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After all, one would like to write, someone does it differently. Designs of laptops do not sin for a simple reason – that's what a typical customer expects. Thus, atypical clients are stuck with apathy and boredom. And yet you beg to experiment here. Of course, within the limits of good taste, ergonomics and usability. The world quickly forgets about hipster creatures born in the restless minds of hipster designers, which have no practical application in life.

And, to tell you the truth, I initially considered Zenbook Pro Duo in such categories. However, this impression disappeared literally the moment I finished the tutorial instructing me how to use the second screen in this equipment.

Of which? Well, some may feel slightly confused. So let's start from the basics. Zenbook Pro Duo (actually UX581) is a computer with two screens. The main is OLED UHD 4K with a classic diagonal of 15.6 inches. The second one is ScreenPad Plus – 14-inch with a resolution of 3840 x 1100 px. Both are tactile, and the second is complemented by a stylus attached to the set – not just any, because it was designed for graphics, sketching and design.

Due to the appearance of the second screen, the entire palmrest was rebuilt. The keyboard went lower, and next to it, instead of the numeric block was placed a touchpad. Let's add that the touchpad has a button implemented that turns it … into a touch numeric keypad. So we lose practically nothing. Epic.

The first thought that comes to mind here is – what will I do with my wrists? And in fact, for people used to holding their wrists on the laptop while typing, this can be a problem. It is partially solved by an attached to the box padded with pleasant to the touch material. I must admit that I did not use it – I have a habit of keeping my wrists in the air while writing, so Zenbook Pro Duo hit my needs perfectly.

What is all this for?

Well, it's time to answer the most important question – is this screen really useful and effective, or just effective and gadget? It depends.

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If you use a computer to browse social media, run on websites, simple games etc. then you do not need Zenbook Pro Duo. It's equipment for people involved in creation. I find it difficult to judge from the perspective of a video editor or graphic artist. However, I showed it to my second half, which is a UI / UX Designer and was charmed. I used the computer myself mainly when writing texts and overseeing editorial work. And here the additional screen showed its power.

When writing the article, I had source materials downstairs that I could use. It's definitely more convenient than dividing your laptop screen into two zones. The eye is closer to the screen above the keyboard and it is, for me, more natural. It worked in a similar way when processing photos for articles. At the bottom I added the same picture, but enlarged, so I could watch how my actions affect its quality and level of details.

I program hobbyally in JavaScript, so I could not check Zenbook Pro Duo in this regard. Several possibilities appeared here. I could open the IDE on the main screen and keep the preview of my project refreshed after each change. With one button I could swap both applications if I needed a larger preview. It sounds trivial, but this workflow was really comfortable and after a few moments I could not imagine how I could function without it before.

Of the more mundane things, the second screen worked well as the place where I kept Slack and Spotify. It was a really convenient solution. Besides, ASUS itself took care of several software solutions that accelerate the transfer of windows to ScreenPad. After "catching" one of them with the cursor, we see a floating panel with icons – by moving the window on it we can pin it to the whole, half or 1/3 of the width of the bottom screen. Similarly, it works the other way around.

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On ScreenPad we also have a menu panel with a screen-dedicated applications (panel with quick commands, panel with numeric block etc.), but also a mechanism for managing work environments. We can configure such a complex environment, e.g. from Spotify, Slack and calendar, and then save it permanently. Later, we call them with one click from the menu – without the need for tedious dragging windows. Great.

There are probably a lot of scenarios in which you can effectively use the extra screen space. A lot depends on what you are currently creating and what applications you use. Importantly, the developers of these programs do not have to adapt them to ScreenPad, because from a technical point of view it is simply an additional screen and exactly how it behaves.

Isn't it better to add a monitor?

And here we get to the next issue – why a second screen in a laptop, if I can connect the monitor? That's how a lot of people work. You can see more on the large monitor, you know. But we will not take this monitor with us everywhere, and placing it in relation to the laptop in such a way that this work goes smoothly is not so easy (in my office the monitor is on a platform to perfectly protrude above the laptop screen). Somewhere there are compromises and limitations. And there is also this whole range of additional functions that greatly improve the work on two screens. I will not mention the most obvious fact – the lack of touch operation, which in the case of work on graphics (and not only) plays a significant role.

All this means that the UX581 turns out to be not only extremely gadgetic equipment, but also simply a machine created for work, which significantly facilitates its performance. And all this enclosed in a housing that does not differ in size and weight from a regular laptop.

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