Asus’ new Zenbook Pro 16X OLED raises the entire keyboard tray when you lift its lid

Asus’ new Zenbook Pro 16X OLED raises the entire keyboard tray when you lift its lid

Asus' new Zenbook Pro 16X OLED raises the entire keyboard tray when you lift its lid

In 2017, Asus wowed us with an ultra-thin gaming laptop that got thicker when you opened the lid, opening a giant hidden hatch to keep its unusually large GPU cool. But the original Zephyrus also committed the cardinal sin of joining the front-facing keyboard club – and the new $2,599 Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED, announced today, might finally right that wrong.

Instead of lifting the entire laptop like the Zephyrus or, say, lifting a large touchscreen swath like the ZenBook Pro Duo, the new 16-inch laptop raises its full keyboard tray when you lift the lid.


The elevator is mechanically connected to the hinge.
Picture: Asus; GIF by Sean Hollister / The Verge

Asus claims this fancy hinge gives the laptop’s Core i9 CPU and RTX 3060 GPU a combined thermal headroom of 140W, even though its chassis is only 16.9mm (0.67in) thick. .

And it’s just the beginning of what looks like one of the most premium ultrathin laptops we’ve ever seen. I’ll spend some time going into detail, but here’s a TL chart; DR:

The standout features of the ZenBook Pro 16X OLED are that fancy hinge, 16:10 4K OLED display and jog wheel, but there’s a whole lot more here.
Picture: Asus

Yes, an Nvidia RTX 3060 isn’t the most capable graphics chip on the market – this machine is clearly aimed at creators focusing on installing a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H processor rather than a More powerful GPU, two speakers and four woofers and stylus support for an “ASUS Pen”.

But as a fan of gadgets, I’m instantly jealous of who gets a 16-inch 4K OLED display with a properly high 16:10 aspect ratio with 100% DCI-P3 color and 0 response time. .2 ms, let alone two. -all that 4-port Thunderbolt, a 985MB/s SD Express 7.0 card reader, and a gigantic touchpad with both pressure sensitivity and a linear actuator for haptic feedback (not that I’m expecting that that many software developers actually take advantage of).

Oh, and have you seen the palmrest jog dial and white RGB lighting per key?

The per-key white RGB lighting is fully programmable, including the beams that exit the hinge.
Picture: Asus

I’m sure I could find a reason to use these eventually! And despite all the fancy features, Asus still leaves room for a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, a full-size USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port (yes, that’s the fastest), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. . You also get quality, but tabletop, features at this level of laptop, such as up to 32GB of RAM, up to 2TB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and USB. one of the greatest laptop batteries. you can carry on a plane at 96Wh. It weighs 5.3 pounds, so it’s not exactly light.

The keyboard tray lifts up to a 7 degree angle and you can charge via Thunderbolt 4 or a standard DC jack adapter.
Picture: Asus; Screenshot by The Verge

My big question here is if this keyboard is actually ergonomic when raised 7 degrees like this because it’s ok versus the conventional wisdom that the keyboard tilt should probably be flat or even negative to better serve your wrists. It’s not like you can adjust the tilt here, as it’s tied directly to the laptop lid. But it is clear that some people buy these tilted keyboards since the “ErgoLift” is a feature that Asus has been selling for years.

And at least it’s not as angled as Asus’ dual-screen machines, which use a similar hinge to prop them up to 12 degrees for better viewing. And I’m also really, really curious if 140W of TDP allows Asus to get the most out of its RTX 3060 over the competition, since the speed of a laptop’s chip is increasingly dependent on the thermal margin you can give them. Asus says the vent provides 30% more airflow and lowers temperatures by 7 degrees.

Speaking of dual-screen machines, the ZenBook Pro 16X OLED isn’t the only new laptop the company is announcing today, not by a long shot! There’s a new dual-screen Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED if you’re still up for joining the keyboard club, a Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED with Intel’s new Arc discrete graphics – both with screens 120Hz OLED! – a Zenbook Pro 17 with an AMD Ryzen 6900HX chip and a pair of smaller OLED laptops as well. Asus recently went all-in on OLED, and you love seeing it.

Here are Asus’ bento box infographics for each of these other machines:

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

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

The Asus Zenbook Pro 17 features a 2.5K 165Hz display with up to Ryzen 9 6900HX, RTX 3050, with 76Wh battery, at 18.9mm thick. No Thunderbolt here.
Picture: Asus

The Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED features a 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED and a Ryzen 7 6800U battery, which is 14.9mm thick and 67Wh. USB-C instead of Thunderbolt.
Picture: Asus

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

You might also want to check out the new pop-art inspired slates from Asus. And you can watch Asus’ reveal presentation for all of these machines, starting with the keyboard laptop, starting at 41 minutes, 8 seconds here.

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