ASUS describes its ZenBook Pro Duo Laptop as a gaming computer. That’s fine. It serves that roll admirably, and it’s smart branding in this age of 24/7 on-demand entertainment.
However, that title just might sell this impressive piece of kit a bit short.
Powered by an Intel Core processor and a NVIDIA GeForce RTXgraphics card, the Zenbook announces its presence to the world with a 15.6-inch 4K screen and Harmon/Kardan sound system, this ZenBook Pro Duo has the power to serve as a full productivity tool when it’s not engaged in first-person shooters or online RPGs.
The machine’s primary claim to laptop fame is the unified functionality hinted at in that “Duo” tag. In addition to the main display, there’s a interconnected, 14-inch 4K ScreenPad Plus UHD touchscreen. That second screen can function in conjunction with the main display or serve as a touchscreen tablet, depending on the application. At the very least, the screens can always work as paired monitors, allowing the user to split application use from screen to screen. The tandem screen ideas is a function a step ahead of most other laptop designs.
The ZenBook Pro Duo ships with Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 32 GB of RAM, 1 TB of storage, Bluetooth 5.0, IR webcam, one Thunderbolt connector, three USB-Cs, two USB Gen 2s, a standard HDMI and audio combo jack. While all of that sets the machine up for official gaming duty, it also means the laptop can handle other, more productive audiovisual duties.
At more than six pounds, there’s some heft to the Zenbook – largely due to the lithium-polymer battery powering it to ample battery life.
The Asus folks will go on insisting this is a gaming device — which it is. There ism’t a PC game on the market it can’t munch. But, the ZenBook’s power and clever design will leave a smile on the face even if the user is digging into work instead of play.