Asus Vivobook 14 Review

Asus Vivobook 14

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Model NamePrice in NepalAdditional benefits
Asus Vivobook 14Rs. 57,700

Summary

Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i5-8265U 4 x 1.6 – 3.9 GHz, Whiskey Lake-U
Memory8192 MB
Display14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AU Optronics B140HAN04.0 (AUO403D), IPS, glossy: no
MainboardIntel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
StorageKingston RBUSNS8180DS3256GJ, 256 GB
weight1.5 kg ( = 52.91 oz / 3.31 pounds), Power Supply: 200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds)
Price in NepalRs. 57,700

A refreshed series of VivoBook laptops called the Asus VivoBook 14 and VivoBook 15 were recently launched by Asus. Of those two, the 14-inch edition claims to be the smallest, most vibrant 14-inch Ultrabook in the world.

Design

A plastic chassis is used in the VivoBook 14, but the plastics are of high quality and feel very durable. In the bodywork, keyboard field, or even the lid, we didn’t find a flex. 

We have the iridescent paint trim of Peacock Blue, which looks very sweet. Depending on the way you look at it, the colour varies between purple and blue. Slate Grey is the other colour choice for the Asus VivoBook 14

There is a full-HD resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio on the 14-inch display on the Asus VivoBook 14. The panel does not have the best viewing angles, and because of the limited 45 percent coverage of the NTSC color spectrum, the colors appear a little muted.

 It’s a 60Hz panel and you get a matte, anti-glare coating that works under a lot of artificial lighting, which is helpful.

For a 14-inch laptop, the Asus VivoBook 14 has a good choice of ports. You get two full-sized USB ports, a USB Type-C port, an HDMI output, a headphone/microphone combo port, and a microSD card slot (one USB 2.0 and a second USB 3.1 Gen1). 

As we would have made more use for a full-size SD card slot, the latter is a little surprising to see.

 Features

With either a Core i3 or a Core i5 Intel Processor, the VivoBook 14 is available. The Asus Vivobook 14 X412FA review unit has an Intel Core i5-8265U 8th generation quad-core CPU with 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSS.

The 8GB of system memory recorded is a 4GB soldered RAM combination and a 4GB RAM module (according to CPUz app). An 8GB module can be swapped into a single slot, which will increase the total RAM of the device to a maximum of 12GB. 

Wireless networking comes in the form of dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 on the Asus VivoBook 14.

This Asus VivoBook 14 ships with 64-bit Windows 10 House, and you also get a trial version of McAfee LiveSafe antivirus and some games from Asus, in addition to some of the pre-installed Windows Store apps.

 Similar to Dell’s Mobile Link, Asus Sync lets you receive calls and SMS update alerts from your phone on your laptop. It also lets you write SMS messages and deliver them.

 Performance and battery life

The VivoBook 14 is a very good mobile laptop for work. The compact size and low weight make it very easy to slip in and out of most backpacks, and the SSD ensures that if you need it, Windows is quick to resume sleeping. An extra layer of comfort is applied to the fingerprint sensor, which we appreciate.

The HD camera is not too bad when used indoors, and even with only dim ambient lighting, the footage we took was not noticeably grainy. 

What really makes this a decent laptop for work, however, is the comfortable keyboard. The keys are not too loud, the backlighting is easy to turn on or off, and while typing, the trackpad’s decent size and positioning means we didn’t have to deal with unnecessary touches.

Although 3DMark Fire Strike gave us only 1,119 points, PCMark 10 returned a score of 3,505 points. Thanks to the PCIe NVMe SSD, the SiSoft Sandra File System benchmark showed promise. 

The sequential and random read bandwidth were both in the Gigabit per second range, while the write bandwidth hovered around 930MB/s.