ASUS has introduced its latest mainstream VivoBook 14 laptop, with the new model in some ways bringing the series a bit closer to its premium counterparts. The new VivoBook 14 (X420UA) comes in an aluminum unibody, features a 14-inch display, and runs up to Intel’s fully-fledged quad-core Core i7 processor. Meanwhile, the mobile PC is still aimed at the the mainstream market unwilling to spend a fortune on a notebook.

Originally launched as inexpensive alternative to more advanced laptops, VivoBooks have been evolving and gaining features from higher-end models in a bid to be more viable in the highly-competitive market of mainstream notebooks aimed at the younger audience. The VivoBook 14 (X420UA) makes another step in the direction of premium laptops with its aluminum unibody chassis featuring a 17.7 mm z-height, a 1.4 kg weight, and narrow 5.7-mm NanoEdge display bezels that have allowed ASUS to install a 14-inch anti-glare Full-HD IPS LCD into a very portable body.

Inside, the ASUS VivoBook 14 houses Intel’s 8th Gen Core i3/i5/i7 processor with two or four cores and the company's UHD Graphics 620 iGPU. This is paired with up to 8 GB of LPDDR3-2133 onboard memory and an M.2 SATA SSD featuring capacities of up to 512 GB. The laptop is outfitted with a 38-Wh Li-Polymer battery that is rated for up to 11 hours, depending on the workload.

On the wireless sides of things, the notebook is equipped with a 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 module. As for physical connectors, it has a USB 3.0 Type-C port, two USB Type-A ports (3.0 and 2.0), an HDMI output, a microSD card slot, a TRRS audio jack, and an AC power adapter plug. The system also has a chicklet keyboard (with optional backlighting), a fingerprint reader, an HD webcam, 2W stereo speakers with SonicMaster enhancements, and a microphone array.

Keeping in mind all the advantages the new machine has, make no mistake because the new VivoBook 14 is still not quite a lower-speced ZenBook. It is thicker than higher-end 14-inch machines, it has a lower-capacity battery. Besides, some VivoBook 14 configurations will be equipped with cheap TN LCD panels featuring a 1366×768 resolution, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage as well as Windows 10 S, all in a bid to compete for the low-end of the market while offering a premium look and feel.

ASUS has not announced MSRPs of its new VivoBook 14 machines, but considering that there will be multiple configs based on vastly diverse hardware, expect prices of different models to vary greatly.

General Specifications of the ASUS VivoBook 14
  X420UA
LCD Diagonal 14"
Resolution/
Color Gamut
1920×1080 | anti-glare IPS, 60 Hz, 45% NTSC
1920×1080 | anti-glare TN, 60 Hz, 45% NTSC
1366×768 | anti-glare TN, 60 Hz, 45% NTSC
CPU Options Intel Core i7 8550U (4C/8T)
Intel Core i5 8250U (4C/8T)
Intel Core i3 8130U (2C/4T)
Intel Core i3 7020U (2C/4T )
Graphics Integrated HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
RAM 4 or 8 GB LPDDR3-2133 (soldered)
Storage SSD 128 GB SATA
256 GB SATA
512 GB SATA
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
USB 3.0 1 × Type-A
1 × Type-C
2.0 1 × Type-A
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI
Card Reader MicroSD card reader
Webcam HD webcam
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack
Battery 38 Wh
Dimensions Width 322.4 mm | 12.7 inch
Depth 210 mm | 8.26 inch
Thickness 17.7 mm | 0.69 inch
Weight 1.4 kilograms | 3 lbs
Price ?

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Source: ASUS

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  • coder543 - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - link

    Do these still not support charging by USB-C? I can't believe they're still releasing laptops that *require* proprietary chargers after this many years. It's getting harder and harder to defend that. If they want to make it an option for some strange reason, maybe that's fine, but USB-C should be usable for charging these things. Reply
  • zepi - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    For gaming machines, it is easy to defend, but for everything else I'd also want USB-C PD. Reply
  • timecop1818 - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - link

    Haha home/end/pgup/down are Fn, but not even at arrow keys but on top on F9-F12. Absolutely gross. And 1366x768 still being an option in 2018? What the actual fuck. Reply
  • CheapSushi - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - link

    It's an option if you want something cheaper. There are no bad products (overall), just bad prices. Reply
  • zamroni - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - link

    It's better to buy business grade laptops because they are more durable. Reply
  • abufrejoval - Saturday, December 1, 2018 - link

    I am rather glad there are now more vendors pushing acceptable products into that space. I've grown really, really tired of seeing all these $2000 notebooks with $600 ingredients serving the iDontcareaboutmoney crowd. Reply
  • Namisecond - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    Wow, a TN 1366x768 screen in this day and age...
    Almost got suckered in by the Best Buy sale. They are selling the CBI5A model with the 1080p TN display. It's a pretty horrible panel for even a TN display.
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  • darwin97 - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - link

    hasta cuanto se le puede poner de ram y ssd?? Reply

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