Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED review

Asus MacBook-bothering portable workstation comes back refreshed with the latest chips from Intel and Nvidia

Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED laptop
(Image: © Ian Evenden / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

An extremely well-specked laptop that will appeal to anyone who’s got ideas of photo and video editing in their head. The powerful GPU in particular will resonate with anyone who wants to use hardware acceleration in editing apps, or run neural network-based routines. It’s also good for a little gaming once work is over, but watch out for that battery life.


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    Great OLED screen


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    Short battery life

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As camera raw files increase in size thanks to ever more densely packed sensors, the processing power required to edit them grows too. The kind of power you need to throw 60MP images around in Lightroom, or run neural-network-based denoising routines in something like Topaz AI, without encountering massive slowdown was once something you only found in desktop computers, but Windows laptops now contain the kind of chips we could only dream of being portable five years ago.

Take the Asus ProArt Studiobook OLED. It has, in the configuration sent to us for review, a 13th-gen Intel i9 processor, 64GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU. There's 8TB of fast SSD storage too, split across two drives. Those are the kind of specs you’d expect from a top-end gaming PC or a video-editing workstation, and yet you can carry it with you wherever you go. 

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Header Cell - Column 0 Asus ProArt (Intel i9-13980HX)MacBook Pro 16 (M2 Max)MacBook Air (M2)
GeekBench 5 Single-core CPU score2,3002,0781,936
GeekBench 5 Multi-core CPU score13,09415,2368,917
GeekBench 5 OpenCL score113,70172,55827,558
Cinebench R23 Single-core CPU score21,051,7071,597
Cinebench R23 Multi-core CPU score10,09914,8098,098
PC Mark 107,083Row 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3

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Ian Evenden
Freelance tech journalist

Ian Evenden has worked for newspapers, magazines, book publishers, and websites during his almost 25 years in journalism, and is never happier than when taking a new piece of expensive technology out of its box. When he's not slaving over a hot keyboard, he lies in wait for wildlife before shooting it with a long camera lens.