One word I never thought I’d see the light of the day in the consumer segment is 3D Display – well, two words then. Just when you thought the whole 3D TV and display market is dead, in fact, many journalists pretty much wrote a eulogy on it – it’s back in 2023. ASUS implemented a 3D OLED display into their laptop. Despite the name being 3D, the execution however is fascinating – here’s our ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED H7604 First Look.

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED H7604 First Look

Let’s Talk about the 3D OLED Display

ASUS’ excitement towards equipping their laptop with a 3D OLED display is pretty obvious but not for reasons you think. ASUS calls this display, ASUS Spatial Vision – it is a Glasses-free 3D OLED technology incorporated within the laptop. So, all you need is just your bare eyes to look at the display for it to look immersive. The display has 6 different layers in order to “3D-fy” the display. The base three panels are your OLED panel, Optical resin and Glass panel – now this is pretty much what you’d find in any display construction.

On top of this, you have the Lenticular Lens Layer, 2D/3D liquid crystal switching layer and the Glass front panel with AR Coating. The star of the show is the lenticular lens layer. Now generally a lens is Concave in shape. What ASUS did here is pretty genius, the Lenticular Lens takes inspiration from lentils – which are concave in shape. These concave lenses are arranged in a row – which looks like the image we drew below. So once this is stacked up to the display, certain rows are calibrated to your left eye and others to your right eye.

This is done with the help of the “eye tracking” hardware incorporated into the top of the laptop where the cameras are usually located. The eye tracking is similar to what Tobii does, but ASUS claims it to be a little different. We aren’t quite sure how different, but we will find out more. But this is how the display is constructed.

The Caveats

To achieve a 3D Display, there are compromises. Now take in the case of the OLED display ASUS is using here – now by default, the non-3D variant has a great display with good peat nit brightness 550 nits and higher resolution (3.2K). Now, when the 3D element is added to the display, everything from the peak nit brightness, resolution and so on takes a huge hit, to a point it gets halved. We noticed this with another laptop.

ASUS however found a workaround – that is by equipping a higher resolution display, with then after the 3D element is added, it gets halved to the right 3.2K resolution and offers 550 nits brightness. This engineering is definitely going to drive up the cost by a lot but I’d say it is necessary – I mean, you are already paying a premium price tag for something you are going to rely on for high res 3D work. So, why settle for less…

Other than that…

ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED H7604 First Look

The ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED H7604 gets a lot of improvement in the design aspect, with a step-wise design, the ability to lay flat at 180 degrees, 28% much bigger trackpad with stylus support, solid I/O which includes a super fast SD Express 7.0 card reader, Thunderbolt 4 and 10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2, a new thermal design with Liquid Metal replacing the normal thermal paste and an updated ProArt Creator Hub 2.

The Lovely ASUS Dial is here

Speaking of ProArt Creator Hub 2, the ASUS Dial is here again on the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED H7604 and it’s one fine piece of hardware for creators to control their editing suite with ease. We had a great experience when we reviewed the older ProArt and our sentiment remains the same. It’s great and with the new software, it has the ability to do Colour Control, and so on. We didn’t try it but we will get to it when we work on that content when the time comes.

Pretty Powerful Specifications and aimed at 3D Designers

Both the non-3D OLED and the 3D OLED display tout pretty powerful specifications under the hood to give that performance end users need. Powered by the next-generation Intel Core HX Series CPU with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series GPU – there’s the MUX switch to toggle between performance and efficiency – similar to what we saw with the G14 we reviewed last year. It goes up to 8TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD with 2 upgradable M.2 Slots, 64GB DDR5 RAM with two upgradable SO-DIMM Slots.

Conclusion

For someone like myself, who had eyes on the Studiobook 16 last year, this laptop still has my attention for all the good reasons because it is a very creator-centric laptop. While the 3D OLED display is nice to have for me, the users that will enjoy it and take complete advantage of it will be 3D Designers. I do appreciate ASUS for making two variants of the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED H7604 – to avoid the laptop being too niche and out of the way for someone who does want one.

Again, we can’t wait to review ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED H7604 when the opportunity presents itself. So stay tuned to us.