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Review: ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600)

ASUS recently announced a slew of new laptops aimed at content creators, one of which is the new ProArt Sudiobook 16 OLED H5600. This laptop has been designed for those who demand the best of the best for jobs such as 3D rendering, 8K video editing, and even high-quality livestreaming. What makes this laptop special is that it comes with the ASUS Dial design and a touchpad that can support a stylus.

In addition, the ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED also comes with three physical buttons, allowing 3D creators to move and select or rotate 3D objects conveniently, even without using a mouse or a sketch pad. The Studiobook’s keyboard also adds a shortcut key and a Windows key which can be set to perform a wide range of functions through the ProArt Creator Hub.

Let’s talk about the ASUS Dial. You can press and hold the ASUS Dial to turn on the ProArt Creator Hub menu of tools and rotate it to adjust settings, making it easier and faster for you to create content while customising your workflow. The ASUS Dial works with popular professional-grade software such as Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Lightroom Classic, and After Effects. When you press the ASUS Dial, it displays the ASUS Dial menu suited to the related Adobe app, allowing for easy adjustment of commonly used functions such as zoom, brightness, and contrast via rotating dials.

The ProArt Creator Hub software, meanwhile, is designed for creators by ASUS. It now includes a new Control Setting page for setting the ASUS Dial menu. On this page, you can set shortcut functions in the ASUS Dial menu, as they apply to each Adobe app. The ASUS Dial menu allows you to add a single function, and it also supports group settings, allowing you to combine similar functions to a specified group.

The ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED also offers a 130-by-65mm touchpad with three functional buttons. This allows you to easily perform common operations such as object rotation, flipping, or 360° viewing in some 3D rendering software. The touchpad on the ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED also supports the ASUS stylus and other styluses with MPP 1.51 standard, allowing the touchpad to be used as a digitiser. The sensitivity of the touchpad fine tip has up to 1024 pressure levels, providing you with precise writing and drawing experience.

In terms of build quality and design, the Studiobook 16 OLED is extremely well built. The body of the laptop has been made using aluminum alloy to enhance durability, while it also comes with an anti-fingerprint coating. Even though it is feature-packed, the ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED weighs only 2.4-kgs and measures 19.6mm slim. What’s more, the laptop has also been tested to MIL-STD 810H standard, for durability.

Under the hood, the ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED runs on AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX processor. You also get up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM. The processing power is coupled with 16GB of DDR4 memory and 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 Performance SSD storage. There’s also a 16-inch OLED display that offers an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a resolution of 3840-by-2400 pixels.

While you also get up to 550 nits of brightness, it also supports VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black, 100% of DCI-P3 color gamut, is Pantone validated and offers an 85% screen-to-body ratio. On top of the display is where you will find the HD IR camera with webcam shield.

In terms of I/O ports, you get lots of options. This includes two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, with both supporting data transfer, 100 W PD charging, and DisplayPort. You also get two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, one HDMI 2.1 (supporting up to 8k 120 Hz or 10k 60 Hz), one SD Express 7.0 card reader that supports data transfers speeds of up to 985 Mbps, one 3.5 mm combo audio jack, and one Gigabit RJ45 LAN port.

The laptop also comes with an audio system certified by Harman Kardon. It also includes a premium ESS Sabre HiFi DAC with support for Hi-Res audio and four built-in microphones. The laptop is powered by a 90 Wh lithium-polymer battery, which ASUS claims offers up to 8.5 hours of battery life on a single charge. During our tests, we got around 7 hours of battery life on a single charge, which is brilliant considering this laptop is meant for content creators.

The ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED also offers a wide range of security features. This includes the implementation of TPM 2.0, the inclusion of a Power key with a fingerprint sensor, and a Kensington lock to help prevent physical theft of the laptop.

Overall performance was very good. In terms of benchmarks, the ProArt StudioBook 16 OLED put up a good show – it scored 6,270 and 8,171 in PCMark 10’s standard and extended runs, respectively. In Cinebench R20’s single- and multi-core render tests, the laptop delivered scores of 671 and 5,109 respectively while POV-Ray’s ray tracing benchmark took only 57 seconds to complete. The Blender Benchmark reported render times of 3 minutes, 42 seconds for the BMW scene, and 8 minutes, 49 seconds for the Classroom scene.

While there are lots of brands out there, that claim to produce “creator tools”, ASUS is one of the few that has actually delivered a laptop with features, such as the ASUS Dial and the ProArt Creator Hub, which will definitely appeal to content creators. The ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600) is not a laptop for everyone. However, if you are a content creator, it is the best AED 9,999 you will spend today, on a creator laptop.

Price: AED 9,999

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600) AED 9,999

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Overall performance was very good. In terms of benchmarks, the ProArt StudioBook 16 OLED put up a good show – it scored 6,270 and 8,171 in PCMark 10’s standard and extended runs, respectively.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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