While Asus’ Vivobook range is associated with more cost-effective laptops, this doesn’t mean they can’t offer a premium experience with powerful performance.
This is epitomized by the Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED, a laptop designed for creatives and professionals.
So what experience does the laptop offer? Does it stand up to testing? Here’s what you need to know about the laptop.
Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED features
The Vivobook Pro 16X OLED I reviewed comes with premium hardware, including a 12th-gen Intel Core i7-12650H processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU.
In terms of its display, it sports a 16-inch 4K OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. These components are supported by 16GB of DDR5 RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD.
The laptop comes equipped with a 90Wh battery, fast charging, and multiple display ports, which help you use the device on the go.
So now that you know the key specs, how does the device stand up during daily usage?
The Vivobook Pro 16X OLED is a performance powerhouse, rivalling many other performance-focused laptops.
Thanks to its processor and GPU, the laptop handles creative tasks such as photo editing and rendering easily.
Put through a PCMark Extended benchmark, the laptop performed better than 69% of all results, with a score of 8052. This places its performance higher than a 2020 gaming laptop, but slightly lower than a 2020 gaming PC.
It scored highly for gaming, photos, and rendering, making it perfect for content creators who need to run graphically intensive tasks.
Of course, you can also use it for a general workflow as well. The wide keyboard offers a comfortable typing experience that doesn’t feel cramped. This, plus the large display, makes it great for typing up documents and switching between tasks.
The Vivobook Pro 16X OLED is, according to Asus, the world’s first 16-inch 3.2K 120Hz OLED laptop. With a 90% screen-to-body ratio, the display doesn’t only offer smooth visuals, but an immersive experience.
The laptop is made with content creators in mind. It has increased contrast thanks to its OLED display technology, while also including 600-nit HDR peak brightness. It’s Vesa Certified and Pantone Validated, while covering 100% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut.
The high resolution also means you’ll be able to see your content in great detail, even in bright environments.
In your downtime, the OLED display is great for streaming content with enhanced contrast and a smooth framerate.
If you’re looking for something ultra-sleek and lightweight, the Pro 16X OLED may not be the choice for you as the laptop is on the larger size. But this design complements the display and makes sure that you have a significant amount of screen real estate when using the device.
Weighing around 2.30kg, it’s heavier than ultra thin-and-light laptops often found in the Asus Zenbook range. But it manages to balance its weight and premium components to offer a device that isn’t overly hefty.
If you like your laptop to stand out in an understated way, the laptop uses contrasting key colours inspired by retro keyboard colorways.
The lid retains a sleek design with an Asus badge as its distinguishing flair. The only downside of the aesthetic is that it attracts fingerprints easily.
Thanks to its 90Wh battery, the laptop has a respectable battery life for such a high-performance machine.
You’ll get a decent amount of work done with the laptop, making it useful for travel or loadshedding.
When put through a PCMark 10 video battery life test, with the screen set at 50% brightness, the battery lasted 8 hours and 18 minutes.
The exact time you get before the battery drains will depend on what tasks you’re performing, as well as screen brightness and whether you’re using battery-saving mode.
Review verdict: Is the Vivobook Pro 16X OLED worth it?
The Vivobook Pro 16X OLED offers value for creators and those looking for a powerful laptop under the R40,000 threshold.
The laptop starts at R34,998 on the Asus South Africa store. At this price, it delivers impressive performance and respectable battery life.
The OLED screen and its high refresh rate offer a premium visual experience. While it’s heavier than the ultralight offerings from Asus, it packs power into a portable solution.