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ASUS takes on Surface Laptop with the new ZenBook S

07 June 2018
ASUS takes on Surface Laptop with the new ZenBook S

When not in use, owners can switch the Screenpad off to save battery, utilising it the same as an ordinary touchpad. Now have some PR.

Asus unveiled new products at Computex 2018, including ZenBook Pro 15, ZenBook Pro 14 and ZenBook S (UX391), the lineup of VivoBook notebooks, and the VivoWatch BP wearable blood-pressure monitor. The Office integration with ScreenPad allows users touch control of Office functions, but without needing to put your hands in front of the content you are trying to work with. Extra features include a fingerprint scanner and Windows Hello facial recognition. The list includes Project Precog, ZenBook Pro 14 and 15, ZenBook S, VivoBook Flip 14, VivoBook S14, S13, and S15. Asus built audio system that produces a loud, full-bodied sound. What do you think of the new ZenBook Pro range? In concert with the hexa-core processor are a blistering fast up to 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD and up to 16GB of high-performance 2400MHz DDR4 RAM to provide compelling performance previously unseen for thin and light laptops effortless loading or transferring large files, datasets, and game levels. You're still looking at up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor paired with a decent GPU - all the way up to an NVIDIA GeForce MX150. In terms of graphics, the laptop supports a 4 GB of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

To give Asus credit, it's a bold idea. The best part, though, is its ability to launch numerous apps directly on the ScreenPad. The company already has new input tools for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and YouTube, and says that more tools will be available through ScreenPad-specific apps. It's touch-enabled, and after swiping down to enable it, it can be used in a similar fashion to a smartphone, offering apps like a calendar, calculator, and music player.

Apart from the default Windows applications, Asus has also provided some dedicated programs that will work only with the ScreenPad. The company will release a ScreenPad SDK for developers that want to create new apps or if they want to get their app supported by the ScreenPad.

Locally, the ZenBook Pro 15 starts at $2999 for the i7-8750H/16GB/512SATA/GTX1050 configuration. The panels also feature wide-view technology and exceptional color reproduction for lifelike visuals even when viewed from extreme positions.

"Over the last three decades, ASUS has focused on delivering meaningful innovations to market as well as refining every meticulous detail to flawless the computing experience", said Mr. Shih. It's the new ZenBook Pro and this year it comes with something called ScreenPad.

The secondary display does bring to mind the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro, though Apple's implementation is much more limited.

In a world full of technology, there's nothing more frustrating than being one cable or adapter away from being able to quickly transfer files or share your screen. Connectivity is high-end too, with up to802.11ac gigabit-class Wi-Fi connectivity, second-generation USB 3.1 type-C with Thunderbolt 3, USB type-A, and standard HDMI ports.