The article is the opinion of Lisa Eadicicco from Business Insider
Laptop models have gone through an "evolutionary" period between 2012 and 2013, when Microsoft launched Windows 8 operating system with many new points (but also badly treated by users). This operating system is the premise for turning laptops into tablets, erasing the title between the two types of products.
And it seems, the laptop is about to come with a "molting" again, when Asus recently launched a model called Asus ZenBook Pro Duo, owning a 15.6 inch OLED screen above, and adding a screen 14 inch 4K sub-bottom, right near the keyboard – a laptop with up to 2 screens. It also has a high-end configuration including the latest 9th generation Intel Core i7 or i9 chip, along with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, 32GB RAM and 1TB of internal memory.
This product was released in May, but until now we still don't know the date of sale and the official selling price. But Asus wasn't the first to experiment with multi-monitor laptops, others like Intel, HP, Lenovo and Razer all had concept versions with different designs.
The system on the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is called the ScreenPad Plus by the company, with an extra screen like an exaggerated version of the TouchBar touchscreen on Apple's MacBook Pro. This fancy design makes users doubt the usefulness of the second screen in the first sightings.
But the more I use it, the more I see the sub-screen of the ZenBook Pro Duo becoming 'reasonable', and wishing that all other laptops on the market have it. Unlike the Razer Project Linda, which has a smartphone attached to the laptop case to turn into two screens and the MacBook Touchbar, the extra screen of the ZenBook Pro Duo is much more practical.
There are a few ways for users to use this laptop's secondary monitor: use the second screen to run other applications with the main screen or turn into an 'extension' for applications from the screen. main. For me, the first use is much more useful, I can use the screen above to do the main tasks, and the secondary screen is used to check email or chat rooms with colleagues.
Switching applications between two screens is also very easy, users just need to click and drag them from top to bottom or vice versa, no different from normal window movement. The secondary monitor is also preinstalled with application split software so that users can open 2 or 3 applications of equal size.
I also tried using the secondary monitor as an extension to the main screen, making applications longer and more informative. This usage works perfectly, but it doesn't seem to be as useful as the first one.
Open the website in both screens
With a rugged design, high configuration and equipped with two monitors, Asus Zenbook Pro Duo becomes the best desktop PC replacement laptop on the market today. It weighs 5.51 pounds, heavier than the 15-inch MacBook Pro or the Dell XPS 15 – both of which are very popular laptops today but it can't be as many options from Asus.
In contrast, the design of the machine also has a disadvantage that users must accept. Because the lower part has a screen that occupies an area, the keyboard of Asus Zenbook Pro Duo must be pushed down. During use, I just put the device on the table so this is not a big problem. But for those who often have to use a laptop on their lap or on a tray on an airplane, this design must also change the way it is used.
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is a product that expresses the will to change, creating new designs for manufacturers. Like Asus, Intel has also introduced users to a laptop with two screens called Honeycomb Glacier that can "pull" the main screen up high. Or the Razer Project Valerie launched in 2017 also uses smartphones to make touchpad. The same change is taking place in the smartphone market, as Samsung and Huawei have both launched models with foldable screens.
It is still unclear whether the laptop line with two screens like Zenbook Pro Duo can win the hearts of users or not, it depends much on the price that the company offers. Users will also have to consider whether the benefit of the second screen is to 'offset' the amount of upgrades from the 1-screen models. But even if the Zenbook Pro Duo is unsuccessful, I'm sure it will also become the platform for laptops to continue to grow in the future.