ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 – Ultimate Workstation Laptop?
For the specs. My config has a 9th gen Xeon processor, Nvidia, Quadro, T1000 graphics, 16gb of memory in single channel. However, I installed dual channel for all testing. A 1610 17 IPS screen and two 1TB NVMe M.2 SSDs in a RAID 0 array. For network connectivity, theres WiFi, 6 and Bluetooth 5, and it comes with a USB to ethernet adapter. If you prefer a cable., The finish is called Star Grey. The lid is all metal with a brushed finish. Inside the keyboard. Deck area appears to be metal, while the wrist rest is a grooved plastic.. The overall build quality felt excellent and there were no sharp corners or edges anywhere. ASUS lists the weight as 2.4kg and mine was a little above this. With the 180 watt power, brick and cables for charging included. The total rises to around 3kg.. The StudioBook is definitely on the larger side, particularly in terms of depth. The 1610 screen increases this, but the screen still has a chin. That said its not too thick at 1.8cm., Its also available in a 15 model, which should be a bit more portable. So it will depend on how much you need the larger screen when travelling. The screen is one of the unique points of the StudioBook. That 1610 aspect ratio gives us a 1920 by 1200 resolution. So you get more vertical viewing space compared to most other 169. 1080P laptops. Its got a matte finish and uses Optimus., As for colour, gamut were looking at 100 of sRGB, 86 of NTSC, 89 of AdobeRGB and 96 of DCI P3.
So quite good results. ASUS claims that its got a Delta E of less than 1.5. Unfortunately, Im not able to measure this. Brightness was fine at just above 300 nits maxed out, though the contrast ratio was a bit lower at 7001.. The backlight bleed in my unit was not great. The bottom left corner in particular, was noticeable when viewing darker content, but this will vary between laptop and panel.. There was a little screen flex when intentionally trying to move the metal lid, but overall it felt quite sturdy. The hinges were on the stiffer side and the whole act of opening and closing the lid felt solid.. The keyboard flex was on the lower side and it felt strong enough.. The laptop couldnt quite be opened up with one finger, its more back heavy though it still sat fine on my lap and the screen goes the full 180 degrees back, allowing you to share it. Despite the thinner bezels. The 720p camera is found above the display in the center theres no Windows, Hello, support though.. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound like on the ASUS StudioBook. Theres, a fingerprint scanner on the left hand, side below the keyboard, which I found to work. Well and quick enough. The keyboard has white backlighting, which illuminates all keys and secondary key functions and brightness can be adjusted between three levels or turned off with the F7 shortcut.. Despite all the available space, the function keys up top still felt a little small and the arrow keys were on the smaller side too, and, unlike the rest of the keys, they have the same grooved texture as the wrist rest.
Area. Typing went well. The keys have 1.4mm travel and felt a little clicky to press heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. The power button is up the top right and is separate to the keyboard, keys and theres. Also, some air vents up the top. Above the keyboard., The glass precision touchpad feels nice and smooth. It clicks down anywhere and works. Well, though, I would have preferred it if it was a bit larger, given how much space is available., Although theres no regular numpad, you can hold down the top right corner of the touchpad, which will turn it into one, and you can still use the mouse normally. In this mode. Fingerprints, dont really show up on the interior due to the grooved finish. The matte keyboard, deck and lid were a bit more susceptible, but as a smooth surface, its easy to clean. On the left from the back theres, a lock slot air exhaust vent power, input, Type C, Thunderbolt, 3 port with 4 lanes and DisplayPort 1.4 support. Hdmi 2.0 output, USB 3.1 Gen2 Type, A port, 3.5mm, audio combo jack and an SD card slot. On the right from the front, there are two USB 3.1 Gen2 Type: A ports and another air exhaust vent.. The majority of the IO is on the left, presumably to keep cables out of the way of your mouse hand, if youre right, handed., Both the Type C and HDMI ports are wired directly to the Nvidia graphics.
. The back just has some air exhaust vents. While the front has an indentation in the middle, with the status LEDs. Underneath is pretty clean. There are just air intake vents towards the back, along with two speakers along the front.. The bottom panel came off easily once you remove 11 Phillips head screws of 3 varying sizes. Inside weve got the two M.2 storage slots on the left in the center battery down the bottom two memory slots in the middle which have ECC support with this Xeon model And thats it. WiFi is soldered to the motherboard just to the right of the battery its WiFi 6. So there will be no need to replace it for a while at least. The front speakers sounded pretty good. They were clear at higher volumes with a little bass, Id rate them as above average for a laptop.. They got very loud at max volume, and this did result in a little wrist rest vibration, which was occasionally audible, though honestly, I doubt youd keep it in excess of 100 decibels, anyway.. Otherwise, the latencymon results werent looking ideal., Despite the larger 17 inch form factor theres. Just a 3 cell 57Wh battery inside. Ive tested it with the screen brightness at 50 background apps, disabled and keyboard lighting off and in my YouTube playback test. It lasted for just over 5 hours. For the gaming result. Normally Nvidia GeForce experience caps FPS to 30. With battery boost, however, the Quadro Experience app we have here doesnt seem to do this.
, Despite running at 50 FPS on average, which would use more power were still able to play for over an hour.. The MyASUS software lets you swap between the lower Dynamic and higher Velocity modes, which modifies fan, speed and performance. Ive tested thermals in a 21 degree Celsius ambient room temperature at idle. It was on the cooler side.. The rest of the results aim to represent worst case scenarios, where both the CPU and GPU are active and were tested with the Aida64 CPU stress test, with CPU only checked and the Heaven benchmark at max settings. In dynamic mode. The temps are quite good, though CPU thermal throttling was taking place once we go into velocity mode, even when we undervolt the processor with Intel XTU.. Adding a cooling pad on top of this was enough to remove it though.. These are the clock speeds for the same tests just shown. The clock. Speed reported by the Quadro graphics was unchanged regardless of mode. Otherwise. The processor speed saw a nice improvement by enabling velocity, mode. Undervolting boosted us further and was only just below the full 4.2GHz all core turbo boost speed of the Xeon processor, while the cooling pad was able to get us all the way.. These are the power levels for each part. The processor seems to cap out at 55 watts, while under combined CPU and GPU loads, which is a fair limit, though this is probably made possible, owing to the Quadro T1000 graphics, only running up to 40 watts.
. When we look at CPU only workloads, though we can see that this same 55 watt limit is achieved in the lowest dynamic mode, while velocity can run in excess of 65 watts, depending on the cooling.. The clock speeds arent quite as high as what we saw in the combined workloads earlier, as this test has more options enabled that hit. The CPU hard, however, were still able to hit 4GHz over all 6 cores, which is a fair result, and the temperatures were sitting in the low 90s.. Here are the Cinebench scores during these different modes? To give you an idea of CPU only performance, the multicore scores are similar to what wed see with a 6 core, i7, 9750H or 10750H, though the single core results are up a bit as the Xeon chip has a higher 4.7GHz single core boost speed.. As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands, it was barely getting to 30 on the keyboard at idle. So quite cool., With the stress tests going in dynamic mode, it gets to the high 30s in the middle, which barely felt warm. In velocity mode. The hot spots were actually a little cooler, despite performing better as the fan speed increases. Lets have a listen to how loud they get. At idle. It sounded silent with the stress tests going in dynamic mode. It was still relatively quiet at around 40 decibels and didnt get too much worse in velocity mode.
, Given the processor performance was better than many other louder machines, Ive tested. I think this seems reasonable, but will likely in part be due to the lower tier GPU, adding less heat. The ASUS ProArt series laptops are ISV certified, which apparently means apps from Adobe like photoshop and premiere autocad and 3d studio max from autodesk solidworks and more should Work well. Ive used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review videos at 4K.. The StudioBook was on the lower side out of the options tested most likely due to the graphics holding it. Back. Ive also tested Premiere, but with the Puget Systems benchmark this time and similar results where it was behind many other, cheaper laptops., Adobe Photoshop was also tested with the Puget Systems benchmark, and this test seems to rely more on processor performance and it seems to be Competing with the Ryzen 4800H. Davinci Resolve wasnt doing too well here as a workload that seems to benefit from GPU power. Our lower quadro graphics is only a little above MSIs Alpha 15., While not a gaming laptop. I thought it would be interesting to test a few titles just to get an idea of how the Quadro T1000 stacks up compared to other options out there. In Battlefield 5 Ive got the StudioBook 17 highlighted in red. Its closer to the bottom of the stack due To the lower powered GPU, but it is available with higher powered options. Should you need them.
? These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.. The results are similar to many of the 1650 machines tested due to similar wattage and VRAM.. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb raider with the built in benchmark at highest settings and again its around the same sort of GTX 1650 area. So, while not really capable of max settings, gaming low to medium settings should go. Ok, similarly, to the 1650. Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the RAID 0 array made up of two 1TB NVMe M.2 SSDs was performing extremely well.. The UHS II SD card slot was also performing quite nicely. The card clicks in and only sticks out a little when inserted. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time.. At the time of recording, I havent been able to find the exact configuration Ive tested with here. In the US. You can get the i7 version with better GPU for 2000 USD. However, the price can vary significantly based on hardware selection.. So basically, the StudioBook 17 is a larger, yet still thin laptop for professional use, its available with the option of Xeon CPU ECC memory and Quadro graphics, though I thought it was a bit strange that mine came with single channel memory.. The keyboard and touchpad worked well, though, given the size, the numpad within the touchpad seems like a strange choice I feel like they could have fit a normal one, but they must have wanted to keep it well.
Spaced out.. The port selection is great Thunderbolt, fast SD slot and USB 3.1 Gen2, no slower Gen1 at all.. The build quality was excellent and overall, the machine felt solid.. The 1610 screen looked good in terms of colour, though brightness was average contrast below average and the bleed patch wasnt good, though that will vary. The exterior thermals remain cool, regardless of the workload being run and youve got the option of limiting how hot the internals get At the expense of some performance. In terms of raw performance for the dollar can get better with, say, a cheaper gaming laptop. It really comes down to how much you value the professional aspects, such as 1610 screen, quadro, graphics and nice, build quality for instance.. I havent tested too many of these professional workstation style laptops out yet but Ill be looking at MSIs WS66 soon, so stay tuned if youre after more.. Let me know what you thought about the ASUS StudioBook 17 down in the comments.