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Review of Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2021), A Good Gaming Laptop 




The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 was one of the better gaming laptops released in 2020, and with a new variant this year, we're getting the usual set of upgrades. These improvements include enhanced onboard graphics, a faster processor, and a higher-resolution display.


However, do these upgrades justify the Rs 93,990 starting price? Furthermore, should this laptop geared toward performance and portability be considered an upgrade if you already own a capable gaming laptop?


What's good about the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14?


The Zephyrus G14 embodies much of what was great about last year's model. This includes an edgy design, the Asus ErgoLift hinge, and gaming-specific features such as a larger spacebar, a dedicated shortcut key to Armoury Crate, and a power button with an embedded fingerprint scanner.


The magnesium alloy chassis feels solid, despite some flex in the keyboard and lid. While we have the Eclipse Grey model for review, the white model appears to be equally stunning.


The laptop weighs approximately 1.6kgs, which is quite light in comparison to gaming laptops, which frequently exceed the 2kg mark. Additionally, you'll notice that pure-gaming features such as an RGB keyboard are absent, despite the fact that the angled vents keep this machine looking like a gaming machine without being too loud.


The AniMe Matrix remains as good as ever, allowing users to configure it to display anything from a virtual pet to custom animations, text, and system status. Additionally, you have fine-grained control over aspects such as animation speed and font size, allowing you to tailor the back to your preferences. It's worth noting that the AniMe Matrix models are slightly thicker than the traditional lid models.


The QHD display introduced with the new model this year is about more than just numbers. The screen is responsive, refreshing at a rate of up to 120Hz, and the image quality is excellent. You can also opt for the FHD screen variant, which is less expensive but has a faster refresh rate of 144Hz. Both models will also support AMD FreeSync.


The compact keyboard feels well-spaced and has adequate key travel. However, the arrow keys feel small and awkwardly placed, visually out of step with the rest of the layout. Additionally, the chiclet keyboard features only white illumination and supports N-key rollover.


I/O: The laptop comes equipped with two USB 3.2 Type A ports and two USB 3.2 Type-C ports, one of which supports DisplayPort 1.4 and USB power delivery, making this a fairly versatile I/O configuration for a 14-inch machine. This also means that there are now two charging options for the laptop, with the dedicated power port being the faster. Additionally, there is an HDMI 2.0 port and a combined 3.5mm headphone jack.


Performance: The laptop excels at performance. The Ryzen 9 5000-series processor is lightning fast, while the RTX 3060 adds support for DLSS and ray tracing while still packing enough power for an FHD/QHD display.


GTA V (90-120fps) and CyberPunk 2077 (50-55 fps on low graphics, 30 fps on ray-tracing medium graphics) were among the titles we tested at FHD, and both the results and experience were quite good. Thermal performance is also excellent, and while the laptop did warm up slightly, it never felt excessively hot.


While not spectacular, the Asus Zephyrus G14's battery life is above average for a gaming laptop. Expect a minimum of 5 to 7 hours of uptime for routine tasks or a full day at the office. These figures will not apply to gaming sessions, but you will almost certainly be plugged in for optimal performance during games.


 The quad-speaker quality was excellent, and the Armoury Crate software aided in tuning and configuring the AniMe Matrix panel on the lid.


Asus ROG Zephyrus G14: What’s not good?


This year, there wasn't much we disliked about the Zephyrus G14. However, there are a few points worth noting, including the small arrow keys and the absence of an ethernet port, both of which are critical components of a gaming laptop. Wi-Fi 6 support is included, but not everyone may have it yet.


The thin bezels around the display are attractive, but this is also due to Asus's decision to omit a webcam from the machine. Although you do get a bundled ROG webcam, a built-in one is always preferable, not to mention that the accessory consumes one of the system's two USB-A ports.


Verdict


Yes, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is an excellent purchase, even better than its predecessor, the 2020. That is, if you can overlook a few minor drawbacks, such as the lack of an ethernet port and a webcam, which may be irrelevant to many gamers, but may be critical for those planning to use the laptop for office work and Zoom calls. If these features are less important to you, the Zephyrus G14 2021 is an excellent choice.

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