2019 ASUS VivoBook 14 (X412FJ) Review

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2019 ASUS VivoBook 14 (X412FJ) Review

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Here are the main pointers for the 2019 Asus VivoBook 14 (X412FJ) laptop:

- No ScreenPad
- Specs are identical to those on VivoBooks we have seen before
- But the GPU is now an NVIDIA GeForce MX230
- Good performance, good keyboard and touchpad
- Boring design, and a colourless display

Asus VivoBook 14 Pricing is as follows:
- Asus VivoBook 14 with Intel Core i3-7020U processor = Rs 33,990
- Asus VivoBook 14 with 8th generation Intel Core i5-8265U = Rs 54,990
- Asus VivoBook 14 with 2GB NVIDIA GeForce MX230 = Rs 59,990.

The different SKUs are available on Flipkart and can also be purchased from offline stores.

Read our Detailed Review of the Asus VivoBook 14 (X412FJ):
http://www.digit.in/reviews/laptops/...

Here's what we felt about the Performance and Battery of the Asus VivoBook 14 X412:
In everyday use scenarios, the VivoBook 14 review unit’s performance was up to the mark. I was able to multitask on everyday applications with ease. The applications open across multiple virtual desktops were many instances of Chrome, OneNote, Word, Excel, Steam, File Explorer, and WhatsApp for PC. The laptop was able to handle browsing, background file transfers, and background downloads simultaneously without breaking a sweat.

Gaming on the review unit happened in an understandably strained manner. Doom ran on the review unit on Full HD resolution in Ultra at an average frame rate of 14 frames per second. Bringing the setting down to Medium almost doubled the average frame rate. Metro: Last Light, on the other hand, ran on Full HD resolution in Very High at an average frame rate of 21 frames per second. Turning it down to Medium made the average frame rate climb to 46 frames per second.

Playing either game in Ultra or Very High nearly killed the laptop. Stutters and lags were easily visible. Medium worked out better for both games, which means that it’s what you should go with if you’re planning to play games on the VivoBook 14. In summary, the VivoBook 14 isn’t too great for playing new and popular titles but is not shabby either. If your colleagues have been talking about a popular but slightly dated game (like Metro 2033) at work and you want to play it, the VivoBook 14 should be up to the task. The same goes for lightweight image- and video-editing tasks.

On our standard battery benchmark test, the review unit scored an abysmally low 2 hours, 25 minutes. In comparison, the Lenovo IdeaPad 530S lasted only 22 minutes longer on the same test. In everyday use scenarios, the VivoBook 14 review unit did pretty well. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, the screen set to 70 percent brightness, the laptop’s battery charge halved in two and a half hours. During that time, I ran multiple instances of Chrome, worked with locally stored files, and played music for about twenty minutes at max volume through the speakers. Charging from 11 percent to 100 took nearly two and a half hours. Despite its pitiably low benchmark test score, the VivoBook 14 lasts somewhere between four and five hours on a single charge, which is decent but nothing to write home about.

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