The ProArt line of creator-oriented gadgets was a stroke of selling genius by ASUS, serving to separate them from rivals with a line of premium gadgets. A chief instance is the Studiobook 16 OLED H5600 laptop computer, tempting artists with excessive efficiency, a gorgeous 16-inch 4K OLED show, and an “ASUS dial” for video or photograph modifying.

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ASUS’s earlier ProArt laptops just like the StudioBook One had been workstation-like creator gadgets with costly components like NVIDIA Quadro 6000 GPUs. With this mannequin, ASUS is focusing extra on bang-for-the buck with parts like an RTX 3070 GPU and AMD Ryzen 9 eight-core CPU. (The costlier StudioBook 16 Professional fashions provide Xeon processors and Quadro GPUs.)

The query is, can a fairly priced laptop computer like this sustain with costlier fashions and even high-end gaming laptops relating to efficiency? To seek out out, I bought a maintain of a well-specced however modestly priced Studiobook 16 OLED mannequin and put it to work on some photograph and video modifying jobs.

A key characteristic of all of the Studiobook gadgets is the businesslike appears to be like which might be far-off from ASUS’s gaming designs. To that finish, it has a primary black, square-edged physique with the one noticeable design contact being the refined ProArt emblem on high. It has bezels which might be moderately small however not what I’d name skinny, and isn’t the lightest or smallest 16-inch laptop computer on the market. Nonetheless, with a .77-inch thickness and 5.28 pound heft, it’s comparatively compact — particularly contemplating that it affords “military-grade sturdiness” (MIL-STD 810H), based on ASUS.



ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED review: The best Windows creator laptop


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ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED evaluate: The perfect Home windows creator laptop computer

ASUS has developed an “IceCool Professional” thermal resolution that’s supposed to spice up airflow by as much as 16 %, whereas protecting noise ranges under 40 dbA in normal cooling mode. It does that by means of using twin 102-blade followers, six warmth pipes and a number of ducts.

If you happen to want extra punch, you may swap to efficiency mode which boosts energy to 95 watts, or as much as 135 watts in “full-speed” mode. Fan noise continues to be affordable in efficiency mode until you’re doing GPU/CPU intensive chores, however the full-speed setting can get very loud certainly. Nonetheless, it could possibly be a helpful mode when you’re planning to go away the room whereas doing a render. Total, warmth and noise are very properly managed.

The headline characteristic on this laptop computer is the three,480 x 2,400 16:10 OLED show, the primary on a 16-inch laptop computer, ASUS claims. As you’d count on, it’s sharp, vibrant and exquisite in particular person — by far the perfect laptop computer show I’ve ever seen by way of constancy and “wow” issue.





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The panel is factory-calibrated to Pantone and Calman colour accuracy, with a delta E of lower than two, a proven fact that I confirmed with my X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional calibrator. I used it with a $4,000 ASUS mini-LED ProArt monitor and regardless of the show expertise variations, they matched very intently to my eyes, colour sensible.

The true 10-bit panel affords one hundred pc DCI-P3 colour protection, in workstation laptop computer territory and properly past rivals just like the MacBook Professional (78 %) and Dell’s XPS 15 (85 %). Together with the colour accuracy, that enables for exact colour correction controls in apps like DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Lightroom Traditional. The 1,000,000:1 distinction ratio with inky OLED blacks additionally makes it supreme for content material creation, with a aspect profit that it’s the perfect leisure laptop computer I’ve ever used.

Provided that the show is appropriate for colour correction, ASUS ought to have maybe included a option to simply change the colour profile for video modifying ( Rec.709, DCI-P3 and so forth) or pictures (AdobeRGB, sRGB). That could possibly be a helpful setting within the Creator Hub, for instance, or at the very least as an .icm profile for Home windows Colour Administration.

You possibly can crank the brightness as much as 550 nits in HDR mode, so it conforms to VESA’s DisplayHDR True Black 500 normal for OLED shows — very vibrant certainly for a laptop computer show. Nevertheless, it’s properly in need of the 1,600 nits peak brightness accessible on the newest MacBook Professionals, which use mini-LED shows. That raises the query of whether or not OLED or mini-LED is extra fascinating on a creator laptop computer, however personally, I’d take the superior OLED blacks over eye-scorching brightness and haloing.





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The opposite attention-grabbing characteristic is the ProArt Dial. I wouldn’t blame you for pondering it’s a gimmick, because it takes up area and provides complexity. Additionally, comparable management surfaces can look cool however usually find yourself in drawers, by no means for use.

This one has a couple of issues in its favor, although. It feels good due to the textured grip, clean rotation and clicky detents. Primarily, although, it’s simply handy because it’s situated instantly under the keyboard. In that manner, it makes extra sense than one thing like Microsoft’s Floor Dial or an exterior management floor, as these are normally positioned outdoors straightforward grabbing distance.

With no apps loaded, you should utilize the dial to show up the sound or improve monitor brightness extra simply than utilizing the perform keys. To profit from it, although, you actually need Adobe’s Artistic Cloud suite. With Photoshop open, urgent the dial launches a devoted pie chart-like menu with “slices” for brush choices, layer zoom, and so forth. Urgent it once more on the comb menu, for example, opens sub-options for hardness, circulate, opacity and extra. Premiere and After Results have comparable customized menus.





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If the inventory menus gained’t do, you may go into the ASUS ProArt Creator Hub software program. There, you may reprogram the features the best way you’d favor by way of drop-down menus. Because it stands now, the dial solely helps 4 Adobe apps: Photoshop, Premiere Professional, After Results and Lightroom Traditional. As somebody who makes use of different apps, notably DaVinci Resolve, I’m hoping ASUS will add extra down the highway.

I’ve used management surfaces up to now as a part of my former video editor profession, however I haven’t been an enormous fan of them on PCs. Nevertheless, after attempting the ASUS dial with Photoshop and Premiere Professional, I bought used to it fairly quick. It was pure to maintain one hand on the keyboard and the opposite on the dial to jog video, swap instruments and so forth. Earlier than lengthy, it was second nature and sped up my workflow.

Shifting to the entrance of the laptop computer, the trackpad is clean, responsive and sports activities not simply two, however three buttons — taking me again to the 2000s when all PC mice had this. The third one provides an additional management that could possibly be helpful for 3D or CAD apps, video modifying to mark “in” factors and so forth. It’s additionally the primary laptop computer touchpad from ASUS that helps styluses utilizing the MPP 1.51 normal, which incorporates its personal. That enables artists to make use of the touchpad as a exact drawing pill. I wasn’t capable of make use of this performance myself (I can’t actually draw), but it surely’s good to have it there.





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The keyboard has respectable journey and a pleasant quantity of spring again, and affords a separate quantity pad that’s good to have. Nevertheless, your complete keyboard is shifted upwards greater than common and the keys are maybe a contact small, as a result of the ASUS dial successfully will increase the area between the touchpad and keyboard. I bought used to it fairly shortly, although, and it was by no means bothersome.

Port-wise, it’s well-equipped with two quick USB-C 3.2 gen2 10Gbps connections, two USB-A 3.2 gen 2, HDMI 2.1, an audio jack and RJ45 ethernet. The HDMI 2.1 jack is good, because it lets you join, say, a supported TV and get 4K at as much as 120 fps. It’s good that one of many USB-C ports helps DisplayPort, as a result of a number of displays solely work with that normal. Nevertheless, provided that creators usually join tons of devices, I’d have preferred to see an additional USB-A port or two, although.

It’s good that ASUS integrated a bleeding edge SD Categorical card slot that may learn information from supported playing cards at an superior 985 MB/s. There’s a fairly big downside, although. If you happen to insert an SD UHS II card utilized by tons of cameras, the StudioBook will solely learn it at UHS-I speeds — 100 MB/s as an alternative of 300 MB/s. Since no cameras assist SD Categorical but, I’d fairly have seen a regular UHS-II slot. (Hopefully that can change, as Sony, Nikon and Canon are a part of the SD Categorical consortium.)





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For sound, ASUS integrated an audiophile-grade ESS Sabre DAC, promising decrease distortion and expanded dynamic vary. There are solely a pair of audio system fairly than 4 or extra like on some current laptops. Nevertheless, they’re properly above common for a laptop computer like this, with respectable mid-range sound and acceptable backside finish. Different options embrace a fingerprint reader on the facility button together with a top-mounted IR HD webcam with Home windows Good day assist and a privateness shutter.

Now, let’s speak about efficiency. The highest-end ProArt StudioBook OLED 16 I’m testing makes use of the RTX 3070 cell GPU, fairly than the top-end RTX 3080. I don’t have an issue with that, as an RTX 3080 wouldn’t velocity up inventive apps a lot and provides value and warmth. Every little thing else is high-end, although. It’s bought AMD’s high cell 8-core Ryzen 5900HX chip, 32GB of RAM, and two terabytes of NVME storage in Raid 0. It presently comes with Home windows 10 Professional, however ASUS will provide Home windows 11 upgrades early subsequent 12 months.

I ran the ProArt StudioBook by means of our common battery of efficiency exams, together with PCMark 10 for productiveness, 3DMark’s Time Spy for 3D efficiency, Atto’s diskbench and others.

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PCMark 10

3DMark (TimeSpy Excessive)

Geekbench 5

ATTO (high reads/writes)

ASUS ProArt StudioBook 16 OLED H5600 (Ryzen 5900HX, NVIDIA RTX 3070)

6,954

4,604

1,499/9,053

5.61 GB/s / 5.35 GB/s

ASUS Zephyrus G15 (AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA RTX 3080 Max-Q)

6,881

4,530

1,426/7,267

3.3 GB/s / 2.85 GB/s

MSI GS66 Stealth (2021, Intel i7-10870H, NVIDIA RTX 3080 Max-Q)

5,369

4,538

1,247/6,505

3.1 GB/s / 2.9 GB/s

Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB (Intel i7-10875H, NVIDIA RTX 2070 Tremendous Max-Q)

5,155

3,495

1,137/5,681

2.93 GB/s / 2.59 GB/s

ASUS Zephyrus Duo 15 (Intel i9-10980HK, NVIDIA RTX 2080 Tremendous Max-Q)

5,616

3,680

1,365/8,055

3 GB/s / 3.24 GB/s

It carried out close to the highest in all of them, as proven within the chart above, notably the disk speeds. With the RAID 0 NVMe storage, disk speeds are stupendously quick, with reads at 5.6 GB/s and writes at 5.35 GB/s. It could possibly’t be overstated how a lot that helps disk-intensive apps like Premiere Professional.

I additionally ran exams extra geared to content material creation, like Maxon’s Cinebench R23 and Puget Methods’ PugetBench for Photoshop, Premiere Professional and Davinci Resolve. The PugetBench exams provide respectable real-world outcomes, as they robotically loop a sequence of features that take a look at results, encoding, playback and so forth. Once more, I noticed top-notch outcomes in comparison with different current inventive and gaming laptops.

As an example, it hit 938 on the PugetBench DaVinci Resolve prolonged total take a look at, a end result that stacked up with many desktop machines. Different scores included a 981 on PugetBench Photoshop 22 CC, in comparison with 781 for the Dell XPS 15 OLED and 998 for Lenovo’s ThinkPad P15 Gen 2. Like most different laptops, although, it was handily bested by Apple’s M1 Max MacBook Professional, scoring 698 on the PugetBench Premiere Professional Normal take a look at, in comparison with 821 for the MacBook.





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Gaming shouldn’t be this laptop computer’s raison d’être, however I did some anyway, and it acquitted itself fantastically with Cyberpunk 2077, Future 2 and different titles. Body charges had been respectable for 4K laptop computer gaming, although I wanted to knock the element settings properly again. The 4K display is a limiting issue, after all, due to the 60Hz refresh charge.

Artificial benchmarks and gaming are superb, however creativity laptops must show themselves at work, too. To that finish, I edited a digital camera evaluate video for the laptop computer utilizing DaVinci Resolve 17.2, and this video on the newest model of Premiere Professional. I additionally dipped into Photoshop, After Results and Lightroom.

Once more, the ProArt Studiobook acquitted itself with honors, providing fluid 4K modifying, even with GPU-intensive digital camera codecs. I used to be capable of export 4K movies at practically 300 % real-time velocity in Resolve (NVIDIA encoder, MP4, 4K, 12,000 Kbps max information charge), with colour correction, textual content and different mild results on practically each shot.





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For a desktop-replacement laptop computer that can usually run off wall energy, the StudioBook has surprisingly good battery life. It ran for six hours and 20 minutes in our 1080p video loop rundown take a look at and even longer for regular looking and work chores — wonderful contemplating the 4K show. The AMD Ryzen 9 chip’s effectivity probably helps rather a lot right here.

That beats most 4K PC laptops, excluding Dell’s XPS 15 OLED mannequin that might go over 9 hours between prices. Nevertheless, it will get stomped by the $2,500 16-inch MacBook Professional M1 Max, which lasted a ridiculous 16 hours and 34 minutes in our exams. Sure, that mannequin has barely decrease display decision, but it surely lasted over 2.5 instances longer.

The StudioBook 16 OLED was comparatively quiet throughout all these chores as properly, with the fan solely kicking in on complicated scenes or exports. Even then, it was significantly quieter than my Gigabyte Aero 15X laptop computer. If you happen to want most rendering efficiency and don’t want to remain within the room, you may choose the “full-speed” setting that cranks the followers to the utmost velocity.





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Ultimately, is the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED laptop computer value getting over rival inventive fashions or a comparably outfitted gaming laptop computer? Definitely.

It’s not simply quick, however clean and dependable throughout inventive chores — and the “dependable” half is vital for production-oriented laptops. It handles 4K modifying and huge pictures with out getting overly scorching and noisy. It’s not even a nasty gaming machine, although the 60Hz 4K display isn’t supreme for that.

For the price of the OLED mannequin, you actually get rather a lot. The mannequin I’m working with will run round $3,000, although ASUS nonetheless hasn’t nailed down the ultimate pricing but. It additionally affords a greater spec listing than any rival inventive laptops until you’re keen to go manner up in worth. And don’t neglect that the StudioBook has options not discovered on any laptop computer, inventive or in any other case, just like the 16-inch 4K OLED show and ProArt dial.

The MacBook Professional fashions with the M1 Professional and M1 Max CPUs are making issues extra fascinating for potential inventive laptop computer consumers. They’re way more aggressive than the Intel MacBook Professionals, as they’re quicker, quieter and have longer battery life. Nevertheless, as Engadget has found in testing, the brand new MacBooks are higher than PC laptops just like the Studiobook 16 in some methods (battery and video playback) and worse in others (rendering, GPU efficiency usually). Extra on that quickly in an upcoming Upscaled.

Nonetheless, for the cash, the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED is the perfect Home windows 10 content material creation laptop computer you may get proper now. I haven’t been enthusiastic about too many laptops recently, however I can’t suggest this mannequin sufficient.

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