Asus G14 Vs. Eluktronics Max-15 Gaming Laptops
In this article we’ll take a look at the Asus G14 vs. the Eluktronics Max-15 gaming laptops (check out my full review of the covert Eluktronics Max-15 gaming laptop). We’ll compare specs, bottlenecks, and design flaws of both machines.
When I first set out to look for the newest addition to my gaming setup it had been 8 years since my last major gaming-related purchase. My last laptop was the Asus G75VW desktop replacement. And it really was a desktop replacement. The thing weighs a ton. It’s bulky, the brick is huge, and after the better part of a decade I was afraid to move it for fear of it falling apart. Naturally, a lot has changed in the gaming landscape since I purchased the Asus G75VW back in 2012 and knew I needed to do some research.
Here is What You Should Look for in a Gaming Laptop
What you should look for in a gaming laptop varies on what your needs are. For me, I knew I didn’t want to spend $2k on a gaming laptop. I knew I wanted a machine that was powerful enough to handle most, if not all games on the current market. VR capability was a plus, but not necessary. With those parameters in mind here is what I considered:
- How big do I want it to be? My last laptop was massive, bulky, and heavy. I knew I wanted a screen size of less than 17″ for portability. That immediately narrowed down my list of viable options. The thickness of the machine also plays into this consideration.
- How long will it last? And on top of that, what company is reliable? I knew Asus was a reliable company. My Asus G75VW lasted more than 8 years. I trusted that their machines still held longevity in the market.
- What bottlenecks does the machine have? This also ties in with longevity. How upgradeable is the machine? What are its limitations?
- What other companies or products have made a splash since I purchased the Asus G75VW? While I was comfortable with Asus, I was excited to learn about new products that may have entered the market as well.
With these things in mind and after hours of scouring the web and watching various reviews of many different kinds of gaming laptops I eventually settled on either the Asus G14 or the Eluktronics Max-15.
Asus G14 Specs Vs. the Eluktronics Max-15 Specs
Here are the specs of my Eluktronics Max-15:
- RTX 2070 graphics
- 512 GB NVMe SSD, 16 GB DDR4 dual channel RAM
- Intel Core i7-10875H CPU
- 720p webcam
- 15″ 144Hz full HD (1920 x 1080) display
- RGB backlit keyboard
Here are the specs of the Asus G14 I was considering:
- RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics
- 1TB SSD, 16 GB DDR4 dual channel RAM (soldered on memory)
- Intel Core i7-10750H CPU
- No webcam
- 14″ 120 Hz full HD display
- White backlit keyboard
At first glance the specs might not look that much different between both machines. And indeed, both are able to handle the latest games and are VR-capable gaming laptops. But as you’ve probably already noticed there are some glaring differences that may affect your decision one way or another.
Bottlenecks of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
There are a few concerning bottlenecks that kept me from getting the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. They are as follows:
- Soldered on RAM. This means that while it is dual channel you are limited more than laptops without soldered on RAM in terms of upgradeable memory. If you get the 8 GB model you can get up to 40 GB of RAM max. There is a 16 GB version you can get however.
- Weaker graphics. The Asus ROG Zephyrus is limited by the RTX 2060 series Max-Q graphics.
- 120Hz display. While this probably won’t affect most people, it will be a disadvantage if you’re a competitive gamer going against players with higher refresh rates such as the Eluktronics Max-15 which features a 144Hz display.
- Weaker processor. Being a smaller form factor the G14 will inevitably have a weaker processor than a larger, 15″ model.
- No webcam. In my opinion, this isn’t really a bottleneck. In fact, I consider this a feature. But if you’re looking for a laptop with a decent webcam you won’t find one on this machine.
Final Considerations: Pricing
As of right now, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Moonlight White version is going for $1,339 on Amazon. The Eluktronics Max-15 with better graphics and upgradeable memory is going for $1,499. Not only do you get the Eluktronics Max-15 for that price, but you also get the Eluktronics Ultimate Gaming Bundle which is a $164 value.
You will get better performance with the Eluktronics Max-15. But whether or not you choose that over the Asus G14 is entirely up to your needs and priorities. Do you want a more powerful machine? More battery life? More portability? These are questions you should be asking yourself if your decision comes between these two models.
So which one are you going to get? Have you decided? Or are you getting something else entirely?