Both of the ZenBook Pro’s shows are touchscreens, however I discovered that function most helpful on the ScreenPad Plus, the place I may rapidly skip tracks in Spotify or hop to a Slack chat immediately. The extensive secondary display screen can be helpful for spreading out toolbars and timelines in media modifying apps. There are nonetheless some points to work out, although. Blowing up apps throughout each screens entails making a big window, and typically that cuts off content material alongside the perimeters. It feels extra like a bizarre hack, as an alternative of a polished function.
Another subject with the ScreenPad Plus is the large distinction in high quality between that and the ZenBook Pro Duo’s attractive 15.6-inch 4K OLED display screen. The greater show options HDR and the entire advantages of OLED — inky darkish blacks and great distinction. The ScreenPad Plus, although, is an LCD panel with a utterly completely different shade profile. Managing the brightness for the 2 shows individually is annoying: the brightness keys solely have an effect on the primary display screen and it’s a must to pull up a separate setting for the ScreenPad Plus. And because the screens are so completely different, it makes it laborious to match colours, which can annoy artists and anybody who is determined by tremendous accuracy.
Still, in observe, I discovered a lot to love about having extra room to unfold out on a laptop computer. I may lastly regulate a YouTube stream whereas additionally engaged on a full-sized home windows up high. I may management Spotify way more simply than with keyboard controls (although its interface is a bit cramped on such a small display screen). Using the ZenBook Pro Duo felt far much less limiting than most laptops, the place I’m at all times leaping throughout a number of home windows cramped into a single 13-inch display screen.
Beyond the novelty of getting two shows, the ZenBook Pro Duo can be a powerhouse. Our evaluation unit featured Intel’s Ninth-gen octa-core i9-9980HK CPU, NVIDIA’s RTX 2060 GPU and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. It’s constructed extra for heavy-duty content material creation than gaming, however you may definitely be capable of take pleasure in most trendy video games like Overwatch and Destiny 2 in 1,080p and 1,440p. In our benchmarks, it held its personal in opposition to related desktop replacements, just like the Alienware Area 51m.
The Pro Duo seems like a super-sized model of ASUS’s ultraportables, with a clean metallic case and polished edges alongside its sides. You’ve additionally obtained a slew of ports to select from, together with full-sized HDMI, a USB-C Thunderbolt Three socket and two USB 3.1 Type A connections. Given its productiveness focus, although, I’m stunned there is not a built-in SD card reader.