Asus is one of the leading companies when it comes to computing technology. The Taiwan-based multinational produces a wide range of products from your typical everyday laptops, high-performance gaming laptops, and one of the best graphics cards available in the market, to name a few.
On January, during the CES 2019 in Nevada, Asus announced a line of new ultrabooks and gaming laptops that led to a prior conclusion that the tech company wouldn’t have anything interesting for Computex Taipei.
In line with the company celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Asus announced the release of the limited edition Asus ZenBook Edition 30 laptop, coated with crisp white leather and embellished with 18-karat rose gold pieces. Moreover, Asus teased the coming of new updates for its ZenBook and VivoBook laptops — which will sport an improved ScreenPad 2.0 and two new USB-C monitors.
The Taiwan-based announcement of the ZenBook Pro Duo received outstanding reviews for its innovative features — following the idea of a dual-screen laptop.
The ZenBook Pro Duo includes two 4K screens. The primary screen is a 15-inch 16:9 OLED panel located at where you would typically see on a laptop. The second screen, however, which is a 14-inch 32:9 IPS screen is situated precisely above the keyboard, called the “ScreenPad Plus.” It takes the entire half of the laptop’s keyboard space. Aesthetically, it’s like the MacBook Pro Touch Bar — but extended a few inches lower.
Similar to the ROG Zephyrus laptop Asus introduced during CES 2019, the keyboard and the secondary screen of the ZenBook Pro Duo practically tales up all the space — leaving no room for the typical trackpad. As a workaround, Asus situated the trackpad to the right side of the keyboard and added a feature where it can double as a numpad by merely pressing a button.
At first glance, it has a weird display that comes off as an unnecessary abundance of screens — but can potentially pose as an advantage for users who wishes to perform multiple tasks at the same time.
At any point, the two screens can either function as an extension of the other. The main screen works either way: (1) page can extend to the second IPS screen, or (2) the main screen can have one app running while the other screen opens a maximum of three apps at the same time — allowing the maximization of multi-tasking capabilities.
Both the trackpad location and dual-screen features need some “getting used to,” but users would quickly notice the same efficiency compared to other laptops says Engadget.
An eight-core Intel Core i9 processor will power the ZenBook Duo Pro with an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU.
Design-wise, similar to other Zephyrus gaming laptops, the ZneBook Pro Duo will have the same lift effect when the screen is raised — allowing typing experience to be more comfortable given the keyboard location and to support the two bass speakers located at the bottom. It also follows the trend of having thinner bevels.
Moreover, there are four far-field microphones designed for use with Alexa and Cortana, and there’s an Echo-style blue light at the bottom edge that activates with voice commands. It has a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack, and a full-sized HDMI port.
“Performance seemed fine in my brief time using the ZenBook Pro Duo, without any hiccups or hitches even when running an intensive video editing software demo. It’s a fairly hefty laptop at 2.5kg (about 5.5lbs), but that’s to be expected given the gaming laptop-class internals,” describes Sam Byford from The Verge.
“While both of the screens looked good, I will say they looked different. Part of that is because of the searing intensity of the primary OLED panel, but the ScreenPad Plus is also coated with a matte finish, and usually looks less bright because of how you naturally view it at an off angle,” he adds.
Additionally, Asus says that it is also offering a 14-inch option called the ZenBook Duo with an Intel Core i7 and a GeForce MX 250 GPU instead. There’s full HD resolution on both the main display and its 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus.
In terms of pricing and release date, Asus has yet to announce details on that and whether or not it will hit US markets any time soon.