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ASUS releases 3D laptops

by on05 January 2023

With OLED displays

Asus has revealed the first-ever 3D laptops with OLED displays at CES.

The ProArt Studio book 16 3D OLED and Vivobook Pro 16X 3D OLED have 16in, 3200×2000 panels with 120Hz refresh rates and 550 nits of max brightness.

What makes them interesting is the 3D aspect which uses eye-tracking technology to make the content feel like it’s coming from the screen towards you.

The effect works best on content that’s been specifically produced for 3D, with demo models created by Asus particularly impressive.

Unfortunately, since almost all existing video content is designed for the 2D screen, when it is switched to 3D, it looks artificial and can detract from the content.

Asus wants producers and directors to return to making movies and TV shows designed for 3D over the next few years and hopes these laptops will serve double duty as the tools creators will use to produce that 3D work.

The high-end specs of the machines suggest this gear can do a lot more anyway. That includes Intel’s brand-new Core HX Series 13th-gen processors. It’s paired with the new Nvidia RTX 40 series graphics cards announced at CES 2023.

Asus hasn’t mentioned specific CPUs and GPUs, but the top-spec Core i9-13950HX and RTX 4090 are likely options. They come with up to 64GB of fast DDR5 RAM and 8TB of SSD storage.

The ProArt device is pitched as a mobile workstation for creators, while the Vivobook focuses on both creation and entertainment. Alongside a slightly different design, you’ll find some extra hardware features in the Studio book.

The most significant is a haptic touchpad, which also supports note-taking directly thanks to its stylus support. With no convertible functionality on either device (the hinge stops at 180°), this is an easier way to quickly jot something down for later.

The physical Asus Dial from other ProArt devices also makes an appearance here, allowing you to control key system settings and options within creative apps from the likes of Adobe.

It has a 90Wh battery, an HD IR camera, quad microphones, and an advanced cooling system dubbed ‘IceCool Pro’. There’s also an impressive range of ports, with 2x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C, 2x USB-A, HDMI, Ethernet, an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Those extra features mean the ProArt Studio book 16 3D OLED is likely to be more expensive, although we don’t have pricing for it or the Vivobook Pro 16X 3D OLED yet. Non-3D versions of the ProArt Studio book 16 and Vivobook Pro 16X should be slightly more affordable, although they retain all of the device’s other premium features.

Asus says the new devices will arrive in the UK in the third quarter. No mention of a price


Last modified on 05 January 2023
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