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We gave you a little taste of what the ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) can offer in our initial impressions of it a few weeks back. Now, we’ve finally had enough time with the all-team red upgrade of this beloved Zephyrus variant. Is it just all bling or does AMD’s offering, on both the CPU and GPU-end, enough to wow you? Find out in our ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) Review.

Design and Build Quality

Nothing much changed in the design of the chassis and overall build of the G14 (2022) compared to its previous models. It’s still thin, light, and compact making it easy to carry and lug around. You still have that AniMe Matrix display on the lid along with its two-tone skin. However, that AniMe display has more kicks this time around. There are a lot more options when it comes to choosing and customizing what it shows. You can now upload your own animations and logos and edit how it looks on the AniMe display through the Armoury Crate app.

You even have sleep/standby animations now to breathe life into the laptop even when it’s resting. It’s a true upgrade to their display lid gimmick and may even become your afternoon pastime hobby if you so wish. The materials used for the laptop are also top-notch as it really feels premium to the touch. It can survive a few bumps but be wary of dropping it from a certain height. Despite having great materials remember that the laptop is still relatively thin, so it can easily crack from a high drop.

While retaining most of its design isn’t totally a bad thing as it does still look sleek and sexy, there is a caveat. This is something I truly hate from brands, whether it be ROG or some other, and that is placing the display lid over the rear exhausts. The reasoning behind ROG’s decision in this one may be to provide a more flexible ErgoLift lid.

Allowing you to push the display further back and even flat on the table. Even so, no matter where you look at it, that’s a design choice that’s asking for trouble. Especially if you do prolonged gaming as hot air will just blast straight towards the display. You may not feel the damage in the short run but in a few years, there will definitely be some wear and tear on that display.

Multimedia

The Zephyrus ROG G14 (2022) much like the current and soon-to-be offerings of the Republic this year, comes with its new standard display. That’s the Nebula Display we’ve seen from their other products. I’ve had my time with the Nebula display during our review of the Zephyrus M16 (2022). Suffice to say, this is one amazing display system ROG has come up with. There really isn’t anything special or groundbreaking with the Nebula Display standard as that is what it is a standard. Meaning, that anything ROG labels with the Nebula tag must meet certain criteria for its display.

Much like with what I experienced with the Zephyrus M16, the display of the G14 (2022) is top-notch. Visuals pop, the display is crisp and clear, and color reproduction and accuracy are on point. Playing games with emphasis on sceneries or generally any game with great graphics is more than enjoyable. Watching movies or videos too are a treat thanks to the display. However, eye candy isn’t all that the display of the G14 (2022) can offer, you also get a QHD (2560 x 1440), 120Hz, 3ms screen. These are respectable specs for gaming.

As for audio, well, quality-wise it’s one of the better speakers out there but volume-wise it’s a bit lacking. Even if you crank the volume to 100, it can easily be drowned out by any other speaker or loud noise you may encounter. You do get ASUS Two-Way AI Noise Cancellation, so even though the speakers don’t blast too much at least you got those. In the end, I still recommend you use your favorite for gaming or media consumption.

Keyboard and Trackpad

Colors finally return to the G14 (2022) as it now features an Aura Sync compatible keyboard. While the white-only from the previous variants did add sophistication to the laptop, it’s still nice to have a color customizable option. Other than that, this is still your standard chiclet keyboard with good feedback and relatively fast key travel. It is TKL (tenkeyless) so if you’re coming from a laptop with a numpad, there will be some adjustment as the placement of the keys may be a bit off from what you’re used to.

One new feature though is the programmable option for the four extra keys you have at the top. Before, these were just media keys and a quick-fire button for the Armoury Crate. Although, now you can change them up to whatever command you want. As for the trackpad, we got a bigger clickpad for the G14 (2022) that’s more than enough to support glides and big gestures. Yet, it’s still small enough to avoid accidental palm contact.

Connectivity and I/O

The ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) provides just enough ports to support your needs. Although, in my case, it fell short with one USB port due to my peripheral setup. Thankfully, 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. That microSD port is a welcome surprise as it makes life easier for file transers. 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.

For connectivity, you get Wi-Fi 6E 802.11ax 2×2 and Bluetooth 5.2. The WiFi card on our review unit though is a MediaTek one instead of the usual Intel. We did encounter a few hiccups with the WiFi such as speed and signal drops but a driver update did fix the issue. Although, we do recommend you swap the MediaTek one out if that’s what you got. Just to avoid any connectivity headaches as the MediaTek WiFi card is known for that at times.

Omni and Windows 11

The Zephyrus G14 (2022) comes with pre-installed genuine Windows 11. So sadly, if you ain’t a fan of that latest update you’ll have to go through some hoops to downgrade. It takes a bit of getting used to when you come from Windows 10 as there are some changes here and there. There isn’t much bloatware installed except for your standard ASUS apps, which you can remove easily.

There is an additional program though and that’s the virtual pet OMNI. By default, OMNI opens on startup but you can choose to change that. There really isn’t much use for the virtual pet save for mini-games and some pop-up system information windows. It really is just there to keep you company or hog some screen space. Either way, you can easily minimize or close OMNI by right-clicking on the virtual pet and opening its settings.

Performance

Now, this is where things get interesting for the ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022). This year’s upgrade is not just a straight-up hardware bump from the year before, well for the CPU yes, but for the GPU it’s different. For this year, ROG opted to go team red all the way with the G14. Meaning, the processor and graphics card are all AMD. For our review unit, the CPU we have is the R9-6900HS. On the GPU side is the newly released Radeon RX 6800S. This is the first time in a long while we’ve seen an AMD mobile graphics card on the higher end of the spectrum.

So how does the duo truly perform? Well, in our synthetic benchmarks the R9-6900HS is better than its predecessor but not by a large margin. It scored 4,740 in Cinebench R20, a respectable score but it got beat by the blue side’s latest i9. The Radeon RX 6800S, on the other hand, did impress reaching numbers close to the RTX 3070 Ti and becoming on-par with the 3070 in synthetic tests as well. As for real-world circumstances, we did a render test for the R9-6900HS with a 2-Hour long 1080p video. The CPU was able to complete it at around 50 minutes and 46 seconds. Still relatively quick and a commendable completion time for a video render that long.

Now, real-world circumstances for the Radeon RX 6800S a.k.a gaming. Much like with the synthetic results AMD’s latest mobile GPU compares closely to its counterparts at Nvidia. During our gaming tests, we were able to play Triple-A titles at Ultra Settings on QHD resolution at respectable framerates. It did struggle quite a bit on Cyberpunk 2077 especially when we cranked up RayTracing as it hovered around 10 to 20 fps then. So, we opted to just run it on standard Ultra. As well as on battles in Total War Warhammer III. With other more demanding games though it averaged at around 60 to above 60 fps.

Less demanding ones are a walk-in-the-park averaging above 60, sometimes even hitting the max 120 fps the display can support. Remember these benchmarks are all at QHD resolution, so going down to 1080p or FHD will yield far better results. Same with tweaking the settings for your game a little bit and not sticking to the presets. Either way, the Radeon 6800S proved that AMD can now compete again in the higher echelons of the GPU game. Plus, it shows ROG wasn’t completely crazy placing it on one of their more coveted laptops.

Battery Life and Upgradability

On the battery front, the Zephyrus G14 (2022) performed admirably. It isn’t as long-lasting as other thin and lights out there but it can hold its own. During our video loop test (1080p video with 50% screen brightness and audio with earphones plugged-in) it lasted around 7 hours and 13 mins. In my day-to-day usage, depending on how heavy my tasks are, it can last around 4 to 6 hours. That’s more than enough to last you a session in a coffee shop before needing to plug in or go home. Needless to say, the Zephyrus G14 (2022) won’t burn out as quickly as you might expect on battery.

As for upgradability, you are left with the standard options for replacements and upgrades — Storage and RAM. For RAM, you have one stick soldered in while the other is free to upgrade. Then for storage, you just have one slot that’s already filled with your 512/1TB SSD. So, not much wiggle room here. Especially in storage as you are left with just upgrading to a bigger-sized drive. Plus changing RAM for the most expensive variant may no longer be an option as you already have the max 16 + 16 combo. Replacing the other stick to 32 may present problems. Yet you do have support for up to 48 GB of RAM.

Thermals and Acoustics

ROG did an upgrade on the entire cooling system of the Zephyrus G14 (2022), replacing heat pipes with vapor chambers and providing liquid metal paste on both CPU and GPU. Despite those upgrades though, the laptop still recorded quite high internal temperatures during our stress tests. The CPU logged a high 93° max, while the GPU came in at around 83°. During gaming, the temps hovered around these numbers too, going as high as 87° for the CPU and around 83° for the GPU. This also translates to fan noise as the moment you open a heavy program or even game, you’ll hear those fans roar.

External temperatures aren’t any better as the bottom of the chassis is burning hot. This extends to the places of the exhausts, particularly the sides and top of the keyboard deck. Another problem I noticed is how far the blast of hot air from the rear exhausts reaches. It hit more than half of the display with the bottom part of the lid being too hot to even touch. This proves my point even further, that prolonged heavy usage of the device may result in display damage because of the exhaust placement.

Verdict

The Zephyrus G14 (2022) came back this year with a lot of upgrades. We have an even crazier AniMe Matrix, the Nebula Display treatment, a bigger trackpad, RGB on the keyboard, a new cooling system, and a CPU and GPU bump courtesy of AMD. It definitely has more guns than its predecessor and performs even better. However, while it is a definite upgrade it still has some deal-breaking quirks. One of which is the exhaust placement, I know, I’ve been ranting about this in the whole article but facts are facts. Even more so, when the thermals inside and out aren’t well maintained adding to the danger.

If you have confidence though that the display can hold that kind of heat and look past the not-so-good thermals. Then you have a winner in your hands as this is a laptop with great performance, an amazing display, and an above-average battery life. Although, more importantly, you can pretty much gain a new hobby by playing around with its improved AniMe Matrix system. So, if you’ve ever wanted to game and “AniMe some more”, the Zephyrus G14 (2022) has got you covered.

Reasons to Get

  • Relatively thin and light
  • Great overall performance
  • Above-average battery life
  • Stellar display

Reasons Not to Get

  • Not so optimal rear exhaust design
  • Loud fans
  • Hot internal and external temperatures

Specifications and Price

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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