(Cybertech) – Asus had already announced new gear under its Republic of Gamers brand at CES 2021 – now it’s the turn of the ZenBooks to get a new lease of life.
But it’s not the ultraportables this time – instead the larger dual-screen ZenBook Duo devices have upgrades.
The Asus ZenBook Duo UX482 and UX582 are the result, 14 and 15.6-inch versions featuring current 11th generation Intel Core processors up to Core i7 with Intel Iris X graphics or Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics.
But this time the ZenBook Duo lineup has a clever trick up its sleeve for the all-important second screen above the keyboard.
The new ZenBook Duo features what Asus is calling Active Aerodynamic System Plus (AAS Plus) with a new hinge design that lifts the secondary display – called ScreenPad Plus for this generation – by up to 7 degrees, and the laptop itself off of the desk. The existing ZenBook Duo hinge already raised the device as a whole, but not the secondary display.
Asus says this feature increases airflow by up to 49 percent and, naturally, improves the viewing angles of the ScreenPad Plus. A side effect is that the gap between both displays is reduced, improving the experience.
The lack of Thunderbolt 3 in the previous generation did leap out from the spec sheet, but this has now been rectified – and then some – with the addition of a Thunderbolt 4 port.
There’s also a performance mode that can boost the CPU power from 15 to 28W for improved power plus a new Control Panel app on the second screen for commonly used functions in pro-level apps like Adobe Premiere, Photoshop and Lightroom.
Writing by Dan Grabham.