In the recent past, we have seen the need for compact laptops with good performance and battery life, the Asus VivoBook series has been adapted to meet that need. Until very recently, the Apple MacBook Air was one of the only reliable products in this segment, but we have seen the rise of several other products, especially from Asus, which not only confronts but also surpasses the MacBook air in terms of performance. The new Asus VivoBook 14 offers a distinctive look and very good build quality at a very admirable price, although, in terms of form and extra performance, the laptop still has a pretty good battery life in general.
The Asus VivoBook 14 is very similar to the Asus VivoBook S14 which we have previously reviewed, both devices look the same and offer subtle changes under the hood. The Asus VivoBook 14 can be one of the best in terms of competing with the MacBook and offers the best combination of design, performance, and battery life. The Asus VivoBook 14 looks like a transcendental book but lacks a bit in terms of performance. Many of the design features of the VivoBook 14 are borrowed from Asus’ more expensive ZenBook line for half the price. The VivoBook 14 does not compromise on structural quality and uses high-end metal textures for most parts of laptops similar to Apple products.
Unlike the VivoBook S14, the new VivoBook 14 uses simpler metal frames and frames throughout the device and gives the device a very simple finish. The laptop body feels sturdy and gives confidence when used with one hand. Although the brand has focused heavily on the aesthetics of the design, the device still keeps up on performance and other limitations and does not disappoint users. The brand has included some unique features in the VivoBook Series to add unprecedented value to the devices, the design of the VivoBook 14 has been greatly overhauled and now looks much more advanced and also takes up less space when taking it everywhere.
Despite claims of scratch resistance on the lid of the laptop, we may notice minor scratches on the device after the week’s testing. The device is mainly made of metal with a few pieces of plastic inserted as the bottom panel. The Asus VivoBook 14 uses a technology branded as the Ergo lift, the metal cap of the device extends slightly off the base and helps to lift the device a little when the laptop is opened. This not only helps to provide a more convenient location to support the airing but also helps to increase the thermal performance of laptops in general. This adds comfort to the overall experience and we are accustomed to erer0s lifting technology and enjoyed it in some of the most recent Asus laptops we’ve reviewed. The most significant advantage that can be easily noticed with the Ergo lift is the comfort of typing, the laptop makes typing easy and we can achieve good speed while retaining accuracy without fatigue despite prolonged typing sessions on the VivoBook 14 by Ergo Elevator.
The selection of ports on the VivoBook 14 is quite good, the device comes with a full-size USB on the left along with a SUB Type-C port, to the right of the device with a charging connector, a full-size HDMI port, another USB port, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack along with a microSD card reader slot. The device has two USB 3.1 type C ports and in a general format and one USB 2.0 port. There are two small LEDs next to the MicroSD card slot to tell the source and battery status of the laptop. Asus VivoBook 14 loses a USB port when compared to the S14, however, the port selection is pretty good. The lack of Thunderbolt 3 is a bit disappointing as it limits its connection to a few accessories, but overall, at a certain price range, we don’t have much to complain about.
Bezels on the Asus VivoBook 14 is very thin and this maximizes the ratio of the screen to the body, the webcam on the device is located in the middle of the top of the bezel. Although the webcam is not the best on the market, it is one of the better webcams we have ever seen. The location of the Webcam on the laptop is perfect and the camera has good visibility when making video calls. Coming to the keyboard, Asus has provided a well-positioned chicklet keyboard with adjustable backlighting for the keyboard, which is useful and makes it easy to use in different environments, especially when the light is low. The keyboard offers a 1.3mm journey, which is slightly smaller than the 1.4mm journey we usually use on most laptops, however, the difference is not really noticeable and the keyboard offers an extremely good typing experience. The touchpad on the Asus VivoBook 14 is pretty good and performs all the ransomed operations, there is even a fingerprint sensor in the touchpad that works with Windows Hello to quickly unlock the device without entering a password each time.
Most other laptops in the price segment are not perfect and for medium build quality, the VivoBook 14 is an upgrade and gives very good build quality in the segment with a sturdy feel. The hinge is sturdy and smooth with a very efficient lifting mechanism, there is hardly any bend in most areas of the laptop, and the build quality of the device gives confidence. The full-size keyboard on the Asus VivoBook 14 is relatively designed and hinges on raising the Ergo to 3 degrees for a much better typing experience than most competitors.
One of the highlights of the VivoBook 14 is that the screen, the display on the device is almost edge-to-edge and offers a very good aspect ratio to the body. The screen has FullHD resolution, the color accuracy on the device is quite good and we love the viewing experience. The brightness levels are quite average, the machine for movie viewing experience or normal work purposes is quite good. It’s a little difficult to take your laptop outdoors and work because the brightness is a bit insufficient for that, the overall on-screen experience of the Asus ZenBook 14 is pretty good unless you want to manually adjust the color on the screen.
Coming to the performance of the laptop, the usual use on the laptop is super smooth and we found no problem. We can manage with a variety of software running in parallel including Visual Studio Code, GIMP, Chrome, Word, and Spotify. Laptops handle most everyday work easily without sweating. At its peak, we even used a laptop with over 50 Chrome tabs opened in it, and streaming Money Heist at 1080p on Netflix and VivoBook 14 handled all this pretty well. The VivoBook 14 is a budget-oriented Ultrabook and comes with an 8th generation Intel CPU, the variant we tested that has the i5 chipset in it. The laptop also comes with a huge 512GB Intel SSD, which greatly helps with the daily performance of laptops and devices that are always responding. However, the device does not come with a dedicated graphics card, and any 3D game will be a big failure. We still test FORTNITE on VivoBook 14 and get a frame rate of about 21 frames per second at the lowest settings, we can’t even launch APEX LEGENDS games on this laptop.
Surprisingly, even if the load is heavy on the VivoBook 14, the device does not heat up and manages the heat on the device quite well. We tried to put some heavy loads on the CPU by random summing and running the impact but the VivoBook 14 handled it well without heating up. VivoBook 14 is aimed at students and business people and has the right specifications for them. The unit that we have evaluated comes with 8GB of RAM and a huge 512GB SSD, not usually seen at the price. The device starts very fast and super sensitive in most parts, SSD performance is quite good and helps to open most applications easily.
Although the speakers on the VivoBook 14 have been slightly improved, it is still uncomfortable, the volume is extremely low and lacks depth for the most part. It’s hard to watch Shows on Netflix and even worse when streaming music on Spotify. Even with a ceiling fan in ambient sound, the volume of the laptop felt insufficient and we found ourselves quickly looking for a pair of headphones. However, the laptop works extremely well on the front of the battery. While the brand claims up to 11 hours of battery life, we get an average battery life of about 7-8 hours, which is still pretty good for the device’s specifications.
During the use of our device, I find myself mostly leaving the charger at home and the device never stops working in the middle of the day. As a student and a part-time writer, VivoBook 14 has worked very well for me, my normal day consists of about 3 hours of bus ride at an above-average brightness level and about three to four more hours for Application and Web development and despite this much use, I always come home with some batteries left. While the battery life of the VivoBook 14 may be slightly better than that of the MacBook Air and other super books, it is one of the best in the price segment.
The Asus VivoBook 14 is a very interesting laptop and is very suitable for most use cases unless it involves heavy graphics production or gaming. The device has enough power and juice for most average users and the battery life on the device is incredible. The big disadvantage of the device is the sound capabilities, the display on the VivoBook 14 is above average and looks very good due to the high screen-to-body ratio. VivoBook 14 can be a great choice if you are looking for a laptop in the 60,000 Rs to 70,000 Rs segment. VivoBook 14 is a great choice for most employees who are working and students if you are prioritizing mobility and battery performance over gaming capabilities.
Specifications of Asus VivoBook X412
|VivoBook 14 (X412)|
|CPU||Intel® Core™ i7-8550URyzen R5-3500UIntel® Core™ i5-8265UIntel® Core™ i3-8145UIntel® Core™ i3-7020U|
|Display specs||FHD (1920 x 1080) panel with 178-degree wide view angleFHD (1920 x 1080)|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Graphics||Up to Discrete: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX 230Integrated: Intel® UHD Graphics 620|
|Memory||Up to 12GB DDR4 2400MHz (4GB on-board)|
|Storage options||HDD / SSD storageUp to 512GB NVMePCIe SSD1TB 5400rpm HDD (select SKUs)|
|Wireless||Up to Wi-Fi 5 / Bluetooth® 4.2 (2*2)|
|Interface||1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A1 x USB 2.0 Type-A1 x 3.5mm audio combo jack1x HDMI1.41x micro SD card reader|
|Audio||2 x high-quality stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster technology and surround effects|
|Battery||37Whr 2-cell lithium-polymer battery|
|Dimensions||322.4 x 212.7 x 19.5mm|