Asus has released a second generation of its dual screen laptop and is aimed at creative professionals with software and hardware improvements. The traditional dual screen design feels novel. But this follow-up feels more practical.
The company has revealed two different dual-screen laptops, the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (model number UX582) and ZenBook Duo 14 (model number UX482). The dual screens are more usable: They’re tilted, called the Asus ScreenPad Plus, it’s a secondary full-width touchscreen with a new auto-tilt mechanism that the company says improves readability. It is 36% better for cooling purposes and allows for smoother performance for many applications and creativity.
The second screen is tilted about 9.5 degrees up 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 the laptop is placed on the included Duo Stand, the tilted displays are positioned at an angle suitable for the stylus and both will support the latest 4096 pressure-level devices, including the included ASUS Pen.
The ScreenPad Plus is powered by an upgraded version of the ScreenXpert 2 software, which hosts a collection of new and upgraded apps designed to increase productivity.
A new Window Flick feature that allows users to simply swipe windows between screens. The popular workgroup app has an updated design so users can view their workgroups at a glance and instantly log into work mode by launching multiple apps with a single tap.
Asus also announced that the ScreenXpert 2 software includes a new feature called Control Panel, a fully customizable app that currently works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere, and After Effects. It gives you precise control over Adobe apps, such as adjusting brush size, saturation, layer opacity, and more through settings, controls, dials, sliders, or sliders.Asus says, each works in a different way. They are different for precise and smooth control of the parameter sets.
ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED
The Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED is the flagship dual-screen model and features a high-performance Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU, up to 32 GB RAM, and up to 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, up to 1TB 4K UHD ScreenPad Plus. The inches have 400 nits better brightness and are located below the 15.6-inch main display.
Asus says the Pro Duo is one of the first NVIDIA Studio laptops to feature RTX 30 series GPUs, indicating GPU acceleration for artificial intelligence ray tracing and high-speed video encoding.
The Pro Duo includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports that support additional 8K external displays or two 4K UHD displays.The laptop also features WiFi 6 (802.11ax), which offers faster wireless connectivity than Wi-Fi 5. Three times
The OLED display is a 4K NDR NanoEdge touchscreen with an ultra-thin, four-sided, bezel-less design with a 93% screen-to-body ratio, which Asus says maximizes screen area for the size of the display laptop. The OLED result also delivers incredible contrast, something that OLED has always been praised for accomplishing.Asus says it also has excellent color accuracy and hits 100% of the DCI range. P3 and PANTONE Validated certified (however, Adobe RGB requirements are not specified).
The ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is scheduled to be available in April with a price announcement later.
ZenBook Duo 14
The Zenbook Duo 14 has many of the same features as the Pro Duo, but is more affordable. It is powered by an 11th-generation Intel Core i7 with Intel Iris Xe graphics and NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics options, up to 32 GB RAM, and up to 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.It has a secondary 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus with a Full Touchscreen primary display. 14 inch HD
The Duo 14 has dual USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports that support power and the ability to connect to two external 8K or 4K UHD displays.It also has WiFi 6.
Asus uses the term “casual creator” to describe people interested in the Duo 14, drawing a line between it and the much more powerful Pro Duo.
The Duo 14 is scheduled for a much faster release than Pro Duo, with pre-orders starting January 14 in North America for as low as $ 999.