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ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 review: A content-creating machine

A gaming laptop that will do more & more things for you

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I’m a believer in using a gaming laptop for something other than just getting dubs and raging at the L’s. It’s a huge investment that you’re just going to use strictly for one thing, when there are so many things you can do with it. Plus, it is a laptop, after all so it’s a device you can bring anywhere and show off to anyone.

But the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 looks to offer not just that, but so much more. It wants to offer you the all-around package everybody deserves to experience. It wants to give you a product you will gladly bring around, do anything with, and play to your heart’s content.

Well, here’s what you’re getting with it:

It has a 14-inch FHD IPS display with a 120Hz refresh rate

It comes with an NVIDIA RTX 2060 Max-Q inside

It comes in Midnight White, with the AniMe Matrix

It even comes with the ASUS ROG GC21 Webcam inside

Gaming performance is already a given

Just to get the formalities out of the way: the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is one game-ready device. Majority of the games I threw at it returned decent to excellent frame rates, even for competitive gamers. I honestly couldn’t think of a better way to summarize just how powerful the machine is, given the hardware inside it.

My unit came with an NVIDIA RTX 2060 Max-Q inside, prioritizing a more balanced performance setup. Most competitive shooter games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and even GTA V produced high frame rates at their best possible settings. Even while on battery & turning off NVIDIA’s Game Ready optimization, these games still performed really well.

Game/Title

Frame Rate (on Best Settings)

Fortnite: Battle Royale

110 FPS

Apex Legends

98 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

63 FPS

Call of Duty: Warzone

32 FPS

Valorant

126 FPS

Battery management is also superb when gaming full-time because of the Max-Q design. When gaming full-time, I managed to sneak in six and a half hours before reaching for the charger. To me, that’s honestly good enough since most gaming laptops don’t last particularly long.

Your ideal workhorse machine

Unlike what was unveiled back in CES 2020, my unit came with the new AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor inside. Performance-wise, it ideally matches (or to some degree trumps) most high-end Intel chips while consuming less power. This, along with 16GB of RAM makes this a powerful laptop for work situations.

When you’re not gaming full time, this laptop is great for almost anything you throw at it. Normal tasks like browsing the web or having a Netflix party is made absolutely easy with the ROG Zephyrus G14. Even powerful and heavy data analytics works really well with this machine.

Hitting the nail for content creators

But where I feel this device truly shines is how it caters to its other popular use: content creation. Photo and video editing on this device was a blast thanks to its display and hardware inside. The 14-inch IPS, Pantone Validated display produced vibrant and accurate colors, which is great for achieving the best details as possible.

Video editing and rendering times were pretty solid for the device. I know that most people appreciate the 120Hz refresh rate for gaming purposes, but I’m sure video editors will give this a lot of love, too. The high refresh rate allows you to edit more accurately, leaving no detail behind. Rendering and exporting 1080p clips at 60 FPS, using Premiere Pro and Davinci Resolve , was a breeze. On average, I got about 10-12 minutes rendering a 15-minute compilation of gameplay with a ton of animations, sound bites, and facecam on.

As for streaming content, it’s not just the laptop that makes it ideal; it’s the entire package. My unit also came with the ROG GC21 Webcam, which honestly has great image quality as long as you’re in a well-lit room. Streaming gameplay at 720p, 60 FPS turned out pretty great and the device didn’t lag even for a second.

Interestingly strong battery life for a gaming laptop

I touched on this earlier but overall, the device’s battery life is pretty solid. On regular use, I got about 10 hours worth of juice out of this thing. Most gaming laptops, when used normally, don’t reach that far without going for the charger. I guess that AMD chip and Max-Q GPU proved to be the best of both worlds.

The thing is: the battery doesn’t discharge as fast as I’ve experienced with other gaming laptops. While it’s thermal setup leaves much to be desired with cooling the machine, I noticed that I was still at 50% after an hour of intense gameplay. I even checked NVIDIA’s Game Ready if I turned it to optimize performance while on battery, and I still had enough juice.

Charging the laptop didn’t take too long either, as I achieved a full charge in under two and a half hours. It even went from 0% to 60% in about 40 minutes, so that can already get you going, if you like. The device also comes with support for USB-C Power Delivery, which charges it a little longer.

My take on the inclusion of the AniMe Matrix

One of ASUS ROG’s most talked about additions to the Zephyrus G14 is the AniMe Matrix on the lid — and, rightfully so. The 1,215 mini-LED lights on the lid allow for more creativity on your end since you can display your own logo on it. And, in the dark, it’s actually pretty dope.

It’s even easy to set up since you can do it on ASUS’ Armoury Crate software. You can choose whether you want an image or scrolling text. Also, you can reposition it however you want for extra visibility. Although, you might want to use logos without a transparent background if you’re going for that.

My only real criticism for it is what potential reason people will consistently use it. I say that because ASUS’ Armoury Crate was pretty explicit about how it significantly drains your battery. It’s good that you get to show off your fancy gaming machine, but think about your battery situation first.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Starting at PhP 74,995, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is, simply put, the content-creating machine it was meant to be. ASUS was not afraid to go beyond the confines of a gaming laptop, and turned this into something more. It’s an excellent gaming laptop, and an even greater machine for everything else.

The unit I received costs PhP 109,995, and honestly it’s an investment worth having. The entire package itself was well thought of, all the way to the peripherals. Although, you only get all of them when you purchase this unit or the PhP 99,995 one that has an NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti inside.

Nonetheless, this is a machine that just gave me more & more reasons to believe that you can do anything with a gaming laptop. If you have more & more money to spend while still in quarantine, I highly recommend getting this as your go-to machine.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla scheduled for November release

Bashing your way through old England in November

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Ubisoft had another huge announcement to make during their Ubisoft Forward digital conference. The next installment of their Assassin’s Creed franchise now is slated for a November release.

Furthermore, it will be available for the current and next generation consoles alike, expanding its player base even further.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set for release on November 17, 2020 initially for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC through both the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store. It explores a brand new saga of heroism and lore, complete with new features apt for the times.

You play as Evior, the Viking leader traversing through broken kingdoms with an entire clan on his back. In your adventure, you will bash, dismember, and decapitate your way through a variety of enemies to rule all of England.

The game will also make its debut on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X upon their release. If you plan to purchase the PS4 or Xbox One version of the game, Ubisoft has an offer for you.

You can actually trade-in that copy of the game for the PS5 or Xbox Series X version, if you wish to do so. That is of course, if you plan to buy the next-gen consoles upon launch.

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Far Cry 6 takes on fascist government featuring Breaking Bad star

More games announced as well

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Earlier today, Ubisoft announced a flurry of games through a digital conference called Ubisoft Forward. Though already leaked prior to the event, one of the biggest titles to make an appearance was the next major entry in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 6.

As always, player characters are thrown into a hellish landscape and unwittingly tasked with taking down an oppressive government. Further, the new entry continues the trend from Far Cry 5 wherein the settings are caricatures of real-world dystopias. In Far Cry 5, players took on a doomsday cult in rural America. In Far Cry 6, players will take on Yara, a corrupt Latin American government.

However, unlike Far Cry 5, Far Cry 6 will once again feature a named and voiced character, Dani Rojas, who can be customized as either male or female. Further, the most striking addition to the series is who the main baddie is.

Anton Castillo, the dictator of Yara (and main antagonist) is played by Giancarlo Esposito. You will likely recognize him as Gus Fring from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. In those critically acclaimed series, Esposito brilliantly plays a drug kingpin masquerading as the big boss of a successful chicken restaurant chain.

Marking the first entry in the next generation of consoles, Far Cry 6 will launch on February 18, 2021 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia.

Ubisoft also announced that Gold, Ultimate and Collector’s Editions for Far Cry 6 will be available for pre-order

  • The Gold Edition will include the base game and the Season Pass.
  • The Ultimate Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass, and the Ultimate pack, which includes Jungle Expedition pack, the Croc Hunter pack, and the Vice pack.
  • The Collector’s Edition will include the base game, Season Pass, the Ultimate pack, a high-end replica of “Tostador”, the flamethrower weapon from the game**** (7 parts to be assembled, length: 72cm), a “How to Assemble” one-pager artwork illustrated by famous artist Tobatron, a unique Collector’s Case based on Tobatron’s iconic art style, an exclusive Steelbook®, a 64-page Artbook, a set of 10 stickers, a Chorizo keyring, a map and a selected Soundtrack of the Game.

Fans who pre-order Far Cry 6 will get access to the Libertad Pack which includes the “Libertad Outfit” for Chorizo and the state-of-the-art “Discos Locos”, a weaponized disc launcher that will make enemies dance on their own graves.

Fans who purchase Far Cry 6 on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade their version to next gen at no additional cost at the launch of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5.

For players looking for an introduction to the Far Cry series, the Franchise Sale starts July 13, with prices starting as low as US$3 across multiple retailers.

Besides Far Cry 6, Ubisoft also announced more details for Watch Dogs: Legion. According a new trailer, the hacking roleplaying game will allow players to recruit anyone in the game world as a hacktivist. The number of possible recruits supposedly number in the millions, marking a new way to play the game.

In other news, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla got a new gameplay trailer. Ubisoft also announced its take on the battle royale genre, Hyper Space.

SEE ALSO: Sony finally reveals what the PlayStation 5 looks like

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ASUS ROG laptops will come with freebies

Plus up to PhP 25,000 discount on some models

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Buying a new laptop can be frustrating at times. Luckily, ASUS’ new promo for ROG laptops will make deciding easier. With every purchase of ROG laptops, customers can snag big discounts and great freebies.

This July, select ROG laptops will come with ASUS gaming monitors as a freebie bundle. On top of that, some of these laptops will come with up to PhP 25,000 discount. Laptops that will join the promo include the top-of-the-line ROG Zephrus S and Strix Scar.

Zephyrus S

  • GX531GX (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 1TB SSD, RTX 2080) — from PhP 189,995 to PhP 164,995 + free VA326H gaming monitor, ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
  • GX701GV (17-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 512GB SSD, RTX 2060) — from PhP 139,995 to PhP 129,995 + free VG258Q gaming monitor and ROG Gladius gaming mouse
  • GX531GW (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 512GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 149,995 to PhP 139,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
  • GX501GI (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 1TB SSD, GTX 1080 Max-Q) — from PhP 149,995 to PhP 129,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse
  • GX531GM (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 512GB SSD, GTX 1060) — from PhP 104,995 to PhP 89,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve

Strix Scar

  • GL704GW (17-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 1TB SSHD + 256GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 134,995 to PhP 129,995 + free VG248Q gaming monitor, ROG Gladius gaming mouse, and ROG backpack
  • GL504GW (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 1TB SSHD + 256GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 129,995 to PhP 119,995 + free VG248Q gaming monitor, ROG Gladius gaming mouse, and ROG backpack

Individuals who need a work and gaming laptop in one should really look no further than ASUS’ ROG laptops, especially with the big discounts and freebies. Hurry though, since the discounts and freebies are available only on all ASUS stores nationwide until supplies last.

For more information about ASUS ROG’s latest promo, visit their Facebook and Twitter page.

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