Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED test: good battery, excellent screen
Asus seems to have focused entirely on laptops and is really pushing to mainstream OLED. It has already launched several machines with the OLED panel, including the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED – which had two, and the latest to join the portfolio is the Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED. The company also launched a 16-inch variant of the laptop.
Asus is clearly trying to woo the creators (probably the biggest target audience here) by putting OLED in the name itself. There is always a cost that you have to pay to go for the more portable 14 inch variant of the laptop. It comes with a 2.8K OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate while the VivoBook Pro 16X comes with a better 4K OLED panel.
Other than that, both machines have almost similar spec sets to offer. The one that I have to use for a few days, and which I will talk about in detail, is in these specs – Intel Core i5-11300H, Nvidia RTX 3050, 16GB RAM, 720p HD camera, dual band Wi-Fi and more. It’s priced at Rs 94,990 – and, unsurprisingly, is aimed at taking on the M1-powered MacBooks.
An ambitious move from Asus there. Did he succeed? Let’s dig deeper and find out.
Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED review: Design
Full marks to Asus for making a laptop that looks and feels top notch. Very few Windows-based laptops do this. Additionally, Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED is a reminder that you can build a solid laptop without trying to copy Apple’s design. Or, get inspired!
The laptop is available in two color variants – Cool Silver and 0 Â° Black. I got the first one, as you can see from the pictures. He looks smooth. Even if the tint is more towards white than silver. Yes, it is difficult to keep the laptop clean. I will always choose it over the black variant.
Asus doesn’t have the most minimalist approach when it comes to designing its laptops and this is reflected in the VivoBook Pro 14X OLED as well. There is a new metallic logo on the cover with the Asus VivoBook branding on it. It’s noisy but it looks good. The Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED has a metal construction which adds premium quality.
The keyboard has a combination of white and gray with special highlights on the Enter and ESC keys. I didn’t really like the shade of orange used here. Asus has placed the fingerprint sensor above the power button and it works fine. I was able to unlock the laptop on the first try, at least 9 out of 10 times.
Another interesting design element is a virtual DialPad that appears on the DialPad and can be used for quick access to various functions. More on that later in the review.
The Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED is not that heavy despite its all-aluminum casing. My friend reviewing the 16 inch variant would be different though. The 16 inch model of the laptop weighs 1.95 kg and the 14 inch model weighs 1.45 kg. I’ve used laptops that weigh less, including those from Asus, but even at this weight the 14in variant is quite portable. It’s also thin. The laptop is 17.9mm thick.
Overall, Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED is easy to carry and handle. It can fit comfortably in your backpack. It’s a blessing for creators, designers, vloggers, and artists who travel frequently because of their work. It sits well on any surface with grippy rubber feet and the screen can be adjusted with one hand.
Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED test: Display
This is where things get interesting. The 14 and 16 inch models of the laptop come with OLED panels. But, there is a difference in the resolution as well as the refresh rate. The 14-inch variant I had had a 2.8K (2880 x 1800) display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, and TÃV Rheinland Eye Care certification. The 16-inch variant gets a better 4K display but only with a 60Hz refresh rate.
The 2.8K panel of the machine I had is just excellent. It has rich colors, punchy images, and is perfectly tuned right out of the box. It is in fact rare. I was really impressed with the color grading as well as the smooth movements on the screen. This makes the Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED an absolute treat for watching content.
I watched a few episodes of Squid Game, Free Guy, and the new Space Jam. The visuals were quite bright, had good contrast levels, and there was virtually no grain visible to the content. It also shows up during gameplay and I have played a few on this laptop.
Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED review: Performance
The Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED will be available in Intel and AMD configurations, along with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX series graphics cards. The one I reviewed was a combination of Intel Core i5-11300H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB), and Intel Iris Xe iGPU. The laptop has also been equipped with Nvidia Studio drivers for better compatibility and better performance with different applications.
You can also opt for an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX version that can be paired with a graphics card up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti and comes with AMD Radeon iGPU. Both models offer up to 1TB of M.2 NVME PCIe SSD. I think the AMD variant should be able to deliver more power, but even the Intel model didn’t disappoint.
The specs on paper look decent and in real-world scenarios the Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED does a good job. It’s fast and responsive, handles all day-to-day computing tasks quite well, and can be used to browse social media, make video calls, stream videos, work on documents, and more. no problem. The laptop can run software like Photoshop and Premiere Pro efficiently, but struggles if you push it beyond a certain point.
Editing photos is fun and easy on the machine. You also edit videos transparently. Rendering 4K videos can take some time, however. If you are using animations or working on side effects, the laptop may display some temper tantrums. If you’re a student creating content as a side job or just starting out, you might want to consider the VivoBook Pro 14X. For professionals, it makes a lot more sense to invest in a more reliable MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro or M1 Max chip.
Playing on this laptop was a much better experience. I’ve played Far Cry 5, Forza Horizon 5, and Age of Empires IV. The first two games went well, especially Forza Horizon 5 – I wasn’t sure if the VivoBook Pro 14X OLED would be capable of handling graphics, but it does. Surprisingly, the only game that fell behind was Age of Empires IV. It’s not the most graphically demanding game, but it did have some visible lags.
The laptop comes with a dual fan cooling system with two heat pipes. I did not experience any heating issues while using the laptop.
Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED review: Connectivity and audio
Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED comes with plenty of connectivity options to keep creators happy. There is one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, one HDMI 1.4 port, one 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card reader. There is also WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5. All options work fine.
The audio is taken care of by a set of setreo speakers certified by Harman Kardon and it has been a long time since an Asus laptop has managed to satisfy me with its audio output. The laptop is loud enough to watch a movie directly from the speakers while sitting in your bedroom. It still lacks oomph when listening to music, but you should expect it from most laptops.
Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED test: keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard layout on the VivoBook Pro 14X OLED is very similar to that of other VivoBook laptops. There is just an additional power button which now incorporates a finger sensor. Also, as I mentioned before, there are a few keys that have reflections on them for added flair. PgUp / PgDn / Home / End are now available as secondary for arrow keys.
The keys are well spaced and have good tactile feedback. I used the VivoBook Pro 14X OLED to write some reviews and even give a Powerpoint presentation. The typing experience was quite reliable. The keyboard comes with three brightness levels to choose from. It helps in low light.
The laptop comes with a large centrally placed trackpad with the Asus DialPad, a virtual dial that you activate on the clickpad by swiping in from the right corner. By default, this DialPad allows you to change brightness and volume levels, but it can be customized for other features.
It is also compatible with Adobe software such as Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere. Honestly, I would have been fine even without it. However, some people may appreciate the quick access it provides.
Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED test: Battery
I was really surprised by the battery life of the VivoBook Pro 14 OLED. I expected the 2.8K OLED panel to drain the 63 Wh battery fairly quickly. Instead, the laptop managed to last around 8-9 hours with normal use, which included a bit of browsing and streaming, even with background tasks running.
The battery doesn’t take a hit while playing. The maximum I could handle was about two to three hours playing Age of Empires.
Asus ships the laptop with a mid-size 120W charger.
Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED test: final verdict
I’ve had the VivoBook Pro 14X for almost two weeks and it’s one of the best 14in laptops you can buy right now. It is not the most powerful and is something you should keep in mind. Asus is targeting entry-level content creators here who don’t want to buy an expensive laptop or switch to the Apple ecosystem. They must be satisfied with the performance. The laptop handles daily tasks with ease. In fact, it is better to tackle demanding tools than many other options on the market. Pros should opt for other machines though.
I would recommend the Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED for two reasons: its stunning OLED display and impressive lifespan. I would say it’s a compact all-rounder laptop that isn’t too heavy on your pocket.
Asus VivoBook Pro 14X OLED review
- Good battery
- Large display
- Reliable performance