The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022), model GA402R, is a high-end gaming laptop with a thin and light design. It replaces the GA401 model from 2021 with AMD Ryzen 5000-series CPUs and NVIDIA RTX GPUs, and it competes directly with the Razer Blade 14. There are many changes in this 2022 model, as it switches to a 16:10 display and an all-AMD system, with a Ryzen 6000 CPU and Radeon RX 6700S and 6800S GPUs. ASUS has also added an MUX switch to allow for better performance, a 720p webcam, and a MicroSD card reader.
Our ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU, an AMD Radeon RX 6700S GPU, 16GB of memory, and 1TB of storage. The AMD Ryzen 6900HS is the only CPU option. You can upgrade the GPU to an AMD Radeon RX 6800S if you want better performance. There are two memory configurations, 16GB and 32GB, but only a single 1TB storage option. You can choose between two color schemes: Moonlight White or Eclipse Gray.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is good for school use. It's a compact laptop that's easy to carry around, and it has more than enough processing power to handle demanding workloads, which is great for students in fields like graphic design or 3D animation. The display is sharp and bright, the keyboard feels comfortable to type on for an extended period, and the touchpad is large and responsive. The battery lasts a little over 10 hours of light productivity, but you might still need to plug it in if you perform any CPU or GPU-intensive tasks, and the power adapter is pretty bulky.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is great for gaming. It has a QHD 120Hz display with a fast response time to deliver a clear image in fast-moving scenes, and it supports VRR to reduce screen tearing. Its AMD CPU and GPU provide a smooth gaming experience in 1080p and 1440p, though you'll have to turn the settings down a bit at 1440p to reach 60fps in some games. Unfortunately, it gets hot and loud under load, and the GPU throttles slightly.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is decent for media consumption. It's a thin and light laptop that's easy to carry around, and while its power adapter is bulky, you likely won't need it as the battery lasts about 8 hours of video playback. The display is sharp, bright, and colorful, though it isn't the best option for dark room viewing as its low contrast makes blacks look gray in dim settings. Likewise, the speakers get reasonably loud, but they have no bass and sound muffled.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is excellent as a workstation. Its AMD CPU and GPU have enough processing power to handle demanding tasks like video editing and 3D animation, and it has a sharp QHD display with a wide color gamut, which is great for content creation. The keyboard feels comfortable to type on for hours, and its wide port selection includes an HDMI port and two USB-Cs that can also output a video signal to an external monitor. Unfortunately, it gets hot and loud under load, and there's some thermal throttling on the GPU.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is great for business use. It's a well-built thin and light laptop that's easy to carry around, and although its power adapter is bulky, you might not need it as the battery lasts over 10 hours of light productivity. The display is sharp and bright, the keyboard feels great to type on, and the touchpad is large and responsive. The webcam's video quality is good even though it's only 720p, and the microphone sounds loud and clear with only a bit of static in the background. Its AMD CPU is powerful enough to handle all types of workloads, whether simple tasks like text formatting and video calls or more intensive large number-crunching in Excel.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has a relatively clean design. It has some gamer aesthetics, like the shape of the power button and speaker grills, but it doesn't go overboard with it, so you can still use it in a professional working environment without sticking out too much. It has a perforated lid that allows LED lights to shine through, which ASUS calls AniME Matrix, and you can customize it to show anything you want. You can get a model without the AniME Matrix if you prefer. There are vents on both sides of the laptop, the back, and the bottom. The screen lifts the back of the laptop when opened, giving you a slight keyboard incline and allowing for better airflow on the bottom. It's available in two color schemes: Moonlight White and Eclipse Gray.
The ASUS G14's build quality is great. ASUS specifies that the chassis is a mix of aluminum and magnesium alloy, but it feels more like plastic. It feels high-quality and sturdy, though, and there aren't any obvious flaws in the construction. The finish feels smooth and doesn't pick up fingerprints or scratch easily. There's a little bit of flex in the display but almost none in the keyboard deck.
The ASUS ROG G14 has outstanding hinges. They feel smooth when opening and closing the laptop, and they're very stable, with almost no wobbling whatsoever. You can open the lid with one hand, which isn't the most necessary feature, but it does give the laptop a more premium feel.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 is decently portable. It isn't as thin and light as an ultraportable like a Dell XPS 13 (2021), but it isn't bulky or heavy either. The power adapter is fairly large and even thicker than the laptop itself.
The ASUS G14's serviceability is good. Accessing the internals is very easy as you only need to remove some Philips screws and undo the clips holding the bottom panel. You don't need a pick to pry open the panel, but you need one to remove the rubber covering three of the screws. The laptop has half of its memory in the form of a SO-DIMM module, with the other half soldered onto the motherboard, so you can only upgrade to a maximum of 24GB on a 16GB model. You can see the upgrade guide here. Opening the laptop and changing the hardware may void the manufacturer's warranty.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 is only available with a QHD+ display. It has a very high pixel density to produce sharp images and text, making it suitable for gaming, media consumption, and productivity. Its 16:10 aspect ratio gives you slightly more vertical space than a standard 16:9 screen so that you don't have to scroll as much when reading a document or website. It supports Dolby Vision HDR and is Pantone validated. If you want a gaming laptop with a larger screen, check out the HP OMEN 16 (2022).
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14's panel has a high refresh rate and a quick response time, resulting in better responsiveness and a clearer image in fast-moving scenes. There's some image duplication, but it isn't too bad. Its FreeSync variable refresh rate also works with the built-in screen and external displays connected via the HDMI port. If you want a gaming laptop with a higher refresh display, check out the Razer Blade 14 (2022).
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14's contrast ratio is just okay. It's within the typical range for an IPS panel, though still a relatively low number compared to other panel technologies like VA and OLED. Blacks look grayish in dim settings, so it isn't the best option for dark room viewing. The contrast ratio can vary between individual units, but the difference is usually minor and isn't noticeable.
The ASUS G14 gets bright enough to combat glare, even in very well-lit settings or outdoors in broad daylight. It also gets very dim to help reduce eye strain when viewing content in the dark. There's an auto-brightness feature called Vari-Bright, which automatically adjusts the screen brightness to extend battery life. It's on by default, but it only takes effect when running on battery and doesn't impact the screen brightness when plugged in.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14's reflection handling is decent. Reflections aren't a problem when viewing light-color content because the display gets bright enough to compensate, but they're visible and distracting when viewing dark content, especially direct reflections like a lamp or open window during the day.
The ASUS Zephyrus G14's black uniformity is decent. It looks a little patchy, and there's some backlight bleed along the edges of the screen. These uniformity issues are fairly minor, and they're only visible when viewing dark content in a dim setting. Black uniformity varies between individual units due to manufacturing tolerances; you may get some backlight bleed, which is common for IPS panels, but you can expect the rest of the screen to be fairly similar.
The ASUS G14 has okay horizontal viewing angles. The image dims and washes out fairly quickly as you move off-center, which isn't an issue when sharing a text document or casual content, but it isn't ideal for sharing color-critical work. If you need perfect accuracy, it's best to be close to or directly in front of the screen.
The ASUS ROG G14 has mediocre vertical viewing angles. The image dims and washes out fairly quickly from above or below, so you have to look at the screen almost directly if accuracy is important, which might be hard when you don't have much space to tilt the screen like on a bus or airplane.
The ASUS Zephyrus G14's out-of-the-box color accuracy is good. Most colors look oversaturated because it targets a wide gamut, even in sRGB content, and the white balance is also off, especially at higher brightness levels. The color temperature is a bit cooler than the standard 6500k target, giving the image a slight, almost imperceptible blueish tint. The gamma follows the sRGB curve almost perfectly; there's only some over-darkening in dark scenes. Note that these are results obtained with Vari-Bright disabled, a feature that automatically adjusts the screen brightness to extend battery life. This feature is on by default and only comes into effect when the laptop runs on battery; however, it seems to affect color accuracy, even when plugged in. With Vari-Bright enabled, the color and white balance dEs are slightly worse, the color temperature is warmer at 6305 K, and the gamma sticks almost to a flat 2.2. Color accuracy varies between individual units, but the difference is usually minimal.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 has an outstanding color gamut. It has full coverage of the sRGB and DCI P3 color spaces, making it suitable for viewing or producing SDR and HDR content. For print photography, its Adobe RGB coverage is excellent but still missing the saturated greens that define Adobe RGB.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has a flicker-free display, which helps reduce eye strain for people sensitive to flickering.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has a great keyboard. The keycaps feel high-quality, and there's sufficient spacing between the keys. The layout is fairly standard and doesn't take long to get used to. The keys have a lot of travel, don't require much force to actuate, and provide satisfying tactile feedback. The overall typing experience is great, and it doesn't feel tiring over an extended period. You can customize the RGB backlight through the ASUS Aura Creator application. There's only one lighting zone, but you can change the color and the lighting effects. You can adjust between three brightness levels or turn off the backlight directly on the keyboard using FN + F2 or F3.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has an excellent touchpad. It's large even though it's a relatively compact laptop, and it feels smooth, allowing the fingers to glide easily. It tracks all movements and gestures well, and there aren't any issues with palm rejection or actions like dragging and dropping. The click mechanism feels satisfying, but you can only click on the bottom half of the touchpad.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14's speakers are just okay. It has a quad-speaker system with two up-firing and two down-firing drivers. They have good instrument separation and relatively clear vocals; however, they have almost no bass whatsoever, and they sound muffled and slightly unnatural. They get reasonably loud with very little dynamic compression, but they cause the keyboard deck to vibrate a lot at higher volume levels, which might bother some people. There's Dolby Atmos support, meaning the system can decode Dolby Atmos content in supported apps.
The ASUS G14's webcam video quality is good. The image looks a bit soft and noisy, but the exposure is good, and the colors look true to life. The microphone sounds loud and clear; however, voices come across as slightly hollow and nasal with noise canceling on, and there's a small amount of static in the background.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has a great port selection. The USB-A and USB-C ports support USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed (up to 5Gbps). ASUS has announced that the USB-C ports will get USB4 support through a firmware update, which will increase the data transfer speed to 40Gbps. Both USB-C ports support DisplayPort 1.4 and can output a video signal to an external display. However, they don't deliver the same performance as the left USB-C port connects to the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS' integrated GPU, while the right one connects to the dedicated GPU, same as the HDMI port. You can use the left USB-C port to charge the laptop, but it can only accept up to 100W, meaning that the battery will drain if you're gaming or doing something that requires more power.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has a MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160Hz wireless adapter. Wi-Fi 6E adds access to the 6GHz airwaves, providing greater speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than previous Wi-Fi standards. However, you need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E to benefit from these features.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has a single CPU option, the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS. It's a high-performance mobile CPU designed for gaming laptops and mobile workstations with a relatively thin chassis, running at a default 35W TDP instead of the usual 45W of other H-series chips. Ryzen 6000 CPUs have better efficiency than the previous generation, leading to longer battery life and a slight performance increase. They also sport a more powerful integrated GPU, resulting in a smoother overall experience in lighter workloads. The 6900HS is behind the high-end Intel 12th Gen processors in performance, especially at higher power levels; however, it's still powerful enough to handle demanding tasks like gaming, video editing, and 3D rendering.
You can configure the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with the following AMD dedicated GPUs:
The AMD Radeon RX 6700S is a mid-range dedicated GPU with performance equivalent to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 or an RTX 3070, depending on the game or application. It can handle gaming at the laptop's native resolution of 2560 x 1600, but you'll have to lower some settings to get around or over 60 fps in graphically demanding games. You can also get higher frame rates by turning on FSR (FidelityFX Super Resolution), though only a limited number of games support it at this time. FSR is a feature that boosts performance by rendering the game at a lower resolution and upscaling the image afterward to minimize any loss in visual quality, similar to NVIDIA's DLSS. If you want to take full advantage of the display's 120Hz refresh rate, it's best to play at 1080p. The lower resolution is easier to drive and doesn't look significantly worse due to the size of the display. There's ray-tracing support, but it has a high performance cost, so it's only worth turning on if you also enable FSR to make up for the performance loss. The AMD Radeon RX 6800S is faster than the RX 6700S, giving you a 5 to 15% performance increase on average. Both GPUs are suitable for production workloads like video editing and 3D rendering.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has a MUX (multiplexer) switch to allow the dedicated GPU to send information directly to the display without going through the integrated GPU, resulting in better performance than a laptop that lacks this feature. The laptop is in Hybrid Mode by default, allowing the system to switch between the integrated graphics and the dedicated GPU to extend battery life.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is available with 16GB or 32GB of memory. Both options come with half of the memory soldered onto the motherboard and the rest as a SO-DIMM module. It means that if you get a 16GB model with the intention of adding more yourself later on, you can only upgrade to a maximum of 24GB.
The ASUS Zephyrus G14 is only available with a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14's overall score in Geekbench 5 is outstanding. The AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS has strong single- and multi-thread performance and is powerful enough to provide a smooth experience, even in demanding workloads like video editing, compiling code, or 3D modeling. The AMD Radeon RX 6700S and 6800S GPUs are suitable for intensive compute tasks, but if you use an application like Adobe Premiere, it's still better to get an Intel system with an NVIDIA GPU due to better optimization and integration, so it's best to check first.
The ASUS Zephyrus G14's performance in Blender is great. The AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS can complete the bmw27 render relatively quickly. Using a dedicated GPU would be faster, but Blender doesn't seem to support the AMD Radeon RX 6700S as it doesn't offer an option for GPU rendering. If you need to work in Blender, it's best to get a laptop with an NVIDIA RTX GPU, as Blender can take advantage of NVIDIA's Optix API hardware acceleration.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 performs exceptionally well in the Basemark GPU benchmark, very close to the performance of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q in the Dell Alienware m15 R3 (2020). The AMD Radeon RX 6700S and 6800S can handle graphically demanding titles at 1080p; however, you'll have to lower some settings to get to 60fps if you play at the display's native QHD+ resolution. The 6800S is only about 5 to 15% better on average than the 6700S.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14's storage drive performance is outstanding. It has fast read and write speeds, allowing the system to boot up, launch apps, and transfer files very quickly. Its exceptional sequential read speed is great for gaming as it helps shorten loading times.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has great battery life. Because the system can switch to the CPU's integrated graphics in lighter workloads, you can easily get through a typical 8-hour workday on a full charge. The battery life for video playback is outstanding, long enough to get through a couple of full-length movies. The battery life for gaming and other demanding workloads is good for a high-power laptop but still very short, so you'll have to use it plugged in most of the time. The system is in Hybrid Mode by default, meaning it can switch between the integrated graphics and the dedicated GPU depending on the workload. Setting the system to use the dedicated GPU only reduces the web browsing battery life to 3.9 hours and the video playback battery life to 2.4 hours. Models with an AMD Radeon RX 6800S will have slightly shorter battery life. Battery life varies greatly depending on your usage.
Borderlands 3 runs decently well on the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 at 1080p. The average frame rate at high settings is good and well above 60 fps, and while there are noticeable stutters, they don't happen that often. The results above are benchmark scores obtained in the default Performance mode. Switching to the Turbo mode improves performance considerably, increasing the average frame rate at high settings to around 90 fps at the cost of louder fans. At 1440p in the Performance mode, it reaches 60 fps at high settings and 119 fps at low settings. Switching into Turbo mode increases the average frame rate to 64 fps at high settings and 139 fps at low settings. The AMD Radeon RX 6800S will only perform slightly better.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14's performance in Civilization VI is great. The game runs smoothly at 1080p with a high average frame rate and no noticeable stutters. At 1440p in the Performance mode, it reaches an average of 114 fps at high settings and 278 fps at low settings. Switching into Turbo mode increases the frame rate to 121 fps at high settings and 283 fps at low settings. The average turn time is decent, about the same as the Dell G15 (2022) with an Intel Core i5-12500H CPU.
CS:GO runs incredibly well on the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 at 1080p. You can even run the game at 1440p and still get frame rates well above the display's maximum refresh rate. In the Performance mode, it reaches an average frame rate of 258 fps at 1440p with high settings and 428 fps at low settings. The Turbo mode increases it further to 284 fps at high settings and 461 fps at low settings.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs very smoothly on the ASUS G14 at 1080p with high settings. The average frame rate is great, and there's almost no stutter. You can also run this game at the laptop's native QHD+ resolution without any issues. At 1440p in the Performance mode, the average frame rate is 70 fps at high settings and 75 fps at low settings. The Turbo mode increases the frame rate to 81 fps at high settings and 138 fps at low settings. The AMD Radeon RX 6800S will provide slightly better frame rates, around 10 to 15 fps more at the laptop's native resolution. The large frametime spikes are scene changes and aren't representative of the laptop's performance.
The ASUS G14 has poor thermal and noise handling. The keyboard deck is warm even when idle, but the fans are silent. The keyboard gets very hot under load and can be uncomfortable, and the fans are loud, albeit not annoying. The above results are measurements taken in the default Performance mode. You can change the profile through the ASUS Armory app; the other options are Windows, Silent, Turbo, and Manual. The Turbo mode increases fan noise slightly and is only available with the laptop plugged in. Due to the laptop's design, there's a lot of hot air blowing at the bottom of the screen. It doesn't seem to be an issue so far, though only time will tell whether it'll cause any issues in the long term.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14's performance over time is excellent. Although the CPU and GPU get hot under load, only the GPU suffers from thermal throttling. The performance loss isn't significant but still noticeable. The AMD Radeon RX 6800S will likely perform similarly.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has a few pre-installed applications, including:
The ASUS Zephyrus G14 has a Windows-Hello compatible IR camera for facial recognition. You can use it to log into Windows, authorize purchases on the Windows Store, or auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.
We tested the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 (model GA402R) with an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU, an AMD Radeon RX 6700S dedicated GPU, 16GB of memory, and 1TB of storage. The GPU, memory, and storage are configurable; you can see the available options in the table below. Our review applies only to the GA402RJ and GA402RK models.
Our display and performance results are only valid for the configuration we tested. If you come across a different configuration option not listed above, or you have a similar ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update it. Some tests, like black uniformity and color accuracy, may vary between individual units.
You can see our unit's label here.
The ASUS G14 is among the best gaming laptops in its size and class. It stands out for its thin and light design, as well as its overall gaming performance and long battery life.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) is much better than the Acer Nitro 5 15 (2020). The ASUS is a newer and higher-end laptop with more powerful CPU and GPU options, which means it can reach higher frame rates for a smoother gaming experience. It also has a sharper and brighter display, a more comfortable keyboard, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and a significantly better webcam. The ASUS is more portable because it's a smaller and more compact device; however, it gets hotter and louder under load.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) is a bit better than the Lenovo Legion 5 Gen 6 15 (2021). The ASUS is more portable as it's a smaller device with a thin and light design, and it also has a brighter display, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and much longer battery life. However, the Lenovo has a wider port selection with two additional USB-As and an HDMI 2.1 port, and it doesn't get as hot under load, resulting in less throttling on the GPU. The ASUS still performs better, though, as its AMD Ryzen 6000 CPU is faster than the Lenovo's Ryzen 5000 CPUs.
Although the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) and the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) are very different devices, there's some overlap as the G14 has the processing power to be an excellent Windows workstation alternative to the MacBook Pro 14. The MacBook Pro 14 is a more premium device that offers a better user experience, as it has better-sounding speakers, a Mini LED display that produces deeper blacks, and a much better webcam. The MacBook Pro 14 also has longer battery life and doesn't get as hot or loud under load. For gaming, though, it's best to go with the G14 because there aren't many games optimized for macOS running on Apple silicon, and the MacBook Pro 14's display has a slow response time.
The Razer Blade 14 (2022) and the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) are both thin and light 14-inch high-end gaming laptops. The Razer is a more premium-feeling device overall, and it delivers a smoother gaming experience with a faster 165Hz display and better-performing GPUs. However, the ASUS might be a better choice for productivity tasks as it has longer battery life and a brighter display to combat glare in well-lit settings. You can also configure the ASUS with more memory, which is important for demanding workloads with large datasets.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) is better than the Dell G15 (2022). The ASUS is a more premium device with a sturdier build, and its thin and light design makes it much more portable than the Dell. The ASUS also has a more comfortable keyboard, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and significantly longer battery life. On the other hand, the Dell doesn't get as hot or loud under load, and its GPU doesn't throttle.
The HP OMEN 16 (2022) and the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) are very different gaming laptops. The HP is a 16-inch device with Intel 12th Gen and NVIDIA GPUs, while the ASUS is a 14-inch device with AMD CPUs and GPUs. The ASUS is more portable, but its smaller chassis comes at a cost as it gets hotter and louder under load. The HP has more display options, including a 1440p panel with a higher refresh rate than the ASUS; however, the ASUS laptop's display gets brighter and supports a wide color gamut with full DCI P3 coverage, making it more suitable for content creators.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) is better than the HP Victus 16 (2021). The ASUS is a more premium device with a sturdier build, a brighter and more colorful display, an MUX switch, and a more powerful CPU and GPUs. The ASUS is also more compact, making it easier to carry around, and its battery lasts much longer. On the other hand, the HP doesn't get as hot under load, and its GPU doesn't throttle.
Although the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) and the Dell Alienware m15 R3 (2020) are both premium gaming laptops, they aren't in the same class. The ASUS' design focuses a lot on portability, so it's more compact and easier to carry around, whereas the Dell is a bulky and heavy device. However, the Dell has a sturdier build, and its bigger chassis allows for better cooling, resulting in less throttling on the GPU. The Dell also has a better keyboard and a wider port selection, including a USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 support. The ASUS has a larger touchpad even though it's a smaller device, its battery lasts significantly longer, and its AMD Ryzen 6000 CPU performs better than the Dell's Intel 10th Gen processors.