ASUS Vivobook X412 i3/4GB/1TB HDD/14″ Laptop
Asus offers the VivoBook 14 in two stylish colours– Peacock Blue which is kind of like a gradient finish with a bit of purple and green added into the mix and Coral Crush which has a bright matte finish. The peppy colours will most definitely appeal to young takers while the regular colour options are for those looking for a bit of elegance.
Picking up the laptop in hand, it immediately feels compact and lightweight. This is largely due to the use of plastic in the overall construction. Being a 14-incher, Asus says that the VivoBook 14 has 6.8% smaller profile than the previous models. However, the difference is meager and doesn’t do much to prove its point. It is still 19.5mm thick and weighs in at 1.5kg. One can also feel the heft that comes with the laptop but it’s not as much as you’d expect when looking for an ultrabook.
Opening up the laptop from its lid, I couldn’t help but notice the flex that makes it feels less sturdy than it looks. The ErgoLift hinge design enables the base of the laptop to be elevated by 2-degrees, thereby making it more ergonomic for typing for long hours. This 2-degree increase in tilt is only after the lid has been opened at a 135-degrees.
The chassis features concentric textured dots around the entirety of the laptop, except for the trackpad region on the base. It is a departure from the regular matte finish that covers the lid and gives the laptop a bit of style.
Asus VivoBook 14 features a 14-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) with minimal bezels around it. Asus uses words like “ultra-thin bezels” and “frameless NanoEdge display” to highlight an 87% screen-to-body ratio. Having said that, the bezels on the right and left side measure 5.7mm while the top bezel measures 8.8mm followed by the bottom bezel embossed with the name of the laptop series, measuring 11.4mm.
The VivoBook 14 (X412) uses an LCD panel which gets bright when you want it to but it doesn’t support the full range of sRGB colour gamut. Hence, colour reproduction is pretty average with a noticeable blue tinge, if looked closely. To optimize colours and contrast, the laptop comes preloaded with a set of display enhancement tools including colour gamut management, temperature correction and Tru2Life video technology which are automatically controlled. In addition, users can select between pre-defined display modes but even that doesn’t help improve the quality by a long shot.
The display is also coated with a matte finish that reduces most of the glare that falls on it thereby allowing good viewing legibility.
Overall, the laptop can be carried along with ease in backpacks or even wrapped in a sleeve. However, it would have made a huge difference if the screen were any better at its job.