Asus has introduced two new dual-screen ZenBook Duo laptops as a part of its slate of CES 2021 bulletins. The 15-inch mannequin shall be out there in North America in April of this yr, however you may preorder the 14-incher for $999.99 beginning January 14th to ship on January 22nd. There’s additionally a brand new VivoBook and a brand new ExpertBook for people on the lookout for gentle and transportable purchases.
If you happen to’re new to the ZenBook Duo line, the laptops have a main display screen (the common one) in addition to a secondary display screen (the ScreenPad Plus) that’s constructed into the highest half of the keyboard deck. It’s not likely sufficiently big to do something on, however you may load your distractions (Twitter, Discord, and so on.) onto it to maintain them out of your major workspace. Some applications, together with Adobe’s, additionally supply ScreenPad-specific interfaces.
The 15.6-inch ZenBook Professional Duo 15 OLED is an replace to the dual-screen ZenBook Professional Duo 15, a 15.6-inch dual-screen laptop computer with a main OLED show. There’s additionally a 14-inch mannequin, a sequel to the common ZenBook Duo that got here out final yr. This mannequin is verified by way of Intel’s Evo program, which suggests Intel vouches that it has good efficiency, battery life, and different options.
The 2 Duos acquired a spec bump: The Professional Duo 15 OLED now has Intel’s 10th Gen processors (as much as a Core i9) and Nvidia’s newest GeForce RTX 3070 cellular GPU. The ZenBook Duo 14 now contains Intel’s 11th Gen processors (a Core i7 or a Core i5) with Iris Xe built-in graphics (and you may add an Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU as properly).
The replace I’m happiest about is that they each have a brand new design that tilts the ScreenPad Plus upward — it’s now not flat on the keyboard deck. Which means you don’t have to crane your neck over the keyboard to learn the secondary show, one thing that was inconvenient concerning the older Duo fashions.
There’s additionally a brand new hinge design that Asus says is 30 p.c smaller, and a smaller fan measurement. Asus has additionally upgraded the ScreenPad’s software program (it’s now referred to as Display Xpert 2) to incorporate new apps that make multitasking simpler. With a brand new Window Flick function, for instance, you may simply “flick” home windows from one show to the opposite.
Outdoors of ZenBook land, there’s a brand new VivoBook S14, which can be Evo-certified. Asus says it’s the lightest 14-inch VivoBook ever made at simply 2.87 kilos. The S14 has additionally been bumped as much as 11th Gen processors with Xe graphics. Asus says you’ll stand up to 17 hours of battery life.
There’s a daily VivoBook 14 as properly, which is powered by AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 U-Collection cellular processors. Each fashions are coming to North America in February, with pricing to be introduced.
Lastly, Asus has made some updates to its ExpertBook lineup, together with its astonishingly gentle ExpertBook B9. The brand new mannequin’s full title is the ExpertBook B9 B9450CEA (vPro).
The 1.94-pound laptop computer, which Asus says is the world’s lightest 14-inch enterprise laptop computer, now contains Intel’s newest 11th Gen vPro processors, which give quite a lot of safety and distant administration options, together with Intel’s Lively Administration Expertise.
The ExpertBook has quite a lot of new options designed to make convention calls simpler, together with two-way AI noise-canceling know-how, Harman Kardon-certified audio system, and help for Wi-Fi 6.
The brand new ExpertBook B9 is coming in Q1 2021, with pricing to be introduced.