Asus put a huge touch bar on its latest ZenBook range
Your move, Apple.
Asus has a long tradition of pushing the boundaries and its latest line of ZenBooks is no exception. Take, for example, both the 15-inch ZenBook Pro Duo and 14-inch ZenBook Duo and their three screens.
In addition to the main screen, half of the keyboard area has been taken over by a giant touch-sensitive, stylus-aware screen. That’s two (ah ah ah), but the third screen is hiding in plain sight. The oddly-placed touchpad is also a screen, which does double-duty as a numpad.
The main screen is 4K and OLED, with the ScreenPad Plus having the same number of pixels as 4K horizontally but half the vertical pixels with its 32:9 IPS screen.
So much room for activities
The success of the ScreenPad Plus will depend on the software driving it, with Asus making some custom software that usually turns the secondary screen into a control panel of a sort. That’s not all it can be used for though:
- Turn the ScreenPad Pro into a touch-sensitive piano
- Put two 16:9 1080p videos/documents/websites/etc side-by-side
- Keep a chat window (or two) open while you do some gaming
- Scribble notes with a stylus while you watch lectures
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With all those screens to drive, you’ll need some beefy hardware, and the ZenBook doesn’t disappoint. The Pro Duo can be configured up to an 8-core Intel i9 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, while the smaller Duo maxes out at an Intel i7 chip and Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU.
Asus has also included four far-field microphones that were designed for Alexa or Cortana use, with an Echo-style blue light on the edge of the ZenBook that glows when voice commands are used. The laptops also have a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB-A ports, a full-sized HDMI port, and a headphone jack.
Pricing will likely be released closer to the third quarter release date, but with all that tech onboard – expect a hefty hit to your wallet.
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