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ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED laptop review for content professionals

ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED laptop review for content professionals

Most users believe that laptops are not a suitable environment for graphic design, engineering, or montage work, despite the great development that has occurred in the world of mobile devices in the past few years. Engineering, montage, and rendering work in general are almost impossible. It is true that this was the case for laptops in the past, but now the situation has completely changed. There are devices issued specifically for content creators, the most famous of which is the ProArt series from Asus, which may match the capabilities of desktop devices.

We already had an excellent experience with Asus laptops, specifically in the ROG category for gamers, but today we got the opportunity to try a new laptop that appeals to professionals in the field of visual content creators, which is the ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED, which offers the right combination whether you are a professional photographer who needs to edit photos accurately, or a product designer, or a digital artist, or even an interior designer. This laptop meets all of your design and content needs. Through our review, you will understand why the Studiobook 16 OLED is a bargain for most users and what sets it apart from other options on the market today.

ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED laptop specifications

The ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED laptop comes in more than one model and version, each carrying different internal hardware in terms of screen card, processor, and screen specifications, but as for the specifications of the version we have (the ProArt Studiobook 16 H5600), they were as follows:

Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, octa-core, up to 4.6GHz, 20MB cache.

RAM: 2*16GB DDR4 3200MHz, upgradeable up to 64GB.

Storage: 2* 1TB M.2 NVMe 3rd Generation (PCIe 3.0)

Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 with 6GB of GDDR6 video memory.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) dual band.

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.2.

Battery: 4-cell Lithium-Polymer 90Whr, with a 240W fast charger included.

Screen: 16-inch OLED, 60Hz refresh rate, 4K resolution, 500 nits brightness, and supports HDR technology.

Camera: 720p HD with privacy cover.

Laptop weight: 2.40 kg and a thickness of 19.6 mm.

Operating System: Windows 11 Home.

Sound: Harman Kardon-certified sound quality with Smart Amplifier Technology support.

Additional features: ASUS Dial scroll wheel + touchpad that supports pen drawing.

Ports available in the laptop:

Two HDMI 2.1 ports that support 8K 120Hz and 10K 60Hz display technologies.

RJ45 LAN port.

SD Express 7.0 slot.

Two USB3.2 Gen2 USB-A ports.

Two USB 3.2 Type-C ports supporting DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery technology.

3.5mm audio port.

The screen in the Studiobook 16 OLED laptop

As a laptop for visual content creators and designers, the screen is not only a critical component, but also the most important part of the device in general.Through our experience, we see that the Studiobook 16 OLED has the best display that can be found in a laptop aimed at creators. Without exaggeration, Asus has introduced a combination of its leading optical technologies into this screen to provide an exceptional work, video viewing, and photo editing experience.

We are talking about a 16-inch 4K (3840x2400) Samsung RGB OLED display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, 0.2 MS response time, and HDR support with VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black certification to ensure an ultra-high contrast ratio of 1 in a million and deep blacks. And let me tell you that this is the first screen in the world that achieves this equation: OLED + HDR + 4K resolution + 16-inch size. There is no other laptop on the market with such a high-quality screen that will undoubtedly impress any designer or content creator.

Screen colors are rich, saturated, and realistic, as is customary for IPS OLED screens. Even Asus has calibrated the panel to meet Pantone Validated standards and has become certified by Calman Verified to confirm color accuracy, knowing that the screen displays up to 1.07 billion colors!

In addition, the screen in the Studiobook 16 OLED covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut and has a Delta-E value of less than 2, which explains the outstanding color quality. Most importantly, the screen displays a good brightness of up to 500 lumens, which provides content creators with an unparalleled visual experience and makes it easier for them to work from anywhere without being disturbed by ambient light or sunlight. And to complete the immersive experience, Asus added minor modifications to the panel to comply with TÜV Rheinland and SGS standards for eye protection, as the screen emits blue light by 70% less than other screens, which is an addition that I find very important for content makers, some of whom tend to spend long hours working on photo editing or montage work.

In order to maintain the streamlined design of the device, Asus used its NanoEdge technology to sculpt the sides of the screen and make the thickness of the edges very small. The screen accounts for 85% of the front structure, taking into account the presence of a webcam at the top. In general, it is a wonderful screen that will be appreciated by artists, photographers, designers, and content makers. Its only drawback is that its refresh rate is only 60 Hz, or at least this is the case in the version we have. There are other copies with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, so if you want a higher refresh rate, you will have to buy a copy. Another laptop at a slightly higher price.

The design of the Studiobook 16 OLED laptop

This laptop comes with a simple and quiet design that attracts attention, as it is devoid of the creative graphics and RGB lighting that we are used to seeing in other Asus laptops, yet it maintains an aesthetic and elegant appearance to the fullest extent. Perhaps what distinguishes the Studiobook 16 OLED most is that it comes with manufacturing materials that are suitable for different usage scenarios in the framework of creative work. So in terms of manufacturing quality here, there is no doubt about it.

The body of the laptop is polished with anti-fingerprint coating to preserve the smooth texture and elegant appearance.Asus has used an effective substance that prevents fingerprints or stains from being picked up easily, or at least prevents them from appearing clearly. Therefore, you may not need to clean the laptop except every once in a while. And when. Simply put, the design of the laptop is elegant and luxurious, and you will not feel that it is boring, especially with the dark black color, or as it is called, Star Black. It is easy to carry, as the entire device weighs 2.4 kilograms, which is very light compared to other competing laptops. What makes it more portable is its thinness of only 19.6 mm.

In addition, the Studiobook 16 OLED laptop is among only about 29 Asus laptop models that have passed many rigorous US MIL-STD-810H tests, including but not limited to the guarantee of working in harsh environments and drop tests in the operating mode, in addition to working at high temperatures, which means it is a design that meets military standards in terms of toughness and durability. Asus was not satisfied with that, but rather set its own standards in more severe tests called ASUS laptop Stress Tests, which guarantee the efficiency and quality of even the smallest detail in the design, and the wonderful thing is that the Studiobook 16 OLED laptop passed all these tests successfully, which makes it ideal for use in various industry environments.

Leave the external design aside and let's lift the screen cover, and here we find the second most important part, after the screen, that this laptop features, which is the ASUS Dial interactive control unit. Let's talk about it at length in the next paragraph that concerns the keyboard and touchpad.

The keyboard and touchpad of the Studiobook 16 OLED laptop

The controller on any laptop in general consists of two elements, the keyboard and the touchpad, but to make the Studiobook 16 OLED even smoother when immersed in creative work, there is a third element that represents a new way to interact with different design software and is the ASUS Dial, which is a wheel or a tactile mechanical wheel, integrated into the body of the laptop just below the keyboard, that gives you instant and precise control over different design software.

In fact, this is not the first time that Asus has tried to add an interactive console to the laptops of content creators. Older generations include the ASUS Dial, but by default it is within the touchpad, and therefore it is not as practical as having it independently designed as part of the design in modern versions, which makes it accessible. It's faster and requires nothing more than moving your fingertips. This addition, which is certainly welcome, puts Asus in a special place among its peer manufacturers, led by Apple, which tried to adopt a similar idea with the Touch Bar but failed.

As for using the ASUS dial, it's simple and easy to get used to. One click on the wheel will display a circular pop-up menu on the screen showing you some of the actions available depending on the program you are using, and the wheel can also be employed according to your preferences through the ProArt Creator Hub application, which we will talk about later in detail.

Basically, when using the wheel on the desktop in Windows, the available actions will be changing the volume and adjusting the screen brightness level, but as soon as you open a program such as Photoshop, the menu displays a large number of actions such as zooming in on the image, changing the brush size, or moving between the layers. as well as changing the percentage of layer transparency and other actions that have a noticeable effect on productivity.

The mechanical part of operating the ASUS Dial seems to be made of high-quality materials. We felt a very satisfying response as soon as we started moving the wheel or even clicking it, in addition to being very accurate with every pass so that there is no room for error in choosing the action you need every time. So, in general, this is a very distinctive and useful addition, but it is worth noting that the Dial currently only works with Adobe programs such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Lightroom Classic, and After Effects, but Asus promises to expand the list through upcoming updates.

This is for the ASUS Dial, as the laptop also carries another interesting feature for content makers, which is the touchpad that is optimized to work perfectly with graphic design work through the presence of three control buttons. It is usual to see a button for left pressing and another for right pressing, but Asus added a third button that performs 3D content control functions. That is, if you are designing 3D objects in Blender, for example, you will find this button very useful, as it helps you move and rotate 3D objects easily to see every direction.

In addition, the touchpad itself is responsive and large enough that you do not need to connect an external mouse in most scenarios, and it is covered with a glass layer that gives a smooth feel while moving the cursor. That's not all! Since the screen in the Studiobook 16 OLED does not support touch, Asus compensated for this by making the Touch Pad support a digital pen with a sensitivity of up to 1024 levels of pressure, so the ASUS Pen or any other digital pen compatible with the MPP 1.51 standard can be used for an accurate writing and drawing experience.

As for the keyboard, it extends from edge to edge and is characterized by high-quality manufacturing for each key, as it is an LED-illuminated panel that does not make much noise and has a high response speed, which was evident while typing quickly, so every keystroke is accurately recorded. There is also an additional button in the panel that is customizable by the user. Using the ProArt Creator Hub, you can use it to open an application, perform an action within programs, and so on. One of the great features of the keyboard is that the power button is integrated with a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint reader for quickly logging into Windows, which is definitely a welcome addition.

In general, ASUS managed to unify all the controls in the Studiobook 16 OLED laptop in order to simplify the handling of graphic design programs and even editing programs so that content creators feel increased productivity in completing tasks that seemed complex, especially with the ASUS Dial and other ASUS innovations.

Performance of the ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED laptop

The laptop is equipped with capabilities that meet the needs of designers and content creators, beginning with the powerful Ryzen 9 5900HX processor from AMD and the RTX 3060 graphics card from NVIDIA to provide performance power that is ideal for completing rendering operations in the shortest amount of time, and it can also be used to play some games. The laptop also has two M.2 NVMe units with a storage capacity of 1 terabyte for each of them and the third generation of the PCIe connector. Let us directly conduct the test using the Crystal Disk Mark program, and the result was as shown in the image above, which is the reading speed of 3 gigabytes per second and the writing speed on the hard drive of 3 gigabytes per second.

As for the laptop test using the well-known Cinebench R23 program, it achieved 1461 points in single-core performance and 12,313 points in multi-core performance, and this result is certainly very good and is reflected in the performance of dealing with graphics programs and content production.

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1080p quality, the number of frames per second reached an average of 88 on the highest settings.

ASUS' smart and efficient cooling system

The laptop comes with the ASUS IceCool Pro professional cooling system that unleashes the capabilities of the internal hardware, including the heat-generating AMD CPU and the Nvidia GPU. This cooling system includes two 102-blade fans with a 3D curved design, which is a smart design from ASUS. This small detail helped reduce the fans' power consumption and boost airflow by 16 percent. The fans run extremely quietly, less than 40 dB in normal use mode, and they also support NVIDIA's WhisperMode 2.0, which gives you more control over the fan speed between moderate performance and low fan noise.

This is in addition to the fact that the design of the device contributes to the smooth flow of air through the many ventilation holes that are well distributed under the laptop and on all sides to prevent any chance of heat accumulation inside the device. There are also six copper heat pipes that easily absorb the heat of most components for stable performance in all applications. The laptop is also equipped with a dynamic performance management system so that the cooling equipment fully adapts to the tasks it performs, and most likely the cooling system will not work at its full efficiency except when using demanding programs such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and rendering.

ProArt Creator Hub app

The Studiobook 16 OLED laptop works with the latest version of the Windows 11 Home system, along with a number of pre-installed applications from Microsoft and Asus, on top of which is the ProArt Creator Hub application, which is designed to help content creators configure the device settings to serve their requirements and improve the creative workflow. The application is divided into sections and includes dozens of options for customization, but as soon as you launch it, the Dashboard appears in front of you, displaying information about the processor load, RAM consumption, internal hardware temperature, and cooling fan speed, as well as the Fan Profile function, which allows switching between different cooling modes depending on the tasks.For example, the fans can be set to whisper mode to run completely silently or to full speed mode to run at full speed, which is useful when working on complex, resource-intensive engineering graphics.

In addition, the application includes the Color Calibration function to help you calibrate the colors of the screen, whether for a laptop or an external monitor, if one is connected to the device, in order to easily reach the most accurate colors. One of the great features in the application is WorkSmart, which enables you to create a shortcut for groups of programs and place it on the desktop so that up to four programs can be launched at the same time with the press of a button.

The ProArt Creator Hub application also helps you customize the interactive controller ASUS Dial and the customizable keys on the keyboard through the Control Setting section, where content creators can repurpose the Dial in line with their needs, such as adding new actions for use within various Adobe programs or modifying the order of actions. and so on. Then in the Customized Key section, you can add a new function to the shortcut button located between the Ctrl and Alt buttons to run a specific program, for example, in addition to the ability to change the function of the Win button, which by default displays the Windows Start menu, which is a great addition to make optimal use of all buttons.

Secondly, there is the usual MyAsus application in all Asus devices without exception, and it is also important for updating laptop drivers, controlling battery charging status, diagnosing any problem you encounter, contacting Asus support, knowing the warranty status, etc. Perhaps the most important feature offered by this application is Link to MyASUS, which integrates between the iOS or Android phone and the laptop to perform tasks such as sharing files, making phone calls, and even displaying the phone screen on the device and controlling it remotely. The application also contains an important feature, which is ASUS OLED Care, which performs several actions in the background to protect the screen from the effect of burn-in, a phenomenon that affects the life of OLED screens.

Ports and connectivity on the Studiobook 16 OLED laptop

The Studiobook 16 OLED laptop provides satisfactory connectivity options and modern ports on both sides. It contains an HDMI 2.1 port, which allows you to connect the laptop to a display with a resolution of up to 8K and a refresh rate of 120 Hz or 10K and a refresh rate of 60 Hz with ease. Side by side, there are two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A or full-size USB ports for connecting peripherals such as a mouse and keyboard, each located on one side of the laptop. There are also two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports that both support 100W Power Delivery as well as DisplayPort and VR technology.

The laptop is also equipped with an SD Express slot for connecting full-size SD-Card storage cards; the standard used here is SD 7.0, which provides transfer speeds of up to 985 Mbps, which is important for photographers as they can transfer huge RAW images to the laptop at lightning speed. The laptop also contains a Gigabit RJ-45 port, which provides a high-speed connection to the Internet, and a 3.5mm headphone jack from the ESS Saber HiFi, which Asus has modified to comply with the Hi-Res Audio standard to obtain the purest sound possible when connecting high-quality headphones.

Unfortunately, the laptop does not have a Thunderbolt port, but this is understandable given that the central processor is from AMD. However, the range of available ports is sufficient to satisfy the desires of content makers, and even the locations of the ports are very appropriate, except for the DC charger entrance, which is located in the middle of the left side, near the side ventilation holes, which is a very bad place!

As for the wireless connection, the laptop contains the Intel Wi-Fi AX201 card, which provides connection to the sixth generation of Wi-Fi and the fifth generation of Bluetooth to ensure a stable connection in the long run to various wireless devices and accessories.

Studiobook 16 OLED laptop audio

Asus did not lose sight of completing the ideal experience for content makers with a unique audio experience. The Studiobook 16 OLED laptop included an audio system with four speakers that provided a wonderful and pure sound, as certified by audio experts at Harman/Kardon.When you play any music file, you will notice that the sound surrounds you. The audio system is also supported by DTS technology to enhance the sound waves, hear even the smallest details with high purity, and prevent any long-term damage to the sensitive parts of the amplifiers such as the voice coil. The laptop includes a 3.5mm port supported by the ESS Saber DAC chip to provide Hi-Res technology when connecting any headphones to obtain 3D sound.

The ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED also features ASUS AI Noise Cancellation technology to filter out any external sound while speaking into the laptop's built-in microphones, and the result is clear audio output in any scenario. The bundled MyASUS app gives the user the freedom to choose from four modes to control the intensity of the sound filter.

Battery performance on the Studiobook 16 OLED laptop

The laptop comes with a 4-cell lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 90 Whr. A fast charger of 240 W is attached, and through tests, the battery can last for a period ranging from 7 to 8 hours with simple use and 3 hours with heavy use. For sure, you can connect the charger to the laptop to get the best performance.

Studiobook 16 OLED laptop warranty

The Asus Perfect Warranty covers any defects in the Studiobook 16 OLED for two years, meaning that if the laptop accidentally falls out of your hand and the laptop screen breaks, Asus will service or replace the screen for you free of charge as long as the device is within the warranty coverage. But there is a note that must be taken into account, which is that Asus will take care of the maintenance of only one defect in the device every year of the warranty. For example, if there is a problem with the motherboard that prevents the operation of the laptop, the company is responsible for replacing the board without charge within the first year of the warranty. If the same problem occurs during the same year, then the cost of maintenance is borne by the user, while if another problem appears in the second year of the warranty, it will be borne by ASUS. Certainly, this type of guarantee is provided for the first time and exclusively by Asus, as there has been no similar guarantee until now in the laptop market.