ASUS ZENBOOK PRO DUO
Meet the mobile workstation for digital creatives that puts an end to compromise
NO MORE HIGHMAINTENANCE 3D
A career or an enthusiastic hobby in 3D is one of those prospects that can really excite someone, yet it comes at a cost. 3D is one of the most computationally intensive tasks and historically that meant you would need a large workstation, with a highend graphics card and ideally one or two high-resolution, colouraccurate monitors, and then all the paraphernalia that accompanies such a machine. This is fine, but there are knock-ons such as a good, solid desk, a chair and space for keyboards, tablets and mice.
But what if there was a way to maintain the levels of power needed to get the next project finished, but without any of those concerns? Well, the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo might well be just the solution for this.
HIT THE ROAD
The Zenbook Pro Duo impresses right off the bat, with two 4K screens. These are especially important for 3D work, where there is an abundance of viewport space required, as well as the many tool palettes used to create materials, and work with curves and keyframes. It’s easy to see how these might be a gimmick, but they are colour accurate to 100% DCI-P3, which is rare on a desktop monitor, let alone mobile. On top of that, they are both 4K, one 15.6” while the other, known as the Screenpad, is also touch-sensitive, meaning all the gestural controls you are used to translate seamlessly into your main workflows.
Of course having all that display power is useless without the GPU to drive it and Asus deliver here, with options that include NVIDIA’S latest RTX 2060 graphics cards with 6GB VRAM on board. Not only can you easily run real-time 3D projects in Unreal Engine but you can also do them raytraced, or in VR.
The processing power is equally capable with 9th gen, 8 core Intel Core i9 chips, next to 32GB ram and a bottleneck killing 2TB SSD.
All this is good and well but when you are mobile computing the risks to machine increase exponentially, so Asus ran the Zenbook Pro Duo through military toughness testing to ensure it remains in service, no matter if your trip takes you to the coffee shop or on set of a pyro-heavy movie production.
IT DOESN’T END THERE
It’s clear that this machine offers all the tools to let you untether your creativity from the traditional workspace, without compromising on the hardware and software abilities you rely upon to realise your vision and to efficiently hit your deadlines. That alone makes this an ideal solution for creatives in all areas from 3D and film editing to designers, illustrators and musicians.
There are a couple of other tricks up the Zenbook’s rugged sleeves. First up, the touchpad has a special gesture that turns it into a full-sized number pad, very rare but useful on a mobile workstation. Cleverly it doesn’t even interfere with the touchpad, as Asus have also created some clever algorithms to allow it to perform as both devices simultaneously.
“THIS MACHINE OFFERS ALL THE TOOLS TO LET YOU UNTETHER YOUR CREATIVITY FROM THE TRADITIONAL WORKSPACE”
Secondly, the Screenpad isn’t simply a second display but has the ability to allow you to handwrite notes, control app switching, extend the main screen for extra viewport real-estate and operate as a task controller.
If you work as a digital creative, with needs that stretch the abilities of the usual laptops on offer, then the Zenbook Pro Duo is the one to keep you on task and on time.
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