Asus Fearless Pro14 Core Edition In-depth Review: Definitely More Than “a Good Screen”


[Bestbuy618 Notebook Channel]On September 15, ASUS held its 2021 fall conference in Shanghai, and the theme of “Every screen is wonderful” revealed ASUS’s strategy for 2021-2022 – they want to bring consumers “a good screen.” The theme “Every scene is wonderful” revealed ASUS’ strategy for 2021-2022: they want to provide consumers with “a good screen.” The LINGUO Pro series, LINGUO X series, ProArt Creative Nation series, Fearless series, and aDou series, which represents the new generation of young people, were fully updated at this event, and the powerful product lineup truly made the audience addicted. Today we bring you an in-depth review of the Asus Fearless Pro14 Core, a new Fearless product that drew a lot of attention when it was released. The “arms race” in the notebook industry never stops at the screen.

The screen has the most intuitive impact on the user’s perception as the focus of attention when using a notebook. “A good screen not only improves the user’s leisure and entertainment experience, but it can also provide a boost in the workplace.” However, for qualified notebooks, a good screen is often insufficient, as ASUS Fearless Pro14 Core Edition in all aspects are very balanced without obvious flaws, solidly based in the field of thin and light office notebooks, is truly a good product to meet the needs of users.

In this “face-saving” society, high value often leaves a good first impression, and this applies to notebooks as well. The ASUS Fearless Pro14 Core Edition we reviewed this time is a quiet blue color scheme with a tough design style and sharp, textured lines that reveal a “fearless” quality throughout.

The A-side features a custom metal top cover with a CNC embossed “ASUS VivoBook” logo that adds texture to the notebook. It’s in the middle of the pack, measuring 17.9mm thick and weighing around 1.4kg. Although it is not as thin as the pursuit of the ultimate thin and light model, it does not live up to the name of a thin and light notebook. For the time being, the B-side screen section will be treated as a separate story.

The upper edge camera section also has a dependable physical mask that can keep privacy leaks at bay. In fact, the ASUS Fearless Pro14 is designed with shortcut keys, function keys F9 and F10 to turn on/off the microphone and camera, respectively, for added peace of mind. The keyboard can reach above the average level of thin and light notebooks, 1.4mm key range rebound is quite strong, and the touch when hitting it is okay.

Backlighting in two sections, large font design kudos The fingerprint recognition is integrated in the power button, but the power button is really a little small, occasionally unlocked poorly; the appearance of this may be more popular with boys, low-key and restrained without sacrificing sharpness, very suitable for young students, white-collar workers, and other groups.

Organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, have been widely used in smartphones over the last two years, and have become a popular replacement for LCD screens. The first advantage of oled screens is that they are self-emitting, which allows the screen to be thinner. Ordinary LCD screens, on the other hand, must rely on the backlight to display the image.

Second, pixel self-illumination increases contrast, allowing you to achieve the switch on each pixel, the final presentation of pixel-level zoning backlight, theoretically can achieve infinite contrast. It is because of these benefits that OLED is more in line with the requirements of smartphone screens in terms of thickness, brightness, and power consumption – and notebooks are the next frontier to be swept by the OLED trend, and ASUS is one of the first noteboo In terms of hardware parameters alone, the Fearless Pro14 Core Edition has a 14-inch OLED screen from Samsung with a resolution of 2.8K and a screen ratio of 16:10, which can display a few more lines of tables in Excel than the traditional 16:9 screen, which is also considered a productivity boost; it supports a 90Hz refresh rate, which is very silky smooth in normal web browsing and video playback.

The screen has a 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and 95 percent AdobeRGB support, with an average E of 0.82 and a maximum E of 2.05 The wide color gamut and excellent color accuracy are extremely beneficial for professional retouching and color grading work, and the video playback effect speaks for itself. The Asus Fearless Pro14 screen also supports 10bit color depth in HDR mode, and the contrast ratio can reach 1000000:1, which can better present dark details, restore true color, and ensure a smooth and unbroken color transition. And Pantone color certification and DisplayHDR 600 True Black high standard certification are also proof of the screen’s quality; additionally, TüV Rheinland hardware low blue light certification and SGS Eye Care certification are not absent, ASUS good screen not only let you use cool, but also comfortable to use; some friends may be concerned about the OLED screen burning problem, ASUS will naturally take these concerns into account.

The ASUS Fearless Pro14 is equipped with an 11th generation Intel Core i5-11300H standard processor, and because it is positioned as a thin and light office, it can intelligently monitor aging. Users can also set multiple protective measures such as pixel refresh, pixel shift, auto-hide taskbar, and factory default on dark mode through MyASUS software to further extend the life of the OLED screen.

The Core i5-11300H is built on the 10nm SuperFin process technology, with the Willow Cove CPU microarchitecture, and has a main frequency of 3.1GHz and a maximum frequency of 4.4GHz, 4 cores and 8 threads, 8MB of tertiary cache, and a TDP of 35W. The Torch Xe graphics card has 80 execution units and a 1.3GHz graphics frequency.

The i5-11300H’s single-threaded and multi-threaded CPU-Z scores are already comparable to the desktop i7-7700K. Although its multi-core performance is not comparable to the 6-core, 12-threaded i7-8700K, it already outperforms the 8700K in single-threaded scores. We ran 15 rounds of CineBench R20 and CineBench R23 tests on the Fearless Pro14, and the average CineBench R20 single-core score reached 512cb, while the CineBench R23 single-core score reached 1423cb.

The single-core performance of the i5-11300H in CineBench R23 can reach 1423cb, and the CPU Profile test in 3D Mark shows that it performs well for 4 and 2 threads. 4 and 2 threads are primarily tested for older DirectX 9 games or gaming games such as DOTA 2, League of Legends, and CS:GO, where the frame rate is usually correlated with the 2 or 4 threads score. The 4-thread score outperformed the desktop i5-10600K, while the 2-thread outperformed the i9-10900K, according to the office test results.

3D Mark TimeSpy test CPU score of 4498 points, overall score of 1318 points, Intel Xe core performance is essentially equivalent to entry-level single display, in response to daily graphics processing, light video editing, and other work can assume the appropriate role. However, due to the thin and light office book’s positioning, its game support is limited to online games such as League of Legends, and it is not recommended that users use it to play large games. The thin and light book has high requirements for heat dissipation, and because of the limited space inside the body, heat is more likely to build up, causing the core to overheat, resulting in downgrades or even downtime. The performance release of the Asus Fearless Pro14 was still very stable.

Moreover, during the 30-minute single-copy FPU test, the ASUS Fearless Pro14 Core Edition’s C-side was always kept at a very low temperature. The highest temperature measured at the keyboard was 40°C, which appeared in the JKUI area, while the other areas were comfortably warm, essentially staying below 35°C. This is due to the ASUS Fearless Pro14 Core Edition’s dual-fan, dual-heatpipe cooling architecture, which features thicker heatpipes paired with a cicada-wing fan with 87 fan blades, enhancing cooling efficiency and allowing the CPU to run at high power while ensuring heat dissipation.

Users can also adjust the laptop mode via Fn F, with high efficiency mode, standard mode, and quiet mode for different office scenarios. Due to the significant power consumption of the OLED screen, the battery life is 3h55min in standard mode and 4h12min in power saving mode, which is not a long battery life in a thin and light notebook product.

The ASUS Fearless Pro14 Core Edition also has a plethora of external interfaces that are more than capable of meeting the user’s daily multi-class work expansion needs. There are two USB Type-A ports on the left side, but they are 2.0; on the right side, there are USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, HDMI, Thunderbolt 4, power supply, micro SD card reader, and 3.5mm headphone jack. Among them, Thunderbolt 4 not only supports 8K output but can also be PD fast charging, so if you don’t want to go out with the original adapter, bring a charging head that supports PD and can meet the dual power supply needs of the phone PC. AIDA 64 reveals that the ASUS Fearless Pro14 Core Edition has a memory latency of around 82ns and a frequency of 42.8GB/s, which is standard; CrystalDiskMark7.0 tests software read and write The Intel Aeon H10 sustained read and write speed is close to 2814MB/s and sustained write is 1311MB/s, which is also a moderate performance and is certainly enough to cope with daily learning office.

Precise positioning is critical for the success of a notebook; after all, there are gains and losses, and it is often difficult to have both thinness and performance. The Asus Fearless Pro14 Core Edition is well aware of its positioning, and ensures heat dissipation while fully utilizing CPU performance, giving this thin and light notebook an advantage in the same class of thin and light notebooks for learning work; the OLED screen is arguably the biggest highlight of this notebook, and the quality of this screen is almost unrivaled in its class, and is destined to attract a crowd of friends with high requirements for scr The standard power adapter, despite its square design, still does not directly use the C-port, which is slightly disappointing; as current OLED screen notebooks consume relatively large amounts of power while also needing to retain the benefits of being a thin and light notebook should The Fearless Pro14 Core Edition still has room for improvement in terms of battery life. Overall, the Asus Fearless Pro 14 is a very sincere notebook; in the price range of 5000 OLED notebooks, the Fearless Pro 14 has a significant price/performance ratio and competitiveness, making it more suitable for high school students, college students, and newcomers to the workplace with office entertainment needs to begin with. You can already place an order at Jingdong!