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The new Asus ZenBook Pro 14 leads a line of impressively refreshed OLED laptops

Will the Pro 14 and Pro 16X OLED be worthy MacBook Pro competitors?

From the beginning, the Asus Zenbook was an attempt to beat Apple’s MacBooks at their own game — using knowledge Asus originally obtained while helping to build those laptops for Apple. Why do I bring that up? We’re wondering whether the new Asus ZenBook Pro 14 and 16X might give them a run for their money.

It’s definitely not a given, given the incredible performance and battery life we’ve seen from Apple’s homegrown processors, but Asus is pushing hard. Last year, it went all in on OLED displays, including high-refresh-rate 120Hz panels that look absolutely stunning in person, and this year, it’s going even harder, aiming no fewer than nine machines with Intel and Nvidia’s latest chips against Apple’s creator audience alone — including a pair with fancy, gimmicky-yet-intriguing 3D screens that I’ll let my colleague Monica tell you about.

One of them, the Zenbook Pro 14 OLED, is brand-new, with a 14.5-inch 120Hz OLED screen at 2.8K resolution that displays 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut and houses up to a Core i9-13900H and GeForce RTX 4070 GPU — and can let those chips hit 105W despite its 1.8cm (0.7-inch) frame. (That’s only slightly thicker than Apple’s MacBook Pros.) It manages to fit a 76Wh battery in there, too.

Asus Zenbook Pro 14 OLED.
Asus Zenbook Pro 14 OLED.
 Image: Asus

It can turn on and off that 40-series mobile GPU with a dedicated switch and features a full-size SD card slot, full-size HDMI 2.1, full-size USB, Thunderbolt 4, and USB-C, all at USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds, plus a headphone jack.

Then there’s the Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED, the refreshed version of the fancy keyboard-tray-lifting machine I told you about last year. It’s more than your average refresh: Asus says it worked with Intel on a custom i9-13905H chip, shrunk the motherboard by 38 percent, and added liquid metal cooling and a curved vapor chamber so its chips — including an RTX 4080 mobile chip — can hit a 155W TDP. That one’s got a 3.2K 120HZ OLED panel, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an SD Express card slot, HDMI 2.1, and a pen, plus a 96Wh battery all in a 16.9mm frame.

Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED.
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED.
 Image: Asus

Rather than tell you about all the rest, since they’re mostly spec refreshes, I’m going to take advantage of Asus’ handy bento box style spec and feature breakouts! But I’m really eager to see how the Zenbook Pros perform later this year. Here’s the press release if you want more right now.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED, not to be confused with the Pro.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED, not to be confused with the Pro.
 Image: Asus
Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED. MacBook Air territory.
Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED. MacBook Air territory.
 Image: Asus
Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED.
Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED.
 Image: Asus
Asus Vivobook Pro 16X 3D OLED, basically the same as non-3D except for a way different screen.
Asus Vivobook Pro 16X 3D OLED, basically the same as non-3D except for a way different screen.
 Image: Asus
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED.
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED.
 Image: Asus
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED, again pretty much the same laptop with a different 3D screen.
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED, again pretty much the same laptop with a different 3D screen.
 Image: Asus
Asus ExpertBook B9 OLED.
Asus ExpertBook B9 OLED. 
Image: Asus

Asus didn’t reveal prices for these new machines yet, but they’re also not coming right away — the Zenbooks, ProArt Studiobooks, and Vivobooks are coming in Q2, with

It’s definitely not a given, given the incredible performance and battery life we’ve seen from Apple’s homegrown processors, but Asus is pushing hard. Last year, it went all in on OLED displays, including high-refresh-rate 120Hz panels that look absolutely stunning in person, and this year, it’s going even harder, aiming no fewer than nine machines with Intel and Nvidia’s latest chips against Apple’s creator audience alone — including a pair with fancy, gimmicky-yet-intriguing 3D screens that I’ll let my colleague Monica tell you about.

One of them, the Zenbook Pro 14 OLED, is brand-new, with a 14.5-inch 120Hz OLED screen at 2.8K resolution that displays 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut and houses up to a Core i9-13900H and GeForce RTX 4070 GPU — and can let those chips hit 105W despite its 1.8cm (0.7-inch) frame. (That’s only slightly thicker than Apple’s MacBook Pros.) It manages to fit a 76Wh battery in there, too.

Asus Zenbook Pro 14 OLED.
Asus Zenbook Pro 14 OLED.
 Image: Asus

It can turn on and off that 40-series mobile GPU with a dedicated switch and features a full-size SD card slot, full-size HDMI 2.1, full-size USB, Thunderbolt 4, and USB-C, all at USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds, plus a headphone jack.

Then there’s the Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED, the refreshed version of the fancy keyboard-tray-lifting machine I told you about last year. It’s more than your average refresh: Asus says it worked with Intel on a custom i9-13905H chip, shrunk the motherboard by 38 percent, and added liquid metal cooling and a curved vapor chamber so its chips — including an RTX 4080 mobile chip — can hit a 155W TDP. That one’s got a 3.2K 120HZ OLED panel, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an SD Express card slot, HDMI 2.1, and a pen, plus a 96Wh battery all in a 16.9mm frame.

Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED.
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED.
 Image: Asus

Rather than tell you about all the rest, since they’re mostly spec refreshes, I’m going to take advantage of Asus’ handy bento box style spec and feature breakouts! But I’m really eager to see how the Zenbook Pros perform later this year. Here’s the press release if you want more right now.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED, not to be confused with the Pro.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED, not to be confused with the Pro.
 Image: Asus
Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED. MacBook Air territory.
Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED. MacBook Air territory.
 Image: Asus
Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED.
Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED.
 Image: Asus
Asus Vivobook Pro 16X 3D OLED, basically the same as non-3D except for a way different screen.
Asus Vivobook Pro 16X 3D OLED, basically the same as non-3D except for a way different screen.
 Image: Asus
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED.
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED.
 Image: Asus
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED, again pretty much the same laptop with a different 3D screen.
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED, again pretty much the same laptop with a different 3D screen.
 Image: Asus
Asus ExpertBook B9 OLED.
Asus ExpertBook B9 OLED.
Asus didn’t reveal prices for these new machines yet, but they’re also not coming right away — the Zenbooks, ProArt Studiobooks, and Vivobooks are coming in Q2, with the ExpertBook B9 arriving in Q3.

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