Last week, ASUS finally revealed the highly-anticipated ZenBook Pro Duo, which was teased at Computex 2019 earlier this year.
We managed to get our hands on one and oh boy, it is impressive. With monster specs such as an RTX 2060, a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and 32GB of RAM under the hood, the sheer power it's packing is undeniable.
However, raw power isn't the main selling point of this beast - what's cool about the ZenBook Pro Duo is the fact that is has not one but TWO 4K touchscreens. Touted as the dream machine for creative production, the possibilities are endless.
That said, even if you're not an artist or avid multi-tasker, this laptop still has its perks.
Allow me to present: 5 Things a Non-Artist Can Do with the ZenBook Pro Duo
1. Chat on Facebook without your boss catching you
Ever been bored out of your mind at yet another 2-hour work meeting that could have easily been settled by email? Have you ever wished you could tune out boss' yammering about KPIs while b*tching about office politics to your work BFF on Facebook?
Well, now you can!
That's the beauty of a dual-screen setup coupled with built-in quick controls. With just a quick touch of a button, you can yeet your Facebook window onto the ScreenPad Plus, safe from prying eyes. If your content is particularly NSFW, there's ANOTHER button to switch off the ScreenPad Plus completely!
So, now you can gossip all you like while looking like you're diligently taking notes instead! I can already smell a promotion coming.
2. Watch movies while taking notes in class
I don't think uni lecturers walk around waving rotans in class anymore, but it's still good manners to look productive even if the lecture is so boring it's curdling your last 2 brain cells.
The ScreenPad Plus has multiple nifty features, including a handwriting app that allows you to take notes by converting your handwritten input into words. While this may not be faster or more efficient than typing in English, it certainly is much more intuitive and convenient for other non-alphabet based languages.
So if you're good at multi-tasking, you can take lecture notes while watching your favourite tragic anime on the Pantone validated VESA Display HDR True Black 500
Certified OLED touch screen.
(Yup, I totally copied that entire line from the press release. Phew, what a mouthful.)
3. Play OSU!
Ah, OSU! The ultimate rhythm game for weebs. The goal of the game is to hit the circles according to the music, which is fun and all with a keyboard and mouse. But guess what makes it even more fun?
Playing on a freaking 15.6-inch 4K display touchscreen.
Yeah, we tried it and it actually works. The response is crisp and satisfying - you can use your fingers like the heathen you are, but we recommend using the ASUS Pen that's included in the box to minimise the friction between the glossy screen and your grubby, sweat-stained fingertips.
4. Count how much money your friends owe you for lunch - including tax
Y'all ever had those times when you go out to eat with a huge group of friends and they ask you to pay first and return you your money later? And even if they do, they skip the tax?
'Aiyo, 10% + 6% only ma...' you say. Call me a miser, but when 10 people rack up a RM1k bill in Haidilao, the 16% tax starts to look more painful - that's ~RM160 bucks extra you're covering for your mathematically-challenged buddies, btw.
But now, fear not, because you have built-in digital numpad on your touchpad to deal with all these complicated numbers! Just when you thought ASUS sacrificed a numpad in favour of the touchpad-on-the-right layout...BOOM! Digital numpad.
(Yes I know you can just use your handphone to calculate la, but where's the fun in that?!)
5. Stream your bronze-tier skills
Gaming while interacting with the chat is integral to the streaming experience, and with 2 screens, you can easily do that on-the-go without having to resort to using your handphone to read the chat.
But that's not the main point here.
Playing and streaming both take a toll on any system, and even with something as powerful as an RTX 2060, there's one consequence that we cannot avoid - heat.
Thermal slowdown is something that every system is susceptible to - especially laptops due to their compact size. So it's nice to see ASUS' Ergolift hinge make an appearance - not only does the incline help with ergonomics, but it also lifts the laptop off the table for better heat dissipation.
Better thermals = better performance = better streaming and gaming experience.
Specs-wise? It'd put most PCs to shame.
There are 2 models of the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo, the one we received was the standard model with specs as follows:
They also have a pro-er Pro Duo with higher specs if you're in the mood to flex.
All in all, the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo is an amazing piece of innovation. I'm really tempted to just shut down this page and run away with the loan unit tbh :')