ASUS VivoBook 14 (A416) Review : For Work and Study at Home
Even though it is often labeled as one of the worst years, 2020 still brings some positives. One of the most positive things is to prove that daily activities such as work and school can be done independently at home.
The transition may not be smooth and full of obstacles, but the concept of working and studying without having to go to work or school has proven viable. One of the obstacles is in the device. Not everyone has a computer at home, making it difficult to work or study from home.
The most practical solution is to buy a laptop, because it is much more compact than a PC. In addition, laptops are also equipped with features to meet the needs of work or study from home such as the availability of a webcam and microphone.
But once again, choosing the right laptop for work and study from home needs is also not easy for some people. This is due to the increasing number of laptops that are specifically designed for specific usage needs.
VivoBook 14 (A416) is indeed an entry-level or entry-level laptop. However, this laptop still looks like a modern laptop and still uses the latest hardware. The body design is still compact and easy to carry around.
Meanwhile, in terms of hardware, this laptop supports the use of PCIe SSDs and is powered by processors up to 10th Gen Intel Core. Another attraction, this laptop also has complete connectivity and meets the connectivity standards of a modern laptop released in 2020.
The typical look of a modern laptop
ASUS VivoBook 14 (A416) is a modern laptop with a high mobility concept. That’s why the VivoBook 14 (A416) still comes with a compact and lightweight body. Its weight is only 1.6 kilograms and its thickness is only 19.9mm making this laptop easy to carry around.
Not only that, ASUS even provides a charger that is very compact and easy to put into various compartments in the bag. One of the secrets why the VivoBook 14 (A416) can have a body that is more compact compared to 14-inch laptops in general is thanks to the NanoEdge Display technology.
This exclusive technology from ASUS allows the screen bezel on the VivoBook 14 (A416) to appear very thin, so this laptop can have a screen-to-body ratio of up to 82%. Talking about the screen, VivoBook 14 (A416) is also equipped with a 14-inch screen with a resolution of up to Full HD.
This screen is perfect for both work and multimedia content because it is coated with an anti-glare coating and has a viewing angle of up to 178 degrees. ASUS VivoBook 14 (A416) is also equipped with a full-size, backlit keyboard.
The VivoBook 14 (A416) keyboard is also ergonomically designed and more robust. Each keyboard key has 1.4mm of key travel which is ideal for typing. In addition to a comfortable keyboard, several variants of the VivoBook 14 (A416) are also equipped with biometric security through a fingerprint sensor.
This feature that is usually found in premium class laptops allows VivoBook 14 (A416) users to enter the Windows 10 Home system through Windows Hello. That way, VivoBook 14 (A416) users no longer need to type a password.
Armed with premium features
ASUS has equipped the VivoBook 14 (A416) with a camera so that this laptop can be relied on as a device for work or study at home. VivoBook 14 (A416) users also don’t need to pay extra to buy office software because this laptop is equipped with Microsoft Office Pre-Installed.
Microsoft Office is the best office application in the world and is used as a standard application in processing office data and documents by most institutions in the world. Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 consists of three main applications, namely Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Besides being equipped with the latest Office features, Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 can also be continuously updated so that users can be free from various threats of security holes and malware. Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 is available free of charge or at no additional cost.
VivoBook 14 (A416) is designed as a modern laptop and puts mobility first. For this reason, VivoBook 14 (A416) is equipped with a series of connectivity features ranging from USB Type-C, USB Type-A, HDMI ports, and combo audio jacks to meet daily connectivity needs.
Meanwhile, on the wireless connectivity side, VivoBook 14 (A416) is also equipped with WiFi 5 (802.11ac) to connect to the internet network, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 so that users can connect various wireless accessories.
ASUS VivoBook 14 (A416) is not only equipped with various attractive features, but also has a tough construction. Various parts of this laptop, such as the main chassis and screen frame, are made of metal to strengthen the overall body construction.
ASUS also provides extra protection for the HDD on VivoBook 14 (A416) called EAR HDD Protection. This protection can absorb the vibrations generated when the device is shaken and save the HDD inside.
Link To MyASUS support
One more advantage of VivoBook 14 (A416) is the presence of MyASUS, a built-in application that is the control center for this laptop. Through MyASUS, VivoBook 14 (A416) users can monitor the status of their laptop as well as perform troubleshooting.
MyASUS also provides facilities so that users can scan laptop systems, find problems, and fix them automatically. Not only that, MyASUS can also show the warranty status of the device and the facility to contact ASUS customer service.
The most interesting thing about MyASUS is a feature called Link to MyASUS. This feature allows VivoBook 14 (A416) users to connect their smartphone to a laptop so they can be more productive.
Link to MyASUS has several functions ranging from displaying messages and notifications from a smartphone to a laptop screen, making phone calls directly from a laptop, to making a smartphone a second screen for a laptop. Link to MyASUS even provides the facility to share files instantly.
Modern hardware support
ASUS VivoBook 14 (A416) is powered by a processor up to 10th Gen Intel Core, a modern processor with a series of features and the latest technology. The highest variant comes with an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor which has a 4 core and 8 thread configuration, and a boost clock of up to 3.6 GHz.
Several variants of the VivoBook 14 (A416) are also powered by the NVIDIA GeForce MX330 graphics chip for users who need extra graphics performance. The presence of NVIDIA GeForce MX330 allows VivoBook 14 (A416) to run various applications that require extra graphics performance.
In order to meet the needs of all groups, VivoBook 14 (A416) comes with various hardware configurations, including types of data storage media and memory. VivoBook 14 (A416) uses DDR4 memory, which is the standard for modern laptops with an expandable capacity of up to 12GB.
As for storage, this laptop relies on two types of storage, namely 2.5 ”SATA and M.2 PCIe. Depending on the configuration, users can embed SSD and HDD into this laptop. VivoBook 14 (A416) itself is equipped with a 37Wh capacity battery which is sufficient to accompany users all day long.
When tested using PCMark 10 Battery in Modern Office mode, the VivoBook 14 (A416) managed to last up to almost 8 hours. If it is assumed that the average number of hours worked in a day is eight hours, it means that you no longer need to charge this laptop battery to work all day.
The following are the benchmark results of the ASUS VivoBook 14 (A416) version of the Intel Core i3 with a 512GB SSD and 4GB RAM:
Do you need a laptop to work and study from home? VivoBook 14 (A416) is the right choice. Not only does it have a very attractive price, this laptop is also very capable to meet all the basic needs of modern computing.
|Main Spec.||VivoBook 14 (A416)|
|CPU||Intel® Core ™ i5-1035G1 Processor 1.0 GHz (6M Cache, up to 3.6 GHz)Intel® Core ™ i3-1005G1 Processor 1.2 GHz (4M Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)Intel® Celeron N4020 Processor 1.1GHz (4M Cache, up to 2.8GHz)|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Memory||4GB DDR4 RAM|
|Storage||1TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD256GB PCIe® Gen3 x2 SSD512GB PCIe® Gen3 x2 SSD1TB HDD + 256GB SSD|
|Display||14.0 ″ (16: 9) LED backlit FHD (1920 × 1080) IPS Anti-Glare14.0 ″ (16: 9) LED backlit FHD (1920 × 1080) Anti-Glare14.0 ″ (16: 9) LED backlit HD (1366 × 768) Anti-Glare|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce MX350 (optional)Intel UHD Graphics|
|Input / Output||1x HDMI 1.4, 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 2x USB 2.0 Type-A, Micro SD card reader|
|Camera||VGA Web Camera|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.1|
|Audio||SonicMaster, Audio by ICEpower®, Built-in speaker, Built-in microphone|
|Battery||37WHrs, 2S1P, 2-cell Li-ion|
|Dimension||32.54 x 21.60 x 1.99 ~ 1.99 cm|
|Colors||Transparent Silver, Slate Gray|
|Price||Rp.4,799,000 (Celeron N4020 / Intel UHD Graphics / 4GB / 1TB HDD)Rp.4,899,000 (Celeron N4020 / Intel UHD Graphics / 256GB PCIe SSD)Rp. 6,699,000 (Core i3 / Intel UHD Graphics / 4GB / 1TB HDD)Rp.7,099,000 (Core i3 / Intel UHD Graphics / 4GB / 512GB PCIe SSD)IDR 7,499,000 (Core i3 / GeForce MX330 / 4GB / 256GB PCIe SSD)Rp.10,099,000 (Core i5 / GeForce MX330 / 4GB / 512GB PCIe SSD)Rp.10,799,000 (Core i5 / GeForce MX330 / 4GB / 1TB HDD + 256GB PCIe SSD)|
|Warranty||2 years global warranty|