The Asus Vivobook Flip TM420IA-EC050T is an ultrabook convertible into a 14-inch tablet that combines elegance, convenience and comfort. Under its compact metal-based case, it hides an AMD Renoir Ryzen 3 Quad Core processor coupled with 8 GB of RAM and a fast 256 GB SSD storage. It is a package that is suitable for everyday office use and multimedia. Its design is elegant and discreet, its borderless touch screen swivels 360 degrees and many amenities are available such as the backlit keyboard, the NumPad, full connectivity and a biometric reader. The downside is that the battery life should not last more than about 6 hours and its storage capacity is quite limited.
Features of the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA-EC050T
|Screen (s)||14 “Full HD IPS NanoEdge 360 ° openable 10-point multi-touch (1920×1080, gloss)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 3 4300U Renoir (2.7 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB DDR4 3200 MHz|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon Vega 5|
|Storage||256 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|Connectivity||1 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.2 (Gen2) 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Numeric keypad||Yes, via NumPad|
|Audio system||2 Harman Kardon SonicMaster Premium speakers (2W)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home S mode|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 42Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.5 Kg (with battery) / 324 x 220 x 18.2|
Chassis, connectivity, screen of the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA-EC050T
The design of the Asus VivoBook Flip TM420IA-EC050T is more similar to the recent VivoBook S413 than to its predecessors (TP412). The ultrabook takes place in a metal- based chassis with structured borders and a sober look. The Bespoke Black color that dresses it draws a little towards dark blue. It’s elegant and goes everywhere, but Asus wanted to add a colorful touch to the opening with the Enter key framed in bright yellow. “ Say ‘Yellow!’ To the world, ” Asus would say.
Asus has sought to compact its VivoBook Flip a little more, which gains almost 3 mm in length and 4 mm in depth. The thickness on the other hand swells a little bit (from 17.6 mm to 18.2 mm), enough to slip all the connections and leave a little more amplitude to the components. For its part, the weight does not move and remains fixed at 1.5 kg , it is in the good average. The keyboard is backlit for a good perception of the keys whatever your working environment.
Designed for fun mobile use, the ultrabook is characterized by its convertible configuration. Thanks to 360-degree rotating hinges , the screen will be able to adopt several positions: opposite for normal use, flat, in tent mode or even in easel function.
Another decisive point here, the screen has its small effect with its refined borders offering an amplified immersion (NanoEdge). Its Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) will lend itself ideally to reading your content in High Definition thanks to its high display density while the IPS panel will take care of opening the viewing angles (to 178 degrees according to Asus) and faithfully reproduce the colors. In addition, the shiny tactile surface will allow a playful interaction with the system but its visibility outdoors will be impaired by some reflections.
Well distributed, the connectors bring together most of the interfaces currently expected at this level of the range. There is an HDMI output, a microSD card reader as well as a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.2 Gen2 port and a USB Type-C Gen2 . On this model, in the absence of NumPad, there should be a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello connection in the corner of the touchpad and wireless connectivity is entrusted to Wifi ac and Bluetooth 5.0.
Last welcome feature on this VivoBook Flip, the NumPad 2.0 integrated into the touchpad. Its principle is to make a highlighted numeric keypad (retro LED) appear on the touchpad following a pressure in its upper right corner. Asus announces that it will provide even faster input in version 2.0. This is very useful for those who regularly enter numbers even if the lack of “return” when entering can be startling at first.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA-EC050T
The performance of our Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA-EC050T is mainly dependent on the processor. This is a recent generation AMD Ryzen 3 4300U Quad Core Renoir. This processor will rise to a level equivalent to the Ryzen 5 3500U of the previous generation (Picasso), enough to support current use without its whole (web browsing, streaming, office automation …) and test itself at a few graphic work such as photo editing, video editing and light computing, however in a reasonable proportion. It is assisted by 8 GB of RAM , the minimum at present to benefit from comfortable multitasking under normal use.
The AMD Radeon Vega 5 chipset of the Ryzen 3 will take care of the graphics rendering, namely that it joins the capacities of an Intel UHD 620 integrated into the Intel Comet Lake / Whiskey Lake processors or of an NVIDIA GeForce MX110 of entry of range. In other words, the game is possible but on titles not greedy and with details at the lowest. No problem for all other common graphics tasks though.
Also determining to decide the liveliness of the system, the storage is entrusted to a dedicated NVMe PCIe SSD . This will bring its share of fluidity to Windows 10 and the overall execution of programs while not sacrificing too much capacity. If we count the space occupied by the system and by the programs, there is about 200 GB of free space in the 256 GB offered, enough to house a small part of your game library. For the rest, you will have to opt for an external or online solution.
Finally, know that Asus has slightly reinforced the battery of its little VivoBook but its 42 Whr will not be able to take you very far. Count on 6 hours maximum of Internet browsing with active Wifi and less by using the graphics card.