The latest 2022 model has appeared in the compact gaming notebook “ROG Zephyrus G14” equipped with a 14-inch display. In addition to adopting AMD’s latest generation CPU and GPU, we have also powered up the unique “AniMe Matrix display” that incorporates a very small LED on the top board.
The 2022 model is a total of 5 models. Only two of them were released in March this year, and as of May 21, 2022, the release date of the other three models is undecided. It is not clear why the release date has not been decided, but it may be related to various things such as the influence of the new coronavirus, semiconductor shortages, and logistics confusion. I would like to expect an early release for one day. Among them, I tried “GA402RK-R96RX6800SGL” whose release date is undecided this time.
The all-new ROG Zephyrus G14 looks virtually unchanged from its popular predecessor. Although it’s simple, there are shikake here and there that are likely to tickle the hearts of gamers.
An example of this is the AniMe Matrix display. A very small LED is built into the top board, and characters and illustrations can be displayed in animation using dots. In the 2022 model, the number of CNC machined holes has increased from 1215 to 1449, allowing for more precise expression. The model without the AniMe Matrix display uses the same prismatic film as the previous model, and it glitters depending on the viewing angle.
The AniMe Matrix display has three modes: “animation mode”, “audio mode” and “system mode”. The animation mode allows you to create your own dot animation, and you can create it by simply importing the image you want to display. The operation is easy, but it seems that sense and time are required to move it coolly.
Audio mode is a mode in which the visualizer is displayed according to the playback of music and videos. The system mode is a mode that displays the battery level, clock, date, etc. on the top board.
As a new feature, a virtual pet function called “OMNI” has been added. It is a cute character that appears on the screen, and you can enjoy it just by looking at it. You can enjoy mini-games such as “Slot Machine”, “Shooting Game” and “Whack-A-Mole”, and you can also right-click on your virtual pet to check the system status.
When you enable your virtual pet, you’ll see that character on your AniMe Matrix display. High scores in minigames seem to unlock OMNI animations on your desktop.
Two color variations are available: Eclipse Gray and Moonlight White. The Eclipse Gray I tried this time has a simple and calm atmosphere. Moonlight White, on the other hand, is a brighter white. You should choose according to your taste.
14-inch size that is easy to use for purposes other than games
I touched the ROG Zephyrus G14 for the first time in a long time, but this size was still attractive. When it comes to gaming notebook PCs, it feels like playing games on a large screen, and there are many large models, and 14-inch models like this model are rare. It is perfect not only for users who often carry it around, but also for those who put their PC away on a shelf when not using it at home.
The weight is about 1.72 kg (about 1.65 kg for the model without the AniMe Matrix display). It is heavier than a mobile notebook weighing around 1kg, but it is light as a gaming notebook and is easy to carry. Battery life is about 10.7 hours in the catalog spec (about 11.7 hours for models without AniMe Matrix display). It’s shorter when playing games, but if you carry it around for work, checking web pages or exchanging emails, you can use it for a long time. It is a spec that shines with the high efficiency of AMD’s latest CPU “Ryzen 9 6900HS”.
The aspect ratio has been changed to 16:10, the touchpad is larger and the operability is improved
In terms of usability, the aspect ratio of the display has changed from 16:9 to 16:10, expanding the vertical display area. It is a form that reflects the trend of these days. The resolution is 2560 x 1600. The refresh rate, which is important for gaming notebook PCs, is 120Hz, and the response speed is 3ms. The display quality is high, such as “Dolby Vision” and “Pantone” certification, and it also meets the company’s own high-quality display standard “ROG Nebula Display”.
I actually used it, but I felt that it was a display with high display quality according to the specifications. Even if you play a game with a vivid display, there is no afterimage feeling. With a brightness of 500 nits, it can be used not only for games, but also for various purposes such as work and creative work.
Despite its compact body, the keyboard has a pitch of about 19 mm. The spacebar felt a little short, but I was able to type smoothly with the standard key layout. Even if you are absorbed in the game and type strongly, the body does not bend and the rigidity is excellent. With RGB illumination specifications, you can set the lighting method and color as you like. The keystrokes are quiet and easy to use even in quiet places. In addition, the touchpad, which was said to be small in the previous model, has become wider, making it easier to operate with gestures.