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ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TM420 2-in-1 AMD Laptop (Ryzen 5000, 2021)

NEX score 57%

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Product Overview

The 2021 ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TM420 is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 5000-series mobile processors up to Ryzen 7 5700U. Unlike clamshell VivoBook models, it enjoys a full-metal chassis, though it further sacrifices performance in achieving this.
As such, the VivoBook Flip 14 TM420 has an uninspiring FHD IPS touch display with 45% coverage of the NTSC color space. It also has only one PCI express 3.0 x2 slot for SSD, which is already occupied from factory.
On the plus side, this 2-in-1 is relatively thin at just over 18mm. It also has WiFi 6 connectivity and 82% screen-to-body ratio. Last but not least, while its size leaves no space for a numeric keypad, ASUS has given the VivoBook Flip 14 TM420 its NumberPad 2.0 version numeric keypad in the touchpad.
Alongside the TM420, ASUS also markets essentially the same laptop powered by Intel.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Great value for the money
  • Excellent performance for a budget laptop
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Rugged chassis
  • Poor battery life

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 57% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Decent performance
  • Solid performance
  • Good battery life
  • Color-accurate OLED display
Cons
  • Dim display
  • Small touchpad
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 1x UBS 3.2 Gen2 + 1x USB 2.0 + 1x HDMI 1.4 + 1x Audio combo + 1x microSD 4.0
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 + Bluetooth 4.2 or WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
42 Wh
Camera | Front
720p HD camera
Colors
Bespoke Black
Form Factor
2-in-1 convertible laptop
Material
Metal chassis
Microphone
Array microphone
Speakers
Dual speakers

Dimensions

Bezels
82% screen-to-body ratio
Size | Depth
220 mm / 8.66"
Size | Height
18.2 mm / 0.72"
Size | Width
324 mm / 12.76"
Weight
1.5 kg / 3.31 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Brightness
250 nits
Display Diagonal
14 inch
Display Type
IPS, glossy
Gamut
45% NTSC
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Graphics
Integrated AMD Radeon Graphics
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U, Ryzen 5 5500U, or Ryzen 7 5700U
Security
Trusted Platform Module (Firmware TPM)
Touch Screen
Yes
Touchpad
NumberPad 2.0

Performance

Key Travel
1.35 mm
Memory | Capacity
4 or 8 GB soldered + 1x SO-DIMMS up to 16 GB
Memory | Type
DDR4
Power Supply
65 W
Storage
Up to 1TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x2 SSD

Production

Debut
2021

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External Reviews

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score 51%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
The Asus VivoBook Flip 14 is a premium-looking offering from Asus. The battery life and quick top-up certainly earn this laptop a few brownie points. In terms of value, it gets it all right on paper. However, a few key issues keep it from being the home run hit that it can be.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • Dim display
  • Dim display

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
While it may look like a Spectre keyboard, it doesn't quite feel like one. There's plenty of travel and a nice click to the switches, but the bottoming action is too abrupt. The touchpad is a Microsoft Precision version, so it works well with good support for Windows 10 multitouch gestures, but it's just tiny.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Solid performance
  • Color-accurate OLED display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Small touchpad
  • Dim display

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (2021) review: Ambitious ultraportable with some flaws. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/asus-vivobook-flip-14-2021-review-1638757/. 2021-07-18. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
2. ^ Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (2021) review: A fast, cheap laptop. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/asus-vivobook-flip-14-review/. 2021-06-11. Retrieved 2021-10-13.

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