Asus’ particular version Zephyrus G14 comes with its personal DJ deck

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If there’s one firm I belief to do an excellent job with completely ridiculous pc concepts, it’s Asus. Final fall, the corporate labored with cyberpunky designer Acronym to make probably the weirdest-looking gaming laptop computer I’ve ever seen (the ZPHYRS G14 ACRNM). This yr, it’s partnered with standard DJ Alan Walker to create a much less avant-garde, extra musical model of the identical system. That is the Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Version, a laptop computer for avid gamers, 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 very same value can get you a non-Walker G14 with a extra highly effective RTX 3060 GPU, in addition to 32GB of RAM.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition on a couch seen from the front, open. The screen displays Alan Walker hovering on a red and blue background, conjuring lights of each color with his hands. To its left is its box, with 11 DJ buttons and ROG X ALAN WALKER printed on the bottom.

Yep, these buttons truly work.

Nonetheless, it’s a fairly cool system. The lid is laced with a reflective belt commanding passersby to “JOIN THE REPUBLIC” and “JOIN THE WALKERS.” Alan Walker’s brand — resembling an A superimposed over a W — is printed in numerous 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 nicely. It’s not an obnoxious aesthetic, like these particular editions typically have — it seems extra like a regular G14 with some colourful tweaks.

Walker says the design displays the look he’d need his private system to have. “They approached me and requested, what are your expectations for the laptop computer, what do you search for in a laptop computer if you happen to had been to select one your self?” he advised The Verge in an interview. “It was lots of forwards and backwards — like, lots.”

The opposite cool factor is that the packaging this G14 is available in turns into a DJ deck when linked to the laptop computer through USB-C. It’s not probably the most high-tech affair — if you happen to elevate up the paper flooring, you’ll see a nest of wires taped to the underside of the field.

“That’s a type of loopy concepts the place we ended up debating, would this be attainable?” Walker mentioned of the DJ field. “Asus is like ‘Yeah, cool, we will perhaps take into consideration one thing, determine one thing out,’ after which they got here again with a field.” He added, “It’s so bizarre the way it even works.”

I anticipated this to be difficult to arrange for a non-DJ like myself, however it was a breeze. Plug the field into the G14, and a preloaded software program referred to as ROG Remix opens routinely. You possibly can play a tune inside that program, after which tweak it by urgent numerous buttons on the field. There are buttons for issues like velocity, begin / cease, and some fundamental results.

This was — caveating, once more, that I’m not a DJ — lots of enjoyable. The buttons all labored, and the results sounded very cool to my untrained ears. It looks as if one thing you might simply use at a celebration, particularly because the G14’s audio system are implausible. The music was crackling a bit originally, however that appeared to kind itself out after a number of tracks. Largely, I’m impressed that that is all popping out of a plastic field.

Walker agrees that his G14 is a greater buy for individuals like me than it could be for precise DJs. “It’s not essentially the number-one gadget to get if you wish to begin with DJing, however it’s positively a cool start line,” says Walker. “I hope that folks will use it to be inventive and mess around with music.”

He does, nonetheless, anticipate that he’ll use the G14 on his subsequent tour. “It’s obtained all the pieces that I want, mainly, to work and put together for my exhibits,” Walker says. “I can simply foresee myself utilizing it every single day.” He says he may use it to plan his set lists previous to performances, and to work on the visuals as nicely.

He may additionally use it for some gaming in his spare time. “Currently I’ve been taking part in Name of Responsibility,” he says. “Additionally some Valorant.”

The ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Version is offered now for $1,999.99.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition on a couch, seen from the front, angled to the right.