With a latest generation AMD Ryzen processor (Lucienne, 2021), the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420UA-EC018T is armed for versatility. This 14-inch ultrabook hides under its compact metal case an AMD Lucienne Ryzen 7 5700U Octo Core processor coupled with 16 GB of RAM and fast 512 GB SSD storage, the ideal package for working, playing time in time and create in his spare time (leisure). Its design is elegant and discreet, its borderless touch screen tilts 360 degrees and many amenities are available such as the backlit keyboard, full connectivity and a virtual numeric keypad (NumPad). Disadvantage, the battery life should not last more than 6 hours and its screen is not very bright.
Features of the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420UA-EC018T
|Screen (s)||14 “Full HD IPS NanoEdge 360 ° openable 10-point multi-touch (1920×1080, gloss)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 5700U Lucienne (1.8 GHz, 8 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (8 GB soldered 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz, 1 slot (occupied)|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon Vega 8|
|Storage||512 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 ax, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Numeric keypad||Yes, virtual via NumPad|
|Audio system||2 Harman Kardon SonicMaster Premium speakers (2W)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 42Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.5 Kg (with battery) / 324 x 220 x 18.2|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420UA-EC018T
The design of the Asus VivoBook Flip TM420UA-EC018T is more similar to the recent VivoBook S413 than to its predecessors (TP412). The ultrabook takes place in a metal frame 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 was keen 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: in front 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 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. A stylus is provided to understand the touch more precisely.
Very practical functionality on this VivoBook 14, the NumPad . Its principle is to display a highlighted numeric keypad (retro LED) on the touchpad following a pressure in its upper right corner.
Well distributed, the connections 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 . Wireless connectivity is entrusted to Wifi ax and Bluetooth 5.0.
Performance, battery life of the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420UA-EC018T
The great strength of the VivoBook Flip 14 TM420UA-EC018T is to be seen in the processor department with the support of an AMD Ryzen Lucienne (2021) Ryzen 7 5700U Octo Corelow consumption. This shows a nice increase in performance compared to the Ryzen 7 3700U (2019), thanks in particular to the number of cores which doubles but also to the finer engraving used. It is also significantly more efficient than its predecessor of 2020 (Ryzen 7 4700U) but more noticeably. For all common office-type uses, it is perfectly at ease as an Intel Core i7-1165G7 (2021) would be, but the difference emerges more visibly on tasks that consume CPU resources that can take advantage of all cores such as content creation (editing, rendering, modeling …). Namely that we remain on low consumption (TDP 15W), so do not expect from this processor the same resources as an Octo Core-H (Ryzen 7 4800H) which,
On the other hand, the 16 GB RAM is a force to enjoy comfortable multitasking whatever your use and to look forward to the years to come with peace of mind. It is a good thing that the total is quite high because the RAM is welded and therefore not scalable.
The Asus ultrabook is not intended to play but the Radeon Vega 8integrated into the processor is not against some occasional parts. At the level of an NVIDIA GeForce MX330, its capacities are more than enough for everyday work and the tasks listed above and even allow a few games from time to time on games that are not very demanding graphically. Most will require you to make some concessions on screen definition and / or details however. Especially since the processor is forced to make some concessions on its power in this case (reduced TDP), due to the compactness of the chassis. By this mean that you will not be able to take full advantage of the potential of the components but that the whole will still allow you to play and create in good conditions, a bargain already for the price.
Opposite, storage is elementary here since it is entrusted to a fast dedicated 512 GB SSD (NVMe PCIe) . The system gains there directly compared to a configuration with mechanical hard disk because of the speed of loading offered by the SSD. This type of storage ensures almost instantaneous switching on and off, transfers calculated in seconds or instantaneous software launches where the mechanical support involved significant latencies. Note also that the SSD is by nature more silent, robust and efficient than a hard drive. Not to spoil anything, the capacity of 512 GB is comfortable to store your heavy files without too much restriction.
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.