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

In 2017, Asus delighted us with the ultra-thin gaming laptop it received fatter when you open the lid, opening a huge hidden door to keep its unusually large GPU cool. But the original Zephyrus also committed a cardinal sin by joining a club with a keyboard on the front – and the new $ 2,599 Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED, announced today, could finally correct that mistake.

Instead of picking up an entire laptop like the Zephyrus or, say, picking up a large bar of touch screen like the ZenBook Pro Duo, the new 16-inch notebook picks up its the entire keyboard bracket when you lift the lid.

The elevator is mechanically connected to the hinge.
Image: Asus; Animated Gifs by Sean Hollister / The Verge

Asus says this classy hinge gives the Core i9 processor and RTX 3060 GPU notebook a combined 140 W of thermal space – even though its case is only 16.9 mm (0.67 inches) thick.

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

The outstanding features of the ZenBook Pro 16X OLED are that classy hinge, 4K 16:10 OLED screen and jog dial, but there is much more here.

Yes, the Nvidia RTX 3060 is not the most gaming graphics chip – this machine is clearly aimed at creators with a focus on installing a 12th generation Intel Core i9-12900H CPU instead of a more powerful GPU, two speakers and four woofers and pen support. ASUS Pen.

But as a gadget nerd, I’m immediately jealous of those who will get a 16-inch 4K OLED display in a correspondingly high 16:10 ratio with 100 percent DCI-P3 color and 0.2 ms response time, not to mention two. -all Thunderbolt 4 ports, 985MB / sec SD Express 7.0 card reader and a giant touchpad with sensitivity to pressure and a linear activator for haptic feedback (not that I expect many software developers to take advantage of this).

Oh, and did you see jog dial palm rest and white RGB lighting by key?

All white RGB lighting can be programmed by key, including the beams coming out of the hinge.

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

The keyboard tray raises to a 7-degree angle and can be charged via Thunderbolt 4 or a standard DC socket adapter.
Image: Asus; Screenshot by The Verge

My big question is whether that keyboard is actually ergonomic when raised to 7 degrees like this because it goes against It is a common wisdom that the tilt of the keyboard should probably be flat or even negative to best serve your wrists. It’s not exactly that you can adjust the tilt here because it’s attached directly to the laptop cover. But it’s clear that some people are buying these tilted keyboards because “ErgoLift” is a feature that Asus has been selling for years.

And at least it’s not as tilted as Asus ’dual-screen machines, which use a similar hinge to support them up to 12 degrees for better viewing. And I’m also very, very curious if Asus can get 140W of TDP more than its RTX 3060 than the competition because the speed of the portable chip increasingly depends on how much heat space you can give them. Asus says the valve offers 30 percent higher airflow and lowers the temperature 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 far away! There’s the new Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED with dual screen if you’re still fine for being part of a club with a keyboard in the front, the swivel Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED with Intel’s new Arc discrete graphics – both with 120Hz OLED screens! – Zenbook Pro 17 with AMD Ryzen 6900HX chip and a couple of smaller OLED laptops. Asus was all-in on OLED recently and you love to see it.

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

Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED from 1999 $ and above has a 14.5-inch OLED screen of 120Hz, i9-12900H and RTX 3050 Ti 17.9 mm thick, with a battery of 76 Wh.

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 96Wh battery.

The Asus Zenbook Pro 17 has a 2.5K 165Hz screen with up to Ryzen 9 6900HX, RTX 3050, with a 76Wh battery, 18.9mm thick. There is no Thunderbolt here.

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

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

You might also want to check out Asus ’new pop-inspired boards. And you can watch Asus ’discovery presentation for all of these machines, starting with a laptop to boot the keyboard, starting at 41 minutes and 8 seconds right here.

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