Asus is a Taiwanese brand name that is synonymous with great gaming laptops, business notebooks and graphics cards. Out of their gaming laptops range we got to play around with the latest Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 notebook. This is its review and let’s deep dive into it.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 laptop review: Design and Display
Out of the box, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 laptop does seem slimmer than its previous version. Even though it packs heavy-weight machinery inside, the gaming notebook is light on weight. Some elements such as the AniMe Matrix screen (with over 1440 LEDs) on the lid make a comeback. This can be customised as per the users liking and almost any type of graphic can be played on it. This does give you a sense of your individual taste and ownership. But remember keeping it on, will consume more battery.
Moving ahead, the users get a fairly large keyboard with a large trackpad when you open it up. The keyboard is RGB backlit, and you can play games using it with ease. The key travel distance is minimal, so you can quickly capture that flag or hit the enemy with absolute comfort. The Keyboard also has all the required multimedia keys that also double up as the Function keys along with a dedicated Asus Armory Crate key and volume buttons. The power button is also placed separately on the top.
With the large keyboard users also get a big trackpad. This is very comfortable to use and responds well to every click, swipe and tap. Since it is a ROG laptop, the trackpad does not double up as the NUM Pad, which is the case with the ZenBook series from Asus.
Moving to its display, Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 laptop comes with a 14-inch FHD+ WUXGA screen with anti-glare finish on top. It has a refresh rate of 144Hz and a 3ms response time, which is common among the latest laptops. But what is not common is the Dolby Vision HDR support that is there in this machine.
We spent long hours with the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 laptop, watching movies on Netflix and shows on Amazon Prime. We played games like PUBG, DOTA 2, CS: GO and more and not once did it give us a chance to feel that the colours are out of place. The blacks are deep and the display does perfect justice to any type of video scenario. Video modes can also be controlled using the Armour Crate software.
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Asus has also put an HD Web Cam on the laptop, which is a welcomed change. As for the ports, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 gaming notebook comes with two USB 3.2, two USB Type-C gen 2, one HDMI, one audio/mic combo and a MicroSD card reader located on the left and right sides.
Over that, the machine also sports quad speakers. Two are upward-firing speakers located just above the keyboard and two are downward-firing speakers that are located at the front bottom. These are tuned by Dolby Atmos and the sound is very very good with them. We would not be wrong if we call them twice as loud over the last generation of G14 by Asus.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 laptop review: Performance
Moving on to the performance of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 laptop, let’s quickly get the tech specs out of the way. When it comes to under-the-hood performance, this gaming monster has the absolute latest and best. Asus has put in AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU with 8 cores and clock speeds up to 3.3GHz. With that, users get 1 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD, whooping 32GB DDR5 RAM and AMD RADEON RX 6800S with 8GB GDDR6 memory on board. Triple band Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 have also been thrown in the mix.
Together, the machine can put some of the best gaming computers shy away in shame. Asus has managed to put so much firepower in such a small form factor. To put it to the ultimate test we played Battlefield 2042 on the machine at the highest settings and to our amazement, it performed just right. There was hardly any frame drop and we got consistent 60-70 frames per second.
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As for cooling, Asus has taken special care here. The company has put in a twin cooling fan with a larger vapour chamber that tries to keep the laptop as cool as possible. They have even used liquid metal on top of the chips. This does keep the heat less, but still at times after a long duration of gaming, the laptop does get warm. So, best to game on it in lower temperatures or when the air con is on when you want to game for a long time.
For ergonomics, the ergo lift hinge makes an appearance in the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 laptop as well. This is great if you want to type or game. Over that, the display can swivel back 180 degrees. A 76WHrs 4 cell Li-Ion battery has been installed in this gaming laptop, which does manage to keep it alive for over 4.5 hours when you are not gaming. But the battery life drops down to under 1.5 hours when gaming.
But hey, most of us will not be gaming on it without using the power supply (240W). Which, can fast charge it to 50% in under 30 minutes. On the flip side, this machine is very luggable at just 1.72Kg. Many would just want to pick it up as a work cum gaming buddy on the fly. For the OS needs, Windows 11 Home edition is what users will get. We were hoping to see the Pro version in it. Also in the box, you get a nice ZIP pouch to carry it around. And lastly, it is available in two colours – white or black. You can pick the one you like the best.
All in all, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 laptop surpassed expectations and it is very suitable for on-the-go gamers or people who want the best performing laptop for their work as well as gaming needs. Yes, a 14-inch screen for some might be a bit small, but it does have an HDMI port so you can connect it to a larger screen and play away. So at Rs 1,91,990 does it make sense to buy this machine? If you are looking for extreme gaming performance or are into video editing on the go, this machine will serve you well. If you can afford it, buy it.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 laptop Pros
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 laptop Cons
Battery life could have been better
Windows 11 Pro is what we wanted
Warms up a bit after prolonged gaming
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