Asus just lately launched a refreshed collection of VivoBook laptops referred to as the VivoBook 14 and VivoBook 15 in India. Of the 2, the 14-inch model claims to be the world’s smallest, most vibrant 14-inch Ultrabook. This is a somewhat odd and awfully particular title to stake declare to, however it’s what it’s. The new laptop computer collection focuses on compactness and mid-range efficiency in an effort to hit that beginning worth of Rs. 49,990.
However, somewhat than merely drop good parts right into a primary chassis, which might have been the simple strategy to obtain this pricing aim, the VivoBook 14 X412FA really is available in a number of shiny color choices and boasts of a contemporary design, with slim borders round its show. All the options level in the direction of it being a enjoyable little laptop computer, and it is now time to see if it does ship on that promise.
Asus VivoBook 14 design
The VivoBook 14 makes use of a plastic chassis, however the plastics are of top quality and really feel very sturdy. We did not discover any flex within the bodywork, keyboard space, and even the lid. We have the iridescent Peacock Blue color trim, which seems to be actually good. The color shifts between purple and blue relying on the angle you take a look at it. The different Asus VivoBook 14 color choices are Slate Grey and Transparent Silver.
The show seems to be huge, principally because of the slim bezels on three of its sides. The ones on the left and proper are simply 5.7mm thick, whereas the one on the highest is somewhat thicker so it may possibly accomodate the webcam. The backside bezel is far wider however you do not see most of it for the reason that intelligent hinge mechanism hides the underside portion of the lid, behind the laptop computer’s physique. This additionally lifts the underside of the laptop computer up by two levels, which gives a greater ergonomic typing place.
The 14-inch show on the Asus VivoBook 14 has a full-HD decision and a 16:9 side ratio. The panel does not have the very best viewing angles, and colors look somewhat muted because of the slender 45 p.c protection of the NTSC color spectrum. It’s a 60Hz panel and also you get a matte, anti-glare coating, which is useful when working beneath quite a lot of synthetic lighting.
The keyboard space is a single piece of plastic and there’s no flex within the keyboard even with rigorous typing. The keys have comfy journey, are nicely spaced, and have three ranges of backlighting. The measurement of the trackpad is pretty beneficiant and monitoring is easy. You get a fingerprint sensor within the top-right nook of the trackpad, which labored nicely for us.
The Asus VivoBook 14 gives a good collection of ports for a 14-inch laptop computer. You get two full-sized USB ports (one USB 2.zero and a second USB three.1 Gen1), a USB Type-C port, an HDMI output, a headphone/ microphone combo port, and a microSD card slot. The latter is somewhat disappointing to see as we’d have discovered extra use for a full-sized SD card slot. Oddly, even the 15-inch mannequin of this collection does not have a full-sized one.
There are two stereo audio system, positioned on the backside, on both aspect of the laptop computer. You additionally get a couple of air vents right here however in an effort to entry the RAM or storage units, you will should take away all the backside panel as there is not any quick-access hatch. In the field, the laptop computer ships with a couple of manuals and a 45W charger. The charger is a tiny, sq. brick which is extraordinarily transportable.
Asus VivoBook 14 specs and options
The VivoBook 14 is accessible with both a Core i3 or a Core i5 Intel CPU. Our assessment unit — the Asus Vivobook 14 X412FA — featured an Intel Core i5-8265U eighth era quad-core CPU with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. In some markets, the VivoBook 14 can be obtainable with an non-obligatory 1TB exhausting disk along with the SSD, however Asus has confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it does not plan to carry these fashions, or the one with Core i3 CPUs to India. However, you’ll be able to go for a mannequin with an Nvidia GeForce MX230 graphics card, which is at the moment being offered in right here.
The 8GB of reported system reminiscence is a mix of 4GB of soldered RAM and a 4GB RAM module (in keeping with CPUz app). You can swap an 8GB module into the only real slot, which can enhance the entire system RAM to a most of 12GB. Wireless connectivity on the Asus VivoBook 14 comes within the type of dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth four.2.
This Asus VivoBook 14 ships with Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and along with a number of the pre-installed Windows Store apps, you additionally get a trial model of McAfee LiveSafe antivirus and a few apps from Asus. Asus Sync permits you to obtain notifications of calls and SMS notifications out of your telephone in your laptop computer, just like Dell’s Mobile Connect. It additionally permits you to compose and ship SMS messages. The MyAsus app is your one-stop-shop for updating drivers, altering the show’s color profile, altering battery charging settings, and cleansing up junk recordsdata. The app is nicely designed and simple to make use of.
Asus VivoBook 14 efficiency and battery life
The VivoBook 14 makes for an excellent transportable work laptop computer. Its compact measurement and low weight make it very simple to slide out and in of most backpacks, and the SSD ensures that Windows is fast to renew from sleep everytime you want it. The fingerprint sensor provides an additional layer of comfort, which we respect.
The HD digicam is not too dangerous when used indoors, and photographs we took wasn’t noticeably grainy even with solely dim ambient lighting. However, what actually makes this a superb work laptop computer is that comfy keyboard. The keys aren’t too noisy, the backlighting is simple to toggle on or off, and the nice measurement and positioning of the trackpad means we did not should cope with undesirable touches when typing.
For multimedia use, the VivoBook 14 falls a bit brief primarily because of the show’s lack of ability to provide very vibrant colors. Brightness is greater than sufficient however the panel merely does not have a large dynamic vary, so colors are likely to look uninteresting and blacks aren’t distinct sufficient. This is not ultimate when watching films or TV reveals with predominantly darkish scenes.
Vertical viewing angles are slender too, and even a slight tilt away from the candy spot causes colors and distinction to alter. We tried Asus’s ‘Vivid’ color profile and ‘Tru2Life’ video enhancement function within the MyAsus app, however neither of them made any main distinction.
The stereo audio system are fairly weak too. Even at full quantity, we typically needed to battle to listen to dialogue in movies or the sounds being performed in numerous apps.
Since we acquired the mannequin with no devoted graphics card, we weren’t anticipating a lot by way of gaming efficiency. Heavy titles corresponding to Shadow of The Tomb Raider struggled to even load, regardless of turning the decision and graphics settings down. We had higher luck with extra informal titles corresponding to Asphalt 9: Legends from the Windows Store. Benchmark numbers aren’t stellar, however contemplating the mid-range CPU and lack of a GPU, that wasn’t stunning.
PCMark 10 returned a rating of three,505 factors whereas 3DMark Fire Strike gave us simply 1,119 factors. The File System benchmark in SiSoft Sandra confirmed promise due to the PCIe NVMe SSD. Both sequential and random learn bandwidth had been within the Gigabit per second vary, whereas write bandwidth hovered round 930MB/s.
We lastly come to battery life, which is somewhat weak contemplating that this laptop computer solely has a 2-cell, 37WHr battery. In the demanding Battery Eater Pro benchmark, the VivoBook 14 X412FA lasted for two hours and 35 minutes, which is surprisingly respectable.
However, with precise day-to-day use, the Asus VivoBook 14 averaged solely round four.5-5 hours with medium to gentle workloads. This was with the keyboard backlight on, intermittent audio streaming over Bluetooth, and the show brightness set to round 70 p.c. We discovered it powerful to stretch a full cost for a complete workday, so in some unspecified time in the future, you will want to cost this laptop computer when you’re utilizing it continuous.
The Asus VivoBook 14 hits the candy spot, for probably the most half, when you think about the options and efficiency you get for this worth. The mannequin we reviewed has an official promoting worth (MOP) of Rs. 54,990 however this does fluctuate a bit with gives and through gross sales, which may carry it decrease to even Rs. 48,990, which is what it is going for at the moment. It’s powerful to search out some other 14-inch laptop computer with these specs at this on-line worth. Add to that, the wonderful construct high quality, fashionable design, and compact measurement, and you’ve got your self an excellent work laptop computer.
One of its shortcomings is the marginally uninteresting show, which is not the greatest for watching movies, so it is not ultimate for multimedia use. Battery life, whereas respectable for the capability, may have been higher, and we’d have most popular a full-sized SD card slot as an alternative of a microSD one.
If you are on the lookout for higher gaming efficiency, then you may get the X412FJ-EK177T mannequin with an Nvidia GeForce MX230 GPU for Rs. 59,990. Asus additionally has a VivoBook 15 collection, with very comparable configurations because the 14 collection, all priced beneath Rs. 60,000, in case you desire a bigger show.
Overall, the Asus VivoBook 14 ranks excessive on our suggestion record when you’re on the lookout for a compact Ultrabook with quick and ample storage at an affordable worth.
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