ASUS releases its new ZenBook Pro Duo. A high-end notebook that is eye-catching and comes with some innovations. The new laptop has two 4K screens, even one of them is rare to find in remote PCs these days. The main screen is a 15-inch regular 16:9 OLED panel. It also has another 32:9 IPS “ScreenPad Plus” screen just above the keyboard. Although both have the same width, the latter has half the height of the main display.
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Despite this being a unique design, it reminds people of the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro. However, unlike the Touch Bar, the ScreenPad Plus is a separate screen. It doesn’t consume the function keys area. The laptop despite having the second screen still provides a full-sized keyboard.
ASUS has developed some software for ScreenPad Plus that makes it more like an auxiliary control panel. However, it is still usable as a display. Users have the ability to split it into two smaller 16:9 1080p displays.
The ZenBook Pro Duo features an Intel eight-core Core i9 processor and an RTX 2060 GPU. It has four far-field microphones which are extremely useful for Alexa and Cortana. There is also an Echo-style blue light at the bottom edge that can be activated by voice commands. The interface provides a Thunderbolt 3, two USB-A, a headphone jack, and a full-size HDMI.
Although it contains two screens, the weight of this notebook is controlled at 2.5 kg, but the heat output and battery life of the two OLEDs will need further evaluation.
For customers with a small wallet, ASUS also released a cheaper, 14-inch model called the ZenBook Duo. The design and concept are basically the same, but both screens are 1080p instead of 4K, there is no Core i9 option, and the independent GPU is downgraded to MX250. ASUS has not announced the pricing or availability of the ZenBook Pro Duo or ZenBook Duo but it is expected to be available in the third quarter of this year.
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