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Review: ASUS Vivobook 16X Pro

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The ASUS Vivobook 16X Pro OLED is a laptop designed to be a portable editing machine for Imaging Professionals who are constantly on the go; that is easy on weight, has a bigger screen for editing and yet powerful enough to get the job done without breaking the bank.

 

Armed with the latest AMD Ryzen 7 5800H series, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, 16GB of RAM and 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD drive for faster image files access.

 

The results from the synthetic benchmarks are:

PCMark 5716

3DMark 4659 

Cinebench R23 9542

The Vivibook 16X Pro is very understated and gave more of the professional vibe than a powerful gaming machine. Image: Wilson Wong

The laptop is performing close to the desktop version of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600T and better than the older 11-gen Intel i7 9700K using the Cinebench 23 scores. That means it will perform well for simple rendering for FullHD, but I will leave 4K rendering to more powerful desktops.

 

The laptop has all the ports expected and reminds me of a desktop replacement laptop. There are three full-size USB Port A, full-sized HDMI ports for video equipment connection and a MicroSD card slot. 

 

The bad news is that there is just one USB Type-C Port. With so many Type-C peripherals coming to the market like a dongle to connect with, a single Type C port seems ill-informed. Another bugbear is the lack of a LAN port, which is necessary to upload huge files quickly to the Internet. Looks like buying a LAN cable dongle is needed to pair with this laptop.

Connectivity options is okay with MicroSD card slot, full sized HDMI, 3 USB-A and a single Type-C. I wished there are more Type-C and also a LAN port. Image: Wilson Wong

Unlike most laptops, the Vivobook 16 Pro has a full keyboard with a number keypad, helpful when you need to crunch some calculations. The keyboard has enough travel to give tactile feedback, which is great for touch typing.

 

Remember that a fingerprint sensor is incorporated with the on/off button, so keep that in mind whenever you want to access the laptop.

 

The highlight of this laptop has got to be the screen with a resolution of 3840 x 2400 4K UHD resolution with 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut using OLED technology that provides better colour rendition and deeper blacks. Being Pantone validated in the factory means you need not worry when editing colour-accurate photos and videos.

All the right components for a high performance machine to support content creators. Image: Wilson Wong

Another feature is the inclusion of the ASUS DialPad. The physical ASUS Dial, first seen on the Vivobook Pro Art Studio and now a virtual version called the DialPad, is on the Vivobook 16X Pro. 

 

The DialPad can be configured to work with Adobe Creative Suite. For example, in Photoshop, you can change brush sizes or navigate to different layers. 

 

It mimics the physical dial, but like anything digital, it is not as smooth and intuitive as its bigger sibling. I would love to have a separate, physical Dial instead. 

Those who are a bit technical will be happy that the laptop is NVIDIA GeForce RTX Studio certified. It means the computer has passed all the stringent requirements regarding top-tier performance to deliver a smoother workflow for creatives. It is also a laptop with the NVIDIA Studio Driver that helps unlock their machines’ GPU performance.

 

Features included with NVIDIA Studio are Broadcast, Omniverse and Canvas. With more content created for social media, the Broadcast feature helps with streaming videos. Omniverse helps with 3D rendering and will be helpful when Facebook Meta comes onboard. Canvas will support graphic artists in enhancing their artwork using AI. 

 

The Vivobook 16X Pro OLED is now available online ASUS store in Singapore, starting from S$2398.

 

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