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Much like the release of its cousin the M16 (2022) this year we’re also getting a newly decked out G14 dubbed the Zephyrus G14 (2022). Apart from some new internals, this refresh comes with an even grander gimmick. We’ve been using the new G14 as our daily driver for about a week now, so here are our initial thoughts.

AniMe to the Max

ROG’s been polishing and slapping their AniMe Matrix display into every single one of their products. It all started, of course, with the very first Zephyrus G14. It then spread to their peripherals too. However, they won’t leave the original progenitor hanging as the Zephyrus G14 (2022) gets an even crazier AniMe Matrix. While the first iteration can only display basic custom logos, this next generation amps it up further. We now have more animation support as well as mimicking the minigames you play on the main screen. Effectively giving way more freedom to those with creative minds.

Apart from the new zazzy AniMe Matrix display, the G14 2022 is still pretty much your sexy compact laptop. It’s still relatively thin & light, takes up as little space as possible, and is very portable. Much of its other design elements remain the same too. The two-tone display lid is still here along with a TKL keyboard chassis setup. Yet, that also means it retained the one thing I truly hate in laptop design. That’s overlapping the display lid with the rear exhausts.

Okay yeah, by doing so the laptop can lay flat on the table but do you really need it to go that far? I highly doubt anyone uses their laptop flush on the table or anywhere else. A good 90-degree limit is more than enough to keep the laptop flexible in most scenarios. In exchange for being the acrobat that it is, you’ll risk damaging your display in the long-run thanks to constant exposure to heat.

Zephyrus G14 (2022)

Nebula is here

ROG is bringing in the big guns to the Zephyrus G14 (2022) too as it also carries the Nebula display standard. As such, we have a very beautiful display with specs that can more than game too. We’ve already had our share of a Nebula display in the M16 and we were more than impressed with it. So, we expect to continue enjoying such a display with the G14 (2022).

What we have here is a 14″ 16:10 QHD+ (2560 x 1600) display with 120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. Like with other Nebula-type displays the one on the G14 has greater color reproduction and accuracy. Games and movies with emphasis on colorful sceneries really pop and provide some nice eye candy. It may not have that high of a refresh rate but 120 is plenty to enjoy games on a QHD display.

Your Standard Keyboard and Trackpad

On the Keyboard and Trackpad side, there isn’t much to say. We have the conventional compact tenkeyless setup with small arrow keys for thin and lights. I had a nice typing experience thanks to good key travel and feedback from the chiclet keyboard. We also have full RGB support that can be customized via the armoury crate app. As for the trackpad, well you have the standard clickpad. It’s big enough to support wide swipes and gestures but small enough to avoid palm contact. The glossy surface also allows for easy glides around the pad.

Just Enough Ports

The ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) provides just enough ports to support your needs. Although, in my case with a bunch of peripherals it fell short but with just one USB port. So a hub solved that problem easily. Overall, you still do have a good selection of ports. Over to the right, we have two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C with DisplayPort support, and surprisingly, a microSD UHS-II port. Then over to the left, we have the other USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C but with DisplayPort and 100W Power Delivery, an HDMI 2.0 port, and the combo audio port.

Zephyrus G14 (2022)

Team Red All The Way

Now, what’s surprising with the Zephyrus G14 (2022) is not the fact that it has an upgraded AniMe Matrix Display but rather it’s powered by AMD on all fronts. For the CPU we have the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS. Then on the GPU front, the AMD Radeon RX 6800S. This is probably the first time in a long while we saw AMD push out a mobile GPU powerful enough to game hard. Suffice to say, during our short time with this setup so far we are more than impressed with its performance. Our initial benchmarks are showing the two to be quite the beasts too.

We were able to game on 60 FPS and above at Ultra in QHD resolution. So, it’s looking like the RX 6800S can compete with the likes of the RTX 3060 and 3070. To further complement the red duo is 32GB of RAM in Dual Channel. That’s ample enough RAM to keep your system occupied for days. However, there is one problem and that’s storage. While we appreciate we have a 1TB SSD, you’ll soon realize that won’t be enough by today’s standards. Thankfully, you can slap in an additional SSD in there.

Zephyrus G14 (2022)

Initial Verdict

The ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) is coming in hot this year championing AMD internals and an upgraded AniMe Matrix Display. Much of what made it such an enticing choice though looks to remain in this year’s model. A great compact thin & light frame with all of the previous bling and then some. Plus some much-needed upgrades such as the Nebula display and the AMD duo. So far, we’re impressed with what we’ve seen performance-wise with this new G14. We do expect to further have fun once we bombard it with heavier games and tests. Then again, as with most Zephyrus laptops, this one has a steep asking price of Php 134,995. We’ll see in our full review if it is worthy of such a price.

Specifications

SpecificationsROG Zephyrus G14 (2022)
Processor- Ryzen 9 6900HS 3.3GHz Octa-core Processor (Max Boost up to 4.9GHz)
- Ryzen 7 6800HS 3.2GHz Octa-core Processor (Max Boost up to 4.7GHz)
DisplayROG Nebula Display
14-Inch
QHD (2560 x 1600) 16:10
anti-glare display
DCI-P3:100%
Refresh Rate:120Hz
Response Time:3ms
IPS-level
Adaptive-Sync
Pantone Validated
MUX Switch
GPU- AMD Radeon 6800S 8GB GDDR6
- AMD Radeon 6700S 8GB GDDR6
Storage- 1TB PCIE4 SSD
RAM- 32GB (16x2) DDR5
- 16GB (8x2) DDR5
Connectivity- Wi-Fi 6E(802.11ax) (Dual band) 2*2
- Bluetooth 5.2
I/O1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
1x HDMI 2.0b
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort™
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort™ / power delivery
1x card reader (microSD) (UHS-II)
Dimensions and weight- 31.2 x 22.7 x 1.95 ~ 1.95 cm
- 1.72 kg
Price- R9-6900HS + Radeon RX 6800S variant: Php 134,995
- R7-6800HS + Radeon 6800S variant Php 129,995
- R7-6800HS + Radeon 6700S variant: Php 119,995

The Dice Gang's Team Leader and Editor-in-Chief. He's a passionate gamer and researcher by heart. Been gaming since the young age of 3 starting with the N64. His biggest interests are RPGs, Adventures, Strategies, Simulations, and MMOs. Yet he is still open to trying games as long as they are fun, especially with friends.
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