Asus Zenbook Pro Duo - Dual screen laptop with pen

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  1. paprikaleapt

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    ...I like....unlike Apples Macbook Touchbar....this actually looks quite useful. Even though its more of a half screen....coming from a 3-5 monitor desktop set up, this is quite perfectly an excellent compromise to the ideal portable multi monitor set up.

    One thing thats not too clear.... is if both screens are penabled? The half screen sure is....but that one image in the video with the device next to a Wacom Intuos....doesn't give me alot of faith in how much they intend this to be fully penabled....otherwise there would be no point to have a seperate intuos at all with it. But then again...since its form factor is more traditional laptop instead of a Yoga or 2-in-1, it might be poorly suited for a full pen display...much like the Surface Laptop.
     
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    That to me is the ultimate portable, in essence you will have the capability of a four screen setup, and if the resolution is good enough on the big screen the equivalent of five screens. My only worry would be battery life with those screens and an i9 CPU.
     
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    I'm pretty surprised the forums and even reddit have been pretty silent on this device.

    On this forum, it makes sense to me- artists won't be interested.

    LinusTechTips and some youtubers were pretty pumped about the possibility of getting more screen space though.

    The first thing that came to my mind, though, was that perhaps at the laptop's weight and price (for being a new futuristic product), you could maybe buy two LG grams, which would cost the same and be about the same total weight, and give more physical space (if not pixels). Or a lightweight laptop + a lightweight chromebook for less money but a similar total weight.

    Second thing that came to my mind was "can I do good notetaking when my hand is hovering over the keyboard? Won't I accidentally push some buttons?"

    And then third thing was "This sucks for lap usage-> dead to me, for my use. I do end up using laptops actually on my lap pretty often

    fourth -> I hope this laptop succeeds. It's sick and possibly the way forward for non-artists, non-notetakers, gamers, etc. More screen space- why not?
     
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    I've been looking for a good dual display laptop solution forever. This thing looks extremely enticing. Have a feeling it's going to be ridiculously expensive though.
     
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    There is certainly a lot of worry about the price. Obviously an extra screen means higher costs but I also think Asus are aware that they aren´t exactly in the strongest position on the market so price has to be one factor in obtaining new customers. If they can sell it for a tad under $3,000 I think they may have a hit on their hands, above that and it is destined to be a niche product.
     
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    Any new info on either price or when it will hit the shelves?
     
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    Well it looks like they may have heard you, currently listed for MSRP $2999 (Newegg / Amazon).

    And that's for the higher-end octa-core config too: ;)

    (NotebookCheck)

    ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581)
    Processor
    Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK (UX581GV-XB94T)
    Intel® Core™ i7-9750H (UX581GV-XB74T)
    Display Main Display: 15.6” OLED 4K (3840 x 2160) 16:9 touchscreen
    ScreenPad Plus: 14” 4K UHD touchscreen
    Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
    Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 - 6GB GDDR6 VRAM
    Memory 32GB DDR4 2666MHz (UX581GV-XB94T)
    16GB DDR4 2666MHz (UX581GV-XB74T)
    Storage 1TB PCIe® x4 SSD
    Connectivity Intel® Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ (802.11ax)
    Bluetooth® 5.0
    Cameras IR webcam with Windows Hello support
    Interfaces 1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C™
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
    1 x Standard HDMI
    1 x Audio combo jack
    1 x DC-in
    Audio Array microphone with Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition support
    Harman Kardon-certified audio system
    Battery 71Wh 4-cell lithium-polymer battery
    AC Adapter Output: 19.5V, 230W
    Input: 100V-240V AC, 50Hz/60Hz
    Dimensions 14 x 8.8 x 0.9 in
    355.6 x 223.52 x 22.86 mm
    Weight 6.4 lb
    2.9kg

    This is lookin' pretty sweet...

    [​IMG]
     
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    bump.... so now that this has been released....has anyone plunked down for one?

    I ask because I am considering purchasing one.

    Somewhat.....desiring a career change.....I have enrolled in a 6 month coding bootcamp starting in November. It’s a bring your own laptop class.....and I have my Surface Pro 5 which would suffice....But this device looks freaking perfect for the purpose of coding. The built in dual screen nature looks like it would be extremely useful....from both the instruction end, as well as the practical part.

    Depending on what Microsoft unveils on October 2nd....I would be also considering upgrading my Pro 5 towards a Pro 7 or Book 3......(also somewhat contemplating getting a Zbook X2 instead)

    Aside from the high price....my only reluctance to the Zen Pro....is that even though it’s penabled....it’s form factor isn’t really suitable for serious drawing.....which for jury rigging it for art would be a con....but for the 6 month boot camp....it would be a Pro since I wouldn’t have the temptation to draw. It would probably help me stay more focused on coding.
     
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    Well....took a little visit to the B&H Photo in NYC to play with their store demo......

    Honestly I was not all too impressed with it.

    First....the thing is huge and heavy....I knew that going in....those kind of specs and features....it has to be....but I guess all the thinner and lighter devices like the Surface Pro have utterly spoiled me in this regard. If I did buy this for the coding Bootcamp...it would be chore schlepping this thing around.

    Now as far as drawing on it......You cannot recline the top screen all the way down (I tried) so from the get go this would be a poor artist tablet. Now drawing on the screen pad plus portion.....wasn't as bad as I was expected.....was actually kind of comfy....(despite how short the screen area is)....but.....unfortunately Asus decided to go with Bottom of Barrel (Pro 3 era) MPP/Ntrig......I was hoping for AES, but Microsoft must have won them over.

    Now as for the screen pad plus itself......um....well....its not as bright as the top screen....unless there's setting for that I just couldn't find....the screenpad is kind of annoyingly darker.....so much its kind of easy when you're focusing on the main screen to kind of forget ypu even have it. It also seemed kind of glitchy and unresponsive. But it did have some sort of demo software running on it....so maybe that had something to do with it. But overall I wasn't as impressed with it as I thought I would be.

    My next disappointment was the keyboard. Now B&H did not have the optional arm/hand rest thing.....so with that I'll cut it a break....but I didn't find the keyboard itself all that comfy. And having the trackpad on the side was kind of annoying as well as having everything shifted over from the center as I'm more used to with a traditional laptop keyboard. I mean these are issues I knew from the getgo.....and I'm sure I could get used to it.....but I didn't fall in love with it.....like after using it for about 10 minutes in the store....I wasn't really enjoying the experience of it at all....which concerns me given its a $3000 investment.

    After using it for 10 minutes....I walked over the the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen....that kind of impressed me more.

    However.....Asus does have a new $350 15-inch USB-C Monitor with multi-touch (no pen) and a built in battery...(which should be a benefit to USB- Typa A devcies like the Pro 5/6) ...and its super light weight.....impressively so given its size. Given my main interest in the Zen Book Pro Duo was its dual screen......I'm starting to think maybe I would be better off with the Samsung Notebook.....or a Surface Pro 7.....and I could just pick up the Asus secondary monitor if a portable multi-monitor set up proves useful for the bootcamp.
     
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