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Gaming Laptop: Asus ROG Zephyrus 14" FHD Ryzen 5900HS + RTX3060: $1900

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[Best Buy] Gaming Laptop: Asus ROG Zephyrus 14" FHD Ryzen 5900HS + RTX3060: $1900

This thing looks overspecced for the price: $1900 for a 5900HS RTX3060? Yes, only 14" 1080P but seems pretty powerful for the price. I did a bit of research, looks like it's $2600 on Amazon and $1900 US price in US, so, seems like a pretty good deal if you're mostly going to use it docked anyway.

[strike]Noisy though...[/strike] actually it's quite quiet even under load. I'm surprised, but not that loud, really.
  • 3.1GHz AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS octa-core processor (overclockable up to 4.5GHz) and 16GB of DDR4RAM combine to produce high-speed performance without lags or stutters
  • 1TB PCIe solid state drive (SSD) offers ample storage space for all your data and enables swift file transfers
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card with 6GB of dedicated memory lets you enjoy your games in maximum graphics settings
  • 14" Full HD display with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 delivers outstanding visual clarity with bright colours and bold contrast
  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) lets you connect to high-speed wireless networks for buffer-free video streaming and lag-free online gaming
  • Dual-band Bluetooth 5.1 (2 x 2) lets you pair the laptop with wireless devices such as mice, speakers, keyboards, headsets, and more (each sold separately)
  • Four-cell lithium-ion battery with a 76Wh capacity keeps you entertained for hours
  • One USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 port with Power Delivery and Display port, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, one HDMI port, and one 3.5mm combo audio jack allow for connecting various peripheral devices, flash drives, projectors, and more (sold separately)
  • VR-ready design can run virtual reality games and applications (VR games, applications, and accessories sold separately)
  • Ultra-slim profile is stylish and easy to carry
  • Pre-installed Windows 10 Home operating system comes with a user-friendly interface and advanced security features
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The 15inch with a 1440p screen variant can be had for cheaper on amazon, in and out of stock occasionally just FYI. I have that variant and it's a fantastic laptop.
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Just remember what you are getting into.
If you are using it as a desktop, the 3k series graphic card have a huge performance difference between laptop and desktop version.
To make it worse for the exact number model can have different cores and TDP.

Just make sure you do your homework before any purchase.
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kazkira wrote: The 15inch with a 1440p screen variant can be had for cheaper on amazon, in and out of stock occasionally just FYI. I have that variant and it's a fantastic laptop.
Any chance you could link that? Thanks.
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kazkira wrote: The 15inch with a 1440p screen variant can be had for cheaper on amazon, in and out of stock occasionally just FYI. I have that variant and it's a fantastic laptop.
The only thing to remember is your frame rates of course will take a significant hit stepping up to this resolution so if higher frame rates are important, just something to keep in mind.
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squint72 wrote: The only thing to remember is your frame rates of course will take a significant hit stepping up to this resolution so if higher frame rates are important, just something to keep in mind.
I think one should always assume the native screen resolution might not be practical / playable on a laptop: You can always play at 1080p with better framerates, but never assume a gaming laptop with a 4K screen can drive 60 FPS at 4K. NEVER :-)
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isnt scaling down to 1080p from 144p not ideal though? In any case I think 1440p at under like a 27 inch monitor is moot, not worth the battery or performance hit IMO.
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Yokoon wrote: isnt scaling down to 1080p from 144p not ideal though? In any case I think 1440p at under like a 27 inch monitor is moot, not worth the battery or performance hit IMO.
Scaling down by "half" is better than "2/3rds" for sure... scaling 1440 p down to 720p means that a 2 x 2 square of 1440p pixels represents every 720p pixel: scaling 1440p down to 1080p is, well, 1.66 x 1.66 pixels or some other not-exactly-rounded-number of pixels. So yeah, better just buy a 1080p laptop if you're using it for 1080p gaming IMO, or 1440p at lower settings.
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I picked this up last month when it was on sale at the same price. Very happy with this overall.

I have a gaming desktop hooked up to a QHD 144hz screen where I do most of my gaming. When I go back to my parents, I bring my laptop with me to play a few games there if I am stay the whole day. Serves my purpose. I mostly just play CoD WZ so graphical fidelity is not a huge deal for me but +100FPS is necessary. 60hz screen wouldn't work for me.
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whatever deal from bestbuy.ca won't work for me I got access denied for moths no matter how I follow online instructions, any one can help ? thanks.
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kazkira wrote: The 15inch with a 1440p screen variant can be had for cheaper on amazon, in and out of stock occasionally just FYI. I have that variant and it's a fantastic laptop.
What's is the price on the 15"?
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keanehoa wrote: whatever deal from bestbuy.ca won't work for me I got access denied for moths no matter how I follow online instructions, any one can help ? thanks.
I think you need to take your computer into a best buy and show them the problem. I bet THAT they'd fix for free i.e. "I want to buy stuff from you, but my computer won't let me, fix it so I can buy stuff."
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Tbh, @ $1,819. I would have bought the G15 over the G14. The G15 supposedly feeds more power to the GPU also so you get more bang for your buck.
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The difference in weight seems minimal, G14 3.7lbs vs G15 4.3lbs. I will wait for the G15 and try it out. Need a portable gaming laptop for a student.
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Have the g14 with 1660Ti, it’s really solid honestly. Can’t go wrong. I think I got it for like $1499 + tax
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zanewn wrote: The difference in weight seems minimal, G14 3.7lbs vs G15 4.3lbs. I will wait for the G15 and try it out. Need a portable gaming laptop for a student.
a >16% reduction in weight is not minimal my man
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The G14 is a fine machine. I had both types (this base one and the white one with the 3060/32GB/1440P panel). I've also tried out the 3060 G15 and ended up with the G15.
Here are my thoughts:
1. G14 definitely feels more portable. You'll notice the difference. Forget the weight, the bulk is what matters and you'll notice it!
2. The base G14 (this machine posted) still has quite a bit of ghosting. I notice it even in simple games like Dead Cells when I play at 144Hz..
3. Both the 1440P G14 (white) and the G15 (1440P too, actually) have a MUCH better screen! No ghosting, and the difference between 1440P and 1080P (the base model G14) is very noticeable!
4. 1440P was tough on the eyes on the White G14, but no issues on the G15.
5. The white G14 has been on sale for $2299 and a much better deal for: (much) better screen, 32GB ram, Anime-Matrix lighting, and it resists fingerprints. Dunno why, but it felt better to type on - something odd with the texture that works.
6. G15 is quieter and doesn't get nearly as hot as the G14. Battery is great on both.
7. I hardly noticed much difference in performance betwen the G14 and G15, despite the TGP difference. However, the most I gamed was Doom Eternal, Max settings (1440P / Nightmare).

Hope this helps.

**EDIT** - I forgot to mention, the G15 has a much better palm rest and a joy to have hands on. Strangely, however, I found the white G14 still was overall best to type on.

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