Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 Review
October 12, 2020

Made for the pros.

We’ve always known Asus to be makers of gaming and consumer-friendly notebooks, but with its ProArt line, it is tapping into the needs of professional creatives to deliver a workstation-quality notebook without the bulk of a desktop.

Enter the Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17, a mobile workstation that’s loaded with some of the best hardware you’ll find. Don’t expect gaming notebook-level specifications, but the hardware found on the StudioBook Pro 17 is made for the most challenging design and editing tasks.

From the outside, the notebook doesn’t exactly scream workstation design. Its muted colors make it elegant to look at and the chassis is strong and sturdy and has multiple vents lined up on the sides and the front that offers efficient cooling especially when it is under heavy load. You’ll also find a selection of input ports on the StudioBook Pro 17 that include HDMI 2.0b, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, 3.5 audio jack, and an SD card reader. 

The large 17-inch screen is the first thing you’ll see when you open the notebook, offering a decent 1920-by-1200 pixel resolution. As a workstation, the screen s Pantone validated and support 97 percent DCI-P3 color gamut – perfect for editing photos and rendering videos.

A large and widely-spaced backlit keyboard is provided, which also includes dedicated controls for muting the microphone and the camera. We wish the trackpad could be larger, considering that there was a lot of space available around it. The trackpad though can be transformed into a numeric keypad to make it easy to input numbers.

At more than 2 kilograms, the StudioBook Pro 17 is still somewhat portable considering the power that it has. Speaking of power, this notebook maxes out in specifications that should make any pro user drool. There’s an Intel Xeon E-2276M CPU that’s paired with 64GB of RAM. Graphics is handled by the Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 Max-Q with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM. You’re getting 2TB of storage along with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.

Just from those specifications alone, you can already expect a great performance that was proven by the tests we’ve done on it. We’ve loaded up Adobe Premiere Pro and transcoded a 10-minute 4K video file in just around 5 minutes, whereas the same file normally takes around 15-20 on my PC. We’ve also opened a Photoshop file that came with multiple layers and the ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 loaded everything in just seconds. What’s more, even a simple file transfer is blazing fast, it took literally just 8 seconds to transfer a 6GB movie file from one drive to another.

Gaming performance is decent, where we got an average of 50fps on most games. Considering that the notebook isn’t optimized for gaming, don’t expect it to run all games properly.

That amount of processing power is easily handled by the ProArt StudioBook Pro 17, even if at times the fans can get quite loud and the notebook getting warm. It also means that the notebook isn’t meant to be always operated on a battery since it will drain fast. It’s the type of notebook that’s always meant to be plugged in.

Professionals are clearly the target audience for the Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17. It blends exceptional hardware and great performance in a portable package. It’s also not cheap, with prices starting at 8,999 AED all the way up to 13,999 AED for the most expensive variant, so consider that before making a purchase. Despite some minor quips, the notebook performs well on almost any task, making it an all-around workstation that delivers.

We Like: 

+ Incredible workstation-level performance

+ Great display and portable build 

We Didn’t Like:

– Fans can get quite loud under heavy loads

– Trackpad could be larger

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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