ASUS Zenbook Pro 16X OLED (UX7602): Unleash your Creativity

Creative Professionals always had this itch to find a laptop that would suit the demands of unleashing creativity on a portable device. That was nearly impossible until ASUS unveiled this stunning ZenBook Pro 16X with a touch-enabled OLED display, powerful hardware, and a unique dial feature. Here’s my experience with it.

The ASUS Zenbook Pro 16X OLED (UX7602) showcases a sophisticated design in a sleek Tech Black finish. The laptop’s dimensions are 35.50 x 25.10 x 1.69 ~ 1.78 cm, and it weighs 2.40 kg (5.29 lbs), making it both portable and robust. The build quality feels premium, a key factor for creative professionals who need a durable device for on-the-go work.

One standout feature in the design is the exclusive ASUS Dial, an intuitive physical controller that provides instant and precise fingertip control over parameters in creative applications. The ASUS Dial allows users to easily change brush sizes or rapidly undo actions, streamlining the creative workflow. This dial is fully customizable and works with a wide range of apps, enhancing the overall user experience.

The backlit chiclet keyboard with per-key RGBW lighting and N-key rollover offers a comfortable typing experience, which is particularly beneficial for long writing or coding sessions. The precision touchpad with NumberPad support adds functionality, allowing users to toggle a numeric keypad for quick data entry.

The ASUS Zenbook Pro 16X OLED features a 16.0-inch, 4K OLED display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, providing a resolution of 3840 x 2400 pixels. One word: Stunning. The display delivers vibrant and accurate colors with a high contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 and covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, making it ideal for detailed graphic design, photo editing, and video production.

With a 0.2ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate, and 550 nits HDR peak brightness, the display performs well in various lighting conditions. It is PANTONE Validated, TÜV Rheinland-certified, and SGS Eye Care certified, ensuring reduced eye strain during extended use.

The touchscreen functionality with stylus support adds versatility for tasks such as drawing, annotating, and navigating. There was no stylus included in the package sent to us by ASUS PH, but I used my ASUS Pen from a Vivobook I currently have and it worked flawlessly.

The audio system includes built-in 4-way stereo speakers with Smart Amp Technology and Harman/kardon tuning, providing clear and immersive sound. This high-quality audio setup is beneficial for multimedia projects, including video editing and sound design. The built-in array microphone with Cortana voice-recognition support facilitates effective voice commands and virtual assistant interactions, streamlining the workflow for busy professionals.

Powered by an Intel Core i9-12900H processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, the ASUS Zenbook Pro 16X OLED delivers strong performance for a variety of demanding tasks.

The 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM ensures smooth multitasking, allowing users to run multiple applications simultaneously without lag. The 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 Performance SSD provides fast storage access, crucial for handling large files typical in creative work such as high-resolution images and videos. These hardware matters, as they were able to open my Photoshop and After Effects fast, and render them just as quickly when I exported them.

Creative professionals will appreciate the ASUS Dial in enhancing their workflow. This physical controller allows for quick adjustments in creative software, making tasks like changing brush sizes, adjusting exposure, or scrolling through timelines more intuitive and efficient. The NVIDIA Max-Q technology optimizes the laptop for peak performance and efficiency, balancing power and thermal management effectively.

Connectivity options are plentiful, including one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, two Thunderbolt™ 4 ports, an HDMI 2.1 FRL port, a 3.5mm combo audio jack, a DC-in, and an SD Express 7.0 card reader. These ports provide the flexibility needed to connect various peripherals, external displays, and storage devices, making it easier to set up a comprehensive workstation.

This Zenbook is also equipped with a 96WHrs, 3S2P, 6-cell Li-ion battery, offering reasonable battery life for a high-performance laptop. For creative professionals working on resource-intensive tasks, the laptop provides sufficient battery life to support extended periods of use without frequent recharging. However, actual battery life will vary depending on the intensity of use, screen brightness, and other factors. The 200W AC adapter supports fast charging, which is convenient for quickly recharging the laptop during breaks in a busy schedule.

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