The ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED is a beautiful laptop that also manages to deliver high performance at an affordable price.
We all know the ASUS Vivobook line-up by now as a collection of laptops that are extremely suitable for students. The modern design with fun colors and strong performance contribute enormously to this. Sometimes, however, it may be a little more and then the new ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED (K3400PH) appears on the scene.
With specs starting from an 11th generation Intel i5 CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1650 graphics card, and 2.8K OLED display, this laptop is aimed at designers and content creators who need true-to-life 100% DCI-P3 color reproduction and enough performance to multi-task. task. Consuming content is also fine on the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED, although gaming will be limited to playing titles without too high hardware requirements. After all, the battery won’t last a whole day like it can with the Intel Evo Zenbooks from ASUS, but otherwise, this Pro model of the Vivobook has a lot to offer.
The build quality of the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED feels premium, with an all-metal body. The bright colors of the standard Vivobook are absent and black (and silver) has been chosen instead, with a matte finish that makes the laptop look very elegant. At 1.4 kilograms, it is not a heavy device, but still robust, with little flexibility under the keyboard or at the bottom of the screen, which itself does not wobble.
The design is broken up only by the new Vivobook logo in silver lettering. In this way, it diverts attention from the fingerprints on the lid, because they are abundantly present due to the matte finish.
What you can always count on at ASUS is the pleasant typing experience of their keyboards, regardless of whether you have a Zenbook, ROG gaming laptop, or this Vivobook Pro under your fingers. The enter key has a black and white pattern, similar to the color accents that the key always gets on standard Vivobooks. If you like to type in the dark, there are three brightness levels for the lighting. A fingerprint sensor is hidden in the on/off button, which responds quickly when logging in.
The touchpad is larger than with other Vivobooks and that provides possibilities, especially because a numerical keyboard can be activated, as we have seen with various Zenbooks before. The touchpad is smart enough to distinguish between gestures for navigation and entering numbers. It is, therefore, something that we would be only too happy to see in other brands.
Webcam and Connectivity
In terms of connectivity, you are provided with two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, an HDMI 1.4 port with 4K output, and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4 that can be used be used to charge the laptop if you do not want to use the supplied charger. There is also a headphone jack and a microSD card reader, as with many ASUS laptops. Still not very useful in our opinion, but there is no room for more without giving up ports.
The webcam provided is unfortunately a 720p copy, which is on the low side for a Pro laptop, but fortunately, the quality is quite okay. A physical slider helps protect your privacy
2.8K OLED Display
Although the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED has a lot to offer, the display is of course the great pride of this laptop. The screen has a resolution of 2.8K (2880 x 1800) and is very impressive, with vibrant colors in almost all situations.
To put this into concrete terms, ASUS provided Pantone validation. Meaning that the laptop is suitable for those who work with programs such as Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, and many more. After all, the colors are shown exactly as they would be shown in a printed version. This is complemented by support for 100% of the expanded DCI-P3 color gamut.
Furthermore, the display has a maximum brightness of 600 nits, so that you can get the most out of the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED even in strongly lit environments. At 90Hz, the refresh rate is also higher than the usual 60Hz on many non-gaming computers. And that ensures a smoother experience, for example when scrolling on a website.
The ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED is therefore beautiful on the outside, but there is also a lot to notice on the inside. For example, our review sample has the 11th generation Intel Core i7-11370H on board. Good for a lot of multitasking possibilities. You can also opt for an Intel Core i5-11300H if you want to keep the budget under 1000 euros. We also find 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB NVME PCIe SSD for storage.
This is more than enough for our everyday work, from Zoom meetings to image editing in Lightroom and looking up information with more than 10 tabs open in Chrome. We also watched Netflix which was a blast with this OLED display. Even played some games including Minecraft and Hearthstone. That all went fine thanks to the GTX 1650 Max-Q, but you won’t be able to run a game like Cyberpunk smoothly. Video editing works well again, although it becomes a lot more difficult when your source files are 4K.
In our benchmarks, the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED scored very well. With results slightly higher than those of the MSI Summit E15 with an Intel Core i7-1185G7. Geekbench thus showed a score of 1546 single-core and 5146 multi-core.
We are also more than satisfied with the sound performance. Thanks to the collaboration between Harman Kardon and ASUS, they sound very clear even at high volumes. The speakers are located on the left and right sides, near the touchpad, and are well-positioned there.
As far as the battery life is concerned, ASUS itself makes no claims, but we expect at least 8 hours of battery life from a laptop of this caliber. While it’s theoretically possible, you’re more likely to end up around 5-6 hours. After all, the target audience for this ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED will also sometimes run a heavier app than Outlook or Chrome. Since it is an OLED display, using dark mode for Windows and all kinds of apps can also help.
ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED: Final Verdict
Anyone who finds the visual image important will be very satisfied with the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14 OLED. The design is beautiful and feels very Pro while the OLED display with its lifelike colors provides the ideal environment for content creators. As long as they don’t work exclusively with 4K video. Finally, even some light gaming is possible.