Asus ROG Zephyrus G14—Ryzen 7nm mobile is here, and it’s awesome

We’ve been excited about getting our hands on AMD’s 7nm laptop parts for a long time now—even before visiting AMD’s campus in Austin last month for a sneak preview. Originally, we were supposed to come home from AMD with a laptop in hand to test, but the novel coronavirus had its way with this as with many other products.

We did eventually get one of Asus’ Zephyrus G14 gaming laptops with a top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 4900HS, though—and after several days of testing, we’re ready to talk about it.

Overview

Specs at a glance: Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, as tested
OS Windows 10 Home
CPU 3.3GHz 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS (4.4GHz boost)
RAM 16GB DDR4-3200
GPU AMD Radeon 8 core / Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 MaxQ
SSD Intel 660p M.2 NVMe PCIe3.0 1TB
Battery ASUStek 76000 mWh
Display 1080p, non-glare, 120Hz, adaptive sync
Connectivity
  • two USB-A ports
  • two USB-C ports
  • 3.5mm phone/mic combo jack
  • DC power jack
  • full-size HDMI out
  • Kensington lock slot
Price as tested $1,449.99 at Best Buy and Asus

The Zephyrus G14 is a surprisingly small and sleek build for a full-on gaming laptop—and make no mistake about it, that’s precisely what this beast is. At first glance, the 18mm-thick Zephyrus looks more like an ultraportable design than a gaming laptop. (For reference, the Acer C720 11″ Chromebooks were 19mm thick.)

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