Asus Zenbook Pro has a touchscreen touchpad

Asus unveiled its latest premium range laptop ZenBook Pro at the 2018 Computex and it has a really cool feature which comes in it. The touchpad is now replaced with a 5.5 inch touchscreen display, hence called screenpads.

Unlike Apple’s limited and unhelpful MacBook Pro Touch Bar, the Asus ScreenPad doesn’t take anything useful away like physical keys. It resides exactly where the laptop’s touchpad usually does, and it works exactly as a regular touchpad does.

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ScreenPad is the world’s first smart touchpad. It can perform as a multifunctional touch-enabled display or you might say it as a sort of smartphone that’s integrated with your window’s PC. Spanning 5.5 inches with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, the ScreenPad can be turned into your app launcher, calculator, calendar, or numeric keypad. It can also play back YouTube videos via a Chrome extension, or it can simply extend the ZenBook Pro’s main display.

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Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) comes with Intel Core i9-8950HK or Core i7-8750H or Core i5-8300H. It has a 15.6-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) LCD or 1080p LCD; optional touchscreen. And it is powered up with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB. It has a storage space of 1TB or 512GB PCIe SSD, 512GB or 256GB SATA SSD. It can hold up to 16 GB of RAM.

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The smaller 14-inch ZenBook Pro has one of Asus’ ErgoLift hinges, the purpose of which is solely to elevate the keyboard for a more natural typing posture. I can’t say how much of a benefit that is in long-term use, though I don’t see Asus sacrificing any other design element for it, so I’m fine with its inclusion.

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