The angled stripes on the lid are repeated on the Enter key, in white. There is a fingerprint sensor built into the power button, which sits at the top right of the keyboard. Making the usage process even easier. The keypads are well sized, easy, and soft to use. Talking about the touchpad it is something you can’t miss. It is big in size and the best element it has is the Asus’s DialPad. Which gets activated swiping diagonally from the upper right corner of the touchpad.
The Vivobook PRO 16X is a member of a brand-new family of Asus laptops that are intended for “creators.” Although the aluminium chassis is reliable, it lacks flair. However, this laptop has so many positive features that you will overlook its simplistic style. A Vivobook label and a stripped-down logo are included on the lid. Opening the lid reveals the design magic. You can’t miss the top left corner of your keyboard. A bold orange Esc key is handed to you. The columns of keys that surround the QWERTY keys are grey, but the separate number pad and QWERTY keys are both black.
The screen is a delight. With a 16:10 aspect ratio and 4K resolution, it’s a treat for the creators. Your webcam sits at the top with an easy slider for privacy. Asus claims a screen to body ratio of 86%. The screen has 550 nits peak brightness, which worked very well for me. I found it easy to my eye indoors as well as outdoor. The stereo speakers on the VivoBook Pro X series have sound certified by Harman Kardon. But then still if you are watching a movie on your laptop or as a content creator editing a visual with sound, then the volume might be a bit of a disappointment.
The DialPad appears on the touchpad as a small solid circle inside a larger dotted circle, and its default setting is controlling screen brightness and speaker volume. When you tap the inner circle on the touchpad, a replica appears on-screen. You sweep round between the inner and outer circles to move between system brightness and system volume, tap to confirm your selection, and then sweep left and right between the inner and outer circles to adjust volume or screen brightness. You might take some time to get the hang of it, but Asus has put a lot of effort into it.
The Vivobook PRO 16X gets AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics. It had 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, and there’s also a built-in MicroSD card reader. On the right edge, the MicroSD card reader is joined by a USB-A port, a full-size HDMI connector, a USB-C port and a 3.5mm combo audio jack. When you talk about a creator laptop one thing that is most important is battery. You get a 96WHr battery here. ASUS Battery Health Charging Technology claims to allow for a battery lifespan that is 3X longer than standard lithium-ion batteries. Fast-charge technology also lets you charge a low battery to 60% in just 49 minutes (using the supplied AC adapter).
ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Technology employs machine learning to isolate unwanted noise from human speech. The ClearVoice Mic feature in the MyASUS app can filter out ambient noise, and the multi-Presenter mode normalizes all individual voices from different positions for optimum group conference-call quality. The ClearVoice Speaker feature filters outall ambient noise apart from human speech — so you will hear what everyone else is saying.
The Asus Vivobook 16X is a creator product with a great screen, good keypad amazing battery life and above all a very useful Dialpad. It does miss out on the hardware part which might be a letdown for a few. I terms of tech this device gets a thumbs up.