ASUS announced two new dual-screen ZenBook Duo laptops as part of its CES 2021 announcement. The 15-inch model will be available in North America in April this year, but you can pre-order the 14-inch model for $999.99 from January 14 and ship it on January 22. There is also a new VivoBook and a new ExpertBook for those who want to buy light and portable products.
If you are new to the ZenBook Duo series, the laptop has a main screen (regular screen) and a secondary screen (ScreenPad Plus) built into the upper part of the keyboard dock. It’s actually not big enough to perform any operations, but you can distract it (Twitter, Discord, etc.) to exclude it from the main workspace. Certain programs, including Adobe̵
The 15.6-inch ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is an update of the dual-screen ZenBook Pro Duo 15. ZenBook Pro Duo 15 is a 15.6-inch dual-screen notebook with a main OLED display. There is also a 14-inch model that is a sequel to the regular ZenBook Duo that came out last year. This model has been verified by Intel’s Evo program, which means that Intel guarantees that it has good performance, battery life and other features.
Both Duos have breakthroughs in specifications: Pro Duo 15 OLED now has Intel’s 10th generation processor (up to Core i9) and Nvidia’s latest GeForce RTX 3070 mobile GPU. ZenBook Duo 14 now includes Intel’s 11th generation processors (Core i7 or Core i5) with Iris Xe integrated graphics (you can also add Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU).
The update I am most happy about is that they all have a new design that makes the ScreenPad Plus tilt up-it no longer lays flat on the keyboard deck. This means you can read the secondary display without having to work hard on the keyboard, which is inconvenient for the earlier Duo models.
Asus also said that it also has a new hinge design that has been reduced by 30% and the fan size is smaller. ASUS also upgraded the ScreenPad’s software (now called Screen Xpert 2) to include new applications to make multitasking easier. For example, with the new “window flick” function, you can easily “flick” a window from one monitor to another.
Outside the ZenBook field, there is a new VivoBook S14, which has also passed Evo certification. Asus said this is the lightest 14-inch VivoBook ever, weighing only 2.87 pounds. The S14 has also been upgraded to an 11th generation processor with Xe graphics. Asus says, you can use the battery for up to 17 hours.
There is also a regular VivoBook 14, which is powered by AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 U series mobile processors. Both models will be available in North America in February, and prices will be announced.
Finally, Asus has made some updates to its ExpertBook product line, including its amazingly lightweight ExpertBook B9. The full name of the new model is ExpertBook B9 B9450CEA (vPro).
This 1.94-pound laptop is called the world’s lightest 14-inch business laptop by Asus, and now includes Intel’s latest 11th generation vPro processor, which provides multiple security and remote management features , Including Intel’s active management technology.
ExpertBook has many new features designed to make conference calls easier, including two-way AI noise reduction technology, Harman Kardon-certified speakers and Wi-Fi 6 support.
The new ExpertBook B9 will come out in the first quarter of 2021, and the price will be announced.