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ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED: Creators’ vision turned reality

One fine content creating machine

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again — ASUS is a brand who isn’t afraid to be different. Not only do they give us devices with the best possible specs but also create devices that are actually enjoyable to use and have innovation with real world purpose and functionality.

If the consumers need it, they probably have a device for this specific niche.

Today, with content creation being a thriving industry, ASUS focuses on the needs of creators this time as they unveil their new ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED.

Now, let’s see how much power and potential did ASUS pack in this compact laptop.

Specs-tacular

The Vivobook Pro 14 OLED is running on the Ryzen 9 5900HX processor paired with the NVIDIA RTX 3050 with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD storage.

I’ve been reading about this CPU for a while now so when I saw this processor in the specs sheet, it was just pure excitement for me. I felt like a kid opening a Christmas present as I already had an idea of what this processor could offer.

It’s an eight core, sixteen thread CPU which competes and in some instances even beats its competition from Intel, the Core i9 11980HK. To put it further, it’s among one of the fastest laptop processors this 2021.

Designed for creators

Despite being a heavy weight in terms of specs, the Vivobook Pro 14 OLED is a light weight in its actual design. This device is almost as portable as an ultrabook weighing only 1.45kg with a thickness of 17.9mm. I can’t even imagine how ASUS is able to pull off packing these specs in such a small profile.

If I were to describe how this laptop looks in one word, it would be “refined.” It feels clean and minimalist and doesn’t grab too much attention with the way it looks.

Flipping the lid open, you’ll notice the print on the Enter key which seems to subtly hint the stripes we see on film set clappers. A subtle detail which makes us creators feel right at home.

The top lid is made of aluminum material with a machine embossed cutout housing the Vivobook branding which looks modestly different but also relatively attractive.

The frame holding the keyboard feels strikingly similar to those of the Zenbook book line and it feels robust to the touch.

We have a great deal on the port selection on this device. Placed on its right side is a USB-A, full sized HDMI, USB-C, microSD card reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack. And on the left are two USB-A ports.

The Vivobook Pro 14 OLED comes in two color options, the Quiet Blue and Cool Silver.

Vividly visual

I used to have the ASUS Zenbook OLED as my top contender for the best laptop display but really, this one just takes the crown. We’re looking at a 14-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio, 2.8K resolution, OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and it looks dazzling!

Seriously, this is just so good for photo editing. You’ll definitely notice the sharpness and every little detail in the photos as you’re editing.

It comes with all the benefits of the OLED technology having the ability to display true blacks and very vibrant colors that doesn’t rely on its brightness. I was actually able to see details in darker parts of the image I was editing that I didn’t even notice on my personal laptop.

Of course, being intended for creators, we expect this would be guaranteed under some sort of display capability verification. In this case, we are getting a DCI-P3 color gamut rating of 100 percent, Pantone Validation and certified with 70 percent lower blue light emissions.

In other words, this is a display panel which won’t get you lost in comparing your colors with other devices or even print media and long hours of editing won’t be eye-straining.

Convenience at your fingertips

Whenever I get to use a new laptop, it usually takes a while to adjust to typing on the keyboard. I adjusted fairly quickly with the Vivobook Pro 14 and it is quite a pleasure to use. The key sizing is comparable to the ones in 15-inchers and they feel like they’re full sized. It also has substantial feedback and key travel. I wasn’t feeling mushyness while typing on it and it also doesn’t feel cramped having adequate key-spacing. Setting the key mapping on Adobe Premiere and my hands sat nicely on my assigned shortcuts.

This keyboard also illuminates with white backlight which is helpful when we’re using it in a dimly lit environment. I can see this being very handy for wedding SDE editors. They’re usually editing in makeshift locations. It also won’t ruin the wedding mood since it doesn’t look gaming oriented.

Placed on the top right corner of the keyboard is the fingerprint power button. This lets us log in to our Windows account without having to type on a password which substantially decreases log on time without compromising security.

While it matches the look of the other keys, I don’t think accidentally hitting it to shut off the device would be a concern since it does have a different actuation feel than the other keys. It also helps that it’s leveled slightly lower than the keys beside it.

ASUS is again using their NumberPad 2.0 on the trackpad on this device. It’s a dual function trackpad that functions both as a trackpad and a number pad. Users can access it by holding on the icon on its top right corner. It’s considerably large and I can say, it’s pretty good at recognizing my touch gestures. It’s also smooth with a nice slippery feel.

Remarkable performance

I’m pretty confident with the specs on this laptop so I decided I’d edit a pile of backlog videos I had to finish on it. I didn’t realize how much time is wasted whenever I edit on my personal laptop as this eliminates stuttering and the loading times when choosing clips. Even the short lag when applying effects or switching tabs was gone. I also found myself not having to pre-render sequences and still this laptop does not back down.

Given that this laptop has a lot of power, I figured it would do well in some gaming since us creators, we also like to play games. So I went on and gave Nioh a shot. Without holding back on the settings, the game ran flawlessly with everything maxed out at its full 2.8K glory.

For a more graphically intensive game like A Plague Tale: Innocence, the RTX 3050 is respectably capable of running it at ultra settings at its highest resolution having only a few dropped frames. Though these games might be a bit dated, these are still triple-A titles and are still demanding. Which means if we’re just planning on running esports titles, then we can expect this laptop to handle those with ease.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Vivobook Pro 14 OLED comes pre-installed with Windows 10 out of the box. However, immediately upon logging in the first time, I already had the prompt if I wish to upgrade to Windows 11.

Cool and quiet

We do know that high power in a small package is a recipe for overheating. But that is not entirely true with the Vivobook Pro 14 OLED. This has the Dual-fan ASUS IceCool Plus technology implemented inside of this slim body.

During my Nioh gameplay, it managed to get 79 degrees Celsius and occasionally hit the 80 degree mark but only for less than a second. What’s more impressive is that it’s really quiet. You can barely hear it running unless you place your ear near the body of the laptop.

Battery and charging

Battery performance would of course vary person to person. And since I prefer not to compromise my experience, I mostly kept the brightness setting pretty high, keyboard backlight turned on and doing a variety of moderate to heavy tasks. I was able to get a decent five hours on battery which would likely get even longer if I was behaving a bit on my usage and on power saving mode.

For charging, it took two hours and nine minutes to get it from 15 to 100 percent which is pretty average for a high performance laptop but quite slow if compared to modern ultraportable laptops.

Is the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED your GadgetMatch?

I know I may sound like such a fanboy of this laptop all throughout this review and now that we’ve come to the end, I guess I can say I am.

It just has a lot of strong points that really makes it an irresistible choice.

As a creator, I can confidently say that I can give up my existing laptop and use this in a snap without second thoughts. If I would look for something I didn’t like about it, it’s probably because it isn’t mine. But I wouldn’t mind saving up for it since I know it’ll pay itself back with the work it’s gonna be doing for me.

The ASUS Vivbook Pro 14 OLED has a price of PhP 74,995 for this R9 5900HX, RTX 3050, 16GB RAM with 512GB SSD variant. There’s no doubt that this is a really good value for what you’re paying for.

It’s also available for PhP 59,995 for the R5 5600H, RTX 3050, 8GB RAM with 512GB SSD variant. Meanwhile, there’s one that costs PhP 47,995 for the R5 5600H, AMD Integrated graphics, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD variant.

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ASUS 2.2 OLED Festival sale: Win a Vivobook 13 Slate

Enjoy 10% off on Vivobooks, Zenbooks

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ASUS is celebrating 2.2 early, offering customers the chance to win a Vivobook 13 Slate OLED through the OLED Festival Sale on Lazada and Shopee.

From January 28 to February 5, selected Vivobook and Zenbook devices get up to 10% off. During the promotional period, a purchase of any ASUS OLED laptop entitles customers to a raffle entry.

One (1) lucky winner will be announced on February 10 through ASUS Philippines’ official Facebook page.

Award-winning laptops get more affordable

Participating laptops in ASUS’ OLED Festival Sale include the following:

  • Zenbook 14 Flip
  • Zenbook 13
  • Zenbook 14
  • Vivobook S14X
  • Vivobook S 14 Flip
  • Vivobook 13 Slate 
  • Vivobook Pro 15 
  • Vivobook 15X

The powerful 12th Gen Intel Core and Intel Iris Xe-boosted Zenbook 14 Flip gets a reduced price of just PhP 83,695 from PhP 87,995.

This foldable features ASUS’ 360-degree ErgoLift Hinge technology, a 2.8K OLED HDR 90Hz NanoEdge touch screen display, 16GB of DDR5 memory, and 512GB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage.

Meanwhile, both the Vivobook S 14X and Vivobook S 14 Flip retail for PhP 71,295 and PhP 71,245, respectively.

Both laptops are powered by up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and have 2.8K OLED displays, long battery life, fast-charging technology, and impressive performance.

They come with Microsoft Office for Home & Student pre-installed, as well as a 1-month free Adobe Creative Cloud upon purchase.

Be sure on the lookout for these deals from ASUS, as well as free shipping vouchers of up to PhP 100.

SEE ALSO: ASUS Vivobook Slate 13 OLED: Stay on top of your game

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LG just launched a limited edition NewJeans laptop

It’s pretty… expensive

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NewJeans is continuously making waves both in and out of South Korea. From their ultra-catchy songs, dance moves that are trending in TikTok and Instagram Reels, to reaching top charts in UK and US’ Billboard, there’s no surprise that homegrown tech brand LG Electronics partnered with these power rookies.

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LG just released the gram Style NewJeans Limited Edition! While this is an unfortunate news for Hanni (who is actually an iPhone), it’s actually a big step towards knowing NewJeans past the K-Pop hype (and by that you should stream Hype Boy).

Mini and Big Bunnies

This special edition LG Gram Style is available in two styles: Mini Bunny and Big Bunny.

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There’s actually no stark difference between the two except for — you guessed it — the size of bunny decals on its lid. Either of the two, you will never get wrong choosing the bunny for your personal taste.

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Other than that, the highlight of this laptop comes from its weight. From the brand itself, it’s just 999 grams — actually 23 grams lighter than the 2022 model. It also has the US military-graded MIL-STD 810H standard that passed seven (7) durability tests.

Powerful punch

The LG gram Style NewJeans isn’t slouching in performance. Just like a hopping bunny, it’s quite a powerful device for its size and heft.

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Hardware specifications of these two Bunnies aren’t too far off — at least after making a side-by-side comparison of their spec sheets. Both styles come with an Intel Core i5-1340P under EVO Platform for lightweight ultrabooks plus Intel Iris Xe graphics. It’s then paired with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of NVMe 4.0 SSD with an extra PCIe 4.0 slot for expandability.

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Just like NewJeans‘ visuals, you can’t also go wrong with the visuals of this device. It has a 14″ low-reflective OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, WQXGA+ resolution (2880 x 1800), a 16:10 aspect ratio for wider screen real estate, and an improved 400nits brightness over last year’s 350.

Moreover, it supports 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut for color-accurate goodness as well as VESA Certified DisplayHDR TrueBlack 500 for deeper blacks and better contrast ratio. Its 2-watt stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support make it a full-on entertainment device.

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One more highlight is its “Hidden Touchpad”. Instead of the usual rectangular trackpads, it’s highlighted by two halo lighting on its two sides dubbed as “Aurora White” paired with haptic feedback for that nice feeling when clicking.

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For ports, it has two (2) USB-C plus one (1) USB-A ports, microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones, earphones, amplifiers, and other audio peripherals.

Goodies for Bunnies

If you have actually reached this part, you’d know that you are not here for its powerful hardware, rather for the NewJeans styled-laptop. Aside from having that special laptop, there are more goodies that come with this device.

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Being one of the few Bunnies out there since NewJeans’ Attention, I was actually more excited when I saw the list. There’s a notebook pouch, cable strap, posters, sticker and stationery set.

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There’s even a free NewJeans-style mouse with this cute vinyl-like mousepad. These are truly treats for Bunnies! The laptops even come with preloaded wallpapers and four icons in it.

Pricing and Availability

While the LG gram Style is light, the pricing isn’t. It’s a pretty laptop with a pretty expensive price. It retails for around KR₩ 2,700,000 — which is about US$ 2190 / SG$ 2675 / ₱119,513.

There’s no word on global availability but LG will hold a live event in Korea with NewJeans on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday) around 8PM KST (Korean Standard Time).

If you will participate during the live, a comment could help a participant win a specially-signed autograph from NewJeans or three winners of the Limited Edition Goods.

If you plan on buying the NewJeans’ limited edition laptop, there are more benefits other than having the Limited Edition Goods set such as 12 winners of NewJeans autographs.

But if you’re just opting to buy the regular LG gram Style without the NewJeans skin, it will still give you other perks such as a free LG gram mouse, Wiggle Wiggle goods package consisting of a notebook pouch, mousepad, and a cable strap, as well as a free 512GB microSD card.

More advanced purchase benefits are Intel software package, 2023 gram gift pack, and 5,000g Jammy points coupon.

Other common benefits include MelOn one-month free subscription, 10,000 membership points after writing a photo review after purchase, and 20 winners of two Helinox chairs and table set.

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Samsung to launch improved touchscreen notebooks soon

In time for Galaxy Unpacked

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Touchscreen notebooks are making a new push to the spotlight. While the general technology has been out for a while, new developments are starting to introduce better screens with faster response times. Samsung, according to a new report, is already ready to launch an improved version of its own touchscreen notebook as early as next month.

As first reported by ZDNet, Samsung Display has started to mass produce OLED screens which integrate touchscreen functionality directly on the panel. The technology, called OCTA or on-cell touch AMOLED, will launch first on upcoming Galaxy Books this year.

Though essentially unconfirmed for now, the new touchscreen lineup might launch in time for the Galaxy Unpacked event early next month. If so, Samsung will have a huge leg up against Apple, who is also working on its own touchscreen laptop.

Apple, contrary to Steve Jobs’ initial reaction against the technology, is building a touchscreen OLED MacBook for a hopeful launch by 2025. Because the upcoming MacBook allegedly uses OLED panels, the device will be thinner and lighter than current MacBooks in the lineup.

Much like the chatter around Apple, Samsung Display’s new OLED panels will also be thinner and lighter — a big step, considering last year’s notebooks were also touted as thinner and lighter then ever before. Unfortunately, the report does not indicate how large the new screens will be. If anything, the Galaxy Book lineup currently offers devices in 13- and 15-inch models.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S23 Preview

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