Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro X hands-on review

Bespoke crafted laptops for specific audiences have typically targeted a few key sectors; gaming, budget, and professional being the most obvious. But a new breed of laptop looks to cater to a more nuanced, if not niche, audience. Like the ProArt desktops that came before, Asus’ new ProArt StudioBook line is aimed squarely at creative professionals. Arguably, the most intriguing of the lot is the new ProArt StudioBook Pro X from Asus. It’s a system with amazing power and an equally exciting second-screen display in the touchpad.

We managed to get our hands on one at IFA 2019 and after trying some of its ProArt siblings, the StudioBook Pro X is the one that’s stuck with us the most.
The (almost) best of everything
The ProArt Studio Book Pro X is technically the second most powerful laptop in the new range, falling ever-so-slightly behind the ProArt StudioBook One. But its spec sheet is still packed with some of the most powerful components in the world today.
The Pro X has by far the more impressive memory configuration, offering up to 128GB of DDR4.
At its core is a choice of Intel Core i7 or Intel Xeon CPU, each with six cores and high clock speeds, paired up with an Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 graphics chip for some serious processing and rendering grunt. The system is fully ISV certified, which suggests that no matter what load you throw at this system, it’ll crunch through it with ease. We’re also told by Asus that the laptop was designed with a powerful cooling solution which prevents thermal throttling, so you can expect sustained performance within Intel’s typical boost parameters, to make sure that your rendering and processing tasks are handled as quickly as possible.
While its CPU and GPU might not match the StudioBook One’s, the Pro X has by far the more impressive memory configuration. Offering up to 128GB of DDR4. And with RAID-0, high-speed NVMe storage support, buyers have the option of a drive configuration which can reach 6GBps. That helps ensure as little downtime as possible when transferring or working on large collections of — or merely large — files and results in a snappy and responsive usage experience.
Taking the professional slant of this laptop seriously, Asus has bucked the connectivity trend of less-is-more, and has packed the StudioBook Pro X with plentiful ports. It has a trio of high-speed USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 ports, a pair of USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, a headphone jack, HDMI-output, SD card reader, and a coveted Ethernet port for zero restrictions on your networking capabilities.

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