ROG Zephyrus G14 gets a refreshed AniMe Matrix version

July 15, 2020

It’s still the same powerful and portable gaming notebook.

Last May, we reviewed the ROG Zephyrus G14 and was blown away by its look and its performance. It sealed its place as one of the best gaming notebooks that you can buy at the moment, offering portability without sacrificing quality.

Today, Asus is launching a new version of the ROG Zephyrus G14 that now comes with a new Eclipse Grey color and a customizable AniMe Matrix LED Panel. This notebook is also slightly thicker (19.9mm) compared to the original (17.9mm) and just a tad heavier (1.7kg vs 1.6kg).

Other than that, the AniMe Matrix version of the ROG Zephyrus G14 is exactly like the original. You’re still getting the chiclet-style backlit keyboard with wider space between keys that are still comfortable to use. This is also the first ROG notebook that uses Ergolift, an Asus-branded design that lifts the keyboard to a more comfortable angle when the lid is opened. It also acts as an easier way to allow airflow inside the notebook for more efficient cooling.

There’s also an in-built fingerprint reader nestled on top of the power button for extra security. The quad-speaker setup is great, and Dolby Atmos technology means you’re getting the best sound output that’s perfect for gaming. The gorgeous 14-inch display still comes at a 2560-by-1440 pixel resolution. We would have preferred a higher refresh rate, but it’s not really a deal-breaker.

Both the original ROG Zephyrus G14 and this new AniMe Matrix version use similar hardware. At the heart of the gaming machine is the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU that comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM along with a 1TB SSD. Graphics is handled again by the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM.

The performance was also similar, we got nearly identical scores on the games we’ve played on both machines. For a more in-depth look at the gaming and overall performance, you can check out our original review of the ROG Zephyrus G14

But the highlight of this notebook is the AniMe Matrix display. It uses 1,215 mini LEDs that are fully customizable. The LEDs emit a white glow that actually supports 256 levels of brightness. You have the ability to import GIFs or other graphics or even create your own visuals that will appear on the panel. There are even visualizations that will react to the music that you play. 

Asus said that it actually took 15 iterations to create the perfect looks and function of the LED panel, specifically the mask that evenly distributes light from each LED. It was also revealed that even the alignment of each diffusing layer on each LED has to be perfect so get the right effect since each of the lights is rectangular and not square. Along with that, the engineers also worked on how the mini LEDs would function properly with regards to minimizing the heat and the power requirements.

So it’s surprising that the AniMe Matrix LED panel on the ROG Zephyrus G14 isn’t just some light customization that was slapped on the previous version. Which probably warrants the 500 AED extra added on top of the price. The ROG Zephyrus G14 AniMe Matrix version will cost you 7,499 AED (the original Zephyrus retails for 6,999 AED).

If you want the extra customizations, then the AniMe Matrix is a great choice – otherwise, the original ROG Zephyrus G14 is still a very capable machine. Whichever one you choose though, you’re still getting great performance on games all packed inside a portable notebook.

The ROG Zephyrus G14 AniMe Matrix version is now available today in the UAE and is now available on Amazon, Emax, Noon, Sharaf DG, and Virgin Megastores branches across the country.

We Like: 

+ Great customizable LED panel

+ Same great performance as the original ROG Zephyrus G14

+ Decent battery life

We Didn’t Like:

– Webcam is an optional external accessory

– It costs 500 AED more than the original ROG Zephyrus G14

Final Rating: 4.5/5

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.