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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 14-inch Gaming Laptop (GA401QM-BS91-CB)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 14-inch Gaming Laptop (GA401QM-BS91-CB)

This model ranked #4 among Laptops priced over $1000 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This laptop does a decent job both as a gaming PC and as a laptop you can carry around all day. If a 14" screen is comfortable to you, this is a compelling solution if you need one machine to fill both roles even though it runs hot during gaming because of its small size. The omission of a webcam is becoming more common for gaming laptops, and it's true that you will get a better video quality with an external camera, but it makes things a bit more complicated if you must deal with impromptu videoconferencing.

Thanks to detailed documentation, upgrade and maintenance are straightforward with the common restrictions of having some RAM soldered to the board and having no GPU replacement options. However, if you need more storage space of more general-purpose memory, you have options, and it could be a DIY project.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $1820.

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Road Warrior
  • Serious Gamer
  • Serious Multitasker
  • Graphic Designer
  • Serious Music Producer

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck88th percentile
Versatility42th percentile
Power (General Purpose)100th percentile
Power (Graphical)96th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)100th percentile
Storage Space98th percentile
Portability66th percentile
Battery Autonomy88th percentile
Ease of Maintenance78th percentile
Longevity88th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck90th percentile
Versatility69th percentile
Power (General Purpose)95th percentile
Power (Graphical)89th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)100th percentile
Storage Space93th percentile
Portability75th percentile
Battery Autonomy87th percentile
Ease of Maintenance73th percentile
Longevity86th percentile

Specs

Screen

14", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

CPU

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, 8 cores clocked from 3 to 4.6 GHz

GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 6 GB

Memory

16 GB

Storage

1 TB total, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

76Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w32.51 × d22.1 × h1.95

Dimensions (in): w12.8 × d56.13 × h4.95

Weight (kg): 1.678

Weight (lbs.): 3.7

Features

  • Backlit
  • External Power Brick
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

Commonly Replaced Components

Battery: A technician can help you with that

Local Storage: Easy project for an enthusiast

Memory: More complex than usual

GPU: Can't be repaired or updated

Additional Ressources

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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CPU

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