Asus’ entry-level ROG Zephyrus G14 is the only to shop for

Devoted Verge readers will remember the fact that I used to be now not the most important fan of the latest ROG Zephyrus G14. The fashion we won had numerous good stuff about it — Asus had progressed the side ratio, added a webcam, enlarged the touchpad, and glued principally each different criticism I’d had about G14s of the previous.

But the unit I had for overview was once the highest SKU, and it was once simply too dear.

Specifically, the Radeon RX 6800S / Ryzen 9 6900HS fashion I won was once priced at $2,499.99. That put it in the similar fee class as one of the crucial marketplace’s maximum top class 15-inch gaming rigs, together with Razer’s Blade 15 Advanced — and method above the cost of the greater and better-performing G15. It was once now not a just right deal. But I did be aware within the overview that Asus supposed to promote less expensive fashions of the G14 and that the ones fashions, in the event that they produced identical body charges, may well be out of the ordinary buys.

Well, I’ve in the end gotten my arms on a type of less expensive fashions. I’m typing this presently on a $1,649.99 fashion of the Zephyrus G14 that has the similar Ryzen 9 6900HS processor however swaps that 6800S GPU out for a moderately much less robust 6700S. I’ve strongly suspected for months that this configuration would supply very identical efficiency to its $2,499.99 counterpart.

And people, that suspicion has confirmed right kind. The distinction in body charges, whilst extant, is not anything value paying for. The 6700S fashion’s battery existence is best. It’s thinner and lighter. The something it lacks, which the 6800S has, is a posh animated mild show at the lid. The mild show may be very cool, and you’ll be able to pass forward and pay $850 additional for it if you need, however I will be able to say that most of the people must get the $1,6499.99 fashion as a substitute. It is hands-down a greater deal.

The keyboard of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 seen from above on a blue tabletop

This continues to be certainly one of my favourite keyboards available on the market.

For the whole lot associated with the G14’s chassis, please see the overview of the 6800S G14 that I revealed in February. There, I detailed the keyboard, touchpad, webcam, display, and different design and {hardware} facets. Those are the entire similar at the 6700S fashion, so I’ll simply be discussing the efficiency variations right here.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 laid out flat on a blue tabletop.

You can lay it out flat, if there’s some reason why you could need to do this.

The less expensive G14 averaged 189fps on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at most settings and local (2560 x 1600) decision. The earlier fashion averaged 202fps. This distinction is probably not noticeable to any individual the usage of those machines for the reason that best possible refresh charge the G14’s 120Hz display can show is 120fps.

You would possibly see an affect on different titles — however now not one this is value $850. The 6700S had some hassle with ray tracing, which just about lower body charges in part — however that’s precisely what we noticed from the 6800S as smartly. The less expensive fashion averaged 63fps with ray tracing off and 32fps with ray tracing maxed, the place the older fashion averaged 70fps and 37fps, respectively. Like I stated, small potatoes.

And, on Red Dead Redemption 2 with all sliders manually maxed, the less expensive fashion averaged 45fps the place the dearer SKU averaged 49fps. I promise 4 frames is not going to affect your existence in any capability.

Fan noise and warmth have been very similar to what I seen from the 6800S fashion, which is to mention that they have been positive. Noise wasn’t in particular disturbing all through gameplay and didn’t hinder recreation audio; once I put the tool at the Silent profile for basic paintings, it did certainly develop into silent. Even all through a good workload that integrated an exterior show, there was once by no means greater than a bit of of heat at the keyboard. Palm rests have been scorching all through gameplay however now not somewhat uncomfortably so.

The lid of a closed Asus ROG Zephryus G14 seen from above on a blue tabletop.

No funky lighting right here however nonetheless a neat lid design.

The bottom of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 seen from above on a blue tabletop.

The vents do their task.

Where I did see one thing of a distinction was once battery existence. The 6700S fashion averaged 8 hours and 55 mins of basic use at medium brightness, a forged hour over the 6800S. This metric places the G14 again at the map as one of the vital longest-lasting gaming laptops of new years. Gaming battery didn’t display somewhat the similar development. I were given 46 mins of Red Dead Redemption 2 play with about 39 mins of playable time, whilst I eked 54 and 46 mins out of the dearer unit, however gaming battery existence is tricky to attract conclusions from. Charging time was once precisely the similar: 60 % in 41 mins.

The one different distinction between this fashion and the 6800S is the scale. It’s moderately lighter (3.64 kilos to the 6800S’s 3.79 kilos) and thinner (0.73 inches to 0.77 inches). This is clearly now not the most important distinction on the planet, and it’s somewhat a mild gaming pc both method. But it’s but every other slight benefit the less expensive fashion has. It’s that a lot lighter than the Razer Blade 14 and that a lot more compact than greater machines that may ship those body charges. I introduced this tool on a global commute and beloved how mild of a load it was once in an in a different way packed backpack.

So, the Zephyrus G14 is, as soon as once more, one of the vital higher gaming laptops you’ll be able to purchase. You can simply pass forward and purchase this 6700S fashion until you’re actually into beautiful animated lighting. This fashion is price-competitive with the top class sphere in some way the animated mild fashion isn’t: the nearest Razer Blade 14 could be $2,599.99 ($950 extra, although with the next refresh charge display) and a similar Alienware X14 (with a lower-resolution display) could be $1,949. And, it’s very a lot undercutting greater competition: the Blade 15 Advanced with an RTX 3070 Ti is lately indexed for $2,999.99 ($950 extra) as is the RTX 3070 Ti Blade 15 Base (with a decrease decision).

And that’s now not even bearing in mind the opposite benefits the G14 has over a lot of the contest, together with its light-weight chassis, category-topping keyboard, and (particularly) 16:10 display. The $1,649.99 fee level makes it a lot more straightforward (and extra justifiable) to comprehend the true inventions that Asus has made, and continues to make, on this house.

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