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ASUS leans into dual-screen laptops with the ZenBook Pro Duo, featuring two 4K touchscreen displays

Last year during Computex, ASUS introduced the ZenBook Pro 14 and 15, with a touchscreen in place of a constant touchpad. This year in Taipei, it took the idea of a built-in second screen and went much further with it, unveiling brand-new versions of the ZenBook with even larger second screens. Instead of just replacing the touchpad, the 14-inch second screen on the brand-new ZenBook Pro Duo expand all the route across the appliance above the keyboard, acting as both a continuation and companion to the main 4K OLED 15.6-inch display.

The dual-screen ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo, announced at Computex in Taipei

The touchpad-replacement on last year’s ZenBook Pros seemed like a novelty, with the bonus of giving you a tiny, more screen for messaging apps, videos and uncomplicated utility apps like a calculator. The much larger size of the second screen on the ZenBook Pro Duo, however, enables many brand-new possibilities. Both of its screens are touchscreens, and moving apps between the windows with your finger takes a tiny bit of getting used to, but it is uncomplicated and intuitive (frequently used apps can also be pinned).

During a demo, an ASUS employee showed me how it can aid dual displays of maps: the larger screen giving you a bird’s-eyeball view of the geography, while the second screen allows you to zone in on streets and locations. But the ZenBook Pro Duo’s main draw is multitasking, enabling you to monitor your email, send messages, watch videos, keep an eyeball on news headlines and other tasks while you use the main screen for apps like Office 365 or video conferences.

Basically, the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 14 is designed for anyone who likes using a second monitor (or is tired of propping up their phone or tablet as an improvised second screen), but also wants a pc with more portability. At 2.5kg, the ZenBook Pro Duo is not the lightest laptop around, but is still reasonably lightweight considering its specs and two screens.

The dual-screen ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo

Its Intel Core i9 HK processor and Nvidia RTX 2060 ensures that both screens run smoothly, even with multiple tabs and apps open. ASUS also partnered with Harman/Kardon for its speakers, which means sound grade should be acceptable than average. a smaller model, the ZenBook Duo, is also available, with Core i7 and a geforce MX 250 and HD instead of 4K on both its displays.

ASUS hasn’t announced pricing and availability yet.

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