June 16, 2024

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Asus’ new Zenbook Pro 16X OLED lifts the entire keyboard tray when its lid is lifted

Asus' new Zenbook Pro 16X OLED lifts the entire keyboard tray when its lid is lifted

In 2017, Asus wowed us with an ultra-slim laptop thicker When I opened the lid, Giant hidden magic door opens to keep uncharacteristically large GPUs cool. But the original Zephyrus also committed the sin of joining Keyboard club in front And the new $2,599 Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED device announced today may finally correct that bug.

Instead of lifting the entire laptop up like the Zephyrus or, say, lifting a large bar of the touch screen Like ZenBook Pro DuoThe new 16-inch laptop raises the bar Entire keyboard tray when you lift the lid.

The lift is mechanically attached to the hinge.
Photo: Asus; GIF by Sean Hollister/The Verge

Asus says this impressive hinge gives the laptop’s Core i9 CPU and RTX 3060 GPU a combined thermal space of 140W – despite its chassis being only 16.9 mm (0.67 in) thick.

and that just the beginning It appears to be one of the best ultra-slim laptops we’ve ever laid our eyes on. I’ll spend some time going into the details, but here’s a TL chart; DR:

The standout features of the ZenBook Pro 16X OLED are that great hinge, 4K 16:10 OLED display, and jogging dial, but there’s a lot more here.
Photo: Asus

Yes, the Nvidia RTX 3060 is not The most capable graphics chip for gaming There it is – this device is clearly aimed at creators with its focus on installing a 12th-generation Intel Core i9-12900H CPU in place of a more powerful GPU, two speakers and four speakers, and stylus support for the “ASUS Pen”.

But as someone obsessed with gadgets, I’m instantly jealous who’d get a 16-inch 4K OLED screen in Correctly tall 16:10 aspect ratio with 100% DCI-P3 color and 0.2ms response time, not to mention two all-encompassing Thunderbolt 4 ports, 985MB/s SD Express 7.0 card reader and huge pressure-sensitive touchpad and trigger My streak for haptic feedback (I don’t expect many developers to actually benefit from that).

Oh, did you see Jogging Disc Palmerist And white RGB lighting for each key?

The white RGB lighting for each key is programmable, including beams that drop out of the hinge.
Photo: Asus

I’m sure I can finally figure out a reason to use those! And for all the great features, Asus still makes room for a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, a full-size USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port (yes, that’s a fast one), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You also get good but table features in this laptop, such as up to 32GB of RAM, up to 2TB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and one of the largest batteries Laptop You can board a plane at 96 watts per hour. It weighs 5.3 pounds, so it’s not exactly light.

The keyboard tray raises up to 7 degrees, and you can charge via either Thunderbolt 4 or a standard DC socket adapter.
Photo: Asus; Shot from The Verge

My big question here is if this keyboard is really comfortable when raised to 7 degrees like this because of that he goes against conventional wisdom The tilt of this keyboard can likely be flat or even passive to better serve your wrists. It’s not like you can adjust the tilt here because it’s attached directly to the laptop’s lid. But apparently some people have been buying up slash keyboards since “ErgoLift” is a feature that Asus has sold for years.

And it’s at least not tilted like Asus’ dual-screen devices, which use a similar hinge to prop it up to 12 degrees for better viewing. I’m also really curious if the 140W TDP allows Asus to take advantage of the RTX 3060 more than the competition because the speed of the laptop chip Increasingly about how much heat you can give them. Asus says the vent delivers 30 percent more airflow and temperatures drop by 7 degrees.

Speaking of dual-screen devices, the ZenBook Pro 16X OLED isn’t the only new laptop the company is announcing today, and it’s not with a long lead! There’s a new dual Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED screen if you’re still okay with being part of the keyboard in the front club, the Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED with Intel’s new discrete graphics – both with 120Hz OLED screens! Zenbook Pro 17 with an AMD Ryzen 6900HX chip and a pair of small OLED laptops, too. Asus has been extensive in OLED latelyAnd you would love to see it.

Here are Asus’ bento-box graphs for each of these other devices:

The $1,999 Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED and up features a 14.5-inch 120Hz OLED display, i9-12900H, RTX 3050 Ti with a thickness of 17.9mm, and a 76Whr battery.
Photo: Asus

Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED is a 15.6-inch 2.8K 120Hz OLED with up to an i7-12700H, Intel Arc A370M GPU, with a 96Wh battery.
Photo: Asus

The Asus Zenbook Pro 17 has a 2.5K 165Hz display with up to a Ryzen 9 6900HX, RTX 3050, 76Wh battery, 18.9mm thick. There is no Thunderbolt here.
Photo: Asus

The Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED has a 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED and Ryzen 7 6800U, 14.9mm thick, and a 67Whr battery. USB-C instead of Thunderbolt.
Photo: Asus

The Asus Zenbook S 13 Flip OLED has an i7-1260P, also with a 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED with a thickness of 14.9 mm, a 67Wh battery, and three Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Photo: Asus

You may also want to check out New panels inspired by Asus pop art. And you can watch Asus’ demo to reveal all of these devices, from the keyboard lift laptop, Starting at 41 minutes 8 seconds here.

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