm (TSMC). That’s what gives this famous “Zen 3+”, while waiting for the Zen 4 generation, and this expected result somewhere on CineBench. It’s a solid SoC, however, which is first paired here with a Radeon RX 6800S GPU rather than an Nvidia card. This is where it all comes together, as AMD CPUs and GPUs can share their resources more efficiently. Our test configuration also benefits from 32GB of 4800MHz DDR5 RAM.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

In terms of performance, we’re far from complaining about that. Forza Motorsport 5, for example, promises 80 fps configured in Extreme, with ray tracing activated at full speed. A real sight to the eyes, but the racing game is of course a graphic display; Not everything has been said.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

Rise of the Tomb Raider comes with a constant speed of 65 fps set to “Very High”, but without ray tracing. Once ray tracing is activated, the sentence drops to 35 frames per second. Same goes for Cyberpunk 2077, which drops to 35 fps on its ultra settings, with ray tracing enabled. All this without using FSR of course, nor any optimization trick.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

In short, we can say that the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 will be able to run the biggest games of the year at 60 frames per second in maximum configurations … as long as you do it without ray tracing. Otherwise, there will always be a way to do the little cooking. And if you want to get to 120fps on these, you better drop to 1080p and go from there.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

One important point remains: heating. And here is the ROG Zephyrus G14’s biggest weakness. Without limiting its performance, the CPU quickly goes up to 96°C and the GPU to 75°C, which is a huge thing. Fans are also heard quickly, which is far from pleasant to the ear. Outside, there is a hot spot at 52.7°C on the air outlet near the screen, and at 47°C below the device. If the heating areas are far from the user, it is clearly not a good idea for the machine to heat up too much and for a long time. Turbo mode is best avoided, which means sacrificing performance.

Autonomy: His greatest strength

ROG Zephyrus G14 is equipped with a large 76Wh battery and on top of all that is a huge 240W charging block. You’ll definitely want to be able to use the computer at full power, but the USB-C ports are still compatible with the USB Power Delivery standard up to 100W, which still gives you some freedom in your style.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

Independence is one of the great strengths of this computer, and it can’t be denied. On a 1440p YouTube episode with brightness set to mid, it lasted over 10 hours of playback. In the case of more desktop use, the computer still takes about 8 hours of use. it’s a lot; It ranks on the same scale as ultrabooks, albeit on the low end, thanks to AMD’s nicely-optimized torque. Of course, in the game of greed, somewhat counted two hours of use.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

Thanks to the autonomy we can see what the biggest argument for the ROG Zephyrus G14 is: its versatility. Few of the PC players can easily transfer, use and survive and can also play well. Asus’ flagship formula is still going strong in 2022.

Conclusion

strength point

  • Still a good design
  • Almost easy to carry
  • Excellent independence
  • Windows Hello built-in webcam
  • Too strong for this shape

Weak points

  • Heats up quickly and powerfully
  • Audiences very audible
  • Limited screen contrast

2022 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is a worthy heir to its line. Thanks to its autonomy, compact shape and light weight, it fits to tickle the ultrabook sector. However, its power is immeasurable, as it allows you to comfortably play the latest games with graphics at a maximum of 60 frames per second … as long as you sacrifice ray tracing. Warmth and contrast are where its worst traits come in, but it’s still a great companion for gamers looking for a robust and versatile setup.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.