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ASUS ROG Laptop: Ryzen 9 4900HS, 14" 120Hz, 16GB DDR4, 1TB SSD, RTX 2060 Max-Q EXPIRED

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Best Buy has for My Best Buy Student Members (free to join): ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 14" Gaming Laptop (GA401IV-BR9N6, Moonlight White) for $1299.99 -> $1349.99 -> Now $1299.99 when you check the Apply Offer box on the product page. Shipping is free. Thanks Suryasis

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Specs:
  • AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS 3.0GHz (up to 4.3GHz) 8-Core Processor
  • 14" 1920x1080 120Hz LED Display
  • 16GB DDR4 Memory
  • 1TB SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q 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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Last Edited by wildpig1234 August 20, 2020 at 12:08 AM
Battery usage:

26% battery used to watch 125 min of 4K x265 at lowest screen brightness, forced radeon graphics, and silent mode. So with 90% battery usage leaving 10% battery, that would translate to 7.2 hr of movie watching. if your file is 1080p you probably get a little more time. That is excellent for a gaming laptop!

For comparison, the HP Omen 15, I was only able to get so far 5.6 hr of extrapolated playtime like this.

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There's a lot of the usual wankers on the thread criticizing something they have no knowledge of and also are implicitly arrogant to assume that only their values matter and all others' don't.

I owned this laptop for two weeks (bought used from BB where I suspect it was a return). Initially I only got about three hours of battery life. After searching on the reddit forum for the G14 and some tinkering (and adding BatteryBar to see how much power it was using) I figured out that some random program was running that was sucking down the power. After fixing it, I got my battery discharge rate around 7,500 mW or so at idle. It was enough that I could run youtube for about 7 hours if I recall correctly.

In short, I found it to be a tremendously civilized, balanced laptop, held back only by its lack of expandability (some RAM is soldered and only one m.2 slot), lack of a webcam (which some people really care about, others don't), and poorly lit keys. Otherwise, I'd say that depending on your needs, it's a pretty tremendous laptop. It's incredibly thin and portable, relative to the power. Yes, it is only a 2060 MaxQ, but you can run GTA5 at aggressive settings and get good frame rates out of it. When I say it's "balanced," I mean to say that there's no obvious critical issue with it in terms of CPU/GPU combo (neither is so inferior that you'd expect performance to be bottlenecked), the display (the Asus TUF A15 is reputedly held back by its subpar screen), the RAM/HD (16GB is prob enough for most), and the thermals (from my research, Dells were out because of this; don't want to artificially shorten my product's lifespan just because Dell didn't engineer the laptop to be cool enough under load).

I ONLY returned it because I decided to get the MSI GE75 because I really wanted the huge screen and 115W 2060 (to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=971J_bPQCho). I'm most disappointed to be stuck with an inferior Intel processor (Ryzen Renoir FTW this year), But for my needs, I was willing to get an inferior CPU (with likely minor real use impact) and much inferior battery experience for a huge 17" display, more hard drive space, 2 year Costco warranty, expandability, and likely a few more FPS (again, relatively real-world minor impact) thanks to the GPU. In life, nothing is perfect, and I realized that after months of looking into picking a gaming laptop.

For those of you who are students with mainstream needs, I'd wager this is likely an excellent laptop. If you're going to be in and out of classes, this will get you through your days, and in the evenings can run games with solid GPU performance when plugged in.

However, only you know what your needs are. Are there better laptops at this price point with these specs? With this form factor and battery life? I don't know of any. Razers are more expensive and you pay a big premium for the branding. Alienware is similar. the Asus TUF is reputed to have an iffy screen. Dell has questionable thermals. The Eluktronics RP-15/17 are interesting dark horses but some people may prefer the perceived security of a big brand.

MSI, Acer, HP, and Lenovo have offerings that might be worth considering if you're in this market, like a Helios 300... but I don't know of any that have: Renoir AND the relative portability vs power ratio AND the battery life that the G14 has at this price level. That's what makes the G14 special.

A note for those of you who are buying this but novices - I had to learn for myself that not all "2060" GPUs are the same, since Nvidia marketers are a bunch of con men. a desktop 2060 is more powerful than the one here, which is a "Max-Q" 2060. It has something like...lower voltage which makes it less powerful (I assume they use these instead of the "full power" versions from an engineering perspective to help it run cooler/more efficiently - not 100% sure, maybe one of you smarter PC guys can explain). If you watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIdW8Q_ZZ-8) you'll see in the second half of the video FPS performance by different laptops. The 2060 here performs less than others and can translate into a 10-15 FPS difference vs. other 2060s (especially those that have the 115W version, like the MSI GE75). In fact, if you watch the video, the performance is less than a lot of higher power 80W 1660Ti laptops, like the Acer Helios 300 that you can probably find in the same price realm. The question is, how much do you care vs. the other ways in which the G14 excels vs. other laptops.

If you need a full power 2060 or better, or you are 144hz panel or die, I don't think it's productive to say, "this laptop sucks" when in reality, a lot of people may be perfectly satisfied with this rig, and it checks a lot of boxes. Not only is it unproductive, but mostly veers into the arrogant.

A substantive, legitimate criticism would be, "I can get this same or functionally similar laptop for $200 less at XXXXX." Of course, most of the wastes of space that worthlessly shoot off their mouths here with nothing of substance to say can't give you that.
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Slow screen? 120hz?
4900hs can beat a lot of Intel workstations for sure.

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Good price for this laptop! Thanks!
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OP, you linked to the same laptop which is in this deal which is a Ryzen 9 4900HS, Did the price drop $50 since the FP deal?
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OP, you linked to the same laptop which is in this deal which is a Ryzen 9 4900HS, Did the price drop $50 since the FP deal?
Yes, today the price got dropped.
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$50 cheaper than last FP deal. How low can it go?
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The lightest laptop with a rtx 2060.

Anyone know how the battery life is with casual use no gaming
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The lightest laptop with a rtx 2060.

Anyone know how the battery life is with casual use no gaming
Been reported around 10hrs
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I can see the student discount banner on the product page, but it's not reflected in the price in my cart - any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

EDIT: It's now showing up under "My offers" which you have to apply to get it to appear. That wasn't there previously but it seems to work now. Student discount expires in 2 days.
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2060 Max-Q that's about as powerful as a 1660 Ti mobile. With a slow screen. This is not a gaming computer, it's a meme ultraportable workstation, without any of the workstation features.

But hey it's great for running cinebench. LMAO

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Slow screen? 120hz?
4900hs can beat a lot of Intel workstations for sure.
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Yes, today the price got dropped.
Ok, your title still says "Ryzen 7", when this is a Ryzen 9.
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Slow screen? 120hz?
4900hs can beat a lot of Intel workstations for sure.
This laptop has a very bad response rate like 20ms compared to 6ms regular product.

You can see shadow if you play FPS games on this laptop.
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