Asus developed the ZenBook Pro 16X with content creators and professionals in mind. The laptop sports an attractive design, good IO, OLED display, and a large battery, and gives a fair performance with most applications. Additionally, it boasts a full-size frame weighing around 5.2 pounds. Here’s a more detailed review of the device.
The Asus ZenBook Pro 16X sports a 16-inch glossy OLED display with a touchscreen. Under the hood, it consists of a 12th-generation Intel Alder Lake Core i9-12900H processor. In addition, it has Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU. Besides, the Asus ZenBook Pro 16X has 32 GB of RAM and a 2 TB SSD.
Furthermore, it has wireless 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. The Asus ZenBook Pro 16X contains one USB-A, two USB-C, Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, SD Express 7.0 card reader, and audio jack ports. In addition, it has WRGB backlit keyboard, haptic touchpad, physical DialPad, FHD webcam with IR Hello and ALS/RGB sensor, 6x speaker system, and vapor chamber cooling module.
Design and build
The design of the Asus ZenBook Pro 16X is similar to the ROG Zephyrus S17. Therefore, the 355 x 251 mm laptop flaunts the same mechanical hinges that raise the keyboard deck when opening the laptop. Thus, it offers users an ergonomic typing position and facilitates cooling when the load increases. In addition, it makes the ZenBook Pro 16X appear taller than other 16-inch notebooks. Also, a few noticeable bezels at the top and under the display add to its overall perceived height.
Besides, although Asus claims that the ZenBook Pro 16X has a thin-and-light design, it doesn’t. The reason is that their specs do not consider the rubber feet’ height. So, the 16.9 mm number for height stated by Asus is misleading. The laptop, in real, measures around 21 mm – 27 mm in height.
Moreover, the ZenBook Pro 16X has a backlit monogram Asus logo on the lid. In addition, the display leans back to around 155-160 degrees. Lastly, the power button contains both an IR camera and a finger-sensor.
The Asus ZenBook Pro 16X flaunts a 16-inch glossy OLED panel with UHD+ 3840 x 2400 px resolution. Additionally, it has 100% AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 color coverage. Furthermore, the screen has 400-nits SDR and 550-nits peak HDR brightness. So, the device is perfect to use indoors and adequate for daily use, media consumption, and creative work. In addition, with the 60Hz refresh rate, customers can even use it for casual gaming. Finally, it sports an OLED flicker-free dimming technology.
Keyboard and trackpad
The device has a full-size keyboard, a huge touchpad with haptic feedback, and Asus’ proprietary physical DialPad. In addition, the keyboard deck lifts at a 7-degree-angle sloped position. Hence, offering users an ergonomic typing position and separating the keys from the components underneath. Therefore, maintaining a comfortable temperature even running demanding loads.
The ZenBook Pro 16X consists of a 96 Wh battery. Although that’s larger than usual for its class, a 4K display and Intel platform won’t give users longer runtimes on battery use. However, further software optimization might improve the runtimes, but it would require careful software tweaks. Lastly, the laptop comes with a mid-sized 200W barrel-lug charger. It even supports USB-C charging up to 100W.
Price in the US and Europe
The Asus ZenBook Pro 16X costs $2,999 for the i9-12900H configuration with 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB of SSD storage. In addition, an i7-12700H version with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage is available at $2,599.
It costs between €2,999 and €3,299 for the i9-12900H configuration with 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB of SSD storage in Europe. And, for the i7-12700H version with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage, the ZenBook Pro 16X still costs around €2,999.