Gaming laptops have never been that much innovation in the past years, yes, they have lost weight in 2019 and we have seen some thin gaming laptops, but this year ASUS takes this up to a new level. ASUS has been innovative about their gaming laptop brand ROG or Republic of Gamers.
This CES 2020 made a mind-blowing start with AMD launching their first-ever 7nm Ryzen 4000 mobile processors including their dedicated H-series of gaming processors for laptops.
ASUS joined hands with AMD to make the custom Ryzen 7 4800HS which draws lesser power and will exclusively be available on its gaming laptops. The new ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop is the first one to feature this SoC along with NVIDIA RTX graphics.
The Zephyrus G14 is just 17.9 millimetres thick and weighs just 3.5 pounds i.e. 1.6Kg only, just a bit heavier than standard ultra-portable notebooks. The most unique thing that you’ll notice about this laptop is the ASUS’ AniME LED Matrix at the back of the laptop.
This is a set of programmable 1,215 mini LEDs on the cover which can display whatever pixelated image or text you’d like to and can show animated GIFs as well.
|Processor||Up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS|
|Display||14″ 120Hz FHD IPS-level panel with Adaptive-Sync technology|
14″ 60Hz WQHD IPS-level panel with Adaptive-Sync technology
14″ 60Hz FHD IPS-level panel with Adaptive-Sync technology
|Graphics||Up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6|
|Memory||Up to 32 GB DDR4 3200MHz|
|Storage||Up to 1 TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD|
|Wireless||Intel WiFi 6 (802.11ax)|
|Connectivity||1 x USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C (DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery)|
1 x USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C
2x USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
|Keyboard||Backlit Chiclet Keyboard, N-key support, 1.7mm travel distance, 4 Hotkeys, Golden Curve, Power key with Fingerprint|
|Audio||2x 2.5W speakers with Smart AMP technology|
2x 0.7W tweeter, Array Microphone
|AC Adapter||180 W AC Adapter|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
Windows 10 Home
|Size||324 x 222 x 17.9 mm|
The laptop features a 14-inch display, which you can choose from a 1080p 120Hz panel or a 1440p screen at 60Hz. The laptop’s display also supports AMD’s FreeSync technology that synchronizes the framerate and the refresh rate. It features really thin bezels, creating an 85% screen-to-body ratio that makes these screens feel larger.
The Ryzen 7 4800HS features a base clock of 2.9GHz and a boost of 4.2GHz along with 12MB cache. We see 7CUs of Vega graphics with 1600MHz which is lower than we saw in the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U.
The Ryzen 7 4800HS, which is the ASUS-exclusive is said to be made by ASUS and AMD together helping to deliver the full 45W performance and frequency but in a 35W envelope.
On the graphics front, the laptop features up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 discrete graphics. Ironically, the integrated Radeon Vega graphics in the Ryzen CPU helps the NVIDIA GPU work with AMD FreeSync display. The laptop is paired with up to 32 GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM along with up to 1 TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD.
The Zephyrus G14 also feature Dolby Atmos technology and wireless networking options with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) connectivity, also known as 802.11ax. This is the first-ever ROG laptop to feature an ErgoLift hinge that tilts the keyboard at a more comfortable angle.
If you want a bigger screen you can opt for the 15-inch Zephyrus G GA502 that weighs 4.6 pounds and features a 240Hz 1080p display, rest all the hardware features remains the same. No details regarding pricing & availability of the Zephyrus G14 and G15 has been disclosed yet.
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