ASUS has established a strong reputation when it comes to laptops it makes in the Indian market. It includes thin and light models, gaming machines, and models curated for students as well. One such series is the Vivobook series. The models are catered to students or for those people who are looking for portable and affordable ones. That includes options with both AMD and Intel processors, which diversify options for consumers to pick the right one. ASUS India has come up with new models a week ago under the ProArt series and as well as new Vivobook Pro series.
While the ProArt series is designed for the creators’ community, the Vivobook Pro series did receive new updates. That include the admired OLED panels with rich colours that wouldn’t cost you a lot for your pocket. The new series has a couple of models: the Vivobook Pro 14/16, and the Vivobook Pro 14X OLED/16X OLED models. These again diversify into different options as Vivo has brought in both AMD and Intel CPUs on board.
The Vivobook Pro 14X OLED is the model, which we received for review and I had got to spend a good two weeks on it. The experience thus far has been satisfying, to say the least. Let’s delve into the full review.
ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED — Design
When it comes to design I would like to emphasise the display rather than the build first. That’s because The Vivobook Pro 14X has got a gorgeous 2.8K OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It comes with a 16:10 aspect ratio instead of 16:9, which is nice. I took immense pleasure in using this display to be very honest. The OLED panel will always be good be it on smartphones, or laptop screens. And, the 2.8K panel here is no exception. It has a 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut with cinema-grade and PANTONE validated certification. That translates to a great viewing experience with the right colours thrown at your face.
As claimed, the OLED panel, made by Samsung, brings true-to-life colours when it comes to content watching. It is understandable why ASUS has been emphasising that these Vivobook Pro models are targeted at creators. The screen here is a trump card for creators. It’s a great screen that creators can take total advantage of. While I am not a content creator, I ideally used it for a little Photoshop editing, and more for content watching.
The display can get very bright and is usable in broadway light with a peak brightness of up to 600 nits. The only downside to this display is whilst using outdoors. It is reflective as it doesn’t have a matte finish, and I found it a little hard to view, especially in sunlight. Moreover, for colour accuracy as mentioned earlier, it comes with PANTONE validation. Likewise, it comes with TÜV Rheinland certification for better eye care.
Despite being a bright OLED panel I could hardly witness the blue light thrown at my face. There’s a MyASUS tool, which comes pre-installed. It additionally has an eye care mode with which you can further emit the little blue light and work at ease in darker environments.
All in, ASUS has done a great job with the new OLED panel, adding the 90Hz refresh rate to it is a plus. It makes navigating in the Windows 11 UI elements, scrolling in browsers, and gaming more exciting.
On the Vivobook Pro 14X model, the beautiful OLED panel sits in an aluminium chassis, which on the whole measures 1.45 kilograms. The laptop feels light and I haven’t had a problem using it for longer periods on a couch, on my lap. When it comes to aesthetics, the Vivobook made of aluminium has edgy corners and has a quirky model name imprinted metallic badging on top. The OLED panel is surrounded by black bezels made of plastic. Albeit, I would have liked it even more if they were a little tiny, and were made of glass-like we’ve seen in Dell XPS models.
That said, they’re non-intrusive, and the bezel on top beholds a 720p HD camera with a physical privacy shutter, which is pretty neat.
The Vivobook features two colour variants: Cool Silver and Zero Black variants. I would incline to Black colour naturally but the Cool Silver here has kept me cautious to keep it clean, which is a good habit, nonetheless. I got used to these plain white colours on laptops ever since I reviewed the Vivobook S14 model. It featured in the White-Silver combo and was extremely ultra-portable.
After the display, you’re greeted with a good looking keyboard in the clamshell laptop. It has a unique colour coding for keys, meaning you can witness the Esc key in Red, and Enter key has a styling on top. On the keyboard with 1.35mm of key travel, typing has been great, sturdy — thanks to large keycaps as well. Aligned with the function keys; there’s a fingerprint sensor that simultaneously acts as a power button too. It is fast, reliable, and supports Windows Hello, which means it helps reduce a step for authentication while you power on the device.
The trackpad beneath the keyboard is substantial, which I liked. Despite being big it doesn’t come in the way while typing or resting my palms when I am watching something. The trackpad is also smooth paired with 90Hz refresh rate scrolling, and across navigating within the UI. I had fun using it. In addition, there’s an ASUS Dial Pad built-in on this large trackpad. While it’s not a physical dial pad like you see in an ASUS ProArt model, rather it’s a touch-sensitive one. It can be enabled from the top right side of the trackpad with a swipe. This essentially brings up a touch-sensitive dial pad. It can be utilised on the desktop for adjusting volumes, and brightness, primarily.
The app support is currently restricted to Adobe suite apps like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, for instance. I am no video editor, hence I fiddled with it using the desktop mode, and occasionally in Photoshop. It can be more prominent with additional app support and also for creators who highly rely on the Adobe suite of apps. In which, they can incorporate necessary shortcuts for their productivity, as it surely is a nifty feature to have.
On the I/O front, the Vivobook Pro 14X OLED has a generous amount of ports. That comprises one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (Thunderbolt) port, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI 1.4 port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a MicroSD card reader. This laptop can be charged additionally through a Thunderbolt Type-C port and any random USB Type-C adapter. Although, the speed varies from traditional DC charging.
The Vivobook Pro 14X, which I received, comes with Intel 11th Gen Core i5-1130H CPU, coupled with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050. It further has 16GB of DDR4 RAM, paired with 1 TB M.2 NVME PCIe SSD. The CPU here utilises four performance cores with a max turbo frequency of 4.40GHz. To begin with, my daily workflow involves writing using Google Docs on Chrome. Besides, it also includes at least ten or more tabs running in the background. And, occasional Microsoft Team calls. Then there’s gaming, coupled with extensive content watching over the weekends.
The Vivobook Pro here doesn’t break a sweat while handling these mundane tasks. The laptop mostly runs in silent mode, but every once in a while the fans would up their volume if I work on significant tabs than aforementioned. The laptop also doesn’t heat up often — thanks to the dual-fan cooling system. However, the warmth is noticeable during gameplay or while installing updates in the background — the same applies to fan noise as well. The dedicated fan profile in the MyAsus app can make you adjust these settings, but I found myself setting it to standard mode all the time.
As stated earlier, I play games occasionally. The OLED panel undoubtedly gives you a refreshing experience while playing games like Asphalt 9. By default, the graphics were set to 60Hz. Unfortunately, I play very few graphics-intensive games (I intend to improve my gaming skills though) like Forza Horizon 5 or Call of Duty. But I am sure with dedicated NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics, accompanied with 90Hz OLED, gamers can take full advantage of this machine. Since the laptop here is yet produced with creators in mind, the processor can help handle tasks including Adobe apps, quite swiftly.
For those wondering about the benchmark scores, they achieved nearly identical acclaimed scores given by Asus. The laptop achieved 1295 single-core, and 4705 multi-score on Geekbench 5. Meanwhile, on the Cinebench R23, it attained 5382 points on CPU (multicore) and 1228 points on CPU (single-core).
The Vivobook Pro 14X is powered by a 63 WHr Li-ion battery, which I felt is a bit smaller capacity for the big bright screen it is offering. The always-on 90Hz refresh rate also affected battery life in my use case. With the aforementioned workflow, I ended up getting around six hours every day. With the packaging, you get a 120W adapter that should help get charged slightly quicker. A slightly bigger battery capacity would be more ideal. However, ASUS still has a 16X model with a bigger battery alongside a 4K panel as well, that’s one good option to consider.
The other highlights on the laptop include Harman/Kardon powered speakers. They are bottom-firing speakers. While the audio is loud and high quality, it can get occasionally muffled if placed on a table or in your lap. The laptop also utilises AI-based noise cancellation for better voice quality. It worked well by reducing ambient noises during my frequent Microsoft Teams’ calls.
Then there’s the MyASUS application, as aforementioned. It packs in a bunch of tweaks that can be personalised as per the requirements. Besides, you can update the on-device drivers in conjunction with regular Windows 11 updates. When it comes to performance tweaks, it provides an option to use the laptop in either Full capacity mode, Balanced mode, or Maximum lifespan mode. Similarly, there are Fan profiles too. There are tons of Display tweaks to play around with as well. Since the laptop uses Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, in addition, with the MyASUS application you can enable WiFi Smart Connect. It lets you connect to the router with the best signal instead of a nearby router all the time, which worked well for me. The other nifty features include System diagnosis and customer service support.
The Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7400) retails at Rs 94,990. It is a bit higher considering the Vivobooks usually fall under. It falls in direct competition with Apple’s M1 Macbook Air in India. If you are a creator or a professional whose work relies mostly on colour correction. And, using Adobe editing software, and also don’t want to rely on a Mac for that, the Vivobook Pro 14X OLED is a great option. If you want to take more advantage there’s the ProArt model. And, the 16X model, which offers a bigger screen, better processor, and battery, but for a hefty price.
However, if you’re in the market for more affordable options, ASUS has got you covered. The company offers non-X Vivobook 14/16 models, with AMD, and also Intel processors, which start at Rs 74,990. As you can see, the Vivobook Pro 14X sits between those models and can be easily considered as a viable option, on the whole. For the price, with creators in mind; the Vivobook Pro 14X offers a great OLED screen, touch-based dial pad for productivity, unique looking keyboard, and a good overall performance, altogether.