Inside ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TM420 – disassembly and upgrade options
Choosing AMD’s platform was one of the best decisions ASUS has made for their VivoBook Flip 14 TM420.
ASUS VivoBook Flip 14
- AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
- AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000,5000 15W)
- 8GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
Like most laptops nowadays, you need to remove the bottom panel to access the internals. To do this, undo all 10 Phillips-head screws, and pry the panel with a plastic tool.
First, comes the battery. This unit is equipped with a rather underwhelming 42Wh unit.
3. Memory and storage
In terms of memory, there are plenty of options to choose from. For starters, all configurations come with either 4GB or 8GB of soldered memory, which is further expandable to 12GB or 16GB via a single SODIMM slot. Storage-wise, the things are a bit more simple, as there is only one M.2 PCIe x4 slot, which is already occupied, so you need to remove it to install a bigger or a faster one.
4. Cooling system
As far as the cooling goes, there is one heat pipe that drives the heat from the CPU up to a heat sink, located on the side of the notebook. Then, a medium-sized fan blows the heat away from the chassis.