Today we’ll be taking a look at the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Gaming Laptop (Model: GA401QM-HZ257T) with AniMe Matrix lighting. Ever since Asus annouced their new 2021 models of the ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop, I was super stoked! This amazing laptop went straight to the top of my shopping list and with good reason! The specs were mouth-watering to say the least, and it’s the first time I noticed that Asus paired a high-end AMD processor with a GeForce RTX graphics on a gaming laptop.
You’re probably asking why all the excitement? Well this year in 2021, I will be travelling alot … and as a content creator like myself, I needed a laptop that’s powerful enough to do all my video editing, LIVE streaming, the occasional 1080p gaming and content creation. The new 2021 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 has got everything I wanted in a laptop. A powerful Ryzen 9 5900HS processor, GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, 16GB DDR4 ram, 1TB M.2 SSD, 14″ Full HD 1080p IPS screen … all in a super campact and light-weight package. Weighing around 1.7Kg and measuring just 32.4cm x 22.2cm x 1.99cm.
One of the MOST attractive selling point of this laptop, is the AniMe Matrix Lighting Display on laptop lid. When I first saw this … I fell in love with it instantly. Please SHUT UP and TAKE my money now! hahaha.
Let’s quickly take a look at the specs … It’s powered by AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS processor running @ 3.1GHz (featuring 8 Cores/16 Threads and 16MB Cache), with a Turbo Boost of up to 4.50GHz. For graphics, it comes with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, and features a 14″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Level, PANTONE Validated, Anti-Glare (100% sRGB) Display with a refresh rate of 144Hz.
It’s also populated with 16GB of fast DDR4-3200 memory onboard (upgradeable to 32GB max.) and 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD storage, which is more than enough for most enthusiast users and content creators.
And as far as connectivity and I/O is concerned, it comes with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.1; 1x USB 3.2 Type C (Gen 2) w/ Power Delivery, Display Port and G-Sync, 1x USB 3.2 Type C (Gen 2), 2x USB 3.2 Type A (Gen 1), 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1x HDMI 2.0b.
We would like to say thanks to MSI for supplying the review sample. For those who don’t know who MSI is, here’s a little blurb taken from their website …
In 2006, an elite team of ASUS engineers and designers committed to creating the world’s best gaming experiences came together to start the Republic of Gamers (ROG). Since its founding, ROG has set new industry standards creating innovative, hardcore gaming gear that empowers gamers and enthusiasts everywhere.
Unite gamers of diverse backgrounds to achieve their potential together in play. Through innovative technology and exceptional experiences, we can push boundaries to create a world without limits.
I can’t wait to dig my hands in to this powerful and feature-packed laptop. The model we’ll be testing comes with 32GB of DDR4-3200 ram and 2TB of M.2 SSD. I’m expecting some excellent results from all our benchmarks, in fact if ask me … I think this laptop is actually more powerful than my aging 4-year old Threadripper 1950X system (with GTX 1070Ti).
More importantly, will this laptop do everything I need … video editing, LIVE streaming, the occasional 1080p gaming and content creation. OK, let’s not waste any more time and start with the specifications and features of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Gaming Laptop in our next page.
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