If you are looking for a long operating time, this is an altitude computer, but Asus Vivobook 14 loses points on a couple of other points.
Vivobook 14 gives us no unpleasant surprises, but also fails to impress in a product category where there are many equal competitors. It’s not the coolest, smartest or fastest in the class, but at one point it impresses: extra good battery life.
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Tested product: Asus Vivobook 14
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Vivobook is Asus’ slightly simpler series of laptops for consumers. Within that series, there are a couple of variants to choose from. We have received the one that is only called Vivobook 14 for testing. It is a model that was released last fall, with the eighth generation Core i5 processor, but it will continue to be sold during the fall and there are many in stock in stores.
An alternative to this is the Vivobook S14, with a little extra Geforce MX graphics and fun Screenpad, a screen built into the mouse pad. But it is heavier and does not have the excellent battery life of this computer. Vivobook 14 may be price-pressed, but it is still generally a quality construction, with an aluminum chassis, a frosted mouse pad and a simple, slim design. A slightly sharp edge around the computer at the bottom makes it a little uncomfortable to wear.
Possibly the keyboard is unnecessarily cramped, Asus could well have used the width of the computer better. It is quite compact thanks to narrow screen edges on the sides, but still has a couple of centimeters of empty space on each side of the buttons. There is also a bit of a dull response in them and a bit of a plastic feeling in the buttons. However, Asus gets plus points for clear backlighting.
In the mouse pad, which is good class but maybe a little small, there is a fingerprint reader in one corner. We would rather have seen it sit separately, but it is a cost-effective way to get the feature in, and the reader works convincingly well.
Basic function and basic performance
The computer has a fairly expected set of external ports: two large usb, one of which is usb 3, and a usb 3 type c. External monitor can be connected via hdmi. You get a good basic set of hardware for a computer in this price range, the previous generation Intel Core i5, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB ssd that maintains decent speed without glare. It gives you all the performance you need for Office work, surfing, and media consumption. Simpler media editing also works well, although it can be patient-testing.
he screen is an ips panel with the standard resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has a slightly dimmed maximum brightness, so we would not recommend that you work with it out in too strong sunlight, but it is still slightly brighter than many competitors. For work inside, it is comfortable, with a matte surface, neutral colors and good viewing angles.
For media, it can feel a bit pale as it does not really come up in srgb class on the color palette. The sound from the speakers is also a bit flat. It has quite good volume and good stereo spread, but lacks details that we know are there in music and movie clips we play.
On and passive, the computer is otherwise completely silent, but only for short periods. In between, it starts fans with a fairly whistling tone even at low revs. It can be intrusive during long work shifts.
Battery life varies from a couple of hours of heavy work on a bright screen to a real long-distance driver. We can work with simple tasks on a muted screen for almost an uninterrupted day. In ideal conditions in any case. More realistic is that you can manage a day from morning to evening without having to charge. And if you need to top up, the Vivobook 14 has a nice compact little charger that is easy to take with you.
There is not much bloatware in the computer, the only thing that feels unnecessary is a trial version of McAfee Livesafe. In addition, we get setting programs for graphics and sound. And the app Asus Giftbox, where we find recommendations and some discounts on programs to download. It is a sympathetic solution instead of filling the computer with programs.
Product name : Asus Vivobook 14 S403FA-EB215T
Tested : May 2020
Contact : www.asus.se
Processor : Intel Core i5-8265U, 1.6 GHz quad core
Graphics : Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory : 8 GB ddr3
Storage :1 TB hdd and 256 GB ssd, space for sd
Monitor : 14 inch matt ips, 1920×1080 pixels
Webcam : 720p
Connections : Usb 3 type c, usb 3 type a, usb 2, hdmi, headset
Wireless : Wifi 5, bluetooth 4.2
Operating system : Windows 10 Home
Other : Backlit keyboard
Battery life: 1h 40min (high load), 20h 10min (low load)
Sound level : 0-39 dBa
Size : 32.3 x 20.8 x 1.7 cm
Weight : 1.35 kg
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Cinebench R20, cpu : 1 314 points
Geekbench 5, cpu : 3 671 points
Geekbench 5, graphics (OpenCL) : 5 015 points
Disk, reading : 830 MB / s
Disk, search : <0.1 ms