Our review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-5W
Powerful and nomadic designer gamer laptop with its 8-hour battery life under Windows 11, theAsus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-5W white is able to support newer games with its advanced AMD RDNA2 graphics card Radeon RX 6800S, which accelerates multimedia processing like AMD Octo Core Ryzen 9 6900HS Rembrandt processor and 16 GB DDR5 RAM. Equipped with a comfortable 1 TB of fast SSD storage, which enhances its responsiveness, this thin and light laptop is designed for gaming and creates benefits from a 14-inch 16/10. IPS 2.5K High Definition anti-reflective DCI-P3 display with much brighter colors. more faithful than average and which improves the fluidity of games with its frequency of 120Hz. Also on the program is an RGB backlit keyboard, an infrared webcam for face authentication or even connection with Wi-Fi ax and USB-C.
Features of Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-5W
|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||8 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 76Wh|
|Weight/dimensions (mm)||1.72 kg / 312 x 227 x 19.5|
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-5W against the competition
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-5W is currently on display 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 and this in such an original color.
If this Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-5W does not meet all your criteria, you will find other configurations for gaming with a similar budget on our gaming laptop guide. 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-5W
With its white design, it has an elegant and original appearance for a gaming laptop, from which it takes certain cues, such as its angular lines and its black screen surround.
Its cooling is provided by ROG Intelligent Cooling technology via a vapor chamber system, 2 Arc Flow fans (84 curved blades), heat pipes and ventilation grilles.
This versatile multimedia player-oriented and creative laptop has great connectivity options including 2 USB-C (but not Thunderbolt, too bad!), Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E ax wireless modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, an audio port, a practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, for example, as well as 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) that guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected.
Via the infrared webcam, you can authenticate yourself biometrically by facial recognition using Windows Hello technology.
The chiclet keyboard can of course be backlit, which is practical for better distinguishing your keys in the dark.
Point on the numeric keypad on the right clearly as under any mobile computer in format less than 15 inches, due to lack of space.
However, Asus could have offered its NumPad technology (NumberPad) to enter numbers more easily by activating it as needed, turning the touchpad into a tactile numeric keypad.
In any case, the refresh rate of 120Hz, 2 times higher than the standard 60Hz, and the latency limited to 3ms enhance fluidity in games, which gamers will appreciate. Those who want the most accurate colors possible with wide vertical and horizontal viewing angles will appreciate that the screen uses DCI-P3 and IPS specifications. Fans of High Definition content will appreciate the screen’s 2.5K definition, superior to Full HD, combined here with a 16/10 format that is more comfortable in height than the standard 16/9. Since it is anti-reflective, the screen also provides better visibility than a shiny panel in a bright environment (eg outdoors).
Performance, autonomy of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-5W
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK-5W may appeal to those who intend to acquire a powerful gaming and creative laptop that is compact and portable.
Easy to transport thanks to its controlled weight, its compactness and its thinness, this computer will interest the nomads all the more as it is able to last approximately 8 hours on battery with light use.
To do this, it relies on a battery with good capacity as well as certain energy-efficient components such as SSD storage.
An SSD is actually more energy efficient than a hard drive and offers other benefits such as greater shock resistance, silent operation or even greater speed.
In addition, the SSD offers a large capacity of 1 TB that can accommodate more files, software and games.
In practice, the SSD guarantees much better fluidity and responsiveness in use than a hard drive, which for example translates into much faster game/software launches, as well as processing and start/stop, or even a faster arrival on maps in online games.
Despite the good autonomy and capacity, this creative gaming laptop embeds a dedicated graphics card, which is also located on top of the pad: AMD RDNA2 Radeon RX 6800S. Thanks to this GPU, we can indulge in the latest games, although the 2.5K definition of the screen requires more calculations than Full HD, resulting in a lower number of fps.
In addition to gamers, the Radeon RX 6800S will also be of interest to creators because it accelerates multimedia processing in software using GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere/Photoshop or Sony Vegas. But to a lesser extent than its counterpart at NVIDIA.
In any case, depending on the tasks performed, the Radeon RX 6800S is activated/deactivated automatically and in real time.
Radeon 680M is preferred over it as much as possible, while this graphics module with modest advantages is located directly in the processor because it consumes little energy, which promotes autonomy.
Whether you’re with the Radeon 680M or the Radeon RX 6800S, you can of course view photos and videos.
The Radeon 680M takes place in the Ryzen 9 6900HS, AMD APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) Octo Core Rembrandt processor here combined with 16GB of RAM to deliver overall power capable of satisfying demanding users, gamers and creatives included.
This core, which supports the Radeon RX 6800S very well in games, especially guarantees much faster processing than a Quad/Hexa Core and 8 GB DDR4. The difference is especially noticeable in areas that use CPU and RAM resources by leveraging multicore, such as video editing, photo editing or 3D rendering.
Finally, the versatile multimedia creator-gamer laptop heats up and makes itself heard when pushed hard (eg gaming, processing), due to the powerful built-in components combined with the compactness and finesse of the chassis.
If necessary, this laptop can be equipped with a ventilated stand to limit temperatures (remember to check the measurements carefully!).