Asus ZenBook Pro Duo laptop with 2 screens launched

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo laptop with 2 screens launched

As if Asus' dual-screen PC wasn't nuts enough, the firm also took to Computex to show off the ZenBook Edition 30; a laptop with a white leather lid and an 18-karat rose gold Star Trek-esque logo.

And while most laptops might struggle to churn out enough horsepower to both play and stream a game at once, the ZenBook Pro Duo, despite its business facade, is available with both an Nvidia RTX 2060, which takes care of the gaming side of things, and up to an Intel i9, octacore processor.

Mixing the old and the new, ASUS has also announced new laptops in its ZenBook and Vivobook lines with one common feature: the ScreenPad 2.0. A writer for The Verge marveled at what Asus attempted here, commenting that "It's as if Asus looked at the MacBook Pro Touch Bar and thought 'What if that, but with 32 times as many pixels?'"

"In addition to displaying system information, Smart Control Console offers convenient voice and hand-gesture control". Consumers looking for something a bit more portable might want to consider the smaller ZenBook Duo (3.9 pounds, 12.7 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches). On the right, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo. The lightbar has a weird special trick: it lights up blue when you activate the Windows 10 Alexa app, but doesn't work with other applications. There's also a non-Pro ZenBook Duo that downgrades the screens to 14-inch Full HD, the GPU to an NVIDIA MX250, and removes the Core i9 option.

In the future, Asus plans to create more custom user interfaces to work with specific apps. Both screens have HDR (high dynamic range) technology and a 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, which is much wider than sRGB.Thanks to Asus' NanoEdge design, the OLED panel is almost bezel-less, delivering more screen to the consumer.

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A second, less expensive version of the laptop was announced with the ZenBook Pro Duo featuring a smaller secondary screen and a less powerful processor. Asus says the secondary screen is integrated with the primary screen, and has the built-in ScreenXpert software that supports a number of apps, tools and utilities.

That top display is no joke - at least, on the ZenBook Pro Duo.

In terms of wireless connectivity, all three support Bluetooth 5.0 as well as dual-band gigabit WiFi 5.

The Zenbooks have sufficient ports for most road warriors as it comes with 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, 1x USB 2.0, 1x standard HDMI port and a headphone jack. As such they feel that graphic designers can use the screen for drawing, gamers can use it for live streaming and those in the office can enjoy the added screen real estate. Asus revealed that it worked closely with Intel and its hardware partners to reveal something unique to the world.

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