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Asus announces the launch of Asus ZenBook Pro Duo, a new two in one laptop to its collection of high end laptops at IFA 2019. Although, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is not the first dual screen laptop the company has ever launched, we have Asus Taichi 21 to the Asus ZenBook Pro 15, however, the newly unveiled ZenBook Pro Duo is the master of dual-screen laptops.

You can take your creativity and productivity to the next level with the groundbreaking ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo. It is designed to give you the ultimate edge in workflow efficiency. The unique design features a full-width 4K ASUS ScreenPad Plus that works seamlessly with the main 4K UHD OLED display.

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This Asus laptop is a beauty to behold with high end features and powerful processoror to back it up. With the name “the laptop of the future”, the Zenbook Pro Duo features a secondary rectangular display that fills the space between the keyboard and the main display. It’s an eye-catching evolution of the ScreenPad found in last year’s Zenbook Pro 15.

Design


Asus continues to deliver eye-catching designs even on the Zenbook pro duo. It is decorated with a unique asymmetric version of the iconic Zen-inspired spun-metal finish: an intriguing design detail that gives ZenBook Pro Duo a totally unmistakable identity. The edges are finished with wide, mirror-finished diamond-cut edges that reflect your surroundings to add a subtle touch of ambient style.

Asus Zenbook pro duo laptop come with a large screen size in a thin and sleek body with chamfered edges. It comes with a dimensions of 0.94 x 14.13 x 9.68-inches (2.4 x 35.9 x 24.6cm) and a weight of 2.5kg (5.51 pounds), hence, the slim and alluring look.

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In addition to the large main 15.6-inch main display, it comes with a second screen that sits and fits in between the main screen and the keyboard. This second screen is refers to as Asus’ ScreenPad: a massive second display that runs the length of the deck. It’s a visually stunning element that, when paired with the 4K OLED display above, makes for a captivating scene.

The full-size keyboard resides in the space typically reserved for the palm rest, occupying a 4.5-degree angle for a more comfortable typing and viewing experience. Similarly, the touchpad/Num Pad sequestered in the lower-right corner. The touchpad is shifted to the right of the keyboard, and doubles as a Num Pad.

This change will be quite strange to users at first, howevr, it will be easy to get use to. Although it will be more easier to use for users familiar with the use of an external mouse, hence, there’s a nifty button above the trackpad that switches it to a numpad when not in use.

The Pro Duo comes with ports but limited to a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, audio jack and USB 3.1 port on the right-hand side of the laptop, and a power port, full-size HDMI and another USB 3.1 port. The Laptop lack Ethernet, no microSD card.

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Display

The dual screen setup of the ZenBook Pro Duo is its biggest selling point. The top screen is a gorgeous looking 15.6-inch 4K OLED touchscreen, and that OLED technology coupled with the 3,840 x 2,160 resolution results in simply stunning image quality with sharp details.

ZenBook Pro Duo’s display has PANTONE® Validated color accuracy and supports an exceptionally wide 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. The DCI-P3 color space widely used in the motion picture industry is increasingly the preferred choice of creative professionals for its increased range of possible colors, and makes images on ZenBook Pro Duo look simply stunning.

The screen features a 5mm thin bezels on either side resulting in an almost full screen display. The Duo’s OLED panel averaged 322 nits of brightness, while the ScreenPad hit 289 nits.

ScreenPad plus

The matte ScreenPad plus is used as a second monitor. ASUS ScreenPad Plus gives you on-the-go computing like you’ve never experienced before. It’s a full-width 4K secondary touchscreen that works seamlessly with the main 15.6-inch 4K UHD OLED touchscreen, giving you endless ways to optimize and personalize your workflow. A series of handy built-in apps help boost your productivity.

Quick Key allows one-tap automation of complex keyboard sequences, and Handwriting lets you input text intuitively. There are also useful quick controls such as App Switcher, ViewMax and Task Swap for intuitive interactions between the main display and ScreenPad Plus. Task Group lets you lock into work mode by opening multiple tasks with a single touch. And now you can drag apps or in-app toolbars onto ScreenPad Plus to give you more room to work on the main display, wherever you are.

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Asus ZenBook Pro Duo Screenpad Plus comes 14.1 inches screen display measuring a 4.8 x 2.6-inch with a 3840 x 1100 resolution panel that offers sharper detail and more vivid color. The Screenpad offers much more functionality than its predecessor.

Similar to its predecessor, the ScreenPad Plus acts as an app launcher. it features MyAsus and Spotify along with utilities like Number Key, Handwriting mode and Quick Key, which allows you to quickly access Windows shortcuts like cut, paste and copy via large buttons. You also have the ability to create your own Quick Keys by recording keystrokes.

The main screen and the second screen can both display the same thing at the sams time. The screen can be swap when you drag the mouse cursor to the bottom of the top screen, it will then appear on the bottom screen and the reverse happens when you move the mouse to the top of the second screen.

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Pen

The Asus Pen is made of slate-gray aluminum. It is a great addition to the system, as it is used instead of using the finger on the touch screen display which tends to gather print and becomes blury. The Aus pen run on a AAAA battery, Asus estimates the Pen will last up to 10 hours. It comes with 1,024 pressure levels, which helps produce a good job of imitating the writing experience.

Keyboard and Touchpad


The Duo’s Chiclet-style keyboard is beautiful. Although the keyboard has been push down to the palm stand with the positioning of the screenpad, it is quite functional and effective. With the screenpad Plus taking up all that precious space, this means the 2.4 x 3.4-inch touchpad has to unceremoniously pushed to the bottom-right corner of the deck. Asus added a brightness button in the top-left corner, enabling a clear sight for the touchpad.

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Webcam

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo comes with Asus Pro’s 720p webcam which delivers accurate color and great photography level.

Performance

The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is aimed at professionals, hence it it packed a lot of juice inside.

ZenBook Pro Duo is incredibly powerful, featuring up to a 9th Generation Intel Core i9 eight-core processor that’s designed to deliver the ultimate multitasking performance.

With its unprecedented 5GHz Turbo Boost frequency, ZenBook Pro Duo can effortlessly handle all the apps on your main screen and ScreenPad Plus, for the most fluid cross-screen workflow ever.

The Duo is powered by a 2.4-GHz Intel Core i9-9980HK processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card which is the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX card powered by the NVIDIA Turing architecture coupled with up to 32GB of RAM.

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The ultrapowerful GPU with the NVIDIA Studio Driver enables you to enjoy the power of real-time ray-tracing and high-resolution video editing for the ultimate visual realism. With ZenBook Pro Duo, your creativity will know no bounds

This Specs combine means the Zenbook pro is a speed machine which can handke any task within a twinkle of an eye. The Intel Core i9-9980HK processor which is the main force makes multitasking with the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo easy and worth the experience.

The the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is more of a workstation than it will ever be for gaming this is all thanks the the default 4K display which is quite much for any gaming experience.

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Software

Asus Duo comes with Windows 10 bloatware and light on the Asus-branded software. The software allows you to run system diagnostics, contact customer support, check for software updates and change display settings among a myriad of other things is the only manufacturer software.

It also come with external third-party apps. This includes McAfee Personal Security and Nvidia GeForce Experience, which are software designed to optimize your gaming experience.

Battery Life

This powerful laptop is packed with powerful components and features two 4K screens hence, the battery life could be questioned. Although, the 4K screen is one, there is also power-consuming GPU to consider. However, with all the battery draining factors the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo will still manage to up to 4hours of minimal usage.

In addition to captivating features and specifications, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo also come with a Harmon Kardon-certified ASUS SonicMaster stereo audio system with surround-sound and  “smart” amplifier. Likewise, for heat control the laptop sports an ergolift-style hinge which uses the slightly elevated position not only to improve the typing experience but also to allow for better airflow. As well as the Cool-Air express system, which uses four heat pipes, which are shared between the CPU and GPU, with the fifth running the length of the chassis. Both of the fans have 71 blades for better airflow, and there’s generous venting.

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Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 Full Specifications

General

BrandAsus
ModelZenBook Pro Duo UX581
Release date27th May 2019
Model NumberUX581
SeriesZenBook
Dimensions (mm)246.00 x 359.00 x 24.00
Weight (kg)2.5
Operating systemWindows 10 Home
Battery Capacity (WHR)71
Battery Cell4

Display

Size15.60-inch
Resolution3840×2160 pixels
Touch ScreenYes

Memory

RAM32GB

Graphics

Dedicated GraphicsYes
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA
Dedicated Graphic Memory6GB

Storage

SSD1TB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Inputs

Web CameraYes
Pointer DeviceTouchpad
Backlit KeyboardYes
TouchpadYes

Ports and slots

Number of USB Ports3
USB Ports2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type A), 1 x Thunderbolt 3 (Type C)
HDMI PortStandard
Headphone and Mic Combo JackYes
Mic InYes

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