Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition. It’s a new version of a great laptop. The original Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 broke genres last year with its tiny 14-inch size, fantastic AMD CPU, and outstanding gaming performance. Cooperation with the namesake DJ and artist Alan Walker gives this new second-generation Special Edition model an exciting touch. Walker now has the 19th most popular video on Youtube, with over 3.2 billion views, and a channel with over 10 billion views. Good.
Walker has teamed with Asus to create a new G14 that combines music and gaming. The G14’s fundamental design is carried over, including the cool Anime Matrix customizable LED feature on the back. But the metallic grey, fabric inserts, and fresh keyboard colours give it a unique new aesthetic.
Possibly more than the laptop itself, the goodies in the packaging set this G14 apart from its brothers. Or rather, the box. True. The box may be used as a synthesizer or mixing pad. It connects via USB-C to the laptop and works with a specific app to create music content. Touch-sensitive places on the box control track speed, sample loading, sound effects, and optional visual effects may be shown on the laptop’s screen or an external monitor.
It’s debatable how well it works for music content development. It’s a nice touch that adds to the idea of its being a unique laptop rather than a spec-driven one. That’s probably for the best, given the spec is lacking in one area. Among the highlights is the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU. There’s nothing like a 14-inch 2,560 by 1,440 IPS display for the best of both worlds: detail and performance, albeit it could be brighter.
At least it would if combined with a higher powerful GPU. Asus chose an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti for this limited edition G14, despite the chassis supporting up to an RTX 3060. Since the 3050 Ti cannot drive the panel’s 120Hz refresh rate at native resolution, that’s a shame. Interpolated games look good at 1080p. But an RTX 3060 would be much more effective.
Despite this, this is a lovely small laptop with superb design and build quality, with a battery life of almost eight hours in PCMark 10. Oh, and the integrated speakers sound excellent. Its dynamic range and fidelity approach Apple’s MacBooks, and it has accurate bass, albeit not as much loudness. A little extra punch would be nice.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition features everything the regular G14 has. Given the performance, it’s minor. It’s built to last. It’s stylish. It’s well put together.
Granted, it doesn’t cover all bases. For example, it lacks a camera, which is conspicuous in this increasingly work-from-home era. Despite this, the slim-bezel design keeps the size down and ensures excellent mobility. Two USB-C ports (only one can power or drive a display), two USB-A, and HDMI. Creators will miss an SD or microSD slot.
The keyboard is also notable for its unique colour scheme and its bed’s solidity and critical actuation. But it’s the back of the display that stands out. The Anime Matrix feature has 1215 programmable mini-LEDs. Making your animated programmes on the back of the screen is ultimately meaningless. But it’s also polished and enjoyable.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition performs well. The eight-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU’s rumble cannot be disputed. The 1TB Samsung M.2 NVMe SSD also performs well, with reading rates of about 3GB/s.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU is less compelling. It’s not a terrible GPU. This chassis is available with the improved RTX 3060, a GPU better suited for the 14-inch 120HZ QHD display. The 3050 Ti handles contemporary games well at 1080p. 1080p interpolated on the 14-inch QHD display looks good. In several games, the 3050 Ti struggles at 1080p with high-quality settings.
Speaking about the display, it’s primarily classy. For most gamers, 120Hz is enough, as is the QHD 2,560 by 1,440 native res. The IPS panel’s colours, contrast, and responsiveness are good. But we’d want it brighter. It can’t compete with average workplace ambient lighting, much alone outside illumination. Still, it’s a fantastic display with outstanding font rendering and detail, and it simply needs a higher powerful GPU for gaming.
Such much processing power and yet so little power consumption is a tribute to the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU’s capacity and efficiency. The ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition runs PCMark 10 for nearly 8 hours. That’s great considering the performance.
The screen’s poor backlight undoubtedly helps. This laptop will play at least three full-length movies on a long-haul journey, even with today’s insane three-hour feature blockbusters. In conclusion, all-day battery life is reasonable for content consumption and web surfing. If you use the eight-core CPU or play games, your battery life will be slashed in half or worse.