This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
ASUS, a leading Taiwanese PC manufacturer, has released the ASUS VivoBook 14 M413DA, a laptop with a 14-inch full HD LCD, for direct sales only.
With a weight of 1.45kg and size of 324.9 x 215 x 19.1mm (width x depth x thickness), this is a model of a class that can be called a "quasi-mobile laptop", but its main feature is its unparalleled value for money among recent low-end notebooks.
Priced at less than 50,000 yen (46,800 yen including tax), it is equipped with AMD's Ryzen 3 3250U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage with NVMe connected SSD, and as mentioned above, a full HD screen, with specifications that rival the 70,000 to 100,000 yen class mobile PCs of a decade ago.
The generation of the CPU is the second generation, older than the current third generation, and although it is a relatively inexpensive 2-core, 4-thread Ryzen 3 series, it is equipped in such a way that it is hard to believe that it is a model that weighs less than 1.5 kg and less than 50,000 yen including tax, and it can be called an outstanding presence among recent price-disrupting notebooks.
Its battery life, which tends to be proportional to the price of the device, is nominally about 10.1 hours (measured by JEITA 2.0), which is also very good for the price.
In addition, the security aspect of the device is not neglected either, with a Windows Hello fingerprint reader on the touchpad. The bezel (frame) around the screen is also quite narrow, and it looks as good as a current-generation laptop. Considering the price, we can call it a subtly great point.
However, as expected, the USB ports are equipped like a low-cost device. It has only one Type-C port and 5 Gbps data transfer and power output only ( no video output and no USB PD support). Also, Type-A has two USB 2.0 ports out of three (only one of them is USB 3.0), so the price is reasonable.
In addition, the wireless LAN is up to Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), and this is another point that is not on par with the higher-end models.
Also, as a hidden feature, Windows 10 Home is equipped with "S mode". This is a restricted version that can only install apps from the Microsoft Store.
But in the case of this device, it can be removed (i.e., turned into a normal Windows 10 Home), so it is not a penalty.
As for the basic specifications, they are as follows
Size: approximately 324.9 x 215 x 19.1mm (width x depth x thickness)
Weight: about 1.45kg
Display: 14" / 16:9, 1920 x 1080 (no-glare treatment)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3250U (TDP 15W, 2 cores and 4 threads, base clock 2.6GHz, up to 3.5GHz on boost)GPU:
CPU integrated (AMD Radeon Graphics)
RAM: 8GB/DDR4-2400 (not expandable)
Storage: 256GB SSD (NVMe/PCI Express 3.0 x2)
USB ports: USB Type-C (5Gbps, video output and power input not supported) x 1, USB Type-A (3.0) x 1, USB Type-A (2.0) x 2
Video output: HDMI (full size)
Expansion Terminals: Micro SD card slot, 3.5 mm headset jack (combined input and output)
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Biometric features: Windows Hello fingerprint authentication
Standard OS: Windows 10 Home 64bit version (S mode, switch to standard Home for free)
AC adapter: dedicated terminal, 45W
Although there are a few unclear points, such as the type of LCD screen (IPS, VA, TN, etc.) and the material of the body (whether metal or plastic) have not been disclosed, there seem to be almost no major weaknesses, except for the fact that it does not support USB PD AC adaptor and video output via USB Type-C, even after inspecting the specifications in general.
As you can see, this is a model with more than enough power to be used as a main mobile laptop, depending on how you use it.
In the past year or so, low-end laptops have seen significant performance improvements due to the aggressive introduction of cost-effective devices by major overseas manufacturers, and this unit, which could be called the "year-end demon" of the mobile laptop world, is a product that will undoubtedly accelerate this trend.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.