The Future of PC Workstations: Taking Your Work On the Go

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This article, by Eric Born, is brought to you by our friends at ASUS

Designers and content creators need high-performance hardware for work, and there’s an increasing demand for the ability to do that work on the go. A lot of people pause on more complex jobs until they get back to home base because they need a professional-grade display or more power to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time. But life is a lot easier if you don’t have to sort your workload into the things you can do now and the things you have to save until later.

The ASUS ProArt StudioBook 17 is a new breed of workstation that lets you work from anywhere, no matter the task. The StudioBook 17 was built using feedback directly from professionals, and was made for those who want something light enough for travel yet powerful enough to make changes right there and then.

The StudioBook 17 packs a huge 17" display, an Intel® Core™ i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics into a portable form factor, so it’s tailor-made for creative pros and content creators who often find themselves working outside the office.

When Beauty is the Beast

Building a great workstation is about more than just putting together the right parts—it has to be in the right form factor, too. The StudioBook 17 leverages ultraslim bezel panels and a 16:10 aspect ratio that measures 17″ on the diagonal but fits inside a 15" body, resulting in a truly expansive display.

The panel itself covers 97% of the DCI-P3 color space, much wider than the sRGB color gamut used by typical PCs, and it’s Pantone-validated for color accuracy and factory-calibrated, similar to ASUS’ ProArt displays. Wide 178-degree viewing angles ensure colors stay vivid, and the 180-degree hinge allows for a wider range of positions for the display, including flat on the table for presenting to co-workers or clients.

Power to the People

It’s what’s on the inside that counts, especially when it comes to demanding workloads, like design and rendering. The StudioBook 17 is available with an Intel® Core™ i7 processor with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, and doubles down on performance with a pair of PCIe solid-state drives in a RAID 0 array that connects one drive to the CPU and one to the chipset, allowing users to achieve much higher speeds.

The StudioBook 17’s slim 18.4mm frame is packed to the gills with performance hardware, with venting, fans and heatpipes that keep the StudioBook 17 cool and quiet, even under heavy loads. And, at 5.3 lbs, the StudioBook is light enough to stash in a bag without worries, as it’s MIL-STD 810G tested for vibration as well as environmental extremes like temperature, humidity and altitude.

The StudioBook is designed to let you work on the road as well as accommodate a more traditional multi-monitor professional setup. There’s an HDMI 2.0 port, three USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a high-speed SD card reader and a USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support for hooking up to external displays—and it’s even compatible with DisplayPort 1.4, and allows you to output in 8K.

Hit the Road

Over the years, mobile workstations have changed a lot. Once portable in name only, the hefty chunks of black plastic that used to adorn our desks have been replaced by sleek, shiny notebooks. The problem is that we’ve started to settle for workstations that let you work from anywhere but don’t necessarily let you do your job on the road. The ASUS ProArt StudioBook 17 is a mobile workstation that aims to deliver all you need to get the job done and make changes on the fly. Learn more at ASUS’s Let’s Create website.

Established in 1989, ASUS is a multinational company known for the world’s best motherboards and high-quality PCs, monitors, graphics cards, routers and other technology solutions. ASUS founded the ProArt product line in 2011 with the goal of helping creators power up their imagination.