ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop review

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

Summary

  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 features
  • Design and ergonomics: the same, but better
  • Screen: for a little more contrast
  • Software: the excellent Armory Crate
  • Performance: The AMD duo hits the mark
  • Autonomy: its greatest strength

We often talk about the emergence of AMD versus Intel, but all too often we forget to point out that it also happened thanks to the release of devices that were able to use the new platform properly. Republic of Gamers scored with its Zephyrus G14, which has been relying on Zen processors for some time now to create one of the most powerful and versatile products on the market. Its 2022 version goes a step further by combining CPU and GPU under the same church. For a successful result?

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 features

screen size 14 inches
Screen type IPS-LCD
Screen definition 2560 x 1600 pixels
Update speed 120Hz
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
Graphics card Radeon RX6800S
ram 32GB DDR5 4800MHz
Storage 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
stik 1 power port, 1 HDMI, 1 combo connector, 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: the same, but better

No surprise regarding the chassis of this ROG Zephyrus G14 in the 2022 version: it is the same as the 2021 version, which was the same as the 2020 version. That said, there are still some notable differences, and especially in the format of the computer: the main screen goes to 16:10 compared to 16: 9 previously, which means the bottom edge has been trimmed a bit to fit this new panel. As a bonus, we finally find a webcam at the top of the screen that is also compatible with Windows Hello for face recognition! In terms of design, we have a computer here that has optimized its available space. And in terms of use, it’s a new freedom that has been taken.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

By the way, nothing to complain about. The excellent ROG ErgoLift keyboard is back with all its features, including the 4 programmable keys at the top left of the keyboard. The glass touch plate is wide and slides like an otter sailing through streams. The only defect that we will therefore seriously find is, as with the previous models, the Enter key cut in two in American style. However, it is far from a major drawback and it just requires a little getting used to.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 benefits from a connection that is still quite comprehensive for a 14 inch. First we have the power connector, a full size HDMI port, a USB C connector and a combo connector on the left. To the right are 2 USB A ports, a USB C port and a microSD card reader. If the location of these is not the most ergonomic, considering having to connect items where an external mouse would naturally be located, you should also make room for its cooling system. PC gamer requires. So there is really no criticism.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

Republic of Gamers responded to most of the criticism of the previous model with the 2022 Zephyrus G14. Can we really blame them for not having changed its design drastically? Not really, especially since its illuminated back cover is still present and remains an instantly recognizable unique element of the brand. You can always freely customize the display and animations to promote yourself or enhance your individualism. It’s still the best useless and therefore essential element of the ROG G14 that we still never get tired of.

Screen: for a little more contrast

Our test configuration benefits from an IPS LCD screen in Quad HD 2560 x 1600 pixel definition, for a 16:10 screen here compared to 16: 9 previously. The screen is not tactile, and does not have to be, but the screen is anti-reflective for better second-hand comfort. It can be pushed up to 120Hz refresh rate, which you will most benefit from when the device is connected, to save battery life.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

What to say about this screen, which makes a good impression in an instant? In our probe test, we still see improvement over the previous model. We will first mention its maximum brightness of 485 cd / m², which finally makes it possible to read comfortably, even when the sun hits directly on it. Improvement also on the side of the Delta E20, here at 1.87. Some deviations therefore, but the colors are mostly natural. The temperature of the screen is 6717K, very close to reality.

It is in the contrasts that we find a slight weakness in the Asus. The contrast ratio is 965: 1, which is correct, but we would have liked to have seen 1200: 1 or more to keep up with the competition. The brightness curve is also somewhat strange in use, as the ROG Zephyrus G14 navigates between 10 and 200 cd / m² in the first 3 quarters of the bar before seriously climbing to 485 cd / m² pressed to max. We would have liked a little more graduation for better control.

Software: the excellent Armory Crate

Windows 11, of course. Republic of Gamers, however, are happy to limit the presence of bloatware on this machine, as the perpetual McAfee is absent in our configuration. Above all, let us highlight the return of the Armory Crate software from ROG, which allows fine management of the computer and which is a real pleasure to use.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

Thanks to this, you will of course be able to control all the aesthetic aspect of the computer, from its backlight to its very special back panel. But you can also control the exact consumption of the computer, from the CPU to the GPU via the RAM, and take advantage of the included performance profiles. Even a neophyte finds it when superusers have access to all the information they need. It’s always a real success.

Performance: The AMD duo hits the mark

The AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS that the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is equipped with this year is not a big revolution. Its 8 cores and 16 threads are those from the Zen 3 architecture, although they are engraved finer at 6nm (TSMC). This is what gives this famous “Zen 3+” while waiting for the Zen 4 generation, and this result is expected somewhere on CineBench. Still, it’s a powerful SoC, paired here for the first time 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 32 GB 4800 MHz DDR5 RAM.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

In terms of performance, we are far from being able to complain about it. Forza Motorsport 5, for example, promises 80 FPS configured in Extreme, with ray-tracing enabled at top speed. A real sight for the eye, but a racing game is, of course, a graphic showcase; not everything is said.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

Rise of the Tomb Raider comes in with a stable 65 FPS set to “Very High”, but without ray-tracing. When ray tracing is enabled, the sentence drops to 35 FPS. The same goes for Cyberpunk 2077, which drops to 35 FPS in its ultra settings, with ray tracing enabled. All this without using FSR of course, nor any optimization trick.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

To sum up, we can say that the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 will be more than capable of running this year’s biggest game at 60 FPS in their maximum configurations … as long as you do without ray-tracing. Otherwise, there will always be a way to do your little cooking. And if you want to reach 120 FPS on these, it’s better to drop to 1080p and go from there.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

One important point remains: heating. And it is here that the ROG Zephyrus G14 has its biggest weakness. Without limiting its performance, the CPU rises rapidly to 96 ° C and the GPU to 75 ° C, which is huge. The fans are also heard quickly, and are far from comfortable 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 machine. If the heating zones are far from the user, it is obvious that it is not good for a machine to heat up so much and for so long. Better to avoid Turbo mode, which means sacrificing performance.

Autonomy: its greatest strength

The ROG Zephyrus G14 is equipped with a large 76Wh battery and above all a huge 240W charging block. You will definitely need it 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 approach. .

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

Autonomy is one of the great strengths of this computer, it is undeniable. On a YouTube loop at 1440p with the brightness set to the center, it lasted just over 10 hours of playback. For more office use, the computer still takes about 8 hours of use a day. It’s a lot; it ranks on the same scale as ultrabooks, albeit at the low end, thanks to its superbly optimized AMD torque. On a greedy game, of course, you have to count 2 hours of use.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

It is thanks to autonomy that we can see what is the main argument of ROG Zephyrus G14: its versatility. Few PC players can be as easy to transport, use, keep alive and are also able to play as well. Asus’s master formula is still running in 2022.

Conclusion

Strengths

  • Still good design
  • Almost an ultraportable
  • Excellent autonomy
  • Built-in Windows Hello webcam
  • Very powerful for this format

Weak points

  • It heats up quickly and strongly
  • Very audible fans
  • Limited screen contrast

2022 The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is the worthy successor to its line. Thanks to its autonomy, its compact format and its lightness, it will tease the ultrabook sector. However, its power is unmanageable as it allows you to comfortably play the latest latest games with maximum graphics at 60 FPS … as long as you sacrifice ray-tracing. Heat and contrast are where its worst traits come in, but it’s still a good companion for players looking for a solid, versatile setup.

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