Apple’s latest MacBook Pros weren’t quite right for pros, and Windows laptop manufacturers have been gleefully taking advantage of Apple’s stumble ever since.
Now, Asus is apparently announcing a laptop that looks to positively leapfrog the MacBook Pro in some rather professional ways — most notably fitting a 17-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio, color-calibrated, Pantone validated, 97-percent DCI-P3 color gamut, 180-degree layflat screen into a notebook small enough that it’ll fit into bags designed for thin 15-inch laptops.
We say “apparently” because though the Asus StudioBook S hasn’t been announced yet, its product page seems to be fully fleshed, detailing a machine that can hold up to 64GB of memory and 4TB of PCIe SSD storage alongside a hexacore Intel Xeon E-2176M processor and Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics.
It’s not quite as small as a 15-inch MacBook Pro — roughly 1.25 inches wider and 1.75 inches deeper — nor as high resolution with a 1920 x 1200 panel instead of a Retina-class display, which is a shame.
But it does come with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, plus way more ports than the Apple competition.
You’ll need to use the included USB adapter if you want Ethernet, but dongle hell is at a minimum: