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ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review – A feature packed mobile powerhouse for creative professionals

ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - A feature packed mobile powerhouse for creative professionals

ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700

RM 9,000 ~ RM 11,000
8.9

Built Quality

9.5/10

Design

9.0/10

Features

8.5/10

Customization

9.0/10

Performance

8.5/10

Portability

9.5/10

Value

8.5/10

Advantages

  • Solid chassis built
  • Optional processor offering
  • Expandable storages and memory
  • Centralized management MyASUS
  • Suitable for content creators
  • Silent operation
  • Numerous I/O option

Disadvantages

  • Single-zone keyboard backlight
  • Expensive
Figure 1: StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - Introduction
Figure 1: StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review – Introduction

ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 is compact powerhouse designed for power users. This slim laptop powered by a quad-core Intel Core i7-9750H processor clocked at 2.6 GHz and an NVIDIA Quadro T200 graphics card engineered for workstations. The StudioBook Pro W700 features a slim-bezel NanoEdge display that produce immersive visuals that suitable for creative professionals.

Figure 2: StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - Accessories description
Figure 2: StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review – Accessories description

Since the StudioBook Pro W700 given to me is a review unit, so the actual accessories may vary from my description. Out of the box, you will get a power adapter, a power cable, a user manual, product user guide and USB-A to RJ45 gigabit ethernet adapter which is optional.

  • Figure 3: StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - Left I/O View
  • Figure 3A: StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - Right I/O View

Looking at the chassis design, it comes with 38.20 x 28.60 x 1.84cm dimension. Although the laptop appears to be not bulky as other productivity based laptop, the StudioBook Pro W700 still offers a full-range of I/O connectivity options. On the left side, a security slot, a cooling vent, a USB-Type C, a HDMI 2.0, a USB-Type A, a 3.5mm audio input and an SD card reader. On the other side, a pair of USB-Type A and a cooling vent present. One thing I don’t really liked about the laptop is, the positioning of the power port. I don’t really prefer the port to be located at the center of the chassis since there is a potential for the port to loose over the time which may cause trouble for power users in the future.

Figure 5: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - Audio Overview
Figure 5: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review – Audio Overview

The StudioBook Pro 17 W700 certainly has a good built-in audio system. Powered by ASUS’s inhouse audio technology, SonicMaster Premium produces a crystal clear audio that doesn’t produce, a cheap audio quality. For a laptop for such size, the quality of bass and highs, pretty decent.

ModelProArt StudioBook Pro 17 W700
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7-9750H Processor 2.6 GHz (12M Cache, up to 4.5 GHz)
GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 630, NVIDIA® Quadro® T2000, 4GB GDDR5
Memory16GB DDR4 SO-DIMM
Storage512GB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 Performance SSD
SoftwareMicrosoft Office
McAfee Internet Security
MyASUS
I/O Ports3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x Thunderbolt™ 3 supports display
SD 4.0 card reader
Power6.0, 180W AC Adapter, Output: 20V DC, 9A, 180W, Input: 100~240V AC 50/60Hz universal
Battery57WHrs, 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion
Wi-Fi & BluetoothIntel Wi-Fi AX200 & Bluetooth 5.0
DimensionWidth: 38.20 (15.04″)
Depth: 28.60 (11.26″)
Height: 1.84 ~ 1.99cm (0.72″ ~ 0.78″)
Weight2.39kg
SecurityHDD User Password Protection and Security
BIOS Booting User Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (Firmware TPM)
BIOS setup user password
Security Lock
Fingerprint sensor
Targeted UsersProductivity ~ Content Creators
Table 1: ASUS ProArt StudioBook 17 W700 Specification – Source.

Before proceeding to share my experience using the StudioBook Pro W700, during the testing period, all the softwares was updated to their latest patch. This was done in order to get a better benchmark reading. When it comes to storage test, I’ve used the best-performance mode since this is considered a high-performance laptop used for heavy tasks. In addition, a five-minute interval was set for each test to get the best reading to be analyzed later.

  • Figure 6: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - MyASUS (Home)
  • Figure 7: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - MyASUS (Diagnosis)
  • Figure 8: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - MyASUS (Diagnosis)
  • Figure 9: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - MyASUS (HW Settings)
  • Figure 10: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - MyASUS (Updates)

The StudioBook Pro W700 comes with MyASUS software as default. The purpose of this software is to give an overview of the laptop condition, provides help to troubleshoot the laptop, optimizing the performance to meet your current requirement and integrating other ASUS’s software.

Figure 11: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - Cinebench R3 Analysis
Figure 11: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review – Cinebench R3 Analysis.

The StudioBook Pro W700 powered by a 14nm 9th Generation Coffee Lake processor from Intel, Intel Core i7-9750H. It features 6 cores and 12 threads. In order to benchmark the processing and rendering power, I’ve used CineBench R23 benchmark software to carry out the test. I conduct the test under two conditions, with battery power and with AC power. From my observation on the output, the CPU processing and rendering performance is way better while on AC power than running purely on battery power, both under high performance settings. I also run Geekbench 5 software to benchmark the processor further. Based on the test, the processor records a score of 4369 for multi-core and 1145 on a single core.

Figure 12: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review – UNIGINE Graphical benchmark

When it comes to rendering process, a GPU also plays an important role. For this particular graphical benchmark, I’ve used UNIGINE software, Heaven and Superposition. Both of the test conducted in a high-performance settings, and high graphics setting. Based on the result obtained, I can say the performance of the graphics is quite average.

Figure 13: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - CrystalDiskMark test.
Figure 13: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review – CrystalDiskMark test.

When it comes to productivity and content creators, the storage type and storage speed is very important. Based on Figure x on above, I able to hit 3.5GB/s over read and 2.0GB/s on write. I was quite surprise to read the readings.

Figure 14: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - TimeSpy Benchmark.
Figure 14: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review – TimeSpy Benchmark.

TimeSpy by 3DMark is a popular benchmark software to benchmark modern graphics cards with DirectX 12 engine. Based on the scores shown in the Figure 14 above, the scores are quite average. Although the StudioBook Pro 17 W700 were not meant for gaming in the first place, the scores is still considered as, average.

  • Figure 15: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - SD Card (Write)
  • Figure 16: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - SD Card (Read)

When it comes to wireless connection, the StudioBook Pro 17 W700 scores perfect here. This is due to the laptop is now bundled together with Intel’s AX200 chipset as standard. For this test, I’ve used a Wi-Fi 6 router with 160MHz enabled. To my surprise, I able to hit nearly 700Mbps (download) over 5GHz and 200 Mbps (download) for 2.4GHz band. For creative professionals, a laptop with SD card reader is really crucial. When it comes to write speed, I able to hit 60MB/s and 88MB/s for read. From my point of view, the speed is acceptable.

Figure 17: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - ASUS NumberPad
Figure 17: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review – ASUS NumberPad

The StudioBook Pro W700 features NumberPad with a switchable LED-illuminated numeric keypad for a faster data entry capture. In addition, when NumberPad activated, you’re still able to use the cursor function as normal, thus gives a slight advantage of not requiring an additional mice when you’re rushing for a meeting. The amount of clicks made by the keys are not loud, so if you’re not a fan of clicky noise, then the StudioBook Pro W700 is for you. The keys are accessible and for long term usage, you won’t feel discomfort especially when you are sitting in front of the laptop, all day long.

Figure 18: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review - Conclusion
Figure 18: ASUS StudioBook Pro 17 W700 Review – Conclusion

To conclude the review, the StudioBook Pro 17 W700 has a several advantage and disadvantages. I mean, the laptop isn’t that bulky, thus when it comes to portability, it gets a good mark from me. Next, when it comes to I/O connectivity offerings, the StudioBook Pro 17 W700 has almost, everything. So if you are a busy business-person, you don’t really need to worry if you forget to bring an adapter to access to certain I/O connectivity option. If Zephyrus G14 is for gamers, then the StudioBook Pro 17 W700 is for creative professionals. I would recommend the laptop for professionals, and you’re allowed to pick in between Core i7 or Xeon, both from Intel. If you are planning to use the StudioBook Pro 17 W700 for light games, I would advise to go with at least Quadro RTX 3000 and above. Overall, the StudioBook Pro 17 W700 is a good workstation laptop.

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