During CES 2021, Asus unveiled two more dual-screen notebooks from the ZenBook ProDuo line, now updated with new processors and graphics cards, but also with some design differences. The company says it has received very positive feedback for the design of its two-screen notebooks. The company even received some design awards, such as the Reddot 2020 and the Good Design Award 2020.
In the past 10 years, the company has refined its line of notebooks, from the ZenBook launched in 2011 to models with the second screen. In addition, consumers want the largest screen area possible, so frames are currently minimalist. In addition to the main screen, the design reflects greater continuity for the second screen.
Asus ZenBook ProDuo 15 OLED and ZenBook Duo 14
As they say, the winning team does not move, but Asus, nonetheless, felt that it could improve its high-end notebook with two screens. In the new model, the base’s secondary display raises slightly more compared to last year’s. This makes the two screens now closer to each other, in addition to increasing the air circulation by 49% below it.
To this end, Asus worked on a new hinge designed from the ground up, thinner, with 16.9 mm compared to the previous one with 21.5 mm, that is, 30% smaller. In this way, the screens can get closer, giving a greater sense of continuity of the image.
The internal components have been realigned to take up less space on the chassis. By reducing the size of the hinges, the space for a larger battery was increased by 28%, said the brand. The fans were also optimized, being 18% smaller. The heatsink is now in a single unit, but with greater capacity to lower the internal temperature.
ScreenPad + promises to be more responsive and productive, with shortcuts to the left of the screen that can be fitted both below and to the right, according to users’ taste. Or you can make it disappear completely, when you are watching a video, for example. The menu also has a dark mode as an alternative to the default. The system of passing windows between the two screens aims to be more intuitive. Users have even greater ability to organize apps on screens. You can put different apps in a group. On the screen you can also access the smartphone interaction functions, for making calls, for example.
Asus also has its Open Source interface apps for all developers to adapt their applications to the laptop’s interface. For example, the reorganization of the menus in the video editing programs, to pull the tools on the lower screen and keep the upper one cleaner to see the result of the video work. Asus’ goal is also to reduce the need to make ALT + TAB between applications.
Note that both screens are tactile, being possible to use the Asus digital pen to interact directly in the applications.
There are two versions of the computer, the ZenBook Pro Duo15 OLED and the ZenBook Duo 14. The 14-inch version aims to be more compact, lightweight and with a longer battery life, which Asus says is ideal for working and creating content on the go . The 15-inch version has an 4K resolution OLED screen. It has an eight-core Intel i9 processor, the new RTX graphics cards from NVidia, up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and four 1 TB PCIe SSDs as internal storage.
The high-end notebook offers both screens with a 4K resolution, standing out for its OLED quality in the main, similar to the previous model. Asus says that placing an OLED on the second screen could raise the price of the notebook above 50%. The main screen also offers HDR and 100% compatibility with the DCI-P3 standard, in addition to the usual TüV certification in reducing blue light and 440 nits of illumination.
Regarding connectivity, the ZenBook Pro Duo15 OLED offers two Thunderbolt ports, capable of powering two external 4K monitors, in addition to supporting Wi-Fi 6 at a speed of 2.4 Gbps.
The ZenBook Duo 14 is powered by an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor and an MX450 Iris Xe GPU. It has up to 32 GB of RAM. Asus worked to make this version more compact, being 1.6 kg and 16.9 mm thick, measures similar to other brand computers with only one screen.
Its screen offers a 1080p resolution and has a 93% ratio to the chassis. It is 100% compatible with the sRGB pallet and has Pantone color validation, as well as TüV certification in reducing blue light.
In terms of connectivity, the laptop offers two Thunderbolt 4 inputs, an HDMI 1.4, a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 and a microSD card reader.
The two computers also have a wrist support that can be attached to the keyboard. It also has an Asus Pen with 4096 pressure levels, which the brand refers to as possible to write from any angle the user wishes.
ProArt Monitor: Small screen useful for practical work
Asus has also unveiled a small 14-inch anti-glare IPS screen that was designed to help content producers. It has 100% sRGB compatibility with Calman certification.
The screen can be screwed to a tripod to support it anywhere. As for connectivity, it has a micro HDMI and two USB-C inputs.
This model has a rear base, frame type with 15 to 75 degrees. It can also be used standing upright. It has a wheel with practical shortcuts, an interface that aims to be intuitive. This wheel allows access to the volume, colors, saturation and other features directly defined in the ProArt software. Users can configure the button with the features of the editing programs, aiming to improve the artists’ workflow.
The control panel has several buttons that can be added to the shortcut wheel. This way, artists can make changes to the image directly from the wheel, without touching the screen. For now, the touchscreen does not support a pen, just the touch of your finger.
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