Lingyao 14 is a mid-range product in the ASUS notebook series, but it embodies its leapfrog ambitions in all aspects.
First of all, start with the appearance. The front is the familiar concentric circle design language. I first saw this design on ASUS mobile phones. It was fresh in the past, but now it has been inherited in notebook products and has become ASUS's unique design symbol.
It broke the old law of placing LOGO in the center. Asus called it "eccentric concentric circles."
The concentric circle pattern formed by brushed metal has no obvious lines to the touch. Because the whole body is made of metal material, it feels cold to the touch, and in the autumn when it is gradually cool, people feel not close enough when they first touch it.
Fortunately, its appearance is attractive enough.
The Lingyao 14 in my hand looks dark gray, but in fact the official name is "pinewood green", a color name with a Chinese flavor. Observed with the naked eye, it uses a dark color as the base tone, with a hint of cyan in it. Under different lighting environments, the colors it presents are not the same.
In the sun, it looks like a mix of blue and gray; indoors, it is closer to pure black. So that I captured it in different scenes, the color is different.
The weight of the whole machine is 1.1Kg, and the thickest part of the body is 13.5mm. With reasonable counterweight and careful design, it can be easily opened with one finger.
The edge position uses a diamond cutting process, and it feels sharp when you look and feel it, but please rest assured that it will not cut the user's hand like some mobile phones.
Raise the B side, the ErgoLift hinge at the rear of the fuselage will lift the fuselage. The amount of lift is not much, and the bottom of the machine will form an angle of about 2° with the desktop. First, it is ergonomic and more comfortable when typing; second, it can also improve the air intake efficiency of the bottom cooling holes.
The B side is a 14-inch full HD screen, matte treatment anti-glare, 100% sRGB color gamut, and the default DC dimming is used most of the time. Only when the screen brightness is below 25%, it will switch to PWM High-frequency dimming, but in most cases, we will not adjust the brightness below 25%… Right.
The screen-to-body ratio of 90% is suitable for entertainment or work. There is an infrared IR camera at the top of the screen, so Lingyao 14 has the support of Windows Hello, so there is no need to enter the PIN code painfully when logging in. However, the sensitivity and range of this facial recognition are still far from Apple's Face ID. .
The keyboard position has been enlarged because of the elimination of the number keys, the size of the keycaps, and the distance between the keys. As long as you get accustomed to the key positions, you will hardly encounter mistaken input.
Sitting in front of it, you can naturally see the slight backlight from this angle, which avoids the overflow of the backlight. When you code in a dark room at night, you will not feel that the backlight is too glaring.
▲This is the brightest level of the three-level backlight
The number keyboard that has been "cut down" is combined with the touchpad, and the official name is NumberPad 2.0. When you need to enter a number, long press the activation key in the upper right corner of the touchpad, and the originally hidden number key will be awakened.
At this time, the touchpad still has the function of a mouse, sliding the control cursor to move without barriers, only when the number is clicked, the number can be input.
In addition, I have to give a thumbs up to this huge touchpad on Lingyao 14. Nothing else, because its area is large enough, the sliding distance of the cursor can be extended, the surface has a matte feel, and the increased resistance also makes the sliding control. The landing point is more precise.
However, the problem with the touchpad on other Windows laptops still exists on it.
▲Use iPhone SE to compare the figure with the touchpad
In terms of hardware, this Lingyao 14 priced at 6599 yuan is equipped with a 10nm process i7-1065G7 processor, which can turbo frequency to 3.9GHz, 16GB dual-channel running memory and 512 GB SSD configuration, which is in the ultra-thin category. China is also considered a quasi-flagship.
Because of its positioning as an ultra-thin notebook, there are not many interfaces on both sides of the Lingyao 14. There is an HDMI 2.0 interface and two USB Type-C Thunderbolt interfaces on the left, and a USB Type-A interface is reserved on the right. There is a Micro SD card slot.
The number of interfaces is enough, but perhaps the user will be happier if the card slot is replaced with a standard SD card slot.
Close the cover, the neatly arranged "saw teeth" at the shaft are hidden heat dissipation holes. The fan starts to work in high load mode. The wind is sucked into the interior from the bottom of the raised fuselage, and then blown out from the "tail", the entire heat dissipation process The arrangement is reasonable and the noise control is done well.
Not showing the mountains and dews, is the design keynote set by Lingyao 14. It is endowed with the connotation of national tide aesthetics, and it is pleasant to look at it.
Between performance and thin body, Lingyao 14 has a trade-off, but it also fits its positioning. In the ranks of 6,000-yuan business notebooks, it may be able to stand out by its beauty.
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