I have to say – we reviewed a lot of laptops, particularly in this year alone. But, this is the most enjoyable big laptop I’ve reviewed so far. Introducing, the ASUS ProArt StudioBook Pro 17. Yes, there are two “pro”s in the name, but bear with us here because even I get confused by the lengthy name.
Codenamed the W700G2T, this is a 17-inch laptop made specifically for creators – and I personally really like this laptop too. I highly recommend you find out more why.
Let’s start off with the design. This design is unlike any other ASUS laptops that we’ve seen. It has a very boxy design with chamfered edges on all edges – which just looks absolutely amazing.
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And since there are chamfered edges, that means the ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 is made entirely out of aluminium, and it’s a very solid laptop – even the backplate is made out of aluminium!
I had a surprise when I first opened the laptop lid. It goes all the way back to almost 180º, and I truly appreciate this design since I usually use laptops at around 120 degrees.
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Alright, this screen is magnificent. The colors and quality are not as good as the RM50k StudioBook One, but this laptop’s display is still really amazing nonetheless. And this is the first reason why I suggest getting a ProArt laptop for content creation – especially photo/video work.
Speaking of photo and video work, this laptop uses a 16:10 aspect ratio screen instead of the usual 16:9. That extra vertical space is very, very useful, honestly.
As the name suggests, this ASUS ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 is a 17-inch laptop. Now, if you’re like me – you might think that a 17-inch laptop is too big. I agree. The thing is, within the ProArt series of laptops – and even for this particular laptop, there are 15.6-inch laptops on ASUS’s global website, but it’s not on ASUS Malaysia’s website.
Keyboard and trackpad
Looking at the keyboard, it’s using a standard numkeyless layout which I think is great ergonomically so that I don’t have to offset my body to type. Each key feels amazing to type on – and the thing I find funky here is the distinct angled texture on the arrow keys. Not a big deal, but it makes them not as prone to accidental presses as other laptops.
This distinct angled texture also runs throughout the entire palm rest area, where we can also find the fingerprint scanner. Nice.
The trackpad is relatively small, but it tracks really well. It also has the ASUS NumberPad feature. Now we know why this physical keyboard layout doesn’t have a number pad.
While on the subject of ports, the ASUS ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 comes with a healthy dose of “great selection of ports”. What we have here are:
- On the right side
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (10Gb/s)
- On the left side
- Power barrel jack
- Thunderbolt 3
- USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (10Gb/s)
- Combo audio jack
- Full-sized SD card reader
And the last port is truly important because for a laptop, I don’t really care how fast the card reader is – just having a physical card reader is already good enough when compared to other “creator” laptop.
My complaint here is the position of the power jack. It’s situated at the middle part, which is a bit cumbersome to position and the power jack also runs through and blocks the exhaust vents on the left side. Could’ve just moved the power jack beside the Kensington lock.
Lastly, specs. The ASUS ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 that we have here comes with:
- Intel i7-9750H
- NVIDIA Quadro T2000 with 4GB VRAM
- 16GB RAM
- 512GB NVMe SSD
Okay, let me explain to you first – the ProArt series of laptops need to be reliable as they are the user’s money-making machine. Hardware that isn’t the latest is not an issue, but stability is a requirement.
That NVIDIA Quadro T2000 is made for workflows that require complex math like fluid dynamics simulation and precise calculations. In our workflow of video editing and whatnot, that Quadro T2000 handles it very well too, obviously.
If you do want to upgrade this laptop with more RAM and more storage, then you can. Opening up the backplate is easy and popping it out reveals a very clean motherboard layout. Everything is nicely positioned and there are one empty M.2 SSD slot and another empty RAM slot for us to upgrade. Nice.
Do I recommend the ASUS ProArt StudioBook Pro 17?
And all in all, I think the ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 that we have here is a great laptop
I love all of the engineering and clean design that goes into this machine, and I can’t highlight enough about that beautiful big 16:10 screen – especially for photo and video editing.
And this laptop isn’t as exorbitantly priced. At only RM8,899, this is a rather affordable laptop for creators.
While I know the Quadro GPU isn’t for everyone, there is another non-Quadro version of this laptop but I’m not sure if it’s going to be available here in Malaysia. There’s also another 15-inch version which – again, I don’t know if it’ll be available in Malaysia too.
There are actually a lot more ProArt laptops in the whole series – which Tech Critter has talked about it in this video.
The closest competitor is…
The Dell XPS 17. The closest competitor to this laptop that I can think of is the Dell XPS 17 because of it uses a 16:10 aspect ratio screen too, a powerful CPU with a non-Quadro NVIDIA GPU, and also a full-sized SD card reader.
However, the ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 here isn’t going to have the best battery life since it only has a 57Wh battery and lasts for about 5-6 hours, while the XPS 17 comes with a 97Wh battery. Yet both of these laptops are also upgradable with two RAM slots and two M.2 SSD slots.
But the price of the XPS 17 with similar specs is like RM10,499. And that is why I think this ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 is a fantastic laptop – especially if you’re looking for a 17-inch creator-centric laptop.