Touch screen laptops are in these days; they're great for artists and people who need to move from one function to another ASAP. It's no wonder that when the Asus Zenbook Pro 15 revealed a Screenpad, a second touch screen that has a lot more functions than the usual laptops, you can bet that many of us were fascinated. Even with that said, there's more to the laptop than its fancy Screenpad.
We start off with the design of the laptop, which is classy to say the least. It only comes with one Deep Dive Blue design with a gold trim. Despite the laptop being labelled as light with a weight of 1.86kg, I didn't find it as light to carry around from one location to another. It's still doable, but it's definitely not meant to be a portable laptop. The top bezel of the laptop is thin, making the screen look wider for better display, while the lower bezel is thicker and heavier, making it a sturdy laptop to get any work done. Still a great laptop, just not a portable one to say the least.
The biggest problem with the design is that it's easy to get fingerprints all over it, so you will need to wipe it down on a weekly or even daily basis if you want to maintain its beauty.
Now we get to the biggest attraction: the Screenpad. It seems to be the first time a laptop's touchpad works as a Screenpad, making this a new form of technology that could improve further down the long run. As of now, the Screenpad not only functions as a mouse but it also gives you the ability to use specific apps on the screen such as the calendar or even the calculator. Want to launch your preferred web browser immediately without looking for it? Set it up on the Screenpad and you're good to go.
There are four modes for the Screenpad: Traditional TouchPad, ScreenPad, Extension Display and Disable TouchPad. It does take some time to get used to some of these functions, especially the Screenpad and extension display. A lot of it requires you to set up and download a number of apps from the Asus store, and even then it still requires you to fulfill certain criterias before it works. For example, if you want the controls for YouTube on your Screenpad, you need to download the Chrome extension for it and it can only be used on the Chrome browser. If you want to use the Spotify on Screenpad, you will need to be a premium user.
In terms of performance, the laptop is undoubtedly powerful. With a battery life of 9.5 hours, the laptop can also last longer thanks to its dual-fan control system and 3 heat pipes. You may not be a fan of the noise it makes, where it may be a little too loud in a quiet surrounding, but you can at least be certain that the laptop won't overheat easily even if you're working on heavy video editing programs or even games.
Speaking of which, the graphics on this laptop is beautiful with a 4K UHD resolution. With a 10-point multitouch support, it's totally possible to use multiple fingers to multitask even further with no worries. It supports the ASUS Pen for all you artists out there too, or if you prefer writing on the screen.
Think that's it? Nope. The sound system in this laptop deserves some attention too. It makes sense, considering the laptop is equipped with Harman Kardon's technology.
Overall, this is a powerful laptop for those who are set to be multitaskers on their laptop. Not only is the Screenpad a useful feature to have to access apps that are relevant to you, but the laptop itself is built to be powerful and long-lasting for anyone who is determined to keep working without interruptions.