New ASUS laptop's touchpad doubles as full HD touchscreen

Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580), Pro 14 (UX480): First impressions

New ASUS laptop's touchpad doubles as full HD touchscreen

At a press conference at Computex in Taipei, Asus announce the ZenBook S (UX391), a new clamshell laptop with an ergonomic design and new fun colors. I wasn't too impressed by the way the device looks when I checked it out here at the show - ASUS has made prettier AiOs before - but it's not ugly (just bland).

The ErgoLift on the Asus ZenBook S is also featured on the new ZenBook Pro 15 and 14. Asus also sees the second screen as a more natural location for AI assistants like Cortana and Alexa.

The partnership comes as ASUS reveals the latest in its flagship laptop series, the ZenBook Series new ZenBook Pro, as well as the refreshed range of VivoBook and all-in-one PC. With these laptops, they introduced the new ScreenPad and an 8th Generation Intel Core i9 processor.

Other than the ScreenPad, the ZenBook Pro is a powerful, beautifully designed tool for demanding users like photographers and video editors.

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You will be able to get the 14-inch version with a Full HD NanoEdge display, while the 15.6-incher can go all the way up to 4K UHD resolution, with a 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut, Delta-E 2.0 color accuracy and a premium Harmon Kardon certified audio system also in tow. Asus has an SDK and is actively courting developers, and Windows Store apps will even display a message if they have ScreenPad support. "Our innovation synergies continue to this day, imagining new notebooks so unique in design and features, and rich in AI-enabled experiences, they'll transform the way people engage with their PCs to accomplish fantastic things". The ZenBook S is claimed to be military-grade MIL-STD-810G compatible. Some of these devices pack cool features like 8th Gen Intel Core CPUs, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, 4K UHD NanoEdge touchscreens, and more.

ASUS' ZenBook Pro 14 has prices starting from USD949 (around RM3,770) while the ZenBook Pro 15 will retail from USD1,299 (around RM5,161). As you might expect, the 14-inch model is lighter, weighing just 3.5 pounds compared to 4.4 pounds for its 15-inch sibling. Apart from that, both the laptops come with the ErgoLift hinge present in ZenBook S. The VivoBook notebooks are powered by an 8 gen Intel Core i7 processor coupled with NVidia GeForce MX150 discrete graphics.

The ASUS VivoBook S14 and S15 are expected to be available sometime between the end of June and early July. While, the VivoBook Flip 14 (TP412) featuring a 360°-flippable display that allows this versatile device to be used in notebook, stand, tent and tablet modes. Asus, however, has gone and built a laptop with an integrated display panel in the place of a touchpad.

Both laptops reportedly have six-core Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H or Core i5-8300H processors, 15.6-inch 144Hz 1080p "IPS-level" displays, up to 32GB RAM, ports including USB-A, USB-C, Mini DisplayPort, headphone jack and more.

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