Asus ZenBook Pro Duo, a new top of the line laptop from the ZenBook series looks promising. As the name suggests it’s a dual-screen laptop. It’s not the first dual-screen laptop by any means, different laptop manufacturers including Asus were trying to achieve this for quite a while now. But Asus’ way of grafting the secondary screen on to their laptop is shocking and can be quite useful too.
The biggest selling point for the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is its secondary 4K display which they are calling the screen pad Plus. Apparently, its Apple Touch bar’s bigger brother. While the touch bar is placed above the keyboard and has a slim screen design to use shortcuts and display some useful icons whereas the much larger screen pad plus can run a whole application on it.
Of course, having a secondary screen on a laptop requires many compromises. Not only the keyboard is shoved to the bottom of the laptop but the trackpad is smaller than usual and is also jam-packed on the right side of the keyboard. Asus ZenBook Pro Duo itself is thicker and heavier, and it’s way too expensive than other ZenBook’s that we have seen till date. This means the secondary screen needs to provide a user experience that it has promised. Never before the success and failure of a laptop has depended upon one feature factor of the laptop.
While it’s not the best laptop for gaming but it definitely checks various marks that can be useful with the beefy processor and all the RAM and Graphics packed with in the laptop. The problem one can face while the game is by the graphics, RTX 2060 with a 4K primary display can definitely bottleneck the laptop which might not make the gaming process that smooth. But you can definitely game on this laptop if you are willing to turn down some graphics and play at 1080P.
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is packed with all the latest components but I still am not convinced about it being a good laptop. With a price tag of almost $3000, it is still a new concept that Asus is trying to sell here. The main issue in my opinion is ergonomic and practicality. And the fact that windows are still not built for the second screen on laptops which stops us from fully utilizing it properly.
But Asus did sell me on an idea of dual-screen laptops. It is still in its developing stage and is the first generation of such laptops and there is a whole lot of problems to solve. The second-generation laptops might make it, as will other companies planning for dual-screen laptops. Hopefully, Asus and other manufactures may figure this out over time.
Specifications of Asus ZenBook Pro Duo
|Processor||Intel Core i9-9800HK|
|RAM||32GB 2,666Hz DDR4|
|Display||15.6-inch 3,840 x 2,160 OLED touchscreen 60Hz|
|Graphics||NVidia GeForce RTX 2060|
|Ports||1 x USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 2 x USB-A 3.1 1 x HDMI 2.0 1 x audio|
|Networking||Wi-Fi 6 Gig Plus Bluetooth 5.0|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows Pro (64-bit)|
|Weight||5.5 lbs./2.5 kg|
Asus has manufactured a really good laptop overall, this is not the best dual-screen laptop as I mentioned above but it sure is jam-packed with the best feature that this laptop can have. There will definitely be more good dual-screen laptops in the near future and we will be waiting for those and sure will review them. But now this is what is get for the time being and I am enjoying this. The Dual screen feature is really good and helps a lot while using many different softwares.
For more you can check out Asus’s offical site.