ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED review: don't call it MEDIUM RANGE!

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When I discovered that this laptop on test was not a top of the range but a mid-range device, I admit it, I was a bit disappointed: in the previous days I had tried it intensively, and everything I would have said except that it was a device from affordable price and not a super laptop to get into debt for.

A display OLED respectable, a captivating design and many goodies that reconfirm Asus one of the largest and most important notebook manufacturers.

Asus Vivobook Pro 14X OLED review

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Design and Materials

There are many variations of this Vivobook Pro, starting from the screen size which can be 14, 15 or 16 inches; in my case the unit under test is the M7400, or Vivobook Pro 14X OLED, the most technically powerful variant. On an aesthetic level, however, all versions of the Vivobook possess the same characteristics.

Il Pro 14X OLED has a body made entirely of metal, so much so that the laptop is obviously sturdy, does not flex and does not suffer from creaking of any kind: perhaps it is not beautiful, I must be honest, but you can immediately perceive that you are faced with a quality product and well assembled. On the top of the screen there is an unusual but very useful privacy system in the webcam: ASUS has inserted, in fact, a small lever that covers or reveals the webcam lens, BRILLIANT!

Behind the there is a small and anomalous (but beautiful!) "step" within which Asus entered the product name, as well as a couple of product hashtags that, frankly, I would have done without. Also on the inside, and I am referring to the keyboard, Asus did not do things in a conventional way: the keys, sturdy and comfortable to use, have a stroke of 1.35mm and different colors. The function keys, such as Shift, Caps Lock, CTRL and all the others are gray while the others are black; in addition, the ESC key is fluorescent orange even in the dark, to be more easily identified since it seems to be one of the most used keys.

La provision of doors it is well distributed on both sides: on the left are the two doors USB-A 3.2 with two status LEDs (one indicates the operation of the computer and the other that the battery is charging), while on the right side there is another USB-A port, the input for the power supply, the HDMI port and the Type-C input (which does not allow you to recharge the computer or connect external monitors).

Le dimensions, just to name them, are equal to 31.7 22.8 x x 1.7 to about 1.45kg, definitely a low weight for the market average. There are two colors available, this black of which I have a unit under test and the white one with Silver finishes. I didn't like (but we're only talking about aesthetic peculiarities) the slits that are a bit too large for cooling; can already be seen when using the device in the upper part, and I would have preferred a better integration in the lower part or simply a less invasive one in the same current position.

Display

Undoubtedly the strong point of the Vivobook Pro 14X it is his ; here the panel is a fantastic 14 inch OLED with a resolution 2,8K 2880 x 1800 pixels, refresh rate up to 90Hz and 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut; plus the maximum brightness reaches peaks of 400nit and sometimes it will even seem too bright. The finish is glossy, not matte - maybe I would have preferred it, but it's also true that with a matte finish the OLED display would lose much of its charm.

This whole data sheet translates into one word: WOW. The display is really beautiful, the resolution is very high, the color quality is incredibly top notch and the moment you work with the laptop for a few hours you really realize how far behind all the other products are.

È perfect for uses Professional since it is perfectly calibrated and is, indeed, optimized for apps like Photoshop; the great doubt of all time is whether the OLED, over time, can prove to be a good choice, among the many pros and cons that distinguish it. Without going too far, this (which lacks a Touch screen panel that would have closed the circle) is practically perfect, I loved it in all its facets.

Speakers and Audio Quality

As in previous generations of Vivobook, also on this model Asus has maintained the positioning of the two speakers in the rear, but unlike other manufacturers, it does insert them on the back, but cleverly in an angular position on both sides, so as to provide a better quality of the output audio.

Indeed it succeeds: the volume it is sufficiently loud, and the sound does not bounce completely off the supporting surface, but what is particularly lacking are good bass, which are totally absent here.

Hardware and Performance

ASUS has marketed quite a few versions, both with processor Intel and AMD; in my test case I have a non-retail unit with processor AMD Ryzen 9 9500HX 3.3Ghz, 32GB of DDR4 3200MHz RAM memory and an Nvidia RTX 3050 GPU and 512GB of SSD (this configuration can be found on the market with the 16-inch variant), while the version actually on the market has a processor AMD Ryzern 7 5800H, 8 / 16GB of RAM e Nvidia RTX 3050.

That said, the performance in practice is like a high-end laptop, and this is my initial amazement. The office use is outdated, without a doubt, and the notebook is aimed at an audience of creators who have to do with apps such as Premiere Pro or Photoshop who here, on this Vivobook Pro 14X they work great.

ASUS also integrates some software features to improve the performance of the Vivobook; in the application MyAsusin fact, you can adjust the battery protection values, the CPU performance and the fan speed. Speaking of the fans, ASUS advertises them as extremely quiet, and that's true… only in IDLE though. Already by just starting apps like Photoshop, Premiere or even FIFA 21, the fans start to be always active and rather noisy: the truth is that they keep the computer really cool, no doubt about it, but maybe in the long run they are annoying (especially if you are used to much quieter notebooks).

I tried in gaming this new Vivobook and I was, even here, pleasantly surprised by the results: I tried both Warzone and Fifa 21, finding myself in front of a notebook up to the occasion, even if having a 2.8K screen is not very helpful in this case, since the required power is much higher. I got the good results by carrying out the tests in FullHD and not at full resolution, even if, for example, FIFA 21 is perfectly playable at maximum graphic details and resolution.

All tests are performed in high performance mode and connected to the mains, because with battery and standard mode the results are about 12-15% lower.

Le temperature of Vivobook Pro 14X in gaming are included between 75 and 90 builds, but they go down very easily thanks to the double fan installed and the good heatsink that really does its job in an exceptional way. Small note, as already mentioned, I found the fans a bit noisy.

Keyboard and Touchpad

I start by making it clear that my test unit is not one of those destined for the Italian market, but for the American one since the keyboard layout it is not the one dedicated to our country. However, analyzing the aspects related to the construction, the keys have a good travel and good feedback: I personally do not like the key "ENTER”So small, but it is definitely a studied choice.

We miss the numeric keypad on the right side, while the biometric reader integrated in the key is not absent POWER, useful in multiple scenarios on Windows 11 as well as at startup. The keys have an adjustable backlight on three levels, all in all sufficient.

Il touchpad, on the other hand, it has some software goodies (and even hardware, in part) really not bad: it's called DialPad the functionality introduced by ASUS which creates a sort of virtual quadrant (which can be activated by swiping from the top right corner, towards the center) to create customizable shortcuts for each application: for example, zoom, cut, paste on Photoshop or other functions of any type on each installed application.

Good idea, but personally I have not been able to use it and really consider it a turning point in my workflow, a bit like the touchbar on the Macbook Pro: cool, but who uses it?

Battery

The battery used by Asus on the Vivobook Pro 14X OLED it's a unit from 63Wh which ensures good autonomy, despite the presence of a rather energy-consuming 2,8K display and a processor, after all, high-end.

To summarize, in short, the experience of use and autonomy in various circumstances I can tell you that in streaming video with Netflix at maximum brightness and with audio from the speakers the autonomy is expected around about 8 hours; it drops to about 6 hours, on the other hand, with working use of the laptop then with email, browser and so on.

In the package the company provides a power pack by well 120W which ensures a complete recharge in about an hour; charging via USB-C is not supported, as anticipated.

Price and Considerations

It was a surprise, I said it at the beginning. Asus Vivobook Pro 14X he fully convinced me, not so much aesthetically as much as on a technical and performance level, where he managed to give his best. Sure, it's not the most powerful 14-inch around (especially after the release of the new Macbooks, which cost more than double this ASUS), but it can handle pretty stressful loads without batting an eye.

The strong point of the ASUS notebook is the OLED display, which practically made me fall in love and made it difficult for me to switch to the display of my Macbook Pro M1 (2020). Selling price? From 1.199€, even if the version with Ryzen 7 is around 1500 €, for a computer with which, all in all, you can play, work, watch movies and much more, without worries of any kind.

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