The Asus Zenbook Pro Duo comes (UX581) comes with an over-the-top version of the company’s ScreenPad, a small display in place of the laptop’s trackpad we saw in last year’s Asus Zenbook Pro. If you still don’t know what we’re talking about, check the video below.
A common theme at this year’s Asus event was an aim to create hardware for professionals on the move. The people who needed power along with portability, and functionality with design.
The ZenBook Pro Duo’s ScreenPad Plus is the company’s greatest offering so far for such users. Along with the built-in ScreenXpert software, Asus hopes the laptop will allow people to create, edit, design and plan with much more efficiency. The software will enable certain functions (even on programs such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint), which is said to help creative content creators by enhancing their workflows and enabling easy multitasking.
Unlike its sibling, the ScreenPad Plus is placed above the keyboard and at a 14-inch (3,840 x 1,100) width gives you a 32:9 screen ratio. Oh, and did we mention the secondary display is also 4K?
Some of the handy functions of the ScreenPad Plus include an App Switcher, ViewMax, which uses both displays to show you one seamless (sort of) view, App Navigator and much more. There is also a function called Task Group where you can select a collection of apps to open on your displays and with one tap it will open all the apps as per your selection.
Powerful, yet portable
All the power needed to run both 4K displays is provided by up to 9th Generation Intel Core processors, combined with up to 32GB RAM and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, with storage provided by up to a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. The laptop also comes with Intel Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ (802.11ax).
Display and build
The display on the ZenBook Pro Duo is a 4K UHD OLED (3,840 x 2,160) touchscreen, which comes with Asus’ NanoEdge design, giving it really nice and slim bezels and a 89 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The ZenBook Pro Duo supports a wide colour gamut with 100 per cent DCI-P3 coverage and HDR.
The Pro Duo’s body is solid, coming with ample ports including the full set of I/O ports with a Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB type-C port. The back of the laptop has a new Celestial Blue colour.
To ensure better performance at all times, there’s a dedicated Turbo Fan button to boost cooling at any time, and the ErgoLift hinge improves airflow under the laptop for better thermal performance.
In the box you also receive a stylus that can be used on both displays as well as a palm rest, which we guess Asus added because they know how low the keyboard on the laptop is.
Last but not least, the keyboard. The keyboard on the ZenBook Pro Duo has decent travel and click to it. The arrow keys are way too narrow but seemed like a sacrifice the company had to make. The trackpad also acts as the number pad, which can be activated with a button on the top right. On the top left of the track pad is a dedicated button for Amazon Alexa (or Microsoft Cortana).
Price and availability
There’s no news on pricing but the device is said to be released in Q3 of this year.