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Asus Vivobook Flip 14
The Asus Vivobook Flip 14 is that this 12 months’s refresh of firm’s price range 2-in-1 hybrid laptop computer, that includes an up to date chassis design and AMD’s Ryzen CPUs over final 12 months’s Intel processors. The result’s a trendy and highly effective 2-in-1 that may be very onerous to beat for the value.
The swap to the AMD Ryzen CPU provides a great little bit of energy to the Flip 14 because it outperforms many rival Intel methods on most benchmarks. The built-in Radeon graphics additionally takes a substantial lead over Intel’s built-in graphics methods.
The included stylus is absolutely featured with programmable buttons and powered by a single AAA alkaline battery. It is also a lot simpler to lose, for the reason that included stylus holder is magnetic and is supposed to connect to the lid of the laptop computer. Whereas it really works, a great, robust pull goes to peel it proper off, taking your stylus with it.
Nonetheless, regardless of these points, for the efficiency and the value, the Asus Vivibook Flip 14 may be very robust to beat.
Asus Vivobook Flip 14 Value and availability
The Asus Vivobook Flip 14 despatched to TechRadar for evaluate is out there now and retails for $699 (about £540/AU$980). The bottom mannequin, with a Ryzen 5 CPU, retails for $599 (about £455/AU$840).
Right here is the Asus Vivobook Flip 14 configuration despatched to TechRadar for evaluate:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
Graphics: AMD Radeon
RAM: 8GB DDR4
Display screen: 14-inch FHD IPS Show
Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Ports: 1 x USB 3.2 Kind-C (information solely), 1 x USB 3.2 Kind-A, 1 x USB 2.Zero Kind-A, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Audio combo jack, 1 x MicroSD reader
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Digital camera: 720p HD webcam
Weight: 3.31 kilos (1.50 kg)
Dimension (W x D x H): 12.75 x 8.66 x 0.72 inches (324 x 220 x 18.2 mm)
Battery: 43Whr, 3-cell lithium-ion
Asus Vivobook Flip 14 Design
The Flip 14 has a redesigned chassis, producing a lighter, extra attractive look than final 12 months’s mannequin. With its new aluminum-alloy building, the lid and chassis physique function an ultra-smooth bespoke black end with a trendy diamond-cut Asus Vivobook emblem etched into the floor.
The usual laptop computer chicklet-style keyboard is responsive with respectable key journey, although the keys do really feel a slight bit cramped for our tastes. It is not that egregious although, particularly contemplating the dimensions of the laptop computer general.
The trackpad can be responsive with out being distinctive and the switches for mouse clicks give good tactile suggestions throughout us, although clicks do get stiffer as you progress away from the underside corners of the trackpad.
The included pen-sized stylus, powered by a single AAA alkaline battery, options two programmable buttons and is works fairly effectively so far as styluses go. We did not discover any considerable lag in enter whereas utilizing it.
The one main subject we had with it was the magnetic fob Asus included to maintain the stylus connected to the Flip 14. Connecting to the lid floor, the magnetic connection is not the strongest on the market, so it is not all that useful as a storage resolution for the stylus. Watch out that you do not lose it.
The portrait mode for the Flip 14 is definitely practical, but it surely does endure from the cramped really feel that each one 16:9 2-in-1 laptops must cope with (apart from rarities just like the Acer Spin 5, that’s).
The 360-degree hinges flip the laptop computer right into a pill and are rated for 20,000 open/shut cycles. They’re additionally stepped somewhat than instantly flat, which tilts the keyboard barely towards the customers palms whereas typing.
There are a great variety of ports together with a USB-C 3.2, although it is not for charging, sadly. There’s additionally a cooling vent that takes up about half of the left facet of the chassis.
There are not any again or entrance ports, however there are the downward dealing with audio system on the perimeters in the direction of the entrance of the laptop computer that sadly appears to be customary for ultrabooks.
Asus Vivobook Flip 14 Efficiency & Benchmarks
Here is how the Asus Vivobook Flip 14 carried out in our benchmark exams:
3DMark Skydiver: 10,259; Firestrike: 2,604; Time Spy: 937
GeekBench 5: 674 (single-core); 3,824 (multi-core) CineBench20: 2,536 cb
PCMark10 House: 4,989
Battery Life (PCMark10 check): Eight hours 49 minutes
Battery Life (Techradar film check): 6 hours 19 minutes
The Asus Vivobook Flip 14 carried out somewhat effectively on our efficiency benchmarks, handily beating out most of its Intel Comet-Lake rivals fairly handily on all however a number of benchmarks.
Whereas it loses out to the Acer Spin 5 on GeekBench 5’s single-core CPU benchmark, 1,224 to 674, it is multi-core efficiency simply edges out the Spin 5’s 3,824 to three,798.
It does even higher on our CineBench20 check, with it is rating of two,536 almost doubling the 1,333 outcome for the Spin 5. The Flip 14 additionally beat the Spin 5 on the PCMark10 House check, 4,989 to 4,413.
The Flip 14’s built-in AMD Radeon Vega GPU outperforms the Spin 5’s Intel Iris GPU as effectively, generally by a major margin. In our 3DMark Skydiver check, for instance, the Flip 14 turns in a really respectable rating of 10,259 in opposition to the 7,896 for the Spin 5.
The outcomes slender considerably through the extra demanding GPU benchmarks (2,604 to 2,267 on Firestrike and 937 to 814 on Time Spy, Flip 14 to Spin 5, respectively), however the Flip 14’s Radeon GPU clearly comes out forward.
The place the Flip 14 does find yourself lagging a great bit behind the Spin 5 is in its battery life, which is not stunning, given the Flip 14’s 43WHr battery to the Spin 5’s a lot bigger 56WHr.
In apply, this distinction means the Flip 14 lasted a median of Eight hours and 49 minutes throughout our PCMark 10 battery check in opposition to the Spin 5’s 11 hours and 5 minutes. The Flip 14 does even worse on our film check, lasting a median of 6 hours and 19 minutes to the Spin 5’s 11 hours and 19 minutes.
Asus does say that the Flip costs from one % to 60 % in as little as 49 minutes (when powered off), and our expertise displays comparable. Whether or not that compensates for the decrease battery life will rely in your explicit want, nevertheless.
Asus Vivobook Flip 14 Software program
Contemplating the value, we aren’t stunned that there’d be some bloatware on the Flip 14. The largest perpetrator is the preinstalled McAfee virus software program that included some very obnoxious pop-up provides by the taskbar’s notification heart.
There’s a software program utility known as MyAsus that means that you can test on system updates, change totally different system settings, and even diagnose sure system points like blue display errors and comparable points.