Our Verdict
A surpringly powerful 2-in-1, the Asus Vivobook Flip 14 is an outstanding multitasker with some surprisingly good graphics performance for a hybrid laptop. Although 8GB RAM slows it down somewhat when working with a whole lot of multimedia data or Chrome tabs, its plenty of for school or workplace productivity tasks.

For
Lightweight and portable
Multitasking champ
Great GPU performance
Stylus included
Against
Stylus holder not so secure
8GB RAM limits its multimedia performance
Lackluster single-core CPU performance
Two minute review
The Asus Vivobook Flip 14 is this year’s refresh of company’s budget 2-in-1 hybrid laptop, featuring an updated chassis design and AMD’s Ryzen CPUs over last year’s Intel processors. The effect is an elegant and powerful 2-in-1 that’s very difficult to beat for the purchase price.

The switch to the AMD Ryzen CPU adds an excellent bit of capacity to the Flip 14 since it outperforms many rival Intel systems of all benchmarks. The integrated Radeon graphics also requires a considerable lead over Intel’s integrated graphics systems.

On the downside, the Flip 14 does not have the very best battery life out there, falling well short of its rivals. Still, it could get six to seven hours of charge, which will do to truly get you through almost all of the day.

The included stylus is fully featured with programmable buttons and powered by an individual AAA alkaline battery. It is also much better to lose, because the included stylus holder is magnetic and is intended to add to the lid of the laptop. Although it works, an excellent, strong pull will probably peel it quickly, taking your stylus with it.

Still, despite these issues, for the performance and the purchase price, the Asus Vivibook Flip 14 is quite tough to beat.

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Price and availability
The Asus Vivobook Flip 14 delivered to TechRadar for review is currently available and retails for $699 (about £540/AU$980). The bottom model, with a Ryzen 5 CPU, retails for $599 (about £455/AU$840).

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Spec Sheet

This is actually the Asus Vivobook Flip 14 configuration delivered to TechRadar for review:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
Graphics: AMD Radeon
RAM: 8GB DDR4
Screen: 14-inch FHD IPS Display
Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Ports: 1 x USB 3.2 Type-C (data only), 1 x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Audio combo jack, 1 x MicroSD reader
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Camera: 720p HD webcam
Weight: 3.31 pounds (1.50 kg)
Size (W x D x H): 12.75 x 8.66 x 0.72 inches (324 x 220 x 18.2 mm)
Battery: 43Whr, 3-cell lithium-ion

Design
The Flip 14 includes a redesigned chassis, creating a lighter, more sexy look than last year’s model. Using its new aluminum-alloy construction, the lid and chassis body feature an ultra-smooth bespoke black finish with an elegant diamond-cut Asus Vivobook logo etched in to the surface.

The standard notebook chicklet-style keyboard is responsive with decent key travel, although keys do feel hook bit cramped for our tastes. It isn’t that egregious though, especially taking into consideration the size of the notebook overall.

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The trackpad can be responsive without having to be exceptional and the switches for clicks of the mouse give good tactile feedback during us, though clicks do get stiffer as you move from underneath corners of the trackpad.

The included pen-sized stylus, powered by an individual AAA alkaline battery, features two programmable buttons and is works pretty much so far as styluses go. We didn’t notice any appreciable lag in input when using it.

The main one major issue we’d with it had been the magnetic fob Asus included to keep carefully the stylus mounted on the Flip 14. Connecting to the lid surface, the magnetic connection isn’t the strongest out there, so that it isn’t all that helpful as a storage solution for the stylus. Be cautious you don’t lose it.

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The portrait mode for the Flip 14 is obviously functional, nonetheless it does have problems with the cramped believe that all 16:9 2-in-1 laptops need to cope with (aside from rarities just like the Acer Spin 5, that’s).

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The 360-degree hinges turn the notebook computer into a tablet and so are rated for 20,000 open/close cycles. Also, they are stepped instead of directly flat, which tilts the keyboard slightly toward the users hands while typing.

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There are a significant amount of ports including a USB-C 3.2, though it is not for charging, unfortunately. Gleam cooling vent that occupies about 50 % of the left side of the chassis.

There are no back or front ports, but there will be the downward facing speakers on the sides towards leading of the notebook that regrettably appears to be standard for ultrabooks.

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Performance
Benchmarks

Here’s the way the Asus Vivobook Flip 14 performed inside our benchmark tests:
3DMark Skydiver: 10,259; Firestrike: 2,604; Time Spy: 937
GeekBench 5: 674 (single-core); 3,824 (multi-core) CineBench20: 2,536 cb
PCMark10 Home: 4,989
Battery Life (PCMark10 test): 8 hours 49 minutes
Battery Life (Techradar movie test): 6 hours 19 minutes

The Asus Vivobook Flip 14 performed rather well on our performance benchmarks, handily beating out almost all of its Intel Comet-Lake rivals pretty handily on all but a few benchmarks.

Although it loses out to the Acer Spin 5 on GeekBench 5’s single-core CPU benchmark, 1,224 to 674, it’s multi-core performance just edges out the Spin 5’s 3,824 to 3,798.

It does better still on our CineBench20 test, with it’s score of 2,536 practically doubling the 1,333 result for the Spin 5. The Flip 14 also beat the Spin 5 on the PCMark10 Home test, 4,989 to 4,413.

The Flip 14’s integrated AMD Radeon Vega GPU outperforms the Spin 5’s Intel Iris GPU aswell, sometimes by a substantial margin. Inside our 3DMark Skydiver test, for instance, the Flip 14 turns in an exceedingly respectable score of 10,259 against the 7,896 for the Spin 5.

The results narrow somewhat through the more demanding GPU benchmarks (2,604 to 2,267 on Firestrike and 937 to 814 promptly Spy, Flip 14 to Spin 5, respectively), however the Flip 14’s Radeon GPU evidently comes out ahead.

Where in fact the Flip 14 does wrap up lagging an excellent bit behind the Spin 5 is in its battery life, which isn’t surprising, given the Flip 14’s 43WHr battery to the Spin 5’s much bigger 56WHr.

Used, this difference means the Flip 14 lasted typically 8 hours and 49 minutes during our PCMark 10 battery test against the Spin 5’s 11 hours and five minutes. The Flip 14 does a whole lot worse on our movie test, lasting typically 6 hours and 19 minutes to the Spin 5’s 11 hours and 19 minutes.

Asus does say that the Flip charges in one percent to 60 percent in less than 49 minutes (when powered off), and our experience reflects similar. Whether that compensates for the low battery life will rely upon your unique need, however.

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Software
Taking into consideration the price, we aren’t surprised that there’d be some bloatware on the Flip 14. The largest culprit may be the preinstalled McAfee virus software that included some very obnoxious pop-up adds by the taskbar’s notification center.

You will find a software utility called MyAsus which allows you to be sure of system updates, change different system settings, and even diagnose certain system issues like blue screen errors and similar issues.

Buy it if…
You want an inexpensive 2-in-1
Starting at only $599/£455/AU$840, the Asus Vivobook Flip 14 is unquestionably just about the most affordable 2-in-1s you will discover out there.

You will want relatively powerful 2-in-1
While this is simply not a gaming notebook computer at all, the Flip 14 does pack a respectable amount of power beneath the hood thanks to the most recent AMD Zen 2 CPUs and integrated Radeon Vega graphics.

You will want sexy looking laptop
There is no denying that the updated design of the Flip 14 is eye-catching without having to be gaudy.

Don’t buy it if…
You will want high-end laptop
As the Asus Vivobook Flip 14 is a fantastic notebook computer for what it really is, it is still constructed with the budget-conscious consumer at heart. If you’re looking to discover the best 2-in-1 out there, there are better for those who have the money to invest.

You want all day long battery life
The battery on the Flip 14 isn’t terrible, nonetheless it is merely decent in comparison to its rivals.

You lose things easily – just like a magnetically-attached stylus
The stylus of the Flip 14 is mounted on the notebook with a magnetically-attached fob, so if you are the type that will lose things, perhaps a 2-in-1 with an improved stylus storage solution could possibly be in order.