Asus VivoBook Pro 14 OLED Review
Asus has recently been on a roll with their laptops churning out great laptops for basically every kind of user and price range. If you are in the market for a laptop, be it any kind, Asus should have a laptop that appeals to you. Whether you are a student, a serious gamer, or even a creative professional, Asus has you covered. Their Vivobook lineup of laptops is aimed at practicality and affordability, yet doesn’t skimp much on features either. In that, the Viviobook Pro is a jack of all trades with a mix of portability, good performance, an amazing display, and good pricing. It’s mainly aimed at creators with a gorgeous colour-accurate OLED display that happens to be the highlight of this product. Below we have a very detailed review of the Asus Vivobook pro 14 Oled.
I have been using the Vivobook Pro 14 OLED as my daily driver for more than two weeks and it has proven itself to be a very capable yet well-priced laptop.
Asus Vivobook Pro14 OLED Review
Processor: Intel Core i5-11300H
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Memory: 16GB 3200MHz DDR4
Storage : 512GB M.2 NVME PCI 3.0 SSD
Display: 14″ WQXGA+ (2800 x1800) 16:10 OLED panel, 90Hz, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, 113% sRGB, TUV Rheinland Eye care certification, VESA CERTIFIED Display HDR True Black 600, Pantone Validated
Ports: 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A,
1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C Thunderbolt 4,
2 x USB 2.0,
1 x HDMI 1.4,
3.5mm Audio jack combo,
micro SD card reader
Operating System: Windows 11 home with Office Home and Student 2021
Battery & charging : 63Wh Li-Ion battery & 65W travel adaptor (barrel pin)
Dual-band Wifi 6 | Bluetooth 5.0 | 720p webcam with privacy shutter | Backlight Chiclet keyboard | Harman Kardon speaker system | Fingerprint sensor integrated with Power Key | USB-C charging
Design and Build
Asus has provided a very well-built device in the form of the Viviobook Pro 14 OLED. The lid and chassis are made of metal while the bottom panel is made of polycarbonate. This has helped keep the weight to just 1.4kg. There is a balance of rigidity and lightweight with this build. There is little to no deck flex on the chassis however there is a forgivable amount of flex on the display. The vents for cooling are located on the bottom and along the back near the hinge.
The laptop follows a monotone colour scheme. I have the silver variant with me, which looks clean thanks to the matte finish. The lid is mostly plain with some minimal branding that isn’t particularly obtrusive. Opening the laptop can be done by using just one finger which adds to the premium feel of the device. The hinge is smooth and stiff enough to not have the display wobble much while used on a lap. The bezels are not the smallest out there, but it’s not very intrusive either, especially considering how good the display is, which we will talk more about later.
The keyboard is nice to type on offering decent key travel while also being rather quiet. The layout was easy to get used to and it felt natural to type on right out of the box. One design element that I don’t fancy much is having the power button-cum-fingerprint scanner right next to the delete button in the function row. I would initially miss the delete key, but throughout using the device have become accustomed to it. There are 3 levels of white backlighting with good illumination of the keys. The trackpad is large and feels very smooth to use. Gestures work well and tracking has been reliable. the bottoms on the trackpad are nice and clicky.
There is plenty of i/o in the form of one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, two USB 2.0, a single HDMI 1.4, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C Thunderbolt 4, a 3.5mm Audio jack combo, and a micro SD card reader. Considering the size of this device, this is a lot of i/o to work with. There is also a charging indicator on the left side.
All this makes for a very well-built portable device.
The biggest highlight of this device has to be its display. It sports a gorgeous 14″ 2.8k 90hz OLED display that’s just a joy to look at. It comes in a 16:10 aspect ratio which is better for productivity thanks to the extra vertical screen real estate, while also having less letterboxing as compared to a 4:3 panel. The bezels are not the smallest, but it’s nothing to complain about.
This OLED panel is very colour accurate boasting 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 113% sRGB, and Pantone validation. The panel has a peak brightness of 600 nits and also comes with Display HDR 600 certification meaning that the display will be bright enough for outdoor use and will also have great HDR performance, which I can assure you it does. All this means that this display is very much capable of handling colour-critical works such as photo and video editing.
The high 2.8K resolutions ensure that anything on the screen is tac sharp while also being very colourful. Moreover, the 90Hz refresh rate and fast 0.2ms response rates also help keep everything super snappy and fluid.
Whether it is for viewing content or doing professional colour work, this is most probably the best display you can get for the price and will go toe to toe with some higher-end laptops.
Under the hood, we have an Intel Core i5-11300H running the show. This midrange processor from Intel performs well in day-to-day tasks like MS Office, browsing, etc without any issues whatsoever. The processor is accompanied by 16GB of 3200MHz DDR4 RAM and 512GB of M.2 NVME PCI 3.0 SSD storage. The RAM is soldered onto the motherboard while the storage is swappable as there is only one slot for the SSD which has been populated out of the box. The model that I have is the base variant that doesn’t come with a dedicated GPU.
Daily tasks like browsing with multiple tabs open, 4k videos, some light gaming in short times, etc have no problems. It will have a hard time running graphically intensive titles and other heavy workloads due to the lack of a dedicated GPU. The GeekBench scores that I was able to attain were very respectable.
My usage included browsing with 8-10 tabs open, typing in MS Word and PowerPoint, some sessions of Asphalt 9 and CS: GO, and watching videos. The laptop had no issues handling all these tasks and it remained silent and cool. The only time there was any warmth was while playing games, which is to be expected. There was no serious heat, but rather just a warmth which is quite normal. The dual fans help keep things cool. Asphalt 9 ran smoothly, without any issues. CS: GO on the other hand was much harder to run. It managed about 40-50FPS in low settings.
This is NOT a gaming laptop, especially in this configuration. The higher variants of this laptop come with a dedicated GPU up to an RTX 3050, which should fair better in gaming but even then the device is not targeted at avid gamers. This machine is meant for creators with that gorgeous colour-accurate display and light to moderate users who will appreciate the portability that comes with a 14″ device.
This laptop comes with stereo bottom-firing speakers tuned by Harman/Kardon. Unfortunately, fancy branding doesn’t equate to good audio performance.
The sound output from the speakers is rather underwhelming. It outputs good volume with minimal distortion at high volumes. There is a distinct lack of bass which results in songs lacking body. The mids and trebles are well represented which makes for clear vocals and high notes. Watching youtube videos and other content that is predominantly people talking will sound decent. Overall the speakers on this device are nothing to write home about.
The audio output from the 3.5mm jack was also a bit underwhelming, but playing around with an equalizer did produce decent results.
Battery and Charging
The laptop comes with a 63Wh battery and 65W charging. The charging adapter is rather small but comes with a barrel-style connector. It also supports USB-C charging via the thunderbolt port.
Battery life was good with upwards of 7hrs of screen-on time per charge. This was with moderate usage including some light gaming and watching movies along with browsing the web and using MS Office. Turning on HDR will reduce the battery life to about 5-5.5hrs. A full charge took under 2hrs.
The power button has a fingerprint scanner embedded into it. It works as expected, meaning it is quick to register the fingerprint and log in to the device. The position could have been better, with it taking up space along the function row near the delete key, but it is a minor complaint and is very easy to get used to.
The top bezel houses a 720p webcam. The quality is just passable. Companies should be putting 1080p webcams on all devices especially since online activities have become so prevalent. The webcam comes with a privacy shutter that aid in improving privacy. The mic quality however is very good with decent ambient sound cancelling.
In the box, you get the laptop, a charger, and some paperwork and stickers. The packaging is made of recycled cardboard which is appreciable. However, the unboxing experience could be made better. The laptop also has a lot of stickers stuck on it, which tampers with the otherwise premium build and design. All those are removable.
The higher variants of this laptop come with a light-up capacitive number pad on the trackpad. It can be activated by hitting the dedicated button on the top right corner of the trackpad. The top left corner has another button that controls the brightness of the number pad. This base variant lacks that feature.
The Asus Vivobook Pro 14 OLED is available starting from 64,999 INR for the base variant that comes with the Intel Core i5-11300H, 16GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD. The model with i5-1300H and RTX 1650 will set you back 74,990 while the one with Ryzen 7 5800H and RTX 3050 will cost 89,990. Both models come with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD.
Pros of Vivobook Pro 14 OLED
- Stunning 2.8k colour-calibrated bright OLED display
- Solid build quality
- Good battery life
- Decent array of ports
- Good price-to-performance ratio
Cons of Vivobook Pro 14 OLED
- Restricted upgradability (soldered RAM and single SSD slot)
- Weak speaker performance
Suppose you are a content creator or light to moderate user who wants a laptop with a great display, good performance, and battery life that is solidly built, all in a portable package at a reasonable price. In that case, this should be at the top of your shopping list. The stunning high-resolution colour accurate bright display will help with editing and enhance your media viewing experience. The small footprint and lightweight will ensure you have no problem travelling with this device.
You can buy the Asus Vivobook pro 14 OLED from Amazon.
The base variant that I have been using would be ideal for someone with less demanding usage, say a student or a working professional. If you have demanding workloads, them paying up for the higher variants that come with a dedicated GPU will enhance your workflow.
Overall, the Asus Vivobook Pro 14 OLED is a serious contender for the best laptop in its price range.