The Asus StudioBook S brings workstation performance to a thin and light chassis

Asus StudioBook S

CES 2019 is packed wall to wall with laptops, but it's not every day that we see a workstation-class laptop like the Asus StudioBook S. 

Packed with Intel Xeon processors and Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics – along with up to 64GB of RAM and 4TB of SSD storage, the StudioBook S packs enough raw horsepower to please content creators and other professionals alike. 

Asus was able to cram this serious horsepower behind a 17-inch display, in a 15-inch chassis. Measuring just 0.72 inches (18.29 mm) thick and weighing just 5.27 pounds (2.39 kg), it's a powerful workstation that you can take on the go.

And, the chassis isn't just small – it's attractive too. The powerful hardware is wrapped in a Turquoise Grey aluminum finish, so you can get some work done on a laptop you won't be ashamed to carry around with you.

If you need a portable workstation, you can pick the Asus StudioBook up soon, but Asus hasn't shared the specific release date or pricing. 

Asus StudioBook S

Who is it for?

While Asus hasn't shared specific pricing information, it's safe to assume that StudioBook S won't be cheap. The Intel Xeon E-2176M hexa-core processor and Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM are aimed squarely at the enterprise market. 

This is a portable workstation for professional content creators, people that need to efficiently edit 4K video, or do intense CAD work on the move. For those users, the 97% DCI-P3 color gamut on the 17-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,200) NanoEdge display is going to be a godsend.

This display will help content creators get their work done quickly and accurately, without needing to rely on a separate display – though a 4K UHD resolution may come in handy. 

Luckily, the Asus StudioBook S is packed to the brim with connectivity. You get a Thunderbolt 3 port, three USB Type-A ports, HDMI 2.0 and an SD card reader. If you noticed the lack of Ethernet, Asus has you covered, including a USB-to-LAN dongle in the box. 

Asus has also included a number pad that's built into the touchpad, much like what's offered on the Asus ZenBook Pro from last year, which gives the keyboard much more room to breath. 

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