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October 12, 2023

Asus Zenbook 14 Pro Review

Asus has been on a tear lately with OLED screens and this one is no different. Its 14.5-inch panel has a 2880 x 1800 resolution that's not quite as pixel-dense as a MacBook Pro, but it's still a significant upgrade over 1080p options on competing laptops and plenty sharp for everyday use. The machined aluminum body is also a solid choice, feeling reassuringly stiff in all the right places and conforming to military grade toughness tests.

This is a laptop that can do a lot of things, thanks to an Intel Core i9 13th-generation Raptor Lake processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 graphics chip. As such, it's a content-creating powerhouse in an ultraportable form factor that will appeal to professionals on the go.

It can tackle intensive video encoding in the background and deliver satisfying gaming performance, even at maximum settings. In fact, it managed 110fps when playing Rise Of The Tomb Raider on the ultra-high graphics setting.

But this is not a laptop that's just a pretty face, and Asus has gone further than most of its competitors by cramming in a secondary screen on the keyboard deck - it calls this the ScreenPad Plus and turns it into a second monitor for multitasking.

Asus has included the ability to manage both the main display and the extra one with its My Asus application, which also lets you control keyboard settings, battery charging and fan speeds. Asus also offers the ProArt Creator Hub software for controlling a variety of additional features, including professional screen calibration and an array of other creative settings.