ASUS ZENBOOK DUO and PRO DUO
ASUS’ new ZenBook Pro Duo boasts one 3840 x 2160 screen in the usual place a laptop puts a screen, plus a 3840 x 1100 “ScreenPad Plus” where you’d expect the keyboard to be.
That arrangement pushes the keyboard down to where you’d expect a laptop’s wrist rest and trackpad to be. Which is awkward. ASUS also offers a little plastic wedge that serves as a wrist rest, and while it works it’s another thing to carry around.
The ScreenPad Plus and the main screen are touch sensitive. On the lesser-specceZenBook Duo the main screen is not. Which is awkward.
But there’s huge potential here. Today laptops force users into a single way of using them. The Duo creates the possibility for new experiences that better match users’ needs. The device may not be the exemplar of how dual screen laptops will work out. But it’s a very good start!