Asus made a remarkable debut on the Computex 2018 edition. The Taiwanese giant has indeed just presented its ZenBook Pro , a high-end laptop designed to compete healthy with the tenors of the genre. Its main feature is that it comes with a feature capable of attracting attention. Instead of the traditional TouchPad, Asus has decided to ogle Razer's Linda project (presented in Las Vegas at the last CES) to integrate a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS secondary screen, called ScreenPad, into its computer.
Touch, of course, the latter allows, among other things, to dynamically display additional information on the programs launched on the PC, but also to access shortcuts, applications, or quite simply to control from this panel what is happening. switches to the main screen. The TouchPad 2.0 is finally here, it remains to be seen if the thing will be supported by the developers.
This is indeed one of the questions raised by the ambitious creation of Asus. If the principle is convincing and the manufacturer seems to have done what is necessary (in particular through a home interface) to give a utility to this secondary screen, it will be necessary to see in the long term whether the developers support this type of initiative. For now, and despite the apparent support from Microsoft through its Office suite (compatible with this extreme TouchPad), nothing is less certain.
The ZenBook Pro: a premium machine in many ways
Beyond the ScreenPad, Asus starts with a polished configuration giving pride of place to a 15.6-inch Full HD or 4K screen, touchscreen or not, depending on the model chosen. This screen can in any case make fun of taking advantage, whatever the context, of a Pantone certification and a Delta-E lower than 2. To go a little further in the certifications, Asus announces a 100% sRGB compatibility for its Full HD panel and 100% Adobe RGB for the 4K variant.
Under the hood of this ZenBook Pro, we find 8th generation Intel processors ranging from Core i5-8300H to Core i9-8950HK; 8 or 16 GB of DDR4 and 256 GB to 1 TB of SSD in SATA 2 or PCIe format, depending on the version. The graphic part of the device is unsurprisingly managed by – at your choice – a GTX 1050 or a 1050 Ti from Nvidia, for an autonomy which would be established according to the manufacturer at 9:30 a.m.
The whole thing fits in a brushed metal chassis 1.89 cm thick, weighs just two kilos and can count on two USB Type-C sockets (Thunderbolt 3 compatible), two USB 3.0 sockets, one HDMI output, one output 3.5mm jack and microSD reader. Connectivity is based on Wi-Fi n / ac and Bluetooth 5.0
Asus finally indicates that a 14-inch version of the device will be marketed at the end of the year and that the availability of the PC in its 15.6-inch versions should not delay in France. We can therefore expect a launch this summer, but we will have to wait a bit to know the prices for this ZenBook Pro.