If there’s one firm I belief to do a very good job with completely ridiculous laptop concepts, it’s Asus. Final fall, the corporate labored with cyberpunky clothier Acronym to make presumably the weirdest-looking gaming laptop computer I’ve ever seen (the ZPHYRS G14 ACRNM). This yr, it’s partnered with widespread DJ Alan Walker to create a much less avant-garde, extra musical model of the identical gadget. That is the Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Version, a laptop computer for players, DJs, and (ideally) gamer DJs.
The insides of this laptop computer are nothing ROG followers haven’t seen earlier than. There’s just one configuration, promoting for $1,999.99, which incorporates an AMD Ryzen 5900HS processor and a low-end GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, in addition to a QHD 120Hz display, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. So, simply to be clear, this isn’t actually a wise buy until you’re an Alan Walker superfan, as a result of that same price can get you a non-Walker G14 with a extra highly effective RTX 3060 GPU, in addition to 32GB of RAM.
Nonetheless, it’s a reasonably cool gadget. The lid is laced with a reflective belt commanding passersby to “JOIN THE REPUBLIC” and “JOIN THE WALKERS.” Alan Walker’s emblem — resembling an A superimposed over a W — is printed in varied locations, together with the A and W keys in addition to on the nameplate. There’s a diagonal line print on the touchpad meant to resemble music equalizer patterns, and there are splashes of shiny blue — Walker’s favourite coloration — throughout the keyboard as properly. It’s not an obnoxious aesthetic, like these particular editions generally have — it appears to be like extra like a normal G14 with some colourful tweaks.
Walker says the design displays the look he’d need his private gadget to have. “They approached me and asked, what are your expectations for the laptop, what do you look for in a laptop if you were to pick one yourself?” he advised The Verge in an interview. “It was a lot of back and forth — like, a lot.”
The opposite cool factor is that the packaging this G14 is available in turns into a DJ deck when related to the laptop computer through USB-C. It’s not probably the most high-tech affair — in the event you elevate up the paper flooring, you’ll see a nest of wires taped to the underside of the field.
“That’s one of those crazy ideas where we ended up debating, would this be possible?” Walker mentioned of the DJ field. “Asus is like ‘Yeah, cool, we can maybe think about something, figure something out,’ and then they came back with a box.” He added, “It’s so weird how it even works.”
I anticipated this to be sophisticated to arrange for a non-DJ like myself, however it was a breeze. Plug the field into the G14, and a preloaded software program known as ROG Remix opens routinely. You possibly can play a tune inside that program, after which tweak it by urgent varied buttons on the field. There are buttons for issues like pace, begin / cease, and some primary results.
This was — caveating, once more, that I’m not a DJ — a variety of enjoyable. The buttons all labored, and the consequences sounded very cool to my untrained ears. It looks as if one thing you may simply use at a celebration, particularly for the reason that G14’s audio system are implausible. The music was crackling a bit originally, however that appeared to type itself out after just a few tracks. Principally, I’m impressed that that is all popping out of a plastic field.
Walker agrees that his G14 is a greater buy for folks like me than it might be for precise DJs. “It’s not necessarily the number-one gadget to get if you want to start with DJing, but it’s definitely a cool starting point,” says Walker. “I hope that people will use it to be creative and play around with music.”
He does, nevertheless, anticipate that he’ll use the G14 on his subsequent tour. “It’s got everything that I need, basically, to work and prepare for my shows,” Walker says. “I can easily foresee myself using it every day.” He says he may use it to plan his set lists previous to performances, and to work on the visuals as properly.
He may also use it for some gaming in his spare time. “Lately I’ve been playing Call of Duty,” he says. “Also some Valorant.”
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