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Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review: A Worthy Creative Desktop Replacement

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

The Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 is touted to be a desktop replacement for the creative professionals. Being part of the ProArt series, not only does it have beastly specs, it even looks visually impressive and would definitely please any creative individual. Combining the power of Intel’s 9th generation Core i7 processor, Nvidia’s Quadro RTX graphics, and an accurate Pantone-validated display, let’s find out if the StudioBook Pro 17 is any good.

I am just going to have to say this, but yes, there are two “Pro” in the name itself. Product naming has really got to be more simplified moving forward, Asus.

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 (W700G2T) – Specifications

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review
ModelAsus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 (W700G2T)
CPUIntel Core i7-9750H
GPUNvidia Quadro T2000
4GB GDDR5 VRAM
Display17” LED-backlit WUXGA (1920 x 1200) NanoEdge display, 300 nits
IPS-level (In-Plane Switching)
1000:1 contrast ratio
16:10 aspect ratio
Anti-glare panel
5.3mm-thin bezel with 84% screen-to-body ratio
97% DCI-P3 color gamut, 8-bit color
Delta-E < 1.5 color accuracy, PANTONE® Validated
RAM16GB DDR4 2666MHz (SO-DIMM x 2, supports ECC)
Storage512GB (PCIe® NVMe Gen 3 x4, M.2 SSD x 2)
Supports CPU-attached RAID 0/1 (up to 48Gbps)
Connectivity1 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C with Display Port 1.4 (40Gbps)
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (10Gbps)
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x SD 4.0 / UHS-II Card reader (312MB/s)
1 x Audio combo jack
CameraHD Webcam
WirelessWi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0
Battery57Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery
180W power adapter
Plug Type: ø6.0 (mm)
(Output: 20V DC, 9A, 180W)
(Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal)
Weight and DimensionsHeight: 1.84cm
Width: 38.2cm
Depth: 28.6cm
Weight: 2.39kg
OSWindows 10 Pro
ColourStar Grey

Design

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

The Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 looks absolutely stunning with a premium feel to it. It’s fairly slim and sleek looking with the angled diamond-cut edges, considering the amount of raw power you’re getting from the internal hardware. Made out of a magnesium-alloy chassis, the entire laptop weighs 2.39KG and measures 1.84cm. Sure, it’s no ExpertBook B9, but considering its dimensions, it’s a slimmer laptop compared to those chonky gaming laptops in the market.

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

On the left, you’ll find the Kensington lock, a DC-In port, a Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C port, a HDMI 2.0 port, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and a full-sized SD card reader (none of that microSD bull**** here).

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

On the right, things are kept more simple with just two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports. Personally, I prefer this arrangement because most of the ports are on the left, your right hand side is freed up. Therefore, giving you more space and less annoyance of your mouse running into cables jutting out of the side of the laptop.

Personally, I would’ve preferred Asus to have an additional Thunderbolt 3 port. Creatives would want to hook up an external monitor (or two), and some drive arrays to the laptop. But if you think about it, you’re already getting a generous amount of ports. So, think of it as a sacrifice for you to have a 17-inch display in a 15-inch laptop’s footprint.

Display

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

With the NanoEdge display, Asus was able to cut down the bezels on three sides of the screen to offer a more immersive 16:10 aspect ratio display experience. As mentioned above, this also means that you’re getting a 17-inch IPS screen in a smaller 15-inch device. Covering up to 97% of the DCI-P3 wide colour gamut, 133% of the sRGB colour gamut, and having a Pantone validation of Delta-E < 1.5, the WUXGA panel is not only capable of bright and vivid images, but accurate colour reproduction for professional design work.

When it comes to resolution, I am totally fine with the laptop not having a 4K panel. Having a resolution of 1920 x 1200, I feel it’s sufficient to work with, especially when the display is already calibrated, and the colour accuracy features and Pantone-certified.

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Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

I also liked that Asus went for a matte finish on the display, rather than a glossy one. Even when facing harsh sunlight or florescent lights, I could still make out what is on my screen. Not only that, Asus also made the hinge to be able to lay fully flat at 180-degrees. That way, it would be easier to quickly share your screen for discussions or to show your project to your clients.

User Experience

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

When editing, the keyboard is the other part of the laptop that you’re going to rely on most. The keyboard on the Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 feels a little subpar because I’m so used to the keyboards from the ROG and TUF division. The key travel distance is just right at 1.4mm, but the typing experience just isn’t quite there. For a quick photo edit or writing task, it’s alright. But, if I’m going to sit and work the entire day, I’d rather plugin my own 60% mechanical keyboard. That being said, the keys are fully backlit, so if you’re the type to work in the dark, the keyboard’s got you covered.

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

Where creatives are concerned, there is no need for a numpad. So, Asus moved it right into the NumberPad within the trackpad. With a touch of a switch, you can easily turn it on/off at your convenience.

But, because Asus wanted to create a larger working area for your hands, they’ve made the touchpad smaller. Being covered in glass, it’s smooth and tracks nicely. But to me, it’s just a little too small. When I do editing work, I prefer to plugin my own mouse, and I’m sure most designers would too. With that said, I probably won’t be using the touchpad much, so it’s fine with the current size.

The fingerprint sensor is also a nice touch to the laptop. Supporting Windows Hello sign-ins, I don’t need to move my finger all that much to key in my password or PIN. Just a quick simple tap, and I’m already logged in. It’s really fast, so no complaints there.

Performance

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

The Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 runs on an Intel Core i7-9750H processor and an Nvidia Quadro T2000 GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Paired with it is also a 16GB DDR4 2,666MHz RAM and 512GB of PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.

You must be thinking, “10th gen is out, where’s 10th gen?” For creative work, you would prioritize stability more than the latest bells and whistles. The 9th gen Core i7 processor is more than capable of handling my usual Photoshop and Premiere Pro, and so is the Quadro T2000. I could render my FHD videos much faster than my old Acer laptop. Photoshop loads and processes images much faster too. All these tasks are done, with minimal noise coming from the fans of the laptop.

Here’s some of the benchmarks we ran on the Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17:

  • 3DMark
  • PCMark 10
  • Cinebench R20
  • CrystalDiskMark 7

Battery

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

On a full charge, the Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17’s 57Wh battery could last me the entire day as long as I’m not stressing out the graphics card too much. For normal casual use, it can definitely last up to 6 hours. But, creatives will definitely need to run graphic-intensive applications, so I don’t think I or they will stray too far from a power outlet.

The charging brick is also relatively slim and light, so it’s definitely portable. But, you might be annoyed with the cables because they’re quite long.

Audio

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

The Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 may be for creating content, but you’d need to hit that work playlist to get those creative juices flowing. The laptop’s speakers are surprisingly decent. Using Asus’ SonicMaster Premium technology, the speakers can handle 100% volume levels with little to no distortion. And there are also resonance chambers built into the laptop chassis, so the mids sound clear and lows are much deeper.

Upgradability

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

Our screwdriver kit has been worn out and our new one hasn’t arrived yet, so we couldn’t open up the laptop ourselves. But according to Nasi Lemak Tech’s teardown, the Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 can indeed be upgraded if you want to. You’ll find that all components are nicely laid out, and there is one empty M.2 SSD slot, along with an empty RAM slot for you to upgrade in the future.

Conclusion

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review

If you’re looking for a mobile design workstation that has an amazing 16:10 colour-accurate screen, and a small footprint that could fit nicely into your bag or on your desk, the Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 is definitely one to look out for. You can always plug in your own keyboard and mouse, if you’re like me who’s not a fan of the built-in keyboard and touchpad.

Priced at RM8,899, the Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 offers great value with the design engineering that goes into the laptop. Not to mention the sheer power from the Intel Core i7-9750H processor and Nvidia Quadro GPU.

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