The in­no­va­tive ScreenPad wants you to be pro­duc­tive

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Fancy a notebook with sec­ond screen? ZenBook Pro 15 is the one to look for

Just a few months af­ter its global re­veal at the Com­pu­tex, Asus made its ZenBook Pro series of­fi­cial and this month we take the larger-sized ZenBook Pro 15 notebook for a spin to see if the sec­ond screen is worth the hype.

At first glance, the ZenBook Pro 15 may seem like any other Asus notebook with its sig­na­ture con­cen­tric cir­cle, an all alu­minium uni­body de­sign and a myr­iad of in­put/out­put con­nec­tors on the side but it’s the track­pad is the high­light here.

Dubbed ScreenPad, the unas­sum­ing track­pad is ac­tu­ally a

5.5-inch Full HD dis­play that acts as a mouse track­pad when you want to, a sec­ond screen or just ex­tend the func­tion­al­ity of apps that are on the main dis­play with the help of ScreenPad apps. Hav­ing spent con­sid­er­able time with it, we can safely say the ScreenPad has po­ten­tial. Asus has cre­ated apps like cal­cu­la­tor, me­dia player, a cal­en­dar that works on the ScreenPad and some ex­ten­sions that work with Mi­crosoft Of­fice or play­back con­trol for YouTube but its pop­u­lar­ity de­pends on how ag­gres­sively Asus pro­motes al­low­ing de­vel­op­ers to adopt and de­velop so­lu­tions around it. Need­less to say, users can com­pletely dis­able the ScreenPad and use it as a reg­u­lar track­pad.

The ZenBook Pro 15 is just 18.9mm thick with a weight of

1.89kg but de­spite the com­pact de­sign, the notebook packs some se­ri­ous power. In In­dia, Asus sells the ZenBook Pro 15 in two SKUs and the one we tested came with Core i9-8950HK pro­ces­sor with 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB PCIe SSD, mak­ing the lap­top a good choice to work on per­for­mance-in­ten­sive tasks. There’s also a dis­crete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU on­board to han­dle ca­sual to mod­er­ate gam­ing.

Asus has gone with a 15.6-inch 4K dis­play that boasts great colour re­pro­duc­tion with 100% Adobe SRGB colour gamut and Pan­tone val­i­dated screen. It also fea­tures Asus Eye Care pro­tec­tion to cut blue light by 30 per cent.

The only thing we dis­like is the bat­tery life that falls con­sid­er­ably short. Dur­ing our use, we got around four hours of run time with ScreenPad run­ning all the time with the main screen bright­ness at 50 per cent and Wi-Fi on.

Ex­cept for the bat­tery, the ZenBook Pro 15 is an ex­cel­lent notebook when it comes to over­all per­for­mance and hope­fully, in the near fu­ture, we‘ll see ScreenPad on other cheaper note­books as well.

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