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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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HP unveils Experience Hub flagship store in Malaysia

X-Hub for short

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Computer company HP on Wednesday announced the opening of the HP Experience Hub (X-Hub) flagship store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The X-Hub is a seamless online-to-offline (O2O) experiential retail experience for tech consumers.

The physical store in Malaysia is combined with an integrated O2O platform to create a seamless omnichannel commerce journey across six Southeast Asian countries.

More immersive retail experience

The Experience Hub unifies the retail experience across the Southeast Asia region, connecting the Kuala Lumpur flagship store to 82 online stores spread across Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, with Thailand and Vietnam to follow in March 2022.

Online consumers may be able to personally interact with HP Live Advisors, a team of dedicated experts based on the X-Hub via real-time video calls and chat functions.

These will be made available in preferred local languages, while live streams on the latest HP products is also made possible via the HP Virtual Showroom.

This way, consumers will be able to continue shopping without having to be in Malaysia physically.

Interactive ‘Test Drive’ stations

As for customers who want to visit the physical store in Malaysia, there are interactive ‘Test Drive’ stations to experience all of HP’s technology.

These stations include:

  • Premium (High-end consumer devices)
  • Gaming (Laptops, desktops, and monitors)
  • Commercial (Business-grade devices)
  • Print (Home and office printing)

Visitors can also access personalization services such as custom engraving and printing, or connect to in-store or online HP Live Advisors for real-time inquiries.

Location

The HP X-Hub flagship store in Malaysia is located at Pavilion Bukit Jalil (level 4) in Kuala Lumpur.

The flagship store was created in partnership with Thunder Match Technology Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s largest tech retailer. HP also partnered with Shopee and Lazada. Both of which support the online experience.

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Windows 11 update coming to select Lenovo devices

From Yoga to Legion

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Legion 5i

Windows 11 is slowly but surely rolling out to more and more devices. Lenovo, who has a strong partnership with Microsoft, has a number of notable devices getting the update. These include laptops from their Yoga line all the way to their Legion gaming machines.

If you own or are looking to buy any of the devices listed below, then you can rest assured you can get the latest Windows software today.

Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 – 82L0003DPH

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 features up to an 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800 U Series Mobile Processor with AMD Radeon Graphics, the laptop is available with optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics for supercharged creation.

Packed with up to 16GB LPDDR4x of memory, the Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 also brings up to 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0×4 of internal storage and a powerful 61WHrs battery that delivers the ease of Rapid Charge Express while on the go. It also mounts a stunning 14-inch 2880×1800 designed for ultra-vivid picture quality with Dolby Vision. A VESA Display HDR True Black 500 certification for enhanced video quality reproduction in a 16:10 display format with less scrolling and more content.

IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro – 82L500KKPH

Lenovo strongly believes they’re able to combine “Premium” and “Better Value” in one package. And that’s the IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro. Powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Processor, you are guaranteed to get any job done. The IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro is also accompanied by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, creating high-resolution and immersive graphics. Packed with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0×4 of internal storage, there is no need to worry about running out of space or memory.

IdeaCentre AIO 3i – 90NB00JEPH

The IdeaCentre AIO 3i is equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 and powered by the latest 11th-Generation Intel Core processors. It comes with 8GB of RAM that is upgradeable up to 32GB of DDR4 and a 512GB SSD for storage.

Legion 5i Pro – 82JD003VPH

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro offers excellent gaming performance with the latest 11th Generation Intel Core H-series processors with 45W of dedicated processing power. Accompanied with the 130W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070.

The laptop also features a 16-inch QHD gaming display with up to a 165Hz refresh rate, providing gamers with a 16:10 aspect ratio with best-in-class color accuracy and high dynamic range. It comes in a sleek Stingray White color to top it all off. It’s optimally cooled via the Coldfront 3.0 thermal system with the Legion AI Engine.

Legion 5i – 82JH00CSPH / 82JH00CTPH

The Legion 5i is for gamers looking to compete on equal footing with the pros. It comes with with the 11th Generation Intel Core processing and 45W of dedicated power. Optimized with the Legion AI Engine that powers the revolutionary Legion Coldfront 3.0 and Q control and dynamically shifts power between the CPU and GPU, experience a massive leap in performance in the Legion 5i with up to 130W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060.

All devices will also include a Premium Care Warranty that allows buyers front-of-the-queue and straight-to-the-experts customer support service.

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ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED review: Serious-looking champ

This serious looker made me want to skip work

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Zenbook 14X OLED

When it comes to displays, OLED panels are usually considered the best of the best. Whether it’s a TV, monitor, smartphone, or even a laptop.

Hopping on the opportunity of bringing a visual spectacle, ASUS unveiled a full range of notebook computers — all sporting OLED displays. What came to my lap is the sleek-looking Zenbook 14X OLED, gearing up to be a machine for professionals on the go.

Looks that really mean business

The Zenbook 14X OLED looks like your familiar clamshell notebook, carrying a distinct style that screams ASUS. It evokes a serious vibe, parading a glossy shade adorned with an off-center version of the iconic ZenBook spun-metal finish.

It’s more evident in the Jade Black colorway. It’s not my cup of tea, but it projects a serious mood. Showing off this laptop can mean business for anyone who’ll see it.

Especially when you lay it flat with its 180-degree ErgoLift hinge — perfect for when you’re sharing information and presenting to your clients.

You can also conveniently type when you tilt the rear of the laptop a little bit. The arrangement of the keys, together with the slightly elevated platform, helped me in writing my stories and preparing documents.

Build that can take a beating

I haven’t been stuck to a desktop ever since I started working. It’s why I’ve always been fascinated with the desire to learn about laptops and other portable machines. I don’t want to be tied down in one place, ruminating over papers and a messy desk.

Before the pandemic, I used to work in airport lounges, restaurants, cafes, and even inside a car while I travel between provinces. For professionals on the go, having a thin and lightweight laptop means a lot.

While I barely work outside these days, the Zenbook 14X OLED — despite carrying a design that I find bland — still amuses me with its thin and light form factor. It weighs only 1.4kg and measures only 16.9mm. You can easily carry it in between your meetings, or fit it inside your everyday bag without straining your shoulder and arms.

The chassis and lid are made of military-grade diamond-cut aluminum alloy. That’s why it felt sturdy even if it is lightweight. The Zenbook 14X OLED is built extra durable, it can probably take a beating when it gets thrown into bins at airports during security checks.

Display that makes you want to stare at it all day

One of the most underrated parts of a laptop is the screen. Most people go after power and performance, and I can’t argue with that. But a good display can elevate your experience.

We spend a lot of time staring at our screens. The work we do, the shows we watch, the games we play — all of these activities can be made more fascinating if you have a display that brings out the best in whatever you do.

And that’s why I enjoyed using the Zenbook 14X OLED. Its 14-inch 4K OLED touchscreen display is perfect for accompanying me in my pursuit of a work-life balance.

The slim, 3mm bezels and 92 percent screen-to-body ratio made my favorite Netflix shows immersive. Games look expansive, as well

It’s like watching on an OLED TV but on a smaller machine. The colors reproduced are so rich and vivid, and I like how it exhibits the same amount of color detail even at a lower brightness setting.

If it’s easy switching gears, I could probably move back to a Windows laptop. Except, the display alone isn’t enough to make me switch, no matter how spectacular it looks.

Sadly, no secondary screen

Zenbook 14X OLED

Unlike the Intel version of the Zenbook 14X OLED, the Ryzen variant uses the proprietary NumberPad 2.0 instead of a second-screen built into the touchpad.

It would’ve been nice to get a secondary display, but it’s not necessary especially when the 4K OLED touchscreen takes so much battery life.

Lose yourself in that audio-visual experience

What I enjoyed the most is the audio-visual experience that the Zenbook 14X OLED brought me. When you parade a visually-stunning display together with a stereo sound system tuned by Harman Kardon, you could lose yourself in awe.

I had a pleasant time watching Single All The Way on Netflix, I forgot I was working. Sometimes, I end up zoning out when I play “La Vie En Rose” on YouTube Music. The experience is simply spectacular, it helps you enjoy a bit of life.

Professional laptop that lets you work and literally play

Like many guys out there, I care for power — especially when talking about a Windows laptop. Maybe it was me growing up tinkering with computers, but I have so many high expectations on Windows laptops.

When I got the Zenbook 14X OLED, I knew right away it’s a multi-tasking powerhouse. And it certainly did not disappoint despite having a unit that only has 8GB of RAM and 512GB of Internal Storage. My only gripe is how there’s a one- or two-second delay opening up important programs like the file explorer and anything related to the system settings.

Zenbook 14X OLED

It’s not the case when you’re browsing, switching apps, or even playing games. Yes, I did install Steam and re-downloaded my favorite games. My exact unit uses an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H clocking up to 3.3GHz, so it made me wonder if a professional-looking laptop can handle my desire to blow off some steam.

I played some of my favorite MMORPGs, Dota 2, and of course, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. I’d say the machine handled everything well — keeping up with graphics-intensive gameplay, high resolution, vivid colors, and staying lag-free.

Zenbook 14X OLED

Excessive heat and shorter runtime

What bothered me was the excessive heat the Zenbook 14X OLED produced when I was playing for only a few minutes. I guess I pushed it harder than what’s expected, but happy to report that you can balance work and play.

Its new, thermal design and smart sensors — like the ones in the ProArt Studio — helped maintain high performance at optimal power efficiency. No. Throttling. Involved.

Zenbook 14X OLED

Its heat pipes and 90-blade fan tried their best, so props to that. What’s funny though, is how the Zenbook 14X OLED promises up to 8.3 hours of work and play unplugged, but it actually has a shorter runtime. Much shorter when you play a game. My 100 percent battery went down to 51 percent in just 30 minutes of playtime.

For everyday tasks, the laptop lasted me around five to six hours. That includes writing my stories on moderate brightness, watching videos, music playback, hopping on virtual meetings, and browsing on the web.

Charging it for one hour with its thick yet compact power brick gave me enough juice to power through the day. From 20 percent, I was able to fill the battery up to 82 percent.

Ready to keep you connected whenever, wherever

If you’re the type of professional who needs a lot of ports for different devices and peripherals, the Zenbook 14X OLED is packed with relevant input and output ports. There are two (2) reversible USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports, supporting up to 10Gbps of data transfers. There’s also your regular HDMI port and even a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port for your connectivity needs.

My favorite would be the 3.5mm combo audio jack and the microSD card reader — which I still deem essential for transferring confidential files obtained using my smartphones and cameras.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

If you’re a professional in need of a machine that lets you balance work and life, the Zenbook 14X OLED can surely keep up. And it’s probably the way to go, especially when you’re in the market for a new laptop.

The Zenbook 14X OLED simply means business from the way it looks. And it can carry its duties excellently whether it’s sharing presentations, a half-day worth of video meetings, or even doing creative work.

Zenbook 14X OLED

Its only shortcomings were its shorter runtime and excessive heat produced over highly intensive tasks. But it surely can deliver the power, audio-visual experience, and performance that can keep up with your fast-paced lifestyle and go-getter personality.

The ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED (UM5401) retails for PhP 64,995 for the 8GB/512GB variant. Meanwhile, it costs PhP 66,995 for the 16GB/512GB configuration.

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