Asus likes to take advantage of the world’s biggest computer hardware event, Computex to show off a wide variety of new products it’s aligned for tech-junkies. This time around, the tech company has outdone itself with its newly unveiled Asus ZenBook Pro Duo laptop.
The extravagant machine comes with not one, but two screens that support up to 4K resolution. The main screen is a 15-inch 16:9 OLED panel display which happens to be in the same position as in a conventional laptop. A second 32:9 IPS”screenPad Plus” screen sits directly above the keyboard with the same width and half the height.
To the remaining space, ASUS fitted a full-sized keyboard complete with a function row, escape key and a trackpad located directly to the right.
This design closely resembles that of its Zephyrus slimline gaming laptops- even featuring the light-up etching which allows you to use the trackpad as a numpad.
Asus configured the ScreenPad Plus to act more of a secondary control panel, but it can also be used as a full-on monitor or even two if you fancy two smaller 16:9 1080p windows. This amazing addition can also be set to work as an extension of the man screen; which allows websites to spring from above the keyboard as one scroll down which can be pretty startling.
The ZenBook Pro Duo is powered by an eight-core Intel Core i9 processor with an NVidia RTX 2060 GPU. Other intriguing features include four far-field microphones designed for use with Alexa and Cortana and a visually appealing Echo-style blue light at the bottom edge that lights up with voice commands.
It also has a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack, and an HDMI port.
Performance for the ZenBook Pro Duo is seamless thanks to its gaming laptop-class internals. The laptop weighs a fairly hefty 2.5 kg, but that’s to be expected given its top range hardware components. The battery life is also impressive, falling somewhere close to that particular category of products.
The ZenBook Pro Duo also offers great functionality for those doing video editing who want to maximize the available space for content and assets, while moving effects pallets and toolbars to the supplementary screen. Because this second screen is so large, it opens the door to many varied and interesting possibilities.
While both screens produce impressive displays, the searing intensity of the primary OLED screen makes it look brighter than the ScreenPad Plus; partly because of the matte finish on the secondary screen and also because of how you view it naturally at an off angle.
Asus is also making a cheaper and smaller 14-inch model called the ZenBook Duo. The design and concept adopted will be similar to that of the ZenBook Pro, but both screens will be downgraded to full HD instead of 4k. The Core i9 processor has been omitted and the pretty impressive GPU downgraded to an MX250. Currently, Asus has not released any pricing or availability info, but both are expected to be released in the third quarter of this year.