Review: ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED

Review: ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED

The ASUS ProArt mobile series (ASUS) is intended to be the company’s dedicated solution for content creators, graphic designers, video editors and more, when this time we got to test the mobileProArt Studiobook 16 OLEDWhich was the first model in the world to incorporate a large 16-inch 4K OLED screen.

The ProArt Studiobook 16 mobile (hereinafter Studiobook 16) arrived in Israel as part of ASUS ‘new series of OLED mobile devices for content creators, similar to the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED laptop we reviewed earlier this year. While the Vivobook Pro is designed to be a solution for novice content creators, the ProArt Studiobook comes as the company’s high-end mobile, with higher build quality and improved and stronger technical specifications.

Mobile ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (Photo: Jan Langerman, Gadget)

The screenProArt Studiobook 16 OLED

OLED screens are becoming more and more common in laptops, with the Studiobook 16 being the first model in the world (along with its Pro version) to incorporate a giant 16-inch 4K OLED screen, similar to the screen we reviewed in the Vivobook Pro 16X model OLED.

The screen offers a larger and more comfortable workspace with a 16:10 aspect ratio, 86% body screen ratio and 100% compliance with the DCI-P3 color standard and the Display HDR True Black 500 standard.

As someone who uses an OLED screen on a regular basis with my personal Zenbook 13 OLED laptop, I am used to the most significant disadvantage of the OLED, which comes in the form of the high reflection of the environment on the screen depending on the lighting conditions.

However, it is impossible not to admire the display quality of the OLED panel, especially when using high quality content, when in the case of the Studiobook 16 the screen comes with color calibration directly from the factory which according to the report stands at 1.76 יידE on the mobile.

Finally, at the top of the screen you can find a 720p camera that provides reasonable quality in video calls and comes with a physical privacy shutter that can be closed, an infrared sensor for recognizing Microsoft Windows Windows face and an array of 4 microphones for managing video calls.

The ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED structure

One of the most unique parts of Studiobook 16 is the keyboard, or rather the changes that ASUS has made to it compared to regular keyboards.

The keyboard itself is quite large and gives a good feel while typing, with arrow keys coming in a rough texture, with ASUS incorporating a fingerprint sensor in the power button that sits at the top of the keyboard separately.

The company has incorporated in the laptop a fairly large and comfortable mouse pad that comes with no less than 3 physical buttons underneath it, which requires little adjustment time in light of the addition of the middle button.

The pad supports the use of a dedicated stylus (not attached to the set) as an additional input device. A closer look at the front of the mobile under the keys reveals 3 LEDs used to display the activity of the mobile, with a recess that serves as a convenient point for opening the screen of the mobile.

The last and most interesting part of the keyboard is the ASUS Dial dial, the physical version of the ASUS DialPad touchscreen, which we tested in the Vivobook Pro 16X.

The dial is used as an additional and especially useful means of input after the adjustment period, with a wide range of actions according to the user’s definition and multiple uses for software for content creators, graphic artists and editors.

However, there is a price to pay for dial dial integration and the need to move the entire keyboard over the dial, which creates a relatively large space between the mouse pad and keyboard keys – not something that ruins the experience, but this design requires a little more time to adjust to most users’ muscle memory. .

In terms of the amount of its connections, the Studiobook 16 mobile offers a large and wide selection that definitely includes:

  • To the right – RJ45 wired network connection, USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 connection, 3.5 mm headphone connection and SD Express 7.0 card reader.
  • on the left side – A pair of USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 connections, an HDMI 2.1 connection, a dedicated charging connection, a USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 connection.

It is difficult to say that wired network connections are a common thing in mobiles today, mostly relying on a fast WiFi connection, but it is still a useful connection in specific use cases.

Similarly, the HDMI connections have been replaced by the USB-C connections, which also support video signal transmission, but unlike them, the HDMI comes in the HDMI 2.1 standard that supports 4K 120Hz video.

The only thing that bothered me was the location of the mobile’s dedicated charging connection in the center of its left part. While it is capable of charging via the USB-C connections, the really fast charging is done with the dedicated charger coming in a high power of 240W.

As a premium model, the Studiobook 16 comes in high build quality with a metal body that comes in “Black”, which is relatively resistant to fingerprints and features a minimalist design that does not compromise on its level of durability, while meeting the MIL-STD 810H standard US Army.

This is not the thinnest or lightest laptop in the company with a thickness of 19.9 ~ 21.4 mm and a weight of 2.4 kg, but it is also far from being the heaviest or thickest of the laptops we tested.

On the back of the laptop you can find the caption of the company’s ProArt series, when a look at the bottom reveals a large number of ventilation openings designed to help keep the laptop cool even under load, and a pair of harman / kardon speakers that sit at the front and are turned slightly down to “throw” The audio from the surface on which the mobile sits. The speakers provide good and quite strong audio quality.

User experience – ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED

The ASUS Studiobook 16 is a premium mobile designed to be used as a tool for professional users and this can be felt and seen already in its opening. It offers high build quality and the quality of the 4K OLED panel makes the experience of watching content on it enjoyable, especially in HDR content that knows how to properly utilize the OLED panel.

It’s hard to say that mobile use is comfortable during the initial adaptation period, as a result of ASUS ‘choice of the large 3-button mouse pad and a complete ASUS Dial sitting between the keyboard and mouse pad, which forced the company to place them in a less standard location. However, after the adjustment time you discover that you can also use the third button and the unique ASUS dial.

The battery life of the Studiobook 16 varies greatly depending on its usage, with the 90 WHr battery perhaps considered large, but the laptop comes with a strong technical specification and quite a “thirst” for electricity. In reasonable use, the battery time is 5 ~ 6 hours, but under load the battery time will be shortened to 4 hours, which is expected from a mobile “workstation” for content creators.

Similar to the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED, apart from the company’s standard My Asus software, you can find the ProArt Creator Hub on mobile, the company’s dedicated control software for the ProArt series, which comes with color calibration options and ASUS Dial setup for uses Various, with an emphasis on Adobe software used by content creators with a large variety of control options for them.

Performance tests – ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED

As a mobile designed for more professional content creators, the Studiobook comes as a leap forward compared to the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED we tested earlier, when the company combined a processor from AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series processor and a dedicated graphics card from Anvidia’s GeForce RTX 3000 series.

In our case, the specifications of the mobile we reviewed included:

  • Processor – Ryzen 9 5900HX with 8 cores and 16 threads.
  • Memory – 64GB DDR4.
  • storage – A pair of Samsung PM9A1 1TB 1DB SSD drives.
  • Graphics Card – GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q 8GB GDDR6.
  • screen – 16-inch OLED at 16:10 and 4K resolution of 3840 × 2400.
  • battery – 90WHrs.
  • Weight – 2.4 kg.

In order to get a measure of the mobile’s performance, we conducted a number of performance tests, with the mobile connected to electricity and set to turbo mode for maximum performance at the expense of increased and definitely loud noise.

The tests are divided into general performance, CPU performance, video card performance and built-in storage performance, while for the purpose of the overall performance index the mobile is tested in PCMark 10 software with an overall score of 6741.

PCmark 10 Performance Test
PCmark 10 Performance Test

To test the Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, the GeekBench 5.4.5 software was run, in which the processor received a score of 1555 for single core performance and 9614 for multi-core performance, as well as the Cinebench software in version R23.2, in which it received 1490 points for single core performance and 13633 Points for multi-core performance.

To test the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q card, the 3DMark software was run with the Time Spy test, in which the mobile received a score of 9601 points. This time there is no additional Superposition test with which we usually test the graphics card, since it refused to recognize the RTX card but only the one built into the Ryzen processor.

3DMark Time Spy Performance Test
3DMark Time Spy Performance Test

The pair of Samsung PM9A1 drives showed disappointing performance even though they are set in RAID 0, and while officially the speed should be up to 6800MB / s, during the tests we saw a read speed of up to 3.23GB / s and write up to 3.11GB / s in the ATTO test, when in software The AS SSD drive gets an overall score of 2713 points with a read speed of about 3 GB / s and a write speed of only 2.5GB / s.

This is not a low speed compared to some of the SSD drives in laptops we reviewed in the past, but it is still less than half of what these drives are supposed to display, especially in RAID 0 which prioritizes speed. A search of the network revealed that this was a problem caused by AMD’s RAID, which is expected to be resolved later with a software update.

Although there were some issues with the performance tests of the ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED, in the end its technical specifications show the performance we expect to see from its high technical specifications, designed to withstand the load of various graphic editing software and more, but also meets other needs, Including gaming.

Bottom line – what we thought of the ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED

The ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED comes as ASUS ‘portable and prestigious workstation for content creators, graphic designers, video editors and more, which can be easily seen once you touch a mobile with its high finish quality and even more after opening the large, high-quality 4K OLED screen. For better or worse, OLED technology simply delivers superior image quality.

Although you have to get used to using the physical ASUS Dial, the trio of mouse pad buttons and the slightly strange position of the keyboard, there is no doubt that the strong technical specifications of the Studiobook 16 based on the combination of Ryzen 5000 processors and GeForce RTX 3000 cards are strong enough to withstand all users’ throws. Towards him, both in terms of running dedicated editing software and in terms of various computer games, even though his screen is less designed for that.

Whether you are content creators, graphic designers, video editors or just users looking for a powerful mobile with a high quality OLED screen, the ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED can be the solution for you if your budget allows it.

The ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED mobile phone is available for sale in Israel at a price starting at NIS 7018, with the price of the mobile in the tested configuration standing at NIS 10,268.

What did we like?

  • Large, high-quality OLED screen.
  • Construction quality.
  • Strong technical specifications.
  • Large amount of connections.
  • ASUS Dial.
  • Quiet in normal use.
  • Supports USB-C charging.

And what less?

  • Keyboard structure that requires practice.
  • Noisy under heavy load.
  • Dedicated charging connection (but also supports USB-C charging).
  • Disappointing SSD performance (should be resolved later).
  • High price.

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