GeForce RTX turns 14" ultraportables into ultra performers

ASUS Zenbook 14 Pro
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Those of us who need a laptop for resource-hungry tasks such as 3D rendering or video editing are used to making the trade-off between power and portability. Until very recently, we’ve been restricted to the larger form factors as the more powerful GPUs haven’t been available in smaller laptops.

But now we’re starting to see a new generation of lightweight 14-inch laptops with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series Laptop GPUs that can deliver the high performance needed to accomplish these kinds of tasks. So whether you’re doing video effects in DaVinci Resolve, animation in Blender, or taking a break to play a graphically intense game like Cyberpunk 2077, you can now work from anywhere with a small laptop that’s easy to carry.

A great example is the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 OLED, which is decked out with an ultra-efficient GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU and 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900H processor, and it comes with 16 GB of fast DDR5 RAM. It also comes with luxurious features that make it perfect for creators. The display is a glorious 2880x1800 OLED panel that’s Pantone Validated for colour accuracy and has a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 gamut, so not only does it give you stunning visuals, it’s also ideal for VFX tasks such as colour grading. This means you can use it for things that would otherwise require a trip to the studio to use an expensive monitor.

A 3D render that used to take two and a half hours on a 14” laptop without a GPU can now be done in just 10 minutes with the RTX 4070. AI-powered tools are accelerated by dedicated tensor cores, automating tedious processes and allowing artists to add advanced effects that only experts knew how to do before. Amazingly, we’re now seeing complex 3D workflows transformed into accessible processes that happen in real time, with no waiting around for renders.

This powerful laptop is small, lightweight, and fits easily in a backpack, making it a great choice for students or creators who are on the go. If you’re having trouble imagining what 1.6kg feels like, it’s about the weight of a thick hardback book. You’ll see that this weight and size is approaching the realms of an ultraportable — a laptop that most people will be able to carry around for quite some time without feeling weighed down.

You’ll also notice that the 14-inch chassis strikes a great balance between portability and screen dimensions. For this reason, it’s a highly popular size and in fact the fastest-growing form factor in terms of demand. 

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