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

Devoted Verge readers will understand that I used to be now not the most important fan of the newest ROG Zephyrus G14. The type we gained had numerous good stuff about it — Asus had stepped forward the facet ratio, added a webcam, enlarged the touchpad, and glued principally each different grievance 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 type I gained was once priced at $2,499.99. That put it in the similar charge class as one of the most marketplace’s maximum top rate 15-inch gaming rigs, together with Razer’s Blade 15 Advanced — and means above the cost of the bigger and better-performing G15. It was once now not a just right deal. But I did notice within the overview that Asus meant to promote inexpensive fashions of the G14 and that the ones fashions, in the event that they produced equivalent body charges, might be extraordinary buys.

Well, I’ve in spite of everything gotten my palms on a type of inexpensive fashions. I’m typing this presently on a $1,649.99 type of the Zephyrus G14 that has the similar Ryzen 9 6900HS processor however swaps that 6800S GPU out for a fairly much less tough 6700S. I’ve strongly suspected for months that this configuration would supply very equivalent efficiency to its $2,499.99 counterpart.

And other folks, that suspicion has confirmed proper. The distinction in body charges, whilst extant, is not anything value paying for. The 6700S type’s battery lifestyles is best. It’s thinner and lighter. The something it lacks, which the 6800S has, is a complicated animated gentle show at the lid. The gentle show could be very cool, and you’ll be able to cross 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 type as an alternative. 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 one in every of my favourite keyboards available on the market.

For the whole thing 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 screen, and different design and {hardware} facets. Those are all of the similar at the 6700S type, 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 explanation why you might need to do this.

The inexpensive G14 averaged 189fps on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at most settings and local (2560 x 1600) decision. The earlier type averaged 202fps. This distinction might not be noticeable to any person the usage of those machines for the reason that absolute best refresh price the G14’s 120Hz display screen 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 bother with ray tracing, which nearly lower body charges in part — however that’s precisely what we noticed from the 6800S as neatly. The inexpensive type averaged 63fps with ray tracing off and 32fps with ray tracing maxed, the place the older type averaged 70fps and 37fps, respectively. Like I mentioned, small potatoes.

And, on Red Dead Redemption 2 with all sliders manually maxed, the inexpensive type averaged 45fps the place the dearer SKU averaged 49fps. I promise 4 frames won’t affect your lifestyles in any capability.

Fan noise and warmth had been very similar to what I seen from the 6800S type, which is to mention that they had been fantastic. Noise wasn’t in particular demanding all the way through gameplay and didn’t impede sport audio; once I put the software at the Silent profile for common paintings, it did certainly develop into silent. Even all the way through a good workload that integrated an exterior show, there was once by no means greater than a little bit of heat at the keyboard. Palm rests had been sizzling all the way through gameplay however now not slightly uncomfortably so.

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

No funky lighting fixtures 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 activity.

Where I did see one thing of a distinction was once battery lifestyles. The 6700S type averaged 8 hours and 55 mins of common use at medium brightness, a cast hour over the 6800S. This metric places the G14 again at the map as one of the most longest-lasting gaming laptops of latest years. Gaming battery didn’t display slightly the similar growth. 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 lifestyles is difficult to attract conclusions from. Charging time was once precisely the similar: 60 p.c in 41 mins.

The one different distinction between this type and the 6800S is the scale. It’s fairly 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 slightly a gentle gaming pc both means. But it’s but every other slight benefit the inexpensive type has. It’s that a lot lighter than the Razer Blade 14 and that a lot more compact than higher machines that may ship those body charges. I introduced this software on a world travel and beloved how gentle of a load it was once in an differently packed backpack.

So, the Zephyrus G14 is, as soon as once more, one of the most larger gaming laptops you’ll be able to purchase. You can simply cross forward and purchase this 6700S type until you’re actually into beautiful animated lighting fixtures. This type is price-competitive with the top rate sphere in some way the animated gentle type isn’t: the nearest Razer Blade 14 can be $2,599.99 ($950 extra, regardless that with a better refresh price display screen) and a similar Alienware X14 (with a lower-resolution display screen) can be $1,949. And, it’s very a lot undercutting higher competition: the Blade 15 Advanced with an RTX 3070 Ti is these days 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 taking into consideration 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 screen. The $1,649.99 charge 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 area.

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