The Asus Vivobook 14 was launched in 2019’s Computex as a refreshed version of the older Vivobook S14, and to say it hasd surprised us would be an understatement. Asus has tried hard to impress us with a great overall device in the shape of a lightweight 14 inch Vivobook 14.
It is a thin laptop designed for primarily mainstream usage. In terms of performance, storage capacity and speed, this Vivobook proves to be a laptop created for the 2019’s smart generation that wants a multipurpose laptop which lasts longer than premium laptops.
But the problems for which the older Vivobook version was heavily criticised, aren’t completely gone in the Vivobook. For instance the display is not colour rich, the same thing which was a turn off for buyers who wanted the Vivobook S14. This time the display is far better but still not satisfactory for the modern video editor whose job depends on editing rich in colour videos.
- Brand and Model: Asus Vivobook 14
- Operating System: Windows 10
- Screen Size: 14 inches
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (max)
- Processor: Intel Core i7 8550U (maximum)
- RAM Size: 12 GB (maximum)
- Hard Disk Size: 1 TB SSD (maximum)
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX 130 (2 GB)
- Overall body is thin and lightweight
- Suitable for long term comfortable typing
- Ergolift Hinge
- Not a great device for gaming on high settings
- Colour produce of the screen is bloated
Asus has always been a brand that puts the sleekest design in the cheapest laptops. Hence the Vivobook being a medium range laptop gives it the look of costlier Ultrabooks. To begin with it offers various colour schemes, starting from Slate grey to Peacock blue. The exterior has a matte surface which is prone to fingerprints.
Asus has also added its innovative Ergolift hinge which lifts the body by 2 degrees. It helps in cooling the laptop whose air vents are placed in a way that they face behind when you open the laptop. But it may take a while for you to get habitual of typing on a slanted keyboard.
The interior shows a similarly coloured chassis and thin bezels for the display as well. There is a fingerprint sensor on the top-right corner of the trackpad. Overall, the slim design in this 1.5 kg notebook is unique with some innovative add-ons.
Both the sides of the Vivobook 14 have fairly distributed ports, which is a good sign.
On the left side, you get a round pin port for charging, an HDMI slot, a USB type A port, a USB type C port and an audio jack.
On the right side, there is a security slot, a USB 3.1 port and an SD card slot.
Keyboard and Trackpad
Being a compact laptop, the Vivobook 14 can only afford to put an Island style keyboard without a numeric pad. So the guys who want a numeric pad as well need to buy bigger or older laptops. One thing that would stress out people is the power button which is placed like a top-right key. So you are likely to shut your laptop down instead of pressing ‘delete’.
The keys are curved and backlit for night usage and offer a travel of 1.4 mm, which is enough for typing without stress for long hours. If your write tons of content everyday, you should buy this Vivobook.
The touchpad has a matte finish and is distinguished because of a shiny border. There is a fingerprint at the top right corner also.
The 14 inch display has a Full HD 1920x 10890 resolution and bezels as slim as 5.7 millimetres on either side. The display is antiglare as well, which helps you work even under irritating sunlight that would reflect light on a normal screen.
The viewing angles are so bad that they are actually good. It is pretty hard to see anything if the screen is kept even a few degrees right or left, which is funnily privacy friendly. In simple terms, your mom won’t be able see you chatting with your bae easily.
Now comes the sad part, which is colour scheme. This feature was expected from Asus to be enhanced but it isn’t properly. Games and movies still look a little dull, which is not what a detailed Full HD display should be producing.
No, not every 2019 laptop has a 9th generation Intel processor. But still the Vivobook offers a new Whiskey lake version of the 8th gen Intel, which still helps it outperforms it peers by a margin. The CPU is quad core as well.
Regular work related tasks can be done swiftly on the Vivobook 14. You can multitask your day away without worrying about lag as well.
A great thing about new generation laptops is that they offer a variety of budget variants in the same laptop. This one also ranges from 35000 to about 80000, depending upon the RAM, storage, GPU as well as other configurations.
The review began with a statement that this laptop is a mainstream one and not a gaming one. It’s probable that gamers closed the review then and there.
The graphics depend on the price you pay for the Vivobook 14. The least costly variant gives Intel HD 620, in which you should be happy by playing even the oldest versions of Call of Duty on low settings smoothly.
The graphics even extend to a 2GB NVIDIA Geforce MX 130 which can support medium titles on low graphic settings. High end games like dota 2 and GTA V can be played on low settings at 35 plus frame rate. This means that if you want to play games on this laptop, be prepared to play them at low settings.
For other uses such as Video/photo editing, even the Intel HD graphics are satisfactory. You don’t need to buy a costlier variant for that.
Storage on the VivoBook 14 and 15 goes up to 512GB on a PCIe NVMe Solid-State Drive. SSDs are faster, more efficient and improve battery life of a laptop as compared to the older HDDs, which the Vivobook 14 offers as a 1 TB HDD in its low budget variant.
It is recommended to buy a 256 GB model of this Vivobook if you want it to store some videos as well and use the laptop only for light purposes. There is always an option of putting an HDD with an SSD which is going to save you the effort of carrying an external HDD.
Battery life is always a pretty crucial factor for any laptop because it feels like a PC if you have to be charging it for the most of the day. Though Asus claims to give a 10 hour battery runtime in the Vivobook 14, it is not actually this way.
The actual battery life is around 5-6 hours of moderate usage (running a few apps with medium brightness) and about 8 hours of minimal usage (browsing the internet with low brightness). These stats are just a little below average.
A good thing about the battery is that it charges pretty fast. You can charge it from 0 to 100 in less than 1 hour and 40 minutes.
“Is the Vivobook 14 good for students and employees?”
“Is the Vivobook durable?”
Of course. But there are a few things that you can’t do in a Vivobook such as hardcore gaming and watching movies in vibrant colours. If your usage heavily depends on any of the both things.
Anyways, the latest Vivobook 14 is a value for money laptop which promises quality performance.