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Best Buy has ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 14" Gaming Laptop (GA401IV-BR9N6, Moonlight White) for $1449.99. Shipping is free. Thanks aznkhl

Note, that the product is listed with an estimated shipping date of May 11.

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  • AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS 3.0GHz (up to 4.3GHz) 8-Core Processor
  • 14" 1920x1080 Full HD LED Display
  • 16GB DDR4 Memory
  • 1TB SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics
    • 2x USB 3.0
    • 1x HDMI
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 4-Cell Li-Ion Battery
  • Dolby Atmos Sound
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
  • Weighs 3.64-Lbs. & Measures 0.7" Thin
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The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is back instock @ Best Buy

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus...Id=6403816 >Note: Will ship by Mon, May 11
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How often do you actually use a webcam? The 2060 is significantly more powerful than the 1650, and Razer has notorious quality control issues. In terms of raw performance and value, the G14 simply cannot be beat right now. At $1,450 it's a steal. I'd suggest buying the G14 and a standalone Logitech webcam for if/when you do need one, which would outperform any built-in webcam anyway.
I have this in hand and it really is the fastest computer that I've ever owned. Comes in just shy of 4300 on Cinebench R20 (my poor 4yr old i7-6700K desktop can barely reach 2000). The keyboard backlight is as bad as the reviews say - can only be used in a dark room as there is not enough contrast with the silver keys. I leave it off unless I am in the dark.

Edit: Fingerprint reader is NOT as bad as some reviews. Fingerprint is cached when you power on and proceeds directly to Windows desktop most of the time. No webcam/windows hello, but then again with the fingerprint reader you can automatically log in with different user accounts (e.g. personal and business) by using different fingers.

The display color is great - I can't measure the response times, but I hear they are relatively high for competitive gaming, but for me, I'm sure I couldn't tell the difference.

The SSD speed is middle of the road ~1700 MB/sec sequential, but symmetric - close for both read and write.

I'm sure that for gaming alone there might be better choices, but I also need the extra cores for virtualization and the 2060 for possible machine learning acceleration. This is a XPS15 or MacBook Pro alternative.

The cherry on top is the fact that it's only 3.5 lbs. My employer requires that I lug around a hobbled Dell 7490, so I thought I'd be relegated to relatively under powered Ultrabooks. But this is a perfect fit in the middle.
Let's not forget about the cpu selection here. The main selling point for many is the new Ryzen 9 cpu in this zephyrus.

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Thank you for sharing.

There may be some people who will dislike this thread because it's not a pure deal thread, but for products that are very frequently out of stock, I personally don't mind postings about them when there is stock.

I want the Zephyrus G14, which has an excellent value at $1,449.50, but the lack of a built-in webcam may force me to pass on it. That's pushing me towards the $1,779.99 Razer Blade Stealth 13 (2020) [theverge.com] that just became available on 04/21/2020, but the GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q in the Razer isn't as powerful as the RTX 2060 in the G14. I kinda wanna get the $1,999.99 Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2020) with the RTX 2070 Max-Q, but the size is a bit large and is no longer an ultrabook. If anyone has a recommendation between these or a similar gaming ultrabook or laptop, please share!

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Looks like it's actually OOS but you can order it now for shipping by 5/11/20
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Thank you for sharing.

There may be some people who will dislike this thread because it's not a pure deal thread, but for products that are very frequently out of stock, I personally don't mind postings about them when there is stock.

I want the Zephyrus G14, which has an excellent value at $1,449.50, but the lack of a built-in webcam may force me to pass on it. That's pushing me towards the $1,779.99 Razer Blade Stealth 13 (2020) [theverge.com] that just became available on 04/21/2020, but the GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q in the Razer isn't as powerful as the RTX 2060 in the G14. I kinda wanna get the $1,999.99 Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2020) with the RTX 2070 Max-Q, but the size is a bit large and is no longer an ultrabook. If anyone has a recommendation between these or a similar gaming ultrabook or laptop, please share!

Take care,
Tofu Vic
How often do you actually use a webcam? The 2060 is significantly more powerful than the 1650, and Razer has notorious quality control issues. In terms of raw performance and value, the G14 simply cannot be beat right now. At $1,450 it's a steal. I'd suggest buying the G14 and a standalone Logitech webcam for if/when you do need one, which would outperform any built-in webcam anyway.
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How often do you actually use a webcam? The 2060 is significantly more powerful than the 1650, and Razer has notorious quality control issues. In terms of raw performance and value, the G14 simply cannot be beat right now. At $1,450 it's a steal. I'd suggest buying the G14 and a standalone Logitech webcam for if/when you do need one, which would outperform any built-in webcam anyway.
Agree on the webcam here. Also, attaching an external webcam for those purposes maybe sufficient for those purposes though a webcam would have been ideal
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Thank you for sharing.

There may be some people who will dislike this thread because it's not a pure deal thread, but for products that are very frequently out of stock, I personally don't mind postings about them when there is stock.

I want the Zephyrus G14, which has an excellent value at $1,449.50, but the lack of a built-in webcam may force me to pass on it. That's pushing me towards the $1,779.99 Razer Blade Stealth 13 (2020) [theverge.com] that just became available on 04/21/2020, but the GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q in the Razer isn't as powerful as the RTX 2060 in the G14. I kinda wanna get the $1,999.99 Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2020) with the RTX 2070 Max-Q, but the size is a bit large and is no longer an ultrabook. If anyone has a recommendation between these or a similar gaming ultrabook or laptop, please share!

Take care,
Tofu Vic
I had my heart set on the Asus G14, then saw the MSI GS66 ($1500 with 2060 max p and 144hz 3ms display) and thought I made up my mind. Because neither were in stock, I discovered ThinkPad X1 Extreme and went for Gen 2 refurbished for $1250. Has weaker gpu and complaints about battery life, so I went for FHD HDR display and the pros of professional looks, better build quality, unmatched keyboard and nubbin, 3.75 lbs for a 15.6" won me over.
The Eluktronics Max 15 is another one to consider. $1200 for 2060 max p or $1400 for 2070 max p in a 15.6" that weighs only 3.8 lbs. Both come with 144hz display.
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How often do you actually use a webcam? The 2060 is significantly more powerful than the 1650, and Razer has notorious quality control issues. In terms of raw performance and value, the G14 simply cannot be beat right now. At $1,450 it's a steal. I'd suggest buying the G14 and a standalone Logitech webcam for if/when you do need one, which would outperform any built-in webcam anyway.
I have this in hand and it really is the fastest computer that I've ever owned. Comes in just shy of 4300 on Cinebench R20 (my poor 4yr old i7-6700K desktop can barely reach 2000). The keyboard backlight is as bad as the reviews say - can only be used in a dark room as there is not enough contrast with the silver keys. I leave it off unless I am in the dark.

Edit: Fingerprint reader is NOT as bad as some reviews. Fingerprint is cached when you power on and proceeds directly to Windows desktop most of the time. No webcam/windows hello, but then again with the fingerprint reader you can automatically log in with different user accounts (e.g. personal and business) by using different fingers.

The display color is great - I can't measure the response times, but I hear they are relatively high for competitive gaming, but for me, I'm sure I couldn't tell the difference.

The SSD speed is middle of the road ~1700 MB/sec sequential, but symmetric - close for both read and write.

I'm sure that for gaming alone there might be better choices, but I also need the extra cores for virtualization and the 2060 for possible machine learning acceleration. This is a XPS15 or MacBook Pro alternative.

The cherry on top is the fact that it's only 3.5 lbs. My employer requires that I lug around a hobbled Dell 7490, so I thought I'd be relegated to relatively under powered Ultrabooks. But this is a perfect fit in the middle.
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Thank you for sharing.

There may be some people who will dislike this thread because it's not a pure deal thread, but for products that are very frequently out of stock, I personally don't mind postings about them when there is stock.

I want the Zephyrus G14, which has an excellent value at $1,449.50, but the lack of a built-in webcam may force me to pass on it. That's pushing me towards the $1,779.99 Razer Blade Stealth 13 (2020) [theverge.com] that just became available on 04/21/2020, but the GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q in the Razer isn't as powerful as the RTX 2060 in the G14. I kinda wanna get the $1,999.99 Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2020) with the RTX 2070 Max-Q, but the size is a bit large and is no longer an ultrabook. If anyone has a recommendation between these or a similar gaming ultrabook or laptop, please share!

Take care,
Tofu Vic
Let's not forget about the cpu selection here. The main selling point for many is the new Ryzen 9 cpu in this zephyrus.
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Really nice specs in this little/light laptop. AMD CPU seems like a better choice in 2020, bcuz the 10th gen i7, so far still can't be down voltaged. It can get really really hot.

The look of this laptop is not the best looking ones.
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Thank you for sharing.

There may be some people who will dislike this thread because it's not a pure deal thread, but for products that are very frequently out of stock, I personally don't mind postings about them when there is stock.

I want the Zephyrus G14, which has an excellent value at $1,449.50, but the lack of a built-in webcam may force me to pass on it. That's pushing me towards the $1,779.99 Razer Blade Stealth 13 (2020) [theverge.com] that just became available on 04/21/2020, but the GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q in the Razer isn't as powerful as the RTX 2060 in the G14. I kinda wanna get the $1,999.99 Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2020) with the RTX 2070 Max-Q, but the size is a bit large and is no longer an ultrabook. If anyone has a recommendation between these or a similar gaming ultrabook or laptop, please share!

Take care,
Tofu Vic
I know it is very convenient to have a built in webcam, but I just got the Logitech one that has some kind of privacy cap and really love it. So much so that when I bought a webcam that seemed better spec wise (1080p 60fps vs 1080p 30fps of logitech) I right away went back to using the logitech.

Anyways. I am sure you have good reason for wanting the built in webcam. But something I think I heard on Linus tech tips is that with (some not all) laptop cams you are forced to move your own body/head so people arent getting a view that looks up your nostrils.

I am sure some minor adjustments would fix this. But while using a seperate webcam might not look as sexy as having one built in, they often times make up for in both functionality/Mobileness

However, while I think windows hello works with most webcams you just set on top of the monitor. If that is the feature you want a built in webcam with then I understand.
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Loving this laptop but keep in mind almost every that owns it has brought up that the fans are loud. Seems so even on 'silent mode'. It's a lot of power in a 14" body so I can imagine it's just doing it's job to keep cool.
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Loving this laptop but keep in mind almost every that owns it has brought up that the fans are loud. Seems so even on 'silent mode'. It's a lot of power in a 14" body so I can imagine it's just doing it's job to keep cool.
I have an msi gs65 and have to turn the fans all the way to Max to play games and get good frame rates on the 144hz screen, even after under volting the cpu, it's loud as hell, but when I put headphones on you really don't notice it.

My point being, the fans in these new slim laptops are going to need to be at Max to try to achieve the high frame rate, otherwise they'll cook.
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I totally understand that gaming machines have to make some noise. I walked into a gaming cafe in San Diego before the pandemic and there was 4 guys playing. Maaaaannnn.... it sounded like they were playing hair dryer videos on youtube or something. The guys had headphones on so I'm sure they didn't care but it's just something to keep in mind if you want to break out a powerful laptop like this at Starbucks when they re-open.

There's a Zephyrus G14 subreddit and someone linked me to this, so you can hear them.
https://youtu.be/0Pv31hTI0Vg

If you can get past a little, to moderate, to A LOT (while gaming) fan noise and no webcam...this laptop is 🤯
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I am waiting for this to go on sale.
With RyzenMaster, setting 15w tdp on battery and full 35w tdp (maybe more) on AC would give long battery life (this laptop's 76wh battery is bigger than LG Gram 14) and desktop performance (I read it is on par with i5-9600k) on AC with a cooling pad.
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