ASUS is announcing the StudioBook S W700, a new breed of workstation that lets you work from anywhere, no matter what the task. The StudoBook S was built using feedback directly from professionals. The people we talked to want better performance for working with 3D and VR content. They want something light enough to carry to meetings and powerful enough to make changes right there and then, as opposed taking notes and implementing feedback later on. The display also needs to be of a high enough quality to be trusted for making on-the-fly changes that didn’t look completely different back at the office, plugged into an external display.
ASUS StudioBook S W700 Overview
- Dimension: 382 x 286 x 18.4 mm (15.03 x 11.25 x 0.72 inch)
- Weight: 5.27 lbs (2.39 kg)
- Display: 17.3 inch, 1920 x 1200 px, IPS, anti-glare, 97% DCI-P3 color gamut, Pantone validated
- Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2 – 4.1GHz) CPU or Intel Xeon E-2176M (2.7 – 4.4 GHz)
- GPU: Nvidia Quadro P3200 with 6GB memory
- Storage: Up to two 2TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
- Memory: up to 64 GB DDR4-2667 (2x DIMMs, ECC support)
- Connectivity: Wireless AC 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0, LAN (via USB adapter)
- Battery: 57 Wh (180W charger)
- Ports: 3x USB-A 3.1 gen 2, 1x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, SD 4.0/UHS-II SD card reader, mic/headphone
Design and Build
We’ve been championing bigger screens in smaller laptops for a while, so leveraging our NanoEdge technology was a no-brainer. In the end, we went taller, too, choosing a 16:10 display that measures 17″ on the diagonal but fits inside a 15” body. The bezels on either side measure just 5.3 mm, which limits the ugly black border that can sometimes feel like it’s closing in on you when you’re trying to work. The end result is a truly expansive display that feels more like a desktop monitor.
The panel itself covers 97% of the DCI-P3 color space, the common color space used in digital cinema. DCI-P3 is much wider than the sRGB color gamut used by typical PCs, so it’s capable of displaying a broader range of colors. It’s Pantone-validated to ensure the colors you see on screen are accurate, too. Like our ProArt displays, each panel is factory-calibrated before it ships out. Wide 178° viewing angles ensure colors stay vivid and bright, and the 180° hinge allows for a wider range of positions for the display, including flat on the table, which is handy for showing work to clients and collaborating on projects with coworkers.
Available in Turquoise Grey colour only, the ASUS StudioBook S W700 is made entirely out of a finely polished aluminum. The bottom chassis is slim but manages to pack an array of ports ranging from USB-A to USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI, and SD card reader; content creators can connect external monitors, thumb drives, peripherals, as well as external storages to the workstation in a variety of ways, all at once eliminating the need for USB hubs and adapters. Interestingly, the ASUS StudioBook S W700 also supports WiFi 6 connectivity (802.11ax) for ultra-fast internet speeds and data transfer.
Thanks to the hinge design, the StudioBook S W700 workstation opens up to 180° and allows for easy collaboration on projects when designing, creating contents with colleagues, or showcasing works to clients. The trackpad also doubles as a calculator number pad as it features a discrete NumberPad that can be activated and deactivated with just a tap at the top-right corner of the trackpad. With the discrete NumberPad turned on, users can still use the trackpad to control the cursor on the screen.
The panel itself covers 97% of the DCI-P3 color space, the common color space used in digital cinema. DCI-P3 is much wider than the sRGB color gamut used by typical PCs, so it’s capable of displaying a broader range of colors. It’s Pantone-validated to ensure the colors you see on screen are accurate, too.
The device comes with a LED-backlit screen with an actual size of 17-inch but fits into a 15-inch frame. This is as a result of the large (84%) screen-to-body ratio of the device, achieved by the narrow bezel design. The 17-inch NanoEdge display has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, 178° viewing angle and 93% DCI-P3 color gamut. If you are a creative that works with a lot of graphics, work collaboratively with colleagues and clients on projects, and accurate color representation is your thing, the display of the ASUS StudioBook S W700 will do you proud.
Processor and Storage
Of course, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, especially when it comes to demanding workloads, like design, 3D rendering, simulations, or complex scientific calculations. The StudioBook S will be available with up to a Xeon processor from Intel and NVIDIA Quadro P3200 graphics. The Quadro GPU is primed for CAD work and is power-efficient, which keeps fan noise to a minimum under heavy load. The Xeon E-2176M features six cores and 12 threads with a Max Turbo frequency of 4.4GHz. It rules the roost for tasks that use lots of cores, like rendering, though its high thread count also makes it ideal for power users who skip between several demanding applications throughout the day.
Support for up 64GB of RAM comes with the option of ECC memory for added stability. ECC works to detect and correct memory errors that could corrupt vital data or crash your computer in the middle of an important task. Solid-state storage is a must for anyone who can’t afford to wait around for their computer to catch up. The StudioBook doubles down on performance with a pair of PCIe SSD drives in a RAID 0 array that connects one drive to the CPU and one to the chipset. Connecting one of the drives directly to the CPU bypasses the DMI bottleneck that limits RAID performance when multiple SSDs are connected to the chipset, allowing you to achieve much higher speeds.
ASUS embedded a 3-cell 57Wh lithium-polymer battery within the StudioBook S W700. Yes, the battery is reduced and, given how powerful the workstation is expected to be, may not be able to operate for long hours on battery backup. This reduced battery size is however understandable as a compromise that needed to be made to maintain the device’s slim architecture.
Price and Availability
There are no available details regarding the price of the device at the moment, though, ASUS says the workstation will be available to be purchased when it’s officially launched.