Asus's new Zenbook models go all-in on OLED to battle MacBook Pro

Asus’s new Zenbook fashions go all-in on OLED to battle MacBook Professional

Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED

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Recent from revealing two ultraportable fashionsAsus is now saying a various fleet of Zenbook laptops, consisting of convertibles, multi-display choices, and conventional clamshell gadgets. Zooming in on the hierarchy of Asus’ premium laptop computer sequence, the fashions launched at present fall someplace between the usual “Zenbook” fashions, such because the Zenbook 14X OLED Area Versionand the approaching Zenbook 17-way OLEDa big folding one.

The gathering of gadgets unveiled at present rounds out the Zenbook sequence with Zenbook S and Zenbook Professional gadgets. For these unfamiliar with Asus’ naming construction, Zenbook S laptops are Asus’ most transportable high-end gadgets and are supposed to rival the Dell XPS 13 or Apple’s MacBook Air† Zenbook Professional fashions are extra geared in direction of content material creators and embody twin display screen choices.

If you have not already, I counsel you learn extra in regards to the new one Zenbook S 13 OLED and Zenbook Professional 15 Flip, a pair of gadgets that, for no matter cause, debuted individually late final month. These programs at the moment are joined by a convertible “Flip” model of the Zenbook S 13 OLED, together with a Zenbook Professional 14 Duo, Zenbook Professional 16X, and Zenbook Professional 17. If there’s an underlying theme to those new programs, it is that. Asus goes all-in on OLED and has no real interest in sticking to the standard.

Zenbook Professional 16X OLED

It appears Asus is uninterested in the usual laptop computer case some other productiveness laptop computer maker used† Firm not solely cease making generic laptops, and the Zenbook Professional 16X is a superb instance of the way it distinguishes its merchandise.

Designed particularly for artistic professionals—an umbrella time period for photographers, videographers, artists, builders, and the like—the Zenbook Professional 16X incorporates a keyboard elevating mechanism and a built-in bodily dial that is related in performance to the Floor Dial.

Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED

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Asus calls the system that lifts the keyboard once you elevate the lid its “Energetic Aerodynamic System Extremely,” or AAS Extremely. It’s primarily a extra technical model of the ErgoLift hinge which retains the deck flat whereas the joints are used to lift the again of the keyboard. On this method, the keys slope downwards at a 7-degree angle for a extra comfy typing expertise. Asus additionally claims the hole made beneath the keyboard offers 30% higher airflow and even improves sound high quality by directing the sound from the unit’s twin tweeters.

The unconventional parts of the chassis proceed on the palm relaxation, which has a built-in dial, the Asus Dial. Just like the Floor Dial, the Asus Dial is a bodily dial that makes it simpler for content material creators to change between instruments (corresponding to brush measurement), enhance saturation, alter layer opacity, or rapidly undo actions. It’s also possible to change the display screen brightness or quantity management.

Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED

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The Asus Dial is supported by the Adobe Suite, together with Photoshop, Premiere Professional, Lightroom Traditional, After Results, and Illustrator. You may customise what every flip of the dial controls through the ProArt Creator Hub, software program pre-installed on Zenbook Professional 16X. Enlarging the dial is an Asus Pen 2.0 with 4,096 strain ranges.

Nevertheless, there may be extra. Asus additionally will get funky with lighting, including an “clever lighting system” consisting of an illuminated brand on the lid, white RGB backlit keys per key and lightweight bars on all sides of the keyboard. These aren’t only for appears, as a result of they will let you know sure issues about your system; for instance, when the laptop computer is on or off, what efficiency mode you’re in, or if the battery is low (through which case the lights will glow crimson)

As for the remainder of the design, the Zenbook Professional 16X has a CNC machined aluminum unibody chassis and an anti-fingerprint coating. It sports activities the identical “Monogram” brand because the Zenbook S 13 OLED, which, regardless of trying lots just like the Starfleet Command badge or Area Drive decalsis an improve for my part.

Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED

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At 14 x 9.9 x 0.66 inches and 5.3 kilos, the Zenbook Professional 16X OLED is not precisely ultra-slim, however it ought to be transportable sufficient for brief journeys. tThe chassis now additionally homes a a lot bigger haptic touchpad with a built-in illuminated quantity pad† You additionally get two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a regular SD card slot and an HDMI 2.1 enter to go together with a USB-A port and headphone jack.

And that was simply the design. As for the show, the Professional 16X OLED has a 16-inch, 4K (3840 x 2400) OLED 16:10 show with skinny bezels surrounding three edges of the show. Asus says it will get a powerful brightness of 550 nits and helps DisplayHDR True Black 500.

Asus did not compromise on efficiency both, equipping this machine with an Intel Core i7-12700H or Core i9-12900H CPU, as much as 32 GB RAM, as much as 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD and a GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. It has a big 96Wh battery, however no estimated run instances have been supplied.

Zenbook Professional 17

If you happen to want a good larger display screen, the Zenbook Professional 17 is a extra conventional laptop computer than the Professional 16X OLED, however offers content material creators numerous energy beneath the hood. This method makes use of an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX GPU and combines it with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, as much as 32GB RAM and as much as a 2TB SSD.

Asus Zenbook Pro 17

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As you may need guessed, the Professional 17 has a 17.3-inch IPS touchscreen show with 2.5K decision with a local facet ratio of 16:9, which ought to make it an excellent possibility for media viewing. It will get the additional benefit of a 165 Hz refresh charge, So video games and the consumer interface ought to look clean.

Asus Zenbook Pro 17

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As Asus’ first 17.3-inch Zenbook, this method is understandably bigger than the others, measuring 15.5 x 10.2 x 0.74 inches and 5.5 kilos. It is not a lot heavier than the Zenbook Professional 16X, though neither is right for frequent vacationers. Since this can be a extra conventional clamshell laptop computer, you will not get a few of the fancy options of the 16X OLED. Nevertheless, the Zenbook Professional 17 does use an ErgoLift hinge, which tilts the again of the laptop computer down barely for a extra comfy typing place.

The Zenbook professional will go on sale “quickly” beginning at $1,499.

Zenbook Professional 14 Duo OLED

Returning to a different of Asus’ extra wild creations, the Zenbook Professional 14 Duo OLED (what a mouthful!) is the successor to a laptop computer with two screens we have seen earlier than† For the uninitiated, Zenbook Professional 14 Duo OLED has a regular 14-inch display screen on the prime and a secondary 12.7-inch “ScreenPad Plus” display screen above the keyboard that tilts upward at a 12-degree angle so you’ll be able to view it with out sticking your neck out.

Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED

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It makes use of the identical AAS Extremely mechanism because the Zenbook Professional 16X, which means the laptop computer sits flat on the underside and is not lifted by the hinge (just like the Zenbook Professional 17). That secondary 12.7-inch show with a decision of 280 x 864 pixels has a refresh charge of 120 Hz and a brightness of 500 nits. You should utilize it as you’d a second monitor or use Asus’ software program to customise instruments in sure artistic apps, together with these within the Adobe suite.

Returning to the principle panel, the Zenbook Professional 14 Duo OLED has a 14-inch, 2880 x 1800 pixel, 120Hz OLED touchscreen with 16:10 facet ratio. It achieves a brightness of 550 nits, is Pantone validated and is DisplayHDR 500 True Black licensed.

Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED

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Inside are some very highly effective specs for a 14-inch laptop computer, together with a Intel Core i7-12700H or Core i9-12900H CPU, as much as 32 GB of RAM, as much as 2 TB of PCIe storage, and an RTX 3050 Ti GPU. It additionally has extra ports than you’d count on: two Thunderbolt 4, one USB-A 3.2, an HDMI 2.1, a microSD card reader and a headphone jack. Weighing in at 3.9 kilos and 0.7mm, this method is a tad hefty, however nonetheless transportable sufficient to hold round work or the cafe.

Asus says the Zenbook Professional 14 Duo OLED will value $1,999 when it arrives later this 12 months.

Zenbook S 13 Flip OLED

Additionally unveiled at present is a convertible model of the Zenbook S 13 OLED I wrote about final month. It has an equally slim design, weighing in at 0.58 inches and a couple of.4 kilos, making it lighter than the XPS 13 and MacBook Air.

Many of the specs are just like the clamshell mannequin, aside from one main distinction: the Flip runs on Intel, as much as a twelfth gen Core i7, whereas the usual model makes use of AMD Ryzen 6000. An additional benefit is that the three USB-C ports are Thunderbolt 4.

Zenbook S 13 Flip OLED

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Other than these variationsthe S 13 Flip OLED has the identical enticing options as its twin brother, together with a 13.3-inch, 2.8K OLED show, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a touchpad with an non-obligatory backlit numpad.

The Flip will value $1,499, $200 greater than the $1,299 commonplace Zenbook S 13 OLED when it arrives within the third quarter of this 12 months.

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