Continuing its avalanche of product announcements, Asus has now announced the new ZenBook Pro models that aim for professional crowd with its powerful hardware. However, ZenBoook Pro 14 (UX480) and ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) laptops’ claim to fame is the secondary display called ScreenPad that replaces the ubiquitous trackpad. Sure, the ScreenPad still works like a regular mouse trackpad but the rectangular display can do much more.
For instance, the ScreenPad acts like a second display, which means after activating the correct display mode, we can transfer content from laptop’s main display to ScreenPad. Moreover, there are compatible ScreenPad Apps that allows quick access to some of the user’s favourite apps or access certain features like calendar, calculator from the screen itself. The ScreenPad also shows context-sensitive tools like font options and more when one’s using Microsoft Excel or any other supported app.
As for the hardware, The ZenBook Pro 14 features up to 8th-gen Core processors, up to 16GB of RAM, and support for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q GPU. The 14-inch ZenBook Pro 14 also features an FHD NanoEdge display, an infrared sensor for Windows Hello.
The ZenBook Pro 15 is clearly the better one with the optional 4K UHD display, 100% Adobe RGB colour gamut with Delta less than 2. Moreover, the 15-inch variant can be fitted with the latest Core i9 processor, GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU, 1TB PCIe x4 SSD, gigabit-class Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Asus will release the ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) first in the market followed by the ZenBook Pro 14 (UX480).