Asus Vivobook Professional 16X

MSRP $1,099.00

“The Asus Vivobook Professional 16X is all the pieces a content material creator wants in a laptop computer. And the value is true.”

Professionals

Unbelievable battery life

Beautiful OLED display screen

Powerhouse efficiency

Nice worth

A good gaming machine

Cons

Boring design

DialPad feels gimmicky

Asus is on a mission to carry OLED laptops to the lots. The ZenBook 13 was the most cost effective 1080p OLED panel we’d seen when it launched earlier this 12 months, and now, the Vivobook Professional 16X is doing the identical for 4K OLED.

The high-resolution display screen is available in a base configuration that begins at simply $1,100. In a world the place OLED is often reserved for laptops over $2,000, the Vivobook Professional 16X is a giant step in the proper path.

Paired with a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, the components are all in place for a wonderful content-creation machine on a budget. Because it seems, it’s precisely that — and far more.

Design

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The design of the VivoBook Professional 16X isn’t its sturdy go well with. It’s the place the low worth of the laptop computer rears its head. It’s not an unattractive laptop computer per se, extra only a very fundamental one. The darkish grey chassis doesn’t stand out a lot, and the pretty giant, plastic bezels hold it from feeling cutting-edge. The few design thrives it does have, such because the orange Esc key and the nameplate on the entrance bearing the phrase “#BeExplorers,” really feel slightly hokey.

The design simply doesn’t have the premium look of a few of its opponents, such because the Dell XPS 15, MacBook Professional 16-inch, and even the HP Envy 15. However once more, that is significantly cheaper than lots of these different choices. Finally, the Vivobook Professional 16X is for many who choose a less expensive laptop computer with out taking a lower to efficiency. Design isn’t the precedence.

Luckily, that doesn’t imply the Vivobook Professional 16X is a poorly constructed machine. It’s loads sturdy. It’s solely weak spot is on the heart of the lid alongside the hinge, however that’s typical. It’s an in any other case sturdy-feeling laptop computer to make use of and transfer round.

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Asus additionally didn’t lower corners with portability. Regardless of being a really giant laptop computer, the chassis is zero.74 inches thick and four.three kilos — a bit thicker than the XPS 15, however half a pound lighter than the HP Envy 15. The Razer Blade stays one of many thinnest choices for laptops of this dimension and efficiency degree.

One similarity the Vivobook Professional 16X has with the Razer Blade is that they’re each absolute fingerprint magnets. The lid, particularly, was rapidly coated with fingerprints that had been exhausting to take away.

Show

The Vivobook Professional 16X has a super-glossy OLED show, which continues to be pretty uncommon on laptops. You’ll discover it as an possibility on the costliest creator-based laptops, such because the Dell XPS 15. On that laptop computer, the most cost effective you’ll be able to configure an OLED display screen is $2,300. HP can get you one on its Spectre x360 15 for $1,580. However $1,100? It’s unparalleled, and but, it’s precisely what the Vivobook Professional 16X accomplishes.

In the event you’ve seen any of the OLED screens on these laptops, you realize what you’re getting with the Vivobook Professional 16X: Inky deep blacks, insane distinction, and a heat tint. Reds and oranges are cranked up, however to not the purpose of being unrealistic. You may pressure colours to pop much more with the “Vivid” shade mode, discovered within the MyAsus utility. You can too tweak the colour temperature, both cooler or hotter. I’ve all the time discovered these Samsung OLED panels to be a bit too heat for my tastes, so with the ability to cool them down a bit is ideal. That piece of software program additionally consists of some OLED care ideas, together with pixel shifting, pixel refresh, and the power to robotically disguise the taskbar. These ought to, in idea, stop any potential burn-in you would possibly expertise.

Utilizing a Spyder colorimeter, I measured the colour saturation, brightness, gamma, and shade accuracy — and was impressed throughout the board. Once more, that is practically similar panel to what you discover in different OLED laptops just like the HP Spectre x360 15 or Dell XPS 15, and that’s a superb factor. It hits practically good in P3, AdobeRGB, and sRGB shade areas, and shade error is low sufficient for extra exact shade grading. It simply could also be the very best laptop computer display screen I’ve ever examined  — particularly at this worth level.

On high of all that, the Vivobook Professional 16X is the primary laptop computer with a bigger 16:10, 16-inch screen-to-feature OLED.

Ports

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Asus retains the port choice pretty easy, although it’s decidedly old style. Meaning you get three USB-A ports, HDMI, a barrel energy connector, and only one USB-C port. Though the USB-C port can ship energy, Asus sadly selected to place it on the identical aspect as the usual energy connector.

The Vivobook Professional 16X additionally incorporates a microSD card slot relatively than a full-sized one. That’s a bit much less handy when importing content material straight from a digicam, which looks like one of many major makes use of for a laptop computer like this. That’s too dangerous.

The inclusion of the barrel plug can also be not superb. Laptops just like the XPS 15 rely solely on USB-C energy, and that appears to supply sufficient general juice to the entire laptop computer with out compromising efficiency. USB-C isn’t solely extra handy, bt it additionally means that you can absolutely cost on both aspect of the laptop computer.

Keyboard and touchpad

Asus has accomplished a superb job with palm rejection, however unintentional clicks are sure to occur as soon as and some time.

Asus introduced over the identical keyboard from its higher-end ZenBook line. The keypresses really feel snappy and the keycaps don’t have an excessive amount of wobble. There’s not a ton of journey right here, however I discovered it to be a reasonably comfy typing expertise.

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Along with the orange keycap, the keyboard additionally incorporates a racing stripe on the Enter key and a few shade distinction between. The keyboard features a numpad, which is sensible for a laptop computer of this dimension. Laptops with a numpad usually align the touchpad off-center to match the location of your wrists when typing, however the Vivobook Professional retains it centered. That’s good visually, nevertheless it means your proper hand rests on the touchpad whereas typing. Asus has accomplished a superb job with palm rejection, however unintentional clicks are sure to occur as soon as and some time.

Asus has been experimenting with new touchpad options over the previous couple of years — whether or not that’s integrating a calculator or in placing a second display screen. On the Vivobook Professional, it has one thing new referred to as the DialPad. A swipe over the small icon within the high proper of the touchpad will carry up a small digital dial on the left aspect of the touchpad. When you begin sliding your finger across the dial, it triggers an on-screen dial, letting you management numerous systemwide and app-specific settings. The default management are simply quantity and display screen brightness, however there are a pair extra choices within the ProArt software program so as to add. None of those had been notably helpful, and definitely no more handy than simply utilizing the keyboard.

Nevertheless, the actual use is for setting particular controls inside functions, such because the Adobe Inventive Suite. It’s all based mostly across the similar dial system created for the Floor Dial, which was launched by Microsoft for the Floor Studio all-in-one. Asus’ new premium inventive laptops within the StudioBook line make a lot larger use of the dial with bodily controls and equipment. I may see somebody utilizing the DialPad for the occasional management tweak, however the mixture of the swipe to set off and the digital dial make for a clunky expertise that may require vital habit-building to make use of successfully.

Whereas I didn’t discover the DialPad to be terribly helpful, it additionally by no means acquired in the best way both. As a result of it requires a swipe, I by no means had unintentional launches.

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Efficiency

The Vivobook Professional 16X earns its “professional” designation with two parts. First, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX. It is a 45-watt, Eight-core processor with tons of energy behind it, particularly in multithreaded duties. It’s the identical CPU we’ve seen in a lot of glorious gaming laptops in 2021, and has been a winner throughout the board. Cinebench R23 multi-core outcomes are spectacular, stomping on Intel 11th-gen H-series laptops just like the Dell XPS 15. Single-core efficiency continues to be barely increased in Dell’s XPS laptop computer, however the Vivobook Professional isn’t far behind there both.

The Vivobook Professional additionally nudges out the XPS 15 in all PCMark 10 benchmarks, which embody testing of fundamental duties like net looking and videoconferencing, in addition to heavier workflows like multitasking and photograph enhancing. It’s solely four% forward general — however bear in mind, it is a less expensive laptop computer we’re speaking about. The Vivobook Professional is quick and snappy, whether or not you’re managing fundamental administrative work, taking part in video games, or rendering a video timeline.

Laptop computer
3DMark Time Spy
Cinebench R23
Geekbench 5
PCMark 10
Fortnite (1080p Epic)
Civilization VI (1080p Extremely)
Asus Vivobook Professional 16X (RTX 3050 Ti)
4601
1486 / 11478
1544 / 8299
6287
57 fps
68 fps
Acer Swift X (RTX 3050 Ti)
4073
1437 / 10135
1287 / 6663
6247
43 fps
66 fps
Dell XPS 15 (RTX 3050 Ti)
4540
1513 / 9979
1556 / 7692
6024
50 fps
73 fps
Dell XPS 17 (RTX 3060)
7039
1525 / 10145
1568 / 8801
6209
78 fps
104 fps

Ultrathin 16-inch laptops just like the LG Gram 16 additionally don’t examine properly since they use a weaker 25-watt processor and built-in graphics. Gaming laptops such because the Ryzen-powered Razer Blade 14 or Lenovo Legion 5 Professional, although usually far costlier, have the same efficiency vary. The a lot bigger XPS 17 can also be a greater one-to-one comparability in PCMark 10 with its RTX 3060 graphics.

For a equally priced competitor, the Acer Swift X matches the Vivobook Professional’s efficiency in these benchmarks at a smaller 14-inch dimension. The Acer Swift X additionally incorporates a Ryzen 5000 processor and the RTX 3050 Ti for graphics.

Seeing all this in real-life functions, after all, is what actually issues. And the Vivobook Professional didn’t disappoint. The good multi-core efficiency of AMD’s Ryzen 5000 chips permit for actually quick video rendering that makes the Vivobook Professional super-fast in functions like Handbrake and Adobe Premiere Professional. Simply how briskly? Effectively, the Vivobook Professional 16X hit a brand new document for laptops at rendering in Handbrake based mostly on our personal testing.

This testing was all accomplished on the system’s default “Normal” fan profile, that means you’ll be able to possible see enhancements utilizing the built-in “Efficiency” mode in Asus’ software program.

The one exception I noticed was in timeline playback in Adobe Premiere Professional. That is an space the place Intel’s optimization has an edge over AMD. Meaning, general, a laptop computer just like the XPS 17 goes to carry out higher in Premiere Professional. You’ll additionally see barely higher general Premiere Professional expertise with a gaming laptop computer just like the Lenovo Legion 5 Professional, which has stronger GPU efficiency with its RTX 3070.

However once more, these aren’t truthful comparisons to essentially make. When’s the final time you’ve heard of a $1,100 laptop computer that may deal with 4K video edits like a breeze? That’s the Vivobook Professional for ya.

Gaming efficiency

In fact, with an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti, you’ll be able to’t not check out some video games. And the Vivobook Professional 16X does higher than you would possibly suppose. The Vivobook Professional 16X does way more with the RTX 3050 Ti than another laptops with that graphics card. It will get significantly better body charges in video games than smaller laptops with the identical GPU just like the Acer Swift X and the Asus ROG Move X13.

You shouldn’t purchase this laptop computer with gaming solely in thoughts, nevertheless it’s actually highly effective sufficient to deal with fashionable video games on the aspect.

In Fortnite, for instance, the Vivobook Professional 16X is 25% sooner than the Acer Swift X, averaging 57 frames per second (fps) in 1080p at Epic settings. That even beats the 50 fps that the Dell XPS 15 will get, additionally with the RTX 3050 Ti. That’s not dangerous, particularly for the reason that display screen solely has a 60Hz refresh fee.

The XPS 15 has the higher hand in Civilization VI, which is the opposite sport I examined on the Vivobook Professional. Whereas Dell’s system can play the sport at a clean 55 fps in 4K Extremely, the Vivobook Professional 16X was caught with a uneven 39 fps. That benefit is much less apparent in 1080p, the place each techniques simply landed at over 60 fps.

That makes the Vivobook Professional 16X an honest gaming machine, however inferior to an RTX 3060 laptop computer just like the Dell XPS 17, after all. You shouldn’t purchase this laptop computer with gaming solely in thoughts, nevertheless it’s actually highly effective sufficient to deal with fashionable video games on the aspect.

Audio system and webcam

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There are two major places for audio system in laptops — both upward-facing proper on the keyboard deck or alongside the perimeters, aimed down on the floor beneath. On the Vivobook Professional 16X, although, Asus selected a singular place — proper alongside the entrance. In the event you’re reclining again whereas watching a film or video, you’ll get some respectable sound high quality out of those audio system. It’s not the richest, most full-bodied audio I’ve ever heard, nevertheless it’s not dangerous.

Unusually, if you happen to’re listening to one thing whereas typing or utilizing the laptop computer, your arms will undoubtedly block the sound. An odd selection, little doubt, however they’ll get the job accomplished whereas videoconferencing. Asus even consists of some “A.I.-powered” noise-canceling for the microphones.

Talking of videoconferencing, the webcam right here is just 720p, so don’t anticipate the crisper picture high quality of one of many uncommon 1080p laptop computer webcams on the market. I’ll say, although, that the Vivobook Professional’s imaging isn’t as dangerous as lots of the different 720p webcams I’ve examined out. That is an instance the place the bigger high bezel has allowed area for a higher-quality sensor than what’s utilized in thin-bezel laptops just like the Dell XPS 15.

Battery life

I couldn’t imagine my eyes after I noticed how lengthy it lasted.

A 16-inch laptop computer with an RTX graphics card and a 4K display screen that will get wonderful battery life? Yep, that is it. The Asus Vivobook Professional 16X will get unbelievable battery life, regardless of having all of these components working in opposition to it.

Asus didn’t get into the specifics, however this new OLED panel within the Vivobook Professional makes use of completely different supplies relating to energy consumption. The battery life enhancements of utilizing AMD’s Ryzen 5000 platform in all probability don’t damage both. Regardless of the secret sauce is — it’s working.

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The Vivobook Professional 16X lasted over 16 hours on a single cost in our mild web-browsing take a look at. I couldn’t imagine my eyes after I noticed how lengthy it lasted. It runs circles round laptops just like the Dell XPS 15, which died after simply 5 hours in the identical take a look at. It even beats the light-weight LG Gram 16, which was beforehand a battery life champion on this take a look at.

The Vivobook Professional 16X even earned an additional 30 minutes in our lightest take a look at, which loops a neighborhood video file.

Don’t anticipate to essentially get two full days of labor out of the Vivobook Professional, particularly in case your typical workload makes use of the discrete GPU. However you’ll be hard-pressed to seek out many laptops, particularly not ones with this a lot efficiency, that may outlast the Vivobook Professional 16X on a single cost.

Our take

The Asus Vivobook Professional 16X OLED fills a beautiful area of interest within the laptop computer market. It boldly states that powerhouse efficiency and high-end shows don’t must be reserved for these with deep pockets. There are nonetheless components that separate this “midrange” laptop computer from the costlier choices on the market, however none that may decelerate your workflow or make you remorse your buy.

Are there any options?

There are a number of bigger laptops which are offered to a “content-creation” viewers. The closest in worth and efficiency is the HP Envy 15, although it’s not as highly effective and is a little more costly.

The 14-inch Acer Swift X is an efficient various. Although it’s smaller, it options comparable efficiency at virtually the identical worth. It lacks the great OLED display screen, after all.

Lastly, you probably have the cash for it, the XPS 15 or XPS 17 received’t allow you to down — they’ll simply value you an arm and a leg.

How lengthy will it final?

The Vivobook Professional 16X OLED needs to be a strong laptop computer for 5 – 6 years, although you received’t have the ability to get a guaranty for that lengthy. The parts inside, although, are high-end and will have the option adequately to energy workloads, video games, and functions for a few years.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. It’s a laptop computer with high-end parts at an amazingly reasonably priced worth.

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