A better Touch Bar, or none at all The divisive Touch Bar seems like a good idea on paper, but it's much less useful than what Apple advertised when it was revealed on the MacBook Pro a few years back. Four far-field microphones are designed for Alexa and Cortana, and the bottom edge has an Echo-style blue light that can be activated by voice commands. Sure, and more powerful than those released in the previous year, but on the whole, there's not a lot of room left to innovate. This increase the ergonomics while your typing, while also allowing more air in to keep it cool. Well, Asus gives us some hints on that.
Here is everything we know about the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and what we want to see from this upcoming notebook. Luckily, if the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is too rich for your blood, there is a smaller and less powerful version, too. This moves the keyboard down to the bottom edge of the laptop. The Zenbook Primes still received some criticism: the latest version of the trackpad was acknowledged as an improvement over the original Zenbooks, but still irritating, and the sound quality was found to be worse than that with the first generation. A non-Pro model is also available, which comes with up to an Intel core i7 processor and has a toned-down display features. These laptops feature gigabit-class Wi-Fi 5, rather than the emerging Wi-Fi 6 protocol. They're bright, colorful and big enough that you can get a ton of work done.
This range guide will be updated as and when prices, release dates, and more specifications and features are confirmed by Asus. With laptops like the , we were introduced to the ScreenPad concept, where the touch of the F6 key would see the trackpad flicker into life and reveal its hidden nature; it was a 5. Reviewers also noted the shallow key-press of the metal keyboard and lack of backlighting, a feature that Asus did not have time to implement before shipping. But, why even implement this second display? The bodies of the Zenbooks are made of aluminium, chosen for its light weight, strength, vibration dampening, appearance and acoustic properties. It's exciting to see Asus' Screenpad technology move forward in this way, and we can't wait to see what future devices are going to do from here. But, with that added bulk, you're getting a lovely design. They both have a reasonable number and variety of ports.
What we want from the Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro An improved keyboard The issues plaguing the MacBook Pro's troubled Butterfly keyboard led to multiple class-action lawsuits against Apple, which later issued a formal apology for the ongoing issues. The ZenBook Pro Duo takes this to the next level, with a full-width 4K display built into the body of the laptop, right above the keyboard. Asus also revealed the 15. At the very least, Apple could offer the 16-inch MacBook Pro in more exciting colors. ZenBook Pro Duo Specs Outside of the fancy double screens, this is a beast of a laptop. The Trackpad gets pushed all the way to the right, too, like we've seen on some. Secondary displays have been around in some form for a few years, seen in the likes of the or , which replaced the traditional laptop trackpad with a small touchscreen.
A 14-inch laptop weighing no more than the average Ultrabook could open up some very interesting possibilities for use while on the go. Creators will love the ability to run Adobe Premiere or Photoshop while having all the controls on the secondary display — making it possible to edit content in full 4K resolution. The stealthy Jet Black color Apple debuted on the iPhone 7 also gets my vote. While some people are fans of the Touch Bar, most folks I've spoken to think it's a gimmick, including my colleague and longtime Apple user, Henry T. Cloaked in a durable aluminum shell with a near bezel-less 15. Perfect for content creators, programmers, game streamers, and what more.
This ultrapowerful combination ensures that ZenBook Pro Duo takes professional-quality tasks in its stride, such as multi-layer photo or video editing, 3D graphics rendering or even game live-streaming. The barely-there bezels increase the screen-to-body ratio to a near-borderless 89%, giving you more screen, and less distraction! The Zenbook mainly competes against computers such as 's , 's and , 's and , 's and 's. For users who want a more compact design, Asus also has a 14-inch version of the ZenBook Duo that supports the same ScreenPlus functionality. The ZenBook Pro Duo and ZenBook Duo both look and feel very high-end and professional, and seemed to be built quite well. Actual figures may vary in real-world situations. As statements of intent go, this is pretty ballsy, up there with the.
Asus is hoping that videographers in particular will take to this second screen, and shove all of their timelines and toolbars southwards, allowing them to make fine adjustments like colour grading, without on-screen controls cluttering everything up. We wonder why no other company has tried to do this before. We're live in Taipei to bring you all the breaking computing news and launches, plus hands-on reviews of everything from fresh laptops and desktops to powerful new components and wild overclocking demonstrations. And with two screens running simultaneously, expect the battery life to return average results. Just brace yourself for the high price this laptop will inevitably boast. Instead of having the keyboard directly under the screen and a touchpad below that, this laptop places a second 14-inch screen under the main display.
ZenBook Pro Duo — What Makes It Unique Obviously, the main thing that draws your attention is the two 4K screens on the ZenBook Pro Duo. Same width and half height. When he's not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. Mobile displays Asus also unveiled a portable 15. Another neat management tool lets you define sets of windows that you want to use together, and with two taps, you can launch all of them simultaneously and have them snap into your preferred positions. Pricing and availability for both models were not immediately available.
Also, none of the ZenBook Pro Duo models I saw appeared to let you control the brightness of the second screen. The ErgoLift hinges are designed to improve airflow and comfort by angling the base of each laptop upwards as its hinge is opened. One thing is for sure, though: the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is one of the most unique laptops to come out of Computex 2019 so far. They also look great from the back, with a new off-centre take on the traditional brushed concentric circle pattern that ZenBook laptops have. The possibilities are of course endless, and Asus is thinking of the ScreenPad+ as a control surface as well as a secondary display. This laptop takes this unique design and packs it with powerful hardware — with up to an Intel Core i9 and — making for a compelling laptop for anyone that has a lot of work to do on the go.