Hands-on Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) Review

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) Review

A powerhouse for every gamer and creator.

By GamesRecon
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When I first heard about the major changes coming to this iconic Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, I was a tad nervous. New implementations can be daunting, right? Especially when it’s about one of your all-time favorite gaming laptops. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing every iteration of the G14 over the years, and each one has left me more impressed than the last. These compact gaming rigs have always had a special place in my heart.

So, you can imagine my reaction to the complete redesign, the decision to exclude RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 options, and the introduction of a brand new screen type. Yes, I was practically clutching my pearls during the CES announcements. But after spending a few days with the latest model, I’m here to tell you – my worries were unfounded. The updates to the G14 are absolutely stellar. Mini LED is out, and OLED has made its special entrance, bringing the ROG Zephyrus G14 firmly into the spotlight as one of the best gaming laptops currently available in the market. Whether you’re a gamer, a creator, or just someone who appreciates top-quality tech, there’s plenty to get excited about with this latest offering from Asus.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) First Impressions

You know that feeling when you unbox a new gadget, and there’s this electric buzz in the air? That’s exactly what it was like. From the get-go, it’s clear that Asus isn’t playing around with this revamped look. They’ve taken the G14, a laptop already known for its compact power, and somehow made it even more impressive. There is a flashy, programmable LED on the laptop’s lid that just screams modern and cool. It’s like Asus took the concept of “sleek” and dialed it up to eleven. Holding it in my hands, it’s incredibly light but promising powerhouse performance.

The switch from Mini LED to OLED display technology is immediately noticeable. The colors pop in a way that’s hard to describe — vibrant, rich, and utterly captivating. Watching just the boot-up animations felt like a mini cinematic experience. For the appearance, it’s more refined, with a sleek diagonal stripe across the back that lights up with mini LEDs for an extra touch of flair. There’s a solidity to the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 that reassures you of its premium status. The main baseplate is unyielding, and while the lid has a bit of give, it’s among the sturdiest I’ve come across. Furthermore, opening the laptop with one hand is smooth as butter, thanks to a well-designed hinge that also smartly diverts hot air away from the screen.

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In these first impressions, it’s clear that Asus has taken the Zephyrus G14 (2024) beyond just gaming. The aesthetic choices, the build quality, and the commitment to pushing the envelope with display technology all signal a laptop that’s not just about gaming prowess but also about setting a new standard for what a compact, powerful laptop can be.

Display 14-inch, 2,880 x 1,800 120Hz OLED (DisplayHDR 500 True Black)
CPU 4.0GHz AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS
Memory 32GB LPDDR5-6400 (soldered)
Graphics 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Mobile; AMD Radeon 780M (Integrated)
Storage 1TB SSD, Micro-SD Slot
Ports 2 x USB-A, 2 x USB-C (1 x 4.0 w/ 100w PD, DP mode), 1 x HDMI 2.1, Combo Audio
Networking MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922, Bluetooth 5.3
Operating system Windows 11 Home (22H2)
Weight 3.3 lbs./1.5 kg

Design and Build

The design of the 2024 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 has got a luxury makeover.
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The moment you lay eyes on it, it’s clear that Asus wasn’t just thinking about performance; they were thinking about making a statement. First up is the overall design – the laptop has managed to slim down without losing its soul. Moving away from the chunkier look required for the beefier graphics cards, the G14 now sports a more streamlined, ultralight profile. This isn’t just about aesthetics, though; it’s a game-changer for portability. Suddenly, you’ve got a gaming laptop that doesn’t feel like a workout to carry around. Weighing just 3.31 pounds, it’s like Asus has performed some sort of magic trick, making the heavyweight performance feel featherlight in your backpack.

The aesthetic overhaul is something to behold. Gone is the dotted LED matrix of previous models, replaced with a sleek, glossy diagonal stripe across the back of the lid. This stripe isn’t just for show, though—it’s functional, lighting up with 28 mini LEDs that add a touch of personal flair. It’s a more mature, refined look that says, “I’m serious about my gaming and my style.” And the comparison to a MacBook isn’t far off; the unibody CNC-milled aluminum chassis gives it that premium, luxurious feel that’s hard to find in the gaming laptop arena.

Asus has also knocked it out of the park in the laptop’s build. The main baseplate is rock solid – I gave it the old college try, pushing and prodding to see if I could find any flex, and it didn’t budge an inch. The lid does have a bit of flexibility, but it’s among the most robust I’ve tested, reassuring you that this gaming machine can handle a bit of travel. Moreover, opening the laptop is a breeze, thanks to a hinge that’s both smooth and cleverly designed to channel hot air away from the screen, ensuring your display stays cool during long gaming sessions.

Moreover, Asus made a tough call by ditching the beloved drop hinge for a more unified design, sacrificing the keyboard rise that many of us loved. But, in my opinion, it’s a trade-off worth making. The new design looks more cohesive, more streamlined, and just as comfortable to use, even without the keyboard tilt. In essence, the design and build of the 2024 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 reflect a bold step forward. Asus has managed to refine the gaming laptop, blending performance with luxury in a package that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is powerful under the hood. It’s a testament to the idea that you can have it all—portability, power, and panache.

Display

When I first heard that Asus was ditching the Mini LED for an OLED panel, I was intrigued but also a tad skeptical. Could it really make that much of a difference? It absolutely does. The moment you boot up this laptop, the OLED screen makes its presence known. We’re talking about colors that pop off the screen, blacks that are so deep they feel like you could fall into them, and a level of detail that makes everything from gaming to browsing a feast for the eyes.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14's OLED is a total showstopper.
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The display sports a ‘3K’ resolution (2880 x 1800), which is a sweet spot if you ask me. It strikes the perfect balance between sharpness and performance, making sure that everything looks crisp without putting unnecessary strain on the hardware. Whether it’s the sun-dappled streets of Assassin’s Creed or the intense battles of Call of Duty, games look stunning on this screen. And it’s not just games; even mundane tasks like scrolling through web pages or watching videos feel more solid.

The OLED panel boasts super fast response times, making it a great fit for gaming. There’s no smearing or ghosting, just smooth, fluid motion that keeps up with the action, no matter how frantic. Further, the incredible contrast ratio means the dark scenes in games and movies have more depth and nuance. I was also impressed by the viewing angles. You know how sometimes you adjust your screen and suddenly the colors look washed out or the contrast goes wonky? Not an issue here. The ROG Zephyrus G14’s display maintains its integrity no matter where you’re viewing it from, which is great if you’re showing off something on your screen to a friend or working with the laptop on your lap.

Let’s not forget the impact this display has on creative work. For those who dabble in photo or video editing, the color accuracy and detail offered by the OLED panel are great. You can feel like seeing your work in a new light, literally. Every hue is rendered with precision, making it easier to get your edits just right. Overall, the display on the 2024 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is nothing short of spectacular. It’s a pivotal feature that elevates the laptop from being just a great gaming machine to a versatile device that’s as much a joy for content creation as it is for gaming.

Keyboard and Connectivity

You know how sometimes you type on a laptop and it feels like you’re just mashing your fingers against a flat surface? Not the case here. The G14’s membrane-switch keyboard is a delight. There’s a surprising amount of travel that makes typing feel more substantial than you’d expect. It’s got a nice bounce to it, and a pleasant soft-touch surface, and the keycaps are big and easy to hit, reducing typos and increasing speed. It’s one of those keyboards that you can type on for hours without feeling fatigued, which is a big win in my book.

The G14's membrane-switch keyboard is a delight to type.
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For the gamers out there, you might be thinking, “But can it handle a frantic gaming session?” And while it’s true that for the most hardcore gaming, you might want to hook up an external keyboard, the Asus G14’s built-in one still holds up pretty well for casual to moderate play. The response is snappy, and the layout is intuitive, so you’re not going to be fumbling around trying to find the right keys mid-game.

One thing I appreciate is how Asus handled the backlighting. It’s not just about looking cool (though it does have a subtle, understated aesthetic that I personally love); it’s about visibility. The secondary functions on the keys are lit well enough to be easily seen in the dark, which is very important if you’re like me and enjoy late-night gaming or coding sessions. Furthermore, the keyboard stays cool, even when the laptop is working hard, which is a nice touch.

The G14 doesn’t just excel in typing and gaming; it’s designed with practicality in mind. For instance, the absence of Thunderbolt (due to it being an AMD-based system) might seem like a downside at first. But Asus compensates with a USB4 USB-C port alongside a USB 3.2, both clearly labeled with their respective speeds (40Gbps and 10Gbps). It’s a small detail, but it shows Asus’s attention to what users need: clear, straightforward connectivity options without the guesswork.

The port selection overall is pretty generous for a laptop of this size. You’ve got enough variety and spacing to connect your essential peripherals without any hassle. Whether it’s gaming mice, external drives, or a drawing tablet, you’re covered. And that kind of thoughtfulness extends throughout the laptop’s design. It’s all about making the G14 not just a tool for gaming or work, but a nice suitable part of your digital life.

Performance

After all, what’s a gaming laptop worth if it can’t deliver when the chips are down? With the 2024 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, there’s a lot to unpack and it’s pretty darn impressive.

With the 2024 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, there's a lot to unpack.
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First up, the engine room of this beast: the AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS processor, paired with options for an RTX 4050, RTX 4060, or the RTX 4070 GPU. This combo is like the dream team of laptop performance, offering a smooth performance whether you’re gaming, creating, or just streaming your favorite shows. The Ryzen 9 chip is an iterative upgrade over its predecessor, which means you’re getting all the latest improvements without any unnecessary overhauls that could complicate things.

Now, I know what some of you might be thinking. “But where are the RTX 4080 and 4090 options?” And it’s true, those aren’t on the table this time around. But after spending some quality time with the G14, especially the RTX 4070 model, I’m not missing them. The performance here is so well-balanced, so finely tuned, that it feels like the perfect fit for this notebook’s ethos. You’re getting incredible power that’s more than sufficient for today’s titles, all while keeping things sleek, portable, and not sounding like a jet engine.

Gaming on the G14 is a joy; those high-end titles you’ve been itching to play can run smoothly, with beautiful graphics and fps that keep everything feeling fluid and responsive. And thanks to the OLED display’s gorgeous visuals, every game feels a bit more immersive, a bit more real. Other than playing games, the ROG Zephyrus G14 shines as a creation tool as well, thanks to its Nvidia Studio driver support. Video editing, 3D modeling, graphic design — the laptop handles these tasks with ease, making it a versatile choice for creators of all stripes. The combination of hardware and software is optimized not just for performance, but for creativity too.

In terms of performance trade-offs, sure, you might find laptops with bigger GPUs or more raw power. But the G14 isn’t just about maxing out spec sheets. It’s about delivering a balanced, enjoyable experience across gaming, work, and play and in that regard, it excels.  So, to wrap up, the 2024 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is a performance powerhouse that doesn’t compromise on what makes it special. It’s a testament to the idea that you can have a sleek, portable laptop that still delivers when it matters most.

Battery Life and Power Management

Let’s talk about something that often gets glossed over when we look at gaming laptops: battery life and power management. What’s the point of having a super portable laptop if you’re tethered to a power outlet all day? The 2024 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 brings some interesting points to the table in this department.

The battery life and power management of the 2024 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 are impressive.
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In the realm of gaming laptops, where powerful internals often means you’re watching the battery drain faster than a bathtub with the plug pulled, the G14 manages to hold its own. This is no small feat, especially considering the powerful hardware configurations under the hood. In real-world use — a mix of browsing, streaming, and some light gaming — the G14 can comfortably get you through a workday without reaching for the charger. Now, if you’re planning on running demanding games unplugged, expect that battery life to shorten, but that’s par for the course with any gaming laptop.

What really sets the G14 apart is its smart power management. Asus has baked in some clever tech to ensure you’re getting the most out of your battery without compromising performance. The laptop automatically adjusts its power profile based on what you’re doing, so you’re not burning through the battery while reading an article or composing an email. But when it’s game time, the G14 ramps up, ensuring you’ve got all the power you need to enter into your favorite virtual worlds.

One feature I appreciate is the ability to switch between power profiles manually. You’ve got options ranging from Silent to Turbo, giving you control over the laptop’s performance and fan noise. This is especially handy if you’re working in a quiet environment or don’t need full power for less demanding tasks. You can game on battery, but as with any gaming notebook, there’s a trade-off. The G14 smartly dials back performance to extend battery life, which means you won’t be getting the same framerates as you would while plugged in. However, for casual gaming or if you’re away from a power source and need your gaming fix, it’s more than capable.

Software and Features

Instead of the standard Game Ready driver, the G14 is equipped with Nvidia’s Studio driver right out of the box, which is optimized for creative apps. This means better performance and stability in software like Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, and more. And for the gamers? Don’t worry; switching to the drivers for gaming is just a few clicks away, giving you the best of both worlds.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024)'s smart and user-friendly software options.
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Speaking of customization, the LED matrix on the lid of the G14 deserves a mention. It’s not just a cool party trick; it’s a fully programmable canvas that lets you express your personal style or show off custom animations and notifications. It’s these kinds of features that boost the ROG Zephyrus G14 from merely a tool to something that feels personal and fun to use. And let’s not forget about the Advanced Optimus feature, it allows you to switch between the integrated and discrete GPUs without needing to reboot, which is great for managing battery life or optimizing performance on the fly.

The Armoury Crate software is supposed to be the control panel for gamers, a sort of mission control for everything your laptop can do. But it feels a bit like it’s trying to be a jack-of-all-trades, covering a whole range of Asus models without really zeroing in on the unique features of the G14 itself. For instance, you’ve got the options to tweak, but sometimes you’re left scratching your head because changing them doesn’t seem to do anything, or worse, it messes with something else. The Asus G14 steps into the modern era with Windows’ new Dynamic Lighting control, but it also hangs on to Asus’ system. And while the laptop boasts RGB lighting, it’s for the complete keyboard instead offering more nuanced zone or per-key customization.

For the media professionals or editors out there, the software setup can feel a bit like a missed opportunity. The laptop at its heart, is aiming to be a creator’s dream machine, but finding the color profiles you need is like looking for a needle in a haystack. They’re tucked away in a dropdown menu that feels like an afterthought, overshadowed by GameVisual presets geared more towards gaming and casual use. And let’s not get started on the gamma adjustments. With an OLED screen that delivers those deliciously deep blacks, managing shadow detail is key. But again, digging into those settings to prevent dark areas from turning into a black void is more complicated than it needs to be.

Verdict

For the majority of us gaming mortals who aren’t always pushing the graphical envelope to the max, stepping back to snag that older model with RTX 4090 might not be the power move we think it is. The 2024 model, with its RTX 4070, is no slouch. Seriously, it’s got the chops to breeze through the current gaming hits and will likely keep you in the game for rounds to come without breaking a sweat. And if you’re cool with not always maxing out the settings or you’re into leveraging DLSS to boost your performance, then you’re golden.

It’s not just about the numbers game with framerates, this gaming rig is sleek, not weighing you down, and features a display that turns heads. So, when you weigh losing maybe a few fps in some games against the sheer joy of using this beautifully designed machine that still hits triple-digit frames per second, it’s kind of a no-brainer. You’re getting so much goodness here that a slight dip in numbers becomes something most of us will hardly notice.

But what really seals the deal for me is the attention to detail. The programmable LED matrix, the comfortable and responsive keyboard, the thoughtful port selection, and that gorgeous screen — it’s these things that add up to make the machine more than just a laptop. It’s a companion for the road, the cafe, or the comfort of your couch. Sure, it’s not the cheapest option out there, and if you’re looking for the absolute max in gaming performance, there are beefier (and bulkier) machines that might fit the bill. But the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 isn’t just about raw power; it’s here delivering high-quality productivity in a package that’s hard to beat in terms of portability, style, and overall quality.

Hands-on Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) Review
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2024 Review
Amazing 9
Our Score 9