Innovations in laptops have been slow. There really isn’t much to innovate. But Asus has shown innovation in laptop design we did not expect. At the Computex 2018 Asus introduced the ZenBook Pro notebooks, which uses a second display in the place of the Touchpad. They call it “ScreenPad”.
It’s a 5.5-inch 1080p ScreenPad. It still works like a touchpad using windows precision drivers for good and precise trackpad. The display expands the touchpads capabilities in that it can be used to display and interact with small applications like a calculator, mail client or music and video player.
The touchpad screen can be used as a second monitor and, for example, you can transfer the browser to it. In this case, the user can not directly click on the elements of the browser — he will have to manage the cursor, which is not very convenient.
Pressing F6 switches between modes. Asus promises to give developers tools to adapt applications for the ScreenPad, as well as publish lists of services that support the technology.
The screen instead of the touchpad will be used in Zenbook Pro with screens measuring 14 inches (UX480) and 15 inches (UX580). The ‘big’ version will be sold from July 2018 at a price of $ 2,299, the smaller one will be out by the end of 2018.