I spent a week testing the ROG Zephyrus G14 — I already love it more than my expensive gaming PC

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2023)
(Image credit: Future)

Recently, I wrote a piece about my custom-built PC that proved somewhat (ahem) "divisive." I’ve gone through ups and downs with my Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090-powered rig over the past year, and my relationship with my wallet-crushing desktop hasn’t been helped by the ROG Zephyrus G14 (2023).

Hot damn what a laptop.

The version I’ve been testing will admittedly cost you an arm (and most likely both your legs), but it’s still a hugely impressive gaming machine. Mercifully, cheaper configurations start off at a more palatable $2,499.  

Of course, when the G14 config I've been using is priced at $3,299 / £3,599, FPS-slaying performance is essential.

And it really delivers.

The G14 has beasted every game I've thrown at it."

I’ve thrown close to a dozen recent big-budget games at the G14, and it’s beasted them all. With Asus wisely opting for a native screen resolution just above 2K — 2,560 x 1,600, to be precise — hitting the laptop’s top 165Hz refresh rate in many games is possible. 

The G14’s awesome Mini-LED display plays a huge role in making this laptop feel truly elite. Boasting brilliant contrast and near OLED-quality black levels, it’s an amazing screen to play games on.

Beast mode

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2023)

(Image credit: Future)

When you pair such a quality panel with the laptop version of the RTX 4090, 32GB of DDR5 RAM and an AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS processor, it’s no surprise the subsequent gaming results are a little bit special. Which they obviously should be, considering the colossal outlay involved in achieving them. 

This will sound a touch hyperbolic, but I’ve created some of my favorite gaming memories of the past few years with the G14.

I finally finished the PC version of Resident Evil 4 — even after getting the platinum trophy on what’s one of the best PS5 games. I’ve enjoyed racing around Night City in Cyberpunk 2077 at 120 fps thanks to the G14’s power and Nvidia’s DLSS 3 features. Hell, I even completed the GOG Galaxy edition of Metal Gear Solid 2 (a game I’ve finished at least a dozen times on console) because the 2001 classic still looks and plays superbly, provided you install the right mod

The G14 further boosts its credentials as a powerhouse that can rival some of the best gaming laptops through smart design decisions. This is a lovely-looking laptop that screams ‘spared no expense’ at every turn. I love the G14’s slimmed-down bezel, I’m a big fan of its responsive keyboard and I really appreciate how quiet it runs, even under heavy load. 

Quiet down

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2023)

(Image credit: Future)

That last point is worth emphasizing. I’ve tested some powerful gaming laptops of late, and the G14 is comfortably the quietest I’ve used. 

While the Acer Predator Helios 300 sounds like a 747 taking off when booting even a mildly demanding game, Asus’ high-end laptop is far less harsh on your lobes. 

Yes, the G14 gets hot — uncomfortably so if you touch the center of the laptop just beneath the screen — but it’s clearly doing something right with fan output. Its speakers might be a little on the quiet side, yet that isn’t a huge issue when the laptop generally so quietly. 

This is comfortably one of the quietest gaming laptops I've used."

So yes, I’m clearly a massive fan of the ROG Zephyrus G14 (2023). Whether playing Red Dead Redemption 2 at 120 fps on the couch while lazily enjoying the first test match of The Ashes or using its responsive keyboard and touchpad to browse the web, I’ve loved my time with this laptop.

If you have a serious chunk of change to burn, the G14 is well-suited to serving your most demanding portable gaming needs.

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Dave Meikleham
UK Computing Editor

Dave is a computing editor at Tom’s Guide and covers everything from cutting edge laptops to ultrawide monitors. When he’s not worrying about dead pixels, Dave enjoys regularly rebuilding his PC for absolutely no reason at all. In a previous life, he worked as a video game journalist for 15 years, with bylines across GamesRadar+, PC Gamer and TechRadar. Despite owning a graphics card that costs roughly the same as your average used car, he still enjoys gaming on the go and is regularly glued to his Switch. Away from tech, most of Dave’s time is taken up by walking his husky, buying new TVs at an embarrassing rate and obsessing over his beloved Arsenal. 

  • EmperorGibbs
    Feels like an ad
  • rgd1101
    isn't any product review?
  • whatthefdidido
    Just don't try updating the bios or you might break it LoL
  • azalea_k
    I’ve been building PCs for 30 years — now I’d just fix the EFI partition instead of spending 2x + what I should on a space heater.
  • Tower72
    I have this laptop but in the 4060 variant (I am in the US) and while I agree with pretty much everything he wrote (as much as I can given he tested the highest end one and I have what is considered the entry level. I added basic things like a 4TB NVME and another 32GB of memory), one thing I am curious about is his mentioning of the fans and how quiet they are. So you mean to tell me that your unit with the 4090, is quieter then mine with the 4060? Normally I use headphones when I game so overall it is not a bother, but without headphones, it is like having a room fan on HIGH. Then there is the heat output of this thing. Under gaming loads I frequently hit temps around 90-95C. Granted I am sure that Asus designed it this way with its cooling setup, but I became so concerned about those temps that I purchased a well recommended laptop cooler (well recommended on the Reddit forums anyway) which, while also sounding like a jet engine, manages to keep those temps between 80-85C, and looks cool as well with its RGB lighting :)

    My main concern is that yes, the GPU and CPU were designed to run hot like this with no issues, what about the other components? What about the exhaust ports blowing that hot air out of the back. When gaming and it would hit those 90-95C (190F-203F) temps, a LOT of that hot air is blowing right on the bottom of the screen and going up . While the bottom bezel is pretty large, did they use a high temp adhesive to hold it in place?

    Anyway with that aside, another thing worth noting, some claim that the iGPU is also capable of running some games as well, the 780M . I have yet to try this on games I play but if it is true, that could be another positive for this machine!