The ASUS event today at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan had three main hooks: health, ergonomics and, most importantly, second screens. As these aren't gaming laptops they all look very slim, slylish and businesslike, though the new VivoBook range can be quite colourful.
As a baseline, the SmartPad can act as a secondary screen that can be used extends the display space. Ultimately, it means users can see and do more while carrying less.
The ZenBook Pro is being marketed for productivity, specifically content creation-ASUS touts the screen as having 100% Adobe RGB and 132% sRGB coverage, with Pantone validation and factory-calibrated color accuracy. Connectivity is high-end too, with up to802.11ac gigabit-class Wi-Fi connectivity, second-generation USB 3.1 type-C with Thunderbolt 3, USB type-A, and standard HDMI ports.
While the ScreenPad is innovative, Asus is not the first company to offer configurable touch controls.
Users will be able to switch between touchpad and display mode of the ScreenPad with an F6 keypress.
Yet, it's also absolutely a screen.
The Asus E201 VivoBook is a cheap way to try Windows 10S, if that's what you want to do. Now supported apps include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and YouTube, with support for other popular apps under development, such as ASUS Sync, which lets users control their phone via ScreenPad.
Additionally, if you happen to own a smartphone with the ASUS Sync app on it, there's also a Sync feature that allows you to remotely view and manage your notifications and answer phone calls.
It's a remarkably versatile add-on and becomes intuitive within moments of use. Perhaps professional eSports Gamers might do the reverse, sneaking away at Excel on their ScreenPad while pretending to watch Twitch replays on the panel? ASUS says the software developer kit, or SDK, will be available in Q3 2018. The device makes use of an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor paired with Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics. The new ZenBook Pro has a new feature that has replaced the usual touchpad of the laptop. Powered by 8th Generation Intel Core processors and a superfast PCIe x4 SSD, ZenBook S also features up to a 4K UHD NanoEdge touchscreen and delivers up to 13.5 hours battery life for all-day performance.
The ZenBook Pro 14, on the other hand, sports a 14-inch FHD display with an infrared camera on top for facial recognition.
The writer is attending COMPUTEX 2018 as a guest of ASUS.