When come to content creator laptops, the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED has checked all the boxes to be one of the best content laptops out there. ASUS has recently announced its 2022’s Zenbook series laptop and I saw the shadow in it on the new ASUS Zenbook Pro 16X OLED UX7602.
ASUS Zenbook Pro 16X OLED Specification
- Processor: Intel 12th Gen Core i7-12700H / i9-12900H
- Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop 6GB GDDR6 GPU
- Display: 16″ 4K+ (3,840 x 2,400) 16:10 60Hz OLED Touch Display, 550 nits, 100% DCI-P3, PANTONE & VESA Display HDR500 True Black
- Memory: 16GB / 32 of LPDDR5 5200MHz RAM
- Storage: 1TB / 2TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
- Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 4, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x USB A 3.2 Gen2, 3.5mm Audio Port & SD Express 7.0 Card Reader
- Connectivity: Intel AX211 Wi-Fi 6E & Bluetooth 5.2
- Battery: 96Wh 6-cell Li-ion Battery with 200W Adapter
- Dimension: 35.50 x 21.50 x 1.69 cm @ 2.4kg / 5.29lbs
- Price: RM 11,999 (Intel i7) / TBA (Intel i9)
The ASUS Zenbook Pro 16X OLED lid cover has a minimalist design and adopted the new monogram ASUS logo that lit up.
It uses aerospace-grade 6000 series aluminum alloy and the unibody design is constructed entirely of CNC machined. So expect a robust build with no flexing or bending on the chassis.
Instead of just lifting the bottom with everyone’s favorite ASUS ErgoLift, the Zenbook Pro 16X OLED lifts its entire keyboard deck to a 7-degree angle when you lift the display open. It is called Active Aerodynamic System Ultra, originally found on the ROG Zephyrus gaming laptops that improve airflow and temperature. This also enhanced ergo typing which benefited from the raised keyboard.
The new AAS Ultra thermal solution permits more pleasant surface temperatures under load, while the flow of fresh air into the fans happens through intakes placed between the keyboard and the 3D vapor chamber cooling module.
With this, the heat can be dissipated efficiently from the Intel 12th Gen CPU and RTX 3060 GPU.
Considered with so many advanced technologies packed inside, the Zenbook Pro 16X OLED is relatively thin at just 16.9mm which it’s no thicker than the average 16-inch laptop.
Ports & Connectivity
Ports and connectivity offered are quite complete with two Thunderbolt 4, a USB A 3.2 Gen 2, a full-size HDMI 2.1, a 3.5mm audio combo port, and an SD Express 7.0 card reader. Together with the latest Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
Keyboard & Trackpad
The keyboard features White RGB backlighting alongside the sidebar of the keyboard. It even provides various levels of feedback, for example, the light would turn to red when the battery is low, an animated running blue light when a USB Drive is plugged in or received an email.
The power key is doubled as a fingerprint scanner and it is also equipped with an IR camera for reliable quick login through Windows Hello.
The ASUS Zenbook Pro 16 OLED is also the first laptop to feature a haptic trackpad and it’s probably the largest trackpad I ever used on a Windows laptop. Feature NumberPad 2.0 for those who need to punch a lot of numbers.
Here comes the improved and low-profile ASUS Dial that sits to the left of the trackpad. It provides precise and intuitive control of professional-grade software like Adobe Creative Cloud programs; Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Lightroom Classic, After Effects, and now also support Illustrator. The controls are customizable to your workflow through the ProArt Creator Hub.
You can learn more about the ASUS Dial here;
Display & Speaker
The Zenbook Pro 16 OLED features a cutting-edge 16-inch 3,820 x 2,400 4K OLED touch display. It also comes with an ASUS Pen that supports 4,092 levels of pressure sensitivity. It may only sport a 60Hz panel but it has a fast 0.2ms response time which is more adequate for creators.
According to ASUS, the display offers a peak brightness of 550nits, 100% DCI-P3 color space, PANTONE Validated, and VESA HDR TrueBlack 500. For different tasks or preferences, the Zenbook Pro 16X OLED supports customizable color gamut functions; where allows you to quickly switch the color gamut profiles to sRGB for web content colors, DCI-P3 for cinema colors, and display P3 for movie-grade colors.
The display is also Dolby Vision supported as well as Dolby Sound certified which is paired with 6 speakers tuned by Harman Kardon. The speaker setup is incredibly loud yet solid with appreciable bass. The mids and highs are clear and have a slightly warmer tone.
Coming to performance, it has the latest and greatest hardware including the Intel 12th Gen H series processor, 5,200Mhz LPDDR5 memory, PCIe 4.0 SSD, and paired with NVIDIA RTX 3060 that has the NVIDIA RTX Studio badge. With the new AAS Ultra thermal solution, the CPU and GPU should be able to run at full speed with less bottleneck. ASUS even bundled with a 200W power adapter to fare with the 140W TDP combined from the CPU and GPU.
During my tests in video editing at 4K with Premiere Pro and After Effect, photo editing with Photoshop; it can handle the demanding applications without any issue aside from having the fans spin up. This is thanks to the new AAS Ultra which offers 30% better airflow and thus lower temperatures.
Here are some performance synthetic benchmark test results;
Packed with a 96Wh battery it can deliver close to 4 hours of intensive workload or 8 hours with casual usages like word processing, browsing, and streaming.
Currently, ASUS is only offered one configuration; Intel Core i7-12700H, 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD with NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop 6GB GDDR6 graphics card and priced at RM 11,999.
You can watch my review in video format here:
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ASUS Zenbook Pro 16X OLED Review
The ASUS Zenbook Pro 16X OLED adopted the ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop’s thermal solution that enabled the laptop to push its highest performance. The reason some content creators including myself would consider a gaming laptop as a mobile workstation is not only because of its hardware only but also the thermal solution that lessens the bottleneck.
With this, I would agree with the ASUS Zenbook Pro 16X OLED as the most powerful Zenbook to date.