Asus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED reviewed: What does AAS-Ultra bring to the table?
The Asus Zenbook Pro 16X houses one of the strongest laptop processors and a powerful graphics chip, namely the Intel Core i9-12900H and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. Together, they have a TDP of 140 watts. To counteract high temperatures, the engineers at Asus have come up with something special, the AAS Ultra cooling system. This is immediately noticeable upon opening the laptop because the keyboard is raised by a whole two centimeters at the back. This is intended to allow the fans to work much better, since they suck in air from above and below. That this system works is immediately clear in the benchmarks: The laptop remains cool while continuing to operate at exceptionally high performance levels. This is unique for a laptop that is not even 2 cm thick when closed. After all, the CPU and GPU work together here with up to 140 watts. Even some larger laptops cannot cope with this amount of waste heat.
But the AAS Ultra cooling system not only has advantages. Upon unpacking the laptop, you are warned about pinching your fingers. Even if users are unlikely to close the lid while carrying the laptop, the fingers can get in an awkward position here. Another problem point is that the heatsink fins are barely covered. Caution is also required here, because the thin metal sheets can easily bend. Ultimately, it's not just the fingers that can end up in the gap between the screen, base and keyboard. During our review, the power cable in particular repeatedly wandered into the gap.
Despite all criticism, the keyboard unfolds into an ergonomic 7° angle with the AAS-Ultra system. Those who type a lot on the laptop will like this innovation. Wrists and fingers are thus spared. In all, the Asus Zenbook Pro 16X offers more than meets the eye.