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ASUS Zephyrus 14 – Expect The Unexpected

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Zephyrus G14

Imagine this – you need a laptop that’s thin and light, powerful with decent battery life, and comes with a dedicated GPU. You’ve minimal options in this space, and thankfully the latest offering from ASUS – the Zephyrus G14 will satisfy all your needs. With some caveats, of course.

What’s In The Box?

Zephyrus G14

Inside, you’ll find the charger, a separate webcam that connects via USB, some documentation and the laptop itself. The packaging should have also included a gaming mouse, RGB preferably, but I digress.

Design And Construction

It is a thin and light laptop powered by an AMD processor, so we can technically use the term “ultrabook” here. But functionalist wise, it is as close to a gaming ultrabook as it can get.

In terms of design elements, the Zephyrus G14 features two vents, one on each side. A lid that pushes the bottom portion up in the air, a thin-bezel screen with a big chin and upward-facing speakers.

The keyboard is super silent, unlike the ROG Scar Strix 15. You can type away with full speed in a library, and it’d barely make any noise. Since the laptop has a small footprint, it lacks a Numpad.

I have normal-sized hands, and I had no issues typing on this keyboard. The keys have good travel and offer a very satisfying yet silent click when pressed.

The trackpad could have been bigger, but it can’t be because of the limited footprint of the laptop. It works decently well for you to call it a trackpad. Besides, I used my mouse most of the time, and whenever I had to use the trackpad, it worked fine, so I have no issues.

The keyboard deck area is another thing I want to talk about. It is very ergonomic and is perfect for resting my hands whenever I have to take a break in between typing long paragraphs.

Performance Tested

The Zephyrus G14 comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HS, an Nvidia RTX 3050 paired with 16 GB of DDR4 memory and 1 TB of SSD. The laptop uses a 1440p 120Hz  8-bit display. The screen is quite bright at 323 nits which is more than the ROG Strix Scar series.

The pair of Ryzen and Nvidia easily delivers 60+ FPS in all AAA titles at 1440p high settings in terms of performance. I tested GTA V, Control, Pine, Doom Eternal and Days Gone on this laptop and all they consistently stayed above 60 FPS.

However, the laptop does start to struggle in terms of cooling. It becomes quite hot when playing AAA titles, but if you want to do casual gaming on this laptop, it’d be just fine.

Therefore, if you’re purchasing it for hardcore gaming, I’d highly suggest that you get a good laptop cooler along with it as well. And if possible, then play games in the AC room. You can turn the fans up high in the ASUS Armory crate, and I’d suggest that you do.

The battery life of this laptop is between 5-6 hours with 100% screen brightness while working in performance mode. You can extend it further by reducing the brightness and switching to silent mode.

Verdict

The ASUS Zephyrus G14 continues the tradition of being a business/gaming laptop with decent battery life. My particular model featuring a Ryzen 9 5900 HS, RTX 3060 and a WQHD 120 Hz screen has a price tag of Rs 1.39 lakh. And if you want a laptop that can do everything from showcasing presentation to gaming despite being thin and light, then the Zephyrus G14 is the one to go for.

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yetnesh
Assistant Editor at Exhibit Magazine. A tech and auto journalist who likes to reverse engineer anything he can get his hands on. He writes about everything technical under the sun, ranging from smartphones and laptops to micro-controllers in Tesla batteries.

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