Asus ZenBook pro duo

2019 is turning out to be the year of dual screens in this regard Asus has already unveiled its Second generation laptops. The new flagship is Asus ZenBook pro duo that comes with two 4K screens. First is the 15-inch 4K 16:9 OLED panel display with a second full-width 32:9 IPS touch screen above the keyboard, which Asus dubs “ScreenPad Plus.”

Technically the laptop has now three screens if we also count virtual number pad-slash-touchpad but let’s just make it easy and consider only two. Asus also includes a full-sized keyboard, with a function row, including an escape key, and the trackpad is located directly to the right. The company has updated the smaller screen pads in its ZenBook and VivoBook models with the ScreenPad 2.

In case you have forgotten, Asus has previously introduced the ScreenPad in last year’s ZenBook Pro 15. Screenpad 2 that featured on VivoBook S and ZenBook has large panels but consumes a lot of power. Whereas the Zenbook Pro Duo’s ScreenPad Plus is obviously the flashier one, it has exact horizontal resolution and width as the main screen (4K) but roughly half the depth. It all together makes diagonal length very long. 

The laptop runs on an eight-core Intel Core i9 processor with an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU, there are four far-field microphones designed specifically for use with Alexa and Cortana plus there’s an Echo-style blue light at the bottom edge that activates with voice commands. Asus ZenBook pro duo features a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack, and a full-sized HDMI port.

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It is quite a heavy laptop with a weight of 2.5kg (about 5.5lbs), both the screens have touch capabilities so you can move windows from one to another with your finger or with the onscreen cursor. It packed with Asus apps, however, you can also add third-party apps like Netflix, Spotify, Facebook and so on.

To accommodate the dual screens, the company has pushed the trackpad to the right corner of the laptop’s keyboard. This is similar to its ROG Zephyrus gaming laptops, where the trackpad placement has been conspicuous to say the least. The company has also released a cheaper version which is ZenBook duo, it features a  14-inch main display and a 12.6-inch secondary screen, both of which are a Full-HD 1,920×1,080. And a less powerful GeForce MX250 GPU and maxes out at an Intel Core i7 CPU.

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