At Computex, ASUS presented an absolutely unique laptop ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581) equipped with two screens. It offers a feature that ASUS calls ScreenPad Plus, and this is a secondary touchscreen display that matches the width of a full-sized laptop keyboard. There are no such devices on the market yet.
The main screen of the ZenBook Pro Duo has a 15.6-inch OLED matrix, and the auxiliary 14-inch ScreenPad Plus screen is located above the keyboard. They are both sensory, with a resolution of 4K 3840×2160 and 3840×1100 pixels.
The laptop is equipped with 9th generation Intel Core i9 processors, GeForce RTX 2060 video cards and support for Wi-Fi 6, up to 32 GB of RAM, and up to four 1 TB PCIe 3.0 SSDs.
ZenBook Pro Duo also offers a full range of I/O ports, including USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support.
ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581): Specifications
|Main Display||15.6-inch OLED 4K (3840 x 2160) 16:9 touchscreen|
|ScreenPad Plus||14-inch 4K UHD touchscreen 3840 x 1100 pixels|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 10 Home|
|Microsoft Windows 10 Pro|
|Processor||Intel Core i9-9980HK|
|Intel Core i7-9750H|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 - 6 GB GDDR6 VRAM|
|ROM||DDR4 2666 MHz, up to 32 GB|
|RAM||1 TB PCIe x4 SSD|
|512 GB / 256 GB PCIe x2 SSD|
|Connectivity||Intel Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ (802.11ax) Bluetooth 5.0|
|Cameras||IR webcam with Windows Hello support|
|Interfaces||1 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C|
|2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A|
|1 x Standard HDMI|
|1 x Audio combo jack|
|1 x DC-in|
|Audio||Array microphone with Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition support|
|Harman Kardon-certified audio system|
|Battery||71 Wh 4-cell lithium-polymer battery|
|AC Adapter||Output: 19.5 V, 230 W Input: 100 V-240 V AC, 50 Hz/60 Hz|
|Dimensions||359 x 246 x 24 mm|
ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581): Design
The new ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581) is made of all-metal material to create the pen body. The top cover of the ZenBook series has a classic concentric circular design. The ASUS line brand logo has been moved to the right side of the cover.
On the left and right sides of the fuselage are two vents. ZenBook Pro Duo uses a double cooling fan and five cooling channels for the cooling system. I/O ports include a power input jack, a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 kit and two USB-A 3.1 Gen2 kits, a standard HDMI, and a 3.5 mm composite audio jack.
On the fuselage side, you can also see the ergonomic design of the UX581, which coincides with the ZenBook S13.
To install a second touch screen ScreenPad Plus, ASUS moves the keyboard down. The full-size island keyboard is designed for pressing a key of 1.4 mm and is set to a white keyboard backlight.
Virtual digital touchpad NumberPad on the right. This allows the user to switch between the touch digit button and the touch panel function. The touch panel contains heat dissipation mode, switching the display screen up and down, switching to the opening and closing of the second touch screen and power on / off.
ASUS ‘exclusive ScreenPad Plus second touchscreen is the biggest advantage of this ZenBook Pro Duo. It is a 14-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 4K UHD (3840 X 1100) supports a stylus for handwriting input and has a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees. However, the HDR specification does not exist, which slightly degrades the visual perception of the upper and lower screens, which is a great pity.
The second ScreenPad Plus touchscreen, just an enhanced version of the previous ScreenPad smart screen dynamic touchpad, allows users to open multifunctional windows. This time, ASUS also adds support for third-party applications, including video clips, software, etc. They no longer limit a few previous embedded applications.
The multiplex window sync display is also a very useful feature of ScreenPad Plus: ASUS has built-in parameters for the factory multiplex window from 1 to 4, but the user can display more windows by adjusting the window size and also can change the window.
In addition to the displayed application or webpage, ScreenPad Plus also provides a screenshot feature that is more convenient for practical use.
Users can also switch screens on the top and bottom screens at the touch of a button. At a press conference before the show, the demonstration of the Pianotime application is also demonstrated. This is a very good feature for designers and creative workers.
ScreenPad Plus also provides the appropriate settings menu, including brightness, background image, window size, auto-hide function buttons, power saving function, screen resolution and other parameters that can be set by the user.
ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581): Hardware
Notebook ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo offers as many as two touch screen resolution of 4K. This is the main 15.6-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16: 9. And an additional 14-inch ScreenPad Plus screen, which is installed above the keyboard and has a resolution of 3840×1100 pixels (32: 9). The main screen here is made by technology NanoEdge. That is, it has a very thin frame, like the latest ASUS premium notebooks. In addition, this screen provides 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.
As for the purpose of the additional screen, which, by the way, supports the work with the stylus – it is the same as that of the touch bar MacBook Pro notebooks. Only at ZenBook Pro Duo this most touch panel left much larger and, therefore, more functional.
ASUS engineers made sure that the innovation had practical value and developed special software that allows using ScreenPad Plus as a second display or even two in a special mode divided into two 1080p windows (16: 9).
ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo is equipped with the latest technology, offering a choice of processor Intel Core i7-9750H or Intel Core i9-9980HK, a discrete graphics card NVIDIA RTX 2060, up to 32 GB of RAM DDR4 2666 MHz, high-speed SSD with PCIe x4 interface with 1 TB or a pair of lower capacity (256/512 GB).
From the rest, we can mention the IR camera for Windows Hello face recognition, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0, Harman Kardon high-quality audio subsystem, an array of four microphones, LED backlighting in the keyboard, and an improved clickpad with digital touch function block.
The ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581) has an integrated 8Cell 71Wh lithium rechargeable battery.
ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581): Price & Availability
The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo laptop will be available for sale in August of this year at a price of about $ 2500.
The package includes a removable elongated wrist pad made of leather material and a stylus for ASUS handwriting.