Asus put two 4K screens on its extravagant ZenBook Pro Duo laptop

Asus always likes to use the local trade fair Computex, which is also the largest computer hardware event in the world, to show a wide range of products on wild occasions. And this time it has really been overcome: the announcement of the owner is one of the most decadent laptops that has been created.

The ZenBook Pro Duo does not have one, but two 4K screens. (At least if you are counting horizontal pixels). There is a 15-inch 16: 9 OLED panel where the screen is usually on a laptop, then a 32 "9 ​​IPS" ScreenPad Plus "screen directly on the keyboard that is the same width and half of the screen. It's as if Asus looked at the MacBook Pro Touch Bar and thought "what would happen if that, but with 32 times more pixels?"

Unlike the Touch Bar, the ScreenPad Plus does not take anything away from the ZenBook Pro Duo, except presumably the battery life.Asus still included a full-size keyboard with a row of functions, including an escape key, and the trackpad is located directly on the right.The design is very reminiscent of laptops Asus slim line Zefryus game: you even get the light engraving that allows you to use the trackpad as a numeric keypad HP also tried something similar recently, although its second screen was much smaller

  asus [19659] 005] Asus has created a software for the ScreenPad Plus that makes it a secondary control panel, but you can also use it as a full monitor, or even two if you want to split it into two smaller windows of 16: 9 and 1080p. You can also configure it to function as an extension of the main screen, so websites are raised from the top of your keyboard as you scroll down, which is quite disconcerting. Or you can use it to see <em> Lawrence of Arabia </em> while it is stuck in Excel spreadsheets. </p>
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The ZenBook Pro Duo has up to an Intel Core i9 eight-core. Processor with an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU. There are four far-field microphones designed for use with Alexa and Cortana, and there is an eco-friendly blue light on the bottom edge that is activated by voice commands. It has a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack and a full-size HDMI port.

The performance seemed to be fine in my short time with the ZenBook Pro Duo, without any problem or difficulty even when running a demonstration video editing software. It's a rather heavy 2.5kg laptop (roughly 5.5 pounds), but that's to be expected due to the internal aspects of the gaming laptop class. I would also expect the useful life of the battery to fall somewhere close to that particular category of products, although we will have to wait and see that.

While both screens looked good, I would say they looked different . Part of that is due to the scorching intensity of the primary OLED panel, but the ScreenPad Plus is also coated with a matte finish and, in general, looks less bright due to the way you see it naturally from an angle.


Asus is also making a cheaper and smaller 14-inch model called ZenBook Duo. The design and concept are basically the same, but both screens are Full HD instead of 4K, there is no Core i9 option, and the discrete GPU has been greatly reduced to an MX250.

Asus has not announced prices or availability for the ZenBook Pro Duo or the ZenBook Duo, but is expected to reach the third quarter of this year.

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