Asus VivoBook 14 - Laptop Review


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Asus VivoBook 14 - Laptop Review

The Asus VivoBook 14 (X420F) is a 14inch screen laptop that has many advantages as well as disadvantages. It was released in 2019, and although not a very popular laptop worldwide, it is still a contestant in the world of small laptops.

Below you will find a list of the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Asus VivoBook 14, as well as the final verdict.

1. The laptop is extremely small and lightweight.

Although it is sold as a 14inch laptop, its size is comparative to the MacBook Air, as the laptop size, from one edge to another, is about 12.8 inches. The screen size, measured diagonally, boasts a 14inch screen. Due to its wonderfully small sized bezels, the screen is much larger than that of a MacBook Air.

The size of the laptop from top to bottom is about 8.2 inches making it even smaller than most 13inch laptops – a little bit awkward for any 13inch laptop case, but it gives you room to possibly put the charger as well. The height of the laptop, at its thickest point, is 0.6 inches, making it one of the thinnest laptops available in the market these days.

2. ErgoLift Hinge

When lifting the screen, it goes below the keyboard deck and lifts up the entire laptop. That is excellent when typing as it allows you to not have any trouble reaching or seeing the rest of the keys. 

3. Keyboard

Given that this is a very small laptop, the keyboard size remains to be the same as in most laptops, which is extremely comforting. The keys are very easy to type on and their feedback is good for those who are constantly typing. 

4. Very fast 

Most SSD laptops are incredibly fast, and this laptop is not any different. It boots up in less than 25 seconds. It possibly only lags a little when a lot of items and applications are put on it, but only makes it a couples of seconds slower which can go unnoticeable. 

5. Charger is small

The charger is incredibly compact, it does not have the huge brick in the middle like most laptop chargers. Instead, the brick is the adapter, and coming out of it is a comfortably long wire that will help you reach the charger from farther away. (It does not have a magnet, and it is the old-insert-type of charger).

6. Core i7, 8th Generation

For a small laptop to be core i7 8th generation, this already makes the laptop a great contender in the market. Most small laptops are core i5s, which is not bad per se, but having a faster laptop that does not lag with every move you make is much better for those on the move. 


Pros

  • Extremely small and lightweight.
  • ErgoLift Hinge
  • Keyboard
  • Very fast
  • Charger is small
  • Core i7, 8th Generation

Cons

  • Screen brightness
  • Unlit keys
  • Battery life
  • Speakers

Verdict

For a tiny, lightweight laptop, such as this one, it can safely be said that the good outweighs both the bad and the ugly. Both items in the bad column can either go unnoticeable or be completely avoided altogether and are not a deal breaker.

For the things in the ugly column, if you carry around earphones or small speakers it will no longer be an issue. The biggest problem however is the battery – but since the charger is quite small, it should not be an issue to go most places with it as it will not be of a burden.

For students who are on the move, do some lightweight editing here and there, and are near a power outlet, this laptop is only one or two stops away from perfect. Although, in the realm of small budget laptops, it becomes only half a stop from perfect.

7. Screen brightness

The screen is anti-glare, which is great, however it is not as bright as the Microsoft Surface or the MacBook Air. 

8. Unlit keys 

The backlit keys on this laptop, especially if you get the silver edition, is pretty useless. For one, some of them have an issue with the lighting itself and some keys light up more than others, and it’s very noticeable – even quite annoying.

For the silver edition, given that the numbers, letters, and symbols are all written in black, lighting up the keyboard makes it more difficult to even see the keys at night and turning them off makes it a whole lot easier to see.

9. Battery life 

The battery life on this laptop is not good at all for those on the move all day. It lasts a maximum of 5 hours, that is if you are not using it for an hour and a half of those. 

10. Speakers 

The speakers on this laptop are absolutely abysmal. Unless you are sitting in a pin-drop quiet room, you will have difficulty listening to anything you are playing.

The quality is not bad at all, but if you can’t hear it in the first place, then what is the point of having it be of good quality? Ironically, the laptop has “SonicMaster” written on it, you would think that since it boasts that type of speakers, they would be excellent, but with this laptop you will have to treat it as if you don’t have any at all.


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