NVIDIA formally introduces new RTX Studio laptops from various OEMs
NVIDIA's Studio initiative involved a certain set of standards and specs (much like those of Intel Evo) geared toward the last word in laptops pitched to professional creators. The resulting PCs are optimized for software such as the OEM's first-party Broadcast app, the latest version of which (1.2) adds features such as multiple effect-stacking using RTX cards, room-echo removal and overall noise reduction. The Studio platform also has its own driver, the latest update to which has now been released.
NVIDIA asserts that this combination has led to the release of laptops that pack high-end, creator-grade specs into deceptively thin and light designs in 2021. This year's Studio (or RTX Studio) line is emerging now, and come with RTX 3000- or even RTX A-series cards in some cases. They include the HP ZBook Studio G8, as well as the Lenovo IdeaPad 5i Pro and ThinkBook 16p.
There is also an impressive list of new Studio laptops from Dell: the Precision 5560, Precision 5760, Precision 7560, Precision 7760, Inspiron 15 Plus, 16 Inspiron Plus, Vostro 7510, and of course the new XPS 15 and 17. Some of them will be powered by up to 16GB of RTX 3080 (albeit Max-Q) graphics based on their position in the OEM's price-tier.
However, others such as the IdeaPad 5i Pro will debut with the RTX 3050 instead. NVIDIA has now officially launched it, alongside its Ti variant. These latest potential options in laptop cards also come in newly-launched gaming-oriented PCs, such as the MSI Sword 17, Sword 15, GF76 Katana and GF66 Katana (2 new monikers that denote white or black colorways of essentially the same form-factor respectively).
They are 15.6- or 17-inch devices with 144Hz FHD IPS panels, up to 64GB of RAM and 1 USB Gen 3.2 type-C port each. MSI notes it has designed them as a homage to "famed Japanese illustrator Tsuyoshi Nagano", and asserts they are each more than the average entry-level gaming laptop. They will start at US$1,099 for a Core i7-11800H-powered Sword 15 and can be pre-ordered from now.
MSI Press Release