It’s protected to say that ASUS’ Vivobook lineup has established a agency foothold within the price range to mid-range laptop computer phase. A number of of the newest Vivobooks have really been my prime suggestions beneath the Rs 70,000 mark for customers who don’t have excessive graphical necessities from their machine, need a transportable and power-efficient possibility. This time round, ASUS is altering gears with the Vivobook Professional 14X OLED which the corporate has made for “creators, designers, vloggers, and artists”. Its beginning price ticket of Rs 94,990 does set the expectations excessive for the laptop computer. On this evaluate let’s see if the Vivobook Professional 14X OLED is price contemplating.
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Construct, design and show
ASUS has actually come via when it comes to the general design aesthetic and really feel of the machine. The light-weight nature of the chassis coupled with the matte-like aluminium construct imparts a premium look to the Vivobook Professional 14X from the second you set your eyes on it. Whereas the laptop computer isn’t significantly thick, it may do with shaving off a couple of additional millimetres for a extra even look throughout all its sides. There’s little to no flex on the keyboard however I do really feel that the hinge may have been made a bit of bit extra sturdy. The lid opens fairly simply and the motion could be very clean, however the lack of rigidity on the hinge means the display wobbles whereas typing. On the lid’s again, you possibly can see the redesigned Vivobook emblem which is sort of interesting. I do desire a charcoal black-style color mixture on a laptop computer, however the silver-grey scheme on the physique and keyboard additionally appears to be like fairly good.
On each side, the laptop computer has a bevvy of ports for many of your connectivity wants. There’s a USB 3.2 Sort A and Sort C port on the best together with a microSD card reader, an HDMI 1.4 port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The left facet has two USB 2.0 Sort-A ports and LED charging indicator lights. By way of wi-fi choices, the laptop computer supplies you with dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.
An inexpensive portion of the Vivobook Professional 14X’s price ticket is because of the 2.8K OLED panel on the laptop computer’s entrance. Devoid of the standard LCD points comparable to poor viewing angles and uninteresting contrasts, the Vivobook Professional 14X may very well be a strong possibility for creators. ASUS’ claims of 133 p.c sRGB protection are fairly astounding, to say the least, and to my eyes, the show resonated with extraordinarily life-like colors. The PANTONE Validation may also have one thing to do with that, making the Vivobook Professional 14X a useful gizmo for color correction work. Each single HDR video I watched on the display didn’t fail to astound me with inky blacks which contrasted properly with the popping colors. The height brightness ranges had been greater than ample at 600nits, making it fairly environment friendly in brightly lit environments. ASUS has additionally saved in thoughts the problems associated to OLED burn-in, which is a phenomenon whereby the show exhibits a faint picture from the earlier body even after a brand new one seems on the display. To counter this, ASUS has employed Samsung’s Pixel Shift expertise, particular screensavers to refresh pixels, an prolonged guarantee on the panel, and extra. Additionally, the display has a 90Hz refresh price for clean scrolling and looking expertise.
Keyboard and trackpad
Keyboards on Vivobooks have even have been getting higher over the previous couple of iterations. The 14X is not any completely different, with the common scissor-switch keys organized in a six-row structure. The journey is appropriate and the typing expertise is nice, albeit barely noisier than I might’ve favored. The ability button has a silver accent round it and in addition a fingerprint reader built-in beneath it, whereas the escape key has a really distinguishable orange end. There’s three-stage backlighting out there in a single white color which makes nighttime utilization simpler. Under the keyboard is an exceptionally massive trackpad with nice haptic suggestions and respectable latency.
Efficiency and battery life
On the efficiency facet of issues, the Vivobook is operating on the Intel Eleventh-gen i5-11300H chipset primarily based on the Tiger Lake structure. There’s one other model of the identical laptop computer that runs on the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX. By way of benchmarks, the Vivobook Professional 14X outputs 5,939 on Cinbench R23’s multi-core check whereas the Ryzen 5 5500U on the Vivobook Flip 14 (evaluate), by the way less expensive than the 14X, has a rating of 6,441. The identical can also be translated to Geekbench 5’s multi-core check whereby the Ryzen 5 has a bonus over the Eleventh-gen i5 chips. I must assume the hole will improve dramatically while you use the Ryzen 9 model of the Vivobook Professional 14X. Nonetheless, for duties that contain day-to-day actions comparable to working Chrome or Microsoft’s suite of apps, the 14X completely flies with out a lot as a stutter. ASUS has made quite a lot of claims about superior cooling strategies used on the machine, however even with some primary graphically intensive duties, the followers spin as much as produce a reasonably loud din.
The NVIDIA RTX 3050 and its 4GB VRAM are definitely not light-weight and serve as much as be higher than the Iris Xe built-in graphics. Even so, operating the Tomb Raider benchmark whereas maintaining the settings at Excessive and determination at FHD, the rating was 25fps, which is sort of low. I did run some low-intensity well-liked titles like Valorant and Warzone, each of which barely managed 50-60fps at medium settings. By way of storage, the machine will get a 1TB M.2 NVME PCIe SSD with learn/write speeds of three,558MB/s and three,063MB/s, that are within the acceptable vary. As for the reminiscence, the 16GB DDR4 RAM is soldered to the motherboard and is non-upgradable. A shout out additionally for the extremely good and loud audio system current on the machine. The tuning has been accomplished by Harman/kardon and I used to be impressed by how properly the audio system maintained lows and mids whereas additionally giving depth to the music with substantial bass.
On the battery entrance, I used to be stunned to see the 63Whr cell on the 14X final for a considerably very long time. With brightness ranges set at 75 p.c, decision maxed out, refresh price at 90Hz, and energy administration at balanced, my complete screen-on time was about 7 hours. Impressively sufficient, at energy saver mode the battery may push the laptop computer as much as 11 hours offered the GPU was not wired.
The laptop computer isn’t outfitted to deal with intensive gaming and the followers spin up making much more noise than needed for mentioned duties. That mentioned, the Vivobook Professional 14X is certainly a ‘Professional’ on the subject of the show and the quantity of color calibration that has gone right down to make it. I’m sure only a few laptops will have the ability to match the standard, dynamic vary and general soothing tones of the Vivobook Professional 14X’s panel. The battery life can also be fairly respectable and I like how properly Harman/kardon has tuned the audio system. The price ticket may very well be very engaging for customers with necessities that particularly goal color grading and different imaging and video-centric duties carried out by creators.
Editor’s score: 3.5 / 5
- Wonderful 2.8K OLED show
- Audio system are nice
- Respectable battery life
- Followers are fairly noisy
- Hinge must be extra inflexible