Creatives need a versatile computer that is capable, reliable and convenient in order to improve their productivity. Such devices, which meet all needs, are rare on the market. But ASUS offers several models that clearly stand out and should satisfy the most demanding users.
The screen, the basis for creation
Whether for DTP, video, or 3D creation, having a quality screen is essential. Specialized monitors exist, but being able to work on projects from a laptop computer brings unparalleled convenience and comfort. ASUS has thought about it and offers in its catalog three models of laptops equipped with a high-end panel: the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED, ZenBook Pro Duo OLED and ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED.
As the name suggests, they all enjoy an OLED screen, a technology that produces deep blacks and contrasts impossible to achieve with a conventional LCD panel, while displaying almost instantaneous response time. They also benefit from very precise and faithful Pantone certified colorimetry as well as 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. The ZenBook Pro Duo OLED enjoys 4K definition, while the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED and ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED offer WQUXGA (Wide Quad Ultra Extended Graphics Array), that is, a ratio of 3840 × 2400 pixels for taller screens in 16:10 format, better suited to creative tasks.
If the precision of the colorimetry is essential in the context of your work, the ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED will certainly be the machine that will satisfy you the most thanks to its panel displaying in all cases a deltaE of less than 2, the guarantee of a incredible color accuracy.
The brightness has not been neglected either with up to 550 nits of luminance, which is used among other things for the HDR display. Because yes, other good news, the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED, ZenBook Pro Duo OLED and ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED are HDR compatible. Small gems that are also TÜV Rheinland approved for the reduction of blue light emissions in order to protect eyesight, a fact to be taken into account for computers on which we are destined to spend several consecutive hours.
For fast renderings, rely on power
In creation, it is imperative to have a powerful machine, capable of calculating and exporting 3D or video renderings without taking hours to run. For this, you need a computer equipped with components specially designed for this type of task, and in particular an extremely powerful processor. With its Intel Core i7-11370H CPU clocked at 3.3 GHz (up to 4.8 GHz in boost mode), the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED is cut out for this kind of greedy process. This is also the case with ZenBook Pro Duo OLED and its tenth generation Intel Core i7 or i9 processor depending on the configuration chosen, and the ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED, equipped with an Intel Core i7-11800H CPU with eight cores, 24MB of cache and a clock frequency of 4.6 GHz in boost.
But this is not enough. For really intensive creative tasks, there is no question of relying on a simple integrated GPU, you have to turn to a dedicated graphics card. On this point again, ASUS got it right. Because in addition to the traditional Intel Iris Xe or Intel UHD chipsets, the manufacturer has added a latest generation NVIDIA graphics card for each of the models mentioned above: a GeForce RTX 3050 on the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED, a GeForce RTX 3070 on the ZenBook Pro Duo OLED and an RTX A3000 (professional GPU dedicated to mobile workstations) for ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED.
For 3D modeling and rendering, we can turn to the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED, whose powerful graphics card will give you years of peace and high performance. It is also a good option for playing, you have to relax well after work.
For video or photo editing, it is the processor that should be looked at first. In its most advanced configurations, the ZenBook Pro Duo OLED shines with its Intel i9 CPU, but the ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED stands out with its latest generation high-end Intel i7. But in any case, these muscular configurations will be able to meet all the needs whether you are a seasoned user of the Adobe suite or the Autodesk suite to name a few.
For storage, speed and quantity
Another essential element on this kind of machine is the presence of an SSD storage, without which the system and the opening of the software will be longer, as will the export or the transfer of files. If you are still at HDD, the difference will be obvious to you. If you’re creative, you’re going to need not only a good amount of space, but also a standard SSD that supports fast speeds: not all SSDs are created equal. Vivobook Pro 16X OLED, ZenBook Pro Duo OLED, and ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED are all eligible for performance of an M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0, and the storage space can go up to 1 TB natively to keep all your projects, images and videos on your device.
The little extras that make all the difference
The Vivobook Pro 16X OLED and ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED feature the famous ASUS DialPad, a configurable and customizable rotary dial which provides more intuitive use of content creation applications. The ZenBook Pro Duo OLED for its part includes a ScreenPad Plus, a second ultra-wide screen very practical for multitasking. This allows additional information or software settings to be displayed while leaving the main screen dedicated only to content.
the ZenBook Pro Duo OLED is particularly recommended for users of AutoCAD, Inventor, GeoMagic or other computer assisted drawing (CAD) software thanks to its two touch screens compatible with a stylus, a very convenient configuration for drawing.
The thumbwheel on the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED and ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED is also very effective on Premiere and any video editing service in general.
Whether for fast charging of the laptop PC or for connecting accessories and peripherals, the connection must be of quality, under penalty of being constrained to technical limitations. The Vivobook Pro 16X OLED notably offers a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, the ZenBook Pro Duo OLED two Thunderbolt 3 sockets and the ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port and a Thunderbolt 4. The last two The models mentioned are also strong with an HDMI 2.1 port supporting 8K at 120 Hz and 10K at 60 Hz.
On the software side, these three models come with Windows 11 Pro. The ZenBook Pro Duo OLED also benefits from a one-year subscription included for Office 365 Personal, while the ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED stands out with a subscription offered to Adobe Creative Cloud, which gives access to Photoshop, Premiere, Lightroom Classic or even After Effects.
This article was written in partnership with ASUS.