Asus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W, 16″ Black Thin Light Laptop PC with Ryzen 9 7940HS Performance with Fast 1TB SSD – LaptopSpirit

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Our opinion on the Asus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W

Discreet with its slim and lightweight black design in a comfortable format, theAsus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W is a versatile laptop powered by an AMD Hawk Point Ryzen 9 7940HS processor with Radeon 780M graphics solution and 16 GB of powerful RAM that accelerate multimedia processing. This is also the case for the fast SSD storage with a substantial capacity of 1 TB which reinforces the responsiveness of this Windows 11 laptop equipped with a 16-inch anti-glare IPS 16/10th Full HD screen, a webcam shutter, a backlit keyboard and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

Asus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W

Asus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W Specifications

Screen(s) 16″ WUXGA Full HD IPS 16/10th 45% NTSC 300cd/m² with narrow edges (1920×1200, anti-glare)
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS Hawk Point (8 cores, 4.0 GHz, 35-45W)
Installed RAM (max) 16GB (8GB soldered + 8GB) DDR4 3200MHz, 1 slot (occupied)
Graphic card Intel Iris Xe integrated into the processor
Storage 1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0)
Connectivity 2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI 1.4
Network Wi-Fi 5 ac (1×1), Bluetooth 5.1
Backlit Keyboard Yes, 1.4mm stroke
Numeric keypad Yes
Windows Hello
Audio system 2 SonicMaster speakers
Operating system Windows 11 64-bit
Announced autonomy / Battery 6 hours / 3-cell Li-ion 50Whr (90W adapter)
Weight / Dimensions (mm) 1.88 Kg / 358.7 x 249.5 x 19.9 mm

The Asus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W vs. the competition

The Asus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W is currently being sold by ElectroDépôt and offers a configuration/price ratio interesting for its category where it is one of the cheapest to offer such a powerful and recent processor and graphics solution with such a high capacity SSD in a 16-inch 16/10 format that is so thin and light.
At the moment we will prefer theAsus Vivobook 16 N1605XA-MB077W on sale significantly cheaper.

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Chassis, connectivity, screen of the Asus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W

Cooled by a fan (87 IceBlades), 2 heat pipes and air grilles, this laptop with a thin and light Indie Black design, discreet and able to open 180° completely flat, is certified to the military robustness standard MIL-STD-810H.

In terms of wired connectivity, this multimedia-oriented laptop is well equipped with its USB-C, its HDMI video output useful for easily connecting it to a TV or monitor for example, its audio port but also its 3 USBs including 2 USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2.0) ensuring transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect USB 3.0 peripherals to it.
While there is decent Bluetooth 5.1, the Wi-Fi wireless connectivity is disappointing, as it uses Wi-Fi 5 ac (1×1) instead of the more recent and efficient Wi-Fi 6(E) ax (2×2) for wireless communication and connection.

We appreciate being able to slide a cover in front of the webcam to hide it when not in use in order to preserve privacy.

The chiclet keyboard can be backlit when you need to better distinguish its keys.

Asus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W

Those who want a larger than average display will appreciate that the screen here is adorned with a 16:10 format, which is taller than the classic 16:9.
The Full HD screen benefits from large vertical and horizontal viewing angles thanks to its IPS technology, although it is not high-end here since the colorimetry is average.
As it is anti-reflective, the screen also ensures better visibility than a glossy panel in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors).

Performance, battery life of the Asus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W

The Asus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W is a relatively thin and light all-round laptop in a comfortable multimedia-oriented format with its powerful processor.

The overall power it provides will delight demanding users since it is based on 16 GB of RAM. And above all an AMD yzen 9 7940HS Hawk Point processor in which the Radeon 780M graphics module is placed.

This core is well suited for multimedia work, particularly those that exploit RAM and multi-cores, such as video editing or photo retouching.
In these areas, we obtain much faster processing than if we were dealing with 8 GB DDR4/5 and a classic Quad/Hexa Core processor.

Multimedia processing is all the faster as we find SSD storage which is more shock-resistant than a hard drive, more energy-efficient, silent and above all much faster.

In addition to faster multimedia processing with an SSD than with a hard drive, you can start/stop and launch software faster with the former than with the latter.
Generally speaking, responsiveness and fluidity are much better with an SSD than with a hard drive.

Asus Vivobook 16 N1604XA-MB042W

In addition, while many models on the market are satisfied with a 512 GB SSD, here Asus offers a 1000 GB SSD, i.e. twice the capacity to comfortably accommodate a host of software and files, including perhaps a personal production.

While gamers will pass up the opportunity due to the lack of a dedicated graphics card onboard, viewing HD photos and videos or playing light to modest games is possible thanks to the Radeon 780M.

As for battery life, expect around 6 hours of battery life with light use for this versatile laptop with a high-performance multimedia-oriented processor that heats up and makes itself heard under heavy load (e.g. processing).
If necessary, to limit its temperatures, it can be associated with a ventilated support (remember to check the dimensions carefully!)

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