Asus today announced five new ZenBooks with a variety of features, including dual screens, ergonomic keyboards that also improve airflow, and components from Intel, AMD and Nvidia. The exact release dates have not been announced, except that they will come “soon”.
|processor||Up to Intel Core i9-12900H||Up to Intel Core i9-12900H||Up to AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX||Up to AMD Ryzen 7 6800U||Up to Intel Core i7-1260P|
|graphics||Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB GDDR6)||Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (6GB GDDR6)||Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050||Up to AMD Radeon 680M||Intel Iris Xe|
|Display||14.5-inch, 2880 x 1880, 16:10 OLED touch screen, 120 Hz||16-inch, 3840 x 2400, 16:10 OLED touch screen, 60 Hz||17.3 inches, 2560 x 1440, 16: 9, 165 Hz||13.3-inch, 2880 x 1800, 16:10, OLED touch screen, 60 Hz||13.3-inch, 2,880 x 1800, 16:10, OLED touch screen|
|12.7-inch ScreenPad Plus, 2880 x 864 OLED touch screen|
|Memory||Up to 32GB LPDDR5-4800||Up to 32GB LPDDR5-5200||Up to 32GB LPDDR5-6400||Up to 32GB LPDDR5-6400||Up to 32GB LPDDR5-5200|
|Storage||Up to 2TB PCIe 4 NVMe SSD||Up to 2TB PCIe 4 NVMe SSD||Up to 1TB PCIe 4 NVMe SSD||Up to 1TB PCIe 4 NVMe SSD||Up to 1TB PCIe 4 NVMe SSD|
|Battery||76 WHr||96 WHr||76 WHr||67 WHr||67 WHr|
|Starting price||1999.99 dollars||$ 2,599.99||$ 1499.99||$ 1299.99||$ 1,499 .99|
Asus Zenbook 14 Duo OLED UX8402
Zenbook Pro 14 has a new design that minimizes the frame of the second screen, which makes a smooth transition between the two panels of the laptop.
To power the device, Asus has chosen 12th generation Intel Core processors that reach the i9-12900H, as well as an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card. Asus will offer configurations with up to 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB SSD storage, depending on the market.
AAS Ultra, the device that tilts the ScreenPad Plus (Asus’ name for the 12.7-inch secondary touchscreen display) with 12 degrees also allows for extra ventilation. With cooling (including two 8mm heat pipes), the company claims a 38% increase in hot air from the system compared to previous models, allowing a combined 85-watt TDP between CPU and GPU.
The main display is a 14.5-inch, 2880 x 1800 OLED panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. ScreenPad Plus is 2880 x 864 (this is an aspect ratio of 32:10, if you’re wondering) and is also an OLED touch screen with the same speeds of 120 Hz.
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED UX7602
For creators who need a more classic workstation, but with many more attributes, the Zenbook Pro 16X OLED provides more power and a bunch of extra features.
This laptop reaches the Intel Core i9-12900H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, with a combined TDP of up to 140 W. Although this laptop has only one screen you’d expect, it still has AAS Ultra, which raises the keyboard to an ergonomic angle while emits hot air from the side. Asus says that this 30% increase in airflow over the last generation has reduced the laptop’s skin temperature by up to seven degrees Celsius (44.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
This laptop also has a built-in dial. The rotary controller is only 3.2 mm thin, so it’s not exactly the control level of the Surface Dial, but it can be used in creative applications to change features such as brush size or layer opacity. Asus says it needs to work out of the box with the Adobe package.
The touchpad is made larger (5.9 x 3.5 inches) and has tactile feedback.
Asus Zenbook Pro 17 UM6702
Outside of folding, which Asus annoyed at CES earlier this year, the ZenBook Pro 17 was the first Zenbook with such a large display. The 2560 x 1440 screen has a refresh rate of 165 Hz, but a shorter 16: 9 aspect ratio than some other Asus laptops announced today.
This huge laptop runs on AMD’s latest processors, up to the Ryzen 9 6900HX, and is paired with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050. The ports include USB 4, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, SD card reader and 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The Zenbook Pro 17 is slightly more traditional than other Zenbook Pro machines announced today. There is no large lifting mechanism for cooling, for example, although it still uses a 180-degree ergolift hinge, which slightly raises the keyboard to a more comfortable level. Asus claims that the large touchpad is “just like a touch of silk” thanks to the low-friction touchpad, but we will have to try it ourselves.
Asus uses a 1080p webcam with what it calls “3D noise reduction” for fast facial recognition and clearer video, even in low light.
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED UM5302 and Zenbook S Flip OLED UP5302
Finally, there are a pair of ultraportable devices, Zenbook S 13 OLED (based on AMD clamshell) and Zenbook S Flip OLED (based on Intel ultraportable). Both are lightweight laptops made of magnesium-aluminum alloy. Designed to compete with the best ultrabooksthe mussel weighs 1 kg, while the flip weighs 1.1 kg.
Like much of the Asus range, both have OLED displays and ErgoLift hinges. Asus also imposes antibacterial coating on both laptops, although this is unlikely to be enough to keep you from getting sick in the office.