The Asus Vivobook Pro 14 Oled review: a laptop aimed at content creators

Construction

The Asus Vivobook Pro 14 Oled consists of an aluminum cover with an embossed Vivobook badge. The rest of the PC is made entirely of plastic, from the chassis to the keyboard piano. Only the border of the screen is black with a matte effect that contrasts with the brightness of the Oled panel.

The aluminum cover keeps fingerprints small.

The aluminum cover keeps fingerprints small.

When turned on, the backlit keyboard displays its gray keys on a gray background. An aesthetic choice, but the white backlight makes the keys unreadable in the sun. The highest level of backlight, however, allows this phenomenon to be reduced. The touch offered by the keyboard lacks the firmness of the racing finish. In addition, the middle of the latter sinks slightly, which accentuates this feeling. The lack of a fingerprint reader to quickly unlock the PC is problematic because, as we will see, the webcam is not compatible with Windows Hello.

The power button does not have a fingerprint reader.

The power button does not have a fingerprint reader.

The touchpad is quite wide (13 cm) for a 14-inch chassis. All the gestures in Windows 10 are well considered and dragging and dropping a tap in the middle of the pad is easy. Asus has added the NumpPad function that allows you to display the numeric keypad on top of it. A long press on the top right corner will bring it out, while a long press on the top left corner changes its brightness.

The NumPad is in action.

The connection consists of two USB 2.0 ports on the left side and a USB-C 3.2 port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, an HDMI 1.4, a microSD port and a headphone jack on the right side of the PC. For network connectivity, Asus uses an Intel AX201 chip that offers wifi 6 at 2400 Mb/s and Bluetooth 5.2.

The connection is concentrated on the right side of the PC.  Too bad for right-handers.

The connection is concentrated on the right side of the PC. Too bad for right-handers.

The HD webcam has a mechanical cover, but no Windows Hello unlock feature. Image quality is just acceptable.



In low light


In full glory

Cooling is provided by two fans and two heat pipes. Our test version (Vivobook Pro 14 Oled S3400PA) without a dedicated graphics card, the Intel Core i5-11300H was particularly cooled. This was confirmed with thermal imaging. So, after more than 15 min of encoding, we noticed less than 40°C at the level of the air vents on the screen. The keyboard stays relatively cool with a 35°C hot spot noted to the right of the spacebar.

Noise pollution is also contained as the Vivobook Pro 14 Oled stabilizes at 37.1 dB. A decent sound level is reached after a few tens of minutes of use. A slight hissing will be heard on open space of your neighbors.

The heat of the processor is perfectly controlled.

The heat of the processor is perfectly controlled.

Access to the part is achieved by removing nine Torx screws. The shell is easy to unclip, but don’t expect to expand the amount of RAM. In fact, Asus chose the LPDDR4 type of RAM, therefore soldered. Only the battery, the SSD and the wifi card are accessible and removable.

RAM is limited to 8 GB in our test model.

RAM is limited to 8 GB in our test model.

Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

Performance

The Asus Vivobook Pro 14 Oled bears the reference S3400PA-KM0021T. It is equipped with an Intel Core i5-11300H processor with four hyperthreaded cores and can reach a boost frequency of 4.4 GHz with 35 W of TDP. In practice, the Core i5-11300H stabilizes at 3.58 GHz in multithreaded encoding. Asus boasts a 45 W mode that can be activated in the MyAsus software; however, we didn’t notice any noticeable gains in this High Performance mode. Finally, 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB Intel 660P SSD complete our configuration.

Processor performance index.

Processor performance index.

The Vivobook Pro 14 Oled’s Core i5-11300H gets an index of 82, placing it between the Zenbook 13 Oled’s AMD Ryzen 5 5500U from the same manufacturer and the HP Envy 14’s Intel Core i7-1165G7.

In use, the processor that “motors” the Vivobook will allow you to do occasional video editing and photo editing. However, having a graphics card is more than desirable to shorten the processing time of creative software.

In the game, the 80 calculation units of the graphics part of Iris Xe is not really comfortable. In Diablo 3 in Full HD and all settings at maximum, we get a measly 28 fps on average, which makes the game just passable.

The 512 GB Intel 660p SSD is close to 3 GB / s in reading and just over 1600 MB / s in reading. Being equipped with QLC chips, it sees its speed drop to around 110 MB/s once the cache capacity is reached. Small impact in everyday life, but if you handle very large files like video rushes, bit rates will be affected a lot.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Screen

The Asus Vivobook Pro 14 Oled has an Oled panel in 16:10 format that displays 2880 x 1800 px at 90 Hz. It is also HDR compatible with a peak brightness of up to 600 cd / m². According to our calculations, it occupies 79% of the PC surface. The side edges are 8 mm and close to a centimeter for the upper part.

Under our probe, the Oled panel calibrated by Asus was close to perfection. The delta E is 2, the colorimetric drifts are therefore imperceptible to the eye (ie less than 3). The temperature is also particularly well controlled with 6522 K recorded for the ideal value of 6500 K.

Brightness is limited to 396 cd/m² and can reach 621 cd/m² in HDR mode. The reflectance (percentage of reflected light) is 46%. This remains the average of glossy panels, but an anti-reflective treatment can reduce this reflectance below 30% to make it more pleasant to use near a window.

There is nothing to complain about contrast and response time, the Oled panel provides by definition almost perfect blacks and therefore an almost infinite contrast ratio, as is the response time, which is less than a millisecond.

From left to right, the gamma curve, color temperature, and delta E.

From left to right, the gamma curve, color temperature, and delta E.

Strong points

  • Perfectly calibrated slab.

  • Controlled cooling.

Weak points

  • Proprietary charger.

  • No fingerprint reader.

  • No dedicated graphics card.

  • Soldered memory.

Conclusion

Global score

Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

How does the scoring work?

The Asus Vivobook Pro 14 Oled is far from being a professional laptop PC as its name suggests. Still, it’s a versatile PC that offers great performance, especially thanks to the impressive, properly calibrated Oled panel. The use of a 35 W Intel Core i5 processor allows it to offer decent performance, but the lack of a dedicated graphics card to reduce the processing time of creative tasks misses its target: content creators . However, it will satisfy users who don’t need a GPU.

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