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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: Ryzen 4000 makes this thin, light laptop a winner

We’ve tested the new ROG Zephyrus G14, which debuts with AMD’s stellar Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU, and we can safely say: Just give Asus your money. This laptop packs a stupid amount of performance into a stupidly small and stupidly light frame.

To give you an idea of just how impressive this 3.5-pound, Ryzen 4000-based laptop is, you’re talking about a weight class that typically gives you lower-power CPUs and GPUs. Yet the G14 can hang in CPU performance with laptops that weight 10 pounds. 

Obviously the star of the show is the Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU, which we review in detail separately. But the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 as a whole package is nearly as impressive, so keep reading to find out more.

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Although our unit does not feature the Anime Matrix LED, it’s worth highlighting. Part of the lid essentially features embedded LEDs that let you scroll or flash messages on the laptop lid.

ROG Zephyrus G14 Specs and Features

The ROG Zephyrus G14 model we reviewed ($1,450 from Bestbuy.com) has the following configuration:

CPU: 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q

RAM: 16GB DDR4/3200 in dual-channel mode

SSD: 1TB Intel 660P NVMe SSD

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Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 review: Two screens and a whole lot of speed

The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 is a dual-screen gaming laptop that’s learned a thing or two. It has a few predecessors, most recently the HP Omen X 2S 15 and Asus ZenBook Pro from 2019. But auxiliary screen sizes have been the limiting factor. The ZenBook Pro upped the ante with a much larger screen, for example, but it still lay flat, which made viewing angles a pain in the neck.

With the eye-catching—and blisteringly fast—ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550, Asus takes the same small-screen concept from the ZenBook Pro and uses a folding mechanism to tilt the screen up about 20 degrees as you open the lid. That tilt both increases visibility and allows for a more efficient cooling path through the laptop. Pretty slick. And pretty expensive ($3,699 from Asus.com). But being the first at your LAN party with a dual-display gaming laptop must be worth something.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best gaming laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

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The ScreenPad Plus touchscreen tilts up about 20 degrees for easier readability and better cooling.

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX5550 Specs

The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 is about medium-sized for a gaming laptop, with very few compromises in features. Here are the details: 

CPU: Intel 10th gen 8-core Core i9-10980HK with liquid metal thermal interface material

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q

RAM: 32GB DDR4/3200 in dual-channel mode

Displays: 15.6-inch, UHD 4K 60Hz factory-calibrated 100 percent Adobe RGB panel with support for G-Sync and Optimus; 13.4-inch x 7.4-inch 1920×550 touch screen.

Storage: Two 1TB Samsung PM981 NVMe M.2 in RAID 0

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The best portable gaming laptop, Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G14, is $250 off

If you’re on the hunt for a laptop that can game at home but still travel to work or school without breaking your back, today’s your lucky day. Our favorite portable gaming laptop is $250 cheaper right now. Best Buy is selling the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 for $1,200.

We gave this sleek, yet loaded laptop 4.5 out of 5 stars, an Editor’s Choice Award, and included it in our round-up of the best gaming laptops of 2020. To put it simply: we adore this notebook. “Just give Asus your money,” we said. “This laptop packs a stupid amount of performance into a stupidly small and stupidly light frame.” It weighs just 3.5 pounds.

The Zephyrus G14 features a Zen 2 Ryzen 9 4900HS, a 14-inch display with 1080p resolution, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB Intel 660P NVMe SSD. For graphics, it’s rocking an RTX 2060 Max Q featuring the big RTX goodies like real-time ray tracing and deep learning super sampling. That graphics card easily excels at gaming, hitting well over the magic 60fps threshold on this laptop’s 1080p display.

The keyboard doesn’t heat up too badly, but the fans were on the loud side. As for battery life, the ROG Zephyrus G14 delivers great results for a gaming laptop, delivering over six hours of runtime in our looping video battery rundown test. (We found you could expect about 90 minutes of instense gameplay without plugging in.)

As we said in our review, we like this laptop because “it’s a 3.5-pound laptop with real performance chops…for someone who actually needs this kind of performance in as light a laptop as possible, we can think of no other laptop around that can touch it today.”

[Today’s deal: Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 for $1,200 at Best Buy.]

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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn’t like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he’s not covering the news he’s working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.

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