If there’s one company I trust to do a good job with completely ridiculous computer ideas, it’s Asus. Last fall, the company worked with the acronym cyberpunky fashion designer to create a potentially weird-looking gaming laptop I’ve never seen ( ZPHYRS G14 ACRNM). This year, it is collaborating with popular DJ Alan Walker to create a less avant-garde, more musical version of the same device. This is the Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition, a laptop for gamers, DJs and (preferably) gamers.
The interiors of this laptop are nothing that ROG fans have never seen before. Only one configuration sells for $ 1,999.99, which includes an AMD Ryzen 5900HS processor and an affordable GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, as well as a QHD 120 Hz display, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. So for the sake of clarity, this isn’t really a sensible purchase unless you’re an Alan Walker Superfan, because same price can get you a non-Walker G14 with a more powerful RTX 3060 graphics processor and 32GB of RAM.
Still, it’s a pretty neat device. The cover has a reflective belt that commands passers-by to “JOIN THE REPUBLIC” and “JOIN THE CHANGERS”. The Alan Walker logo – reminiscent of A on top of W – is printed in various places, including the A and W keys and the nameplate. The touchpad has a diagonal line print designed to resemble music equalizer patterns, and there are also splashes of blue across the keyboard – Walker’s favorite color. It’s not a disgusting aesthetic, as these special versions sometimes have – it looks more like a regular G14 with colorful enhancements.
Walker says the design reflects the look he would like for his personal device. “They approached me and asked, what do you expect from a laptop, what would you look for in a laptop if you chose one yourself?” He told Limit in an interview. “It was a lot back and forth – like a lot.”
Another great thing is that the packaging of this G14 becomes a DJ kit when connected to a laptop via USB-C. It’s not the most cutting-edge technology — if you lift the paper floor up, you’ll see a wire nest taped to the bottom of the box.
“This is one of those crazy ideas we ended up discussing, would this be possible?” Walker said of the DJ box. “Asus is like, ‘Yeah, cool, maybe we can think of something, come up with something,’ and then they came back with a box.” He added: “It’s so weird how it even works.”
I expected this to be complicated to set up for a non-DJ like myself, but it was easy. Connect the box to the G14 and the preloaded software called ROG Remix will open automatically. You can play a song within that program and edit it by pressing different buttons on the screen. There are buttons like speed, start / stop and a few basic effects.
This was – I warn you again, I’m not a DJ – fun. All the buttons worked, and the effects sounded very cool to my untrained ears. It looks like you can easily use it at parties, especially when the G14 speakers are fantastic. At first, the music flickered a bit, but it seemed to improve after a few songs. For the most part, I’m impressed that this all comes from a plastic box.
Walker agrees that his G14 is a better purchase for people like me than real DJs. “It’s not necessarily the number one piece of equipment you want to get if you want to start with a DJ, but it’s definitely a great starting point,” Walker says. “I hope people use it for creativity and play with music.”
However, he expects to use the G14 on his next tour. “It has everything I basically need to work and prepare for my performances,” Walker says. “I can easily anticipate using it every day.” He says he can use it to design his set list before performances and also work on graphics.
He can also use it to play in his spare time. “I’ve been playing lately Call of Duty, “he says.” Also some Valorant. “
ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition is now available for $ 1,999.99.