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Asus takes on Apple with "worldʹs most graphically powerful laptop"
Asus is going all out at IFA 2019 with ROG Phone 2’s EU launch, a new smartwatch, and now two new StudioBook laptops — the ProArt StudioBook One and ProArt StudioBook Pro X — primed to rival the MacBook as the hardware of choice for creatives.
At the top of the range is the StudioBook One, which Asus calls the “worldʹs most graphically powerful laptop” on account of its Quadro RTX 6000 GPU made by Nvidia. This is coupled with an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor, a 1TB NVMe SSD, and a huge 32GB of RAM.
The 4K UHD display is 15.6-inches with a 16:9 aspect ratio, refresh rates of up to 120Hz, and Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. Asus also says it supports the whole Adobe RGB gamut and is Pantone certified. There’s also three USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 3) and a cooling system to keep everything running smoothly.
While the StudioBook Pro X is technically the lesser machine in terms of raw horsepower, it more than makes up for it with Asus’ Screenpad 2.0 tech which replaces the usual trackpad with a handy touchpad display for app shortcuts.
Elsewhere, the StudioBook Pro X comes with a 17-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 92% screen-to-body ratio. The top model comes with an Intel Xeon E-2276M processor and an Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 GPU.
If you want to really go all out, Asus will let you stuff it with an eye-watering 6TB of storage and a disgustingly massive 128GB of RAM. It also comes with two Thunderbolt 3 and three USB Type-A ports, a fingerprint sensor, and supports Wi-Fi 6.
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Both machines are clearly targeted towards professionals and creatives who want buttery smooth performance even while multitasking with intensive apps like video or image editing software — a crowd that traditionally opts for Apple’s MacBook Pro series. Asus hasn’t confirmed pricing (or availability) as yet, but it has also introduced other models in the StudioBook range — the StudioBook Pro 17/Pro 15 and StudioBook 17/15 — that should be more affordable.