ASUS ZENBOOK PRO 15
The innovative ScreenPad wants you to be productive
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.