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2020 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

ap123ap

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Looks to be an interesting piece of portable hardware! Makes me wonder if I should cancel my dell xps 9300 preorder although I’m not absolutely sold on the fancy front light show aka ‘AniMe Matrix LED’...



 
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I’m liking this, though I’m not sure about battery life. I’m more partial to 15” laptops but I could see myself using this
 
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ap123ap

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Love the specs and the Anime Matrix LED is hilarious. Asus seem to have fun with their concepts.

When will these be released is the question?

According to a few reports, should be within the next few months!
 
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ap123ap

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Spotted this preorder link this morning @scan.co.uk (that no longer works) giving us an idea of pricing!

 
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GalileoSeven

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Looks pretty slick - offering up an AMD chip so as to lower the price is a good move too (for a machine with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and an RTX 2060). I'll be interested to see a review of this for sure (considering I just picked up an Acer Predator Triton 500 w/the same specs and an Intel chip)
 
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grmlin

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No thunderbolt and no webcam kills a device like this for me. Great hardware though otherwise
 
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GalileoSeven

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With that 1TB SSD and a lower price tag, it edges out my Predator by a bit.


Like grmlin, the lack of a webcam would kill it for me though (as I use mine for work - videoconferencing via MS Teams/Zoom and family - catching up with the parents & siblings on Skype)

Still is a sweet design nonetheless.
 
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no webcam
We're in a new world order in a sense, where many people are working remote, and as such webcams are essential. I've been using my webcam every day as we conduct meetings. I think the omission of the web camera may very well come back to haunt them. As for thunderbolt, that's something also that moves this machine to be a non-starter for me. I have a EGPU and lack of TB means I won't consider this bad boy

Yea why is there no thunderbolt or webcam..
AMD chipset is most likely the reason why there's no TB, as for the webcam, maybe the circuitry in the back for that micro-led display is the reason - tbh, I have no idea.
 
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I’m liking this, though I’m not sure about battery life. I’m more partial to 15” laptops but I could see myself using this

Given that it blows away many gaming laptops with a stellar 11.5 hrs while remaining thin and light. I couldn't imagine complaining about battery life too much.
 
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grmlin

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We're in a new world order in a sense, where many people are working remote, and as such webcams are essential. I've been using my webcam every day as we conduct meetings. I think the omission of the web camera may very well come back to haunt them. As for thunderbolt, that's something also that moves this machine to be a non-starter for me. I have a EGPU and lack of TB means I won't consider this bad boy


AMD chipset is most likely the reason why there's no TB, as for the webcam, maybe the circuitry in the back for that micro-led display is the reason - tbh, I have no idea.
The Thinkpads Lenovo released earlier this year come with the older Ryzen and Thunderbolt 3. So I'm pretty sure it's Asus that didn't include it to save costs or whatever.
 
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It's just so amazing that AMD's new chips are blowing Intel away. Great for consumers, now and into the future.

Lack of Thunderbolt 3 is a problem for many, should be fixed with the introduction of USB4 I believe (Thunderbolt 3 without royalties) although Intel will probably have Thunderbolt 4 by then.
 
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jrichards1408

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It's just so amazing that AMD's new chips are blowing Intel away. Great for consumers, now and into the future.

Lack of Thunderbolt 3 is a problem for many, should be fixed with the introduction of USB4 I believe (Thunderbolt 3 without royalties) although Intel will probably have Thunderbolt 4 by then.
It's royal free already
 
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PeterJP

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Well, the bad news is of course the webcam. I don't understand that at all. Particularly, with the current work-from-home peak, the timing is interesting to say the least...

The good news is that this platform will be used by many other companies, even if Asus has exclusivity for a few months. Probably more portable designs for the 4800HS and a bit bigger for the 4900HS. The internal GPU is not as powerful, but with chances of a dGPU high, who cares :)

Ultrabookreview keeps track of the laptops and their benchmarks. Interesting links:
https://www.ultrabookreview.com/35985-amd-ryzen-4900h-4900hs-laptops/
https://www.ultrabookreview.com/36004-amd-ryzen-7-4800h-laptops/
 
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ctjack

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Well, the bad news is of course the webcam. I don't understand that at all. Particularly, with the current work-from-home peak, the timing is interesting to say the least...
Well, not everyone uses a webcam. I used it a lot back in the days of Skype, but now imessage, instagram, whatsapp video calls on Ipads and Iphones. So didn't use webcam for long time, and only quarantine forces me to use it at this point. And you can always buy one and attach via USB port. This will be your anchor to bring with you.
Like Mac people have to bring external ssds along with adapters from USB-C to USB and hdmi etc.
 
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PeterJP

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Well, not everyone uses a webcam. I used it a lot back in the days of Skype, but now imessage, instagram, whatsapp video calls on Ipads and Iphones. So didn't use webcam for long time, and only quarantine forces me to use it at this point. And you can always buy one and attach via USB port. This will be your anchor to bring with you.
Yeah, I guess I could use Teams etc on my iPad instead of my laptop, but it's a bit weird not to have one.

Another strange thing is that, when you get the 16GB RAM model, 8GB is soldered in. So the max RAM you can get is effectively 24GB instead of 32GB. I wonder who makes these decisions sometimes...
 
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