August 18, 2022
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 and TUF Gaming A15 first impressions: CES 2020

Asus’ Republic of Gamers (ROG) division has unveiled a slew of new gaming laptops and desktops at CES 2020, and there are quite a few standout designs and ideas the company is showcasing. These gaming-focused PCs emphasize looks and certainly have a lot of gamer-grade bling, but the company promises that a lot of thought has gone into each new product, and they represent what the gaming market and laptops are in general. How are the .

Gadgets 360 was able to spend some time with the pre-production units of two of these devices, the ROG Zephyrus G14 and TUF Gaming A15, ahead of CES 2020. Here’s everything you want to know about the products as well as Asus’ strategy.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 First Impressions

The brand new ROG Zephyrus G14, a compact gaming laptop with a totally unique ‘enemy’ LED light show on the lid, just can’t resist showing off. This feature will be optional, and we haven’t seen it in the works on our prototype. However, we have a good idea of ​​how this will work. First of all though, is the device itself.

Asus is simplifying its naming scheme, so ROG is the new public name for the Zephyrus G14 GA401 – though you’ll still see this model number used in some places. The device is actually designed to look like a cool, professional laptop when you’re not showing off, and it really looks like it could fit anywhere. It doesn’t blend into the background, but it also doesn’t scream “cheesy gamer” with red lights and aggressive accents. Even the ROG logo is relatively subtle.

However, if you turn on the AniMe display, all that goes out of the window. It’s a grid of 1,125 tiny mini-LEDs, each individually controlled and visible through a precision-cut grille. The LEDs are white, not RGB, but you get 256 levels of brightness which opens up a whole world of animation possibilities.

Buyers will find software that lets them create animations quickly and easily by simply importing a GIF file. You can also create one frame-by-frame or simply type some text and choose an effect. Visualizations can react to music or sporting events, and can show information such as notifications or timing.

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The AniMe array on the back can show custom graphics or respond to audio levels

Of course we asked Asus what effect this has on heat, battery life and most importantly, cost. If you want this feature, the unit will be 2mm thick and a bit heavy, and we don’t know the price difference just yet. Company representatives acknowledged that driving too heavy would hurt battery life, but said there are some precautions, such as not being able to turn all LEDs on at full brightness consistently. We also asked if there would be third-party integrations or a way to develop and share animation profiles, which the company did not wish to comment on.

The other big news here is the Asus recently announced 4. gone withth Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile APU but has taken it a step further by optimizing it to run at 35W TDP instead of the standard 45W. Asus told us that this version of the new Ryzen APU will be exclusive to Asus products for some time, and that it was developed in partnership by the two companies specifically for the slim Zephyrus G14.

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The ROG Zephyrus G14 is compact and should have appeal beyond gaming

We don’t have much information about the CPU yet, but it’s a 7nm part based on the Zen 2 architecture with eight cores and 16 threads. Asus says this is more than enough not only for gaming but for professional workloads as well, and in fact the company expects this model to have wider appeal beyond the general gaming market.

We also don’t know what the exact configuration options will be when the ROG Zephyrus G14 arrives in India, but the device can handle Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, 32GB DDR4 RAM, and up to 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD. There will also be display options – you can choose a 1920×1080 120Hz panel aimed at gamers or a 2560×1440 60Hz option for content creation. Both are Pantone certified and support AMD FreeSync (which works with discrete Nvidia GPUs).

The battery can be charged using the bundled 180W adapter or 65W USB Type-C charger for convenience on the go. There’s also Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, and four speakers, but no webcam. One neat feature is the power button with integrated fingerprint sensor. You only need to touch it once while the system is running, and it can cache your fingerprint and automatically feed it to Windows a few seconds later.

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The ROG Zephyrus G14 will be available in Black or White colours. Viewed here without anime display.

Cooling is key for a laptop this small, so Asus says it can dynamically manage CPU and GPU temperatures, allowing one to trade off in favor of the other. There’s also an ErgoLift hinge that improves airflow, special slim fans designed to reduce noise, and a precise air channel design.

The ROG Zephyrus G14 will weigh just 1.6kg and the version without the AniMe array will be 179mm thinner, meaning the version with it will still be a hair under 200mm. Asus also promises a comfortable keyboard with 1.7mm of travel in this tiny chassis, as well as full-size USB Type-A and HDMI ports on the sides.

Asus TUF Gaming A15 first impressions

The second model we spent some time with was the new TUF Series A15, aka TUF FX506 which will replace the current FX505 model. AMD’s 4 in this model. will also beth Zen Ryzen mobile processors, but the equivalent TUF F15 model launching later this year has 10 . will have the facilityth General Intel Core CPU. Apart from the bigger screen, there will be A17 and F17 models. This series is for entry-level gamers who still want features and flexibility.

Asus will also have options in terms of styling – there’s the understated Fortress Gray option with a simple textured finish, or the more aggressive Bonfire Black with more gamer-like lines and accents. Although both have a large, prominent TUF logo in the center of the lid. Asus may decide to offer different sets of specifications for the two versions.

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Asus says it has launched the TUF Gaming A15 . Special attention has been paid to the keyboard and trackpad of

Talking about the design, it gets a new cooling system with self-cleaning air channels and fans. One feature we really liked was the easy access to the hardware, which in this case also houses two SO-DIMM RAM slots, two M.2 slots for SSD, and a 2.5mm drive bay. Asus is proud of its keyboard, which has a spacious layout that includes nicely sized and spaced arrow keys as well as a full number pad. The keyboard has RGB backlighting, but in a single zone. The trackpad has also separated the physical buttons in response to user feedback.

We have unknown in terms of specifications 4 . has 8 cores and 16 threadsth Gen Ryzen Mobile processors, and up to a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. You can get up to 144Hz display on the 15.6-inch model and up to 120Hz on the 17.3-inch version, both of which support FreeSync. The borders of the display are slim but there is a slight bulge at the top of this model for the webcam.

The amount of SSD, HDD and RAM will vary by country and variant, but Asus is also looking at offering two different battery capacities. There could be a standard 48Wh battery like the current model, as well as a bigger 90Wh option—the bigger one would mean sacrificing a 2.5-inch drive bay, but two SSD slots should be plenty.

Asus has yet to decide whether it will match the two different types of batteries with the two different lid finishes, and target them for different audiences. It is also unclear how many variants the company will end up with, given the number of possible combinations of cover, battery, CPU, GPU, screen, RAM and storage capacity/type. This can be confusing in the market. We will have more information on when the TUF Gaming A15 and its siblings launch in India in a few months.

We don’t know the prices of either model yet, but buyers in India can expect the ROG Zephyrus G14 as well as the TUF Gaming A15 and A17 to arrive here in the first half of 2020. Asus will also bring the new ROG Strix. Gaming desktops, a refreshed ROG Zephyrus 15 laptop, and many other peripherals and accessories. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for more news, Indian pricing and full reviews during 2020.

Disclosure: Asus sponsored correspondent’s flights to New Delhi for pre-CES briefing

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