There’s always a little argy bargy over which platform is better, AMD or Intel, but ASUS is making it easier, with a new range of laptops that lets you choose between both. They’re also introducing OLED screens on some of their series spanning high-end creator laptops to everyday laptops.
It’s quite the engineering feat offering Intel or AMD CPU choice, but ASUS has done it, with AMD or Intel versions of their new ProArt Studiobook and Vivobook range. They’re also offering OLED displays — with options up to 16:10 aspect ratio and 4K resolution — across these new laptops.
The new range is part of a focus on creators, with ASUS excited about bringing OLED to their range with benefits including deeper blacks, and more consistent colour at lower brightness.
Obviously burn-in is a consideration with OLED and ASUS is introducing auto-dimming and a screen-saver to help ameliorate any potential effects – though users can disregard all these safety measures if they really want.
There’s also a new feature called ‘Dial’ which is a physical, or virtual dial for your laptop that will tie-in with some of your apps. ASUS has partnered with Adobe for the launch of their Dial, with PhotoShop, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Lightroom all able to use the dial to give you minute, incremental control of things like light adjustment, zoom or many other functions.
All that is well and good, if you can access Adobe products. ASUS is actually bridging this gap too, with offers for between one to three months of Creative Cloud access with their new ProArt Studiobook and Vivobook range. Existing users can even stack these bonus months onto an existing subscription – that’s awesome.
ProArt Studio Book 16 / Pro 16 OLED – born for creative Pros
The headliner for the ASUS launch is the ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 and ProArt Studiobook 16 notebooks.
Both the Pro and standard Studio Book laptops include 16” OLED panels which have 100%
DCI-P3 colour gamut, and are also PANTONE Validated and Calman Verified certifications.
The distinction between ProArt Studiobook and ProArt Studiobook Pro models lies in the options to move fromGeForce RTX up to more professional NVIDA RTX A-Series GPUs. ASUS is offering the ProArt Studiobook 16 with either AMD Ryzen 5000 series (H5600) or Intel Core i9 (H7600) processors, while the ProArt Studio Book Pro 16 offers a choice of either AMD Ryzen 5000 Series (W5600) or a 3rd Generation Intel Xeon workstation processor (W7600).
ASUS is going all out for creatives on this one, there’s support for other creator focused hardware including an SD Card slot with read speed up to 1GB per second and there’s a HDMI 2.1 port giving your support for 8K/120Hz or 10K/60Hz output.
Models include options for storage ranging from an ultrafast PCIe 3.0 x4 or PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs, as well as up to 64 GB of 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM.
The Studiobook also gets the physical Dial on their notebook. The dial sits beneath the keyboard on the lower laptop deck, but sits just below the height of the keyboard so the lid sits flush.
The TouchPad on the Studiobook also gets an update, with a 3-button layout that lets you pan, rotate or orbit, a neat addition for those doing modelling or other work. ASUS has also enabled Stylus support on the TouchPad, has a micro-controller allowing up to 1024 levels of sensitivity to let you effectively use it as a small, built-in graphics tablet.
At this stage ASUS has not announced any pricing or dates for the Studiobook 16 series to launch, so stay tuned for more details.
ASUS Vivobook Pro 14x/16x OLED and Vivobook Pro 14/15 OLED
The Studiobook series aren’t the only models getting options for both Intel and AMD platforms, with the Vivobook also offering users a choice.
ASUS is introducing the Vivobook Pro 14x/16x OLED and Vivobook Pro 14/15 OLED.
The Vivobook Pro 14x/16X OLED offers users the choice between 14-inch or 16-inch NanoEdge 4K OLED display and AMD Ryzen 5000 H Series Mobile Processors or Intel Core i7 and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics.
ASUS is including a virtual Dial on their Vivobook Pro 14x/16X OLED which builds the functionality of their physical dial from the Studiobook range into the touch pad. VivoBook Pro 14/15 OLED customers will have the NumberPad option
There will be options for up to 32GB RAM and with 1TB storage on the Vivobook Pro 14x/16X OLED, with 96Whr battery in the 16x and 63Whr on the 14x.
You’ll get a range of colour options for the Vivobook Pro 14x/16X OLED models, with 0° Black and Cool Silver or weave-coating Meteor White and Comet Grey available depending on your CPU choice. Vivobook Pro 14/15 users will see the unit offered in Quiet Blue or Cool Silver.
ASUS hasn’t given release information for the Vivobook range either, so stay tuned until closer to launch.
Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED + Zenbook 14X OLED and Zenbook 14 Flip OLED
ASUS has also announced new Zenbook models, with the Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED, as well as Zenbook 14x OLED and Zenbook 14 Flip, also with OLED!
The Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582) includes a 15.6-inch 4K OLED HDR NanoEdge touchscreen with an additional full-width 14-inch secondary touchscreen, offering advanced multitasking. The Zenbook 14X OLED and Zenbook 14 Flip OLED on the other hand offer 16:10 aspect ratio, 4K OLED HDR NanoEdge touchscreen with the Flip model offering a 360-degree hinge to let you position the screen any way you want.
The Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED will offer up to an Intel Core i9 processor with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 discrete graphics. The Zenbook 14X OLED and Zenbook 14 Flip OLED however offer options for either the latest 11th Generation Intel Core processors or AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series processors.
Again, ASUS hasn’t announced any details on when, where or how much these models will be, so stay tuned.
ExpertBook B5 OLED and ExpertBook B5 Flip OLED
There’s also a new business laptop coming from ASUS with either the ASUS ExpertBook B5 OLED offering a traditional clamshell form-factor, or the ExpertBook B5 Flip offering 360-degree hinge to flip the display almost any way you want.
Both ExperBook B5 models include an 11th Generation Intel Core processor, dual-SSD RAID support and come with AI noise cancelation on the microphone to let you automatically remove ambient sounds from other users on your stream. There’s also the ASUS NumberPad 2.0, and of course an OLED panel.
ASUS hasn’t announced details on when we’ll see the ExperBook B5, so stay tuned.