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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 ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 14" Gaming Laptop (GA401IV-BR9N6, Moonlight White) on sale for $1199.99. Shipping is free or select free curbside pickup if stock permits. Thanks delz4stelz

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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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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Gaming Laptop: AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core, 14" 1080p 120Hz, 16GB DDR4, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB Max-Q, Type-C, Backlit Keyboard, 4-Cell, Win 10 (Moonlight White) $1199.99
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus...Id=6403816

Model: GA401IV-BR9N6
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Anyone know of any similar models to this that doesn't have solderd ram on the board? Or other brands with same specs
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But THOSE keys? https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...es2/please.gif
I don't recall though - it might be possible to simulate those functions by awkwardly hitting like, ALT and some other keys.
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I have this model and love it as a developer workstation. Very powerful, good battery life, small (for the umph), and just a great laptop!

Main cons:
- No webcam
- 8GB soldered on (1 upgradeable slot)
- Intel 660p SSD comes with it (I upgraded to an SX8200 Pro and LOVE it!)
- A few important keys are missing on the keyboard (home/end/pgup/pgdn)
- Only charges at 45W via USB-C
- 1080p screen (which is fine at this size)
- If you're a competitive gamer, this isn't for you, but you shouldn't be getting laptop recommendations for a deals site either

If these aren't deal-breakers and you're on the fence, buy it! The soldered RAM and missing keys are seriously my biggest beefs with the laptop. I do wish it had a webcam as well, but have yet to need it so far. I bought a cheap Aukey webcam to always have in my backpack just in case.
The USB C charge is 65 W
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Got the open box satisfactory for 995. Hopefully its going to be in good shape
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I don't recall though - it might be possible to simulate those functions by awkwardly hitting like, ALT and some other keys.
That's likely true. But THOSE keys?!?!?! Smilie
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I have this model and love it as a developer workstation. Very powerful, good battery life, small (for the umph), and just a great laptop!

Main cons:
- No webcam
- 8GB soldered on (1 upgradeable slot)
- Intel 660p SSD comes with it (I upgraded to an SX8200 Pro and LOVE it!)
- A few important keys are missing on the keyboard (home/end/pgup/pgdn)
- Only charges at 45W via USB-C
- 1080p screen (which is fine at this size)
- If you're a competitive gamer, this isn't for you, but you shouldn't be getting laptop recommendations for a deals site either

If these aren't deal-breakers and you're on the fence, buy it! The soldered RAM and missing keys are seriously my biggest beefs with the laptop. I do wish it had a webcam as well, but have yet to need it so far. I bought a cheap Aukey webcam to always have in my backpack just in case.
How long does the battery life last . Just web browsing and other minimal tasks like video watching? Thx
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No touchscreen in 2020/21 = no good. PASS!
You're joking, right? Most laptops don't have touchscreens unless you specifically shop 2 in 1s. I'm fairly sure I've read that image quality tends to be lower with a touchscreen...so if you don't need it, why have it?
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Best laptop I've ever owned - it's an insane amount of power in a 3.5 lbs. 14" laptop. But do NOT charge this with the barrel charger and the left USB-C port (which supports 65W PD) at the same time - people on the ZephyrusG14 subreddit have seen their motherboards fried after long-term charging from both ports.

Otherwise the CPU is a powerhouse, and the GPU is limited to only 65W but is pretty great too - definitely great at 1080p, and does a decent job on my 1440p 144Hz external monitor.
Quick clarification please- are you saying people are connecting 2 chargers at the same time? I don't understand what you said and it sounds important Embarrassment
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I bought it at 1349 +tax definitely should have waited a bit longer
Call Best Buy customer service for a price match. I ordered it last night with a coupon for $1305 and price matched it this morning to $1200 after 10 minutes on the phone. As long as you're still in the return window, you can price match.

EDT: I've done some research and I don't think there are any comparable machines in the 14" space. Almost everything else at this size is a convertible 2-in-1 that doesn't have gaming grade GPUS like the 2060 without going significantly higher in price if it's even available. You'll either have to go down to something smaller and more expensive like the Razer Blade 13, or something bigger like all the 15.6" gaming laptops. At the 14" size, this is the only game in town.
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I recently purchased this one from best buy . Shall I return it and get this one instead since it has similar specs, better refresh rate Ryzen 9 ? Any suggestions please?

https://slickdeals.net/share/iphone_app/fp/595952
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This is one of them chief- own this AMA- best gaming and real world use portable hands down- response rate gets bad press- but your not playing ranked matches on a 14 inch- it works for apex legends well 👍
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How long does the battery life last . Just web browsing and other minimal tasks like video watching? Thx
5-9 hours regular tasks depending on tweaks and brightness
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I recently purchased this one from best buy . Shall I return it and get this one instead since it has similar specs, better refresh rate Ryzen 9 ? Any suggestions please?

https://slickdeals.net/share/iphone_app/fp/595952
It probably depends on whether you value the extra portability. You would be paying an extra $400 for a slightly better CPU, a weaker GPU, and a smaller form factor. If all you care about is gaming, GPU is more important than CPU and Ryzen 7 is fine, but the G14 is still a good choice if you want something smaller and lighter.
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Quick clarification please- are you saying people are connecting 2 chargers at the same time? I don't understand what you said and it sounds important https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...es/redface.gif
Yeah, people have fried their laptops when using both the 180W barrel charger and charging over USB-C PD.

For example, if you're using a USB-C hub from the left port for extra devices or an external monitor, those can provide power to the laptop too. But with just 65W available from USB, the laptop is in a low-power-gaming mode unless you also connect the 180W barrel charger.

Another example is an external monitor connected via USB-C that also provides power delivery. Again, the laptop only accepts 65W over USB so you need to connect the 180W barrel charger for full gaming performance.

My setup is a direct USB-C to DisplayPort cable to my 1440p 170Hz external monitor (provides no power to the laptop) connected to the left USB-C port, and a 5-drive bay with USB-C hub connected to the right USB port. So no power from USB, only from the included 180W adapter.

Basically I only use USB-C power when I'm travelling - not much of that these days - and just charging the laptop at night, because I can use a single two port USB-C charger to charge the laptop and my phone.
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I have this model and love it as a developer workstation. Very powerful, good battery life, small (for the umph), and just a great laptop!

Main cons:
- No webcam
- 8GB soldered on (1 upgradeable slot)
- Intel 660p SSD comes with it (I upgraded to an SX8200 Pro and LOVE it!)
- A few important keys are missing on the keyboard (home/end/pgup/pgdn)
- Only charges at 45W via USB-C
- 1080p screen (which is fine at this size)
- If you're a competitive gamer, this isn't for you, but you shouldn't be getting laptop recommendations for a deals site either

If these aren't deal-breakers and you're on the fence, buy it! The soldered RAM and missing keys are seriously my biggest beefs with the laptop. I do wish it had a webcam as well, but have yet to need it so far. I bought a cheap Aukey webcam to always have in my backpack just in case.
Don't forget to add the terrible keyboard/backlighting. This was the main reason I returned mine. With the backlighting on, it was very non-uniform with very dim areas and some not-so-dim, but the worst thing was with silver keys, the backlighting actually made the letters disappear.
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