We have selected some of the best Black Friday monitor deals for you to upgrade your working or gaming space. We will start with Samsung’s 49-inch curved gaming monitor, which is currently getting a $500 discount, leaving it at $1,000 shipped. This QHD display will offer 120Hz refresh rates with AMD Freesync 2 technology.
Next up, we have another 49-inch monitor from Samsung. However, this monitor is thought for business. You can get it for $950, with $251 savings, and you get a 3-year warranty. You can also settle for another 49-inch gaming monitor from Samsung, which is selling for $750 with $350 savings.
Black Friday prices will keep dropping as screen sizes start getting smaller. This 34-inch Samsung Business Ultra-wide curved desktop monitor is currently available for $480 with a $113 discount, and it will deliver 100Hz refresh rates. The 27-inch Acer Predator WQHD gaming monitor with NVIDIA G-Sync is getting a $132 discount, which means you can get one for $467.50. Next up, LG’s 27-inch 4K UHD IPS monitor with HDR10 is selling for $380 with $70 savings. However, these deals will only be good through today, so you may want to hurry.
If you’re looking for something that goes under the $300 price tag, Black Friday has LG’s 34-inch IPS monitor with HDR10 with a $100 discount, leaving it at just $300. LG’s 27-inch IPS monitor with Radeon Freesync is also available for $300 after a $50 discount.
Other deals include the Acer 24.5-inch monitor with AMD Radeon FreeSync for $200, the 24-inch LG IPS monitor for $150, and the 24-inch Dell ultra-thin bezel monitor with anti-glare for $105, with $45, $50, and $45 discounts, respectively.
Today’s deals include Apple’s previous-generation MacBook Air for $899 with $100 savings. This will get you a new laptop with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. If you want to spend more money, you can get a new 16-inch MacBook Pro starting at $2,149 with $250 savings, which gets you 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor. Finally, Apple’s 21.5-inch mid-2020 iMac with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5processor can be yours for just $1,199 with a $100 discount.
We continue with the Motorola RAZR 5G, which is getting a $400 discount, leaving it at just $1,000 in its unlocked version that comes with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM under the hood. We get more Android phone deals, as the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is getting a $151 discount, leaving it at $549, and you get an unlocked device with 128GB storage. The Moto Edge with 256GB storage and 6GB RAM can be yours for just $400 with $300 savings, or the Galaxy A21 for $500 with $100 savings in its 128GB version.
Chromebooks are also on sale, as we get $200 savings on the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook with an Intel Core i5 processor, with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for $799. The ASUS Chromebook Flip is getting a $40 discount, which leaves it at $530. And there are three more options from Acer. The Acer Chromebook 331 is available for $169 with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, down from its regular $229. The Acer Chromebook 715 with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage can be yours for $349, with $150 savings
Finally, the new Apple Watch Series 6 is getting a $120 discount in its 44mm GPS + Cellular version, leaving it at $629, which is less expensive than the 40mm version with a $40 discount, which leaves it at $659.
We start today’s deals with tons of Apple discounts. First, Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel Core i9 processor, 16GB RAM, and 1TB storage is getting a $300 discount, leaving it at $2,499. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is also on sale, and you can get it with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage for $1,349 with $150 savings. Finally, the MacBook Air Is getting a $70 discount, which leaves the version with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for $929. Just bear in mind that these are the Intel-powered MacBooks and not the recently launched MacBooks with Apple Silicone.
We will now focus on Apple Watch deals, as the latest Apple Watch Series 6 is getting a $20 discount in the 40mm GPS-only version, leaving it at $379. If you want the larger 44mm version, you can get it for $409 with the same $20 discount. The Apple Watch SE with LTE connectivity is getting a $49 discount in its 40mm version, leaving it at $280. However, the Apple Watch Series 3 is also on sale, and you can get it for $179 in its GPS-only 38mm version with $20 savings.
Gaming mice and keyboards are also on sale today. We find the ASUS ROG Chakram Wireless Aura Sync RGB Gaming Mouse selling for $130 after a $30 discount. The Logitech G502 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse is getting a $50 discount, leaving it at just $100, and the ASUS Optical gaming mouse ROG Gladius II is getting a $10 discount, leaving it at $40. If you’re looking for a gaming keyboard, the Cooler Master SK630 White Limited Edition Tenkeyless mechanical keyboard is selling for $74 with $46 savings. AUKEY’s mechanical gaming keyboard is available for $50 after a $10 discount, and you can also grab a Cooler Master MH650 gaming headset for $80 with the same $10 discount.
Other deals include the LG NanoCell 85 Series Smart TV, which starts at $497 with $183 savings in the 49-inch model, $697 for the 55-inch, $897 for the 65-inch, and $1,397 for the 75-inch model, with up to $403 savings. LG’s 27-inch UHD IPS display is getting a $253 discount leaving it at $447, and Samsung’s V-NAND SSD 970 EVO Plus SSD with 1TB storage space is selling for $150 after a $100 discount.
We start today’s deals with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, as it’s currently getting a $200 discount, leaving the 128GB unlocked version for $1,100. However, you can also go for the regular Samsung Galaxy Note 20 as it’s getting the same $200 discount, which leaves the unlocked device with the same storage space for $800. And since we’re talking about Samsung, you may also want to consider getting a 42mm Samsung Galaxy Watch in Midnight Black for $169 with $91 savings.
Gaming laptops are also on sale, and there are several options to choose from. We will start with the Razer Blade 15 Base gaming laptop 2020, which comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 GPU, 16GB RAM, and 256GB for $1,500 with $100 savings. Acer’s Predator Helios 300 comes with an Intel i7 Processor, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, 16GB RAM, and 512GB storage space for $1,097 after a $103 discount, and finally, the ASUS ZenBook Duo comes with the same processor, 8GB RAM, and 512GB storage space for $1,100 after a $200 discount. This last laptop is not a gaming laptop, but its new design, the FHD NanoEdge Bezel Touch Display, and other features may be an interesting option for anyone looking for a new laptop.
We also find discounts on Sony’s 65-inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV, which is currently listed for $600 after a massive $400 discount. You can also choose the smaller 55-inch version of the Sony X750H, which is up for grabs for $520 with $280 savings.
Other deals include several gaming controllers such as the PowerA Pokemon Enhanced Wireless GameCube Style Controller for Nintendo Switch for $35 with a $15 discount. PowerA’s Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch in several color options, starting at $37.49, depending on the version you choose.
Other deals include the Logitech G604 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse for $70 after a $30 discount, the Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless gaming mouse for $100 with $50 savings, and AUKEY’s mechanical gaming keyboard, which is currently listed for $45, but you can get a 30 percent discount when you use promo code ICA2M6EP.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Apple’s MacBook Air and more on sale today
The official news today begin with deals and it seems Samsung wants to get even more aggressive than what we’ve seen. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is currently $280 off, leaving the entry level variant for $1120. And don’t worry, this is the unlocked US variant so, no Exynos chip here. The S20+ is also $201 off, leaving the 128GB variant for $998 in Cosmic Black or Grey. Moving on to Apple, the latest MacBook Air is $100 off, leaving the higher end 8GB of Ram and 512GB of storage variant for $1200 and, we also have more deals for other storage tiers in the description. We also have deals on Kindles, BenQ Gaming monitors and more right along those, and yes if you want even more.
Now let’s talk about gaming phones, as it seems that ASUS is still the king in this department with its ROG Phone 3. If you remember it was launched in India back in July but, it’s finally making it’s way to the US. It brings a 6.59in AMOLED display running at 144Hz. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 865+, and it brings up to 16GB of RAM, 512GB of onboard storage and a 6000 mAh battery. But, we’ve heard all of that before so, let’s get to availability and price tags which aren’t exactly positive. The entry level variant which packs 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage will cost you $1000, and the higher tier variant with 16GB of RAM, it’ll set you back at $1100. It’s currently available on retailers like Amazon or Walmart as we speak. So yeah, definitely not the price tags I thought we’d get given how aggressive Asus can be, but hey, hope it works out.
Qualcomm is working on its own gaming phone in partnership with Asus: Report
And since we already begun with ASUS, how about if we continue talking about the company, but this time with a very interesting Qualcomm twist. According to a new report from DigiTimes, Qualcomm has joined hands with ASUS to develop their own gaming smartphone. Yes, Qualcomm making its own phone. This phone will most likely be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 875 and, it’ll probably be announced at their Tech Summit in December. The report mentions that ASUS won’t be a simple designer for this smartphone and that both companies are considering a joint-purchase for the components, meaning it will be a team effort throughout the whole process. Apparently they’ll manufacture one million phones, with half of them being Qualcomm branded, and the other half being ROG branded. So yeah, the combo is kinda weird, but this isn’t the first time Qualcomm makes a phone.. You’ll just have to be old enough to remember it from the 90s.
Two budget OnePlus Nord phones coming to the US soon?
Now who’s waiting for the PS5? I’ll admit a part of me is looking more at Xbox Series X, but don’t judge me, I might still go the PS5 route. Thing is for those of you waiting, yes it’s still not out, but now we have some hands-on videos and even gameplay to talk about. Both of these videos come from Japan showing different things from the console. The first one is a 46 second clip that shows the user playing with the console but, you can pretty much only see the controller working. The screen and the console are blurred in the background. However, there’s another full 24min video that shows us the design of the console, the controller and gameplay of three different titles. Sadly, the gameplay is screen recorded so we can’t really show you how good it actually is, and these titles don’t really push the graphics but, you can definitely tell that they’re not playing at 60fps anymore as it looks smoother. We’re getting the PS5 soon so, are you guys planning to get the Xbox or the PlayStation?
New OnePlus 8T leaks show us the phone’s camera and wallpapers
And alright, let’s continue with the new batch of OnePlus leaks and rumors, cause you knew they were coming. We’re about a week away from the OnePlus Event and the company keeps putting out more and more teasers on what we should expect. Before we get into the official teaser, someone on the XDA forums just recovered the new wallpapers for this phone from an unreleased version of the OnePlus Wallpapers App. Moving on, the company went on Twitter to tease low light photography, with a picture taken from on top of a building at sunset. I’ll say first impressions are not bad, but we’ve yet to see a OnePlus phone that actually makes any other phone look bad. We’ll keep you posted on how this evolve, cause this only means more teasers are coming.
Story of the day:
A new HomePod mini may be on its way, but no HomePod 2
The notch may finally become smaller in the iPhone 13
And finally for the most interesting news today, let’s talk Apple as we got two separate news, one for next week’s event, and one for what we won’t be getting on this event cause it seems Cupertino is not ready.… Yesterday we covered how Apple removed all third party speakers from their shelves, hinting to them launching a new HomePod. Well, according to Love To Dream on Twitter, there won’t be no HomePod 2 this year and instead, we’ll be getting a HomePod Mini. And, this isn’t anything new as rumors for the HomePod Mini have been around for a while now. It will most likely be less expensive than the original model, with some of the same features but sacrificing some of the hardware components to bring the price down. Now, let’s move on to the iPhone 12.. Or should I say what we won’t be getting until iPhone 13, probably. On a new tweet, Ice Universe claims that the iPhone 13 will still bring a notch, but this time it will actually get a design change. There’s been a ton of leaks that we’re getting a smaller notch this year with the 12 line but, apparently it’s just the fact that the bezels are becoming slimmer, making the notch seem thinner instead of Apple actually making it smaller. On the next tweet he sketched the 12’s notch against the 13’s rumored one, and the 13 looks way slimmer than the solution on the 12 but… Seriously Apple? We hope at least that one brings ProMotion.
The dates for the next Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit have been revealed, and if the past iterations are anything to go by, the chipmaker will launch its next flagship chipset at the two-day event which starts on December 1. While the company is yet to release an official teaser, rumors suggest that the next fire-breathing top-of-the-line silicon from Qualcomm will be called Snapdragon 875. We might even witness the company launching new Snapdragon 7xx series processors, but those are mere speculations at the moment. As per a new report though, Qualcomm might also have a surprise announcement to make – its very own gaming smartphone.
Taiwan-based DigiTimes – which covers the semiconductor, electronics and PC industry – mentions in a report that Qualcomm has joined hands with Asus to develop its own gaming smartphone. Now, this will be the company’s first rodeo at making a gaming smartphone, but partnering with Asus does make sense. The latter has a lot of experience with gaming-centric smartphones that go all out when it comes to their hardware prowess, with the best example being its latest offering – the ROG Phone 3.
It goes without saying that Qualcomm will equip its gaming smartphone with its latest flagship SoC- the Snapdragon 875. However, it appears that the partnership goes well beyond just taking help from Asus to design a device that caters to mobile gaming enthusiasts. The companies are reportedly (via XDA-Developers) considering a joint purchase of components that go inside their respective yet-to-be-announced gaming smartphones, and that includes everything from camera modules and memory chips to batteries and cooling hardware.
More importantly, one million gaming smartphones will roll off the assembly line, half of which will bear the Qualcomm branding while the rest will be sold by Asus under its ROG Phone lineup. Of course, both the phones will go in different directions when it comes to their aesthetics, but they surely will share similar internal hardware. The decision sounds good on paper though, as Asus can bring its expertise at making a great gaming smartphone to the table, while optimizations made by Qualcomm will milk the most out of its next flagship chipset. Needless to say, it appears to be a win-win situation for both companies.
ASUS ROG Phone 3 was launched in India way back in July. It was made available in two storage variants of 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage. Now, the company is introducing a third model of ROG Phone 3. The new variant comes equipped with 12GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
It is priced at INR 52,999 (~$723). Further, it will be up for grabs from October 16 through Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale. As for now, the existing 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variants are priced at Rs 49,999 (~$682) and Rs 57,999 (~$792), respectively.
The ROG Phone 3 features a 6.59-inch FHD+ HDR10+ AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 270Hz touch sampling rate. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ SoC paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. It sports a main snapper uses a 64MP (Sony IMX686 sensor), assisted by a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 5MP camera, while selfie and video call duties will be handled by a 24MP macro camera. The rear camera can shoot 8K video, while 4K video at 60fps is supported by both the front and rear cameras.
It packs a 6,000mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging and the QC 4.0 standard. The new GameCool 3 thermal hardware employs a 6x larger heat sink, a redesigned Copper 3D vapor chamber, and a larger graphite film for more efficient heat dissipation. Another area where ROG Phone 3 improves is the capacitive AirTrigger 3 shoulder buttons, which now support sliding and swiping.
Asus has retained the proprietary side-mounted port for charging the phone and attaching the new accessories that include the ROG Kunai 3 gamepad, TwinView Dock 3, Mobile Desktop Dock 2, the ROG Clip, and a redesigned Lighting Armor case.
The Zephyrus lineup from Asus’ Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand is known for gaming laptops that don’t weigh a ton or look like an alien spaceship with gaudy RGB effects. The slim-and-light gaming laptop niche in which the Zephyrus portfolio thrives has only a handful of rivals from the likes of Razer and MSI. The ROG Zephyrus series laptops are definitely pricey, but the company turned a new leaf with the Zephyrus G laptop last year, a sleek and mean machine that didn’t cost a bomb, and also finally convinced me to buy a gaming laptop as well.
Asus is now following that up with the Zephyrus G14, a ‘compact gaming laptop‘ (sounds ridiculous, right?) that packs some serious firepower for both AAA gaming and productivity tasks, while being light enough to carry it to your class or meeting room without a hitch. Plus, the cool new AniMe Matrix display on the lid adds some much-needed oomph that gaming laptops are known for. Asus has kept the price of its new offering in line with the original Zephyrus G, but the final bill will vary depending upon the firepower you need under the hood. So, let’s see what this machine is truly capable of!
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 specifications
Before we get to the nitty-gritty side of this review, let’s quickly go through the machine’s specifications:
14-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440), 60Hz 14-inch FHD (1920 x 1080), 120Hz 14-inch FHD (1920 x 1080), 60Hz 100% sRGB Adaptive Sync
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS (3.3 GHz, up to 4.4 GHz boost) AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS (2.9 GHz, up to 4.2 GHz boost) AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS (3.0 GHz, up to 4.0 GHz boost)
8GB / 16GB DDR4 Expandable up to 24GB using 1x SO-DIMM slot
512GB / 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
180W power adaptor Support for Type-C PD 3.0 up to 65W
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A 1 x HDMI 2.0b 1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack 1 x Kensington lock
Width: 32.4cm Depth: 22.2cm Height: 1.99cm
Moonlight White Eclipse Grey
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 starts at Rs. 80,990 in India for the base variant with Ryzen 5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and a 14-inch FHD display. We got the high-end variant for review that packs a 14-inch WQHD display with a lower 60Hz refresh rate, the beastly Ryzen 9 4900HS processor paired with 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU with Max-Q design. This variant costs almost double at Rs. 1,61,990.
If you’re into more invested in the idea of playing games on the Zephyrus G14, we suggest picking up the variant with a full-HD display and a higher 120Hz refresh rate for a better gaming experience. But if you plan on using this machine for productivity tasks such as photo or video editing, the more pixel-dense WQHD panel will be the better choice. Thankfully, you can choose if you want to spend extra bucks for the cool AniMe Matrix display.
Design and build quality
The Zephyrus G14 doesn’t look like a gaming laptop at first sight – especially the Moonlight White variant that we have for review – and that is both good and bad.
If you’re not a fan of all that RGB bling on gaming laptops and want something understated and subtle, the Zephyrus G14 might just be the right machine for you. The AniMe Matrix panel at the back is subtle, but you can choose to turn that off as well, leaving just a diagonally contrasting pattern on the rear panel. The only aesthetic trait it borrows from other ROG siblings is the rear heat vents, whose presence makes it clear that this machine will breathe fire under stress.
While the design is understated, the materials used to craft the laptop are premium. The lid is made out of aluminum, while the rest of the frame is crafted from a magnesium-aluminum alloy sheet that is smooth to touch and also keeps fingerprints at bay. Additionally, the silver paintjob on the desk and sides give it a sweet retro vibe.
Plus, the huge ROG logo has also gone in favor of a small badge that is neatly located at one corner of the lid, further adding to its minimalist appeal. However, in designing the Zephyrus G14, Asus has also sacrificed the stealthy dual-tone brushed metal finish on other Zephyrus series laptops, which was quite appealing to look at.
But design is just one part of the story, as form factor and portability are what truly set this machine apart.
The ROG Zephyrus tips the scales at just 1.7kg and is less than 2cm thick – and that is something you can’t associate with many gaming laptops out there. I compared the machine with my Asus Pro laptop that I purchased a few years ago, and found that the Zephyrus G14 is slimmer, lighter and smaller than it, despite being a gaming laptop.
I had no trouble carrying the ROG Zephyrus G14 to the park and spending a few hours writing articles on it or playing a few rounds of Apex Legends without having to worry about stressing my shoulders while carrying it. Plus, the battery life proved to be quite a life-saver, but more on that later.
During our press interaction, Asus made it clear that the Zephyrus G14 is targeted at both gamers and office desk warriors, and not squarely at gamers who want the absolute best in terms of raw power and performance. And that vision certainly reflects with the heft and form factor of the device. In fact, people around me had a hard time guessing that the Zephyrus G14 was a gaming-centric laptop, thanks to its small size and weight. Yes, 14-inch is not the best size for gaming, but that less-than-ideal screen diagonal and slim bezels helped Asus achieve those compact dimensions that you rarely come across on a gaming machine.
There is no flex on the keyboard deck and minimal wobbling of the lid is only noticeable while adjusting the display viewing angle. Additionally, Asus has borrowed the ErgoLift hinge design that we’ve seen on the ZenBook and VivoBook line of laptops. As part of this design, the bottom of the lid is curved, so that when the laptop is opened, the lid actually lifts the keyboard deck at an angle from the surface beneath it. This not only helps while typing by making the experience more comfortable, but also helps with airflow beneath the laptop – something I can’t stress enough how important it is for gaming laptops.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard layout is a fairly standard affair. The keys are well-spaced and the direction keys are thankfully not cramped. Another neat trait is that despite the small-ish size of the Zephyrus G14, Asus has retained the dedicated volume control and mic buttons at the top, just above the function key row. The only thing that has changed compared to the last-gen Zephyrus G is the absence of paging keys that were located in a column on the right side. This is not an edge-to-edge key layout, but you won’t be complaining about it either.
Talking about the keyboard experience, the keys have an optimum amount of travel and offer satisfactory springy feedback. Of course, the experience is nowhere near what you would find on a mechanical keyboard, but the Zephyrus G14’s keyboard bodes well for both typing articles on it all day long and punishing the WASD keys during those late-night gaming sessions.
The only major complaint I have is the color of keys. The white backlight and silver paint all over does not provide much of a contrast, which makes it difficult to spot some of them, especially when under daylight. Plus, the elevation of the keycaps is also a problem, as the white backlight from the base is way brighter than what you see from above from each key. As for the trackpad, it is smooth and recognizes multi-finger gestures with ease. Although it is a bit narrower than what I am used to, I was happy with the overall experience, even while touching up the occasional photos, some of which also went into this article.
A new introduction is the fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button, a first for Asus’ Zephyrus series of laptops. The fingerprint recognition is quick and I don’t remember coming across any accuracy or speed issues after using the laptop for a few weeks.
For this review, Asus sent us the model with a 14-inch WQHD Pantone-validated display that covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut and offers a 60Hz refresh rate. The display is sharp and color reproduction was also on point. The brightness output is over 300 nits, which is higher than a lot of gaming laptops out there, and is adequate to use the device under daylight without any issues. Viewing angles were also satisfactory with minimal color distortion when viewed from an angle.
We ran a few synthetic quality tests such as the Dry Creek Photo Monitor Black Point check test as well as the Lagom and EIZO tests for parameters such as sharpness, contrast ratio, and gradients, and found the results turned out on the positive side. However, one area that needs a tad bit of improvement would be backlight uniformity – especially around the edges – an issue that becomes noticeable while viewing content with dark background at high brightness levels.
A 16:9 aspect ratio on a small-ish 14-inch panel is not best suited for productivity.
While the display quality won’t leave you wanting for more in general, the dimensions prove to be cumbersome. And since my work involves split-screen multitasking pretty much all day long, I had to scale down the view of each window to accommodate more content on the screen at the cost of smaller text size.
The program windows simply looked cramped, but if you’ve been using a Surface or a 13-incher as your daily driver, you’ll feel right at home. For me, the transition from a 17-inch panel (or an even larger connected monitor) to the Zephrus G14’s display took some time getting used to.
There is also support for adaptive sync, which means you can expect minimal visual tearing and artifacts while playing games. The thin bezels are a welcome treat, but Asus has made a big compromise to achieve that look, and that compromise is called a webcam.
Just like its predecessor, the Zephyrus G14 also misses out on a webcam.
While the lack of a webcam might not be a big deal on a regular day, we live in times when office work has become heavily reliant on video chats, which makes the lack of a webcam a red flag, and even a deterrent for many.
AniMe Matrix Display
What the Zephyrus G14 lacks in flashy RGB lighting and aggressive styling, it makes up for that oomph with the AniMe Matrix display on the lid. One half (diagonally separated) of the lid has perforations behind which Asus has fitted 1,215 mini-LEDs that you can customize as per your liking. You can use it to display battery life and date, flash your name or a custom image as an animation, or simply use the ROG logo in an assortment of styles.
The Armory Crate offers a lot of customization options such as animation time, contrast and brightness controls, a variety of pre-installed animations, and a ton of text effects (complete with font and size choice) to name a few. You can even customize it to display email notifications, which is quite neat. There is also an audio mode that lets you choose between six spectrum effects to sync with the audio playback and produce a neat equalizer effect.
Of course, using the AniMe Matrix effects will take a toll on your battery life. However, you can choose to enable it only when the Zephyrus G14 is in sleep mode. But the bigger question is – Do you really need the AniMeMatrix display? And if yes, then why? If you want to add some oomph and let the world take a notice of your gaming machine, go right ahead. But if you seek something less flashy but not too dull either, the contrasting diagonal halves on the lid will serve you well enough without shining hundreds of LEDs through tiny holes.
You can save some money by skipping the AniMeMatrix display, because it doesn’t bring any productive value to the user, except for some bragging rights and a few thirsty glances from onlookers.
The Zephyrus G14 we got for review came equipped with the Ryzen 9 processor ticking alongside the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU with 6GB of graphics memory. Needless to say, the configuration is quite powerful from the get-go, and as such, there were no surprises during the review phase.
Starting with my regular usage, which involves writing articles and surfing the web all day long, I didn’t notice any stutters or lag. Here’s what I kept open and running all day long – an image editing software, Spotify, a doc editor, WordPad, Telegram, multiple Chrome windows with each having up to 20 tabs open, and a couple of windows utility tools running in the background. Even waking up the machine from sleep, the experience was zippy.
Coming to the more demanding parts, I handed over the machine to a graphics designer who happens to be a friend of mine. He put the Zephyrus G14 through its paces running a couple of heavy edits in PhotoShop and Illustrator, and came out impressed with how well the machine handled it all. The only gripe was that the 14-inch diagonal is somewhat of a limiting factor.
Now, the real part – gaming. I played some Anthem, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Doom Eternal, Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Far Cry 5. With Direct X12 enabled and the graphics preset set to Very High in Rise of the Tomb Raider, I comfortably played at a consistent 60fps or above without any issues.
In Anthem – a pretty demanding game heavy on graphics details such as shadows, complex lighting and textures – I got an average of 55-65 fps with graphics set to High and resolution at WQHD, which made for a great session of flying around in a manned suit and blasting aliens. There were occasional frame drops during intense combat or while executing sharp maneuvers while riding the javelin at the Ultra preset, but the overall experience was pleasant.
Even while playing demanding games, the performance was satisfactory, the FPS count was commendably steady, and the visual transition from dark to well-lit regions looked smooth and immersive.
Slightly less demanding or older games such as Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt and Doom also crossed the 60fps boundary at high or ultra settings without breaking a sweat. However, I did face some initial hiccups while playing Metro Exodus, Battlefield 5 and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, spending some time adjusting the advanced graphics settings to get a stable frame rate and get rid of the random stutters. Overall, I found the Zephyrus 14 powerful enough to run most AAA titles out there at respectable frame rates and medium to high graphics presets. Similarly, the benchmark tests such as Cinebench 20, PCMark 10 and 3DMark that I ran also returned impressive results.
But all that brute firepower and buttery smooth performance crammed in a smaller-than-usual form factor come at a cost – heating.
I noticed that a 30-40 minute gaming session made the keyboard deck uncomfortably hot. Plus, the fans got really loud and could be heard whirring at their max. Working all day long in the ‘silent’ profile (low GPU and CPU usage, high energy savings), I did not come across any thermal issues. But during heavy media editing with the system profile set to ‘Turbo’ (peak CPU and GPU usage, minimum power-saving and charger plugged in), the heating issue became worrisome.
Notably, the base of the Zephyrus G14 did not get as hot as the keyboard deck, possibly due to the airflow beneath it facilitated by the lifting hinge design. On a positive note though, the machine never went to sleep or abruptly shut down, as has been the case with a few gaming laptops I’ve used in the past when they are pushed to their limit.
The M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD packed inside the ROG Zephyrus G14 is also among the fastest you’ll find on a laptop.
On CrystalDiskMark, I got sequential read and write speeds of 1861MB/s and 1755MB/s respectively. Additionally, I was able to transfer a 2.3GB mp4 file in less than 20 seconds via the onboard USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port. Thanks to the fast SSD, game installation and loading was noticeably faster, and system startup was also swift.
Aside from raw performance, another area that the ROG Zephyrus G14 shines is battery life. With my day-to-day usage pattern, I managed to get anywhere between 7.5 hours and 9 hours of battery life on average with screen brightness set to around 70% mark and the system profile on silent.
The battery longevity figures are quite impressive for a machine that is targeted at gaming, and definitely much better than its predecessor.
Unsurprisingly, battery depletion while playing games was much faster and I couldn’t get past 3 hours of battery life irrespective of the game I played. But of course, you likely will plug in the charging cable during your gaming sessions. Talking about charging, Asus ships the Zephyrus G14 with a 180W brick, and you also get support for USB Type-C PD 3.0 charging that supports a peak output of up to 65W
On its own turf, the Asus ROG Zephyrus barely has any competitors, and save for Razer’s 13.3-inch Blade series gaming laptops, there really isn’t a rival in the ‘small gaming laptop’ class. This is both a good and bad thing – good for Asus because less competition is always a welcome change, and bad for consumers because they don’t have many options to choose from.
If you’re on the hunt for a compact laptop that can handle your office work without breaking a sweat and is also good enough for casual gaming sessions, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is a great choice.
Even the base variant with a Ryzen 5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics is a much better combination compared to what you get from a comparably priced ultrabook with an Intel Core i5 processor paired with integrated graphics or an NVIDIA MX-series GPU.
And as you progress higher up the price ladder, you can go up to the immensely powerful Ryzen 9 and the RTX 2060 combo, which is great for gaming as well as demanding productivity tasks. After all, what more do you want from a gaming laptop if it delivers a stable 60FPS output in most modern games and can handle demanding software without any stutters or freezing? Sure, you can buy more powerful gaming laptops from Asus itself as well as rival brands for that price, but they will also burden you with their size and bulky form factor.
With the Zephyrus G14, what you get is a compact powerhouse with great battery life, dependable performance, a pleasantly compact form factor, and fresh design.
There are a few areas where the laptop could improve such as a better cooling system, a weirdly low-contrast color tone for the keyboard and white backlight, and some Armory Crate quirks. But the larger picture here is that the ROG Zephyrus G14 is a winner for Asus, and for buyers who know what they want in terms of firepower and portability, this one’s a great pick.
For me personally, it’s a big thumbs up!
Pleasantly light and compact for such a powerful machine
Runs really hot while gaming
Can handle most modern games and software well
Silver paintjob on keys with white backlight is not optimal for viewing
Great battery life for a power-hungry machine
Screen size can be limiting for productivity tasks
Cool AniMe Matrix display for that added dash of oomph
ASUS has announced its flagship Zenfone 7 series. The ASUS Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro feature a 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, DC Dimming and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. While the vanilla variant is powered by Snapdragon 865, the Pro model comes with Snapdragon 865+ SoC. They run ZenUI 7 based on Android 10.
ASUS says that the Flip Camera in ZenFone 7 has a new, 40% smaller, yet more powerful stepper motor and the angle sensor has offers more precise 0.5-degree steps control of the flip angle. Further, it can memorize your three favorite flip positions for quick angle switching.
ASUS Zenfone 7 series specifications
6.67-inch (2400 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 90Hz AMOLED HDR 20:9 aspect ratio display, 110% DCI-P3, 105% NTSC color gamut, 700 nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
ZenFone 7 Pro – Snapdragon 865 Plus
ZenFone 7 – Snapdragon 865
ZenFone 7 Pro – 8GB LPDDR5 RAM with 512GB (UFS 3.1) storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
ZenFone 7 – 6GB/ 8GB LPDDR5 RAM with 128GB (UFS 3.1) storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
64MP camera with Sony IMX686 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, 4-axis OIS (only in 7 Pro), 12MP ultra-wide camera with Sony IMX363 sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 4cm macro mode, 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, up to 12x digital zoom, 4-axis OIS (only in 7 Pro), 8k video at 30 fps, 4k at 60fps, 4k ultra-wide, slow-motion 4K at 120 fps, 1080p at 240fps
USB Type-C Hi-Res audio, 5-magnet stereo speaker with dual NXP TFA9874 smart amplifier, Triple microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
Side-mounted fingerprint recognition sensor
Android 10 with ZenUI 7
Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
Dimensions: 165.08×77.28×9.6mm; Weight: 230g
5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, Galileo(E1+E5a), QZSS(L1+L5), NavIC(L5), USB Type-C, NFC
5000mAh with 30W fast charging, supports up to 30W QC4.0 / PD3.0 / Direct Charge adapter
The ASUS Zenfone 7 is priced at NT$21,999 (US$ 749) for the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage variant, while the 8GB RAM with 128GB storage version costs NT$23,999 (US$ 817). On the other hand, the Zenfone 7 Pro costs NT$27,990 (US$ 953) for the 8GB RAM with 512GB storage version. Both the phones are available to order in Taiwan starting today.
ASUS will be announcing the Zenfone 7 series on August 26. It is likely to launch two models, Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro. Now, live images of the vanilla Zenfone 7 have leaked online. They confirm the presence of a flip-camera setup. There will be three cameras situated in the module and a forth sensor sitting at the back.
The ASUS Zenfone 7 is said to feature a 6.4-inch LCD display supplied by BOE. It could come with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and a 60Hz refresh rate. Further, the phone will feature a fingerprint scanner supplied by Goodix. It could be situated either on the rear or the side of the device.
As previously rumored, the ASUS Zenfone 7 is tipped to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. Moreover, it is rumored to have support for a MicroSD card that is believed will sit in a triple card SIM tray. The phone is said to sport a triple flip camera setup of a 64MP Sony IMX686 main camera + a 12MP IMX363 ultrawide angle camera + a ToF camera. It could pack a 5,000mAh battery with support for fast charging.
ASUS will be announcing the Zenfone 7 series on August 26. The company is said to be preparing two models, Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro for its next flagship series. Now, specifications of the regular variant have leaked online. They were found in the kernel source of the ROG Phone 3 by the tech blog ReaMeizu.
The ASUS Zenfone 7 is said to feature a 6.4-inch LCD display supplied by BOE. It could come with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The disappointing part is that the phone might sport a 60Hz refresh rate. In 2020, flagships are expected to come with a high refresh rate display, and the Zenfone series fans will definitely not be impressed by the leaked specifications.
Further, the phone will feature a fingerprint scanner supplied by Goodix. It could be situated either on the rear or the side of the device. As previously rumored, the ASUS Zenfone 7 is tipped to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. Moreover, it is rumored to have support for a MicroSD card that is believed will sit in a triple card SIM tray.
The phone is said to sport a triple flip camera setup of a 64MP Sony IMX686 main camera + a 12MP IMX363 ultrawide angle camera + a ToF camera. It could pack a 5,000mAh battery with support for fast charging.
ASUS will be announcing the Zenfone 7 series on August 26. The company is said to be preparing two models, Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro for its next flagship series. Now, the price of the Pro variant has leaked online. As per leakster Roland Quandt, it will cost €550 for the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant. Plus, it is said to be powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC.
According to Quandt, there will also be a 6/128 GB version priced at €500. The price is far less than OnePlus’ 2020 offerings. ASUS could capture OnePlus‘ market with aggressive pricing. Earlier today, the company confirmed that its next flagship lineup will retain the fan-favorite flip camera setup.
Meanwhile, the ASUS Zenfone 7 is tipped be powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC and cost lesser. According to the NCC certification, the ASUS device with model number ZS670KS will feature a 6.7-inch display. Connectivity options could include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.0, and NFC. The Zenfone 7 could pack a 4,115mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging.
ASUS Zenfone 7 series was recently announced to be launching in Taiwan on August 26. Now, the Dutch handle of the company has revealed that the Zenfone 7 will feature a flip-camera setup like its predecessor. The teaser video carries a phrase in German saying, “Flip Deine Welt.” This translates to “Flip your world” in English. Hence, it will come with a full-screen display.
ASUS is said to be preparing two models for its Zenfone 7 series. ASUS Zenfone 7 could be powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC while the Zenfone 7 Pro could run on Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset. According to the NCC certification, the new ASUS device with model number ZS670KS will feature a 6.7-inch display.
Further, the upcoming phone is tipped to come with up to 512GB of onboard storage. Connectivity options could include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.0, and NFC. The Zenfone 7 could pack a 4,115mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging.
ASUS Zenfone 7 series is launching on August 26. The company announced the development through its Taiwanese YouTube channel. While the launch will be limited to Taiwan, we can expect the phones to go global soon after.
ASUS is said to be preparing two models for its Zenfone 7 series. ASUS Zenfone 7 could be powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC while the Zenfone 7 Pro could run on Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset. According to the NCC certification, the new ASUS device with model number ZS670KS will feature a 6.7-inch display.
Further, it tips that the upcoming phone will come with up to 512GB of onboard storage. Connectivity options could include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.0, and NFC. The Zenfone 7 could pack a 4,115mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging.
Asus has today launched four new gaming laptops in India under the ROG Scar series, all of which draw power from Intel’s 10th gen Intel Core ‘H’ processors and pack up to NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 20-series graphics. The Taiwanese company has introduced the refreshed Strix G and Strix Scar gaming laptops in 15-inch and 17-inch variants carrying a base price of Rs. 79,990 in the country.
The higher-end ROG Strix Scar 15 and Strix Scar 17 can be configured with a 300Hz FHD display, while the internals go up to an Intel Core i9-10980HK processor and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU with 8GB of GDDR6 graphics memory. It offers three PCIe slots, two of which can accommodate NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs running in RAID 0 configuration while each slot can accommodate an SSD of up to 1TB capacity.
As for the lower-end ROG Strix G15 and G17 laptops, they feature an FHD display with up to 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. Graphics options range from NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti with 4GB of RAM and all the way up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB of graphics memory. These two can be equipped with up to Intel’s Core i7-10750H processor and 32 gigs of RAM.
The ROG Strix G15 starts at Rs. 79,990 and is now available from Flipkart, while its 17-inch sibling will set you back by Rs. 1,04,990 for the base model and will go on sale in the third week of August. The ROG Strix Scar 15 costs Rs. 1,44,990 and will be available to purchase next month, however, the price and availability of ROG Strix Scar 17 is still under the wraps.