ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) review: The best 14-inch gaming laptop, more refined than ever

Taking everything great and encasing it in a gorgeous, slim, all-metal body.

Image of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) gaming laptop.
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Windows Central Verdict

ASUS has redesigned its Zephyrus G14 with a beautiful, slim, light aluminum chassis. It's ridiculously portable and doesn't skimp on the power, so it can play any modern game without breaking a sweat. There's an absurd level of quality and polish here for an ASUS ROG machine, but such a thin chassis leads to more heat, meaning the Zephyrus G14 can't push its hardware to the max.

Pros

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    Absolutely spectacular aluminum design that's slim, light, and beautifully refined

  • +

    Gorgeous 120Hz OLED display with fantastic color reproduction and responsiveness

  • +

    Impressively quick AMD Ryzen CPU paired with capable NVIDIA GPUs

  • +

    Keyboard, touchpad, and especially the speakers are all well above average

Cons

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    Gets hot to the touch and experiences some thermal throttling under load

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    Display hinge feels a little too flimsy

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    Doesn't have the battery life of other ultrabooks in this weight class

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14-inch gaming laptops are a bit of a niche category. You don't get the power or thermal management of larger gaming laptops, but you lose the endurance and portability of proper ultrabooks. It's a very hard category to nail, but ASUS has been consistently near the top of the pack with its ROG Zephyrus G14. Redesigned for 2024, this laptop is more refined than ever before, and it's a truly spectacular 14-inch Windows laptop with few flaws.

The compromises are still here, but ASUS has done everything possible to ensure the best balance between power, portability, and price. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) is hands-down one of the best gaming laptops you can buy right now, surprising at every turn with the general quality of its hardware. ASUS is still a step or two away from achieving a perfect product, however, as I've discovered after several weeks of using this laptop as my daily driver.

Disclaimer

This review was made possible with a review unit provided by ASUS. The company did not see the contents of the review before publishing.

Zephyrus G14 review: Pricing and specifications

At first glance, you wouldn't even be able to tell this is a gaming laptop. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Pricing highlights

  • The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) starts at $1,599.99 with the latest AMD Ryzen 9 and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060, matching its predecessor but with twice as much SSD storage.
  • You can double the RAM to 32GB and upgrade to an RTX 4070 GPU for an additional $400, but there are no higher-end configurations this time around (at least at launch).
  • The Zephyrus G14 isn't a budget laptop by any means, but it does offer a solid value considering its quality and capabilities.
  • Value rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reviewed configuration

• Price: $1,599.99 at Best Buy
• Display:
14-inch, 16:10, 2.8K (2880 x 1800), 120Hz, 0.2ms, Dolby Vision & VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500, NVIDIA G-Sync
• CPU:
AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS w/ 8 cores, 16 threads
• GPU: 
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 w/ 8GB VRAM
• RAM: 
16GB LPDDR5X @ 6,400MHz
• Storage: 
1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD
• Battery: 
73Whr w/ 180W charging adapter
• Dimensions:
311 x 220 x 15.9-16.3mm (12.24 x 8.66 x 0.63-0.64in)
• Weight:
1.5kg (3.31lbs)

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) starts at the same price as its predecessor (with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 under the hood), but brings a redesigned chassis that's thinner and lighter, a much higher quality OLED display, a new 8th-gen AMD Ryzen 9 CPU, and generally more refinement all around. It's not a stronger performer in games, however, so those with the 2023 model likely don't need to consider an upgrade.

Right now, the newest Zephyrus G14 starts at $1,599.99 at Best Buy. At the moment, there are only two configurations, with an upgraded model donning twice as much RAM (32GB vs. 16GB) and a more powerful GPU (RTX 4070 vs. RTX 4060) for $1,999.99 at Best Buy. There are no configurations with an RTX 4080 or 4090 like the 2023 model, and I'm not sure we'll ever see that. There's a good chance that a more affordable RTX 4050 configuration will appear at some point, however.

In the box, you get the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024), the 180W proprietary charger, and one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (that offer may depend on your region or retailer). This isn't an affordable laptop, but ASUS has properly upped the ante on quality to justify the cost, and I believe it's a fair price.

Ryzen 9 8945HS | RTX 4060 | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD — $1,599.99 at Best Buy

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The configuration that ASUS sent me to review is the model I'd recommend for most people. It's powerful enough to play any modern games, and its endurance is much better than your average gaming laptop. This is a balanced, high-quality 14-inch gaming laptop.

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Zephyrus G14 review: Design and build quality

I love the tasteful design of this lid, and even the gimmicky slash lighting. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Design highlights

  • ASUS redesigned the Zephyrus G14, moving to a near-unibody CNC-milled aluminum chassis that is thinner, lighter, and more rigid than the 2023 model.
  • It's a genuinely gorgeous laptop that feels incredibly premium, with one exception (the display hinge).
  • The port selection is also very strong here, with USB 4.0 making up for the lack of Thunderbolt 4 with AMD Ryzen.
  • Design rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Design overview

• Design features: CNC milled aluminum chassis, seven-zone "Slash Lighting," per-key RGB lighting, "Stealth Hinge"
• Dimensions:
311 x 220 x 15.9-16.3mm (12.24 x 8.66 x 0.63-0.64in)
• Weight:
1.5kg (3.31lbs)
• Ports:
1x USB Type-C 4.0 w/ DisplayPort 1.4 & 100W Power Delivery, 1x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 w/ DisplayPort 1.4, 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x microSD (UHS-II), 1x 3.5mm audio jack

Last year's ROG Zephyrus G14 wasn't a bad-looking laptop by any means, and showed ASUS' continued commitment to improving the design and build quality of its premium gaming laptops. One year later, though, the differences are astounding. The 2024 model of this 14-inch gaming laptop introduced a complete redesign, moving from magnesium alloy to a CNC-milled aluminum chassis, approaching the build quality of even Razer's laptops.

This laptop is thinner by 2.6-3.2mm, lighter by a third of a pound, and considerably more refined at every angle. It's a beautiful device, and the build quality is the best I've seen from ASUS ROG. The company touts major improvements to rigidity and durability with the Zephyrus G14 (2024), and I believe it. Looks and build quality is here, but so is intelligent design. From the keyboard deck to the port layout, nothing is out of place. Even the brand-new hinge is designed to divert hot exhaust away from the OLED display to protect it from heat.

Speaking of that hinge, it's actually the one place the Zephyrus G14 stumbles. I love its design, from the subtle "Zephyrus" logo to the way it subtly tucks inside the laptop as it opens, but the hinge itself feels a little too weak, leading to more display wobble than I'd like. I also observed some subtle creaking from the hinge, too.

Matters return to greatness with the ports, however, which are numerous and smartly placed. You get a total of four USB ports, including a USB Type-C 4.0 port! One of the weaknesses with AMD-powered laptops is the lack of Thunderbolt 4, but USB4 is almost as good — it's at least much better than what you usually see on these laptops, and you get 100W Power Delivery, too (which is enough to charge the laptop as long as you're not gaming). There's also HDMI 2.1 and microSD ports here, too; the only thing you're really missing is Ethernet, but I never expected that on a thin and light 14-inch laptop.

Zephyrus G14 review: Display quality

We've seen this gorgeous OLED display before, but this one has NVIDIA G-Sync support. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Display highlights

  • The Zephyrus G14 (2024) moves to a 2.8K, 120Hz OLED panel, a combination we're beginning to see in a lot of 14-inch laptops.
  • It's an objectively excellent screen, and ASUS worked with Samsung to bring NVIDIA G-Sync adaptive sync to this display for the first time.
  • This display is bright, colorful, and extremely smooth, and its 120Hz refresh rate is a perfect match for the Zephyrus G14's mid-range power.
  • Display rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Display overview

• Display type: 14-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio, OLED, ROG Nebula Display, non-touch
• Display specs:
2.8K (2880 x 1800) resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 0.2ms response time, 500nits mx brightness w/ HDR, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut
• Display features:
VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500, Dolby Vision, NVIDIA G-Sync adaptive sync, Pantone Validated

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) uses a display we've already seen in quite a few other 14-inch laptops, including from ASUS. It's a 2.8K panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, and this particular iteration boasts the same excellent color accuracy and responsiveness I've come to expect from it. ASUS tends to go above and beyond with its OLED displays, however, and this is no different. Apart from the usual bevy of protective features to ensure the longevity of the panel, the Zephyrus G14 is one of the first to actually support adaptive sync for improved gaming performance.

ASUS apparently worked with Samsung directly to bring NVIDIA G-Sync support to this panel, which will help make the display more responsive and prevent screen tearing when gaming. Elsewhere, it's bright (over 400 nits with standard dynamic range content) and expectantly vivid. It's a great-looking display, and it's a joy to use, from media consumption to gaming. This is a non-touch panel, of course, but ASUS still covered the display with a clear, high-quality sheet of glass. For when you need it, Dolby Vision support is also here alongside DisplayHDR True Black 500, but it's not the best display for high dynamic range content thanks to the limited max brightness of 500 nits.

Once again, this OLED panel delivers when it comes to color accuracy. (Image credit: Windows Central)
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SettingBrightnessBlackContrastWhite point
0%1.000:12,600 (0.458, 0.400)
25%21.700:16,500 (0.314, 0.324)
50%85.800:16,500 (0.314, 0.326)
75%198.200:16,500 (0.312, 0.325)
100%409.700:16,700 (0.309, 0.326)

You can see from the information above that this is an impressive display on paper. Apart from its sharp resolution and smooth refresh rate, it also delivers the promised 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut (certified by Pantone), boasts the customary perfect contrast, gets pretty bright and has a lovely white balance... With one exception. I noticed this oddity on the ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED (UX3404), where the display white balance becomes extremely warm at 0% brightness. No, not 5%, 2%, or even 1% — only the absolute minimum display brightness. At all other brightness levels, this display looks even and accurate.

Zephyrus G14 review: Performance and thermals

Turn the laptop over and you'll be treated to very large vents for thermal management. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Performance highlights

  • The move to a thinner, lighter, and more refined design meant the 2024 model of the Zephyrus G14 didn't have as much raw power as its predecessor.
  • The combination of mild thermal throttling under load and lower thermal design power (TDP) means very small dips in some tasks versus the 2023 version.
  • However, the Zephyrus G14 (2024) is still very consistent and responsive, with quiet and stable thermals.
  • Performance rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Performance overview

• CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS (8 cores, 16 threads, 5.2GHz boost clock speed, 80W max TDP)
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 (8GB GDDR6 VRAM, 90W max TDP) / NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 (8GB GDDR6 VRAM, 90W max TDP)
• RAM:
Up to 32GB LPDDR5X @ 6,400MHz
• Storage:
Up to 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD
• Other features:
MUX Switch w/ NVIDIA Advanced Optimus support, ROG Intelligent Cooling w/ liquid metal, triple Arc Fan 2.0, 7 copper heat pipes

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) does not represent a significant leap in performance over its predecessor. The available GPUs are the same, and the leap from 7th to 8th Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs offers a minimal boost in performance. Additionally, the move to such a compact chassis means that, in some games and tasks, the 2024 model is actually a little slower than its predecessor.

ASUS lowered the thermal design power (TDP) of both the CPU and GPU versus last year's version (from 125W to 80W and 90W, respectively), but NVIDIA's own voltage limitations and advancements in AMD's CPUs mean that any performance deficits are barely noticeable, while also helping the laptop run longer even on a smaller battery cell. 14-inch laptops have never been about raw power, and the Zephyrus G14 still compares favorably to its competition, like the considerably more expensive Razer Blade 14 (2024).

I believe these trade-offs are more than worthwhile in getting this stunning design and much-improved portability, and the Zephyrus G14 (2024) still flew through every task I gave it, including games. If I have one complaint, it's that this laptop isn't quite as quick to boot or wake from sleep as an Intel Evo-certified laptop.

You can check out the graphs above for an overview of the Zephyrus G14's performance. In summary, this laptop consistently outperformed the last two generations of Razer Blade 14 and often came close to larger and more powerful laptops. Windows Central had only two benchmarks for the Zephyrus G14 (2023), and the Zephyrus G14 won one (Geekbench 6) and lost the other (Cinebench 2024), but in general, you should expect minor gains in CPU-heavy tasks and minor losses in GPU-heavy tasks with the latest version.

Thermally, this laptop is consistent and quiet, with subtle and low fans. It's quick to get hot to the touch, however, and mild thermal throttling happens after a while when pushing this laptop. My stress tests saw a 4.2% decline in average framerates over 25 loops in 3DMark Time Spy versus the 2-3% I expect from other laptops. I never observed the Zephyrus G14 throttling anymore past this point, however, and performance never noticeably degraded no matter how long I used it.

Zephyrus G14 review: Gaming performance

It may not look like your average gaming laptop, but it certainly performs like one. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Gaming highlights

  • At full resolution, the Zephyrus G14 is a capable performer with consistent framerates over long gaming sessions.
  • Lowering the resolution to 1080p, which is still very comfortable at this size, can lead to much-improved framerates, too.
  • Thermal and voltage limitations do mean that in many games, though, the 2024 version is a few frames-per-second (FPS) lower than the 2023 version.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) isn't quite as strong graphically as its predecessor, but it's certainly no slouch. At its full 1800p resolution, it's able to play practically any modern game at high-to-max settings without issue. Lower the resolution to 1080p (which is honestly just as good at 14 inches), and you can squeeze a lot more frames out of this laptop and take better advantage of that 120Hz display. You can see some of the games I played below and the settings I was using.

  • Forza Horizon 577 FPS average (Extreme preset, 1800p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution disabled, v-sync enabled)
  • Gears 564 FPS average (Recommended/Ultra preset, 1800p resolution, uncapped framerate, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution disabled)
  • Cyberpunk 207741 FPS average (Ultra preset, 1800p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution set to "Quality," v-sync enabled)
  • Counter-Strike 2100-115 FPS average (High preset, 1800p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution disabled, v-sync enabled, NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency enabled)

As I stated in the above section, this laptop does get hot and does experience some thermal throttling, but it hits that ceiling quickly and refuses to go lower. Playing multiple consecutive Counter-Strike 2 matches saw absolutely no discernible dips in framerates, and gaming, in general, felt smooth and stable on this laptop. This display is absolutely spectacular for gaming, and the combination of quiet fans and loud speakers means your audio experience is great, too.

Zephyrus G14 review: Battery experience

I didn't have to sacrifice anything to get decent battery life, but you can definitely turn down settings for better endurance. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Battery highlights

  • This laptop isn't an endurance champion, as you'd expect from anything with a dedicated GPU, but it's better than last year's version.
  • I could expect to see 5-6 hours of actual screen-on usage, and standby battery life is very impressive.
  • Pushing the hardware will obviously put a dent in those numbers, but I didn't have to sacrifice anything to be able to regularly use this laptop away from the charger.
  • Battery rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gaming laptops aren't known for great battery life, especially when compared to 14-inch ultrabooks. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 doesn't buck that trend, but it does straddle the gap with endurance that surpasses the average gaming laptop but falls short of a solid ultrabook. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get PCMark 10's Modern Office battery test to run on this laptop (it would report as finished after 1-5 minutes every attempt), but I can tell you about my personal experience.

In general usage with default settings (that means a comfortable ~200 nits brightness, per-key RGB lighting on the keyboard enabled, the lid "Slash Lighting" enabled, and the performance profile set to "Balanced"), I could expect a reliable 4-6 hours of solid usage. With heavy usage (like gaming), I could easily cut that down to 2-3 hours. Running a Windows battery report showed lifetimes of between 3-8 hours of usage (averaging out to ~4 hours). It's not an all-day machine, but you also don't have to stress if you take this laptop away from the charger, which is a far cry from most gaming machines. If you cut down on features and performance, you can squeeze even more life out of it.

When you need to charge, you can either use the proprietary 180W charger, which is more than enough no matter what you're doing. For general usage, though, I tended to use the USB4 port and its 100W Power Delivery, which reliably and quickly kept the Zephyrus G14 topped off while using the same cable as all my other devices. Performance while on battery power was always exemplary for me.

Zephyrus G14 review: Keyboard and touchpad

This is an excellent keyboard and touchpad, but there are ways it can improve in the next version. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Keyboard highlights

  • The Zephyrus G14 (2024) updates the keyboard with larger, more responsive keys and retains the same per-key RGB lighting.
  • It's an excellent, tactile keyboard, but having no way to lock the toggle the Fn row between modes is frustrating.
  • The glass touchpad is large, smooth, and responsive, with a great button action, but I would've liked to see a haptic touchpad here.
  • Keyboard rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

ASUS has been impressing me with its keyboards lately, and the ROG Zephyrus G14 is no exception. The company updated this keyboard versus last year's model to be more rigid, responsive, and comfortable, with larger keys and the same 1.7mm travel distance. It's great for gaming and typing, and I also like the layout a lot. Four additional macro keys sit above the function (Fn) row, too, oddly splitting the volume controls but otherwise adding a little more functionality.

Sadly, there's absolutely no way to lock the Fn key. That means you have to press the Fn key every time you want to use one of the macros to change your screen brightness, mute your mic, change performance modes, or anything else. That's a super basic feature, and it's baffling that it's missing here. ASUS also doesn't borrow from other manufacturers by highlighting shortcuts when holding down the Fn key, which would've been nice.

As for the touchpad, it's large, matches the aspect ratio of the display, is covered in smooth glass, and uses Microsoft Precision drivers for smooth and reliable tracking. The buttons feel great, too; it's overall a high-quality touchpad with no weaknesses. Of course, I've been spoiled by the haptic touchpad on laptops like the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024), and I would've loved to have seen it appear on the Zephyrus G14.

Zephyrus G14 review: Everything else

The LED slash lighting on the rear isn't particularly useful (even if ASUS tries to make it so), but I like it anyways. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Other features highlights

  • Wrapping things up, the ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) gets basically everything right.
  • That's especially true of the six-speaker setup system, which genuinely counts among the best speaker systems of any laptop I've used short of recent Macbooks.
  • The front-facing camera, biometric authentication, wireless performance, and software experience are all very solid, too.
  • Other features rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Other features overview

• Camera & mic: FHD (1080p) front-facing webcam (IR sensor, Windows Hello facial recognition biometric authentication), dual-array 3D mics w/ AI noise cancellation
• Audio: Six-speaker system w/ Dolby Atmos (4x 2W woofers, 2x 1W tweeters)
• Wireless: Wi-Fi 6E 2x2, Bluetooth 5.3
• Other features: Armoury Crate software, per-key RGB lighting, lid Slash Lighting

Time to go over all the stragglers. Let's start with software! The Zephyrus G14 (2024) runs Windows 11 (usually the Home variant) with a handful of preinstalled apps from ASUS, NVIDIA, Dolby, and others. Windows runs flawlessly on this device, updates are frequent and reliable, and the preinstalled apps are few in number and mostly very reasonable. Armoury Crate is a useful app for managing your laptop, but the design is massively outdated and clunky, so ASUS can definitely improve matters here.

Hardware-wise, this laptop boasts a standard FHD webcam with solid detail, color reproduction, white balance, and dynamic range. It's not exceptional and lacks a dedicated privacy shutter, but you do get an IR sensor for Windows Hello facial recognition (which works quickly and consistently). That webcam is supported by ASUS' "3D Mics," which basically means stereo microphones with AI noise cancellation. They're also solid.

Honestly, you can go ahead and assume anything I haven't mentioned is at least above average. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) is shockingly refined throughout, but it properly stands out in one area: the speakers. ASUS added two more woofers over the 2023 version and increased their size by 25%, resulting in a six-speaker system that genuinely sounds incredible. No, I don't mean "good for a Windows laptop," these speakers are just awesome. They're responsive, clear, detailed, and loud, and they actually boast bass that you can feel. It's not quite to the level of Apple's Macbooks, but this may be one of the very best speaker setups in any Windows laptop right now, even without using Dolby Atmos.

Zephyrus G14 review: Competition

This is by far my favorite 14-inch gaming laptop, and one of my favorite 14-inch Windows laptops, period. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Making a worthwhile 14-inch gaming laptop is actually a monumental endeavor, and only a few companies have really pulled it off. One of the biggest alternatives to the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) is the Razer Blade 14 (2024); that laptop is even more premium in its design and construction than the Zephyrus G14 and boasts a more impressive display to boot. It's simply not as capable even with the same internals, though you'll be paying a whole lot more, and you'll be accepting a downgrade in the keyboard and speakers departments.

The Alienware x14 R2 is a more reasonable competitor, coming closer in price to the Zephyrus G14 with an attractive design, solid performance, and respectable endurance. The Zephyrus G14 is more up-to-date, however, and is overall a more refined and premium laptop. If you don't need a ton of graphical power, the Dell XPS 14 (9440) is a properly powerful ultrabook with a futuristic, hyper-premium design. It's not as competent when gaming, and it's awfully expensive, but it's still one of the best Windows laptops on the market.

Honestly, though, one of the most compelling options in this space is actually the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2023). It's bigger, heavier, less refined, and premium, and it doesn't last as long away from the charger. It's also just as powerful (if not more so when gaming) than the newer version, and you should be able to pick it up with an enticing discount now that the 2024 model is available. That laptop is still a fantastic machine.

Zephyrus G14 review: Score card

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AttributeRatingNotes
Value⭐⭐⭐⭐The Zephyrus G14 isn't a cheap laptop, but it's priced competitively in the category and offers a very premium experience.
Design⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐The stealthy display hinge feels a little too weak, but the rest of the Zephyrus G14 is practically perfect from a design and build quality perspective.
Display⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐This 2.8K OLED panel continues to impress with its colors, responsiveness, and vibrancy, and ASUS goes the extra mile to make it even better.
Performance⭐⭐⭐⭐The new Zephyrus G14 sacrifices some raw power over its predecessor, but is still a consistent performer that often bests the biggest competitors from companies like Razer.
Battery⭐⭐⭐⭐Other 14-inch laptops can certainly last longer, but over 5 hours of actual usage isn't out of the question, even without compromising features.
Keyboard⭐⭐⭐⭐½This is a fantastic keyboard and touchpad combination, but I wanted a Fn key lock and a haptic touchpad would've been even better.
Other features⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐All of the Zephyrus G14 feels equally premium, with all the additional hardware features being good to exceptional.

Zephyrus G14 review: Final thoughts

I adore this subtle Zephyrus logo on the hinge, which itself is beautifully designed. I just wish it was a little stiffer. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

You should buy this if ...

You want a portable ultrabook with a ton of power

The Zephyrus G14 is absolutely catered toward gamers, but its slim and light design, premium build quality, and refined features make it a great option for anyone looking for a portable ultrabook boasting a surprising amount of power.

You want a premium laptop that's great in every category

Gaming laptops often compromise in several areas to prioritize performance, but ASUS went the opposite direction with the Zephyrus G14 (2024). It's not more powerful than its predecessor, but it's thinner, lighter, more durable, and more refined and premium in practically every category.

You should not buy this if ...

You're looking for the most powerful laptop possible

If you need power above all else, you're probably not looking at 14-inch gaming laptops. If you are, you might be better served by the last-generation Zephyrus G14, which is a little more powerful when gaming, thanks to its thicker, heavier chassis and higher TDP.

ASUS set out to perfect its 14-inch gaming laptop and kissed the feet of sublimity with the latest version. It's a very different laptop from its predecessor with different focuses, but the result is one of the most refined and premium devices in this category. It's more than powerful enough to play all the latest and greatest PC games but trades top-end performance for a stunning, impeccably constructed aluminum chassis.

From the keyboard to the speakers, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is the most refined ASUS laptop I've ever used. It's still not quite perfect, but ASUS has a brilliant foundation here that I hope continues for years with updates. Right now, though, this is my top pick for a compact gaming laptop (or an ultrabook with a lot of GPU power, depending on your priorities). 2024 has already been a landmark year for excellent Windows hardware, and the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) still manages to stand apart.

If you'd rather have a larger laptop, you can also check out our review of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (2024), which is the 16-inch variant of this laptop.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.