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ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo – The Future Is Here – First Impressions

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019

ASUS Zenbook Duo Pro - First Impressions

Gentleman, the future of laptops, and maybe all of computers, is here. Last week I saw the ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo, and a week later I am still blown away by how amazing this machine looks. Could this be the future of laptops for power users?

The party piece is in the name, duo, which could have been a processor back in the day, but in this case duo means two screens. They’re calling the second screen the ScreenPad. This is a brilliant use of display technology, and a true second screen is such a joy for anyone to have.

Now, you may have seen something a little bit like this before, yes I’m talking about that touch bad that Apple put in the Macbook Pro, but that has always felt like a bit of a novelty (and an expensive one!). The dual screen on the Zenbook Pro Duo is 100% functional, and it will definitely be something you use.

Running dual displays is simply a dream for anyone, no matter if you’re doing work and being productive, you’re a gamer, or even just a casual user. I run two screens on my desktop, and have done for years, and I would feel lost without them both.

In the real world this will mean you can run a game on the main screen with a chat in the second, you can run apps or programs, even snapping multiple programs in the smaller screen, or just use this has one continuous screen. This is far from a gimmick.

And when it comes to the tech in the screens, they’re no joke either. The main screen is a 15.6″ OLED 4K touch display, with tiny 5mm bezels giving you 89% screen to body real estate. The second screen, or ScreenPad as they’re calling it, is a 14″ 4K touch display.

Driving the displays is a NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6 memory, more signs that this is a machine built for gaming and a whole lot more.

The rest of the specs make this an absolute powerhouse of a machine, with the storage being an optional 2x 256GB, 2x 512GB or 2x 1TB SSD drives to store all your stuff.

For CPU power there’s the choice of an Intel 9th Generation i7 9750H which is a 2.6GHz hexa-core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.5GHz) and 12MB cache. If you need more power than that, there’s also an Intel 9th Generation i9 9980HK CPU which is a 2.4GHz octa-core with Turbo Boost (up to 5.0GHz) and 16MB cache.

RAM options start at 8GB, going to 16 and 32GB too.

For ports there’s full USB Ports, 2x 3.1 Gen 2 alongside a Thunderbolt USB-C port, HDMI port and even an audio jack.

The Asus Zenbook Duo Pro - 2 screens in a laptop

It has a nice, full keyboard, with one of the most interesting design placements for the touchpad, being to the right of the machine. This is equipped with four-finger smart gestures, and doubles as a numpad too. The placement of the touchpad is interesting. It will be fine for me and other right handed people, but for those who are left-handed, it looks like it could be uncomfortable.

For even more input options, it comes with a pen too, so you can really make use of both of the touchscreens which the machine has to offer.

The biggest drawback of packing all of this is in the size. It is, as you can imagine, quite big and heavy. However this is not designed to be a super portable ultrabook which we’re used to seeing. It is actually quite a reasonable weight and size for what it is, which appears to be aimed at the high end pro or gamer market.

It weights in at around 2.5KG, which is not light, but isn’t far from what other laptops of this spec weigh. Other laptops of this size weigh in at around 2KGs, so this is probably the biggest trade-off you make when it comes to choosing this over something else.

Verdict

I love this laptop. It’s good to see a manufacturer coming up with fresh ideas, and utilising and pushing the technology to show us all what we can do. There’s no doubt this will be expensive, but if you’ve got the budget, I doubt there’s a better laptop for whatever it costs.

Zenbook Pro Duo PRICE: So you’re probably asking, how much does all this cost? Well there’s no price yet, but I will update this line once the price is known.

What do you think of the ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo? Do you want one, and what would you pay for one. Let me know ๐Ÿ™‚


Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger and T-shirt designer from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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