The VivoBook 14x in our check has an all-silver grey plastic physique, nevertheless it additionally is available in a darkish blue end. There’s a easy inscription “Asus VivoBook” on the duvet, the remainder of the design could be very fundamental.
Unlocking the display reveals the keyboard the identical colour because the chassis. The matte display is surrounded by a poor high quality grainy black plastic.
In case your keyboard is backlit, we all know the grey keys do not combine nicely with it. Thus, in the course of the day, if the backlight is activated, the keys change into unreadable because of the lack of distinction; An issue that disappears within the midnight blue model that has black keys.
The sensations of typing on the keyboard are appropriate, though the mechanism of the keys is heard in a short time.
The touchpad gives glide that takes under consideration Home windows gestures. Word that the VivoBook 14x has the only model of the NumPad, with a numeric keypad show that’s activated by urgent for one second within the higher proper nook.
Word that the VivoBook 14x doesn’t have a fingerprint reader, which is a really sensible system for shortly opening a Home windows session.
Nearly full field on the contact facet. Thus there are three USB-A ports, together with one at USB2.0 and two at USB3.2 (5 Gbit/s). There’s a USB-C port, nevertheless it doesn’t assist charging. Lastly, an HDMI 1.4 port and a mini-jack jack complement the 4 USB ports. All that’s lacking is a reminiscence card reader to finish this connection.
Wi-fi connectivity is offered by the Mediatek MT7921 chip that gives 2400Mbps wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. The webcam on the prime of the display has a 720p sensor with a very fuzzy and noisy show at nighttime. The sliding bodily cowl hides the sensor for added privateness. Nevertheless, this webcam shouldn’t be appropriate with Home windows Hiya.
The cooling system consists of two warmth pipes that switch the energy fired by the Ryzen 5 5600H to 2 radiators organized within the left nook of the chassis. One fan evacuates warmth from the 2 radiators.
After our typical coding check, the thermal digicam detected a scorching spot of 41°C on the keyboard keys and roughly 45°C on the piano. Alternatively, noise air pollution is comparatively contained (measuring 36.7 dB). In use, the fan stays off so long as the laptop computer shouldn’t be getting used. It solely runs throughout Home windows updates or whereas in use. Efficiency mode means that you can improve air flow for extra energy, however noise air pollution goes away.
Entry to elements requires removing of 10 Phillips screws and unscrewing. VivoBook 14x has confirmed to be upgradable. It’s potential to exchange RAM, SSD, wifi card and battery. 8 GB of RAM is soldered and an 8 GB module is put in. So it will likely be potential to modify to 24 GB by changing the latter with one other 16 GB. Regardless of the great scalability, Asus introduced a repairability index of solely 6.3 / 10 for the VivoBook 14x.
VivoBook 14x is provided with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor with 6 nested cores operating at 3.3GHz and as much as 4.2GHz with a 45W thermal envelope. This processor is commonly utilized in laptops the video games Newbie. It was accompanied by Asus with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD.
The VivoBook 14x thus will get a efficiency index of 105, which places it between the MSI Trendy 15, Core i7-1255U (95) and ZenBook 14 Oled with Core i7-1260P. The Huawei MateBook 16 outfitted with the identical processor received a efficiency index of 110 due to a bigger chassis and higher cooling.
Thus, throughout our twenty-minute coding, the Ryzen 5 5600H was operating at a mean of three.43GHz in a 35W envelope. Thus, the cooling system (which is ready to regular on MyAsus) is a bit restricted for Ryzen 5 to totally specific itself. Nevertheless, it’s potential to modify to efficiency mode to work round this challenge.
VivoBook 14x doesn’t have a devoted graphics card. Thus, it’s the Vega 7 graphic half built-in into the processor that takes care of the duty. For those who actually need to play, you’ll have to restrict your self to video games which are considerably outdated or don’t devour loads of graphic assets.
Micron’s 512GB SSD has a capability of two.24GB/s in studying and 1.15GB/s in writing. We’re removed from the most effective SSDs, however they’re nonetheless sufficient for Home windows, which begins up shortly and is sort of responsive.
So Asus has deserted Oled and fitted the VivoBook 14x with a 14-inch IPS panel. A small novelty, we’re entitled to a panel in 16/10 format with a width of 1920×1200 pixels at 60 Hz. Aside from this slight rise in top, the combination doesn’t profit from particular care and the display occupancy fee reaches a most of 83%.
Underneath our personal investigation, the motherboard chosen by Asus lacks accuracy. Delta E reaches 5.3, which is nicely above the brink of three beneath which the attention now not perceives chromatic drifts. The colour temperature is 6227K, which is just under the video normal (6500K), which causes a quite heat show. Alternatively, the distinction is pretty good for an IPS panel (1560:1). We’re actually removed from the infinite variance of an Oled palette, nevertheless it’s all the time good to have one. Lastly, a most brightness of 327 cd / m² means that you can take full benefit of the display indoors, however not open air, regardless of the display’s low reflectivity (18.7% of mirrored mild).
We offer you a chromatic profile that reduces delta E to three.7, whereas preserving different traits; Solely the brightness drops to 290 cd / m².
There are two VivoBook 14x audio system underneath the chassis. Place adjusts sound replica relying on the floor on which the laptop computer is resting. Additionally, the palms cowl the sound when typing.
When listening, the amount shouldn’t be too excessive. It’s potential to have a dialog even with the amount pressed to the utmost. Show is a trademark of a laptop computer, with an audio stage centered across the heart that sorely lacks bass.
The headphone output has good traits. Distortion is low, dynamic vary is excessive, and interference is restricted. The one actual flaw, the manufacturing stage is especially low and requires quantity fee to get pleasure from; So headphones with excessive impedance ought to be prevented.
|Asus VivoBook 14x||Common variety of computer systems examined|
|distortion + noise||0.008%||0.015%|
|Dynamic Vary||93 dB||100 dB|
|Crosstalk||-56 dB||-64 dB|
Mobility / Autonomy
The Asus VivoBook 14x measures 32 x 21 cms in measurement and is 1.99 cms thick. So it takes up little house, however is particularly thick; With none actual purpose for it, as a result of it doesn’t embody any non-standard part. Its 1.6kg weight places it at 400g above the LG Gram 16 which has a 16-inch display and 80Wh battery (in comparison with 50Wh for the VivoBook 14x). The 90W charger weighs 333g and is due to this fact near a 2kg bar for everybody. Asus might even have supplied a extra compact USB-C charger thus shelling out with a particular socket.
When it comes to battery life, the Asus VivoBook 14x performs nicely. It lasted 7 hours 28 minutes taking part in the video with its display set to 200 cd/m² (70% of its most brightness) underneath our common protocol (Netflix video taking part in, 50% quantity and Bluetooth off). Right autonomy, particularly if we have in mind the battery capability of fifty watts.