Asus’ new Zenbook Pro 16X OLED lifts the keyboard tray completely when the lid is lifted

In 2017, Asus wowed us with an ultra-slim laptop thicker When I opened the lid, I opened a giant hidden magic door to keep the uncharacteristically large GPU cool. But the original Zephyrus also made the cardinal sin of joining the keyboard club at the front — and today’s new $2,599 Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED was announced, which may finally correct that mistake.

Instead of raising the entire laptop like the Zephyrus or, say, raising the bar as big of a touchscreen as the ZenBook Pro Duo, the new 16-inch laptop lifts up Entire keyboard tray when you lift the lid.


The lift is mechanically attached to the hinge.
Pictures: Asus; GIF by Sean Hollister/The Verge

Asus says this impressive hinge gives the laptop’s Core i9 CPU and RTX 3060 GPU a combined thermal space of 140W – despite its chassis being only 16.9 mm (0.67 in) thick.

and that just the beginning It appears to be one of the best ultra-slim laptops we’ve ever laid our eyes on. I’ll spend some time going into the details, but here’s a TL chart; DR:

The standout features of the ZenBook Pro 16X OLED are that great hinge, 4K 16:10 OLED display, and jogging dial, but there’s a lot more here.
Photo: Asus

Yes, the Nvidia RTX 3060 isn’t the most gaming-capable graphics chip — this one clearly suits creators with its focus on mounting a 12th-generation Intel Core i9-12900H CPU rather than a more powerful GPU, and amplifiers. , and four speakers. Support for ASUS Pen.

But as a gadget geek, I’m instantly jealous of those who will get a 16-inch 4K OLED screen with a decent 16:10 aspect ratio with 100% DCI-P3 color and 0.2ms response time, not to mention two that do – All Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 985MB/s SD Express 7.0 card reader, and a giant touchpad with both pressure sensitivity and a linear trigger for haptic feedback (I don’t expect many developers to take advantage of that).

Oh, did you see Jogging Disc Palmerist And white RGB lighting for each key?

The white RGB lighting for each key is programmable, including beams that drop out of the hinge.
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I’m sure I can finally figure out a reason to use those! And for all the great features, Asus still makes room for a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, a full-size USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port (yes, that’s a fast one), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You also get good but table features in this laptop, such as up to 32GB of RAM, up to 2TB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and one of the largest batteries Laptop You can board a plane at 96 watts per hour. It weighs 5.3 pounds, so it’s not exactly light.

The keyboard tray raises up to 7 degrees, and you can charge either via Thunderbolt 4 or a standard DC socket adapter.
Pictures: Asus; Snapshots from The Verge

My big question here is if this keyboard is really comfortable when raised to 7 degrees like this because that happens against Conventional wisdom is that the keyboard tilt should be flat or even passive to best present your wrists. It’s not like you can adjust the tilt here because it’s attached directly to the laptop’s lid. But apparently some people are buying up tilt keyboards because “ErgoLift” is a feature Asus has sold for years.

And it’s at least not tilted like Asus’ dual-screen devices, which use a similar hinge to prop it up to 12 degrees for better viewing. I’m also really curious if the 140W TDP allows Asus to take advantage of the RTX 3060 more than the competition because the laptop’s chip speed is about how much heat lift it can give them. Asus says the vent delivers 30 percent more airflow and temperatures drop by 7 degrees.

Speaking of dual-screen devices, the ZenBook Pro 16X OLED isn’t the only new laptop the company is announcing today, and it’s not with a long lead! There’s a new dual Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED screen if you’re still okay with being part of the keyboard in the front club, the Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED with Intel’s new discrete graphics – both with 120Hz OLED screens! Zenbook Pro 17 with an AMD Ryzen 6900HX chip and a pair of smaller OLED laptops, too. Asus has been making extensive use of OLED lately, and you’d love to see it.

Here are Asus’ bento-box diagrams for each of these other devices:

The $1,999 Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED and up features a 14.5-inch 120Hz OLED display, i9-12900H, RTX 3050 Ti with a thickness of 17.9mm, and a 76Whr battery.
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Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED is a 15.6-inch 2.8K 120Hz OLED with up to an i7-12700H, Intel Arc A370M GPU, with a 96Wh battery.
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The Asus Zenbook Pro 17 has a 2.5K 165Hz display with up to a Ryzen 9 6900HX, RTX 3050, 76Wh battery, and is 18.9mm thick. There is no Thunderbolt here.
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The Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED has a 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED and Ryzen 7 6800U, 14.9mm thick, and a 67Whr battery. USB-C instead of Thunderbolt.
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The Asus Zenbook S 13 Flip OLED has an i7-1260P, also with a 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED with a thickness of 14.9 mm, a 67Wh battery, and three Thunderbolt 4 ports.
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You might also like to check out the new Asus pop art-inspired tablets. And you can watch Asus’ demo of all these devices, starting with the keyboard lift laptop, starting in 41 minutes and 8 seconds here.

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