ASUS’ new ZenBook Pro laptop has two screens


Say what?

Yes, the new ZenBook Pro series from ASUS, launched at Computex 2018, comes with two screens. There’s the main display, a 15.6-inch NanoEdge 4K UHD touchscreen, and a 5.5-inch touchscreen called ScreenPad where your regular touchpad should be.

So, what can you do with this high-resolution, full-color touchscreen? Let us enumerate it for you:

  1. You can watch YouTube videos on the ScreenPad via a Chrome browser extension. Just send/ drag a YouTube video to the trackpad screen while you keep doing other things on the main display.
  1. You can flip through your music library, open or switch between desktop apps, use a calculator without touching the number keys on your keyboard, and enter data easily with a touchscreen numeric keypad. These special dedicated ScreenPad Apps—Calculator, Music Player, NumKey, Launcher, and ASUS Sync—run within ScreenPad itself.

  1. Screen Extender mode allows ScreenPad to be used as an extension to the main display, further aiding multitasking and productivity.
  1. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint can be launched from the ScreenPad with menus and editing controls. According to ASUS, other popular apps are in the pipeline.

Live updates ensure ScreenPad is always running the latest version, and new apps can be downloaded from the Windows Store. A ScreenPad SDK is also available for developers who want to create new apps and explore the possibilities of ScreenPad.

Here’s a quick guide of what ScreenPad can do:

The ZenBook Pro 15 with ScreenPad (UX580) is the first ScreenPad-enabled model in the series, featuring up to an Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics. The 14-inch ZenBook Pro 14 (UX480) will launch later in 2018, with up to the latest Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics.

Key specs:

  • Comprehensive connectivity includes up to gigabit-class 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, and standard HDMI output.
  • Up to the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i9 hexa-core processor, with up to 16GB of high-performance 2400Hz DDR4 RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
  • Up to gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU for graphics performance
  • Fingerprint sensor support for signing in effortlessly with Windows Hello
  • 6-inch NanoEdge 4K UHD ultraslim-bezel touchscreen with PANTONE validation for professional color accuracy