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CES 2021: Asus tilts screen in new dual-display ZenBooks

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15

Asus has followed up its ROG reveal at CES 2021 by unveiling its latest ZenBook laptops. New to the series is a tilting version of its ScreenPad secondary display that is said to improve readability and helps with cooling. For those who don’t need a second screen, there are also two new ZenBook notebooks. Lastly, Asus also announced a 15-inch thin-and-light TUF Dash 15 gaming laptop that straddles work and play.

In a nutshell

  • New tilting ScreenPad on ZenBook Duo models
  • 13.3-inch ZenBook 13 OLED (UX325) and convertible 15.6-inch ZenBook Flip 15
  • Slim Asus TUF Dash 15 gaming notebook
  • Asus ProArt Display PA148CTV external monitor
  • Pricing and availability yet to be announced

The ScreenPad Plus on the new ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED offers a 9.5-degree tilt that improves readability by reducing glare and reflections. Enhancing the usability of this 14.1-inch (3,840 x 1,100 pixels) secondary display are several new and updated built-in apps, such as a Windows Flick feature that lets users flick windows between the main display and the ScreenPad Plus. A new Control Panel for the ScreenPad Plus offers controls for adjusting brush size, saturation, and layer opacity in creative apps like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere and After Effects.

Powering the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 is a 10th-gen Intel Core i9 processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics chip. Its main display is a bright and vibrant 4K Oled screen with VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification. A 14-inch variant — the ZenBook Duo 14 — has a smaller 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus. Slimmer at 16.9mm thick, this laptop comes with an 11th-gen Intel processor and up to a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics chip. For those who prefer a more conventional laptop, Asus has two new offerings — the 13.3-inch ZenBook 13 OLED (UX325) with a full-HD Oled screen and the 15.6-inch ZenBook Flip 15 (UX564). Both come with 11th-gen Intel processors, with the Flip 15 offering a gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics chip.

Asus TUF Dash F15
Asus TUF Dash 15. Credit: Asus

Also making its debut was the Asus TUF Dash 15. This 15.6-inch gaming notebook is lighter and thinner than previous TUF models at around 2kg. It is powered by up to an Intel Core i7-11375H processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics chip. Other gaming-centric features include up to a 240Hz screen and an easy-upgrade design that makes it relatively simple to upgrade the memory and internal storage.

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Asus also showed off the ProArt Display (PA148CTV), a portable external monitor for content creators. This 14-inch touchscreen supports 100% sRGB and Rec 709 colour gamuts. A built-in five-way navigator (Asus Dial) lets users easily control settings and options in four supported Adobe apps. This dial also supports Microsoft Surface Dial features, for instance, to adjust screen brightness. It weighs a handy 740g and comes with a microHDMI port and a USB-C port. Its kickstand offers a tilt angle adjustment of 15 to 75 degrees.

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