The ASUS VivoBook series is split into a few different sub-series. The VivoBook S-series is more premium, and the A-series is definitely more affordable. Today, we have one with us – and we’re going to put it to the test.
My overall impression here is that VivoBook 14 A413 is a fantastic laptop – especially for kids who need a laptop to attend classes and do school work. But I suggest you watch our video review from the beginning until the end to know the full story. There is quite a lot to take in, to say the least.
We’ll try to keep it separated into just pros and cons of this laptop, but we’ll jump back and forth when the information is relevant.
The pros of this laptop
We should first start off with the specs. This laptop is very powerful as it comes with:
- Intel Core i5-10210U
- NVIDIA GeForce MX330 with 2GB VRAM
- 4GB RAM (soldered)
- 512GB Intel 660p NVMe SSD
By looking at the specs sheet, this is a generational upgrade from the VivoBook Ultra A512 that we reviewed in June last year. But this is only on paper. In reality, it’s quite a weird situation here. Opening up the laptop, we can see that the new VivoBook 14 A413 has soldered RAM and no expandable RAM slots, but its predecessor has one.
And instead of another 2.5-inch drive slot, the new VivoBook 14 A413 comes with another M.2 SSD slot, just like its higher-end S-series brethren. Still, it’s nice to see an upgrade path here although the included 512GB SSD is plentiful.
Just a quick note – we realized that the VivoBook 14 A413 is supremely well-built when we’re opening the laptop. It’s fully plastic, but it’s heavily reinforced and made out of thick plastic, which is in stark contrast to its predecessor’s soft plastic.
And I also like the design of the VivoBook 14 A413. It comes in 3 different colors – Bespoke Black, Dreamy White, and also this Cobalt Blue that we have here. I’m not sure what finish that ASUS has done on the lid – I just can’t resist caressing the lid. It’s too smooth.
Opening the lid, the keyboard is fantastic to type on. It has great travel distance with good tactility, and yet it’s not that stiff.
The trackpad is decent enough – and it also comes with a fingerprint scanner! That’s something that I didn’t expect at all.
Battery life is okay, gets about 4-5 hours on our use case – that’s pretty good.
And then I looked at the screen. I don’t remember seeing a TN panel of this quality. I also reviewed the VivoBook Ultra A412 from last year, and the VivoBook the year before that. I just don’t remember seeing a TN panel that’s as bad as the VivoBook 14 A413.
The viewing angle is… atrocious. For me, I can’t find any sweet spot viewing angle without some parts of the screen’s color shifting. And if I turn the brightness to 100%, the entire screen just looks washed out. It’s quite okay when it’s at its lowest brightness, though.
And that soldered RAM. I mean, it’s alright to have soldered RAM but only 4GB of RAM though. ASUS Malaysia doesn’t offer this particular laptop in any other configurations – so we’re stuck with 4GB RAM only. If it comes with at least 8GB of RAM, then I wouldn’t complain as much.
Do I recommend the ASUS VivoBook 14 A413?
Okay, so what I want to say about this VivoBook 14 A413 is this – it’s a powerful laptop for sure, thanks to that Intel + NVIDIA combo. It offers very well-balanced performance and we can even play games like Overwatch and Fortnite – which is why I said that this laptop is good for parents who are looking to get a laptop for their kids. You don’t even need a PS4 or Xbox to play these games!
I also tried editing videos on this laptop – barring the horrendous color reproduction on the TN panel. Footages from our Sony camera at 1080p 60fps is actually quite smooth, thanks to the MX330 and that 2GB of dedicated VRAM.
What I’m concerned here though, is the price. At RM2,899, I’ll say that it’s rather expensive since we’re getting a TN panel and also the lack of RAM upgradability.
Personally, I’ll suggest you to add RM300 more and get the VivoBook S15 S533 instead at RM3,199. That laptop comes with an IPS LCD screen, better build quality, and 8GB RAM – but also soldered and also MX250 instead of MX330.
Still, at a tight budget, the VivoBook 14 A413 is a good choice.