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ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 review

A 2-in-1 laptop that screams practicality.

ASUS Vivobook flip 14 laptop
ASUS VivoBook Flip 14
4 out of 5 stars
4
  • pro
    Great keyboard and NumberPad 2.0
  • pro
    Plenty of ports
  • con
    Slightly heavy
  • con
    No housing for stylus
Fergus Halliday
Jun 04, 2021
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Verdict: ASUS VivoBook Flip 14

If you're after a 2-in-1 laptop on a budget, the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 touts compelling specs and cutting edge design without costing a fortune. For a certain class of 2-in-1 shopper, that’s a combination that wins out every time.

The latest ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 is light on luxuries but big on value. It harnesses most of the benefits of a 2-in-1 form-factor and cuts down on the drawbacks where it matters. It’s not as pretty or portable as some other options, but it’s every bit as capable and a fair bit more affordable.

Pros
  • Great keyboard
  • Plenty of ports
  • NumberPad 2.0
Cons
  • Form-factor is slightly on the heavy side
  • No internal housing for stylus

ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 price in Australia

Many retailers are still stocking the 2020 version of the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14, it features 10th Gen Intel Core processor hardware rather than the most recent 11th Gen processors but is otherwise identical to the model covered by this review. If you’re looking to save some cash, this may be a good option to consider.

Here are the best prices on ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 in Australia

Store
Cheapest price

Microsoft Store

$1,099

Kogan

$949

Amazon (AMD model)

$942.78

JB HI-FI

$1,273

What’s in the box?

In addition to the laptop itself, the packaging for the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 includes an AC-DC charging brick and power cable plus a ASUS Pen stylus and stylus pen holder.

You also get a handful of stickers - hooray!

Design

As the name might suggest, ASUS’ VivoBook Flip 14 is a convertible 2-in-1 PC built around a 14-inch display.

You can’t detach the keyboard as you can with machines such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, but you can flip it around to the reverse side. This means you can use it as a pseudo-tablet in a pinch.

On the iPad-to-Alienware scale, the VivoBook Flip 14 sits a little closer to the latter than the former. It’s slim enough that you can stuff in a bag, but there’s a heftiness here you won’t get with thin and light laptops like the new MacBook Air or Samsung’s Galaxy Book S. It’s lighter than some other options but not quite as lightweight as it could be.

Of course, what you lose in portability, you gain in performance and capability. The VivoBook Flip 14 might not have the premium flair of ASUS’ ZenBook line, but it does give you a lot to work with here in terms of ports, performance and potential. You get the latest in 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel’s new Xe Iris integrated graphics and up to 1 TB of SSD storage.

The whole affair is built around a 14-inch FHD touchscreen display. Even if it’s only 1080p, the screen on the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 manages to do the trick when it comes to everyday usage. It’s got 100% sRGB colour accuracy and thin “NanoEdge” bezels that leave it with a modestly impressive 82% screen to body ratio.

ASUS says the 360-degree hinge on the VivoBook Flip 14 has undergone a 20,000 cycle durability test. The hinge also incorporates the same ergo-lift design you’ll find in other ASUS laptops, which translates into superior thermal management and a more comfortable screen viewing angles.

The other hardware-based get here comes in the form of Harman Kardon speakers. Compared to the speakers on an iPad or a laptop like the Samsung Galaxy Book, the speakers on the VivoBook Flip 14 sounded a little more rounded. The difference isn’t huge, but it’s still a nice bonus on a machine at this price point.

Alongside a tactile keyboard with 1.8 mm of press, the VivoBook Flip 14 also comes enhanced by ASUS’ NumberPad 2.0 tech. Tapping the touchpad icon on the trackpad will enable this feature, temporarily turning the trackpad on the convertible into a digital number pad when needed.

Last but not least, the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 comes bundled with the ASUS Pen Stylus. This accessory works with the 2-in-1 right out of the box and touts 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity plus 10 months of battery life per charge.

ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 specs

The specs for the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 are as follows:

ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 key technical specs and features

Specs
ASUS VivoBook Flip 14

RRP

$999

Processor

Up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe Max graphics

Memory

Up to 16GB of RAM

Display

14-inch, FHD

Storage

Up to 1TB of M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD storage

Ports

USB 2.0 Type-AUSB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-AUSB Type-C (Thunderbolt 4 w/ power delivery and display output)HDMI 1.43.5 mm Combo Audio JackDC-inMicro SD card reader

Battery

42WHr

Webcam

720p HD camera

Weight

1.5kg

Dimensions

32.40cm x 22cm x 1.87cm

ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 Performance

In terms of performance, the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 features a lot of the same hardware you’ll find in most 2-in-1 laptop PCs. Specs aren’t everything but the Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor here is the same one you can find in fare like Dell’s new Inspiron 2-in-1 laptop and the latest HP Envy x360.

Our testing involved the version of the machine that runs on Intel’s latest Core i7 processors. However, there’s also a version of the VivoBook Flip 14 that opts for the AMD’s Ryzen processors that looks like a promising alternative.

Burned down via streaming video content on YouTube, the 42Whr battery inside the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 lasted 6 hours and 12 minutes.

Although it comes bundled with an AC-DC power brick that lets you fast-charge the VivoBook Flip 14 from 0 to 60 per cent in under an hour, the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 also supports charging via the Thunderbolt 4-grade USB Type-C port on the right-most edge of the machi

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How do we rank processors?

Essential processors should be able to handle the basics: email, social media and some light web browsing. Gaming or more advanced tasks like image and video editing are likely off the table.

Everyday processors should be able to confidently meet basic performance requirements for most people. Email, social media and web browsing shouldn’t be a hassle, and while they aren’t able to handle graphically-demanding AAA releases, they should be able to run some indie or casual games. This is typically where Chromebooks top out.

Enthusiast processors should be able to easily exceed the minimum requirements of most users and be powerful enough to handle some AAA gaming, though not at the highest fidelity. That usually excludes most ARM processors.

Extreme processors should be able to do anything you can think of. Games should run at high frame rates on the highest possible settings, and multitasking shouldn’t be limited in any significant way.

Conclusion: Is the VivoBook Flip 14 worth the price?

Every part of the VivoBook Flip 14 screams practicality. It ticks all the boxes you’d want a convertible to tick but leans towards giving you more instead of less. There are ports on this unit that you won’t find on more pricey or premium convertibles. It’s less of a showpiece PC and more interested in giving you the tools to get the job done.

The ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 isn't pushing boundaries, but it is a clear master of its own domain

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How we review laptops

Whether you're looking at a mainstream computer brand like Dell or a dedicated gaming brand like MSI, there's an immense number of decisions you'll need to make when purchasing a laptop. If you're not sure where to start, here are a few important features to consider when shopping for your next laptop:

  • Screen size and type: Unlike upgradeable components like your GPU, RAM and storage, you're stuck with the display you buy when you purchase a laptop. Is it a comfortable size? Does it offer a wide-viewing angle?
  • Resolution: Similarly, you can't change your display's resolution after the fact. 1080p (Full HD) is the bare minimum these days and most laptops worth their price tag aim for 1440p at least (QHD or QuadHD) but you can also opt for 4K if you're willing to spend a little extra.
  • Refresh rate: A screen's refresh rate is the measurement of how frequently it changes. If you play fast-paced multiplayer games like Call of Duty, you know that the difference a few milliseconds that a high refresh rate gets you can count for a lot. The higher the refresh rate, the better. Most conventional laptops offer 60Hz to 90Hz but fancier gaming laptops can offer 144Hz, 165Hz or even 240Hz screens.
  • Ports and connections: Like your screen, ports will impact your everyday experience with a laptop, particularly if you use it for work. While you can work around this with USB hubs and adapters, a laptop with fewer ports than you need can quickly become a headache.
  • Future-proofing: There are no hard and fast rules here but as a general suggestion, you'll want to sure you're laptop has the legs to survive a few years of technology improvements in any way you can. You can overshoot on your desired specs, spending more on a machine that's more powerful than you currently need, or opt for a model or brand that has support for upgrades down the track. Check which features of the machine are upgradeable. The Dell XPS 15, for example, supports additional RAM, while Apple MacBooks do not.

Check out our dedicated laptop buying guide for more suggestions on shopping for the best laptop for your needs or this more in-depth guide on how we review laptops.

How does the VivoBook Flip 14 compare?

Product
Availability
Display size
Resolution
Weight
Rating
13.6-inches 2,560 x 1,6641.49kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
15.6-inches3840 x 21602.98kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
16-inches2560 x 16002.5kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
14-inches3024 x 19641.6kg
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
13.3-inches2880 x 18001.3kg
3.3 out of 5 stars
3.25
16-inches2560 x 16002.7kg
3.3 out of 5 stars
3.25
17-inches2560 x 19201.5kg
3.3 out of 5 stars
3.25
14-inches2560 x 1600 1.2kg
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
13.5-inches2256 x 15041.56kg
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
13-inches2880 X 1920878g
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
14-inches2880x18001.39kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
16-inches2560 x 16002.3kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
12.4-inches1536 x 10241.1kg
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.15
15.6-inches‎1920x10802.5kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
16-inches3840 x 24001.95kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
13.3-inches2880 x 18001.2kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
13-inches2560 × 16001.29kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
13.4-inches1920 x 12001.2kg
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
1.56-inches2560x14401.9kg
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Huawei MateBook D14Huawei Matebook D14 (2021)
14-inches1920 x 10801.38kg
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
12.4-inches1536 x 10241.1kg
4 out of 5 stars
4
14-inches3840 x 21601.3kg
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Fergus Halliday
Written by
Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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