Asus, under its Republic of Gamers label, has announced what it claims is the world's most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop at CES 2020. Pocket-lint was on hand to check it out to see what the fuss is all about.

The design and that LED back panel

  • 1,000 customisable LED lights on lid
  • 1.6kg weight
  • 14-inch Full HD (1920x1080) IPS-level panel, 120Hz display
  • 1.7mm travel distance on keyboard
  • 4 hot keys

Forgetting the power for the moment, the most striking thing about the new ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop is the 1,000 individual LED lights on the lid that can be customised to display whatever you want.

The lights, which blink on and off to your command, are certainly eye catching, although are restricted to half the lid, only available in white, and will only come on the special edition of the laptop; the non-LED light version will still come with the 1,000 punch holes however.

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That head turning personalised motif could be a wave form based on music you are listening to, an animated gif, or a pattern you've designed yourself to stand out from the crowd. And stand out you will. It's very mesmerising.

Get past the light show and you get a fairly compact and robust laptop, especially given the power that resides inside. The Zephyrus G14 measures 324 x 222 x 179mm and weights a respectable 1.6kg.

Overall the design works. There's an industrial feel to the proceedings, but it feels robust and powerful in its design language, and it might come across as a gimmick, but we love the head-turning LED lights option. It's a shame that if you opt not to have the lights you still have to have the precision cut holes in the lid, but then that's presumably to encourage you to upgrade. We do worry though about how much dirt they will attract.

Performance

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS processor
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics
  • Up to 16GB memory
  • Up to 1TB SSD storage
  • Two power options

We said it was powerful didn't we, and while we didn't have a chance to put it through any tests apart from seeing some on stand demos, the spec sheet should impress those who know about these things.

At the heart of the system is an AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS processor with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM. There's support for up to 16GB of memory, 1TB of SSD, and Wi-Fi 6 with Bluetooth 5 support when it comes to connectivity.

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On the port side there is one USB3.2 Type C with DisplayPort, one standard USB-C port, two standard USB ports, one HDMI, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The system comes with two charging options. For standard use when your just doing menial tasks you can power the system with a standard USB C cable and charger, but for when you want to "game" you can use the included 180w power adapter to ensure you've got enough power to support what you are doing.

Sound for those epic gaming sessions is supported by Dolby Atmos. 

First Impressions

The Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop certainly means business and although we weren't able to put it through its paces properly at CES, it certainly looks like it has the capabilities to deliver.

We look forward to giving it a more comprehensive test when we get one in the office for review.

The ROG Zephyrus G14 will be available from late March in the UK. No word on pricing as yet.