Asus Just One Upped Apple’s Touch Bar in Impressive Fashion
With Computex underway the computing world’s attention is fully locked in on the new products being rolled out in Taipei, Taiwan. And while we were busy relaxing over the Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., Asus, the computer hardware manufacturer that has called Taipei home since its founding 30 years ago this year, was busy introducing a bevy of new, jaw-dropping products.
Among them was the new ZenBook Pro Duo, a device that includes an impressive set of specs. But what makes it stand out from any other laptop we’ve seen is the two 4K screens that are built into the device. The first screen is your traditional 16:9 OLED panel that makes up the actual laptop display, while the second screen is a slightly less traditional 32:9 IPS “ScreenPad Plus” display that rests directly above the keyboard. The second screen can be configured in a number of ways—including as an extension of the main display, as two 16:9 displays, as a standalone display, etc.—but no matter which way you slice it, it’s essentially everything Apple could’ve hoped for in their Touch Bar design, just on steroids.
And, despite the size of the second screen, Asus still gives the user access to a full keyboard and trackpad, the function key row included.
Additional specs of the ZenBook Pro Duo include Intel’s Core i9 processor, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM, up to 32GB of memory, storage configurations up to 1TB, and a 71Wh battery. The laptop will also come with numerous connection types, including one Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, an HDMI port, and an audio jack. The laptop will run on Windows 10.
When you break the ZenBook Pro Duo down, the device is really catered to the uber multitasker who needs everything presented beautifully in front of their eyes. The main 15.6-inch screen exists as the main work area, while the second 14-inch ScreenPad Plus touchscreen exists to supplement the computing experience. You’ll be able to crank out that spreadsheet while keeping tabs on your Twitter feed and text messages, and controlling your playlist. Or you can clear out your inbox up top while catching up on the final season of Game of Thrones down below. The options are seemingly limitless.
Pricing and availability weren’t readily available as of yet.