ASUS brought its A game to Computex 2018, unveiling a bunch of very interesting devices like the Precog, but also the ZenBook Pro with ScreenPad technology. The device’s core selling point is the fact that it uses its touchpad as a sort of second screen, a touchscreen.
The ScreenPad actually sounds like a phone’s display, when you read it on paper. It’s a 5.5 inch Full HD Super IPS+ panel with a 178 degree wide angle view technology, placed in the same area as a regular touchpad. With a mere press of a key, you can turn the extra screen into a regular touchpad. It can act as a Precision touchpad, that supports up to 4 finger smart gestures.
ASUS has protected the panel with a glass, in order to avoid fingerprints and smudges. The ScreenPad works as an interactive display, with features that adapt to your work and it’ll also help you do multitasking. It can show features for each app, shortcuts and actually it lets you customize shortcuts. Even the Windows desktop can be expanded onto it.
The laptop isn’t half bad either, as it comes with an 8th gen Intel Core i9 CPU, GTX 1050 Ti graphics with 4 GB memory and 1 TB of SSD. It also has 16 GB of RAM, a NanoEdge 4K display with narrow bezels and PANTONE validation. The screen color accuracy is 100% Adobe RGB support.
The device also plays nicely with an ASUS Pen and it detects various pressure levels. The product will have 9.5 hours of battery life and it supports fast charging. No info on price and availability, but I’m digging the touchpad.