CES is all-digital this yr because of the pandemic, so we’ll should get excited in regards to the new merchandise from the consolation of our personal properties. However gadgets like these not often fail to catch our consideration.
In the course of the firm’s 13 January occasion in Las Vegas, Asus revealed the second-generation of its ZenBook Duo. For those who’re not aware of the unique gadget, these laptop computer features a second 14in show immediately above the keyboard. It is a lot bigger than the Contact Bar on Apple’s MacBooks, so ought to allow a larger vary of experiences, though we questioned whether or not it is actually the way forward for laptops in our evaluation of the unique Professional mannequin.
So, what’s modified for 2021? Briefly, not an enormous quantity, though the prevailing design is the distinctive promoting level of those gadgets. Probably the most noticeable distinction is a brand new hinge design, which lifts the secondary ScreenPad Plus to an angle of seven levels and means nearly the entire gadget is off the desk. Asus says this will increase airflow by as much as 49%, in addition to tilting the keyboard right into a extra pure angle for typing. The compact association does take some getting used to, with a really slim trackpad and no area to relaxation your palms.
Which means you will in all probability want a separate mouse to get essentially the most out of the ZenBook Duo, which may be linked by way of Bluetooth 5.zero or by way of the USB-A or USB-C ports. Each of the latter are Thunderbolt 4-enabled, and can be utilized for charging and knowledge switch. There’s additionally a full measurement HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD card reader on board.
As you would possibly count on from an early 2021 laptop computer, the brand new ZenBook Duo comes rocking Intel’s 11th-gen ‘Tiger Lake’ processors. Extra particularly, there is a selection between a Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1165G7, which mixes with as much as 32GB of RAM and a most of 1TB SSD storage. There’s Iris Xe built-in graphics accessible on most fashions, however dearer configurations even have the choice for Nvidia’s GeForce MX450 GPU.
The ZenBook Duo comes with a 14in or 15in Full HD major show, with the 12.6in ScreenPad Plus coming in at a decision of 1920×580. Neither are OLED or 4K, as is the case on the unique Duo Professional, but it surely’s no shock Asus reserved these options for its most costly dual-screen gadget. What you do get are tiny bezels, giving the gadget a formidable 93% screen-to-body ratio.
Asus has solely quoted battery figures for the 14in mannequin, with the 70Wh cell anticipated to rise up to 17 hours on a single cost. Regardless of the dual-screen design, it stays impressively mild at simply 1.6kg.
As was the case with the unique mannequin, you will want deep pockets. The second-gen ZenBook Duo will begin at £1,499 when it is accessible within the UK from February, with the i7 set to be considerably dearer. That may imply the Duo lacks mainstream attraction, however for pure wow issue this gadget is difficult to beat.
Nevertheless, the Duo was removed from the one laptop computer Asus launched at CES 2021. Alongside three new additions to the ROG vary, the corporate additionally revealed a extra inexpensive gaming laptop computer within the TUF Gaming Sprint F15. This has additionally been upgraded to 11th-gen Intel processors, whereas the aluminium chassis has been redesigned, with an all-new TUF brand on the forefront. It is clearly had an impact – the F15 is considerably thinner and lighter than earlier 15in gaming laptops, whereas sustaining military-grade toughness requirements.
The Full HD 144Hz show from earlier generations stays, but it surely’s additionally joined by a brand new 240Hz possibility in the identical decision. Its 3ms response time and full sRGB color gamut protection make it an awesome possibility for players. Elsewhere, you additionally get a next-gen Nvidia GPU, as much as 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. There’s additionally a 76Whr battery and self-cleaning cooling system.
Asus already tops our greatest gaming laptop computer chart, however will any of the brand new additions be ok for inclusion? And may the ZenBook Duo compete with extra conventional choices in our greatest laptop computer chart? Solely time will inform.