Asus just gave us laptop envy – this amazing device – the ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 is a groundbreaking 15.6″ laptop with 4K UHD OLED display and 14” full-width 4K ScreenPad Plus secondary touchscreen for endless creative possibilities.
The 4K of the lower, smaller screen refers to the horizontal pixels of course.
It can be configured with up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU, gaming-grade GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and Wi-Fi 6. A smaller 14″ ultraportable version is also available with 12.6” FHD ScreenPad Plus, Intel Core i7 CPU and GeForce MX250 GPU.
Frankly, we often use a second display with a laptop – to stream news or act as a place to keep our web browser and other apps. this screen typically sits to the left of the laptop screen.
We never thought we needed a screen under our screen but this doesn’t mean we are averse to the idea.
According to Asus, the ScreenPad Plus offers endless creative possibilities for content creators, allowing productivity-enhancing workflows and easy multitasking. It integrates seamlessly with the primary display, and the built-in ScreenXpert software includes a wide selection of useful apps, tools and utilities that allow users to easily enjoy the efficiency benefits of ScreenPad Plus.
ScreenPad Plus can be used just like any standard second display in Windows to display visual content, or users can take advantage of many time-saving features and functions built into the ScreenXpert control software to simplify multiscreen window and app management. These include handy quick controls such as App Switcher, ViewMax and App Navigator that enable intuitive interactions and easy cross-screen referencing between the main display and ScreenPad Plus. Task Group lets users lock instantly into work mode by opening multiple tasks with a single touch.
Users can also drag discrete apps, toolbars or menus onto ScreenPad Plus to reduce clutter on the main screen and enhance work efficiency. Creators can dock their tools such as video previews, timeline controls, code windows or audio mixer panels onto ScreenPad Plus to optimize their workflow. Social communications apps placed on ScreenPad Plus allow users to keep up to date and respond instantly to messages while working, without having to switch between windows.
ZenBook Pro Duo is designed for extreme performance to enable effortless creativity. It’s powered by up to a 9th Generation Intel Core i9 eight-core processor with up to an unprecedented 5GHz Turbo Boost frequency and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, powered by the NVIDIA Turing architecture, is a game-changing GPU that offers users the power of ray-tracing for the ultimate visual realism.
An up to 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD ensures ultrafast data access at all times, and the full set of I/O ports includes a Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB Type-C (USB-C) port. The latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ (802.11ax) takes wireless speeds to the next level, for supersmooth connections to the world.
To ensure silky-smooth operation and maximum performance are available 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. This potent specification makes ZenBook Pro Duo one of the most powerful laptops available for discerning on-the-go creative professionals and ensures an ultra-fluid cross-screen workflow when using ScreenPad Plus.
Having the second screen inside the laptop does make a lot of sense and we are looking forward to giving this laptop a whirl. This machine should really allow multitaskers to become productivity monsters.
The one concern is obviously battery life. Now there are 1.5 screens the battery has to power.
Certainly the 71Wh 4-cell lithium-polymer battery will help with this.