Asus has announced the second generation of its dual-screen laptops and is targeting creative professionals thanks to software and hardware enhancements. The original dual-screen design felt more like a novelty, but this follow-up feels far more practical.
The company has unveiled two different versions of laptops with two monitors, the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (model number UX582) and the ZenBook Duo 14 (model number UX482). Both models add a feature that is ready to make the two-screen design much more usable: the lashes. Called the Asus ScreenPad Plus, it’s a full – width secondary touch screen with a new automatic tilt mechanism that the company says improves readability, has 36% better airflow for cooling, and enables more seamless work for multitasking and creative applications.
The second screen tilts upwards by approx. 9.5 degrees on the Pro Duo and 7 degrees on the Duo 14, which the company says reduces glare and reflections, making it much easier to read.
When laptops are placed on the included Duo Stand, the tilt screen sits at a stylus-friendly angle, and both monitors support the latest devices with a 4096 touch level including the included ASUS pen.
ScreenPad Plus is powered by an upgraded version of ScreenXpert 2 software that hosts a collection of new and upgraded apps designed to increase productivity.
The new Window Flick feature that allows users to simply scroll windows between screens. The popular Task Group app has an updated design, so users can see their task groups in an instant, and lock themselves in work mode instantly by launching multiple apps with a single tap.
Asus also announced that the ScreenXpert 2 software has a new feature called Control Panel, which is a fully customizable app that currently works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere and After Effects. The control panel is very clearly aimed at advertisements, and allows you to have precise control over Adobe apps such as adjusting brush size, saturation, layer coverage and others through a setting for swivel wheel, button, slider or scroll. Asus says that each works differently to provide precise and even control over a set of parameters.
ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED
Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED is the flagship with two display models and has a high-performance Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU, up to 32 GB RAM and up to 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. The 14-inch 4K UHD ScreenPad Plus has an improved brightness of 400 nits and sits below the main 15.6-inch screen.
Asus says that Pro Duo is one of the first laptops from NVIDIA Studio to have an RTX 30-series GPU that it says provides GPU acceleration for beam tracking, artificial intelligence and high-speed video coding.
The Pro Duo includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports that support an additional 8K external monitor or two 4K UHD monitors. The laptop is also equipped with WiFi 6 (802.11ax) which is up to three times faster wireless connections than Wi-Fi 5.
The OLED screen is a 4K NDR NanoEdge touch screen that has a frameless, four-sided, slim frame design with a 93% screen-to-body ratio that Asus says maximizes the screen space for the size of the laptop. The OLED screen also provides incredible contrast, something OLEDs are always praised for achieving. Asus says that it also has superb color accuracy and hits 100% of the DCI-P3 series and has a PANTONE Validated certification (Adobe RGB specification was not given, however).
The ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED will be released in April with prices to be announced at a later date.
ZenBook Duo 14
The Zenbook Duo 14 has many of the same features as the Pro Duo, but paired down to be less expensive. It is powered by up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7 with Intel Iris Xe graphics and a selection of NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics, up to 32 GB RAM and up to 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. It has a 12.6-inch secondary ScreenPad Plus along with a 14-inch Full HD touch screen.
Duo 14 has a pair of Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports that support power supply and provide the ability to connect an external 8K monitor or two 4K UHD monitors. It is also equipped with WiFi 6.
Asus uses the term “random creators” to describe those who would be attracted to the Duo 14, and clearly drew a line between it and the much more powerful Pro Duo.
Duo 14 is set to be available much earlier than the Pro Duo, with pre-orders from January 14 in North America for as low as $ 999.