The ASUS ROG new Intel 10th Generation laptops have taken a turn for the better. Gone are those garish flashing lights. Well, not completely but you can turn them off so you can work by day and rage by night.
GadgetGuy is not a gamers site. We were quite chuffed when ASUS wanted us to cover the ASUS ROG new Intel 10th Generation laptops from a creative, videographer and power user perspective.
What is a ‘creative’?
No, it is not that they wear bright colours PJs to work or have unique dressing and grooming habits – although many creatives express themselves flamboyantly. Let’s look at what a creative needs.
At least 100% Adobe RGB colour gamut. ADOBE is the industry standard to say that the colour you specify on the screen) in RGB either hexadecimal or RGB is the same as what you get when you print or reproduce it. PANTONE is the Pantone Matching System or PMS and that means the colour you specify is the same as the printed product.
Videographers and photographers and editors use DCI-P3 – another colour gamut used in movies. It means what you see on your monitor is the same as a DCI-P3 TV.
Mere mortals will be happy with a percentage of sRGB which is a subset of colours that computer peripheral manufactures and web designers agreed on. All gamuts have a callibration factor and to get a Delta E calibration of below 4 is pretty close.
The number of colours
This depends on the panel. Most consumer panels display 8-bit or 16.7 million colours (shades) but professionals are looking at 8+2 or 10-bit colour – typically found on 4K panels. This means 1024 shades of each primary colour, and over a billion possible colours. With 12-bit, that’s 4,096 shades and over 68 billion colours.
If you are drawing using vectors or complex graphics you will need a high speed GPU and lots of graphics memory. The NVIDA RTX 2080 handles that well.
If you are rendering an image you need a powerful CPU and GPU as well as lots of DDR4x memory and super fast storage. A render is only as fast as its slowest component in the chain. Here PCIe NVMe 3.1 x 4 lane M.2 SSD will handle over 3000MBps (sequential read/write) as well as large files needed to render the image.
And heavy use means lots of heat.
A laptop is often not the best format for heat dissipation leading to the operating system throttling the components (reducing the speed) to keep it within a specified thermal envelope. That is why so many creatives use desktop computers.
Finally Windows or Mac. Creatives may prefer macOS but must apps have Windows versions.