Computex, held annually in Taipei, Taiwan, plays host to the latest and greatest tech in the region. Asus, making the most of their home turf advantage, celebrates its 30th anniversary with another blockbuster of a laptop, following up from the ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 launched last year with its unique ScreenPad.
This year, the ZenBook Pro Duo packs dual 4K (3840p horizontal) screens: a 15.6-inch (2160p vertical) OLED display up top, and a 32:9 (1100p vertical) touch-sensitive IPS LCD ScreenPad Plus screen that is roughly half the size of the main display. The backlit keyboard has instead been moved downwards, closer to the edge of the laptop, while the touchpad has been offset to the right side of the keyboard.
The touchpad can also double up as a number pad with light-up numerals beneath.
The ScreenPad Plus, vaguely reminiscent of the Touch Bar on more recent MacBooks Pro, shares touch functionality but presents a much larger form factor (and much higher resolution). This enables the ScreenPad Plus to be utilised as a secondary touch-sensitive monitor, like a control panel for applications, or even as an extension to the main monitor.
The ZenBook Pro Dua packs an 8-core Intel Core i9 processor and an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU. For I/O, the laptop offers a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack and a HDMI port. For better heat management, users can seamlessly access Turbo Cooling with a single tap.
A reduced version of the ZenBook Pro Duo will be released in due course. It will be a smaller and cheaper 14-inch model, with Core i7/GeForce MX250 internals, and FHD displays.
The ScreenPad, which debuted on the ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 launched last year, will be available on all Asus laptops launched this year.
Pricing and availability on the ZenBook Pro Duo has yet to be announced.