ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401) review

ASUS creates a lot of high-quality devices. This includes pretty much the entire Vivobook subbrand. However, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, or by its Vivobook branding.

The machine we have in for review today is not a low-budget solution meant to help teens express themselves. Nor it is just another stylish business device. Instead, it is the Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401). Yes, it will take you longer to say its name, than it would take an F1 team to change four tires and make a quick change in the angle of the front wing.

However, it is a professional notebook, meant for people who need computational and graphics performance on the go. Some of its features include a 2.8K 120Hz OLED display, which supports almost every display technology imaginable. In addition, the touchpad is pretty funky, but we’ll tell you more about it later on.

We said that it has a lot of power on the table. This is due to the 12th Gen Intel H-series processors, as well as the RTX 3050 Ti. The latter has a 50W TGP, which is appropriate, considering the form factor of the laptop. However, it uses RTX Studio drivers for more stable work with professional apps.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-vivobook-pro-14x-oled-n7401-12th-gen-intel/

Contents


Specs Sheet

ASUS VivoBook Pro 14X OLED (N7401, 12th Gen Intel) - Specs

  • Samsung ATNA45AF01-0 (SDC416D)
  • Color accuracy  1.1  0.9
  • HDD/SSD
  • up to 1000GB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 1x 2280 PCIe NVMe 4.0 x4  See photo
  • RAM
  • up to 32GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Home
  • Battery
  • 70Wh, 3-cell
  • Body material
  • Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 322.8 x 229.9 x 17.9 mm (12.71" x 9.05" x 0.70")
  • Weight
  • 1.68 kg (3.7 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 2x USB Type-A
  • 2.0
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • Thunderbolt 4, Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 2.1
  • Card reader
  • MicroSD
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.0
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • FHD with privacy shutter
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Microphone with Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition
  • Speakers
  • Speakers by Harman Kardon
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

What’s in the box?

Inside the package, we found some paperwork, as well as a 150W power adapter.


Design and construction

ASUS definitely knows how to make low-key products. This one is extremely sleek, with subtle branding. Of course, with the exception of the bulge on the back, which contains the Vivobook logo.

The laptop is entirely made out of aluminum. It has a profile of 17.9mm and weighs 1.68 kg. Although the lid is super slim, it boasts good rigidity. However, what amazed us more is the structural strength of the base. It is built like a tank.

Furthermore, the lid can be opened with a single hand, and it has super slim bezels around it. This not only makes the visual experience more immersive but also results in a smaller form factor.

Above the matte display, you will find a Full HD Web camera with a privacy shutter. It features a 3D Noise Reduction technology, which makes the quality even higher.

Moving to the base, you can see the fingerprint reader, which is embedded in the power button. The keyboard itself has average key travel but clicky feedback. This means the typing experience is pretty good.

And now we come to the touchpad. It is a very large unit – 129 by 73 mm to be precise. It has a glass surface and comes with a neat little function called the DialPad. To activate it, swipe diagonally from the top-right corner, where the tiny circular print sits.

This prompts a virtual DialPad to appear on the left side of the touchpad. It will let you control various stuff, including brightness, volume, timeline scrubbing, rotation of a 3D object, and everything you can imagine a real knob can do.

Now, if you take a look at the bottom panel, you will find the speaker cutouts. They hide a couple of Harman Kardon-tuned runners. In addition, there is the ventilation grill, while the heat exhaust is located on the back of the base.

Ports

On the left side, there are two USB Type-A 2.0 ports. And on the right, you get a charging plug, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, an HDMI 2.1 connector, a Thunderbolt 4, a MicroSD card slot, and an Audio jack.


Disassembly, upgrade options, and maintenance

To access this notebook’s internals, you need to undo 9 Torx-head screws. Then, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool, and remove it from the chassis.

Inside, we come across a 70Wh battery pack. It lasts for 10 hours of Web browsing, or 6 hours of video playback. To take it out, you need to unplug the connector from the motherboard and undo six Phillips-head screws.

Here, the memory is soldered to the motherboard. You can get the device with up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Storage-wise, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot, which supports Gen 4 SSDs.

The cooling, comprises two heat pipes, two heat sinks, and two fans. In addition, you get some more cooling components over the graphics memory and the VRMs. ASUS states that the setup’s maximum thermal capacity is 70W.


Display quality

ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401) is equipped with an OLED panel, Samsung ATNA45AF01-0 (SDC416D). Its diagonal is 14.5-inch (36.8 cm), and the resolution – 2880 x 1800p. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:10, the pixel density – 234 ppi, and their pitch – 0.11 x 0.11 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 38 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).

Viewing angles are comfortable. We offer images at different angles to evaluate the quality.

Also, a video with locked focus and exposure.

The maximum measured brightness is 387 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 385 nits (cd/m2) as an average with a maximum deviation of 2% (HDR off). The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 6650K (Normal mode) – close to the 6500K optimal temperature for sRGB.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective.
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio here is incomparably better than that of the IPS and TN panels and is mathematically infinite.

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.

Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people on HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.

The yellow dotted line shows ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401)’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers 100% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976 and 100% of DCI-P3 providing a punchy and vibrant image.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results in factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Below you can compare the scores of ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401) with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).

You can also see a comparison between the default settings in the P3-D65 color space.

The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.

The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale, and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 1 ms – a brutal score.

After that, we test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “Gray-to-Gray” method from 50% White to 80% White and vice versa between 10% and 90% of the amplitude.


Health impact – PWM / Blue Light

PWM (Screen flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.

Unfortunately, ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401)’s panel uses low-frequency PWM for brightness adjustment up until 90 nits. Afterwards, we detected small pulsations, which makes the display relatively safe in this aspect (after 90 nits).

Blue light emissions

Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin, and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.

Gloss level measurement

Glossy-coated displays are sometimes inconvenient in high ambient light conditions. We show the level of reflection on the screen for the respective laptop when the display is turned off and the measurement angle is 60° (in this case, the result is 169 GU).


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Since our profiles are tailored for each individual display model, this article and its respective profile package are meant for ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401) configurations with 14.5″ Samsung ATNA45AF01-0 (SDC416D) (2880 x 1800p) AMOLED panel.

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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Health-Guard

Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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Sound

ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401)’s Harman Kardon speakers produce a loud and crisp sound of good quality. Its low, mid, and high tones are clear of deviations.


Drivers

All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://www.asus.com/laptops/for-creators/vivobook/vivobook-pro-14x-oled-n7401-12th-gen-intel/helpdesk_download/

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with the Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. ASUS provides this device with a 70Wh battery pack. It lasts for nearly 10 hours of Web browsing, or 6 hours of video playback.

In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.


CPU options

You can pick this machine with the Core i5-12500H, Core i7-12650H, Core i7-12700H, or Core i9-12900H.


GPU options

In addition to the integrated graphics, you get the RTX 3050 Ti with 4GB of GDDR6 graphics memory and a 50W TGP.


Gaming tests

Metro Exodus Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
Average FPS 100 fps 47 fps 22 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) Full HD, Lowest (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
Average 129 fps 82 fps 73 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings)
Average fps 84 fps 77 fps 66 fps

Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average P-core frequency; Average E-core frequency; CPU temp.; Package Power

Intel Core i7-12700H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401) 3.00 GHz @ 2.61 GHz @ 76°C @ 80W 2.99 GHz @ 2.59 GHz @ 84°C @ 80W 2.60 GHz @ 2.37 GHz @ 72°C @ 60W
HP Envy 16 (16-h0000) 3.40 GHz @ 2.63 GHz @ 74°C @ 115W 2.36 GHz @ 1.96 GHz @ 62°C @ 61W 2.29 GHz @ 1.91 GHz @ 67°C @ 55W
Dell G15 5520 3.62 GHz @ 2.78 GHz @ 90°C @ 111W 3.41 GHz @ 2.68 GHz @ 91°C @ 98W 3.18 GHz @ 2.49 GHz @ 83°C @ 87W
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro X (14″) 2.26 GHz @ 2.05 GHz @ 68°C @ 60W 0.97 GHz @ 1.29 GHz @ 60°C @ 21W 1.48 GHz @ 1.33 GHz @ 66°C @ 34W
HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) 3.72 GHz @ 2.85 GHz @ 76°C @ 115W 3.33 GHz @ 2.58 GHz @ 78°C @ 96W 2.37 GHz @ 1.89 GHz @ 65°C @ 45W
Dell Vostro 16 7620 2.83 GHz @ 2.38 GHz @ 64°C @ 71W 2.73 GHz @ 2.24 GHz @ 70°C @ 66W 2.42 GHz @ 1.80 GHz @ 72°C @ 52W
Dell XPS 15 9520 3.18 GHz @ 2.56 GHz @ 95°C @ 87W 2.52 GHz @ 2.10 GHz @ 92°C @ 57W 2.11 GHz @ 1.70 GHz @ 81°C @ 45W
Dell Precision 17 5770 3.34 GHz @ 2.69 GHz @ 78°C @ 95W 3.30 GHz @ 2.66 GHz @ 87°C @ 92W 2.54 GHz @ 2.10 GHz @ 75°C @ 55W
MSI Pulse GL76 (12Ux) 3.29 GHz @ 2.76 GHz @ 77°C @ 97W 3.27 GHz @ 2.75 GHz @ 83°C @ 95W 3.14 GHz @ 2.68 GHz @ 86°C @ 85W
MSI Crosshair 15 (B12Ux) 3.27 GHz @ 2.67 GHz @ 84°C @ 97W 3.19 GHz @ 2.65 GHz @ 91°C @ 94W 3.05 GHz @ 2.47 GHz @ 88°C @ 80W
Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH317-56) 3.39 GHz @ 2.84 GHz @ 64°C @ 103W 3.53 GHz @ 2.76 GHz @ 71°C @ 100W 2.66 GHz @ 2.86 GHz @ 87°C @ 102W
MSI Stealth GS66 (12Ux) 3.84 GHz @ 2.82 GHz @ 83°C @ 124W 3.55 GHz @ 2.67 GHz @ 85°C @ 107W 3.19 GHz @ 2.42 GHz @ 83°C @ 85W
MSI Vector GP66 (12Ux) 3.81 GHz @ 2.91 GHz @ 81°C @ 116W 3.54 GHz @ 2.72 GHz @ 83°C @ 98W 3.30 GHz @ 2.57 GHz @ 79°C @ 86W
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s) 3.25 GHz @ 2.52 GHz @ 89°C @ 80W 3.10 GHz @ 2.46 GHz @ 90°C @ 73W 2.93 GHz @ 2.38 GHz @ 91°C @ 66W

The Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401) offers some customization through the ProArt Creator Hub app. It allows you to choose between several performance presets. We ran our tests with the “Performance” preset. This prioritizes results over comfort, and as you can see, the frequencies of both the P-cores and the E-cores remain fairly stable throughout the test.

We noticed that the Core i7-12700H runs at 80W for a couple of minutes before the cooling solution fully saturates. Then, the power consumption drops to 60W, which is very well manageable by the setup.

Real-life gaming

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (Max fan)
ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401) 1577 MHz @ 69°C @ 50W 1586 MHz @ 66°C @ 50W
Dell G15 5520 1802 MHz @ 73°C @ 90W 1800 MHz @ 74°C @ 90W
Dell Vostro 16 7620 1631 MHz @ 76°C @ 63W 1602 MHz @ 84°C @ 63W
ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED (UX8402) 1701 MHz @ 80°C @ 64W 1694 MHz @ 82°C @ 63W
Dell XPS 15 9520 1168 MHz @ 74°C @ 30W 1380 MHz @ 75°C @ 38W
Dell XPS 15 9510 1187 MHz @ 74°C @ 40W 1293 MHz @ 75°C @ 44W
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 1610 MHz @ 73°C @ 49W 1629 MHz @ 70°C @ 50W
ASUS ROG Flow Z13 (GZ301) 1299 MHz @ 62°C @ 40W 1285 MHz @ 62°C @ 40W
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p Gen 2 1539 MHz @ 69°C @ 50W 1536 MHz @ 69°C @ 50W
HP Omen 16 (16-b0000) 1781 MHz @ 68°C @ 80W 1767 MHz @ 71°C @ 80W
HP Envy 15 (15-ep1000) 1681 MHz @ 87°C @ 75W 1376 MHz @ 74°C @ 48W
ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 OLED (UM535) 1530 MHz @ 66°C @ 50W 1529 MHz @ 68°C @ 50W
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk2000) 1613 MHz @ 65°C @ 60W 1576 MHz @ 73°C @ 60W
MSI Sword 15 1633 MHz @ 73°C @ 60W 1605 MHz @ 79°C @ 60W 1644 MHz @ 69°C @ 60W
Dell G15 5511 1882 MHz @ 71°C @ 88W 1878 MHz @ 72°C @ 89W
Dell G15 5515 1857 MHz @ 76°C @ 80W 1850 MHz @ 77°C @ 80W
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-57) 1616 MHz @ 70°C @ 66W 1607 MHz @ 72°C @ 65W 1632 MHz @ 69°C @ 66W
MSI Katana GF76 1619 MHz @ 76°C @ 60W 1594 MHz @ 82°C @ 60W 1632 MHz @ 70°C @ 60W

Here, the 50W TGP limit is no match for the dual-fan cooling solution. This means two things. Firstly – ASUS could have inserted a more powerful GPU inside the Vivobook Pro 14X. Secondly – you don’t need to push the fans that much to get the maximum out of your laptop.

Gaming comfort

With the “Performance” preset activated, the fans become pretty naughty. You can definitely hear them from the other room. And although the middle of the keyboard does warm up a bit, it is not too hot.


Verdict

There’s a lot to talk about here, so be patient. We want to take the bad stuff out of the way first. An annoying, yet almost mandatory feature is the lack of memory upgrades. The RAM here is soldered to the motherboard, which allows it to remain small-enough, and have good cooling.

Thankfully, you can get two configurations – one with 16GB and one with 32GB. Both use the faster LPDDR5 RAM, instead of LPDDR4. In addition, two of the three USB Type-A ports are only 2.0s. On the bright side, there is a Thunderbolt 4 connector on the right side, which is free at all times, because the device charges with a barrel-style plug.

Now, the battery is not stellar, but we are okay with 10 hours of Web browsing, or 6 hours of video playback. The culprit behind the average numbers, in our opinion, is the high-res OLED display.

ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401)’s panel has a high resolution, comfortable viewing angles, and a fantastic pixel response time. Moreover, the panel features a 120Hz refresh rate, which makes the experience smoothest than a baby’s b…cheek.

Needless to say, the display covers fully both the sRGB and the DCI-P3 color gamuts. This makes the image really vibrant and full of depth.

We are also pretty happy with the user experience we got. Due to the fast pixel response time, the laptop is incredibly snappy. Its keyboard is good for typing, while the touchpad is something else! Not only is it large, smooth, and responsive, but it has an Ace up its sleeve. The so-called DialPad virtual knob.

As a “pro” tool, it can be really useful for all time of applications. Thankfully, ASUS offers some customization, which allows you to map the knob to do things to your liking.

Some honorable mentions of the whole feature pack include the fingerprint reader, the privacy shutter, and the 3D Noise Reduction of the Full HD Web camera. Another type of noise manipulation is way more impressive, though – the Noise Cancellation of both the input and the output. You no longer need to experience the feeling of having a kid or that of a random neighbor pounding the wall with the heaviest hammer he found at Home Depot.

You see, the Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401) is a really well-balanced machine. You get some of everything. Of course, we can miss mentioning a feature or two, but you are the one that will really miss out if you don’t consider having it in your possession.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-vivobook-pro-14x-oled-n7401-12th-gen-intel/

Pros

  • Great price-to-performance ratio
  • Capable cooling
  • Strong aluminum chassis
  • 100% sRGB and DCI-P3 coverage + HDR support
  • High resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Deep blacks and virtually infinite contrast ratio
  • Noise cancellation
  • Fingerprint reader + DialPad
  • 120Hz refresh rate with fast pixel response times
  • Thunderbolt 4 + HDMI 2.1 + MicroSD card slot


Cons

  • Uses PWM below 90 nits
  • 2 out of 3 USB Type-A ports run at 2.0 speeds
  • Soldered memory

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