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What does it mean by “a laptop made for content creators”? Is it the performance? Accurate colors? Well, those aren’t difficult to achieve. What about some special features? Yes, like the ASUS Dial. This is a brand new feature integrated with the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H5600 and it aims to elevate your workflow.

As a video editor myself – is the ASUS Dial actually feasible for video editing or is it just another gimmick? Let’s find out because I edited a few videos using this laptop with the ASUS Dial.

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In this video, I won’t talk about the performance, specs, color accuracy, ports, upgradability, and all those jazz. You have to watch our full review of this laptop to get the full idea – which you can watch it here.

Okay, so a little introduction for the ASUS Dial. It’s available in two versions – either the virtual ASUS Dial that’s found in some of the ASUS Vivobook Pro laptops now, and the physical one is currently only exclusively available on the ProArt Studiobook 16.

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600, AMD Ryzen 5000 series) How I use the ASUS Dial

So the ASUS Dial. At first glance, like what we mentioned in the review, I opened up a webpage and gave the ASUS Dial a spin, expecting it to automatically scroll the page for me. Instead, it asked me to select what feature I want the wheel to use. So I have to spin it until what I want is selected, press on the wheel to select. That’s a little counterintuitive since we can’t make the wheel go default on a mode.

Anyway, once I got to know how the wheel behaves in terms of software, we can see that the wheel has a few basic features at first glance. We can make it go vertical scrolling, adjust the volume, change brightness, all of that stuff.

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600, AMD Ryzen 5000 series) How I use the ASUS Dial

Now, we can head into the ProArt utility app and add more features to the ASUS Dial. There are a few here to choose from but what I’m interested in the ASUS Dial’s integration with Adobe’s 4 most commonly-used apps – Premier Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, and Lightroom Classic. Surprisingly, there’s no integration with Audition.

So what this integration means is the availability of certain special features like using the ASUS Dial to change the brush size in Photoshop, zoom in and out of the timeline in Premiere Pro, changing the contrast value in Lightroom Classic, all of that jazz.

Let’s just focus only on editing videos using the ASUS Dial on Premier Pro since I did use this laptop to edit videos.

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600, AMD Ryzen 5000 series) How I use the ASUS Dial

I have already been accustomed to Premiere Pro and I know what key combinations do what, and it also has a lot of my own personalized keyboard shortcuts. I mostly have all of the commonly-used shortcuts placed on the left side of the keyboard so my right hand can focus on moving the mouse only.

Then I thought to myself – if I already have an external mouse, why should I use the ASUS Dial, right? Hmmm…. I immediately ditched the mouse and force myself to edit videos using only the laptop itself. Yes, I forced myself to edit videos using the trackpad.

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600, AMD Ryzen 5000 series) How I use the ASUS Dial

Now, with a combination of my custom keyboard shortcuts, the ASUS dial on my left thumb, and my right hand on the trackpad, can I edit a video?

Surprisingly, yes I can. How I edit my videos is by doing multiple passes – the first pass is to cut away the fluff and problematic parts, add markers, rearrange parts of the video if necessary – and the second pass is to add effects and B-roll.

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600, AMD Ryzen 5000 series) How I use the ASUS Dial

Because of my workflow, I only use the ASUS Dial in two modes. The first one is vertical scrolling mode. Seriously, whatever features like zooming in and out the timeline and whatnot – nah, I can hold the ALT key and spin the ASUS Dial to zoom in and out. It’s much faster than using the ASUS Dial to select what mode it should be in and then start spinning.

I realize that this also applies to the video and audio timeline scrolling as well. By the looks of it, when we start to layer a lot of stuff in the video, this feature should be useful, right? Well, again, I already know how Premiere Pro works so I end up using CTRL + vertical scrolling to scroll up and down the video and audio timelines independently.

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600, AMD Ryzen 5000 series) How I use the ASUS Dial

The second mode that I use the ASUS Dial is in the “player head scrolling” mode as I can use the ASUS Dial to fine-tune the playhead’s position to make my edits. That’s mostly only applicable for the first pass of my video editing process, though. I personally don’t prefer using a small screen to do my second pass to add effects and texts and whatnot – so I left that task for my desktop instead.

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600, AMD Ryzen 5000 series) How I use the ASUS Dial

With that said though, I personally will only use the ASUS Dial to edit simple videos like the Edifier D12 video for example. It’s a simple video and I don’t mind doing that on this laptop. Then another question arises – can I do these simple edits while on battery?

And that’s exactly what I did. I ripped out the power and continued editing a video using the battery only. Again, because it is a simple video, the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED handled it just fine. Though, the battery life suffered since it only lasts for like 2 hours.

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600, AMD Ryzen 5000 series) How I use the ASUS Dial
Yanked the power!

Again, should you buy the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600)?

To answer back to the original question – is the ASUS Dial actually feasible for video editing or is it just another gimmick? It depends on your workflow, really. For my workflow, as what we showed here, I think the ASUS Dial does help if I am on the go and I need to cut a video or edit a simple video – it’s actually feasible.

However, I manage to adapt to the ASUS Dial easily because I treat the ASUS Dial as a scroll wheel. I’m going to use it as a scroll wheel if there’s not enough space on the table.

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