Asus VivoBook Pro 16X OLED review: Designed for creators, designers
Asus is used to creating unique machines that are also designed according to the particular needs of the user. For example, the brand’s ROG line of laptops and desktops are highly sought after in the gaming industry. Meanwhile, the ZenBook series offers ultrabooks packed with cool features for creators that make life easier, including dual screens, tilting keyboards and more.
However, Asus recently launched some new additions to the VivoBook series, including the VivoBook Pro 16X OLED which we reviewed today. The laptop comes with a polished spec sheet, but also a few key features dedicated to creators who don’t want to spend as much as they would on the ZenBook series.
But at a starting price of Rs 1,24,990, does the VivoBook Pro 16X OLED make sense, or should you look at the ZenBook models? Keep reading to find out.
Asus VivoBook Pro 16X: what good is it?
VivoBook Pro 16X has a number of great additions, but my favorite, and what mainly sets this laptop apart is the gorgeous 4K display. This 4K OLED panel is beautiful to look at from the moment you open the screen.
It doesn’t have the smallest bezels, but it does support 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and 133% sRGB color gamut coverage as well as Pantone Validated certification. This gives you great color accuracy which is crucial for designers and creators. Pantone validation also means that the colors you see on screen are the exact colors you would see on print or other Pantone validated display, eliminating any color inconsistency. The screen can also get quite bright, up to 550 nits on the 16X variant.
It has a clean and minimal design, but with a few extras like the 3D metallic logo on the lid, an orange Escape key, and an Enter key with a pattern underneath. While not everyone falls in love with minimalism here, it certainly is a nice looking laptop. The laptop also comes with a full keyboard and large keys with decent travel, ensuring you have a comfortable typing experience even for longer text sessions.
One thing we missed in the design, however, is the ErgoLift hinge that tilts the keyboard toward you when the laptop is open.
Another USP of the Asus VivoBook Pro 16X OLED laptop is the new Asus Dialpad which relies on the trackpad and comes with its own gesture trigger when you need it. The keyboard is a context menu that you can navigate by a combination of tapping and circular swipes.
Launch it on your desktop and you will only see a toggle of system volume and system brightness which is not that impressive but once you open an Adobe program like Photoshop or Premiere Pro you will see many more menus which are more than just practical.
Tools like brush size and opacity in Photoshop, as well as zoom and timeline height in Premiere Pro, all controllable from a circle, can give you a boost in Amazon’s productivity a once you have mastered the numeric keypad. Designed for use by your left hand, the keyboard allows your right hand to switch between a number of options that creators will often have to switch hundreds of times in a project (if not more).
It works well with the large trackpad, but gets even better with a wired / wireless mouse, allowing you to create your project with your right hand while fully controlling tools and keyboard shortcuts with your left hand.
The Asus VivoBook Pro 16X also comes with powerful specs including a Ryzen 9 5900HX, 16GB DDR4 RAM, up to 1TB of SSD storage, and an Nvidia RTX 3050Ti GPU. This translates into blazing speeds for just about any use case. From booting up to rendering 4K footage on Premiere Pro, everything is fast here, and the RTX 3050Ti GPU also means users have a much better experience creating or editing heavy graphics tasks.
Other features include an average 720p webcam with a dedicated physical shield for more privacy, which was a nice addition. There’s also support for Dual-Band WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and Harman Kardon certified speakers which sound great, but aren’t too loud.
The I / O panel includes a single USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A port, a single USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C port, two USB 2.0 Type A ports, and one HDMI 1.4 port. There is also a 3.5mm combo audio port and DC charging port.
The Asus VivoBook Pro 16X also excels in battery life and the 96 Wh battery lets you work all day with moderate use and fast charging technology also charges the laptop fairly quickly. There is a power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner which is small, but very precise.
Asus VivoBook Pro 16X: What’s Wrong?
There’s not much to complain about the VivoBook Pro 16X, which is a pretty well-rounded package for creators, desktop users, and pretty much everyone except gamers. If we had to nitpick, we’d point out the brushed-finish cover that instantly picks up fingerprints and smudges, but that’s about it.
However, we would like to point out that while the Asus Dialpad function is excellent, it is still inferior to the brand’s ScreenPad 2.0 and ScreenPad Plus dual-screen technology, which offers more flexibility and contextual use cases, while at the same time. having relatively smaller learning. curve.
Is VivoBook Pro 16X Right For You?
The Asus VivoBook Pro 16X OLED is a great laptop for its target audience, but with its hefty price tag, I think it might not be the right device for all creators. For those with more video editing use cases, a ZenBook series laptop with the brand’s ScreenPad Plus or Dual-Screen implementations may make even more sense.
However, if you want a larger 16-inch panel with a glossy OLED display (which not all ZenBook variants have) as well as newer, more powerful specs, the VivoBook Pro is also a solid option to look at. , according to your personal taste.