Our review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-008W
Nomadic with its 8-hour autonomy, theAsus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-008W thin and light is a creative gaming laptop capable of running newer games thanks to its advanced AMD Radeon RX 6800S RDNA2 graphics card, which accelerates multimedia processing like the AMD Rembrandt Octo Core Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and 16 GB performance DDR5 RAM . Equipped with a comfortable 1TB fast SSD storage that enhances its responsiveness, this versatile laptop is designed for gaming and benefits from a 14-inch IPS 2.5K High Definition 16/10. anti-glare DCI-P3 screen with much more faithful colors than average with a frequency of 120Hz, which improves fluidity in games, an RGB backlit keyboard, an infrared webcam for biometric authentication or even connection with Wi-Fi axis and USB -C.
Features of Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-008W
|screen(s)||14” QHD+ 2.5K LED IPS 120Hz 3ms 16/10th 100% DCI-P3 3ms Dolby Vision HDR Pantone thin edges (2560×1600, anti-reflective/matte)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS Rembrandt (8 cores, 3.0 GHz, TDP 35W)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (8 GB soldered + 8 GB) DDR5 4800 MHz (64 GB), 1 slot (occupied)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA RDNA2 Radeon RX 6800S 8 GB GDDR6 dedicated (105W), Radeon 680M integrated in processor|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4)|
|plug||2 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 2 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0b, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6E ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.2|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes, RGB, N-Key Rollover|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via 720p infrared webcam|
|Sound system||4 Dolby Atmos speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Advertised autonomy / battery||7 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 76Wh|
|Weight/dimensions (mm)||1.72 kg / 312 x 227 x 19.5|
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-008W against the competition
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-008W is currently displayed in promotion at Darty And by Fnac. It offers an interesting configuration/price ratio for its category, where it is one of the only ones to offer such a new and powerful processor and graphics card with a screen with such faithful colors and such a high resolution.
If this Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-008W doesn’t meet all your criteria, you’ll find other configurations in our guide to gaming laptops you can play on a similar budget. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connector, screen of Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-008W
It has a relatively original and sober appearance for a gamer model, whose codes it nevertheless takes over with its thin and light dark gray design with angular lines and patterns on the hull.
This creative gaming laptop is cooled by ROG Intelligent Cooling technology using a vapor chamber system, 2 Arc Flow fans (84 curved blades), heat pipes and air outlets.
In terms of connectivity, this versatile multimedia laptop is well equipped with its 2 USB-C, its useful HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, for example its Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E wireless modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect externally, its audio port or its 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected.
You can authenticate yourself biometrically using the webcam with infrared technology that allows facial recognition and this through Windows Hello technology.
We can of course backlit the keys on the chiclet keyboard to better distinguish them from the keys.
In addition, Asus could have offered its NumPad technology (NumberPad), which converts the touchpad into a tactile numeric keypad when you need to enter numbers more easily, but has not made this choice here.
To appeal to gamers, the screen uses a reduced latency of 3ms associated with a frequency of 120Hz, which improves fluidity in games compared to the standard 60Hz. Creatives will appreciate that the screen reproduces colors much more faithfully than average, while it has significant vertical and horizontal viewing angles thanks to its DCI-P3 and IPS capabilities. Fans of High Definition content are not left out, as the screen uses a 2.5K definition that is higher than Full HD, here combined with a 16/10 format that is more comfortable in height than the standard 16/9. Anti-reflective coating, the screen also provides better visibility in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors) than a glossy screen.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-008W
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-008W may be of interest to those looking for a laptop that is compact, nomadic, yet powerful in gaming and creation.
Since it integrates the dedicated high-end AMD RDNA2 Radeon RX 6800S graphics card, this gaming laptop is able to run newer games, although the 2.5K definition of the screen requires more calculations than Full HD, which implies lower fps.
The Radeon RX 6800S can also accelerate multimedia processing in software that utilizes GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere/Photoshop or Sony Vegas, although to a lesser degree than its NVIDIA equivalent.
In practice, the Radeon RX 6800S is activated/deactivated automatically and in real time depending on the tasks performed. When necessary, switch between Radeon RX 6800S and Radeon 680M, a graphics solution that resides directly in the processor. With one and the other, it is of course possible to see pictures and videos, but also to indulge yourself with modest games.
Much less powerful than the Radeon RX 6800S, the Radeon 680M is nevertheless used to the maximum because it consumes little energy, which promotes autonomy.
In this connection, aim for around 8 hours of battery operation with light use. Nomads will appreciate all the more that this computer sees its transport facilitated by its compactness, finesse and controlled weight.
Still, the Radeon RX 6800S is well supported by the heart and delivers overall power capable of appealing to demanding users. It consists of an AMD Rembrandt APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) Octo Core Ryzen 9 9800HS processor and 16 GB of RAM.
Creators will be particularly interested in this core because it especially guarantees much faster processing than a Quad/Hexa Core and 8 GB DDR4. We strongly feel the difference during demanding work with CPU and RAM resources that utilize multicore, such as video editing, photo editing or 3D rendering.
On the storage side, there is a 1 TB SSD, a large capacity capable of holding more files, software and games, including why not a personal production. It is clear, a capacity similar to that offered by the vast majority of hard drives.
Compared to the latter, an SSD is a bonus silent, more energy efficient, more resistant to shocks and much faster.
The SSD provides much better responsiveness and agility on a daily basis than a simple hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, for example, we can get to the maps faster in online games, while game/software launches, processing and start/stop are done faster.
Finally, in case of heavy stress (e.g. games, treatments), remember that this versatile multimedia creator-gamer laptop warms up and is heard.
To maintain temperatures if necessary, a ventilated support can be used (remember to check the measurements carefully!).