Asus has announced a new two-screen ZenBook Duo laptop as part of the announcement at CES 2021.The 15-inch model will be available in North America in April of this year. But you can pre-order the 14-inch model for $ 999.99 starting Jan. 14 to ship on Jan. 22.There’s also a new VivoBook and a new ExpertBook for those looking for a light and portable purchase.
If you’re new to ZenBook Duo, your laptop has a primary (normal screen) display as well as a secondary screen (ScreenPad Plus) mounted on the top half of the keyboard assembly. It’s not big enough to do anything. But you can load distractions (Twitter, Discord, etc.) onto it so that it doesn̵7;t leave your main workspace. Some programs, including Adobe, also have ScreenPad-specific interfaces.
The 15.6-inch ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is an update to the dual-screen ZenBook Pro Duo 15, a 15.6-inch dual-screen laptop with a primary OLED display. The regular ZenBook Duo that came out last year. This model was validated through Intel’s Evo program, which means Intel ensures good performance, battery life, and other features.
Both Duos have specs: the Pro Duo 15 OLED now has Intel’s 10th Gen processors (up to Core i9) and Nvidia’s latest GeForce RTX 3070 mobile GPU.The ZenBook Duo 14 now has a 3rd generation processor. Intel’s 11 (Core i7 or Core i5) with Iris Xe’s built-in graphics (and you can add an Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU too).
My happiest updates are that they both feature redesigns that tilt the ScreenPad Plus up – no longer flat on the keyboard. That means you don’t have to lean your neck over the keyboard to read the secondary display, which is inconvenient for older Duo.
There’s also a new hinge design that Asus says is 30 percent smaller and smaller fan sizes.Asus has also upgraded the ScreenPad’s software (now called Screen Xpert 2) to include new apps that help it run. Many things at the same time more easily For example, with the new Window Flick feature, you can easily “swipe” windows from one display to another.
Outside of the ZenBook area, there’s the new VivoBook S14, which is Evo-certified as well.Asus says the 14-inch VivoBook is the lightest ever for just £ 2.87. 11.With Xe graphics, Asus says you’ll get up to 17 hours of battery life.
There’s also the regular VivoBook 14, powered by AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 U-Series mobile processors, both coming to North America in February, with a price announcement.
Asus has finally made updates to its ExpertBook lineup, including the astonishingly lightweight ExpertBook B9. The full name of the new model is ExpertBook B9 B9450CEA (vPro).
The £ 1.94 laptop, which Asus says is the world’s lightest 14-inch business laptop, now features Intel’s latest 11th-generation vPro processor, which offers a number of security and remote management features. Including Intel’s Active Management Technology
ExpertBook has a number of new features designed to make conference calls easier, including two-way AI noise cancellation technology, Harman Kardon-certified speakers, and Wi-Fi 6 support.
The new ExpertBook B9 is coming in Q1 2021 with a price announcement.