Asus unveils radically new laptop with TWO 4K screens that turns the touchpad into a second screen
- The ZenBook Pro Duo is equipped with a 14-inch 4K screen and an OLED screen of 15-6 inches
- The secondary display can be used to draw doodles, manage apps and more
- Asus has not released prices or availability, but expects it to be launched later this year
Asus has added a new laptop to the line-up that gives a new twist to the dual-screen device trend.
The ZenBook Pro Duo gets some inspiration from the Touch Bar on Apple & # 39; s MacBook Pro by placing a 14-inch 4K screen just above the keyboard.
Although it is certainly not a replacement for the 15.6-inch main screen, the & # 39; ScreenPad & # 39; designed to perform quite a few tasks that serve as a toolbar to hold your app icons, a mini-drawing tablet for quick doodles or a way to easily multitask between apps.
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Asus unveiled the ZenBook Pro Duo during the Computex technology conference in Taipei.
The company has not yet announced a price or availability for the device, but said it expects to launch the ZenBook by the end of this year.
Even with the futuristic design with two screens, the laptop has many familiar functions that users need.
There is a keyboard under the ScreenPad, as well as a standard touchpad on the right side that can change into a numeric keypad with a few taps.
The webcam supports Windows Hello face recognition, so users can unlock their device by scanning their face instead of entering a password.
Early hands-on tests of the device have mentioned that the keyboard can feel a bit tight because it competes with a 14-inch secondary screen above it.
For similar reasons, several testers noted that the touchpad is difficult to use because it is crammed into the corner of the laptop.
Asus has added a new laptop to the line-up that gives a new twist to the dual-screen device trend. The ZenBook Pro Duo has a 14-inch 4K screen just above the keyboard
Asus debuted the ZenBook Pro Duo at the Computex conference in Taipei. The company announced no prices or availability, but said it expects to launch this device by the end of this year
That said, there are some convincing use cases for the ScreenPad.
Users can convert the view to a secondary multi-tasking screen, running three different app windows simultaneously in the smaller display, so that users can continue to chat with their friends while they play a full-screen video game on the main screen, for example.
It can serve as a control panel for the computer, allowing users to close the windows or apps they open at once.
Moreover, it can be used as an extension of the main screen, so that every window that you have opened is displayed continuously on the secondary screen.
Users can convert the view to a secondary multi-tasking screen, running three different app windows simultaneously in the smaller display, so users can continue to chat with their friends while they play a full-screen video game on the main screen
As The edge note that this could be a bit of a disorienting user experience.
Nevertheless, the ZenBook Pro Duo is released at a convenient time when many other gadget makers are experimenting with screen shapes and styles.
Earlier this month Lenovo showed a previously mentioned laptop with a folding screen.
It features a 13.3-inch full-screen interior that can switch between & # 39; laptop mode & # 39 ;, where half of the screen changes to an on-screen keyboard or & # 39; tablet mode & # 39 ;, where it becomes a full screen image.
WHAT IS THE LENOVO FOLDABLE LAPTOP?
The Chinese tech giant is bringing flexible screen technology to a whole new gadget and showing what it is the & # 39; the world's first folding PC & # 39; calls.
Laptops can already be folded in two, but instead of a screen and keyboard, the inside of Lenovo's not-so-familiar PC is equipped with a 13.3-inch OLED screen that, when unfolded, the device turns into a significant tablet.
& # 39; This is not a phone, tablet or trusted hybrid; this is a full-fledged laptop with a folding screen & # 39 ;, the company said in a statement.
The device is ideal for consumers on the move who want the benefit of a full-screen tablet, but with all the computing power of a standard laptop.
In laptop mode, a keyboard appears on the screen with which you can type emails, write documents and more.
Users can also connect a Bluetooth keyboard to use with the device when it is unfolded to use the maximum real estate on the screen.
As with the Galaxy Fold, the laptop locks magnetically and has a small opening where the hinge is located.
Users can fold it in half to read their favorite book in bed, fold it out and stand it up with the built-in stand to watch their favorite video & # 39; s hands-free, or as a tablet on it use full screen to take notes during a meeting at the office.
When it is folded in half, it becomes about the size of a large hardcover book.
Lenovo says it's also pretty light, with a weight of less than 2 pounds.
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